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January 21, 2014 ~ Oops Zoo!

Trying to pick up the cow

So, yesterday Stu and I had off from work. Somehow, I thought day care was also closed. So, we had a little lie-in, as much as Ashlin can be talked into, anyway. Watched some Blues Clues, Peg + Cat, Dinosaur Train. Had some lunch – Teagan ate a Bologna sandwich! – and a nap/quiet time.

After naps, we bundled up the girls in some layers – sweaters! and hats, scarves, mittens (on a string!) – and headed to the zoo. We met up with E and her dad, and the girls had fun wandering the zoo. Looking for tigers and pigs. Trying to look at the prairie dogs through the tunnels – Ashlin is still a bit too short! We even had a carousel ride, though only one, as it was closing time. I think the operator ran us a little longer than normal. She was very nice. Although Teagan understood why we only had one ride, neither Ashlin nor E did. There were some tears then.

Too short

Driving home, we got stuck in a bit of traffic. Enough that the possible short afternoon nap did not get to happen. We ate dinner, snuggled on the sofa and then put the girls up a tinsy bit early – to compensate for the lack of nap.

This morning, Ashlin was up at her usual not-quite-as-stupid early, though Teagan slept in! Late! Thinking her light was on, I went into her room to have her join Ash and I for breakfast.  But instead, ended up waking her up. By mistake. Oops.  We try very hard to have them sleep as long as possible.

There were some tears this morning as we bundled them up for day care.  They wanted to go back to the zoo.  With E.  And have cookies in the car.  And ride the carousel, because this time, it wouldn’t be closing time, it would be open.  According to Teagan.  Being the mean parents we are, they ended up going to day care.  When Stu dropped them off, the caregivers asked why the girls weren’t in yesterday.  They were open.

Three monkeys eating cookies


Well, we did have a fun day.  A good day.

PS.  We’re getting more snow.  There’s at least four inches so far, with another possible six to eight to fall over night.  Fun!

Snow is Blue


September 27, 2013 ~ Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2


Too excited to stand still

We took Teagan to see “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” today.  Her first movie in a movie theater! As young as 13 months or so, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was able to pull her in.  She would stop dead and watch the movie every time it came on TV.  She would sit in Stu’s lap and watch the entire thing.  We decided to wait for this release to take her. Needless to say, she was a little excited, as you can see, and also a bit nervous.  She had no idea what to expect.

Stu and I picked her up after lunch at day care and told her we had a treat.  As we drove to the theater she asked all sorts of questions, why Ashlin wasn’t coming, what were we going to see, was she allowed to talk, dance, would there be a princess? She was excited as we walked in, barely able to stand still while we waited to buy the tickets.

She was so good.  We got her a popcorn – only a medium! – even though she wanted a large.  We joked that the bag would have been as tall as she was, a large is just too big!  Walking into the theater, she was a bit nervous, not really scared, as the sound was so loud.  She was speechless when she saw how big the screen was.  During the movie, there were times it was so loud, she’d put her hands over (or in) her ears.  And coming from a kid who rushes the stage for bagpipes, it says something to the volume in the theater.

tickets for Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Tickets! To a movie!

The movie was pretty good, especially for a sequel, and mostly appropriate for little kids.  It lagged a few times, and could have been trimed down a little.  And there were a few times that Teagan was scared by what was happening on the food island, but mostly, she loved the movie.  We all laughed at the foodimals – flamangos, eggplanatee, shrimpanzee, watermelophant.  Although at first Teagan was scared of both the tacodile and the cheespider.  I don’t like spiders much, and all the red eyes were a bit creepy, and french fries shouldn’t move like that.  I think Stu’s favorites were the butter frogs and the mosquitoasts.  So wonderful.  The berries and fruit cockatiels were sweet.

All in all, the movie was fun, surprising Teagan with a treat was fun.  She’s looking forward to seeing another one soon, maybe with her sister, maybe not..

enthralled with taco gators and cheese spiders

popcorn almost as tall as she is

She wanted to bring the rest of the popcorn – just crumbs and kernels – into day care! Silly goose! There wasn’t enough to share :o


August 12, 2013 ~ Amusement Park!

Sea Serpent #amusementpark

Sea Serpent

While we were on vacation we went to Morey’s Pier one afternoon.  Stu had to stay back and work, so thankfully, my friends and their awesome (!) kids helped out with the girls.  Ashlin is still a bit too short – two inches!  boo! – for a lot of the rides, but she decided she wanted to go on the Waltzer ride, a sort of tilt-a-whirl.  K said she’d go on, as Teagan wanted to go and the worker said she’d need a “responsible adult” too.

I’m not sure either girl really enjoyed the ride, but no one complained during the ride.  Ashlin would occasionally smile, but she’s a hard nut.  She has one expression on all the rides, one of deep concentration and you’re not really sure if she likes any of it.  As our car was slowing down, Ashlin signed “all done” and said no more, but as we were walking back to our friends, she asked to go on again.  Go figure.

Yes. I took them on the tilt-a-whirl. Ash wanted more!  #amusementpark #goof


Teagan asked to go on a roller coaster.  We had to go to a different pier to find one for her.  Her roller coaster, the Doo Wopper, was a bit bigger than she was ready for.  But I’m so proud of her! She was a bit scared, it did go up three stories, and had very sharp turns. But she never freaked out, never even asked to hold my hand. I started a game for the hard corners, “woaaaaahhhhhh,” warned her about the up and down bits, and she ended up doing ok. Granted, she didn’t want to go on again, but still, ran to tell dada all about it and give him a high five!

You're too young to drive! #amusementpark #jeep


What's over there? #carousel #amusementpark

On a carousel

Other than the Carousel, we were able to get Ashlin on the Crazy Bus and some small car ride.  They wouldn’t let her go on the swings!  Crazy!  She can at our local park.  Not sure why they were so strict on the height, but whatever.  I think we could have gotten them both on the Ferris wheel, but neither of them wanted that.

I got to go on a roller coaster too – the Sea Serpent.


Though the backwards bit wasn’t quite as fun as the forwards bit.


August 11, 2013

Beach babiesVacation!  We went on vacation!  To Wildwood, New Jersey, and it was awesome!

We rented a condo for the week with friends of mine from college.  Friends that we haven’t seen in much too, too long.  Her kids were just wonderful with the girls.  It took a little time for Teagan to warm up, a bit longer for Ashlin, but soon enough, there were pig piles and giggles.

Pig pile!

Fast Friends!

The girls loved the beach, and we went just about every single day.  Ashlin was a bit unsure about the surf, but she eventually found her bravery and decided that she would kick the waves!  Teagan also needed just a bit of warming up to the surf too.  Maybe getting slammed by a wave the first day out while trying to build a sand castle put her off a little.  But there were these lovely tidal pools that they romped in.  They had such a great time.  Teagan even found a hermit crab!

One week away wasn’t any where near long enough.  The girls didn’t want to leave the beach, their new friends.  It was nice to spend so much time with my friends too, and their kids.  Who were wonderful with my kids.  And who have grown up so much.  My girls miss K & T.  They have asked if we could have dinner with them.  Soon.  I hope.  Very soon.

Funny face!

Funny face!


Don’t choke your sister!


Look! A bird!


July 7, 3013 ~ Echinacea


The early cone flowers are in bloom. Maybe two or three, but there are lots more to follow! And the the Black-eyed Susan’s will open soon, too.

Love this time in the garden


July 5, 2013

Yesterday was a pretty good day.  We went and flew kites.

Flying #kites

Flying #kites

This time, Ashlin wanted to fly one, the blue one, for a bit. She had fun! Teagan was very good with her kite, like last time at my aunt’s house, though we couldn’t get them together and up fast enough. Patience isn’t one of her strong suits. Yet. We’re working on that.

Angry bird #kites


Ashlin did really well. She flew her kite for at least 10 minutes before she decided that she needed to do something else and went off to kick a ball. Or play in the road, which we kept asking her not to do. Thankfully, it’s mostly a service road.

water break

water break

Friends met up with us and everyone had fun, flying a kite, kicking a ball, chasing after one another. Playing with rocks. Picking flowers.


I hailed the ice cream truck, and we all had some ice cream. Even Stu and I. They had some lemon lime Popsicle dot things. Very yummy. I feel that I’m not au courant with ice cream offerings. This shall be remedied toute de suite.

I think you have something on your face #dirt

Dirty Ashlin

Kids started breaking down after that, so we all went our separate ways.

Since they were filthy, we had them walk around the house and put them in the sprinkler.  There was no way I was going to let that into the house.  Yikes.  Stu got the homemade sprinkler out and hooked it up while I pushed them on the swings.



Fried Ashlin

As we stripped them down for water play, I realized my big mistake.  I had forgotten to lube them up with sunscreen before we went kite flying. They were a bit crispy.


Burnt Teagan


After a bit of water play, (Ashlin asked for the water table too), Ashlin went up for a nap, and Teagan was able to watch a movie. We were so hot we decided not to grill at all.  Take out McDonalds was the winner.  I ended up needing to wake Ashlin up when Stu got back.  (She was on her second two hour plus nap).  He came home with a Strawberry Lemonade for me. Such a sweet thought. And it was lovely, not too sweet. I made the mistake of giving the girls a taste, and they wanted more and more of. I need to learn not to share with them! At least if I want to eat or drink something.

We had gone for fireworks Friday night we felt no urgency to go again. We decided that we’d just go to the show on Saturday and put the girls to bed. Not much later, Stu and I see fireflies out in the back yard. Then we start hearing fireworks out the front. Not too surprising, one of our neighbors sells fireworks. So we expected a pretty normal back yard show. But this was different. It was amazing. I went and got Teagan. She was asleep, but I woke her up and brought her downstairs and gave her to Stu. Ashlin was awake with her eyes wide when I went to get her. Carried her down and we watched huge, professional fireworks just up the hill.

Amazing. Not sure how someone didn’t get in trouble for this show.

Teagan was sleepy, and the fireworks were loud, so she asked to go back to bed. Ashlin needed a break too, but she was too fascinated to actually stay inside. Her favorite were the purple yellow ones.

Teagan slept through them.


My crazy girl.

It was a good day!


May 20, 2013 ~ Birthday!

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

My little girl turned four on Sunday.  I can’t believe she’s so old, so big already.  She’s become quite the little person, a story teller, bug inspector, singer.  Her imagination is boundless, and sometimes perplexing.  She’s fast to laugh, which is wonderful.  A bit too quick to cry, which is not quite as good, and is getting better.  She gets so excited about small things – opening her window in the car, a bumble bee, ants, wiggly worms, finding a rock, tickles.  When she laughs, her true laugh and not the forced one, it’s one of the best sounds.  She still will snuggle, sometimes in the morning, but more often at night after dinner before bed.  The snuggles are great.  She shares – usually without prompting – with her sister, they hug and kiss every night before bed.

We had her party on her birthday, and we had it at the park.  So many of her friends seemed to be having their parties at bounce houses – which are awesome! – we chose to do something different for hers.  Outside.  It wasn’t supposed to rain, but it did.  There was also a bit of last minute craziness, as the invites for her day care friends didn’t make it to the parents.  Oops!  Still, half were able to make it, she has good friends at day care.  Her other friends also made it!  Even with the less than stellar weather.

She asked for Strawberry Shortcake cake for her birthday.  How could I not oblige?  We also had strawberry cupcakes, with strawberry icing and rainbow sprinkles.  We had rainbow balloons.  I didn’t tie two up well enough and they floated up into a tree.  Oh well. Teagan told me she still had a purple one and Ashlin still had a yellow one.

Birthday girl with her flower piñata

Birthday girl with her flower piñata

We had a piñata, which made her so excited!  And it was a flower!  Mama, a flower!  I got one that you pull open instead of hitting.  The kids are still a bit too young to be swinging sticks around blindfolded!



Everyone grabbed a ribbon or two and pulled!  Unfortunately, it didn’t open up, so I had to help.



Even though it didn’t work right, they still loved it.  And the whistles and candy inside :)

We had kick-balls, airplanes, horseshoes and Frisbee.  The kids ran around with animal hats, which they got to keep.  They also got to leave with one of the balls and a balloon.  Yay balloons!  Everyone loves balloons.

moar beez?

moar beez?

Ashlin had a good time, dipping chips (to her knuckles!), eating macaroni and cheese, and cupcakes!

Everyone who said they could be there was there.  And they stayed and played, and ate, and had fun.  We even had a few people that stayed longer.  Teagan has good friends!

When we got home, she took a two hour nap in her big bed.  A two hour nap.

It was a very good day.


January 18, 2013

One of my Christmas presents from Stu was a subscription to Dabbler, a site that will send information once a month about a new craft, hobby, thing! The mails are sent on the 15th, and I laughed when I saw it in my inbox:

dabbler - knitting

It seems as if the universe is aligned against me.  People at work, on line, friends, all are trying to talk me into learning to knit.  Now.  After crocheting for a little bit, I knew I’d eventually learn to knit, as much as I protested.  Saying one hook was fine, no need for two needles.

So, I’m still not ready to learn to knit, but this mail was very nicely put together.  It explained about yarn, needles, stitches…  it had links to videos, information  resources.  A beginner’s pattern and step by step instructions.  I know that now isn’t quite the right time to start, but when it is, I’ll have a great resource to use.

Thank you.  It’s a great present.  Now, I can’t WAIT to see what they’re going to send next!


December 29, 2012

Snow Sisters

Snow Sisters

Wow.  Can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year.  This year has really flown by.

Today was a snow day!  Yay!  We were supposed to go home, have lunch with the ‘rents, get hair cuts, meet up with friends, have dinner with the gang.  The forecast changed plans.  We were expected to get about 6-8 inches.  Right now, I think we have a solid eight.  And who wouldn’t want that?

Earlier this afternoon, we all bundled up in hats*, coats, boots, mittens or gloves and headed out to play.  Or shovel the driveway.  The girls loved sledding down the hill in our yard.  They’re still small enough that it’s a good hill.

We started with the small sled, the one person sled.  Teagan LOVED it.  She wasn’t too sure last year, but she’s bigger now.  She didn’t want to stop.  Ashlin, I think, felt a little left out, and we dug out the bigger sled.  She was very reluctant to go down the hill with her sister and I, but eventually agreed.  She had fun!  Each time, she’d do a “no, no no” but as we started going down, she’d say “yay!”

Teagan enjoyed her hot cocoa today.  Last year, she wasn’t convinced it was a good thing.

I did spell Stu a bit, let him sled with the girls, while I shoveled.

It was a good day.  Even with some of the tears and occasionally turned-off listening-ears.  Both girls were tired, early.  Heaven.


* Somehow, I don’t have a hat!  Oh! No!


November 5, 2012

Moon and Stars

The other day the girls and I made some Halloween decorations.  Yay for decoupage!  Relatively simple, but elegant looking craft.  One that can also be done at various skill and coordination levels.

Both girls love doing arts & crafts, but sometimes it’s hard to get the right craft for both of them.  Sometimes, what I find is too fine motor skill intensive for Teagan, but I’ve gotten better at measuring her abilities.  Most things do get aimed at Teagan, although now I try to get Ashlin involved too.  She used to go to the play room, or outside and swing, with daddy.  Ashlin gets a bit impatient with her coordination, and also tries to taste or eat everything.  But she does have fun,  and now can do a pretty good job.  Teagan tries to rush through everything, thinking she knows exactly how to do whatever it is we’re doing.  Once she realizes she doesn’t know everything, and stops to listen, she does great!

We each had one jar, made one votive.  I had pre-cut the shapes, some stars and moons, a jack-o-lantern.  Although Teagan could do the paper punch, she wouldn’t have had the attention span to do the whole craft.


Ashlin puts on confetti

I also had the girls do their decoupage jar in shifts.  Ashlin needs a bit more attention than Teagan, but with glass and sticky glue, I didn’t want either to be too unsupervised.

Ashlin really enjoyed putting the Halloween shaped confetti on the jar I had prepared with glue for her.  Her focus was intense, and she would giggle as she saw the paper stick to the jar.  She also put a few pieces of tissue over the confetti, but lost interest soon enough. The lure of Blue was too strong.


Moon and Stars for Teagan

Teagan watched while I did a few swipes of the glue, eager to put her shapes on.  She also did a great job applying the glue, ripping the tissue to small pieces – maybe the best part! – and putting it over the glue.  I let her finish putting the tissue on Ashlin’s jar, then on my jar and hers.


Applying glue


Mom’s Jack-o-lantern gets orange tissue

Waiting to dry


All done!


Spooky Votives

I think they turned out pretty good! We may do some more for Christmas!



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