Sunday, March 19, 2017

Molly's 4th Gotcha Day - 3/18/17

Wow. 
What an amazing bundle of joy Molly is to our family. Love you so very much.

We went to an alpaca farm - waaaay out in the country. 
Hours away.
Too much fun!





Madelynn came with us.
Nanny Carol was my co- pilot.


Chickens hatching




Puppies



Spinning the fur from alpacas 

Super fun day!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Celebrated Emily's Birthday Yesterday


Waking up on her 15th birthday
On the top bunk 


My girls have never had a hibachi dinner.
I've only had it about 3x in life.
So - she got her little wish.
Nanny Carol was with us.
Marlene joined us. Yay.


Rice cake?!


Look at Mary's face. She's in awe.


We love you, Sweet Pea.
You are a blessing - beyond words.
I love you, Emily!


Molly and Emily made these "healthy" cupcakes with strawberries, and cream cheese frosting. 
Yummy!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Day-Cation Time

Schools are closed this week.
Spring Break.
Brrrrr....
We got caught away from home for the weekend - working - and not having warm "enough" clothes.

Forget the wedge Volatiles - flip floppy type shoes.
It's socks and sneakers for me right now.

I/We went home during the day today and yesterday, and the girls and I made the most of that time.

Some cleaning.
Some organizing.

Lots of running around using up bits and pieces of small gift cards ($5.00, $10.00...) that I've been given - 
-- gift cards for perfect attendance at work
-- gift cards given to me by a local chamber of commerce for a teacher award
-- small, leftover amounts ($2.53, $7.45) on a few cards given to me or the girls for our bdays (We appreciate gift cards!)

Anyhoo - we,ve been to eat authentic Mexican food, get cookies, buy organic strawberry lemonade, purchase colorful writing pens, mooch pickles and croutons at a restaurant where we had "one free dessert", go to Toys R Us (or Toys FOR Us -- as Mary called it) and get a stuffed animal horse with a gift card that was probably 4+ years old.....

Making the most of "off time" between work times


I recognized and chatted with (via interpreter) one of the Hispanic employees -- mom of a former student at my school.

Made on the spot vegetarian tacos and guacamole 


Mary's first time at this kiddie joint "Toys FOR Us"
It was bound to happen one day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

This and That with Mary


Mary's sunset photograph - from our backyard


Stopped at an electrical plant - sorta spur of the moment - as we were in the vicinity 
I know. 
Thrilling, huh?!?
At least she got to have a little conversation about electricity
She loved it cuz I was excited about it.


Then we mosied-over to see Wisteria


She went to a bday party at a bounce
house.



Dressed herself, got sisters to curl her hair, and wore her tiara.
Took it off for church, tho.


Drew....no.....colored this at school
She's gonna get those rainbow colors in there -- in order -- somewhere!
ROY G BIV


Inside of the drawing...a letter to me

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Working (some) During Spring Break


We brought the "girls" -- who live at the group home -- to their Special Olympics basketball tournament.


Here are some on their lunch break.


My girls set up camp with books, coloring books and crayons for Mary, and a few snacks. 


 I've known this silly fella for over 20 years.
Plays the piano 'by ear'....
Great b'ball player!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Broccoli Bites - Similar to Tater Tots



These girls are really innovative in finding healthy/organic recipes and cookin' them up!
Whoo hoo.

Saved a Bug and Got It Back Out Into Nature




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

We Took Liberties in the Huge Sanctuary and Choir Area



Little Missy behind the pulpit


Let's gently explore the musical instruments


Xylophone - new vocabulary word 


Mary had a mid afternoon choir rehearsal for upcoming kiddie musical.
Thus...our opportunity to explore

Saturday, March 4, 2017

"This was the fun-nest day ever!"

So said Miss Mary....
Cuz she took off on 2 wheels today.

She also said, "It was the miracle-est day because I 'r-i-d-e' my bike."

She's riding the same bike Emily got nearly 9 years ago from Cille and Steve.
Awwwwww....


Mr. Craig came from across the street and put air in all 6 tires - for Mary, Molly, and Emily.


It was a beautiful day.
Our plans were to clean the cruddy floors in our house.

Floors will just have wait.

Had to seize the day.
The ole "carpe diem".

The girls and I have talked about walking, biking, skating around town.
Today we did.

I walked to our local Library to return 3 books/CD's Mary had checked out.
The girls rode their bicycles on the newly made sidewalks.

It was lovely to be out and about having fun.
Mary had to sorta "balance" most of the way.
The sidewalk is very wide, but there was still traffic.
So...she has to get really good at maneuvering before I'll let her venture a few feet away from me while biking.
But only a few.
She's young.


We stopped at the Presbyterian Church parking lot so all 3 could ride in a really open area. They loved it.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spent the Day in the Country with Friends - Old and New


God's country- no doubt!


1st time to ride in a "gator"?!?




The old school bus has served as s playhouse for kids.



Climbing on top of hay bales




Look at those silly dogs jumping hay bales, too!



We were at Linda's home. Fun!
She's a fun person.
Got her doctorate of education degree.
Was one of my professors -- and is friends with Nanny Carol's former hairdresser for 30-ish years, Cherry.
She's fun, too.

Dr. Linda - the country girl - is in the pic with the kiddos.


We tried picked eggs. 
Hmmmmm....
Just think, those eggs are a year old
Sitting in vinegar and spices.
Again I say
Hmmmmmm....