Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dot Paint

Cabell sent us some dot paints, which immediately jogged my memory that my friend Amanda had recommended them about a year ago even though I forgot all about it at the time.

The kids love them - and I love them, too - much quicker set-up and clean-up than regular painting!

Also, they are exactly like the Bingo markers I yearned to play with that my Grandma Wanda would never let me touch.

James is hard at work, but Amelie looks horrified that I'm taking a photo.

She also got us a set of board books based on Greek mythology. This one is about Midas, who wants everything to be yellow, until he paints his stuffed dinosaur.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

James Says / Amelie Says

Sam explained the no dogs sign at our neighborhood park (no dogs on the playground mulch - there are plenty of dogs making the loop around the trail each day) to James, who then saw the circle and line around a P for "no parking," and he was very confused. "Why there no P's?" And so Sam explained that too and now I hear "No parking!" shouted out every time we pass one of those signs.

James was playing pretend and he told me I could be "Jack Frost's mom -- Lady Frost." I'll take it.

But when there was frost on the window, I said that Jack Frost came, and I was immediately corrected - "Elsa did it."

James is very excited about the snow. "There's a WIZARD outside! ... It's a snow wizard!"

Pointing to a lego Darth Vader, James asks, "Who's the black guy?"

James has taken to saying, "I don't love it."

Sam asked who Amelie's PE teacher was, and she very seriously said, "Coach."

James: "Why are monsters not real?"
Amelie: "They're just a story people made up so that you will go to sleep. Go to sleep and then you won't think about them anymore."

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kids Being Weird

This is a video of the kids being weird from back in November. They totally independently set up a "band," and this is what I caught on camera - just the tail end of their pretend play.

Amelie is talking about her "bango" sticks.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christmas Morning

We opened presents on Christmas morning. The kids had quite a pile! I actually ended up putting a few back into the closet, maybe for a birthday, because they wanted to just stop and play with everything they opened as they went.

Sam looks confused by some of the Shopkins parts.

I guess they figured it out!

I don't know what he's holding here, but boy oh boy is he excited!

Blurry My Little Ponies.

Oh, yeah, they almost forgot about stockings!

The Shopkins and the My Little Ponies were the only things they'd asked for specifically (due to friend influence at Kindergarten). We got them some kinetic sand and my friend Cabell sent some dots paint, and those are what they're still playing with regularly three weeks later, plus the new Elsa dress from Grandma Mary has sparked renewed interest in the dress-up bin, which is one of their all-time favorite pastimes (and one of Sam's least favorite)!

Look at that mess!

Amelie was worn out and had to take a nap afterward.

Saturday, January 9, 2016


It was brought to my attention that I announced that I'd chopped off Amelie's hair and then never posted a picture.

The night before we were supposed to go down to the Bootheel for Christmas, the kids had a bath and then we needed to brush Amelie's hair. She immediately started whining about it, so I asked how she'd like a haircut - and she jumped on it so we just capitalized on the opportunity and bobbed it off in the kitchen at around 8pm. I'd intended on evening it up pretty soon after that, but we still haven't gotten around to it.

I very annoyingly took these photos today while she was trying to eat lunch.

I am definitely not a professional, but I think this will do - she's already able to brush her hair on her own most mornings and that was definitely not happening before.

Monday, December 28, 2015


Amelie picked out this all-pink outfit and wanted me to take a picture.

James insisted that he be in the picture, too, so I ran with it, even though they're being goofy.

Not quite as goofy as this one, though! (And you'll notice the bare tree -- I got my shopping done relatively early this year, but didn't wrap a single thing until Christmas eve. Eek.)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Magic Tree

We went to the magic tree on Christmas Eve and drove around looking for lights afterward.