Monday, January 30, 2012

Sometimes "yes" just comes out.

A few weeks ago, my daughter's Daisy Troop leaders e-mailed and asked if I would be willing to take the role of "cookie mom" for their Girl Scout troop. ....and sometimes "yes" just comes out, I mean really how hard could it be?
So these Girl Scouts are serious about their cookies! Thank goodness our low-key group is just getting our feet wet in the cookie biz, so no big headache...yet. :)

Our wonderful troop of 10 girls sold over 850 boxes of those irresistible Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and Trefoils! Woop-Woop!! As the cookie mom, last Thursday brought pick-up and sorting. Calling in some back-up, Papaw and Grandma became the official "cookie grandparents" of troop 366. Emma, loving every second of it, was the queen Daisy with unloading, counting, sorting and delivering those boxes.
Thanks to the great parents of troop 366 that helped clear out these cookies from our dining room - and a BIG thanks to all of Emma's cookie patrons....sometimes "yes" just can be the most wonderful and contagious word.

Friday, January 27, 2012


For this dairy-free family, the word cheese only has one meaning....

...and Hope has it down pat! Say cheeeeeeeeeeeese!!!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

100 days of school!

In honor of the 100th day of school, The kindergarten class at Emma's school is making a museum. In their museum will be projects made from the students that showcase a 100 of some item. They were told to be creative. That was all Emma heard "creative" and she was fast at work....

She called it the "HOOSIER HUNDRED". Smart little dickens she is, isn't she?

Her teacher, Mrs. Townsend proudly displays her....ummm....whats their name, again..."PU"... flag in the room. Emma thinks she is pretty big stuff bringing in all the red she can, just to give her teacher a yank. When Emma came home from school last week with the assignment in hand, she said (without any prompting from a parent), "Mom, I have got to make 100 IU logos and get Mrs. Townsend good!" And so she did.

After much glitter and glue (and pictures of our favorite cheerleader Molly!) Emma came up with a splendid 100 addition to the Union Elementary Kindergarten's 100 Museum.

Oh, and did I mention, she had one extremely proud daddy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dancing, limo rides, and sparkly shoes, OH MY!

It's the Cinderella Ball! That's right, Emma's first fancy date....and thank goodness we didn't have to screen any boys till they were shakin' in their shoes (which is what I predict the father of these two blue-eyed blonds will do in the teen-years). Emma had a very handsome date wearing a purple tie to match her purple dress - her daddy.

Emma dance studio puts on a Cinderella Ball every year just for father's and their daughters. The fathers are to teach, and show, the girls how a young man should treat a girl on a date, while having a fun evening - isn't this a fabulous idea?! Love it. And here's my beautiful Cinderella...

...and her Prince Charming....

Proud as punch, she was. The curls, the dress, the sparkly shoes, the big plastic purple ring...she was in the height of her glory. (as she should have been)
After the princess and prince arrived back home at a late 9:30, I got an ear full. There was fancy food, waltzing, raffles, and limo rides - TWO limos..."and there was a mirror on the ceiling!" She talked herself to sleep. And just as any prince should, he tucked his princess in for some sweet dreams. ...sealed with a kiss.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Every now and then, a mom has to go to the bathroom.

....and when she does, Hope has the most fun she possibly can. Case in point.
Counting my blessings.
1. We have many pj's, so a few stains is nothing.
2. My oldest daughter is artsy and can properly use (just not put away) markers.
3. Our furniture is dark and can't show marker smears.
4. Marker washes of skin.
5. Adam will be home soon, so I can go to the bathroom.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Christmas 2011 - "the aftermath"

So after digesting all the pictures it dawned on me I never got a picture of both girls in their jammies by the tree. You know, the traditional Christmas morning picture. So midway through January here you go.
It also became apparent after sorting through all the travels and Christmas parties that Hope ended up with a lot of dolls. Really....does a girl that won't sit still for more than two seconds need seven dolls? Heck ya.
And last but not least, there was chaos in Bethlehem this year. The word on the street is a blond bombshell imitating Goliath was found climbing the desert hills (aka piano) and landed upon the manger scene only to be found chucking it piece by piece onto the hardwood floors. The noise alerted nearby tax collector (aka Dad) and the blond Goliath was swooped away from the scene, punished, and never to be found on piano - I mean desert hills - again. Two casualties lamb lost an ear and another lost a leg. Baby Jesus was left unharmed. It was heard later, the village doctor (aka Mom) was able to attach all limbs back onto the respected animals with none other than superglue.
Happy Birthday Jesus. Can't wait to celebrate it all again.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Christmas 2011 - Part III, IV, V, and so on....

So much for sorting it all out....let's just cut to the chase:
Two cutie gals, one visit to Santa, a Christmas Eve service, SIX family Christmas gifting in five days (and sorry we missed out on the Conner-side Christmas!), an elf on the move, one Micah-Man vs. Food challenge that resulted in a loss for Adam causing an earth shattering flip in a bounce house, three purple tutus, two guitars with one eager rockstar, a jeep, a princess, a Christmas story from Grandma, pajama's and socks covered in bread sacks for make shift snowsuits, two sleds with two cousins, one out of this world snowman, a little girl stuck inside that just wants to be outside........and one tired mama with a lot of pictures.

It really is true when the song sings, "it's the most wonderful time of the year."