Sunday, May 17, 2015

West Desert

My dad bought a really fun new "toy" for the family, and he invited me and the girls out to the West Desert to go for a ride on it (yes, Anton was still out of town). It was on a Monday afternoon after school, so I canceled Lilly's piano lesson and off we went! It was so fun!! The girls loved it, but in typical fashion, Claire thought it was a little scary. She didn't want anyone, including me, to drive except for Pops. He took us on a fun little adventure. My dad likes to hype the kids up over ordinary things. It is really cute, and the kids totally but into it. He took us to see "evil cows", "snake city" and "gold mines". We even saw a dead cow - you can imagine how well that went over. Claire was certain it was indian zombies that killed it. My mom packed us a little dinner, and while we were eating we saw a horny toad. You would think little girls would be afraid of something like that, but they loved it. It was a blast!! 

Randoms in May

Claire makes me laugh. Her outfits that she insists on wearing always make me chuckle. She has been so sweet lately, and completely hooked to my hip. I am leaving town soon, and wonder how she will do. I worry that she is going to miss me. She even has been struggling when the babysitter puts her to bed. It is sad, but I also love that she loves me so much! 

I decided one morning that I just simply didn't want to exercise, I didn't want to do laundry, I didn't want to clean and I didn't want to work. The thing that sounded the most fun was to go out and enjoy the gorgeous weather with my little buddy. We stayed at the park for almost 2 hours, then went and got lunch. It was the best. 

We have been really lucky about not having our kids wander into our bed at night. Lilly never has, and Claire has wandered in maybe twice. Anton was out of town, and Claire had a really scary dream in the middle of the night. Usually I will just calm them down, and tuck them back into bed. This particular night I was so exhausted, that I just pulled her into bed with me. When I woke up that morning she looked so cute and comfy....I just had to snap a picture!

Mother's Day was so sweet this year. I was really missing Anton (it was the middle of his two week work trip) but the girls made my day really sweet. I had gone on Saturday night to the grocery store and bought way too much food for just the three of us, so I decided to invite my parents over for dinner. I was happy they hadn't been invited anywhere, and that we got to have them over. Earlier that morning, Lilly had made me breakfast - toast with honey - and then I opened some presents from them. Then we went to church where they sang and they gave me some cute little things they made in Primary. After church we went to visit my sweet little granny. She is getting so old and frail, and I couldn't help but wonder if this will be her last mother's day. She has been such a wonderful example of what a Mother should be. She is so kind, so empathetic, so thoughtful...I look up to her in so many ways. I love that my girls have a sweet relationship with her. This is the first time she has never gotten me a card and a present for Mother's Day... and the first time she has forgotten someone's birthday (Lilly)...that's amazing! It was really fun having my parents over, and I must say, I made the most delicious dinner and dessert. My parents would agree. YUM! Since my mom and dad were here, some of my siblings stopped by too. I was worried it would be a long lonely day without Anton, but it turned out to be a wonderful day. Being a mother is beyond anything I ever expected. It is wonderful, hard and so rewarding. I love it more than anything. I told Anton "thank you thank you thank you" for allowing me to stay at home with them and be a mother to the girls. I feel so grateful and so loved by my little family. Love them more than words could ever describe!! 

House projects

We got an apartment up in Montana so we decided to take the bunk-beds that were in Claire's room up there, and get her a new bed. She is constantly getting hand me down's, so we thought it would be fun for her to have a new room. We went and bought her a new bed, nightstand and dresser for her room. I found the most adorable pottery barn kids quilt on clearance at DownEast, and decided to paint her room a light blue to match her "star" ceiling and also tie into the colors on her new quilt. I still want to find some decor for her walls, but so far it is darling! I love it, and it is so her. I will post pictures once her room is done. While I was painting, the girls wanted to help so I had them strip down to undies and help me paint. It didn't last long. Paint was dripping and going everywhere, and my patience was little to all they got to paint was one little section. I love to paint, and had her room finished in just a few hours. There was very little prep, which made the whole process so much easier. 

This project has been the VERY WORST EVER. I can't even begin to describe my frustration with this stupid project. I wanted to paint the cabinets because they were looking a little rough. At first I thought I would paint them white like the other cabinets, but decided to just do black again. Anton had convinced me to not just sand them and repaint, but to strip the paint and then repaint after the several layers were stripped off. He was out of town when I began stripping the paint, and I sent him a picture of it and said "I hate you so much right now". I was so mad I let him convince to do that!! The paint will not come off, and the paint stripper is a pain to get off. It is just gummy, messy and just plain awful. It doesn't look bad in pictures, but when you see it in person and feel how rough they are, you can get an idea of how awful it is. Ugh. The joys of being a homeowner. The good thing is, I completely learned my lesson. Never again will I try to do that!! Another project I will post pictures of once it is completely done....which will hopefully be soon!

1st competition

The Saturday after her birthday, Lilly had her first Ice Skating competition. I was nervous for her and wondered how she would do skating in front of tons of people, let alone judges, but she wasn't nervous at all! She looked adorable, and skated beautifully. The only thing she complained about was how cold she got while she had to wait to get on the ice. That was my fault that I didn't pull her jacket out of her bag. She placed 2nd, and was so excited. Anton and I were interested to see how she would do if someone was better than her - because she is so competitive - but it didn't even phase her. She just had fun. What more could a parent ask for?! The competition started first thing in the morning, and was over within an hour or so. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it went and how well it was organized. Great job Lilly Bug - we are so proud of you and your hard work! She loves ice skating so much, so it is fun to see her really improving and her love for it blossoming even more!


Sweet little Lilly...I can't believe she is 7!! She had "the best birthday ever"! I think she really did. It seemed like her birthday dragged out for over a week, which made it even more fun for her. Her birthday was really fun for her. My parents came over the night before to give her her presents. I knew she was going to flip out over what my mom got her. I kept telling Lilly that if she passed all of her ice skating lessons (she is in the last level) that I would buy her some white ice skates. But, my mom wanted to give some to her for her birthday. I, of course, was thrilled and thought that would be the most exciting thing for her to get! When she opened them she started screaming. It was so cute! My mom not only got the ice skates for her, she got her a special bag for all her gear, and a darling ice skating outfit. It was so exciting for her!!

The day of her birthday, I checked her out of school and took her to lunch. We just went to the bagel store up the street, and it was a beautiful day so we were able to sit outside. It was so fun to be with her, and I could tell she felt really special. Right after school she had her private skating lesson, and she got to use her new skates. She loved them! Later that night we went to get Mexican per her request then came home and opened presents and had cake. She got a fun new bike from us, a watch and some Doc McStuffins shoes. And, Claire got her the Calico Critters that she has been wanting for a while. While she was getting ready for be she was really sad and emotional because she didn't want her fun day to be over. I told her if she had the best birthday ever, that means her 7th year will be the best yet. I truly hope that's the case! It makes me so happy that she had such a fun birthday!! I love her more than I can describe. I am so honored to be her mother, and am so proud of the sweet, funny, beautiful, smart and caring little girl she has become!!

Lilly's birthday party

It was the year for birthday parties, and this year Lilly chose to have a swimming birthday party. It was such a fun day! Lilly's school doesn't have early out day every Friday like most schools, but we were lucky that her birthday party day happened to fall on an early out day. We had it at the rec center, and they took care of everything for us, except for cake and ice cream. They had the room all set up, 4 pizzas, soda and all the forks and plates and such. I was so glad, because Anton was out of town, and I was handling the party all alone! They kids had an absolute blast!! They have to take a 10 minute break to check the chlorine, so it was the perfect time to go have pizza, cupcakes and do presents. She invited lots of friends from school, some cousins and some friends from primary. Her little friends are so sweet and so nice to each other. There were no issues at all, and it was fun to watch them having such a fun time! The huge indoor water slide was the biggest hit of all. They kept wanting me to take pictures of them coming down the slide, but of course they were all blurry. It was such a great birthday party, and the most important thing is Lilly had the best day ever!!

Lilly 7th Birthday Questions

Lilly, 7th Birthday!

1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy(s)? Calico Critters
3. What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
4. What is your favorite tv show? Doc McStuffins
5. What is your favorite thing tollly eat for lunch? Sandwich
6. What is your favorite outfit? Red turtleneck dress
7. What is your favorite game? Candyland
8. What is your favorite snack? Don’t have one
9. What is your favorite animal? Bunny
10. What is your favorite song? Don’t have one
11. What is your favorite book? Eerie Elementary
12. Who is your best friend? Wesley & Blake
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump on the tramp
15. What is your favorite drink? Water
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Blankey &Aurora, Doc & Belle dolls
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? French toast
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pot Stickers

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Ice Skater