Sunday, February 21, 2010

i heart faces * week 8 * hands-on fun

I've known for weeks which picture I would enter for hands-on fun!!! I'm excited week 8 is finally here, lol!

I took this picture last summer, during our vacation in Switzerland. My friend owns a pottery store in my old home town (well, it's more of a village ;-) and my girls were lucky enough to get a private lesson from her. They made the cutest, little lopsided cups on a real, big pottery wheel.

My pic might not be perfect, I think one thumb is about the only thing in focus... but those little hands were moving and so was the wheel =).

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To see more hands-on fun, click the icon below!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Annual Sledding Trip

We have quite a few traditions by now. One of them is a sledding day trip to Ice House. We drive up there early in the morning, camp out in the parking lot and let the kids play. This time there wasn't as much snow as usual, which I find a little funny... all this snow in the States and we have less than normal. But the kids still had a blast!

It was a beautiful, sunny day. Grace never even put on a coat (and yes, her sleeves were soaking wet). All in all a fun trip!

I took way too many pictures... here's just a few ;-).

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Love this... can you see the big snow ball that's about to hit her?
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We always have lots of yummy food... we even grill out there in the parking lot. But YUCK, orange teeth!!!
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Erina needed a hug & kiss. She said she wishes she wasn't such a sissy... see, she lost her boot in the snow and then had to go back to the car to put on new socks. She couldn't handle the wet sock. Poor girl.
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But she had fun too!
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Christopher on his new snow-skateboard... he rocked on that thing!!!
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And this is the closest I got to a group shot, lol!
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The only kiddo missing in the above group shot? Little Nathan... he's just so cute! He carried that bear of his all around the snow.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bear

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Brian has been working tons of overtime and I guess he's feeling slightly guilty about missing family time in the evenings. Yesterday he walked in the door with a big stuffed animal doggie under his arm. Oh me, oh my! The girls were thrilled to say the least! They named him Bear, because he's so big and fluffy.

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He makes a good dance partner, lol.
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And he can fly too!
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I know, I'm goofy... I'm blogging about a stuffed animal!! I must be bored or something... maybe avoiding the laundry piles is more like it!

Erina wanted a yoga picture taken. Why? Because she's wearing yoga pants, of course. She's such a goof.
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And then trouble-maker Grace had to bud in and give her bunny ears!! This picture perfectly shows my girls personalities... one is calm, relaxed and cookie-loving... the other hyper & funky.
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I love my girls. And I kinda like Bear already too ;-).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

i heart faces * week 7 * i wanna dance

I'm entering a twirling picture for this weeks "i wanna dance" challenge... simply because my Grace loves to twirl. I have a million twirling pics of her, seriously =)!!! I picked this one, because I like the perspective. I hope it counts, even though her face isn't fully visible... crossing my fingers ;-).

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To see more dancing pictures, click the icon below. Maybe you will even join the fun?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

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I wanted to wish you all a lovely Valentine's Day! I hope every single one of you is feeling loved... if not, come by my house for a hug ;-). XOXO


I took my sugared-up kids to the park yesterday... along with a heart balloon. I had high hopes for some creative pics. But it didn't work out too well, lol.

Looks kinda goofy, he? And the girls are looking at me like I lost my marbles... ha, ha, ha!
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I went with the flow and took some action shots instead.

Erina was twirling and twirling until she was dizzy... I love it when I find a rather cheap "YES" item for her ($15 tulle skirt from Old Navy... woohooo!).
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She looks so grown-up. I can't believe how fast she's changing these days.
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Grace was a running, jumping, candy necklace eating fool.
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Rosy cheeks, candy on lips.... my wild one.
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Hello Sugar High!

I just picked up the girls from school and they are WIRED... ah, the wonderful side effects of Valentine's Day =). This will be short and sweet, I need to get those two wild ones outside before it will rain again!!

Just wanted to share Erina's Valentines with you. We made big chocolate chip cookie pops (simply put a wooden craft stick in each cookie before baking... believe me, eating cookies on a stick makes them ten times better!!!), wrapped them up in heart bags and slapped a cute little saying on there. They were a hit!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Homesick!!!

My Swiss facebook friends are making me homesick today! They are posting about going to carnival or how we say "Fasnacht". This is one event that I miss... I miss it so much, I can't even attend any parades here in the States. I tried several times, last time it was a 4th of July parade. Let me tell you, I wasn't a pretty sight. Parades and especially marching bands make me bawl like a baby!!! I'm usually quiet in control of my emotions, but a high school marching band will come along and I can't stop the tears from coming. WHY? It reminds me of carnival... the cool marching bands called "Guggemuusig", which are way less professional than a high school band.

Fasnacht is such a cool thing, the party starts on Thursday night and doesn't end until the Wednesday after. Sunday is the big parade and by then most people are pretty hung over, still drunk or working on the next buzz. It's pretty darn fun, everybody dresses up and simply goes wild.

Anyways, in my sadness, I went on youtube and found this movie from last years parade. If you make it past the annoying "I like to move it, move it" part, you'll get to see and hear part of the parade in my little hometown.

Monday, February 8, 2010

i heart faces * week 6 * we heart kisses

It's almost Valentine's Day and i heart faces is celebrating KISSES this week!! I knew right away which picture I would enter... it's not the newest, but by far the cutest kissing pic I own of my two girls. I just love the happy smile on my younger daughter's face, she knows she's loved and it shows =).

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Flashback!!!

Look what I found today tucked away in a yellow envelope in a messy junk drawer!!

Both taken in Mexico by the hotel photographer =).

This was in September 2003 (which makes the girls almost 4 and 2). I love the look they gave the guy... like "Who are you and WHY are you taking pictures of US???"
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And this was during our May 2005 trip (so they were 3 1/2 and 5 1/2). They were pretty brave... I still remember, they weren't scared of those big birds at all. Looky how cute and chubby my Grace was!!!! Awwwww!
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Now I want to board a plane and go back there... this time with my own good camera, lol!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Check out my Ebay auctions... please =)!

I'm cleaning out the girl's closet!! Out with the old, in with the new!! Truth be told I need funds to buy the new Matilda Jane line that's coming out in twelve days (not that I'm counting or anything...).

If you need anything for your 6-9 year old girl, take a peek right HERE.

I have Matilda Jane items ending tomorrow evening.

This dress is currently still a steal!
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So is this darling halter!
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And this knot dress... this is honestly so much prettier in person.
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Here's a little sample of the Naartjie I just listed today:
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Thanks so much for looking =)!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Life is sweet!

When you have a big lollipop... that is!
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I hope you are all enjoying a sweet Monday! The sun is shining... I'm pretty dang happy =)!