Friday, February 26, 2010


It couldn't have been a month ago when I was wishing that EJ would enjoy the television a little more. She's always loved the characters - Elmo, Cookie Monster, Mickey Mouse, Dora, Spongebob, and others - but she would never spend more than 46 seconds actually watching them on TV. I know, that's a good thing, right? Kids are becoming screen-obsessed - tv, video games, computers, ipods - and its leading to laziness and obesity. I. know. But all I was wanting was 20 minutes without having to worry about what my child was getting into. 20 minutes to make dinner or dry my hair, or clean the bathroom, or check my email, or blog, or mess around on facebook.

Have you ever heard the saying, "be careful what you wish for"? I'm telling you - be careful what you wish for! Within the last two weeks, Ellis has become DORA OBSESSED! I'm pretty sure she would sit and watch it the. entire. day. if I let her. She asks to watch it first thing when she wakes up in the morning, first thing after nap, when we're in the car, when we're at the store. You get the idea. And everytime I turn it off, she CRIES and CRIES.
Case in point: I know that 2 minutes is really too long for a video on a blog post, but I think she's cute, so I couldn't cut any out. I want her to see all of this one day! :)

I guess there could be worse things for her to be obsessed with. She's learning some new concepts and working on her spanish she's actually yelling "arriba" as I type. I'm sure it will wear off at some point and one day I'll be longing for the days that DORA was the thing she was obsessed with.

On a side note, EJ is only wearing diapers at night now, big girl panties all day! She went through a phase several months ago where she was really into the potty training thing, but I was SO not ready. She got over a it and we were peacefully in diapers full time. When she started showing interest again a week or so ago, I figured I better jump on it. So, she's had a few accidents here and there, but never away from home, besides once at Aunt Jill's house, but that's basically home. I do put a diaper on her at naptime still, although she stays dry during nap now. I'm not going to risk cutting a nap short due to wet pants. I NEED that time!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Camera Slacker

You wouldn’t know it, since I’ve failed to take a camera with me, but Hope has been playing indoor soccer and basketball since January.  I finally remembered to take my camera to basketball today.  I’ll work on soccer next week.

This is Hope’s first time playing basketball.  We weren’t sure this was going to be her sport, based on what we’d seen when she’d just mess around with her cousins.  She really wanted to play, though, so we let her give it a shot.  She ended up playing great!  She’s a pretty good little shooter and defender and she’s definitely got a height advantage.  After her first game she was a little frustrated because she thought it was “confusing”, there were too many new rules.  By the fourth game now, she’s starting to get the game figured out and is doing really well!

Here are some pics of our little hoopster:






















Friday, February 12, 2010

Oral Interpretation 2010

It's been a busy week: doctor's appointments, girl scout cookies, PTA dinner nights, and Valentines parties. But one of the highlights was Oral Interpretation. This is one of Hope's favorite events at school. The kids that choose to participate pick a poem to memorize and recite. They have an assembly for the school and then a performance for parents at night. Our little performer chose to participate in not only one, but three poems. One with her friend Bailey:

One by herself:

And one with her 2nd Grade class:

Hope is the "Regular Teacher" at the end!

She's already talking about what poem she'll do next year!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Testing, testing . . .

Well, I really don’t have anything exciting to blog about, but I really wanted to try out this Windows Live Writer. So, I figured, what the heck, I’ve got cute kids, I’ll just post some pictures of them. :)


Hope and Thunder



EJ and her Golf Ball


So that was easy. I still have lots to learn, but that was definitely better than trying to insert pictures on Blogger!