Saturday, January 24, 2009

the "right" to have a "civil" tea party


Paige got to have a Girls Day - on MLK day, since they were out of school. She decided to have a tea party (this is becoming an annual event) - She was allowed to invite 10 friends. She loves all kids and the ages ranged from 2 years to 7 years. And here she is wearing her own special apron that I made her.
Here are some of the girls getting ready to frost the mini cakes we had baked.

This is the "little girls" table and the table that Paige wanted to stay at. She doted on Myla (age 2) and Lydia (age 3).

James was spoiled even though he was exiled from the party. My friend Christie picked him up, took him for a ride around the airport, got drinks at Sonic, and then they got to play trains at Christie's house (one of his favorite things to do) with his best friend, Cade

Here is Paige & Myla. Paige let me do her hair & she did her own gorgeous makeup.

Here is our group. The girls could come in costume if they wanted. We had out our dress-ups if they were so inclined when they got here. Then we had nail polish & makeup that they could use or not as they wished.

I made 11 aprons for each of the girls that came to our party. They were able to wear these aprons as we made lunch, decorated mini cakes, and made worms in dirt. The girls looked adorable.
Here is our cousin Asia who is modeling the apron for me. It was so much fun & I think we might have to continue on this tradition.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

my apron makes it big...

My apron made it into a photo shoot (in New York) to be featured in the Hallmark Magazine. To hear about more of the details - click here (above a picture of me during a preschool photo shoot)

to read why there is such a hullabaloo over a slightly homely apron... click here.

a little update...

I got non-verbally reprimanded for not posting in awhile. Sorry to my one reader out there. But I'm trying to get registered for my last semester of school while keeping preschool going, helping out at my kids schools, and remembering to fix dinner once in awhile (oh, and sewing 11 little girl aprons for Paige's upcoming tea party)... so, I'm really good at making up excuses (if you can't tell) and no one really wants to read my ramblings - so I will get on to the one thing you do care about - pictures of kiddies!! Here you go.


I was trying to explain to Abbey that this is what "normal" babies look like...

Instead of her 70's love-child over abundance of hair that she was born with.

And this is what you get when you have a 3 month old with a load of hair - teenie tiny piggie tails.

I made the kids have a photo shoot. Probably because it was the first day during the entire break that we were all dressed and clean.

James is such a ham for the camera.

He just can't get enough of himself (okay. so he probably gets that from me - I do think I'm rather hilarious at times, Jason just rolls his eyes)

I had to include this. We had a really quiet Christmas Eve with my kids at Jason's parents house. We read the nativity & I've never seen a more solemn Mary. She was gorgeous and every bit as serious as if she were really there to see the blessed event.


I was asking her where Baby Jesus was, but we hadn't got to that part in the story and she kept the baby hidden until it said he was born and then she brought him out. It was so adorable. Paige was just gorgeous & James surprisingly did nothing to embarrass his character as well.


We had a Girls Pedicure Night. Paige got all kinds of nail polish for Christmas so we broke it out and had a painting party.

Abbey got pink & her piggies are so tiny and adorable (so why do my feet look hobbit-esque in comparison?!)

Paige loved the lilac purple and pink on her toes, just like her little sis.

At the park feeding the ducks popcorn.

Abbey hanging out like the sweetie that she is.

This picture reminded me how carefree and wonderful it is to be a kid. If I could just go back for just one day I would do it in a heartbeat!

The ducks didn't care for our unbuttered unsalted popcorn, so the kids decided to climb on the rocks instead.

This girl is just so beautiful - I still doubt that there wasn't a mix up at the hospital.

I warned Abbey that this is her life and the sooner she gets used to it the better off she will be. My little sister Megan can attest to that. It only gets worse as you get older.