December 2, 2013
I met this little boy. Words cannot describe the impact he has had on my life.
He still looks at me with those big eyes and warms my heart.
Do you know what day is National Cat Lovers Day?
Do you know which one of the Brown children’s birthday is on that very same day?
Yep, it is the cat loving Annie!
By the way National Cat Lovers Day is October 29th for future reference.
November 19, 2013
The Girls are all maturing and with that maturation comes some pretty sassy moments. I am going to bring back the quote of the day for some of these things.
The other day they were outside playing and Annie was rollerskating but wanted to get the bike up off the ground for Paul. I cautioned her that she was going to hurt herself. She stood erect, put her hand on her hip and said, “like I didn’t already know that.”
Seriously, she said that! I was floored. My sweet little Annie is becoming a back talking girl. I am not ready for this next stage!
Note she is NOT happy that I am taking her picture. I just have to laugh, otherwise I might cry!
November 17, 2013
The Girls love to help others. They have such kind an gentle hearts when it comes to making a difference in someone elses life.
We were able to go to an old folks home and help them make a craft.
And spend some time cleaning bunny cages.
I believe that these experiences help them to understand how lucky they are. They help them to have compassion for others and to learn the value of hard work. If they don’t help out, who will.
November 16, 2013
Annie and Kimberly had a wonderful little Girl Scout adventure to the English Tea Rose Room. They were so excited and got dressed up in their finest dresses.
They were beyond adorable and had such fun. The ladies who owned it said they were so well behaved. Just look how adorable they are.
Each girl was given their own pot of a fruity decaf tea to pour into their fine china glasses. They loved the experience. Personally so did I and I can’t wait to go back.
November 15, 2013
Mimi had a field trip to the zoo and I was lucky enough to be choosen to go along with.
It was a fun day of walking around with her group of kids and looking at all the animals. Mimi especially loved seeing this little monkey. Can you see it burried under it’s mother in the phot?
November 14, 2013
Annie and Kimberly participated in Special Singers at school this fall. They had a final production that was cowboy style. They sang several songs and really enjoyed themselves. Here is a photo of them before the show and during.
November 10, 2013
This year Annie and Kimberly are able to earn the Honor Roll or Principal List based on their grades. We are proud to say Annie and Kimberly both earned Honor Roll the first quarter.
Way to go girls!
November 8, 2013
I never got into chevrons, but I am so into burlap it is crazy. I would love to make burlap drapes and have burlap wreaths all around the house. There is just something about it that I love.
I was shopping at Hobby Lobby recently and found a burlap wreath that I loved. It was $180! There was no way I was going to pay that much even with a 40% off coupon. My very crafty friend had recently made a little burlap wreath and was certain I could make a similar one for way less. She was right!
I created this wreath for $30 and I love it far more than the other one at the store.
We were so incredibly busy this October with the Girl Scout Encampment, birthdays and all other engagements that it was hard to fit in our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. Thankfully we were able to find an afternoon to take the drive up to Chino Valley and enjoy ourselves.
My sweet babies.
Hay Ride Fun
Hanging out with a rodeo queen
Pet a goose
Looks like some girls might be getting too big for the carousel.
and taking our annual family photo. It was a great time once again this year.
November 7, 2013
I took my Mother to see her very first Broadway musical and for fun I brought the girls along too. They really enjoyed seeing Lion King.
Everyone was exhausted but they were all hoping that they would be able to see the Wizard of OZ next year. I bet it is going to be a great show.
October 31, 2013
There are moments you will never get back—little memories that you will solidify with such tiny gestures. I know my boy will always remember this Halloween.
He had asked Daddy to be his Luigi at the store but he had no idea that Mommy found a Princess Peach costume online to surprise him with. He LOVED it. Just look how happy he is.
This year we had Annie as Abby Bominable (a Monster High doll), Madeline as Hermione Granger (girl from Harry Potter for those living under a rock), Kimberly as a masquerade ball attendee, and Paul as Mario.
We hung out in the driveway after trick or treating like usual.
The kids donated a lot of their candy to our dentist office to help build wells in Ethiopia. It was a great Halloween.
October 30, 2013
This year Annie, Kimberly and Madeline were able to attempt to carve their own pumpkins. They thought it was super simple and never could understand why I wouldn’t carve them ornate pumpkins. (I pretty much just let them choose shapes and I try my best to cut them.)
I think they all came out pretty darn cute.
Since the girls were turning double digits we decided to do something extra special for their birthdays. We redid their little girl rooms into sophisticated, at least to them, grown up girl rooms.
They each went to school on the morning of their birthday and came home to see a total transformation of their rooms. Let’s just say Kimberly was more surprised than Annie, but she had no idea how it would turn out.
Such a fun surprise for each of them.
October 29, 2013
You know one of the fun things about having twins is that once one does something the other is also allowed to do it. Annie and Kimberly both wanted Harry Potter sleepover birthday parties this year, but they didn’t want to share them. Apparently, they didn’t like the fact that during their childhood birthday parties we sang “happy birthday Kimberly and Annie.” They wanted their own song at least. Of course they never complained about this fact when they were babies, just now. So cue Annie’s sleepover the very next weekend.
She was surrounded by friends as they dined on spaghetti and meatballs in the great hall.
They watched the Harry Potter movie and we had pumpkin pie instead of birthday cake.
She had a wonderful time at her first sleepover and can’t wait until her next one.
Annie is spunky and smart. She has an interesting perspective on life and always is surpising me.
Who knows how that little bundle of a baby became this beautiful girl. These 10 years have flashed by. Annie is amazing and I know the next 10 years will be full of adventerous moments. I am happy to be here to see them all.
Restaurant: Viet Kitchen
Cereal: golden crisp
TV Shows: Phineas and Ferb
Candy: Everlasting Gobstopper
Toy: Lego Harry Potter set
Thing to do: cuddle with her cat Pumpkin
Place have been: Arizona, California, Washington
Place to be: with Pumpkin
Place want to go: Seattle
Time of Day: 2:45 (when school gets out)
Song: Heat of the Night
October 27, 2013
We went to Trunk or Treat at our old preschool and had a wonderful time. I can never get over the small town feel of it and how genuine the whole experience feels. Everyone who is there is there to enjoy themselves and to offer something to the experience.
The girls were old enough to slightly venture off on their own. This is a privilege they were happy to accept.
They loved playing all the games,
Making the crafts,
Passing out candy,
and spending time with family.
What a wonderful night.
October 19, 2013
Kimberly had her very first sleepover on her 10th birthday. (Technically she has had them before at Grammy’s and at Encampment but not in a party version where you stay up late with your besties.)
She was so excited for the sleepover. She had a Harry Potter birthday party and wanted the dining room done up like the Great Hall.
I think we did a pretty good job given the fact that in order to decorate the great hall you would actually need to be magical.
Her friends enjoyed nachos along with some chocolate pie.
The kids hung out and watched Harry Potter #3.
The kids had a great time hanging out before it was finally bedtime.
It was the first of many sleepovers to come. Oh boy! What a night. So glad the kids really enjoyed it and Kimberly made many happy memories. I guess I will just sleep some other time.
October 17, 2013
It is such a pleasure being Kimberly’s mother. She is amazing and wonderful. She brings joy into my life. My world is complete because she is in it.
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I first became a mother. She is an amazing person. I cannot imagine how quickly the next years will pass nor can I imagine who she will be in 10 years. All I can say is that I am so glad I am along for the ride.
Book: Harry Potter
Restaurant: Flamingo Palace
Cereal: lucky charms
TV Shows: Full House
Candy: white chocolate truffles
Subject: social studies
Thing to do: art
Place have been: Arizona, California, Washington
Place to be: at the beach
Place want to go: Hawaii
Hero: Dr. Coulombe
Time of Day: Saturday morning
Song: White Choral Bells
Drink: raspberry lemonade
Treat: Cookies and Cream ice cream
October 11, 2013
We had the opportunity to go to Girl Scout camp this fall. The girls loved it. It was their first time going to camp and they are hoping to be able to go back without me in the summer.
Between both the troops we took 12 girls.
Cat Cottontail (that was Annie’s camp name) found lots of critters.
Koala Kimmie (Kimberly’s camp name) really enjoyed hiking around.
Monkey Mimi (Mimi’s camp name) really liked helping out doing the service project and our cleaning area.
Annie and Kimberly learned archery.
Mimi, Kimberly and Annie all learned how to horseback ride. They all were very surprised when it wasn’t a lady leading them around like in a pony parade. They were actually in charge of making the horse do what it needed to do.
They did skits with their friends.
Hung around the campfire singing camp songs.