Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Soccer Girl

Alexa has been playing soccer this spring, and has been loving it! It's been really fun for me and Mike to see the improvement these last couple of months.  At first we joked that she just "orbited" around the ball, and it was a pretty big orbit! But we have been working with her to get her to go after the ball, and she really has gotten in to it more. In fact, this weekend she had a breakaway, took the ball all the way up the field and scored, all by herself! We were really proud of her, and she thought it was pretty cool that all the parents on the sidelines were cheering for her.  And while she has, so far, inherited my love of soccer, she hasn't inherited my pansy nature! At this age, there is a lot of falling, tripping and pushing because everyone travels in a big group around the ball, and she hasn't had any issues with that, whereas it took me several years to get over it.  And knowing her, I thought it might be an issue for her, but it certainly isn't! 
 Her team, minus 3.

She has done so well that we're going to sign her up for T-ball this summer!

Angry Frosty

We actually had snow a couple of weeks ago, so the girls went out with Daddy to make a snowman! This one was much more successful than our last one that was only a few inches tall.  I did make them change the mouth after the first round of pictures, because he looked so angry! And even as tall as he was, Frosty was gone the next day!

Milk Bar Life: Review

Milk Bar Life is a cookbook by Christina Tosi, the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar.  This cookbook is not your average cookbook.  Tosi has filled it with her favorite recipes, from breakfast to dessert, and from retro goodies to innovative newbies.  She has an introduction to each section of the book, and for each individual recipe, personalizing everything and really making it her own.  The book is full of gorgeous pictures, both of the food and the people that are special to Tosi.

Often times when I get new cookbooks I look through them and only end up bookmarking a dozen recipes to actually try, but with this one, it's more like 2/3 of the recipes! I was interested in this book because I had heard of the Momofuku Milk Bar and its' cookies, and while I wish that the cookie section was a bit bigger, I love the innovative cookies that it includes.  She has the classic chocolate chip cookie, and then a molasses-rye cookie, so there are definitely recipes that you won't find anywhere else! I love how many pictures the book has, but wish that they were all directly related to the recipes themselves, instead of the several that are just of her friends and family hanging out.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try something different out in the kitchen, or is intrigued by the idea of the unique recipes!

* I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dying Easter Eggs

We had a lot of fun doing Easter eggs this year.  Alexa really got into it and was doing multicolored eggs and everything! Kaelyn had a lot of fun getting to do it this year, and was definitely hamming it up for the pictures!

 After we dye the eggs, we have a tradition of using up the leftover dye to play with baking soda.  It fizzes and expands and they get to mix the colors and everything up together.  I think they have almost as much fun with this as they do actually coloring the eggs! Look at the intense concentration!


Kaelyn's newest obsession is 'scootering' on her pink scooter, with her Minnie hat.  She LOVES using her scooter, and pretty much wants to do it all day, every day.  And you cannot say the word scooter around her if you are not planning on immediately taking her out to use it.   
 I had her practice inside the first day (in her favorite Sofia pajamas) so that falling wouldn't hurt, but she is a pro!
 Alexa really enjoys her scooter, too, and just doesn't understand why I don't let them scooter all the way to preschool. It would only take about 5 hours! Kaelyn may love it, but she is not particularly fast!

Monday, March 16, 2015

This week...

So about 5 minutes after I hit publish on that last post, I went to go check on her again and found a fairy sleeping in her bed!
 Her cute little thumbs-up for her first purposeful pee in the potty.  She's been doing quite well since this one!
It finally snowed here, and this is what Mike and the girls were able to scrape together for a snow man- he's about 9 inches tall, and lasted a day!
 Eating popcorn and watching a movie is a special treat that they love, and I loved these cute fishy faces watching Finding Nemo.

Do you notice how Kaelyn couldn't stop watching the movie long enough to look at the camera? Sometimes you gotta take what you can get!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My big girls!

Alexa had her second first day of preschool, and it seems to be going relatively well.  She definitely misses her old preschool and friends, and has had a hard time making new friends, but she's finally getting there.
 We tried out a new hair style for Alexa's Valentine's Day party at school.
 The girls were very excited to see that the park here had a dinosaur just like the park back in VA.
 Kaelyn is not a baby anymore! We've started working a bit on potty training, although she really isn't very interested, but we figured that to start potty training, it was time to take off the side of her crib.
The second night we went and got a baby gate to put on her door while she is in there for nap time/bed time.  She is loving the new found freedom, although a bit too much! She won't leave the door closed, obviously won't stay in bed, and wouldn't stay in her room at all.  The gate has helped a ton.  At least she's in there and can't get into anything she isn't supposed to (except the trash liners you see on the floor behind her).  And, she hasn't destroyed the bed like Alexa used to, so I call it a success!

 Of course the girls love Frozen, but this is their favorite part to act out- they love it even more than singing Let it Go!

Usually it's a little clearer, but they knew I was taping it, and so were a bit excited.