Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Visiting Daddy at Work Day!

I've wanted to take the girls up to see John at the office for a couple of months now, but for some reason or other it never got scheduled, or the few times it did get scheduled, it got rescheduled. Today, we finally made it! Ideally we would have visited Daddy for a bit and then gone out to lunch with him, but he had a conference call right in the middle of the day so that didn't work out. Instead we left work and met Nanna and Popo for lunch at the Twisted Root.

This morning the girls were super excited to go see Daddy at work. I think it helps toddlers to have a "picture" in their minds about where their Daddy goes all day when he mysteriously goes to a place called "work" five days out of seven. They've been up to see him a few times, but now they are getting old enough to start putting things together. Like the other day when Maddie said that Daddy goes to work to put money in her wallet. Smart little girl I got there! As we were getting ready this morning the girls kept asking over and over if it was time to leave yet. I haven't seen them get that excited to go somewhere in a while. I finally left a few minutes early because they were getting so antsy. But John was busy until 10, so I stopped and filled the van up with gas just to stall a bit. Then we finally were able to greet John at work.

He works on the top (10th) floor a pretty big building. As the girls approached the building, I told them to look up. They were pretty amazed at how tall the building was! Both girls were a bit scared of the elevator, but they did pretty good. Maddie even said that the elevator was her favorite part of the visit. We waved hello to all his co-workers that were in today and John gave the girls a tour of the building. Half of their offices are closed down, and they will (most likely) be moving to another smaller office. In the meantime there is a huge empty section of the office that is full of old cubicles. The girls had fun seeing some of these big empty desks. Then he took them to a conference room where they got to write on a big white board. Izzie kept saying, "Daddy, show me another room!" every few minutes. She was having fun seeing the big "maze" of an office. He showed her the lab, the training room, the kitchen and then it was back to his desk for a bit before it was time to go. In the lab, they found some old phones and got to play with them for a bit. In the training room they found a bunch of old notebooks with the company logo on it and got to take one home, which was pretty exciting if you are two. (Hey, I took an extra notebook too!) All in all, they had a great time visiting Daddy at work. Izzie's favorite part was looking at the computers she said. The visit lasted just long enough because Maddie started asking for lunch. We gave hugs and kisses and headed off to meet my Mom.

The Twisted Root is a local hamburger joint that is supposedly all homemade. I think they are all organic too, but I could be mistaken. I'm not 100% sold that they are all homemade (at least at the location) since they sell guacamole but no avocado. They also sell shakes but don't have milk? Either way, it is still a pretty good hamburger. I got the girls each a hotdog. They think very highly of their hotdogs since they were a bit on the pricey side. When Izzie dropped hers before even getting one bite in, I wasn't sure what to do. It wasn't her fault since the hotdog was almost as big as she was. Luckily Mom had some hamburger that wasn't dripping in hot sauce like Chris's and mine. And we convinced Maddie to share some of her hot dog too. Luckily the whole incident happened tear free which is amazing.

After such a busy morning the girls slept great this afternoon, and I even snuck in a thirty minute nap! Then we got back in the car to have an afternoon playdate with Madison and Sydney. What a full day it was!

 Maddie, Daddy and Izzie.

 Izzie working on the comptuer.

 Izzie and Maddie taking some notes during a conference call.
 Izzie and Maddie going over some of their notes with the boss.

 Maddie and Izzie taking a moment to enjoy the view.

 Maddie during her training course.

 Izzie and Maddie.

 Izzie loved the big flag.

 Izzie, Maddie and Daddy.

Sydney, Maddie, Izzie and Madison enjoying the yummy pasta that Melanie made for them!

Toddler Quote of the Day:

Maddie came up to me earlier, climbed in my lap and said, "Mommy, I'm proud of our family. I have a mommy, a daddy, a sissy, Jake (our cat) and Ripley (our dog.) I'm proud of that family." Made my heart melt a little bit!

Monday, November 29, 2010

High Tea at the Adolphus Hotel

Last Saturday was Tea day! Melanie invited me again this year to High Tea at the Adolphus Hotel in Downtown Dallas. This year it was Melanie, her neighbor Amy, Alison and myself. We had a very enjoyable time, sitting back eating dainty dishes, listening to live Christmas piano music and drinking fantastic tea. It's definitely an annual event that I now look forward to!

Today was gymnastics day and again, the girls amazed me. I think I said it last time, but again, I can't believe how far they've come since they started gymnastics months ago. Today they played in the block pit again, but this time the gym installed a trapeze bar over the pit. Maddie was watching an older girl swing on the trapeze and fall into the pit and she told me she wanted to try. I was a bit unsure because it was a very far fall. But she was insistent so I figured I'd let her try. She did great and fell out into the blocks. Then Izzie wanted a try. After my girls went all the other kids in the class got excited and most of them tried it too! Maddie had made it look fun and exciting. Maddie ended up only swinging twice, but Izzie went a million times. That is all she did for the entire class. They were both excited to tell Daddy all about it when he got home from work today!

Maddie & Izzie

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Paper Bag Princess Art Project

 Izzie and Maddie decorating their paper bag dresses.

They decided they needed more space so they took it to the floor.
Here is Paper Bag Princess Izzie and Maddie!

Last Wednesday we checked The Paper Bag Princess out at the library. It's a very cute story about a Princess that has her castle and all of her clothes destroyed by a Dragon. The Dragon also takes her Prince Charming away. Princess Elizabeth dons a Paper Bag for clothes and sets off to rescue Prince Ronald. When she finally rescues him using lots of brain power to trick the dragon, Ronald takes a look at her Paper Bag clothes and tells her to come back when she looks like a REAL Princess. She calls him a bum and takes off into the sunset. It really is a great princess book! I let the girls decorate their princess paper bags and wear them around for a bit.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

 What a great Thanksgiving we had today! Tummys are still full from the mid-afternoon feast and the kids are tucked in bed. It was a fun day full of family, visiting, food and fun. The weather was cold and windy but still nice enough for an after feast walk. At least it didn't rain even though there was an 80% chance of rain. The official attendance list was: Nanny, Grandma, Grandpa, Dana, Cody, Lucy, Julie, Chris, Sabrina, Sammy, John, me, Maddie, Izzie, Judy, Jim, Christie, Hannah and Zachary. It was a pretty full house that is for sure!

 This year, Jackie decided to put up tables in the game room so everyone would be in the same room. I thought it made the holiday a lot more special.

 Maddie, Izzie, Sabrina and Sammy

 Cody and Maddie
 Trying to read a book to Sabrina, Maddie and Izzie.

 Family sitting around visiting.

 Izzie and Maddie ventured outside for a bit to watch Chris and Cody play ball. Maddie soon came back inside saying it was too cold!

 The men. Chris, John and Cody.

 Maddie and Izzie waiting as patiently as they could for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Wonderful Nanny!
 Maddie, Daddy and Izzie
 Kids table. Zachary, Sabrina, Maddie and Izzie.

 Lucy Jane
I think Izzie was looking for a quiet spot!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day Before Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving is always a fun day to me. Planning out when you are going to cook, last minute grocery shopping, the excitement of the day to follow, are all fun things to me. This day before Thanksgiving was a particularly fun and long day. John was home from work which made the morning enjoyable. Then the girls and I went to storytime at the library. We actually got there early (thanks to John helping us get out the door!) so we went to the 9:30 instead of the 10am storytime. I almost liked it better, but this week is probably hard to judge since it was probably empty due to people traveling.

I was so excited to find a new copy of "The Paperbag Princess." It is one of my mom's favorite kids books and I know that the girls will like reading it too. Today I taught the girls how to get one book off of a library shelf at a time. This may sound like a simple enough skill but when you have to put the book back in the same place you got it, it can be hard. So I taught the girls a trick I picked up somewhere. At the childrens desk is a stack of free bookmarks. I got one bookmark for each girl and had them pick a book. They put their bookmark in the spot where the book was, and had it stick out from the shelf a bit. After reading the book, I showed them how to put the book back and take their bookmark for the next book. They did really good with it, I thought they might get frustrated but they were very patient. I explained to them that Ms. Dea needed to know where each and every book was and if we got them mixed up she'd never be able to find them.

Izzie got out about 4 books before she moved on to play with the puzzles. Maddie randomly picked out a purple book (okay maybe it wasn't so random) and it just happened to be The Velveteen Rabbit. I can't believe I haven't thought to get that book for her before now! She LOVES her bunny. She sat down and looked at each and every page and then declared that she wanted to bring that book home today. I haven't read it to her yet, since the rest of the day has been pretty hectic, but I know she'll like it.

Maddie still isn't feeling 100% with her UTI, but mostly she's just a bit sleepy and hasn't had a great appetite. I ended up putting her to nap an hour early and she fell right asleep. Izzie took a bit longer to fall asleep but then ended up sleeping longer than Maddie. This evening was filled with playtime and fun with Daddy while I had a chiro appointment. After the girls went to bed, I hit the kitchen to make my two dishes for tomorrow. I'm making the greenbean casserole and a bacon wrapped salmon appetizer.

Happy Turkey Day everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Funny Things Toddlers Say

We were headed to the store this morning and the girls asked where Daddy was. I told them he was at work. They both got quite for a little while and then Maddie said, "Daddy is at work to get money to put in my wallet, and Mommy's wallet too!" She's got it all figured out!

Two Headed Couch Monster

Izzie and Maddie the Two-Headed Couch Monster. And speaking of monsters, I just bought the girls a book called, "The Monster at the End of the Book." It was one of my favorites as a kid and they really loved reading it too. Now they are carrying it around saying, "Mommy read this book when she was a little girl." If you've never seen this book, you should check it out, it's great for toddlers. Grover spends the majority of the book telling the kids not to turn the page so they don't get any closer to the monster at the end of the book. Maddie and Izzie giggled with glee when I asked them, "Should we turn it anyway?" "YES!" was their response. They loved scaring Grover more and more. I'm glad I got to share this favorite book with my girls!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Visit to the Peditrician

Maddie woke up not feeling well today and so I called and got us an appointment. Looks like she has another UTI. Now the doctor wants to schedule a procedure to investigate to see if there is a reason why she's getting so many at this age. Hopefully the antibiotics kick in quickly and she gets over this round quickly. She was a trooper at the doctors this morning though.

Funny things toddlers say: Maddie was running around without a diaper or panties on. She asked to sit in Daddy's lap. Then she looks at him and says, "Don't worry Daddy, I won't poop on you!" That just about cracked me up. He told her he'd appreciate that!

Funny things toddlers do: This evening was a riot with the girls running around the house with their baby strollers. They'd come up to John or I and ask us what we wanted from the store. Then they'd run into the other room for that one item. They'd run back and give us the pretend object and ask what else we wanted. This lasted a good 20 minutes or so. I was starting to run out of grocery ideas!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Muenster, Texas Thanksgiving Day

Today was our annual trip to Muenster, Texas to visit my sister-in-law Dana and celebrate in her town's Thanksgiving Day Festival. This year, John was still suffering from jet lag from his Hong Kong trip, so he opted out. Grandpa couldn't make it either because he is recovering from a minor surgery this past week. So, Grandma, the girls and I were in one car; and Julie, Chris, Sammy and Sabrina were in the other on our trip up to Muenster to see Lucy, Dana and Cody.

Dana had her house all decorated up for Christmas and it looked very beautiful. We got all the kids dressed in their Christmas dresses for our annual cousins Christmas photo. Izzie and Maddie were so precious. They were very proud of their pretty dresses and were very eager to pose for photos. This year, Lucy didn't want to participate, I'm not sure that we actually got a photo of all five kids in one shot. We may have to try again on Thanksgiving Day when we are all together again.

Then we headed over to the town hall for the festivities. There is a HUGE line you have to make your way through to get to the food. The line meanders through all the auction items for the silent auction so there is lots of time to bid while you are waiting for food. Izzie and Maddie enjoyed looking at all the items out on display. Finally we got our food and had lunch. I picked out a pie for the girls to share and told them when they were finished with their pie we could go outside and play, they were suddenly "ALL DONE!" We hit the playground first, then the various bounce houses, art projects, shaving cream, ducky bowling alley, ring toss, etc. We blew bubbles and quacked like ducks (they had these cute little duck quacking whistles as one of the prizes!) We did more bounce houses. When we were all worn out from all the activities we all had hugs and said our goodbyes for the trip home.

The girls were so excited to tell Daddy all about their day. They came in with stories about the elf visit (while at Dana's house an Christmas Elf came and left mini stockings full of toys for all the kids!) They told him about the bounce houses and how much fun everything was. They promised next year they would ride the train. I'm so glad we have this tradition going. They actually remembered a lot from last year and it is such a fun way for all the cousins to get together and spend time playing.

 Getting our Christmas dresses on for the photos. Izzie, Sabrina, Momma and Maddie.

 My favorite shot: Izzie and Maddie

 Missing Lucy, but here's Sammy, Izzie, Sabrina and Maddie.

 Sammy kept mimicing his Dad making funny faces. This was the only shot I got. Maddie, Lucy, Grandma, Sabrina Izzie and Sammy.

 Izzie and Maddie.

 Maddie, Sabrina and Izzie.

 Julie and Sabrina, Izzie, Grandma and Maddie

 Maddie, Sabrina and Izzie.

 Maddie in the bounce house, she's wearing the shirt Daddy brought home from Hong Kong.

 Izzie in her Hong Kong shirt.

 Intense concentration going on for Izzie and Maddie while painting turkeys.

 Lucy (who is wanting her Momma!) and me.

 Shaving cream fun! Sabrina, Izzie and Maddie.

 Blowing bubbles Maddie and Izzie.



 Izzie giving Uncle Chris a duck kiss.

 Maddie giving Uncle Chris a duck kiss.

Wish this one would have turned out better! Maddie, Izzie, Grandma, Lucy, Sabrina and Dana.

Last years Muenster photos: HERE.
First Muenster Thanksgiving: HERE.
First Christmas Dresses: HERE. (Not first Christmas, as they were only 5 days old their First Christmas!)