Wednesday, June 17, 2015

rella

Back in November, Nora watched Cinderella for the first time...
She wore a dress of Dot's that has been dubbed Cinderella's pink dress so she felt quite special.
Since that day it has been her number one obsession.  She loving refers to it and the main character as "Rella."
Good thing we already had a book of it so she wouldn't ask to watch it 100 times a day.
(or at least it helped appeased her when we had to say no).

She was lucky enough to get a hand-me-down Cinderella dress that started being worn over her clothes everyday.
Aunt Angie sent her some socks to complete the look.
She has seen the movie a number of times now (because I can only say no so many times), but I think we will hold off on the new live action one until it is rentable.
However, she got to go see a performance of Roger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Jimmy's school and wear the dress out in public...
Let's just say the dress is getting a little worse for wear and I am afraid to throw it in the washing machine and ruin it.
It needs a good handwashing.  Maybe I could make that chore part of the game.
I have already taught her to clean the floors and "be Cinderella."
  One day she came in from outside with black stuff all over her lips and hands.
Apparently, she had really been committing to the part by kissing our firepit and thus getting cinders all over herself...
She also got a Cinderella doll from Mimi for Christmas who has become a dear friend...
And of course, every princess needs a prince or knight around...
She should never be lacking in those around our house.  We are much more used to those. 
This whole princess thing is new to us, and I am loving it more than I thought I would.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

president's day hike

We enjoyed some beautiful weather on President's day while  hiking a trail on the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
Gus found a cave...
Nora slept for a good bit of it, but towards the end she wanted out of her carrier and the boys were starting to get tired.  They had fun, but they do always look the most forward to the snack they get at the end.  
So glad they love getting outdoors.  I see many more hikes in our future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

valentines 2015

This year Jimmy decided to make Star Wars Valentines for his class.
We made lightsabers out of crayons and electical tape.  Then we joined him in his class for a party.
Since Valentine's was on Saturday this year we got to enjoy a relaxing breakfast of pink heart pancakes and pink milk.
The Queen of Our Hearts....
Mimi dropped by with some special cookies which needless to say Nora loved them...
But she didn't love them nearly as much as she loves her Mimi...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

phoenix groundhog 2015

Once again we hosted our annual Alumni Groundhog Party for the University of Dallas. 
The kids always get pretty excited about it.
We always love to have a few beers with some old friends and sit by the fire.
I was a little lame about taking pictures this year, but I did get this one of Nora walking around with a whole container of cheeseballs...
The one occasion a year that I buy such a thing, I let my kids go a little wild.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

flagstaff, sunset crater, and wupatki

We made out annual trek to the snow again on Martin Luther King weekend.  
My uncle always graciously lets us stay in his cabin so we are able to stay a few days.
Flagstaff didn't have tons of new snow for us, but we managed to find a spot with a hill and good snow for sledding.
Some family friends met us up there to join in the fun.
The kids got to make their very first snowman from scratch (usually we steal other ones we have found and take pictures with them).  The snow was good for building and they kids had fun collecting pinecones and sticks to decorate him.  Gus named him Hot Chocolate which he thought was hilarious since if the snowman tried to drink real hot chocolate he would melt.
I did have trouble explaining to Gus that he won't be there the next time we come back to Flagstaff.
I said we could rebuild him, but he was not a fan of that idea.
Everyone loved it, but quickly got cold and tired.  The warm car ride was pretty enjoyable as well.
On Martin Luther King Day, all the National Parks are free so we decide to hit up Sunset Crater and Wupatki.
It all looked beautiful covered in snow.
The kids enjoyed the science lesson about volcanoes and lava.
The ruins at Wupatki were the coolest part.
The kids all thought it was amazing.
One of there favorite parts was this natural blowhole: 
We loved getting to share our adventure with good friends.  
The kids all got along so well and we couldn't have asked for a better trip.