Monday, July 25, 2011

Design Your Dream Costume Contest

If you are friends with me on Facebook, then you've already heard about this.

BUT I entered a costume design contest and I'm a semifinalist and need your vote!

Voting is on Facebook (here).  "Like" Revolution Dancewear, and then "Like" my design (pictured below).  Easy as that!

If I make the top three, then my design will be made into an actual costume and professionally photographed.  Then more voting, and the grand prize winner's STUDIO will get up to 30 costumes in the winning design.  So nothing for me, exactly, but it'd be an honor to see it made into a costume, as well as seeing it on stage at next year's recital.  So Go.  Vote for "Fern" : )

Sunday, July 24, 2011

screaming mad

What do Chick and Monkey say when they are yelling at their mama?
(oh yes they DO!)

"Oh, just pinch your nose and swallow!"

Well what do you say to that? 
(All I could do was say, "No, YOU just pinch YOUR nose and swallow!" 
Then put them in a speedy timeout so that I could go in the hall to laugh.) 

Just another thing they learned from the Molly movie.

{They were mad because I'd told them to clean up their room and they didn't so I was bagging up everything from the floor to put in timeout.  The doll in the bag was the final straw. }

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dancing Chickadee

As you know, Chick has been taking ballet classes.  Her recital was in June.  She wasn't nervous, and didn't mind being on stage at all.  In fact, she seemed to really enjoy being there...not surprising, since she often will dance and sing to get people to pay attention to her. 

Anyhow, here are a couple of pictures from the other performances:

Hilarious.  As soon as the lights came on and the girl on the left saw the audience she jumped up and ran over to the edge and REFUSED to do ANYTHING. She refused to even leave the stage at the end...I suspect they had to carry her off.

My favorite Chick-related parts:

She curtsied at the end {twice} even though she wasn't ever told or taught to curtsy.  (She said she learned it from the "Molly" movie).

They danced to Jason Castro's version of
Over the Rainbow

These are the instructors. 
The amazing Miss Laurie is the one with the hat.  She was so great.

We were sitting in the very back row of the auditorium, and behind us was a little staircase and some walking space.  Chick danced along with the other performances from back there for half of the show (it was a two-hour recital).   This isn't a very great video, but it's a little snippet of her dancing in the back.

I couldn't take a video of the actual performance, but Chick did great.  It was a really fun experience for us, and she's been dancing around ever since!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Very Hungry Moose

I'm so backlogged.  June was a great, busy month...which means that I have lots to blog about, but didn't have time to do any of the blogging.  So you can expect to see several new posts from me this week.

Ok, so Moose turned one at the start of June. 
I threw him a Very Hungry Caterpillar party, because he's a Very Hungry Moose most of the time.

We read the book, found "food" for the caterpillar in the yard (we'd hidden little cardboard circles with food drawn on -from the Hungry Caterpillar board game- around our yard), and then "fed the caterpillar" in a bean bag toss. 

(He wasn't there when we were throwing the bean bags)

Then Moose opened his presents.  He did better at opening presents than either of his sisters had done at one year...he really liked ripping paper.  It helps that he got really cool presents : )

It was fun having some of our local family here to celebrate with us.

Then we ate.  We had all of the food from the book-- fruit skewers, meat/pickle/cheese/lettuce skewers, mini cherry "pies" and chocolate cake (brownies). Lollipops for part of the take-home, and of course cupcakes and ice cream. (And yes, I know the head should be red, but I COULD.NOT feed a baby that much red food coloring).

Anyhow, it was a fun party for a fun little guy.  He's all boy.  One of his nicknames is Stinky Pete, because he's often stinky.  And he kisses with his mouth so wide open that I don't even know how to kiss him back (but he insists on mouth-to-mouth kisses so I just aim for some part of his lips and hope for the best).  He makes funny faces, and is tolerant of his older sisters and their "mothering."  He cleans things up well & likes to throw things in the garbage can (for better or worse).  He loves bananas and food in general.  He can be VERY LOUD, but generally he's a quiet guy...but he gets really chatty right before he falls asleep.  He loves to swing and be outside.  His hugs are tremendous, and he's always been a good cuddler.  Honestly, I can't believe that I am fortunate enough to have such a sweet little boy, and I love having him in our family.

And to think I wanted a third girl!