27 April 2009

Picture Day

Today is picture day at daycare! I was so excited to whip up this "dress" for Bella to wear. I made a size 2T (I meant to make a 3T)--and it barely fits as a shirt. whoops.

But I always like the dress-with-jeans look. So runway.

New dress for picture day

I also managed to capture a classic Bella expression. Seen several times a week but never before captured on bytes.* I'm not sure if it's really as funny as I think it is, but dang I think it's funny.

New dress for picture day

Bella was psyched to wear it, which is a first. She has tolerated a few homemade garments before, but never been all, "I look pretty!!" like she was in this one. I believe the key is the matching headband, whipped together as an after thought. When she first tried to put it on, her ears almost came off and she started to cry. So we had to add a little extra elastic. I obviously have a size perception and/or growth denial problem. 

I am very interested to see how her pictures turn out because when I picked her up she was wearing the headband like Rambo.

*"captured on bytes" is my new phrase I am trying to coin to replace "captured on film." It'll sweep the nation shortly.

25 April 2009

Say my kids are cute. Say it!!

February Baby Sweater

Is that not the cutest baby you ever saw? I suppose that all self-respecting parents must argue that THEIR babies are cuter. But I know, deep down, that is the cutest baby you ever saw. You just can't publicly admit it. I understand. (wink wink)

February Baby Sweater

It is 40 degrees today, so it is still acceptable to be dressing babies in woolens. I guess that is the bright side of Minnesota weather. Lots of sweater opportunities. 

Yesterday we went to the Mall of America. Which, I always like to remember, was the Bastion of Materialism Whose Doors I Would Never Darken when it was built. They destroyed wetlands and historic structures to build it! How clearly evil. But then I went and I rode that log chute ride and damn, that was fun. Then they put in a DSW shoe store and a store that only served peanut butter (alas, gone now), making for many blissful shopping trips. And the final nail in the coffin of my righteous scorn? A Dora themepark. What can I say? There's a place for fun in your life, at the Mall of America! 

We were sitting in the ice cream parlor in the middle of the themepark, enjoying an ice cream cone, when Bella spotted a life-size Dora walking around. She told us she was all done with her ice cream cone, handed it to Brent, and ran through the crowds of people right into Dora's arms. She was just bursting with joy. It was a sight I will remember forever! 

Especially since we bought the $9.95 picture that captured the moment.

Dora the Explorer!

22 April 2009

Hop'N'Canaries

Last night was Picture Night at Hop'n'Tots. I have been rolling my eyes at the excessive frou-frou-ness of Bella's costume. But when she had it on with all the other girls it was so stinkin' cute.

Admiring their nails

Hop'n'Tots

Hop'n'Tots

Hop'n'Tots

The recital is in two weeks. I was stressing to Bella that she needed to be careful with her costume since she needs it to be nice for her recital. She says, "Recital?" And I said, "Where you're on stage and mommy and daddy are in the audience, you know, a recital." And she gives me this look like, "WTF did you just say. I am going to be doing what?" So this just might end up similar to the Christmas recital (reminder: WAH!). We'll see.

14 April 2009

Hippity Hoppity

What an Easter it was! A veritable banquet, with 25 people, 2 hams, and absolutely miraculous weather. We egg hunted outside WITHOUT SNOW. We played at the park and hung out on the deck. It was, most definitely, the best Easter ever.

It wasn't immediately obvious how to setup the house for 25 people to eat. We ended up with two tables in the kitchen, two in the living room, and one in the entryway (that one just held hors d'oeuvres). My parents came the night before and helped with all the setup.

Easter Table

Then we awoke to the Easter bunny's surprises! She had left baskets and eggs to find. Bella had spotted Hi-Ho Cherry-O in my van a few days before (DOH!), but I was just buying it because the Easter Bunny had called and told me she couldn't fit it in the basket so could I get it? I said sure.

From the Easter Bunny

Egg Hunting

Bella was very good at finding all the eggs. She said, "Maybe there's one in the birdfeeder!" And there was!

Then it was time for some serious food prep. Or, more truthfully, time for my dad to do some serious food prep while the rest of us all took showers.

He put the hams on the deck (genius). So the whole neighborhood smelled like ham. You're welcome for that, neighbors.

Hams on the deck

Then he artfully decorated some tarts. These tarts were so AMAZING. There was hardly a crumb left at the end of the day.

Tart Making

My brother Dave arrived early to setup his appetizer, delicious deviled eggs. Which I think were actually made by Libby--I got her "recipe" (turns out it is just mayo, salt, and pepper) because these were very addicting and Brent and I defensively ate them afterward (that's where you eat a couple more than you should because you know the other person will eat them if you don't. It's very healthy.) I was excited when he went to look for paprika and was suitably impressed by my OCD spice cupboard.

Deviled Eggs

The buffet turned out to be quite a spread. I believe my favorite item were my cousin April's garlic green beans.

Jackson at the buffet

We celebrated G'ma Joanne's birthday with lots of pie.

Joanne's Birthday Pie

Little Claire got tuckered out playing outside.

Claire tuckered out

Then it was time for an egg hunt outside and some impromptu pruning. Apparently laughing at the tiny saw on my cousin's swiss army knife was a good way to get some branches trimmed off the oak in the front yard.

Pruning

And my dad, never one to miss out on lopping off branches.

Pruning

Here we are at the end of the day, only a little worse for wear:

Easter Family

And yes that's a broom and a carrot shaped burp cloth. Not the exact props I would have chosen, but at least we got a family picture!

This post is quite different than last year's bitchfest about the weather and the stupidness of the church calendar and blah blah blah. Stay tuned, I'm sure that will be back next year. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful day too!

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