Monday, July 26, 2010

The family that dances together.....

Every night after dinner, while Stranger and I clean up the kitchen, the girls dance in the living room. The living room has been divided into an "on stage" area and a "backstage" area. TinyDancer serves as director, narrator, choreographer, and lead dancer. EasternStar usually runs back and forth from "on stage" to "backstage" and twirls and falls down.

If you can hold out to the end, even RainbowBaby makes an appearance! 8 )

Just in case you can't hear the music over the giggling, they are bustin' down to 'I like to move it, move it' circa 1996.

Grins and Giggles

Here is some video of RainbowBaby - she just started "talking" last week. 8 )

200 posts!

Yay! We made it to 200 posts! 8 )

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My brains awake!

A few mornings ago, Stranger, TinyDancer and I were eating breakfast. Suddenly, TinyDancer looked at me and said excitedly "I think my brain just switched on!"

Really? Mine hasn't yet! 8 )

Vacation photos

Whew! We have been busy!
Here are some photos from our vacation at the beginning of July. We didn't have much time (or money for that matter!) but we wanted to start doing a family vacation every summer. This year we decided on 4 days (3 nights) at an RV park about 3 hours near our home. The park is close to an amusement park, which honestly is why we chose it, but we would have had a great time just haning out at the RV park. We stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage that had a kitchen and it was perfect. It was *just* big enough. Seriously - the girls bedroom was just big enough for their twin bunk bed and a chair. Our bedroom was just big enough for our double bed (with a bunked twin bed) and a chair.
The RV park had a swimming pool, a jumping pillow, a playground and a lake. We didn't have room for our fishing gear (shucks!) but we did do some swimming and a lot of jumping and swinging!
For as much as she loves to jump on the trampoline, EasternStar did not like the jumping pillow. TinyDancer, however, loved it!
We had a campfire each night thanks to Stranger!
We didn't have enough room to pack EasternStar's pack 'n play in the car so she got to sleep in a big girl bed. She also got to fall out of a big girl bed! The first night we didn't hear her fall and she was so tired that she didn't make a sound. We found her in the morning on the floor, using a pair of dirty socks for a pillow. We won't be sending this one to Russia with our 12 month report!

RainbowBaby pondering 'What kind of parents take a 3 month old
to an amusement park on a 99 degree day???'

EasternStar wasn't too sure about this ride at first. Once it got going, she had a blast!


EasternStar's first amusement park ride.
She cried and shouted "GO!!" after each ride stopped.


They loved these rides!


TinyDancer and EasternStar really wanted to ride this ride. EasternStar wasn't tall enough to go on her own, she needed a "responsible adult". I drew the short straw. 8 )


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July

Happy 4th of July - a few days late!

We just returned from our first vacation as a family of 5. We went "camping" at an RV park a few hours away. I say "camping" because we stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage that had a kitchen. More on that later.

Here are some photos of our 4th:

The girls started the day at the playground at the park. EasternStar wasn't too sure about the jumping pillow, but TinyDancer was all over it! Luckily there were swings so EasternStar was happy. She'd swing all day if we let her!

TinyDancer and I made tulle skirts for the girls to wear. Their matching shirts are from Granny and Paw Paw.

Stop growing up so fast TinyDancer!

The ramp to our cottage that EasternStar liked to walk up and down.

RainbowBaby didn't enjoy the heat on the 4th. Neither did I!

Me with the girls.

We took one photo too many for RainbowBaby's liking!

Stranger with the girls.