Friday, May 30, 2008


To go with the following post - here are some of the girls' favorite songs from tonight. It won't stay forever, I promise! Oh, and the song I didn't know the name of - I called it superman, is really "Soldier Boy" by the Chipmunks

If you come to my house at any other time than right after Paige has gone down for a nap, or after she has gone to bed, then you will find my dishes in the sink - rinsed and ready for the dishwasher (usually) but not there yet.... and here is why!

No matter how engrossed she is in whatever she is doing, when she hears the dishwasher open , she comes as fast as those cute, little, round legs can move.

It's just better to leave it closed until she is sleeping. So, don't judge me because lately the dishes stay out of the dishwasher for extended periods of time waiting until Paige is soundly sleeping.

I don't know why I can't take a good picture of all three of these girls, but I can't. (This is the best of four that I took tonight). Their school was having a fundraiser tonight for one of the Moms who is walking in the Breast Cancer 3-day in Philly in the fall. It was a hoe-down. So we dressed in our best western outfits and tore it up. You should have seen Maggie and Ashlee on the dance floor - I wish I had taken my camera. They were having a great time!!! Maggie knows several line dances that I don't know - one called superhero or superman or something like that, she also can do the Cotton-Eye Joe and parts of the electric slide - hearing that took me back to high school or maybe even earlier, I can't remember. So fun! I think her favorite one was the one that has a little bit of cha cha and hand clapping - you know, "slide to the right...., slide to the left.... everybody clap your hands...."

Christopher - I don't know if you ever check this while you are gone, but we miss you and hope that you are safe and getting your papers done!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Christopher left tonight on a 10-day trip. He has been in training for the last 2 months or so for an upgrade to instructor, so he has been HOME! But, the squadron is really hopping now and we probably won't see much of him until it is time to head west for the Reeves Reunion and family visiting. He has nearly 30 (28) days of use or lose leave, plus about 25 more just regular ol' leave days that don't expire at the end of the year - and guess what? He can only take 2 weeks off (he had requested 28 days). So, in order to use the rest of his leave before September ( the fiscal year ends in October and he deploys the first part of Sep) the powers that be suggested that he take his days off on the weekend.
I know, I had to ask him twice too. "So you mean that on the weekends, days that unless you are flying or are in the simulator, you would normally have off, you will have to use your leave time then?" I think I asked something like that. And, yep, that's what they want him to do.

Anyway, here is a picture of his plane, I think that they are dragging some fighters somewhere during some part of their trip, just like in the picture. It seems like I remember a part of a conversation he had with one of the other pilots - 16 airplanes or something like that. So, it feels almost inevitable with that many planes at least one will have a maintenance issue and they will be delayed. But, we'll keep our fingers crossed that everything will go as planned.
He will be all over the world and we will be trying to tackle a few projects before he gets back - fixing Paige's and possibly the girls rooms up. A trip to Ikea to get the high chair that fits underneath our kitchen table and maybe a few other things. Just 4 more weeks of school for the girls - I am ready for them to be done now.

Here is the cute dad helping Maggie wtih her math one night - he is really good at that job. Just one of the many, many, reasons we miss him when he is gone.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ashlee's Birthday, other things

She's 7 - I can't believe how fast the time goes. As I type this, I am getting a little bit of that mommy angst. I want to go back and remember better and enjoy more of the time I have with them. But, I can't. So, I will do better at enjoying them and being with them now. She had a good birthday. These two pictures are of the party we had at the house, here she is completing the obstacle course. We had 9 girls total (counting our 2 - 10 if you count Paige) Christopher said it was like herding cats. But I think all the girls had fun and Ashlee enjoyed her day.

This is during the scavenger hunt - they took this game very seriously and I was glad no-one got injured as they raced from clue to clue.

Here are Maggie and Paige playing - Paige is in heaven playing the piano with her sister - look at that cheesy grin!
And, finally, the caterpillar circus - that pile of stuff in the neighbor's yard may look like a big mess to you, but don't be fooled. This is the beginnings of a caterpillar circus. Maggie and friends made flyers announcing the big event and put them on mailboxes around the neighborhood (you should have seen Ashlee's face when they shared that piece of information with her). The big day will be 31 May 2008, cost $1 per person (family and friends will be free). That day, only one trick was taught to the caterpillars, and I am sad to report that interest in training waned early - only one afternoon. Sadly, all of the participants have since died - the performance is in question....stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

She's been here a year.

I can't believe that it has been one entire year since we brought this little gem home from the hospital. Here she is on her birthday night, celebrating with 2 of her favorite people. Oops. thought I had gotten rid of the red eyes before I posted - she loved her cake and so did we - homemade chocolate with whip cream and ganache.
And here she is the day after - chocolate hangover all gone - and walking, walking, she made it from the living room to our bedroom without touching the walls. If you have been to our house you know that that is not very far, but she is getting more confident in herself by the hour it seems - I can't believe this girl is ours! We love her so much and look forward to many more happy years!
(Thanks, Aunt Kristen and Uncle Geoffrey for the cute dress, she looked so grown up in it!)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

While I was cooking dinner...this is what Paige was doing.Seriously, I can't keep up with her - and now she is ever so tentatively taking small steps - soon she will be walking everywhere!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Dogwoods

Love your neighbors? Then why not plant a few Dogwood Trees?
Every spring your neighbors, friends, heck the whole town even will thank-you!
These trees are so gorgeous - every year I can't wait for them to bloom - they're one of the last. And I am so sad when they start to fade. So here are a few pictures to remember them by - until next year!

Happy Last Days of Spring!