Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Picture Post!

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Throwing the ball for Kingsley

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Now that the pool has been retired until next summer, we've moved their outdoor playhouse (thanks Nicole!) up to the screened porch.

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What a monkey!!

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Maddie's new favorite toy at Catch Air is this spinny thing.

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Opening birthday presents from Poppy and SuSu

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Tea parties

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Feeding the ducks on a family walk

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Anna and her friend Reagan at their friend Zoey's birthday party

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Anna's turn at her first pinata

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Fall Fun!

Steve was out of town last weekend and I had been casting around for something fun to do with the girls, when I realized that there was a local Scarecrow Festival going on that day! That sounded much more manageable than trying to wrangle both girls at soccer practice so we threw on some outfits and got ourselves out the door.

I love getting to these events right at the beginning, or even beforehand just because parking gets hard and the events get crowded so quickly. We lucked out today getting there in plenty of time, so we explored the connected farmer's market while we waited for the festival.

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It was quite a chilly morning so I agreed with Anna's idea for hot chocolate. We found some pumpkin bread to go along with the drinks and plopped ourselves down for the girls to enjoy their snack.

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There was this big scarecrow walking around and Anna got a massive kick out of him. I was surprised because I thought she would be scared, but she ran right up to him, gave him a high five, and was excited to pose for a picture. The whole time we were at the festival she would interrupt what we were doing to ask where the big scarecrow was...I would look around and point him out and Anna would be thrilled to see her "friend" again!

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The catalyst for the festival are the streets full of decorated scarecrows - local groups and elementary school classes create their own scarecrows and they line the streets of the downtown area with them. There were actually several Olaf snowmen but this was the easiest to take a picture with, so when the girls asked I happily obliged.

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There was an arts and crafts station where the girls could decorate little pumpkins or put together owls or scarecrows.

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There was a huge area with plenty of chalk for the little kids to draw pictures. We stopped by this area for a while before the girls hopped into one of the inflatable jump houses.

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On our way back to the car, we passed a Wolf scarecrow with the three little pigs. Anna has been highly aware of wolves lately, mostly through Little Red Riding Hood and the Frozen and Beauty and the Beast wolves scenes. She asked to take a picture with this one too, so we stopped our walk for a quick snap.

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This festival was such a fun thing for us girls to do together and I am so glad we went because it got me excited for fall. I was off to a slow start to it, I admit...Steve's been working an insane amount, we're still settling into our new school schedule, and the weather tends to come and go in terms of fall temperatures. I loved being out in a crisp morning with my beautiful girls, surrounded by fun and community and fall festivities.

We decided to wrap up the weekend with some more fall fun with our annual pumpkin painting. I finally ventured into Aldi for the first time when Google told me it was the cheapest place to buy pumpkins ($2.99 per pumpkin, heck yeah) and we bought six pumpkins for the girls to paint and put on our front porch.

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Maddie trying to do her hand print too

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We have two more pumpkins to paint to add to our fall porch, and in the meantime we've been soaking up the sunshine and cool temps, collecting acorns and red and yellow leaves, and keeping our eyes out for scarecrows. And watching a football game, or two. Happy Fall, y'all!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Anna Bean!

Our sweet girl turned FOUR years old this week! She really is such a big kid now and it's been such an amazing experience watching her grow.

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Enjoying a breakfast tea party with her birthday presents from Auntie Ally!

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Anna's class plans a little celebration for the birthday kid. She got to wear a special crown, I got to come visit and bring special treats to share, the class sang her Happy Birthday, and I read one of Anna's favorite books to the class. She had initially picked her Frozen Golden Book, but on the way out the door I realized she had torn half the pages out so we took Jungle Jive instead.

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After school, we came home for cake and ice cream and presents. Anna insisted on making her own cake this year, and she requested strawberry cake and strawberry frosting and "vananilla ice cream".

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We kicked off the presents portion of her day with a bunch of new 4T Fall clothes.

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Our big (and only, really) present for her this year was a dollhouse. This dollhouse is seriously amazing - it's HUGE, double-sided, and is set on wheels so it's really easy to move. The girls have had such fun playing with it and rearranging the furniture. Yesterday I used some of her birthday money to buy some new dolls for the house and those have been a big hit too. Even the neighbor girls have loved coming over and playing with it!

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After presents and after a nap for Maddie, we piled into the car and drove across town to the North Georgia State Fair. Anna is obsessed with roller coasters right now, especially as we gear up for Disney, and we were hoping that the fair would have some good rides for her. It didn't disappoint!

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The afternoon initially got off to a very rocky start when I thought that Maddie was too short to ride almost all of the rides. She started having massive meltdowns when Anna hopped on the roller coaster with Daddy and she had to stay behind with me. Thankfully Steve double-checked my measurements and Maddie was juuuuust over the line to be able to ride almost all of the kiddie rides - she sure perked up after that! And Anna loved having her little BFF there with her - it was so cute watching them ride together!

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If we had been smart and bought the all-you-can-ride stamps for the girls, I think we would have been at the fair the whole night!!

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We left the fair completely exhausted but in great moods. The girls were happy the whole drive home, waited patiently for their Chick-Fil-A dinner (birthday girl's choice!) and told Poppy and SuSu all about their day over Facetime.

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Anna checked in completely healthy and at the top her developmental range at her 4 year well-check appointment- she knocked all of the developmental milestones out of the park! She's 39 and 7/8 inches tall and weighs 37 lbs.

Happy birthday, darling girl - we love you so much!!