Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Frozen Sing-a-Long


We took the kids to the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles last weekend. It was so much fun! Elsa came out on stage, it snowed bubbles, and we all sang along loudly. I got a bit weepy a few times. These moments make me realize just how precious time is. Since the kids were so well-behaved, and we never get downtown, Dan and I decided to visit the Grove after walking over to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. We ate lunch at the old Farmer's Market LA and the girls and I wanted to show Daddy just how magical the American Girl store is. I don't think he (or Henry) were very enchanted, but at least he got to see what all of the fuss is about. The girls showed him some things they want him to make for their dolls. On the way out, we picked up some famous Sprinkles cupcakes to enjoy after dinner that night. The day was a bit too much for the two littles, who passed out before we even got on the freeway. I call that a successful trip!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Decor & Ball Jar Caddie

Back to School is something to be celebrated. In this house, that means printing out posters and buntings found on Pinterest, taking out my old crayons (thanks, mom for saving them), and setting out vintage school supplies. This summer, I asked Dan to build a supply holder for Ball jars. We bought a new desk for the girls and I envisioned the caddie being a divider between the two work spaces.
Dan's creation knocked me off my feet. He is a true craftsman. His ability to transform wood into things of beauty is truly a talent, and his attention to detail is amazing. I love the way he coordinated the two different woods together. Too bad he has a full time job, three kids, a wife, and a lawn to mow. I'm sure he will be taking orders when he retires!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to School Beauties!

Going back to school is a big deal when both of your parents are teachers, and your mom loves to celebrate the little things. 
How do we have a second grader and a kindergartner? 
The first day of school was wonderful. Lilly agreed to wear a dress for one more year, and was overjoyed with the amount of friends in her class. Both girls have amazing teachers. Iris is super excited to have Lilly's kindergarten teacher. Parents are asked to stay for the first day of kinder, and it is such an amazing day! Tears flowed all around the room (teacher too) as sweet books about growing up were read. After school, we always celebrate with a small cake and presents. The girls don't know it, but the gifts are things we would buy them anyway: new PE shoes, a new devotional to read before bed, and fancy pencils. Little things or big things... it depends on who you ask.

*My heart explodes when I see the years fly by in these last four photo collages. It's hard to believe I took these pictures every year since Lilly's first year in preschool. What's more amazing is the fact that I hadn't joined Pinterest yet! #insertwinkyface