Thursday, April 03, 2014


The memories of my childhood are better left in the past.  Do you ever have that happen?  I have been watching some of my favorite old movies with my kids the past couple of weeks.  A short list is as follows:

1.  That Darn Cat
2.  The Happiest Millionaire
3.  The Gnome-mobile
4.  Condor man

And then today, we watched Darby O'Gill and the Little People.  I remember that when we were little, my sister did not like that movie, but I did.  I think I have changed my mind.  I'm not quite sure what I ever saw about the movie in the first place.  The only thing remotely interesting about the movie is that the leading man who is the love interest for Darby O'Gill's daughter is a VERY young and rather handsome Sean Connery. 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Cute things Annika says - part seventeen

We were driving home tonight when Annika asked me how many days it was until next week.  I asked her why, and she said:

Because we are going to watch a video at school about the cycles of frogs.
Me:  oh!  Like tadpoles!
Annika:  And horses and chickens.
Me:  Are those part of the cycles of frogs too?
Annika:  Yep.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Tyler's room - organization

I bought the CUTEST little bowl the other day for Tyler's the store that shall not be named....

It fits his color scheme perfectly, and I love how it's woven and circular and I could go on and on.....

I put all of Tyler's cars in the bowl, so he would always know where they were when he wants to play with them.  EXCEPT.....I found the cars on his bed the very next day.  The bowl?  Well, it was being used for better things.

It fits his head perfectly, don't you think?  What a cutie.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Cute Things Abigail said - Part Ten

I posted yesterday about how Annika was enjoying her new book.  Abigail also liked her book, I think mostly because it was pink!  While she was coloring in it, Tyler walked into the room and so she invited him to color with her.  After a little while, Abigail got tired of sharing and told Tyler to go away.  She explained it to him this way.

"Tyler, I'm a fashion sister, and that's what we do.  We tell boys to go away."

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Cute Things Annika Says (Part Sixteen)

I bought the girls little books today.  Annika was so excited to see hers.  She's been busy writing words down in it and drawing pictures.  Tonight, she grabbed it and sat on the couch and told me she was busy reading a story.

"Walnelia walked across the ocean.  She didn't fall into the water.  She doesn't poop in her pants."  All of a sudden Annika stopped reading and said "Doesn't poop in her pants?  Who wrote this book?"

What a kid.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

When they're sweet without prompting.....

Do you ever have parenting days where you're out with your monsters children and everything they do makes you cringe on the inside, because you know that EVERYONE is judging your parenting?  Yeah.  I have those days.  Quite often.

Then there are the days where your little angels do something that you want them to do with prompting and people think they are so sweet, and you just wish that they would remember to say "thank you" to the Wal-Mart greeter when they get stickers from them, since they get stickers EVERY TIME we go there, but can never seem to remember their manners until I remind them.

Then there are days like today.  We went for Slurpees this afternoon and as we were walking in, we passed a girl waiting outside the 7-11.  I'm not quite sure how old she was.  Probably late teens, early twenties.  I can't seem to tell how old people are the older I get....everyone looks young to me.  Anyway, she was standing outside looking a little bit miserable when my dear sweet Abigail walked by her, noticed the huge tattoo on the side of her arm of Snow White, stopped walking and said to her, "I really like your picture.  Snow White is one of my favourites."  The look on the girls face....her face transformed into a smile and she told Abigail, "Nobody so little has talked to me about my tattoo before." 

When we left the store she was still standing there, but as soon as she saw Abigail, she broke into another smile.  I like to think that Abigail maybe made her day a little bit brighter, and I'm quite proud of her, since she did it without any prompting.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Disneyland - The Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique and meeting princesses

I think this was the highlight of the whole trip for our little Abigail.  Poor Annika gets sucked along for the ride even though she wasn't a fan.  I feel a bit bad for her, but I know that looking back on it, she'll appreciate that I make her do things she might not want to do, right?

This was Abigail's fairy godmothers-in-training.  The one doing her hair was so nice to her, she didn't rush her and let her get all the willies out of her body before she started doing her hair.

Annika's fairy godmother-in-training on the left of the next picture was my most favourite part of the whole experience.  Annika's hairdresser was hurting her a little bit, so she was crying because she didn't want her hair done, and her make-up girl kept trying to make her laugh.  She would sing just like the ugly stepsisters in Cinderella and tell her jokes just to make her laugh.  I wish I had gotten her name, because she was wonderful.

After they're done with the hair and makeup, the fairy godmother's use their magic wand and sprinkle pixie dust on the girl's hair.  Abigail did NOT appreciate that part.

Then they turn the girls around and let them see themselves in the mirror for the first time.  A photographer from Disneyland is there to capture the first look in the mirror.  This was Abigail's.  Her fairy godmother told me later that they have a book in the back where they write down the best thing that happened to them that day, and she wrote about Abigail's face when she saw herself.  She told me that it made her day to see her so happy with her hair and makeup.  I think she was pretty beautiful myself.  I might have teared up a little bit when my girls were finished getting dolled up.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this picture is reminiscent of a pose they would do on Toddlers & Tiaras?

My so-not-a-girly girl cleans up really nice, doesn't she?

 We originally didn't plan on getting our pictures taken in Cinderella's carriage, but Grandma decided we should take the opportunity, and I'm glad we did.  The girl's took some cute pictures.  By the end though, I think they were just sick of getting their picture taken.

 Once that was done, we headed down to the newly renovated Fantasy Faire and the Royal Hall to meet some princesses.  If you have a little princess yourself, then this is the place for you!  Things I loved about got to meet three princesses all at the same time, they each had their own little viewing area so you weren't rushed, and they didn't rush you, so Abigail got to have quite long conversations with some of her favourite princesses.  I LOVED that!  Also, they had Disney photographers there on hand to take pictures, and let me tell you, they got some great candid shots, ones we wouldn't have been able to get on our camera!

First up, Princess Aurora.  I was hoping that the first one would Ariel, since "My Little Mermaid" is Abigail's favourite princess, but she seemed pretty excited to meet Aurora as well.  After getting her autograph, Aurora took the time to twirl with the girls.

Around the corner, and we meet MY LITTLE MERMAID!  And, of course, the person taking pictures isn't there the first time we went to see her.  So, after Abigail talked to Ariel, we went to see Cinderella.  She was pretty excited to meet her as well.  I am impressed that Cinderella's dress and Annika's is so close to the same colour.  High five to Mommy!
See, what did I tell you about those candid shots?  I wouldn't have been able to capture the look of excitement on her face in a million years.

Cinderella was pretty enamoured with Abigail as well.

Gotta love a princess who gets down to the level of little girls.

Guess what we did after we were done meeting princess?  Yep, we went back in line to meet them again!  I think the second time around was even more magical then the first.  You'll see what I mean.
I love how they were so excited to meet and talk to Abigail.  And THIS next video is why I love Disneyland so much.
This is the million dollar picture right here.  There is definitely not a price you could put on that picture.  Abigail could not stop talking about her little mermaid after this meeting. 

After Ariel, it was back to meet Cinderella, who was joking with Abigail.  She just loved her to bits. 

What can I say to end such a fun filled experience?  I'm glad we did the whole princess thing, especially for my one princess.  She still talks about it.  In fact, today while grocery shopping, Annika spotted a plane in the sky.  She mentioned that she thought it was flying to Disneyland.  I told her I wished I was flying to Disneyland and in unison from the back seat, both girls said "Me too."  So, there you have it.