Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Making Valentine's and Uncle Chris's Birthday

 Maddie working on making Valentine's for her friends.
Izzie working on her Valentine's.

 Aunt Julie with Sabrina, Maddie and Izzie.

Maddie, Sammy, Sabrina and Sabrina. For Uncle Chris's birthday cake celebration.

The girls put a fashion show on while we were there.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pajama Day at Storytime

 Maddie and Izzie ready to go to Pajama day at Storytime.

Later we got dressed and went to the park to play, Izzie, Maddie and Riley eating a quick snack before playing more!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Party

 I made heart shaped pizza's for everyone.

 Madison and Gabe

 Our last big playdate with the whole gang. Izzie, Maddie, Madison, Gabe, Jake and Ford.

 Ford, Gabe, Maddie and Izzie playing Hungry Hungry Hippo.

 Decorating cookies.

 Madison and Sydney couldn't attend the girls' birthday party and we've been so busy, this was the first time they were able to give them their presents.

 Two new members to the playdate! Melanie's little boy Hudson and Erin's little boy Xavier were born two weeks apart!

 Exchanging cards.

 Alison feeding Hudson and Erin with Xavier.

 It's not a party till the swords come out!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Park Day

 Izzie baby-wearing Teddy.
 Maddie baby-wearing Bunny

 The first day of February turned out to be gorgeous! So we hit the park. On a whim, I decided to go to one that was a bit farther away than we normally go. It was only 20 minutes and it was totally worth the extra distance. The girls loved this park. There was this rock wall that was actually challenging, a tower, a spider web thingy, a huge sandbox and a few other cool elements to discover and enjoy. Having a public potty was also perfect, so we could stay as long as we wanted. This is Izzie attempting the rock wall. She made it to the top, but wasn't able to pull herself into the tower.

 This was three levels up. They really loved being up that high. They said they could see all the way to Washington from up there!

 Izzie was really into climbing.

 Izzie and Maddie

 The spider web thingy.

Super fun day at a new park. So glad we went!

Monday, February 11, 2013


I told the girls that when I came up the stairs they better be ready for bed with their teeth brushed or no genie before bed. Genie is a fun app on my phone that is basically 20 Questions to guess the character you are thinking about. We've been playing it before bedtime for a few minutes.

Anyway I yell, ready or not here I come! And head up stairs. Izzie runs to the stairs whispering, "I'll guard! Brush your teeth!"

When I reached the top Izzie was there all sugary sweet. "hi mommy, I love you. Can I have a hug? Can I have a kiss? Look at my new dance." then Maddie pops around the corner and she was all done!

Gotta love the teamwork.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lacamas Heritage Trail; Vancouver, Washington

 On my last trip to Vancouver, I took some time to walk a short ways down the Lacamas Heritage Trail. It was SO pretty. The rain had stopped for the morning but it was still foggy outside which made everything look a bit mysterious.

 I loved all the different kinds of moss. Even in the middle of winter there is still so much green and alive.

 The flight home we had clear skies for most of the way so I was able to get a few pictures. I didn't have a window seat so I didn't want to reach over the woman next to me too much.

Exiting the plane, walking down the tunnel I got to turn around and take a pic of the plane I just got off.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

My inventors

I LOVE to see the cogs turn in my kids brains! We were reading a chapter tonight about ancient Africa. I didn't know that the Sahara desert used to be lush farmland! Over time it became a desert, which cut the people from Egypt off from the people in the western parts of Africa. Anyway, as I was reading about desert conditions and how dry and dangerous it could be, Maddie asked me why it was so dangerous. I told her that people need water to live and in the desert it can be hard to find water. She lights up and gets very animated. She exclaimed, "I just made an invention!!!!"

"What is that?" I asked her. She told me, "I'm going to invent a sucker machine. It sucks water from the ocean and brings it to where you need it."

"Very useful," I say. Izzie then pops up and says that she also has an invention. Her invention scoops water and then removes the salt and pours it into your cup. I said, "Very clever, that is a great idea because salt water doesn't taste very good." So Maddie decides to add another machine to her invention. Hers now sucks water from the ocean into another machine that swirls it around until all the salt is gone. Then it slurps the water into water bottles for you to drink from.

Pretty cool conversation around our dinner table tonight!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Under Contract!

 It's been a stressful year, but there has been a lot of fun along the way, and sometimes I even remind myself to sit back and relax. Read a good book and listen to the laughter of my kids playing outside.

 Izzie and Maddie enjoying a bright sunny January day.

 Izzie and Maddie whispering secrets.

 Math game I made for the girls. They answered my equations on the right with Greater than/Less Than or Equal to, and then on the left sheet they made their own equations.

 I had them write down my equations. What amazes me is that their cognitive ability is far higher than their writing ability! But we keep practicing and I've seen lots of improvement.

Izzie my roller derby girl!

 The girls pretty much outgrew their toddler beds a year ago. We were going to get them new beds right before John got laid off. Then it was an expense that wasn't completely necessary, they still fit on the beds, but they were just old enough for twin size beds. Then when he got a new job in Washington and we knew we were moving cross country we decided to wait until we saw what their new room was going to look like before we bought new beds. Well the last couple of weeks, I've cringed every time I had to tuck them in. They just didn't fit anymore. So they've been sleeping in the guest room the past couple of nights. They like to sleep on top of the blanket and under their blankets they got from Mema for Christmas. Maddie got so used to hanging off her toddler bed, she is still sleeping with one foot off!

 Just as we are about to move, the girls are old enough to go knock on their friend Clara's door and see if she can come play. She lives a few houses down. Well, we'll just have to get some playing in before we leave in a couple of weeks! Izzie, Clara and Maddie

 We emptied the storage unit into our garage. The mover/packer is coming on Tuesday to evaluate how long it's going to take to pack us up! It's getting REAL.

 Maddie and Clara


 Izzie, Clara and Maddie

 The girls got a hold of one of my homeschooling manuals and were flipping through the pages. They saw an illustration in the "art" section from another kid. They thought it was pretty funny looking (it was a drawing of a person with a square head) and they had to copy it!

Squeezed in an extra library trip this week since we read through all of our books really fast. This was the day before I left to go back to Vancouver for a second house hunting trip and they wanted lots of library books to take to Nanna and Popo's house.

Speaking of all the move and house hunting... we are under contract to sell our house in Texas AND under contract to BUY a house in Washington! I fell in love with a house on my first trip, it was still for sale when I went for my second trip. We made and offer and it was accepted. Now we still have to get through the inspection but I know it was meant to be!!! It is an AWESOME house!!!
It's on a cul-de-sac and is a pie shaped lot, so the front yard is very small, but behind that wall is a large front deck.
 I love that it is a one story house, I'm over having a two-story house!

 The backyard is beyond amazing. It's everything I would dream a backyard to be. It has lots of nooks and crannies. It's got interesting features like this wall that sort of divides the yard. There is a little gate in the middle. The girls can pretend it is a store or house. In the background there is a shed. It was locked so we didn't get to look in it, but we might consider turning it into a playhouse for the girls.

There is a very large back deck and a little pond on the right side of the yard.

I'm so happy we found a great place to live in Washington. I can't wait until we close!