Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ready, Set...Play!

Yesterday was a momentous day - at least for us anyway. Dusty finished the much awaited swing set for the kids!

These pictures were taken right after Daddy officially declared it open for business!














I know it will sound dramatic, but this swing set will really make such a difference in our daily life. With kids ages four, two and new, it's so hard to take them all to the park - or anywhere for that matter! Now, the girls can play outside while Charlie naps and we can all enjoy more time outside. I'm imagining swinging after dinner, slide races and "sleepovers" in the top clubhouse. With my energetic kiddos, the possibilities are endless...as will be the scraped knees and the occasional bump on the head!

I'm so proud of Dusty for all the many hours he put in assembling this beast. I'm guessing it was probably around 25 total! All his hard work has surely made for two happy little blonde girls!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Tone it down, TODAY.

I usually turn the TODAY show on at some point in the morning. I can get caught up with what's going on beyond my SAHM world. Being a morning news show, I rarely worry about anything truly inappropriate showing up. The girls were eating breakfast this morning and I was changing Charlie's diaper when I heard Libby say,

"Mom, that girl needs some more clothes on."

I turn around to see Rihanna performing on TODAY's Summer Concert Series. She was dancing in a half shirt, what I can only describe as leather "briefs" and fish nets.

"Why is she dancing in her underwear?"

I'm scrambling for the remote as Rihanna starts dancing in a way that shouldn't have to be explained at 8:30 am..."Ummmm, let's watch something else."

Crap.

My four year old gets a serious look on her face and says, "You know, it's ok for mermaids to dress like that, but it's not nice for real ladies to wear that kind of outfit...'pecially on TV. Do you think she's cold?".

Go Libby, go!

Are we prude-ish? Maybe. Do I want my girls seeing things like this on TV as they eat their cereal? Most definately not.

We are living in a culture that pushes the limit on EVERYTHING. Rihanna's outfit would probably be considered pretty conservative compared to other things found on network TV, but to Libby, she was practically naked. As for her choreography..no comment. I'm so glad that some of what we are trying to teach our girls about modesty is sticking. It is my prayer that they will have this same reaction when they see things like this at age 14.

I'm thinking of switching to Disney Junior for all our morning news...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Feels Like Summer



To use one of Dusty's expressions, this week our schedule was "open as a case knife". Preschool is done and Monday morning we woke up with literally zero set plans for the week. At first the thought of this kind of scared me.

But, IT. WAS. FANTASTIC.

I'm realizing that the older our children get, the busier our daily life will be. They will have school activities, sports, dance, church and will want to go places with their friends. I'm determined to savor these days when we don't HAVE to be anywhere and they think it's still thrilling to hang out in the backyard with their Mama...

...or drink from their Crocs.



We've gone swimming with friends - here's Annie and Max with dueling arm floaties. He is a doll.



Played outside with various and sundry water toys...





And even enjoyed an afternoon with my Mom. She came by on her way to the beach Wednesday and brought us a picnic lunch on the deck. We didn't want her to leave!







Dusty has also put in some time to work on the kid's playground set. This is weekend #3 of play set assembly. Here it's pictured in our driveway, but they moved it to it's permanent home yesterday and it's looking great! As predicted, it has been a booger to put together and Dusty has had to halt construction twice and wait for the company to ship two different pieces that were damaged and missing. He has had the help of two kind friends (thanks Clint and Brian!) so now he in the home stretch!

With these sun soaked days comes (hallelujah!) sleepy children! I found them like this just minutes after putting them to bed.



Sometimes Libby would even fall asleep in her homemade forts!



In other news, I left this little guy with his first non-family babysitter last night. Our sweet neighbor kept all three of them while Dusty and I went on a date.



He did great and the girls had fun feeding him a bottle. We always say we need to go out more often. This summer we should have no excuse while Charlie is still so little and not yet mobile. After that happens, I don't know who would want to babysit three little wild ones! A standing date night out is sounding like a good idea!

Now, just looking forward to our Memorial Day weekend and (hopefully) a completed play set. Here's to hoping I can maintain this chipper attitude about our unstructured summer. Check back with me mid-July and I might be Googling summer camps. For now, we'll enjoy hanging out and keeping cool!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Party Hardy and the Pink Potty

I am just catching up from the weekend because it is the first official week of summer at our house and we are adjusting to our new "non-schedule". So far so good. But backing up...

Saturday was a doozy. We had three kiddo parties to attend. We were worn out by the end of the day but had so much fun!

First was Libby's end of the year soccer party where she received her trophy. It was held at the Crepe Myrtle Cafe (FAB!) since Blooming Colors was the team's sponsor.



To say she was excited about it would be an understatement. I think we might have been able to bypass the actual games and have simply bought her a trophy. She was so proud when Coach called her name!



Our little cupcakes were so much fun to make! Libby assisted me and we both felt like purple sprinkles were a must. I was most excited about getting to use my new cupcake holder that I got at a yard sale last weekend for...FIVE DOLLARS! Such a deal that I bought two of them. Not sure when I will ever make 48 cupcakes at one time, but if the occasion ever arises, I'll be prepared!







Daddy and a cross-eyed Annie enjoying the party!



And Charlie (in his Sumo stance) snoozed through the whole thing as usual...



Our second event was a birthday party for a little friend. The girls had a blast on the giant water slide (same as we had for Lib's birthday last year) and enjoyed shaved ice and lunch with their little buddies.







And Charlie napped for this soiree as well...



Have I mentioned that he is a dream baby?

Between cramming in naps for everyone when we got home and redressing for our third party, I completely forgot my camera and didn't get any pictures of the outdoor movie party thrown for our favorite twins! Their savvy party hosting Mom is sending some pictures, so I'll update later. All I can say is that we didn't get home until after 9:00! In kid world, that's like 2:00AM. We were party animals...

Aaaaaaaand...guess who tinkled in the pink potty for the first time!



I wasn't even in the room when she did it. Libby helped her and told her what to do! Part of me felt bad for missing this big moment, but then the practical side of me started thinking that I may hand over the potty training duty to big sister. She has been wanting a summer project...





So proud of you, Annie! Such a big girl!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Graduate



Libby walked across the stage at her preschool and accepted her diploma today!

And for the grandparents, here was her big moment:



If you blinked, you missed it.

I was so proud of her and her class. They performed songs and recited the 23rd Psalm all together (with hand motions!) to a sea of grinning parents with cameras.





There was a luncheon following where everyone brought their child's favorite food. This is the third year that our contribution was Baked Garlic Cheese Grits. It sat next to meatballs, a bowl of pickles and Rice Krispy Treats on the buffet! So much fun!

This was Lib's plate. How about those goldfish and M&Ms nestled beside the corn on the cob. Hmmmm...





Libby and her sweet teacher, Ms. Jill. She is moving out of town, so we will miss seeing her!



Ms. Jill put together a great scrapbook of all of Libby's "work" and pictures from throughout the year. We enjoyed going through it this afternoon as she explained all the fun she had with her class.



I got a little sentimental today. Libby has had a wonderful experience at preschool these last three years. The only thing that made it easier was knowing that Annie will be starting preschool in the fall, so we get to do it all over again! I'm so thankful for the great staff and teachers that have loved on our family and have shown the love of Christ to my girl.

Now summer begins!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

So Long, Soccer!





Libby had her last soccer game tonight. I have been so proud of our little player. She was a little skeptical of it all at the beginning of the season, but has really improved over the last few weeks. She has suited up and played with a great attitude lately. Last week she scored her first goal...even if it was for the opposing team!

Passing and shooting was exciting...







...but I'm pretty sure the Garnett girls show up mostly for the snacks.





Half-time fun with Mommy's camera.





Sometimes we would have to remind her to keep her head in the game. Libby snuck in a few dance moves and cartwheels between plays.







But Dad was always there for a pep talk...



The Blooming Colors team will celebrate their season (even though we didn't track their stats!) on Saturday at their end of the season party. Some soccer themed cupcakes are in the works!



We're proud of all the little purple people!