Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wellness checkups

Dr. D: "Hayden, what is your favorite green food to eat?" 

Hayden: "Kale chips." 

Dr. D: *long silent pause with raised eyebrow at me* "I've never had a 4 year old, or any kid for that matter, say 'kale chips'" 

Nut luvs her some kale chips.

Parmesan Kale Chips (nom nom nom)

38.8 lbs
40 ¼" tall

Perfectly healthy child with great vitals, perfect hearing and so far, perfect sight. ♥

Dr. D did suggest that we meet with the fine folks at Glacier Neuro to be evaluated since Hayden's tonsils are ridiculously humongous! We have had a few issues with her sleep and snoring so it's a precaution to get her checked out. Depending on the outcome, she may have a sleep study done and then we'll go from there. I'm not worried ~ she's a little trooper.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Hayden had dance class on Monday afternoon but since Lucy is still too young for dance, she is forced to sit idly by while Little Miss Thing shakes what her Momma gave her. Unfortunately, "sitting idly by" is most definitely not in Lucy's vocabulary.

So, Grandpa was nice enough to take her for a little side trip from APA to the Evergreen Fire Department. The nice firefighter's let her check out a firetruck which was probably the most. exciting. thing. ever. You see, lately Lucy has been completely obsessed with all things firetruck. If she hears one, she announces "IT'S A FIRETRUCK, MOMMA! DEY SAY 'WOO WOOooooo'". 

Leaving work one afternoon there was a horrible accident. Four ambulances and three firetrucks were on scene for it. I picked the girls from daycare and had to drive by the scene multiple times because Lucy was sooooo happy to see the truck. Gory, right? 

Anyhoo...she was treated to her own private tour of the firetruck and she was very, very pleased about this.

"Dey gave me a hat and say 'WOOO WOOOO'"
It even made her forget that she wasn't allowed in the dance class. When Hayden saw her shiny new red Fire Chief hat and waterbottle, she instantly wanted it. Nope. It was all about Lucy this time.

The next day, Lucy busted out the hat and her "WOO WOO" for daycare. Her Uncle Ryan (a firefighter) would be very proud.

Firefighter Lucy, reporting for duty.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Birthday, Nut ♥

Today is Hayden's 4th Birthday.

Wasn't she just this tiny little thing that I brought home from the hospital and stared at, not being able to believe that she was mine? I certainly had no idea what was in store for me over the next four years. 

Little toes ♥
One of my all time favorites ♥
I remember those days like they were yesterday but they suddenly and sadly seem so far away. I miss that tiny little precious baby. I miss sitting quietly while she lay on my chest and softly slept. I miss caressing the top of her little head with my lips, thinking there couldn't possibly be anything softer. It's amazing she had any hair at all up there. So many kisses. 

She grew so fast and turned into a little spit fire with a flair for fashion. 

Always in a tutu. Always.
Before too long, she also became the greatest big sister on the planet when we welcome Lucy into our lives in January of 2010. It was instant love, an unwritten bond, a promise to always side with each other against the evil forces known as Momma and Daddy. 

The Holloway Girls

They started their adventures with each other right away and grew into a quite a pair of rascals. There is no shortage of tutu's, pink, sparkly things or laughter in our house. Ever. My little Peanut was growing fast and turning into a sweet little girl right before my eyes. 

All piggies, all the time.

My baby girl.
I haven't spent much  any time around children in my life. I was an only child and even though I had cousins, there were no little kids. I think one of my biggest surprises of motherhood was the fact that children will entertain you 100% of the time. They are amazingly sweet, incredibly innocent and completely hysterical. 

There have been some bumps and bruises along the way. And one Blue One

Princess Chef Hayden...taking a call.

Hayden's heart is filled with love, joy and adventure. For that and for all that she is and all that she will become, I am so proud of her.

Bushwhacking. In a skirt. MY kid.

The Official "I'm a Hiker" pose.

My beautiful little girl.

So grown up.
Happy Birthday, Hayden. You are my best heart ever ♥


Monday, September 10, 2012

Welcome to the Ballet Show

I don't know as I remember the exact minute that Nut fell in love with dancing, but it did happen sometime last spring. For the longest time there were only princess dresses and tutu's that they would dress up in but something clicked. Now Brad and I are treated (often) to "Balance Shows" by the girls. 

Ballet (n.)
1. A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses.
2. A theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing to a musical accompaniment, usually with costume and scenic effects, conveying a story or theme.
3. A musical composition written or used for this dance form.
4. A company or group that performs ballet.
Balance Show (n.)



 Anyhoo...Nut has been asking to take dance classes with her BFF, "Brookie". So, in the beginning of the summer, we signed her up at the Academy of Performing Arts here in town. She is to have one 30 minute class a week. In each class, she will be doing 15 minutes of ballet and 15 minutes of tap. 

We took her to Open House a few weeks ago so we could buy her shoes. The ballet shoes are beautiful little rose colored leather slippers. They make no noise at all. I love them very much. The tap shoes? Shiny black patent leather. With metal on the bottom. That make a TON of noise, especially in a home with all hardwood floors. Errrrrgh. No tap shoes allowed in the house. Period. 

Day One of dance class came and Nut may have been more excited than I have ever seen here. I was a little bit weepy, I can't lie. It was really strange to think that my little baby girl was about to start something that is all her own. It wasn't even just that she didn't need me for this, I would not be allowed in the room at all. I would be stuck in the lobby with the other Dance Mom's (nooooooooooooooooooooooo....) watching my sweet little girl on closed circuit TV. 

On the big day, I left work early and picked her up from daycare to bring her to class. She had picked out her exact outfit the night before. I had thought she would certainly pick pink but no, she went all Black Swan on me. In the dressing room at APA, I told her that it was time to get dressed and she sighed heavily and said "Oh Momma....I am going to be so beautiful." 

The Black Swan

We then moved to the lobby to wait for class to begin and the other girls to show up. Lots of little girls with masses of blonde hair piled on their heads coupled with lots of pink and lots of glitter. Soon enough, BFF Brookie showed up with her mom and brother and the screaming and giddiness commenced. 

Hayden & Brookie
Fortunately, there wasn't long to wait for class. They had introductions and we could see them doing some steps in the room but before long they came running out for the shoe change. 


Or something like that. One breath, a hundred words. Sheer excitement. 

We could see them on the TV and Brad was pleased that the first movement they do is something that the long jumpers do. So naturally, Hayden will be a world class long jumper before long. 

30 minutes, class over. The excitement was almost too much and she was not happy to remove her beloved tap shoes since I only allow her to wear them for that 15 minutes every week. 

We did hear all about the class later that night and she even showed me what they practiced. I was very impressed because she knew probably 5-6 little steps after only that small class. I know she won't forget them and she's already asking if she can go to dance class again tomorrow. 

I wonder what our "Balance Show's" will look like from here on out now that Hayden can be a professional choreographer? 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Giddy? YUP!

Welcome to Montana.

Girls dressed as pink unicorns with cowgirl hats riding horses.

Giddy? Yup!

Completely normal.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hurricanes and Twisters!!!

My children are two-legged natural disasters. I know this because everywhere they go leaves a wake of destruction. 

Hurricane Hayden and her Twister Sister DESTROYED my house today. I wasn't too worried until the doorbell rang and Jim Cantore was broadcasting live from my front porch. 

Then I knew I was fucked.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"I'll never..."

I'll never let my child watch DVD's in the car.

I'll never bribe my child with M&M's or a new car so they'll stfu in the store so I can shop.

I'll never let them eat french fries or fast food.

I'll never...

say never.

My mom recently bought a huge 250 count bag of Dum Dum's. Ya know, those super tiny little lollipops? My girls call them suckers, which is probably a more accurate description of me than the hard candy itself.

Anyhoo, my mom bought a The World is Ending sized bag because she hates me wants to spoil her granddaughters.

She sees a bag of candy. I see 125 quiet trips to the store.

Who's your sucker now?
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