Quotable Quotes

One of the things I love most about living with a 2 & 5 year old is the free entertainment. Kids really do say the funniest things sometimes. I update these quotes on my sidebar but I think I’ll throw them up on my blog every once in awhile so that when I make this blog into a book I’ve got them recorded. Don’t want to forget the things they said that made me smile.

A couple of days ago we were heading to get some food somewhere and Ellie asked if she needed her shoes. I said “no…we’ll just pull -up at the window.” Addison exclaims “Pull-up! Are you kidding me!?? I don’t wear a pull-up. I’m a big girl now!” This was especially funny for our little family because I ALWAYS say “are you kidding me?” and Kenny HATES it! I usually say it when we are arguing over something and he thinks it is so demeaning. (He’ll try to make a point and I shoot him down with a sarcastic “are you kidding me?”) Addie said it just like I do and Kenny was not impressed. (Sorry babe. She spends all day with me. You should have married someone else if you didn’t want mini Erin’s running around. :)

Addison’s latest: (Jan/Feb 2009)

“Daddy, what do you want for Valentines Day?
Kenny: “a Porsche Carrera
Addison: “What about a hat?”

“Mom…please can I call you Frosty the Snowman?”

Me: Addison, how’s your owie doing? Addison: “I can’t feel it anymore because it still hurts.”

Addison’s first attempt at going potty: “It’s not working mommy!”

After a lot of walking around Disneyland: “Hold you mommy! (which means hold me) …my legs are getting dizzy!”

Addison says “to later” all the time which just means later. She gets this from TOday and TOmorrow. “Are we going to the park to later mommy?”

Ellie’s latest: (Jan/Feb 2009)

Me: “Thanks for helping Addison with that Ellie.”
Ellie: “Your welcome, your majesty.”

“Mom, when Addison is in a bad mood my throat hurts.”

“Mom, I just LOVE the smell of air!”

“Mom…ya know how Thanksgiving and Christmas and Halloween and Pumpkin Patches are over? That’s called a bummer….right?”

Me: “Ellie, Ellie…Ellie! Honey you need to answer me. It’s not nice to ignore people.” Ellie: “But mom, you tell me to ignore Addison all the time!”

“Mom…I love you and daddy a hundred and more than that!”

Then just this last weekend we decided to take the kids to Disneyland again so the night before we left I said “Girls…where would you want to go tomorrow if you could go ANYWHERE!?” (totally expecting them to yell Disneyland!)
Ellie with a huge grin on her face: “TARGET!!!”
Kenny and I cracked up! El…you make your mom and grandma proud!

While seeing the wicked queen at Disneyland…
Queen (mean and serious voice): “Do you know who I am?”
Ellie (scared and quiet voice): “yes”
Queen: “Do you think I’m beautiful?”
Ellie (apprehensive): “yes”
Queen: “Do you think Snow White is beautiful?”
Ellie barely squeaks out: “yes”
Ellie moves in closer to me and Addison’s legs grip me tighter. Then we pose for a picture. They were scared to death! Could NOT get a smile out of Addison. I have to admit that this queen even scared me a little!

We all decided we much prefer this character…

While I’m on the subject of quotes…
A favorite from Kenny:
“Babe, I’m just livin‘ in the real world so that you can float above it.”

And a favorite from MY childhood:
My mom talking to me and my sister Carly: “come on girls…let’s go run some errands.”
Carly: “why do we always have to run ERIN’S and we never get to run any CARLY’S!?”

(Carly & Erin 1983ish)

Happy B-day Austin!

Just wanted to wish my little bro. Austin a happy birthday…yesterday. (sorry I’m a day late Aust!) Austin is quite simply one of the greatest people ever to grace this world. He is kind to everyone, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely loyal. He is one of those people who is SO good with other people (especially older and younger people which is very telling of his character). He also plays a mean game of double solitaire…even though I can still kick your butt Aust – game on!

A lot of my favorite childhood memories come from hangin‘ out with cute Austin…

Carly (my 21 month younger sister) loved playing dodge ball, soccer, and kick the can while I (forever the girly girl) loved playing house, barbies, dress-ups, and hosting tea parties. Since she wouldn’t play what I wanted to play…Austin quickly became my right hand man. Poor kid didn’t have a chance. ;)

Never to old for a good blanket tent! (at least that’s always been our motto)

Since I was so young when I started dating Kenny, Austin practically grew up with him around and they have always been like brothers. They are SO CLOSE that I often wonder if Kenny married me just to hang out with Austin. It would explain a few things…

Austin is a great Uncle and is adored by the girls at my house…

and by the girl at his house…

and COMPLETELY adored by me. Love you bro! Hope you had a great birthday!
(see more childhood pics with Austin here & Austin with his beautiful bride here)

Easy Scrappin’

Life is busy and it has become more and more of a struggle for me to fit scrapbooking into my schedule. I definitely don’t have the time I once had to spend HOURS on page layouts…picking just the right coordinating papers and embellishments…experimenting with different styles and sketches….running to the store to get just what each page needed and sometimes (when my perfectionist side would come out to play) even starting over on a page when I made a mistake or something looked a little off. Those days are LONG GONE! Now I cherish every second I get to scrapbook (because the seconds are few and far between) and I want to HAUL to get as much done as I possibly can. I’m loving that right now there are so many different ways to record family memories. Thank goodness for blogging! Since my blog is our new family scrapbook, I’m just focusing on my girls’ individual books and any themed books I want to have… a Halloween book to pull out every October, a Christmas book that will include all December pics and a handful of friend/family Christmas cards each year, and any other individual events I want recorded in a book… like this one I just finished of our 10 year anniversary trip to Italy. I used Pebbles Share and Tell binder and page protectors and it made it SO easy! I only scrapped a few main pages and then just slid the rest of the pictures in the 4×6 slots. My journaling was also typed on 4×6 cards and I tossed all of our post cards in them as well. I didn’t agonize over each page…just used a lot of the same supplies, kept it simple and got it done. Definitely the quickest book I’ve ever completed. YEA for having one less project on my to-do list! Thought I’d share these albums/page protectors in case any of you want to use them to make a quick album and have one less project on your to-do list too. :)
**Added bonus: getting it done in time to give to Kenny as part of his Valentine’s Day present.

Music randomness

I love blaring my music and singing in the car and I didn’t stop this when I started having babies. I remember once when Austin (my brother) came for a visit and was driving around with me and Ellie in my car (Ellie was 2 at the time). Ellie kept saying “Spiderwebs Spiderwebs Spiderwebs!” Austin thought I was going to turn on Itsy Bitsy Spider or some other kid song when I turned on the song Spiderwebs by No Doubt (second song on my play list) and Ellie and I both started jammin‘ to it. She knew almost every word. Austin got a big kick out of that and it’s still one of her favorite songs.

One of my favorite things about being a mom is the total control you have to influence your own kids. My girls will simply have to rock to Gwen Stefani…and wear a lot of green…and eat a lot of Golden Spoon yogurt…and learn to love their dance classes and pose for yet another picture. They will also have no exposure to country music (ICK!) unless they are forced into listening to it by daddy or grandma (who both lack serious taste in good music…in my humble opinion).

I’m always torn about whether or not I like music on blogs. I like to check out what everyone else is listening to, but I also like to solely concentrate on pictures and words and the music is a big distraction. I usually end up muting any music when I check blogs because I like to give the new post my full attention. I recently added a few songs to my blog just because they are songs the girls and I are particularly enjoying lately. Addison’s favorite song is The Show by Lenka (first song on my play list). At the end of the song the lyrics say, ” I want my money back. I want my money back. I want my money back. Just enjoy the show” Addison’s version: “I want my mommy back. I want my mommy back. I want my mommy back. Just enjoy the show…” Classic! Viewing the world from the eyes of a two year old. So stinkin‘ cute – I had to get it on film.

**push pause on my play list to hear Addison’s version of The Show :)

LOVE-ly weekend

I’ve never made sugar cookies before (gasp!) but I love eating them and I knew my girls would love decorating them so when my cute friend Josie gave us her mom’s ‘to die for’ recipe (Thanks Josie!) I figured it was time to try. Sad to say that Kenny and Ellie ended up actually making the cookies. I got bored with it and started taking pictures and cleaning instead. :) They did turn out delicious and I’m sure I’ve gained a few pounds this weekend to prove it!

It was a fun weekend full of…
cookie decorating
card making
fondue with friends
surprises on the doorstep
rain rain rain
more eating
and a little more eating

Hope you all had a LOVE-ly weekend as well!
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