Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Pirate Party

Three year old Cohen celebrated with a pirate party. A perfect theme. 

A double water slide for all ages was the main attraction.


A full day of fun people eating and bringing gifts and sliding. 



Cupcakes and gifts were not to be spared.


Blessed with abundance of gifts from room packed full of guests.


Happy Birthday Cohen!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Three Years

You Happy Birthday Cohen!! 
Three years have flown by and we have enjoyed every moment. 


We are thankful you are healthy, smart, cute, and all boy. 


I know God has great things in store for you.


Happy Birthday. We love you!






Friday, July 17, 2015

End of last week

Another week at MawMaw's stay-cation came to an end. Noon time has almost become my favorite time. My break during the day. Because it's quiet. It's still. Memories from 30 years ago when my three were little comes back fast. I finally know what Silence is Golden means. 


Molly - Dog is playing along very well. She's a good sport when she has to play dress up and wear wings. 



Seems she will do anything for all the attention and food droppings she's been getting for the last 6 weeks. 


One of the accomplishments so far is "we have a walker"! Yes!! I taught her to walk. 


And one failure of the summer stay-cation is somehow I left the door a-jar,, on a Thursday last week. I got a phone call on a Sunday that I left the door un-closed and the blowing wind and rain blew it open and flooded the foyer.

Ok. So. 
#1 - you called me 3 days after I left to tell me.
#2 - as your father said "do you not check your doors every day or every night?"
#3 - seems there was no wet wall or flood damage to repair. 
#5 - the adult kids are cray-cray and a little dramatic.


I inspected it when I returned and it looks fine to me. 

Gin

Friday, July 10, 2015

End of the week review

Finishing up the first third of the month at MawMaw's summer stay-cation.  And we're doing a lot. 

This week was a lot of book reading. The favorite books this week are The Christmas Story and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Reading everyday they know the complete stories as I turn the page without me reading. 



This week was role playing. From nurses to patients to I-pad tech and everything in between.

Cohen knows all about the I-pad. At age 3 they are geniuses.


Brookky and Brynlee playing nurse and patient. She knew all the procedures to do, then wanted a bandaid. 


A little yard work can be fun. 


It's bye till next week. 


Gin



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

31 Days of July - How's it going you ask?

It's day 7 of July. It's a Monday. That should explain it all. 

July 4th they actually went to the Dr's office.


Strep throat for the week end. By Monday morning when I arrived for the week, she was much better. 

With rain, rain, and more rain all you could do was have a little fun mud riding.


Then with teething, not sleeping, trying to walk, and constant screaming it should make the week fly by. 


Gin




Thursday, July 2, 2015

31 Days of July - 2

Do you need to know how to entertain grandkids for 31 days in July? I made it thru June already. It's down hill from here.  

Today was me and 3 under 3 years old. So we learned about same and different. Which was a repeat from June. But it takes repetition. And a lot of Simon Says today. 

We spent a lot of time on selfies today. A LOT. Cause you know I wanted the perfect selfie of all 4 people at one time. 

There were duck faces with hugs. 


The "you're pulling my hair" face.


And "enough with the pictures, please".


The only thing I'm really missing is my sewing projects. I have things envisioned I can't wait to sew up.

Gin




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dear June

My 30 days of June was spent keeping the little ones for the first part of summer. 
That's twelve hour days filled with remembering how it was 30 years ago with my own 3 under 5 years old. That would be breakfast, playtime/learning, snack time, lunch time, cleanup, naptime, playtime, snack again, wait for mommies to get home. And yes with meltdowns thrown in all day long. And sometimes spilt milk. 

But busy is the key. No time for being fussy-pants. 


Whether all together or separate we made good use of the summer days. 


Of course I have to show their parents that it's not all play and there is structural learning while the MawMaw's in charge. 

 
Flash cards were my choice of learning. And it was a huge success. A lot can be learned from flash cards. This was actually a Crazy 8's card game. We learned matching, same, different, counting, and choosing. And it never got old. Just had to distract the baby from all the fun. 

Tomorrow starts the second half of summer for me and them. I've got to up my strategy to keep things going smoothly. 


Gin






Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pageant Talk

As a guest, spectator, and wardrobe manager, I attended Sunburst Tri-State Pageant in Gulfport.  Of course my main job was wardrobe manager, coordinator, fitting, and last minute outfit fixing. 

It was a full weekend of non-stop competing fun with 2 little ones in tow with 5 stage appearances with 5 outfit changes. 

Of course we, as the mom and mawmaw, were the most interested in it all, but the 2 little ones did extremely well being in the hustle and bustle of 121 other contestants. 

No personal cell or camera pictures were allowed in the ball room. So I only have quick snapshots of the fun. 

First, hotel room snack time with fruit loops in bed. 


There was time for an evening pool swim. 


There's always time for a selfie. 


The 5 areas of competion were swimsuit, casual wear/school/daycare wear, event t-shirt and blue jean shorts, lunch break, t-shirt and blue jean shorts again, and formal/beauty dress, all on Saturday, then awards day Sunday. 

Brynlee in her swimwear. (Made by me.)



Brooklyn in her swimwear. (Made by me.)


Brynlee's casual wear. (Made by me.)


Brooklyn's casual wear. (This was a purchased outfit, but I added the lace sleeve undershirt and changed out the color of the lace on the skirt. So half made/altered by me.)



Both in their event t-shirt and shorts. 


All t-shirts were too big for the little contestants. But they were meant for everyone to be dressed alike for meeting judges and interviews, with no scoring on attire. 


And then Brynlee in her formal dress at awards. And it's naptime, obviously.



And Brooklyn in her formal dress at awards time. 


The hit it good with a lot of awards.

Brynlee's awards in the 0-15 months division: 
model search - 2nd runner up 
Swimwear - Queen
Composite - Queen 
Portfolio - 1st runner up 
Photogenic A - 1st runner up 
photogenic B - 1st runner up 
Best formal attire -  Queen 
Best personality- Queen 
Beauty Louisiana- 4th runner up princess

Brooklyn's awards in the 2 year division: 
Model search - 2nd runner up 
Swimwear - 1st runner up
Daycare wear - 2nd runner up
Composite - 1st runner up
Portfolio - 1st runner up 
Photo A - 2nd runner up
Photo B - 2nd runner up 
Beauty Louisiana - Queen 

A lot of sweet girls participated. Just as in any competition or sport everyone is a winner when you put forth your best and believe in yourself. 

Gin



Birthday Party for ONE

The littlest of all turned 1 last week.



A party for her with gifts, and family, and friends, and food, and cake. 

I made her shiny sparkly banner.


Her gifts were fun for everyone. 



She was not a fan of the smash cake. 
No smash! No mess!
Even big sister couldn't persuade her.

Happy 1st Birthday Brynlee!


In Stitches

There's been quite a lot of stitching going on. Loads of color, ruffles, and sparkle. 

First, A tiny size 12 month top and bloomers that has all the colors you need. 


And full of ruffles and bows. 


I purchased two pink baby swim suits (size 12 months and 3t) and embellished them with ruffles and sparkle. 

Lace ruffles adorn the top and around the back bottom of this baby sized one. Just yards and yards of lace gathered to make 3 ruffle tiers. 


Hair band/bow, anklet bows, and back center bow give it all the bow power you need. 


And why not add a little sparkle across the front.


Really super easy and quick after I dreamed up a design and ordered the sparkle swirls iron-on rhinestone applique and lace online and searched for the swimsuits at a local walmart. 
    
The size 3t was a little more involved. 
Same swimsuit, but in a size 3t. I cut it in half to make a tank-ini. Yes, it was a little scary to cut it into 2 pieces. I wasn't quite sure what the results would be. But, sometimes you have to just go for it. 
 
I purchased blue and pink fabric to make the ruffles. And bought the pink gem star stones to embellish the outfit. And made the cute fabric stars for dimension.



So cute with all the ruffles, frills, and sparkle. 

Gin