Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Big Day

Hayden started preschool today. I am still in shock about this as I'm certain my little Peanut can not yet be old enough to be in school!

She has been looking forward to this for weeks on end, knowing that she would be doing lots of writing and reading and learning. Her favorite book at home this summer was a Pre-K workbook that Brad bought for her at Costco. She'd spend hours tracing numbers and letters, connecting dots and problem-solving.

The benefit for us (well, for me really) that helped ease my anxiety about school is that she is able to attend preschool at Mindy's house which means no change of venue and she and Lucy will remain in the same location.

I bought Hayden a few little outfits and new dresses thinking she would like to wear them on the first day. Alas, she wanted to wear an old hand-me-down Hello Kitty dress with a hole in it, paired with a bright blue bow. She sure worked it though...always striking a pose. I'm not entirely sure what is going on with Lucy, who also picked out her own 4th of July outfit for the occasion. *sigh*

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Girly Girls

Both of my girls have moments where they are truly girly. They also have moments where they are truly quiet. I recently discovered that the combination of quiet & girly can yield unpleasant results.

I was minding my own business (four years with a child in the house and I still haven't figured out that is a bad idea) and realized, probably about 10 minutes too late, that it was way too quiet. If you are a parent, you know that sense of panic. The "omgitiswaytoquietIhavetogofindthem" panic.

I found my girls in the kitchen sitting quietly on the floor. Nothing looked amiss until I realized Hayden was watching what Lucy was doing. Lucy, had climbed onto the counter and managed to reach the second shelf up to get my bright red finger nail polish. At this point, she was sitting on the floor, painting her nails.

I love my Lucy and I'm certain that she has many talents and will excel at many things.

Nail art is probably not going to be one of them.

The ring finger on her right hand freaks me out.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Family Portrait

By Hayden

Mom, Hayden, Dad, Lucy

That line all over the page is my long hair (singular, because I only have one piece of hair). For some reason, Brad does not have a nose. For some other reason, Lucy is sideways.

We are a beautiful family ♥

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monster Repellant

For reasons that I am unsure of, Hayden has become afraid of monsters that are in her room. Not just monsters, but spiders and snakes as well. I have to be honest, even if it makes me a bad Momma, I don't believe her. That's right, I think she's lying. However, I believe she is doing so because she doesn't want to go to bed. She would rather go play in Lucy's room or come in with me and snuggle up to watch TV. The fear is less about monsters and more about being alone. She does not like being alone. 

After an evening where she was in tears crying about the creatures that surely lurked in her princess room, I had an idea. I asked her if she would like me to pick up some Monster Spray and explained this would surely keep ALL monsters and creepy crawlies away. She thought this was the best idea ever. 

Go me! 

I picked up a few supplies the following day and while the girls were out playing after dinner, I did my best to create a cute little bottle of Monster Spray for Hayden to use. 

When it came time for bed, I asked her if she would like to spray and she said "Oh, SURE I would! We need to spray to get the monsters out." I presented her with her very own bottle of Monster Spray: 

Monster Spray

She. Went. Ballistic

I've done a lot of amazing things in my life, but I am quite certain that this little $1 bottle with googly eyes and pipe cleaners may be my pièce de résistance. It's more fabulous than I could have ever imagined. Face on the front, pom poms with single googly eyes on the stop of the sprayer. Guaranteed to keep away all creatures from bedrooms of little girls.

I had purposely only filled it partially with water because, let's face it, I know my daughter. She immediately went crazy spraying EVERYTHING in her room. The bookcase, the dresser, the curtains, the windows, the closet doors, inside the closet, the floors, the clothes, her bedding, et cetera. I stopped her at the bedding because I didn't need her sleeping in a bed full of wet. 

And she was happy. The monster's couldn't possibly penetrate the force field provided by the spray. She was certain there was no way anything could get in to get her. 

A friend suggested I produce mass quantities of Monster Spray and sell them to parents. I probably could make a lot of money off them. I think I'd rather just keep this one for my girls...

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