Friday, July 25, 2014

Melanie's Visit

Another storytime at our house. Our storytime sessions are so much fun! 

 After we were done reading, the kids got to go play. I was impressed that Maddie and Izzie were able to have so many kids in their space without a melt down.

Izzie climbing walls. Just the norm around here.

 Maddie emptying the dishwasher.

 With Izzie.

 Although, it usually turns into a game. Usually involving super hero powers.

 The barbies are having a pow-wow. These girls have a LOT of barbies. Although most of them are Disney dolls and not Barbie brand Barbies so the girls still want more. Of course.

 Melanie came to visit!!! So of course we went to Tea. I found a place in Ridgefield called Myrtle's Tea House. It was really quaint and fun!

 The tea was delicious.

And there was a lot of food. We were stuffed by the end!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Where I play with a new camera phone

 I need to google "Best places for kids to climb trees in Vancouver." Izzie spent all summer trying to find good climbing trees, but she never did find on that was completely satisfactory.

 Izzie sitting in her old  toddler carseat at our garage sale. We used them up until about a year ago!



 My new camera phone has a "Sports Action" button again. I'm able to catch some pretty cool spins, jumps and twirls on it! Maddie testing it out for me with a big twirl!

 A random picture of how our Guest Room has evolved. I used to have a big sleigh bed in here, but then the room was pretty much useless unless we had guests. So we sold the bed and bought a nice futon. Now guests still have a place to sleep, but the rest of the year... it's a LEGO room! Also, I was pretty excited about that lampshade that I hand sewed back there in the corner. It was the girls baby room lamp, so I tore it down and upcycled it into something more grown up.

 My camera also has this feature which captures a spin or leap in motion and stitches the pics together. Maddie

Izzie. But if you don't time it right, it sort of cuts out chunks... !

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sandy Swimming Hole, again!

 Maddie asked me to make Bunny a wedding dress. Izzie made the veil.

 Maddie and Izzie lounging on the porch.

 Maddie jumping in the pool.

 Izzie doing a backwards jump!

 The two red dresses I upcycled out of one reversible adult dress.

 Down at the Sandy Swimming Hole with friends. The water was cold, but the girls dug out a small "hot tub."

 Izzie and Maddie.

 Olivia, ?, Emma, Hailey, ?, Christopher, William, James, ?, Izzie and Maddie. Lots of friends, a couple I met for the first time and don't remember their kids names.

 Sherri demoing products for sale.

 Natalie hosting.

 Angela and I.

Olive and Maddie.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer time fun!

 One of our Summer Bucket List items was to check out Lewisville State Park and swim in the river there. We finally made it out one Saturday and it was CROWDED. I thought John was going to turn the car around when we saw how full the park was, but we found a spot, found the river and ended up having a really good afternoon. The water was very cold, but the sun was very hot so it was a good mix. Afterwards we stopped at a mix your own frozen yogurt place to top off a super fun family day!

 Maddie and Izzie getting ready to go to their friend Esperanza's Horse Birthday party. Maddie chose jeans because of riding horses, but Izzie wanted to wear a party dress. I told her that was fine, but when it was time to ride horses she'd have to change. That was okay by her.

 We went to Esperanza's house for the typical birthday pinata and cupcakes and then caravaned over to the horse place.

 cupcakes. Yum.

 Izzie on a horse.


 The party was at Camas Camp and Ranch which is a 4H Club. So there were lots of other animals to pet too. Izzie holding a black bunny.

 Maddie was really excited about the bunny. She really wants a pet bunny one of these days.

 One of the goats had babies that were only a few days old and the girls got a chance to hold them. So cute!!!

 This material was originally a sheet from Mema's house. Then it became a curtain and now it is a very cute one piece. I added straps so she wouldn't have to worry about it tugging down, but I was very happy with the way it came out! I did it with no pattern. Maddie modeling for me.

 Maddie at the swimming pool. This summer we decided to forgo paying for lessons and so I took the girls to "open swim" several times. It is a 2 hour block of time and we spent the first 20-30 minutes in our own private lessons. By the end of the summer they can swim across the pool and float on their backs. We came a LONG way from day one!