Friday, December 22, 2006

Tree Trimming

Sleeping Claire

Don't kids look so peaceful sleeping??
A couple of weeks ago, I took Olivia to see the local production of The Nutcracker. She absolutely loved it, she was on the edge of her seat enthralled with the entire show. I went with a friend whose daughter is in Olivia's preschool class. We went to lunch beforehand. The girls enjoyed having a grown up day.

Monday, December 11, 2006

2 guys from Ghana

Here are the guys from Ghana that are being trained at my hubby's work. We had them over for dinner. They had the opportunity to try some cajun cookin'. We made red beans and rice with sausage and chicken and sausage gumbo. In Ghana, they are used to eating a lot of hearty stews so hopefully they liked it.

They are really nice and friendly. As you can see, they were great about pushing the girls in the strollers. Saturday night after they came over for dinner, we took them to this light display that is famous in our town. The girls loved the mermaid and the undersea castle. You can also see Claire dancing to the Christmas music that was in one part of the display...the lights in the trees 'danced' to the music.

Claire with a full head of hair...

before she cut her hair. Here she is eating lunch. She also helped me make some shortbread cookies for the holidays.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

"Oh my God!", I cried...

She cut her hair! Lesson learned: never leave a child unsupervised with scissors...I should have known better...

So I saw some strands of hair hanging down from the back of Claire's hair. I thought it was odd, then a few seconds later, I realized she cut her hair. I was thinking...well, I figured one of the girls would try this sooner or later. Then I went into the playroom and discovered the piles of hair by the scissors. I was so upset, yelling, "she cut her hair, oh my God"...Claire then got upset.

Oh well, at least she still has lots of hair and it grows fast!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Chart

So every school morning...which is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday...I have to keep reminding Olivia what to do to get ready for preschool. I get so tired of telling her over and over again...Brush your teeth...Make your bed... So, I came up with this chart to 'remind' her what to do.

We started on Tuesday, she was so excited about moving across the poster and I didn't have to keep reminding her what to do next.

Wednesday, I told her to follow her chart...then I told her to follow her chart...she goes to play...I tell her to follow her chart, again...and again.

Thursday, we are 15 minutes late to school. So much for the chart!

(Claire was on the bottom row, but we've already lost her picture, she probably tossed it in with a bin of toys...sigh)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Highlights from Disneyland

Riding the boat on the Storybook Canal in Fantasyland.

Pluto, the 'reindog':

French Quarter decorations:

Goofy 'goofin' around at Goofy's kitchen at the Disneyland hotel.

Watching the Holiday parade:

(on a side note...the woman you see next to Olivia took Claire's spot. She sat right behind her with her legs around Claire...she freaked Claire out. Then when we sat Olivia down next to her, she tried to put her arm around Olivia and being like a 'mother bear' protecting her 'cub', I told the woman 'no' and I moved her arm, saying "that's my child". It really got my adrenalin going...)

Here comes Santa Claus...

Here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus lane....

Thanksgiving weekend

We spent Thanksgiving with my hubby's extended family in northern California. We had such a great time and everyone was a great host. The girls especially loved being entertained by their bigger girl cousins.

We went to my hubby's cousin's house for Thanksgiving. We had turkey, ham and all the trimmings. I brought a 7-up cake, it was easy to make and easy to travel with. Here are the girls playing a 'vintage' Hi-Ho-Cherry-O game with one of their cousins.

That night we all stayed at one of my hubby's cousin's house. She has 2 girls, one is a teenager and one is 11. Olivia and Claire loved wearing them out...ha! The next morning, J (hubby's cousin) and I went shopping at 4:15 in the morning. It was the first time I ever did 'Black Friday'. I was bleary eyed, but it was fun. We stood in a long line around the corner of the Circuit City hoping I would get some deals. As I approached the store, I noticed people breaking down, there are some dedicated shoppers out there!

It was such a mad house in there and it seemed as if the employees didn't realize it was a special shopping day. They were not prepared for the crowds at all. I bought a couple of things, I tried to look at dvds but the customers were flinging them around the bins so it was hard to see if there were any movies I wanted. There was a huge checkout line snaking around the store, but somehow we managed to line up in a line in the automotive section and we didn't have to wait long.

Next, we hit the mall. I looked at Macy's and was hoping to find a good selection of dresses on sale for Olivia...I found 1 dress. After Macy's, we went to the Disney store which was having great bargains. I almost didn't want to go, but I'm glad we did. I got some great stocking stuffers for the girls.

Later Friday, we drove over to my husband's aunt's farm to visit with his aunt and another cousin. The girls always love going to the farm. They like to feed the fish in the ponds and chase the cats.

Here they are at the farm:

Here is Claire goofing around in my shoes at another relative's house, my hubby's other aunt and uncle.
It was a great weekend!

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Go ahead and say it....yes, I am a slacker. It's been a while since I posted. I keep thinking about it, really I do. I even have pictures ready to post from T-Day. It will have to wait a bit longer...tomorrow we are going to......


Monday, November 20, 2006

Do you know anything about Ghana?

If so, please inform me! No, we aren't planning a trip there...anytime soon, anyway.

My hubby's employer brought in 2 young guys from Ghana to help train them for 2 months. They are staying at an extended stay type hotel within walking distance from our house. We will be seeing a lot of them and hopefully we can show them how kind Americans are. Someone is have them over for Thanksgiving (we will be out of town) and I think they will be coming to our house for Christmas.

I've been researching a little bit what they eat so I can make something at Christmas time they will like. We are also trying to think of what to get them for presents, they will have to participate in the present opening, of course!

They are Christian (Methodist and Pentecost) as the majority of the Ghana population are Christian. They are interested in going to church so we will probably be taking them to church with us sometime.

Our neighbors moved!

You might recall our neighbors in the Big House. Well, they finally sold their house and moved out! It's the big house behind Claire. BTW, don't you love that 80's off the shoulder look?!

I'm anxious to see who moves in. I hope it's a nice family either with young kids or with great babysitters!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Proof that I do live in California...

I stole this from Alex. Interesting, but you still can't take a 'y'all' out of a Texan. People are surprised that I grew up in Texas (until they hear the 'y'all'), but I think I don't have much of an accent since I've lived in so many different places.
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The South
The Inland North
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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I'm the Wicked unstepMother

I put the girls to work cleaning the floors! They always clamor to help when I'm cleaning so I give them some wet rags and they get to work wiping the floors. It's actually really helpful...until Claire starts wiping our furniture with it.

Getting ready for school.

I love these funky tights I got at Target for Olivia. Thankgoodness she had something to go with them!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Some fun pictures from this weekend

Just goofin' around!

They sure look like they love each other in this picture. I hope they will always be close.

My version of sushi (California rolls)

I've made them with crab before too. The green tube is Wasabi.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Our Sleeping Beauty

That's Olivia's 'blankie' wrapped around her head!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006