Thursday, June 25, 2009
I wasn't sure about this book at first. Just looking at the cover, and reading the summary, I was concerned that it might be too "boyish" and that it might even possibly freak S&A out a little. I mean, really, a toy Indian that comes alive in a magic cupboard? I set aside my preconceived notions about it being a "boy story," since Aunt Lane was recommending it, but still felt some trepidation about the plot. So before I read it aloud, I read the first few chapters by myself. I quickly became hooked and knew I had to share it with the girls, so today we started it. The chapters are loonnnnngggg, so I finished the first one and closed the book. Both of them begged begged begged for more. So we started the second chapter but didn't finish it before heading out to VBS. We'll read more tomorrow. And the next day, and the next. It's a pretty long book so it might take awhile, but I'll let you know how it's going.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Here are some of S&A's favorite gifts this year:
- kid-sized picnic table from our cousins
- Pretty beach towels that come packed in their own bags
- Scrapbook kits
- Bouncing glitter balls
- Mosaic art kits
- Rolling suitcases for our travels (Sarah quoted Toot & Puddle today: "The more places you go, the more things you know!" - Yea - I have travelers!)
- Lots of cute clothes and matching sunglasses and flip-flops
- An awesome pic from DisneyWorld
- Fun dolls and beautiful baby dolls (I'm so glad they're not too old for dolls!!)
- Many great books
- iPods with docking stations (loaded with lots of their favorite songs)
This is a rather obnoxious list of goodies, and they got lots of other great gifts, too. They've been having so much fun playing with all their new things, and best of all, they've been playing together. I hope we're turning a corner where they can entertain themselves at least some of the time!!
Tomorrow, we start tackling those thank-you notes!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
We celebrated today with a dress-up skating party. We had a fantastic time skating with our friends and celebrating Sarah and Abby. I made a slideshow (of course) for those of you too far away to come.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
playing in the sprinkler
Free summer movies
Kids Bowl Free
Summer reading programs at the library
Michaels' dollar aisle
Sink or float?
We just finished reading Wizard of Oz and then we watched the movie. I was worried that they would be scared (because those flying monkeys really freak me out), but they both enjoyed the book and the movie. I loved the discussion we had about the differences between the two! Trying to decide what book to read next.
This afternoon we had fun finger-painting on our new picnic table (an early birthday present from the Richardsons). I brought out the paints, and they asked for brushes. When I told them we were finger-painting, they both took one little finger and very carefully started spreading the paint. I took both my hands and spread the paint all over my paper, and they squealed with delight. We had so much fun getting messy outside, and we love the new table so much that we decided to eat dinner outside too!
And, in other news...
Sarah finally lost her second tooth this week! Again, just like her other one and both of Abby's, the big tooth was fully erupted behind the baby tooth.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This year we stayed at the Caribe Resort in Orange Beach again. The kids (and adults) love this place. There are 3 outdoor pools, 2 indoor pools, 3 big water slides, and a lazy river. One night we all watched Bedtime Stories on the big screen (actually just a big wall) out by the lazy river. We did make it to the beach a few times, but most of the time we just hung out at the resort and enjoyed the company.
I really thought I didn't have my camera very often, but somehow I ended up with about 150 pictures. I tried a new slideshow program this time - we'll see how it works.