Good Things

I can’t believe I haven’t done a “good things” since March! Lots of good things lately…

Ellie and her ‘posh puppy from Fancy Nancy’. She got it for Christmas and I’m impressed that it is still a beloved toy and not forgotten about…as many Christmas toys seem to be by this time of year.

Our waffle routine has now turned into a pancake routine. One Saturday our waffle iron broke so Kenny made pancakes instead and the girls quickly decided they like pancakes just as much. Apparently so does Ellie’s manatee.

Summer flowers.

Play time in the tub. Since it’s summer and we seem to be staying out late I’ve been bathing the girls in the morning instead of at night. I love to throw them in my big tub and listen to them play while I get ready. This morning they were playing with their Peter Pan toys and their conversation went something like this:

E “Are you a nice crocodile or a mean one?”
A “I’m a nice crocodile”
E “What’s your name? Say ‘Silver Mist’ Add”
A “Silver Mist. Tick tock tick tock.”
E “Would you like some sandwiches and cookies crocodile? Say ‘sure’ Add”
A “Sure”
E “You can stay longer crocodile”
A “It’s so nice and warm in here. Tick tock tick tock.”

Train rides. Especially nice now that Addison is three and I don’t have to join them on the train. Much more fun to just watch…and maybe take a picture or two. :)

Quick and easy dinners.

(Eating Right Chicken Chow Mein)
New couch pillows to brighten up the living room and my green couches. Green couches that even though I’m getting tired of I can’t bear to part with. They are WAY too comfortable (ask anyone who has sat on them) and the couches, along with Kenny, popcorn, a good flick, and my laptop, are what I look forward to most at the end of a long day.

Straight braids (because mine usually end up slanted off to one side or completely uneven).

Forever 21! What a great store. I love all the of the colors and everything is so cheap! I’m a firm believer in not spending a lot of money on tops. Styles come and go so quickly and I’d rather spend my money on a great pair of jeans that I’ll have awhile. So…Forever 21 is my go to place. I think I’ll be shopping there forever. Or at least until I’m 21.

New beach chairs from Costco and the start of ‘beach days’ in general.

Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers. I love these things so much, although I don’t like the big boxes they come in. I always throw the box away first thing and just keep them in their plastic sack. That way I save room in my freezer. And that way I don’t have to be reminded of exactly how much fat, sodium, and cholesterol is in just one measly little popper. Ignorance really is bliss.

And to work off calories from all those poppers I’ve been eating, I tried my first spin class at the gym. Not sure if I liked it. The teacher kept yelling out “Now you’re passing! Now you’re drafting! Now you’re sprinting!” …I was pretty sure all I was doing was pedaling and sweating.
Kenny leaving one sock on and taking one sock off each night to regulate his body temperature.
(and he calls me quirky???)

Toy organization. I’ve been cleaning out my girls’ toys lately and it feels so good to SIMPLIFY. Plus I just like to categorize.

I’m so excited about my new “family organizer”. I found it on-line here and I love it! Not the cutest cover, but such a great way to keep a grocery list, to-do list, meal list, and schedule all on one easy to see page. (I often use my “menu” column to organize blog posts and projects…but I like to know it’s there in case I ever decide to start planning meals and cooking). I was using my old teacher plan books until I came across this little beauty. Keeps me so organized. I love it!

Peppered turkey at my grocery store deli. I can be a bit of a “turkey snob” (according to certain friends) and let me tell you…the peppered turkey at my local grocery store is the best. Hands down. And I know turkey.

Putting Addison down for a nap and watching Olivia and eating Popsicles with Ellie. We snuggle in Kenny’s massive Charger blanket because Popsicles always make us so cold.

The excitement that takes place when I turn on the vacuum cleaner. You’d think it was Christmas. My girls love to run away from the vacuum and make quite a game of going room to room with me running in circles. I’ve been known to turn it on once in awhile, not because I need to vacuum, but simply to provide quick and easy entertainment. Yes – I have really clean carpets.

A successful presentation at Ellie’s pre-school.

Her pre-school graduation was today (pics to come soon) and I can’t believe I have a Kindergartener. I’m trying to convince myself that this is a good thing.

The smell of Jasmine in my yard. Sure sign and smell of summer! It’s especially fun to smell through my open windows on a summer night…when I’m staying up way too late…blogging about good things.

My baby can Bollywood

So yesterday I was cleaning and turned on So You Think You Can Dance from a couple of weeks ago because I love to watch and re-watch the dances. (Kenny gets so annoyed that I don’t delete them because “they are taking up precious space on our DVR.”) Whatever. I hate to delete them! Anyway, while I’m watching one of my favorites so far this season (the Bollywood dance by Jason and Caitlin) Addison started doing her version of the dance. She even attempts Caitlin’s hand stand. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)

{Bollywood by Jason and Caitlin}

{Bollywood by Addison}

(you’ll be seeing her on So You Think You Can Dance 2025)

A Father’s Day Surprise

We had a great Father’s Day weekend and while we were bummed we weren’t with our fathers, we did enjoy a weekend with friends and our little family (pics to come later). Kenny’s favorite gift was this book we put together for him. I asked the girls what they loved about their daddy and then found pictures to go along with what they said. Ellie wrote everything and was so excited to give it to him. It nearly killed her to keep it a secret, but she did. Even with Kenny’s attempts to trick her into telling him what the “surprise gift” was. (I wish I had some of their conversations recorded…they were hilarious) :)

Kenny got a little choked up looking through the book. This made me get a little choked up since the only other time I’ve seen him cry in the last several years is during the movie Armageddon when Bruce Willis sacrifices himself to save the world. (sad but true) So while the girls were obliviously chasing each other around the playroom, we both sat on the couch having a moment together. We sure love our girls and I love the dad that Kenny is to them. Ellie said to me at night when I tucked her in “mom, aren’t we so lucky that we have the best daddy!?” I told her yes….we are SO very lucky. :)

SeaWorld with mom

Thought I’d post some pics we took at SeaWorld when my mom was in town. The girls had a great time showing grandma their favorite spots. Grandma had a great time spoiling them rotten. :)

Have a great weekend!

{ p.s. Addison and I are feeling much better today. :) }