Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
"Happy Baptism Day Lia! Uncle Te Tee picked out this blue glass window decoration to remind you of your Godparents and how much we love you. The three crosses is the symbol of Las Cruces. When Las Cruces was discoverd years ago there were three crosses. Some believe that Las Cruces was once a place for Christian settlers. I personally like the window decoration because it symbolizes Uncle Te Tee, me and you as well as the Holy Trinity. We Love You! Auntie Stacey and Uncle Te Tee."
The crosses are beautiful. And the stickers were a big hit. Lia LOVES stickers!
1. Emily wrapped up her favorite Saint book and gave it to me because it was the "best thing she had to give me." We read about St. Monica - her feast day is on my birthday - She was a Saint becasue she loved her son, worried over him, and prayed constantly. I can do that too!
2. Pizza at the park with my family.
3. Girl talk and breakfast out with Peg! (priceless)
4. Dinner and dessert with friends!
6. Cute pajamas from my parents. (Mommy Jamas according to Lia)
7. Carrot cake.
And David took this picture of his Daddy. What a unique way to gain the the perspective of a 4 year old!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
And if you wanted your very own Fairy Garden, I found it on Amazon - Enchanted Fairy Garden Kit (Creativity for Kids)
You can see David's handwritten O's here. There is no better bribery than, "You have to write your O's before we can do the craft." Works every time. ;-)
And Lia made one too! The big pink thing at the top was just something Lia insisted on sticking there. It kind of looks like a hat... It's funny because I'm generally focusing on David and his work when we do these things. I provide Lia with the materials and let her do her own thing to appease her... but she actually does great work on her own! And what better way to learn the alphabet.
Emily made a stick girl puppet with an umbrella.
And her is David's sock puppet. Didn't it come out great?
And here is David and his friend Jacob (behind the stage curtain) putting on a show with their puppets. I see you!
And here is Emily's sock puppet. Gosh I love those two missing teeth. :-)
And all the kids watching each others puppet shows. Fun!
So this trip, he flew to Shanghai and took a bullet train to Nanjing. This bullet train went over 200 mph! While there, he had a little time to see the Confusious temple.
Confusious taught two things.
1. Control Yourself.
2. Be Kind to Others
(Good things to keep in mind!)
A fuzzy cell phone picture of the temple... but at least you can get an idea. After his visit to China he went to Bankok (Thailand) for another client. It was a big trip for him... but we are very glad to have him home!
Now Lia, who is always paying attention to what her siblings are doing, informed me that she wanted to do her penguin present too. I put Emily to work to "help" her with the caveat that "help" meant doing only what Lia asked her to do and not to make her upset. This was a big challenge because Lia likes to do as much herself as possible but gets frustrated because she can't. So helping is not always easy! All that aside, Emily was a great big sister and is learning the delicate skills needed to appease a 2 year old. :-)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Emily chose a brownie/cookie combination cake and decorated it herself. The princess cake toppers came from Birthday Express and the Cinderella actually had a little light so it glowed.
Here is everyone getting ready to sing Happy Birthday. Emily told me, "Mom it is so much FUN to be the birthday girl."
And opening the presents is really fun too. Happy day!
So yes, the kids anxiously wait for 3 out of 4 lights to go out in the living room so Daddy will bring out his handy dandy long extension lightbulb changing gadget. It is such a treat for them. Funny huh?
Emily and David wanted to climb through the big web first...
On the scooters.
Virtual Dodge Ball.
So the object in dodge ball is to avoid the red ball. Lia, and the other little ones, chose to jump on the red ball. The bigger smarter kids thought this was pretty funny and told her, "You're Out!"
And I think we all enjoyed the HEB shopping experience in Kidtropolis. My children are very comfortable at HEB since I am there literally every other day. Did you notice Lia made sure to pick up some ice cream. That's my girl.