I feel really bad posting these pictures, because I know most of the country (USA) is covered in snow and freezing right now. I have been quite worried about my friends and family in the Midwest, in particular…hoping they have heat and power. It’s not fun to lose power when there’s a snowstorm! That happened to me once in college -and it was NOT good!
It has not been a winter wonderland here – not at all! I think the girls would love to trade this for a few days of sledding – but I am not complaining!
We went to my favorite beach “the Cove” earlier this week. The pictures don’t lie – it was magical. The only NOT magical thing was that Ginger (4) forgot to go to the bathroom before we left, so there was a little bit of drama with that…but all’s well that ends well! Right?!
The girls played the day away in the sand and the sea – building sand castles, and wading out into the water. Paprika (7) spent a long time calling for the mermaids in their special Mer-language.
She also found a trove of hemit crabs in the tide pools, and decided to take three home! So now we have three new pets: Crabby, Cute-Shy, and Mr. Snail. Upon further inspection, we realized one was a sea snail and not a crab. They are all still alive, amazingly enough.
Bubbles have been a big hit this vacation. So easy and simple – even Violet (age 2) has become a master bubble blower:
The Rainbow Loom was a gift from Grandma Pat for Christmas, and it has been a huge hit! Mr. M and I even stayed up late after the girls went to bed, making bracelets in different patterns. After about 15 minutes of it, we looked at each other and said: What are we doing?!
But it was fun while it lasted. Haha.
We took Ginger (age 4) into the lab to have a bunch of bloodwork done last week. She had six vials of blood drawn – which was more than I was expecting! We find out the results this week (hopefully) and fingers crossed, all will be well. She was a trooper – and the whole thing went much easier than I had expected it would. She had her Anna doll (Frozen), her LeapPad, she got to wear her pajamas there (which always makes her feel more secure), and she got to sit on my lap during the blood draw. All those things helped, I think! I was as relieved as she was when it was over…
(This pic was taken right before, when we were waiting):
And speaking of Miss Ginger – look whose hair is long enough to braid!
After the blood draw, we ran some errands for the new house and then went to the park. I thought this picture was kind of funny:
Almost every day, we’ve gone to Home Depot (or some other store) in search of items for the new house. A lot of times, Violet falls asleep in the car (even though she doesn’t WANT to take a nap, she will fall asleep in the car because she still NEEDS a nap). In those instances, I end up waiting in the car for an hour (or more) while everyone else goes into the store. Pretty much all the times this happens, my phone runs out of batteries and I’m stuck in the car with nothing to do but watch the cars pass in and out of the parking lot. I’ve been teaching myself to meditate during these long, quiet moments.
Today we went to a new Home Depot to get tile – and passed by the Randy’s Donuts of our Space Shuttle encounter!
Here’s our kitchen. Yes – I realize it looks the same as it has for two months. We’re waiting and waiting and waiting on permits. In addition to meditation, this house remodel is also teaching me patience. Ha!
I took Ginger for a walk yesterday just the two of us in our new neighborhood. We had the best time – and she wore real clothes (not pajamas):
The girls have been loving the park in the new neighborhood, too. They call it: New Park! Which is a great name…for now!
This is what home remodel looks like with little kids…and why we’re staying in our rental while we work on the house. 😉
More climbing by Ginger – this time at the park…in a tree!
Sketch by Paprika – she’s been doing a lot of drawing, as usual!
Happy Violet – my two year old monkey. I need to do a blog post soon about everything she’s up to – because let me tell you, she is up to A LOT!
Her favorite thing to say now – instead of just “No” or “No Way!” is: No Way, Not Now, Not Ever…Never!
So, if you say: Do you want to go to bed?
She will say: No way, not now, not ever…never!
(It’s a phrase from a book on Reading Rainbow that Paprika read to her once…)
This is the longest blog post ever, and I think I am all caught up! Stay snuggly and warm if you live in the frozen tundra. I am thinking and praying for you…and sending you warm wishes. 🙂