Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A favorite summer play place of the children is The Mouse - not the really cool one in Orlando, just the one that makes bad, expensive pizza at the Chuck E Cheese.
A few times over the summer, we have met friends there to play.
I like that they have coke on tap - where I refill my drink by myself. And they have air conditioning.
The kids like it all - the playground, the games, the tokens, the big cheese, the videos......everything!
We always seem to visit Six Flags on the hottest day of the year!
I can assure you that Skull Island was my favorite part - let the heat subside and the water glide....everywhere!
As we exited the park (with farewell music playing loudly over the speakers), we ran into Wonder Woman.
Then, we got behind college boys (really - a whole line of young men waiting to have their picture taken with Wonder Woman). Xander smiled BIG - and insisted I take several - "just in case."
She was hot - and not the its a 98 degrees out hot. I'm sure she hasn't given birth to two children......or at least that's what I'm telling myself.
I have one child who LOVES chores. Xander. He has always been eager to help - would rather be under my feet helping me than off alone.
And one child who avoids them like the plague. Mikaela.
I have tried lots of systems - chore charts, chore picture guides, chore cards.
This fall - I'm going to try this: (thank you D for the link!)
Monday, July 20, 2009
We are blessed. Truly blessed. I try to make a mental list of those blessings every day.
Truthfully, there are days where that list keeps me sane.....or at least in the vicinity of sane.
This dress provided Mikaela with hours of entertainment on one summer afternoon (and many thereafter!).
We are blessed to have such great friends - one of my scrappy pals was generous enough to give this to Mikaela (THANKS M - we love it!!!).
My princess knows how to throw a party. She begins months in advance - choosing a theme.
The day after her birthday party last year - she chose this year's theme.
Her frugal shopping mother LOVES this about her! I had a full year to gather supplies for the great Fashion Show of 2009.
She hand made each invitation with her scrapbooking supplies.
Make up, dress up, glamor galor
Those are the things that I truly adore
Walk the Runway
At Mikaela’s Super 7th Birthday!
We’ll get a chance to show off our style
This party is sure to make any diva smile!
Please join us for an afternoon of
girlie glamor, glitter and giggles!
Tommy has many talents.
One of my favorites is that the man can paint a wall. He can transform a room from a dingy mess to sparkly new dining room.
Just like that.
AND - as an added bonus, he is sharing the gift with the children.
So the momma will always have freshly painted pretty walls!
Friday, July 3, 2009
He was rendered speechless by her arrival....and wouldn't let go of her!