My Little Opposites

In almost every way these two daughters of mine are opposites. Photobucket

Thursday at the girls’ school they had a Christmas movie party. Sierra decided she really wanted to dress up for it, she picked out her outfit and asked me to do her hair. Brooklyn most certainly did not want to dress up (she would do anything to wear pajamas 24/7) but seeing Sierra dressed up and looking so nice she ran to change her outfit. Photobucket
They both looked so darn cute I had to take a couple quick pictures before heading off to school.


Ember spied this pettiskirt that used to be Brooklyn’s and wanted to wear it. She felt really fancy, the sway of her toddler hips and the twirling gave that away.
I asked her if she’d like to dance and she ran for the “stage” in our front room. Photobucket








One more of her after she’d ditched the pettiskirt. It is a heavy skirt with all those layers and layers of fabric! Photobucket

Out of curiousity I went and found Ember’s 1 year old photo wearing that same pettiskirt. I’m dying over those chunky thighs and I can’t believe how much older she looks now! She looks more like a little girl than a baby after seeing this photo! Photobucket


I sewed some bean bags for my kids. I pulled out a container of filler beads I had to stuff them with. I set the container on the counter and started looking for a funnel to use. When I came back the container was gone. I found it a minute later. Empty.

Family Picture Fail

A week ago I told my family that I wanted to go out Sunday afternoon to take our family pictures. I didn’t have high expectations as my family hates having their picture taken and always has. The short time we were out there was terrible. I won’t go into details (for the sake of those involved) but it was awful.

I got a couple pictures that are cute but… it was such a bad experience it’s hard to really like them at all. haha! Maybe in a few months when the memory is fuzzy. Photobucket

I’m including this next one to show how their faces looked in between shots. Can you tell Allan was telling me to hurry? haha! Photobucket

The last picture I took before calling it quits and heading home. Photobucket

Walk/Bike Ride

We went on a walk to Brooklyn’s friend’s house to take her home. We’re trying to get outside every day to enjoy the nice winter weather. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Sierra had a head on collision with a boy from her class during lunch that day, hence the giant bruise forming under her eye 🙁

I got sick of my split ends and chopped 7 inches off my hair. Allan took a picture for me. Photobucket

I’m bummed and miss my long hair but it had been so wrecked it needed it. It’ll grow back. Photobucket

Visiting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

PhotobucketThis is the fourth year we’ve gone to Bass Pro Shops to visit Santa. I guess it’s become a tradition? I don’t know how I feel about that after this year’s experience. The kids had a blast but Allan and I were stressed and didn’t enjoy it. It was SO crowded and our kids were running every which way and… oh boy, just NOT fun at all! haha
I told Allan I was absolutely not coming back next year, we’d find another place to visit Santa, but just now blogging about it… it’s been four years of going to Bass Pro Shop, is it horrible to end that specific tradition and visit Santa elsewhere? Is visiting Santa tradition enough, no matter what the venue may be? (Tell me yes. haha)

We got there as early as we could. Which, with Allan’s work schedule, wasn’t early at all! We got to the line to see Santa and were told there were no more bass passes left.(bass pass means you stand in line, get a ticket, come back to meet Santa at the time on the ticket) No more bass passes meant no more seeing Santa despite it being 2 1/2 hours before closing and Santa leaving. Can you believe that??! And there’s no buying or claiming bass passes any other way than by showing up at the store and the store is a good 45 minutes from our house.<br/
So anyway, we were about to leave when someone in line let us have her bass pass! She didn’t want to take her daughter to see Santa there after all. We were so thankful! We got in line and the line wasn’t too long of a wait!

Near the front of the line there is a table with paper and crayons to write letters to Santa and there’s a mailbox to stuff them into. They do that because this Santa doesn’t even ask your kids what they want. In fact, their Santas don’t really even talk to my kids. haha! They might say a word or two but mostly it’s sit and smile, rush rush.

So here’s a picture of the older girls mailing their letter to Santa. Photobucket

So this year we’ve watched Christmas movies and read a lot of Christmas books. Most have been about the real Christmas story but some have been about Santa. When we first got to the store I told Ember we were going to see Santa and she seemed happy about that. I didn’t know if she’d really know what I meant or grasp that we were going to meet him.
Well, she caught sight of him while we were all standing in line and starts pointing and smiling and telling me, “Santa! Santa, mama! Santa!” Photobucket

It was adorable. I was happy that she was so excited about it! Photobucket

When we got up to Santa we put Payson on his lap and then attempted to put Ember on his lap. She leaned forward towards me with an unhappy face, reaching for me. I let her stand instead, she was happy about that. She smiled at him and said hi after the photo 🙂 Photobucket

After seeing Santa we always play the games and ride the carousel. PhotobucketPhotobucket

I didn’t get a picture of Brooklyn because she chose an animal on the other side. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Then we went and saw the fish. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
And that’s all!

Cootie Catcher

I made a bunch of cootie catchers for my kids. I didn’t take pictures of the girls’ because they were busy playing with them but I did take pictures of Payson’s. He told me every single thing to draw and write. It was cute seeing him so into it. They’ve played with them constantly ever since. Photobucket

You can see Ember’s cootie catcher on the ground beside him. Hers mostly had shapes like a sun, heart, star, and lots of cute colors. Photobucket

Payson was very precise in what he wanted me to draw. Included: Captain America’s shield and a letter A, Bot from Team Umizoomi (he specified NOT smiling, haha), Spiderman, Lightning McQueen, Geo from Team Umizoomi, Superman symbol, Hulk, and the Batman symbol. Payson was bummed out that we ran out of room because he really wanted Milli from Team Umizoomi as well. Photobucket

This was the day he started to get pink eye. Photobucket

Ember is constantly raiding her dresser and dressing herself up. Sometimes she brings the clothes to me to put on her and after she prances away with a soft smile on her face as she stares down at her outfit. Such a funny little thing. I took pictures of this outfit because it looked cute! Head to toe she picked it out! Photobucket

She almost always brings me layers. She loves to wear shorts or skirts over her leggings and sweaters over her shirts. She’s just too cute!