Monday, February 16, 2015

Be My Valentine

I took my valentines out for an extra special lunch date to a restaurant of their choosing.  Actually, I gave them three choices: Dairy Queen, Wendy's & McDonalds.  They picked McDonalds because they  "wanted to play."  They wore their new, heart shirts from Gramma & Grampa, and I even put on some make-up.  Such a fun date!

The girls decided to be ladybugs one day, and Tessa thought is was hilarious.

The girls let me take their picture after our Valentine's Day date to McDonalds.

Momma's little kitchen helper has become quite the little climber. 

Another photo-op after church.  The girls are wearing Momma's old dresses.  McKinley's dress happens to be a favorite of mine from my childhood with its delicate crocheted collar and red heart fabric.  It's been sitting in the girls' closet since before McKinley was born, and I have often thought that it would be a long time before McKinley would fit into it. Boy has time flown by because it fits her perfectly!

The girls found a game they could all enjoy together….catching butterflies in the Elephant Game.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Water Tank Repeats

So we've been having some crazy, warm weather for our typically cold and wet winter. Temperatures sometimes reaching the low 60's.  Pretty crazy, huh?  One afternoon we decided to head to the water tank for a family work-out sesh we like to refer to as the water tank repeats.  From bottom to top, the gated road up to the tank is roughly 400 meters long.  After a warm-up jog to the top, we would begin our sprints at the gate with one girl waiting at the finish line and the other about 100 meters ahead of the start line.  It turned out to be a fun game for the girls, trying to beat Dadda and then cheering for Momma as I was always the last one to finish.  Our repeats were only 100-200 meters long, but man, pushing a stroller and a 20 lb baby up a mid-grade hill is tough!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

McKinley's Birthday

It's funny that when I asked McKinley what kind of birthday party she wanted, she said she wanted a "green one."  Maybe it's because Piper wanted a pink party for her birthday?  Regardless, she wanted a green cake and balloons.  Infact, every time we went to the grocery store during the weeks leading up to her birthday, she would desperately beg me to buy balloons.  I don't know what it is about balloons?? The morning of her birthday we woke the girls up early so we could eat a special pancake breakfast together before Dadda had to go to work.  While we waited for Dadda to return home, she skyped with Gramma & Grampa C. and helped me make her birthday cake. After Dadda returned home, we left to go ice skating, as per her request.  For the life of me, I can't remember where or how she came up with ice skating, but it definitely brought back memories of when I dreamed of being a famous figure skater like Dorothy Hamill when I was her age (maybe older?).  We only got to skate for thirty minutes before the public skate session ended at Sherwood Ice Arena, but after underestimating how cold it would be inside the indoor rink, that was plenty.  Then we headed to McDonalds for some lunch and afterwards, to Mudpuddles so that McKinley could use her $2 birthday coupon.  She decided on a new Fancy Nancy book.  For dinner she wanted pizza, specifically the chicken-bacon-artichoke pizza from Papa Murphy's.  So we invited her friends over to join us for pizza and cake.   I think after all the lovely presents she opened on her birthday, the thing she enjoyed the most was ice skating, which was pretty evident the next morning when she told me about her skating dream and then begged me to take her skating that very second.

Fancy breakfast of blueberry pancakes and sparkling orange juice.

Sophie's mom knit her a warm hat for ice skating.

Dadda and I got her a police officer costume complete with handcuffs and a walkie-talkie.

Super excited about her new cords, she models her new duds from Aunt Cassie & Uncle Alan.

I can't believe she will be starting school this year!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Big Five

Happy 5th Birthday to my Biggest Girl!