Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scoop - It's Been A While

If you're new here, "Scoops" are basically my random postings every week or so of the little bits of our lives.  Prepare to be impressed.  All 4 of you who read this blog.

Lainey can spell her name!

"Wainey Wogs", says Jack.

Occasionally, I'll bust in on a preschool critter party being conducted in Lainey's room.  (Notice the new bedding......doing a few slight changes to her decor).

It's a wild bunch and I don't stick around long.  Those peeps get out of hand quickly.

Allison and I are more brilliant than ever, yall.  Seriously.  Not only do we carpool to Preschool, but now we're trading a day each week to take the little ones off each others hands for several hours.  We coordinate this with a Preschool day, so what we're looking at, folks, is nearly an entire day (with twenty carpool runs for me, of course) of kid-free time.

You know, to wash dishes and fold laundry and live our all around glamorous lives.

Nothing can stop us now!

On my recent adventure, we headed to the park for some pizza and play time.

I love this little pizza face.

And, always agreeable Jack, too.

((((Notice his fingers are still a bit chubby.  Won't be long until that is gone, too.))))

Lainey is wearing 12 month old pj pants under her dress. 

Where is her mother?!

Started a bit of Halloween decorating.  These old school paper window pieces are from our days in Colorado.  I love them.  They remind me of ones my mom hung in our windows when we were kids.

Fall in California is a challenge.  I'm doing my best.  The weather does get cooler, but I so miss those glorious colors from Kansas City.

I have a big basket full of Halloween costumes from years passed that I bring out this time of year.  Lainey found Jack's lion. 


Here is our little lion in 2006, when we had just recently moved to Colorado.

And, today.  "I a widdle bit scarier, Mom."


This is what my kitchen looked like after making cake pops for Lainey's party.  Oddly enough, I can't wait to try again!

The boys' school hosted an ice cream social last week.  Allison and I took the kids.  Carter said we couldn't dance, although I assured him that "social" meant that we could.  Party pooper.

Lainey has some mad skillz with the hula hoop.  Girl is crazy about it.  On my list.  You know, because she hasn't gotten much lately.

Speaking of, Aunt Mary sent her some blinged out accessories.  The hat, the purse and some jewelry.

Carter said she looked like a pop star.  Music to her ears.

Batman got an impromptu dental exam recently by Rylee.

There are no words.

Rylee is obsessed in love with Batman.  Batman?  Notsomuch.  Rylee's voice sends him to the deep rafters of the garage in hiding.  She caught him this time, though.

Party pic!

It's only Wednesday and I'm exhausted from the week.  Plenty more to do, too.

Must catch up on Parenthood (best TV show in years) tonight.

I tried Pan Am (big hopes) and wasn't totally impressed.  I'll try again.

Playboy Club, too.  Less impressed.  Anyone watching either?

Hope yall are having a good week!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm Living A Lie

1.  I love Disneyland.  LOVE it.  But, I probably couldn't tell you one of the stories with much accuracy.  The other night, I realized Snow White's mother died and that is why the evil witch was part of her life.  I don't know the difference between a pixie or a princess or a fairy.  I don't know why Peter Pan can fly.

Disney wasn't a big part of our lives as kids and animated movies simply don't appeal to me.  But, I love Disneyland like no other.

2.  I really don't know how to work, nor have any interest in, our Ipad.  I realized how silly this is while watching Jack surfing through with one hand.....flying through apps and watching videos......all the while eating a he's a 50 year old man browsing the news with his coffee.

I have a laptop and a smart phone.  Don't challenge me any further, people.

3.  I have a pretty fancy camera and have only taken it off the "auto" setting to try to take a photo at night.  I do have 2 really cute camera straps, though.

4.  People constantly ask where I am from and I've started telling a few strangers that I'm from Kentucky, mimicking Coco's (intentional, mind you) fake accent.

I'm not faking the accent.  If anything, I'm trying to rid myself of it.  But, I have started suggesting Kentucky.

Why?  People from California pretty much think you're stupid with any sort of accent, so why not?  I like to keep things interesting.

5.  I love history.  LOVE it.  However, I'm terrified of discussing wars and such as my kids get older because I honestly know very little about the basics.  Ask me about random hauntings throughout the country?  I'm your girl.  When the war of 1812 was?  Not so sure.

6.  We live in California, but I never go in the ocean.  Ever.  We are at the beach often, but the water is too damn cold to get in.

7.  People think I know a thing or two about blogging, but I'm terrified of many aspects of it.  Like?  Those 'McLinky' type things. 

But, I'm giving it a try. 

How you like me now, "Confessions from an Impulsive Addict"?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lainey's 4th Birthday Party

It was fantastic!  Many, many pictures.......grab a cup of coffee and relax a bit.

The cake pops turned out to be super yummy and ended up only taking about 10 years off my life.  Totally worth it, right!

I did learn a few things and will change my method next time.  Can't wait to try again!

My favorite part of the party........pixie dust for the girls.

Frog and lava putty for the stinky boys.

Why not do favors for the moms?  They're the ones who made everything happen anyway, right?

Most of the party was spent outside. 

Kiddos painted tiaras and crowns.

We cleared the furniture and set up the gazebo for princess pictures.

And, as usual, this is one of my favorites.......the pouty princess.

Allison took most of the photos and did a beautiful job!

You'll notice the difference between our pictures.  Mine are much better than Allison's.

Totally kidding.  I still don't know how to use my fancy camera.

Do princesses typically have dirty feet and bruises on their legs?

We had a bitty cake for Laine since everyone had pops.

College roomie, Mike, and his youngest of 4, Ainsley.

Back for more photos......

Cailyn.  Rylee's little sis and all around perfect child.


Ellery, Merrilee's daughter.

With Dane.  These two are simply adorable.

Rylee, Laine's BFF.

Our littlest princess, Ainsley.

There were a few tears.  To be expected.

Allison and me.

Mike picked out a Justin Beiber doll for Lainey.  I will never forgive him for this.

Someone busted out the makeup.

And, when the crowns dried, it was time to go home.

Well, not really.  Several neighbor kids stayed late and the Davidges watched LSU (((((win!!!!!)))).

Ranked #1, baby.

It was an awesome night.  Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!