Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tooth Fairy!

Back in May,  this is what Claire's mouth looked like.
 Her two bottom teeth were a little loose but the permanent ones were growing in behind them.   We were very worried that she would need braces since the new tooth is so far behind the others.   Her first bottom tooth came out a month after the lovely mouth picture. 

This little tooth was STUBBORN!  It took weeks of loosening, crying and screaming to get it out.  Of course, like everything else with Claire it was a high drama situation.  A normal child would have worked on it themselves and just pulled it out.
 Dr. Buddy trying to get it out by slipping a string around it. 
It finally came out when I was tired of the drama and just pulled it out hard.  It surprised her and she was mad at first until she realized I had gotten it.

**It is important to note that the permanent tooth moved forward to its correct spot nicely.  Yay!

She was so excited for the tooth fairy to come!  I was too because I had come up with a special tooth fairy plan that I was excited about.  Instead of getting a quarter or something she would loose immediately  I came up with the idea of a Toothfairy bracelet.   I went to Hobby Lobby during their 50% all charms sale and got a charm bracelet, and fairy charm and then pearl charms - enough for all of her teeth that will be falling out over the years. (20)

I put it in a cute drawstring bag with a little note explaining she'll get a new pearl charm for every tooth she looses -  one pearly white for another.  ( I had to explain to Claire that sometime teeth are call pearly whites)

Yesterday morning she lost her second bottom tooth (finally).  We put it in the little bag for safe keeping for the day.  Unfortunately, Joy dumped out the little drawstring bag when she was on the couch and lost Claire's tooth. We spent a good hour scouring the floor, couch, under the couch, inside the couch etc.before we finally found it.  Phew!  Crisis averted!  She was so excited to go to bed last night to get her 2nd pearl charm.

Eventually she'll have a bracelet full of pearls. It is my hope that it will be something that she will hold on to for a long time and when she is older, going through boxes of her things, ready to move out and get married, she'll find it and say "Oh! My tooth fairy bracelet!"  And remember the sweet magic of childhood.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

6 and 60

This year my Dad turned 60 and Claire turned 6!

For Claire's birthday this year, we just did family parties. Due to schedules, we had her party with my family a week before her birthday and with Josh's family, a week after her birthday.  This confused her very much and she just could not wrap her head around the fact that you can celebrate on a different day than your actual birthday.
Claire got a slip n slide from my parents and we were both unsure if she would like it, but it was and still remains a huge hit!  She didn't understand the whole running and throwing your body on the slide until Aunt Rachel "raced" her up to the slide so Claire could see how fast she had to run. 

After a long time of watching Claire, Uncle Buddy had to join in.

Joy loved it as you can see. (tears ensued)

Later we sang and ate cake!
Joy knows Poppy will let her sneak some frosting.
This girl loves her cake.

Two weeks later we went to Josh's parents.  They bought a beautiful new house a month or two ago, and the girls were so excited to swim in their new pool. 
Paige loves it the most because it has a whole shelf area with a shade umbrella where she can touch and practice walking around.
Paige is the bravest of the girls when it comes to water.
Claire is an expert swimmer - as long as she has her mask.
Joy is too  - as long as she has her "yeyow fwoaties" aka puddle jumpers.

Later we ate and Claire opened her gifts.  She was soooo happy to get a big girl backpack and a flashlight and other things she would need for Kids Camp. 
The next morning, we went to church and she and Josh left for camp.  They won't be back until Saturday.  The house is conflict free and quiet but also boring.  We miss our little six year old!

Sunday, May 25, 2014


We are the proud, new owners of kittens.  As you can imagine the girls are ecstatic. (well, so am I, but I hide it better)   I love kittens/cats but Josh has allergies and is not a fan - although I find it suspicious that sometimes I'll catch him with a kitten napping on his chest.
Claire picked out the gray one - Gandalf, and I chose the other one  - Arwen.

We wanted to get siblings so they would not be lonely and and have a playmate.  They are so fun to watch.  Arwen is much more playful and is always the instigator when it comes to their little wrestling matches.  She can't leave his tail alone.  (the floor is a mess because Paige decided to dump out the kitty food and water and play in the litterbox while unsupervised for 3 minutes.)

We took them outside for the first time and they apparently have never walked on grass before.  Arwen leapt everywhere she went trying to avoid touching the prickly grass.

 Gandalf wasn't too happy with it either and just refused to move.
Poor Arwen got the short end of the stick and is the one that is "Joy's cat".  Joy does not understand how to be careful with these little kitties.  (they weigh 1 3/4 lbs)
 Gandalf is a cuddler and has accepted his fate of being "Claire's"  Claire does really well with him and he doesn't seem to mind that she holds him practically all day long.

I had to make a new rule "no kittens at the table or in the play oven."

He's a cutie.

The play hard and nap hard.
 If only the infant stage would be as fast as the kitten stage.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

End Of Awana

The Awana year has come to a close.

Joy getting her Puggles "award"
I am so glad that both girls had WONDERFUL leaders this year. We are so thankful for them and the time they put into Awana.  It's not easy!

 Claire with her first book award.  She is so anxious to get the Sparky Plaque for finishing all three books.   She's going to have to be patient though - you can only do one book per year.
 Next year Joy will be in Cubbies and Claire will start her blue book in Sparks.
Why are they standing so weird?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Disneyland Trip

We had a fantastic time on our short trip in California and Disneyland!

The girls did great in the car and we only had to stop once.

 We stayed at Peacock Suites and it was really nice! We got condo rooms so that Paige could be by herself and not be disturbed by the rest of us. 
Paige's room.
and this one for the rest of us.
The last thing we want is for her to be awake any longer than she has to be.  

Our room and my parents room had an adjoining door so the girls loved being able to go back and forth freely.  We went out to dinner and hung out at the hotel pool.  
 The pool was heated but it was freezing and windy outside.
 Claire, Joy and Josh went in. 
 Joy turned out to be sensible when it comes to cold.

The next morning we got up and enjoyed the hotel's free breakfast and hopped on the bus to Disneyland!!!!

 The lines weren't so bad and we were right up next to the rope when they officially opened the park.  We didn't want to waste time getting pictures first thing in front of the castle.  (Plus we would have been trampled by the crowd.)  "There's plenty of time to take pictures."  I said.  So we didn't and forgot until it was too dark.  Major FAIL.

The only picture we have of anyone in front of the castle is this one Josh took.  Which I am so glad he did.
We planned to work our way around Fantasyland before the crowds got too bad.  Surprise!  The crowds were bad before we got on the first ride.   We went on Peter Pan first with only a 15ish minute wait but by the time we got off all the rides seemed to be 40 or minute waits. Oh well.

No one else would ride the tea cups with the girls.

Paige could go on most of the rides if we held her.  She hung out in the ergo carrier most of the time and the rest of the time she was Poppy's partner.   He doesn't really like rides.  It was so nice to be able to leave the little girls and the stroller with him while we went on the bigger rides.

We waited way too long for the Storybook Canal boats.  Joy was scared of going into Monstroes mouth.
 Mr. Toads wild ride was a bit scary for Joy!

Of course Dumbo was a huge hit.

 At this point Claire was getting anxious to go on a big ride so we went to the Matterhorn and ate lunch while we stood in the line that wrapped around the mountain.  It went pretty fast though.

 It was Claire's first experience with a rollercoaster type ride and she loved it.  Nana was right in front of her though so I think that helped her not to be scared.

We then decided to go see if we could get a picture with Mickey Mouse and/or Minnie Mouse.  Joy LOVES Minnie Mouse so we knew we had to see her at least.  We went to Mickey's house because Minnie was at lunch.  Oh my goodness.  We waited in a line inside Mickey's house for what seemed like forever. (an hour) just to be led into a dark room with horrible lighting for pictures, to get a quick snap shot with Mickey.  Why could there not be several "Mickeys" in several different rooms in the house so that the line could go quicker??!?!?!?!?!?!   No one would see them together, the kids would be happier to not wait, the parents would be happier to not waste precious time and you would actually have time to see more than a few characters in one day.  (and there is the reason why not,  they don't want you to be able to do it all in one day)
 Later, Josh took Claire to go on Splash Mountain.  No one else wanted to risk get wet, because it was starting to get cold as the sun was setting.  While they did that, my mom and I took Joy to see Minnie Mouse. 
Her house was more fun and wait wasn't so long
but still infuriating.

 Joy was so excited.

Josh and I and my mom and Claire all went on Thunder Mountain and we decided it is the best ride at Disneyland.  Claire LOVED it.  She was so brave she put her arms up the whole time!  (well, except in the tunnels)  We went on it twice.

Paige was an absolute angel this whole trip.
She enjoyed the rides and watching the weirdness around us. It helps that she was held most of the day but we couldn't have asked her to be any better behaved
 Even as we were all exhausted, getting ready to leave the park she was being a sweetheart.

It was such a fun trip, everyone had a great time.  I feel like we did a lot of the park but now that I think about it we had to leave out many things.  We didn't see any princess.  (60 minutes wait for the regular princesses and 120 minutes for Frozen characters) We didn't see any shows or the parade, we opted for shorter lines instead! We didn't even make it to Tomorrowland (except for Autopia.) Pirates of the Carribbean was closed,  there were a few other rides we didn't go on because of wait times.  

 It was a good first trip.  The girls are dying to go back already!