Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Headband That Calls for Some Dramatic Edits...

 I love this headband. I might need a second one for Zo, or a similar oversized headpiece will do. I think it will be great for outdoor pics. I really need to work on enlarging my pics in this blog because they don't look so sharp in the little format.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Before Picture...

Do you see where this is going? I did not take after pictures, but the after pictures would involve some colouring on each others' clothes if I did. And some fighting. I wanted to take a picture of my children. Together. I like to make a regular practice of pulling out my camera, and I wanted to put it away, so a couple of quick shots would do. But no. The response. "Too busy. Colouring." So finally after a minute or two of begging, they caved, realizing that I would probably leave them alone if I got my way. (Now I think I know where some of their behaviour comes from?) Somehow well this photo was being taken, Zoe got a little marker on Reese's arm, and then upon seeing this she decided to add some more, and that is when the beginning of a lovely evening turned into a not so lovely one. The end.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In a Former Life, I was an Earring

My girls love all the girlie little trinkets and knick knacks that they sell at Claire's Accessories.  Zoe always walks away with more headbands than one could possibly imagine needing, and Reese takes her sweet time, walking away with just a couple of items so that she can make her money last.  So basically what I'm getting at here is that I spend a long time in this store- enough to scout out any neat "treasures." I've found many pairs of earrings that I could not fathom actually wearing as an earring, unless I wanted my lobes to touch my shoulders, but are nonetheless cool.  And that's how this funky little owl became a charm for my purse. He also has a handy little mirror on him. Think kale bits. Handy, eh?
P.S I should add that this little guy was a real bargain too, as he was part of the 10 for $ 10 sale, making one earring just 50 cents.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

For Grandma

So my mom asked me for some new pics of her grandgirls on my blog, and like a good daughter, I obliged, and even threw in one of the grandcat. My daughters are not always the most cooperative for pictures, but they were willing to do it for grandma. I might use that as an excuse in the near future, but it's risky. They are quick enough to sniff out my misuse of the "grandma" excuse, and I may lose that trick. The pics had to be quick though. They had some playing in the mud to do and stuff. Literally playing in the mud. I have to end this post because I have lots of stuff to wash.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Some Awesome Cookies

Dave loves Snickers so the other day, while Reese was at school, Zoe and I made these cookies.
Any cookie that is gone the next day is a good one.  
(It's the second cookie in the link- the one stuffed with a small chunk of Snickers.) A few notes about how I made these cookies. I used one square of margarine, which equals about 8 TBSPS of butter, not 16, like in the recipes. The cookies in no way tasted "lighter." I used 3 regular sized Snicker bars, cut up, and I did not measure my cookies with a little scoop. So I had less cookies, but of slightly varying sizes. You don't want to take the fun out of searching for the biggest cookie.

<---Reese is eating something much healthier in this pic, but I liked her hair so I put this picture in my post. Randomly.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Crazy Hat Day

Tomorrow is crazy hat day at Reese's school. I had a lot of fun helping her construct her crazy hat. I don't know how long she'll wear it because it's a bit big. We used Dave's St. Patrick's day hat as the base.  He saw this as a sacrifice on his part. I guess I could pick him up a new $2 hat next year to make it up for him.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I threw some pictures from the last couple of days together and called it a "blog post." Nifty, eh?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wizard Potion, Bags, and Crowns

Reese hosted a craft class for her sister yesterday. Lately they have not been playing so nicely so this was a pleasant change of pace. Reese is good with this as long as her sister is following her rules. See how this works? Reese is boss. Sometimes her charge isn't always in agreement with this. All and all, it was pretty good though. They made crowns, wizard potion, and decorative gift bags.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Project for My Flickr

These are some sample pics I played around with for my weekly Flickr project. I used my Rebel and extension tubes for this, an old butterfly paperclip bookmark, and the book Drawing Down a Daughter.  It's poetry I had from a university English class. I'm not into it, but it fit nicely for what I wanted here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Monday

We went downtown yesterday to enjoy our last day together before Reese went back to school. It was pretty cold and windy, but the kids love feeding the ducks, and visiting parks outside our neighbourhood. We went for burgers afterwords, and to Walmart, where I did something I wasn't sure I would ever do. It was only one day after Easter, and the chocolate pickings were already slim. Reese wanted white chocolate, which I could appreciate because that was my favourite as a child too. I told them they could pick one thing each, but there was pretty much only one white chocolate selection left- large (hollow) white dogs or white bunnies. So we walked away with those traditional large chocolates, which is more chocolate than I ever want my children to possess. But don't get me wrong, it's okay to eat that amount myself. In secret. Like hiding in the garage or the bathroom. But we don't want our kids to pick up our own bad habits. ;) So we walked away with two large, chocolate dogs. They had little bandanas on their necks. When we got home, Reese wrote a letter to her Oma and mailed her bandana with it, for Martin, Oma's little dog. It was quite sweet, and she proudly walked it down to the mailbox herself. This is kind of a big deal because we've only recently started letting her walk to the mailbox (which is just down the street). Remember the days when kids used to walk around the corner to a friend's house? Dave and I have talked about this before, and neither of us can imagine our kids doing it, even though we did it ourselves. You know, changing times. ;)