The spraygrounds around here are open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. So, we spent our Labor Day, in 105° heat, running through the sprayground as our last hurrah. The girls had a blast.
A friend of ours hosted a tea party for her daughter and her friends and it was a lot of fun! My girls had a blast playing with friends, drinking “tea” (pink lemonade) and just being girly girls for a little bit.
There were princess sandwiches, oreos, chocolate chip cookies, strawberry sugar wafers, pink marshmallows, pink lemonade and pink lemonade cupcakes. So pink and so girly and so adorable.
Look at all of these fancy ladies? Very adorable!
And look at my non-conformist? Wearing a non-foofoo dress, no hat and threw her pony on the table. I just love her.
Kiera was killing me in her adorable hat and.. Oh my goodness…
After the tea party was over, the girls went to run around in the yard. They all had a lot of fun.
And it was a little bit windy…
And I got stung in the earlobe by a wasp. I cried. I yanked at my ear. I tried to think of ways I could just CUT MY EAR OFF RIGHT THERE. I used all of the willpower inside of me to refrain from dropping the f-bomb in front of little girls.
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I started the “Popsicles in the tub” thing weeks ago when it was too hot to go outside and enjoy them. I’m talking 112°. Hot enough that if the girls fell down on the pavement, they’d probably burn themselves! Ridiculous. So we began having popsicles in the tub.. because hey, they could get as messy as they wanted! All I had to do was fill the tub up when they were done and give them a bath, which cleaned the bath tub and the children, all in one swoop! If anything is winning, that right there is.
Finishing up the popsicles while I started filling the tub. Kiera always has to be doing whatever Zoey is doing, of course!
Kiera was a total ham, as usual. When you ask her to say “Cheese!” for pictures, she says it in a long, dramatic manner with an exaggerated squinty faced smile. When she smiles her eyes disappear and I want to grab her and squeeze her and give her lots of kisses. She’s so adorable. I always said I wanted an asian baby and, well, I think I got her.
The girls cannot be anymore opposite when it comes to water. Zoey has always enjoyed bath time or playing in the water, but has NEVER EVER EVER EVER liked having water in her face. There was a good year where she would cry every time we washed her hair because a drop of water MIGHT get on her face somewhere. She freaks out when she is splashed (but enjoys splashing others, of course), every time. Kiera, however, is not afraid. At all. The child is throwing herself into the water constantly. Her new favorite thing is to swim in the bath tub, which quite frankly freaks me out a little, though I do not discourage her. She’s my little water baby!
They were both swimming, though this didn’t last long for Zoey.
Kiera’s face kept going in and out of the water and she was laughing hysterically. Zoey stopped “swimming” after I got a picture of her doing it the first time because water was going everywhere.
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We took the girls to the Zoo last weekend when we knew the high temperature for the day was UNDER 90. It was gorgeous and we had a blast! We didn’t get up until close to 11 AM, so we were late getting out the door, which means we stopped at good ol’ Mickey Ds on the way to grab a quick lunch. Here, Zoey proudly sports her plain cheeseburger. Nom nom.
For the first time ever, we made it just in time for the giraffe feeding. It’s $3 for 3 romaine lettuce leaves, which is TOTALLY worth the experience because oh my gosh, it was soooo cool!
Zoey waits with her lettuce. She fed the giraffe 2 and I fed the giraffe one. Kiera didn’t get to feed one and I felt really bad for not letting her do that, but Zoey was clinging to me, Gene was taking pictures and I couldn’t hold Kiera. I need more arms! Maybe next time she can. She is still young enough that she doesn’t seem to care.
Kiera had a lot of fun running around. She’s a silly girl. So mellow when we go out, just hangs out and goes with the flow. Never whines or needs anything.
and the girls had their very first cotton candy experience. They loved it. Kiera ESPECIALLY loved it. I had to cut the girl off!
We saw the giraffes, the rhinos, the tigers and that is about it. We were there for a few hours and we had a lot of fun but nap time was approaching and Kiera was fading fast. The nice thing about having a Zoo pass is that we don’t feel like we need to see EVERYTHING in one day to get our money’s worth. We can go back plenty of times!
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Ok, here’s the deal, I really want to start blogging again. Regularly. Like I used to. I miss it a lot. I have felt for so long that I don’t have a “theme” and therefore I just can’t compete with other blogs out there. I mean, I’ve been keeping an online journal since around 1998, maybe even a little earlier. Geocities, Scribble.nu, Diaryland, Livejournal and so on. At one point “blogs” became A Thing and then they turned into A Big Thing and I felt like it went from daily journaling to this competition to have the most subscribers, a theme, a following, whatever you want to call it.
So anyway, I don’t have a THEME. I don’t subscribe to one particular set of rules, a specific diet or have specific parenting styles. I just do what I do and I’ll blog about what works and what doesn’t work and we’ll see how this goes. More than anything, I really miss the mundane details of my day to day life being recorded, for my own personal viewing. Looking back at journal entries from 15 years ago is actually quite fun. I love to see myself complaining about the DUMBEST CRAP EVER and think, REALLY CANDACE? THAT is what is bothering you?
So here is my plan… Mondays I will try to feature a Menu Plan Monday post (inspired by Organizational Junkie and Three Loud Kids), Tuesdays are 20 Chore Tuesday, Wednesdays are Wednesday WIP, which will be my weekly crochet project update and Thursday/Friday are yet to be determined. Maybe random posts about the girls. Maybe I’ll participate in InstaFriday. Who knows. Stay tuned!
For now, enjoy my girls and their silly faces. Zoey age 3, Kiera age 18 months. Two amazing little girls.
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My life lately has been like this: Potty Training, Crochet, Kindle, Visiting Family, CRAZY WILD 16 MONTH OLD WHO GETS INTO EVERYTHING OMG, Playing outside, Going to the sprayground, staying up late at night, laundry, LAUNDRY, laundry, Potty Training, Picking up toys, Picking up toys, KIERA STOP CLIMBING ON THE KITCHEN TABLE, Picking up toys, KIERA GET DOWN NOW!, Playing in the sprinkler, KIERA YOU’RE GOING TO FA…. I TOLD YOU NOT TO CLIMB UP THERE!, Picking up toys… and maybe some eating and sleeping and POSSIBLY showering in there somewhere.
We have been soaking up the sun as much as we can. The girls each have 3 bathing suits and they were ALL dirty/wet as of last night. I washed a heap of towels and their bathing suits and we are all ready for a new week of hot temperatures and water play! They’re loving it and I’m loving it. We’re having a blast this year. Last summer was AWFUL. Huge drought and 100+ degrees every single day. We’re hoping this one is a little less brutal. So far so good!
Kiera is repeating a lot of words these days. I can’t believe she is already 16 months old. Where does the time go? She’s my baby girl and she loves to hug her mama when she hurts herself or is sad. She is a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. Constantly getting into EVERYTHING she can, always climbing things, always wanting food, always here and there. She is not the kid who will watch TV, ever. She prefers to cause trouble, it’s just HER way.
Zoey is 3 and just a delight. The over-tired meltdown tantrums of SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER are awful. They’re few and far between. She just had one a week ago or so and it was the first time since December. She just gets SO overwhelmed when we’re out of town or have family visiting. She has SOOOOO much fun with all of the kids (cousins) and doesn’t know how to transition to calming down and “down time” – she’d rather just go go GO! She is fun to talk to and says some of the Darnedest Things. She’s my girl and I love her hugs and kisses. Especially when she says “I wub you mommy” MELTERIFIC.
They both play well together, for the most part. We haven’t had any real fights, YET. Kiera is started to exhibit signs of tantrums / independence.. so I think our days, or maybe even hours, are numbered for the Sibling Fights to begin. I really do love this ride we’re on. It’s so fun and I love every day because it always brings new adventures and memories. Like today, for example, I was changing Kiera’s diaper when she reached down, grabbed a hand full of poop out of her diaper and raised her hand in the air and yelled “YEAH!” as if she had just won a challenge on Survivor.
It’s never dull, that’s for sure!
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Having two little ones very close in age (21 months apart) comes with it’s own set of difficulties and challenges. But moments like these pretty much erase ALL of that: