Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Day of School.....ummm, yesterday.

Yes, I am one day late in posting this! ack!

Yesterday was Shea and Avery's first day of school.

They were excited.  (Hopefully the excitement will last.)

We took Avery to her classroom first.

She settled right in.  She was planning on learning a lot today!  :)

Next stop, Shea's cubbie.

She, also, settled right in.

Both girls has a great day!

After school, I asked Shea what her favorite part of the day was.

She said definitely NOT math.

Alrighty then.

Then I asked Avery.

As I was holding her in my arms in the hallway, she said:

"Right now, with you."


Talk about melting my heart!

Friday, August 26, 2011

School Supplies.....check!

Shea & Avery are so very excited for school to begin on Monday.

So, they just wanted to 'double-check' their supplies.....
Just in case Mom 'we' forgot anything!  :)

Looks like we have EVERYTHING we need....at least for the time being!

Watch out, Mrs. R & Mrs. P....

Here they come!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Operation: clean up playroom

My Littles are usually very neat and like to keep things organized.

Yes, that might be a tad bit unusual.....
And yes, I feel blessed by this fact!

But something weird happened the other day.

A glitch in their orderly minds and sense of tidiness.

Perhaps the moon and stars and whatever else is in the universe was slightly amiss.

Regardless, I woke up to this on Monday morning.



The door was even blocked.

And this

This book shelf is normally very neatly arranged.


Thanks to Miss Shea.

The only books lying horizontally on the top shelf are the Madeline books.


I was startled to say the least.

So what happened?

Not sure.

They were up early, WAY early on Monday morning.

They usually play very nicely and NEATLY until about 7:30AM.  That is the time they are allowed to come downstairs to begin their {wonderful} day.

*Thanks to an invaluable tip from my dear friend, Stefanie. (Mom of many....so she would know.)
I have put an alarm clock in their room.  Showed them what 7:30 looks like. And have instructed them to stay in their room or play room until that magical time arrives.  They can 'read', play, listen to music, etc.
This gives me at least an hour to myself (insert angels singing)!!!!  And every once in a while, a morning just some to sleep in!! Like this past Monday morning. ha!

Well, whatever happened that morning happened.

Needless to say when Shea and Avery saw my very surprised and bewildered face, they were quick to assure me that the playroom would get cleaned.

You betcha!

Actually this was a good opportunity to purge and re-organize.


Observe the newly arranged and cleaned playroom:

Now I feel back to normal.  :)
(whatever that is?  he-he)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A very special Give Away......

From the wonderful gals from Wild Olive Tees.....

So Loved:  A Give Away to Remember

In memory of {sweet} Esther.

Fifteen So LOVED tees will be given away.


Go here to see how you can be entered into the drawing.

Deadline in August 14th, so hurry!

 "So Loved was created to help bring Esther home from China to her forever family. Two months before coming home, Esther passed away from a virus that was complicated by her heart defect. We are proud to carry “So Loved” in our store in honor of Esther, and orphans around the world, so that God’s love will be glorified.
100% of the proceeds of the sale of each So Loved tee will be used to fund a future heart surgery for an orphan in China."
What a great way to spread 'the Love'....
To remember Esther....
To help another little child in China who needs heart surgery!!!!

We SO LOVE ours!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wordless Wednesday {momma's shoes}

(Avery was so stinkin' cute walking around in my shoes yesterday....I just had to take a few pictures.)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday Snapshot: {Small town ~ Downtown fun!}

Recently our rather small 'city' has made some very nice {family-friendly} improvements.

One of which was putting in several fountains into our downtown city block.  Notice how I said block.  lol

Not only are these fountains pleasant and interesting to look at, they are also kind of like a splash pad for the kiddos.

My kiddos, well....

They love them!

Although, it took one little girl a bit to indulge herself. ;)

Avery, ever the cautious one....

Then there is Shea.  Notice her in the background. (above) Totally getting into it!

She took the fountains by storm!

( There's Avery still skirting the outside of the fountains.)

Avery, still very timid and tentative....

Not quite ready to fully commit.  Happy and smiling, but not ready to go in full blast.

Wild Child!   Errr, I mean Shea, my very 'enthusiastic and unrestrained' child.

 (Avery, still on the outside.)

Shea regrouping.  :)

Time for a little conference.

Woo-hoo!  Goooooo Avery!

Avery knows how to have fun....it just takes her a little longer to get into the swing of things.

Time to call it a day.

Now to find a place to dry off, soak in the rays.....

And simply relax.

Awwww, life when you are only six and five.....


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