Saturday, August 27, 2016
Today we are celebrating 5 years of Piper! She is a totally fun kid who loves stories, animals, taking fashion risks, and playing with her sister. We're so proud of her for going to school all day and working so hard. Here are her answers to her birthday interview, which are not that different from last years' answers. (Just for fun, here's the interviews for 4, 3, and 2.)
Favorite food: Fried Okra
Favorite animal: "Every kind of big cat. But my most favorite one is a lion."
Favorite show: Paw Patrol
Favorite book: Immi's Gift
Favorite song: New Annie Songs
What do you want to be when you grow up? "I don't know yet."
Where do you want to live when you grow up? "Somewhere here...no, wait, somewhere with lots of animals."
Favorite thing to play: Puppy Park
Favorite Color: "I'll tell you my least favorite, because I have lots. Black."
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Sitting on the porch at the beginning of a thunderstorm. I LOVE rain with a love that has been passed down through a couple generations. Somehow this summer has often felt like a big to-do list, and right now I'm ignoring the list and making myself sit for just a few minutes.
Sunday, July 03, 2016
*posting late because of internet problems
Making headbands! - My friend Stephanie came over several times this month so I could help her learn to sew. I haven't sewn in FOREVER and this reminded me that it's fun! I made myself two cute headbands using this tutorial.
Animal Hair Salon - The girls like beautifying jungle animals with this free app. I think it's a little weird, but they take turns happily.
Visiting Nana, Dadder, and Uncle Mattie- Since Matt was gone to Asia for almost two weeks, the girls and I went to visit my family for a few days. My brother is living with my parents while he goes to school, so it was extra fun to be together. In the pic, we went to a farm to buy a bag of fresh peaches and eat peach ice cream. Yum.
Smoothies - I've long put spinach and shredded carrots into smoothies, but this month I found out that you can put frozen okra into a smoothie with cocoa powder and it totally disappears into the chocolately-ness.
Blackberries and fireflies - summer essentials, both currently available in our yard!
Currently Reading: Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Inspired by listening to the Hamilton soundtrack and celebrating The Fourth of July.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
|We went on a tour to see the wild horses down in Corolla, NC|
|More wild horses|
|Matt and the girls made a giant castle!|
|Adding to GrandNana's shell garden|
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Mystery Garden and Frozen Uno - Mystery Garden was handed down to us a year or two ago, but now we are really into it. It's actually a pretty level playing field - Piper is really good at it! Dassa brought Frozen Uno when she came to visit and Cadence is super into it. She even strategizes against you and will slap you with a Draw 4 card faster than I thought possible.
Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale - I read about this fun, easy chapter book and knew it was perfect for Cadence. I've enjoyed Shannon Hale's books for older kids and adults and the idea of a princess who is also a superhero was very appealing. Sure enough, when she returned from camping with Nana and Dadder, she read the whole thing immediately. We've got the next two on hold at the library.
The Sixties and The Seventies - Matt and I have been enjoying these CNN documentary series on Netflix and learning a lot about the decades before we were born. We've finished The Seventies and we're watching The Sixties right now. The one about the JFK assassination may have sent us down some conspiracy theory rabbit holes...
Popples - Speaking of Netflix, apparently reboots of shows/toys from my childhood are popular, and Netflix has a series about Popples. Piper came home from the camping trip obsessed with my old Popples nightgown (I've had to stop her from wearing it on outings!) and Cadence remembered seeing the show on her recommended list, so now we're 4 episdoes in. It's zany fun about friendship.
Charmkins - These are also an 80s throwback. I had a lot of these tiny, adorable, wearable toys and while Cadence has played with them in the past, now she LOVES them. Doesn't want to put them away. We found the half hour TV movie on Youtube a few weeks ago too. Thank goodness for my mom who can't throw anything beloved away. (But she did let me sell all of my My Little Ponies at a yard sale.)
Crockpot sweet potatoes - This couldn't be easier, so you're welcome. No need to turn on the oven in the summer if a crockpot is handy.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Friday, April 01, 2016
Odd Squad - I felt like this live action PBS kids show would really appeal to the girls (two secret agent kids seek to solve odd problems with math), and they finally got into it on our way back from Virginia at the end of spring break. It's math (Cadence's favorite school subject) and offbeat humor (Piper's life). Matt and I giggled some too.
Ramona and Beezus - We picked this up from the public library on a whim for our family movie night and loved it. It's a sweet adaptation of several of the Beverly Cleary Ramona books.
My Noonday Cow Horn Earrings - Matt and Piper got me these for Christmas, and I've been wearing them, well, A LOT. I get a lot of compliments - in fact, I wore them today. I love Noonday Collection and its support of third world artisans.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Rainbow Magic Fairies books - Cadence has been reading these for her independent reading homework each night for a couple weeks now. There are fairies, and jewels, and some girls who become friends with the fairies, and she loves them.
1969 Mustang Grande - After almost 6 years as a one car family, Matt bought a classic car for a hard-to-argue-with low price. He's excited. Whatever.