Saturday, September 24, 2011

~ S ~ E ~ V ~ E ~ N ~

We Love Saturday Mornings In The Fall

The thermometer read 48 degrees when I took the puppies out this morning at dawn.  How exciting!

When everyone finally woke up at 7 - we ate biscuits and gravy and then slipped some shoes on and outside we went to enjoy a little fresh air... in our pajamas!

Neck and Neck in a race around the yard....  I want to meet those people that say Yorkies are not good family pets...
I totally disagree!  

Now it's my turn to run with the jump rope...

Lilli stopped dead in her tracks for this treasure and insisted that I get the camera... 

Who needs people to have fun....

Wait... I need People.... People...come back... please.... don't go inside... throw the ball....
please...that would be really fun ....for you.... and me... arf.... please....
said the very wet puppy!  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

She Can Make Me Smile from Hundreds of Miles Away

I am ashamed to admit (not really) that I "check on" my two older kids via their twitter accounts on occasion.  They think I am delving into every detail of their lives... when to be honest.... I simply know that they are "ok" if they have recently tweeted. I will also admit that the number of tweets that I understand is a very low percentile. That being said, I have been known to call my children out on occasion only to have a "oh/oopps/sorry" moment shortly there after.   But mostly, I check and move on... as in ... last tweet 7 minutes ago - good - they are fine.

This morning, Holly made me smile with her "twit pic":

She is in calculus (mostly forced by me to take such a hmmmm "basic" (only in her book) math class).   So I had to chuckle at her note book... and how she entertains herself  - as we all know calculus is just so darn easy and who would ever have to pay full attention in class?? !!.   ; )

Hey Holly..... Rawr!  ... and what is dinosaur for I miss you more than words can say???

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

In Black and White....

In Black and White - they are so similar....

In full color ~ not so much....

Abby is "muted",
wants to blend in,
thinks before she speaks,
loves to read,
has a dry and sarcastic sense of humor (like her big brother joey),
asks for permission,
wakes up grumpy,
likes the purple and red popsicles,
likes to color outside the lines,
wants to be good - really good at one thing,
would wear a sweater vest (yes... sweater vest) to school everyday if I let her,
wants a simple "clippie" in her hair everyday,
groans when asked to apply lip balm,
takes her lunch to school everyday (pretty much the same food everyday),
Is perfectly fine being alone,
prefers inside to outside,
talks about buying a house on our block when she is a grown up,
wants to drive a blue mini cooper when she is 16,
plays with l@ggos and st@r w@rs things,
 often pretends to be a storm trooper or knight,
would walk a mile for a donut.

Lilli is "bright" ,
wants to stand out,
blurts out whatever she is thinking,
loves math,
has a silly sense of humor,
asks for forgiveness ; ),
wakes up happy,
likes the orange and green popsicles,
likes to color inside the lines,
wants to try everything - who cares is you are good as long as you are having fun,
would wear a silk or satin dress (the more lace and frills the better)  to school everyday if I let her,
wants her hair a new and exciting way every day, preferably with a huge flower , feather and even a little glitter,
pretends lip balm is the most luxurious lipstick ever made and applies with gusto in front of a mirror if possible,
eats at school everyday (loves the variety).
does not like being alone (being with the puppies outside counts as not being alone in her book),
will follow her sister anywhere,
prefers outside to inside - rain, snow, or shine, (this is my mud pie girl)
talks about living everywhere (maybe even China for a while) when she is older,
wants to drive a red (or pink) mini cooper when she is 16,
plays with dolls and stuffed animals,
often pretends to be a princess or fairy,
would walk a mile for a cucumber.  

But... they do have one major similarity -  they both love like there is no tomorrow!  
We are blessed beyond words - every-single-day - by these two very different little girls!  

Sue and The Space Girls

What a wet holiday weekend we had.  The grass was happy, but we were not!  After an entire day inside, we decided to brave the weather for a little trip down the road to see Sue.

Meet Sue...

Studying all the facts!  

Maybe I will find a Sue....

One Big Femur!  

... and onto space and Saturn.  

"This was a tiny rocket mom".....

"One Day, Holly's footprints are going to be on the moon, just like this - right mom?"

Trying out the moon gloves.  

Houston - We DON'T have a problem.  ; )  

Friday, September 2, 2011

Just a Few More Updates....

Shortly after getting Joey and Holly settled, school started for the littles and Daniel.  Abby and Lilli were so excited for the first day.  I am sure Daniel was a tad bit nervous his first day of High School - but he did not show it.  He did; however, show his unhappiness about having to ride the bus this year - he is missing Holly (and her car and school parking permit) already!  Next year Daniel... next year!

Always smiling and ready!  

So excited about the bus.... and her
new 2nd grader messenger bag!  

Daniel looks as he is off to prison instead of
school.  Can you say "forced" to pose?  haha!  

Shortly after school started, Daniel ended up with this:

Basketball season starts in a few months... Right Handed Point Guard???  Hmmmmmm??? 

Switching It Up a Bit

Daniel has been sharing a jack-n-jill bathroom with his little sisters for nearly three years.  For the girls - great! - for Daniel - not so much!  So.... we recently shuffled (and redecorated) bedrooms for Daniel and Abby.

Daniel moved into Holly's old bedroom, which meant I had to strip the funky wallpaper that we "inherited" with the purchase of the home and de-yellow the bedroom and rid it of it's chandelier.  I feel bad as these were all the things that Holly had wanted when she was in the room, but we (as in I) never quite got around to it.... Sorry Holly!  But Daniel was insistent that he could not live with "old lady" wallpaper in the bathroom and yellow walls and certainly not a chandelier.  So.... I finally got busy.... and this is Daniel's room now.... 

A nice Hawks, Braves inspired room.
We have replaced the chandelier with a modern black and metal ceiling fan also.
  Please excuse the photo quality - it was taken with my phone.
I hope it was worth the month that you spent on a mattress on the floor of the sunroom Daniel!  
Daniel gave up his twin bed - awwwhhhhh... and will keep Holly's queen size furniture until she moves from the dorm into an apartment.  Hopefully that will be a while!  : )

Abby also has a new "abode".  She moved into Daniel's old room.  I have blogged a bit about what she was looking for in room decor - grey, purple, St@r W@rs, and Furman University.  So here it is.... again  don't mind the picture quality as it was taken with my phone.... I have been lazy to charge my camera... I know, SAD.  

Included in Abby's room is a Javanese Bench and a Batik (hanging over her bed) from Yogyakarta.
My camera is now charging... and I will add more photos soon...  to show the details.  
My family is teasing me as it seems I am on a "gray kick".  Daniel's room is a really light crisp cool gray that looks so great with the bright white glossy molding and Abby's is more of a stormy gray.  Joe painted her ceiling a really great shade of warm lavender.... it looks amazing (if I don't say so myself).  
I keep telling my family that gray is the new beige.... they don't believe me!  ; )