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“P” is for “Princess”

Little sister has been working on learning the English alphabet this school year, and she is doing wonderful!  Our whole kitchen is now surrounded by letters, taped to the walls.  We have a set of letters we’re using, but we’ve made our own with a few of them, and when we got to P is for pig, we decided P is for princess would be more meaningful.

Mom and I found this cutie while searching for princesses, and she was so pretty I decided to post her:

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But there was one problem with using her for our alphabet: she’s blond.  And blue-eyed.

I have nothing wrong with blond hair and blue eyes (and a good thing, huh? 🙂 ), but Mama wasn’t sure it was a good idea for our purpose, as it makes Lucy a little sad when princesses look like me, not her.

So we e-mailed it to Spencer (our tech-support), and (because Spencer’s magic) he turned it into this:

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I love her new coffee-colored hair, her brown eyes, and that peppermint-candy washi tape!

Our house has gained many more princess in the year and six months (ish) that Lu has been home, and I now I can’t imagine how I ever got on without them! 🙂

Happy Saturday!

Randomness from My Life

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We went to the Omaha Cystic Fibrosis (or CF) Walk on the sixteenth with some friends from our home-school group whose daughter has CF.

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The whole family got T-shirts!

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There were some little ponies there!  Lucy was a little scared of them, but I think she enjoyed taking pictures.

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We got Mama new mulch as a Mother’s Day present.  We also added the rocks right here.  I love the way they look!

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We had some mushrooms growing in our yard.

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I’m a fan of mushrooms.  They’re cute. #IKnowImCrazy

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And no, we don’t have different colors of mulch.  It just looks like that in the pictures. 🙂

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And we went over to our friends’ house last Sunday, and their daughter found a rabbit’s nest while we were there–with baby rabbits in it!  We tried to count how many, but I don’t think we ever came to an absolute.

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Their eyes weren’t even open yet!  They were sooo cute!

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Lucy tried on one of their dress-up dresses while we were there.  It looked lovely on her, but this picture turned out blurry and the lighting was horrible. 🙁

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We bought a professional popsicle mold. . .

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. . .and Mom and Michael made popsicles today!

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We ate them before they were really frozen!  They were still good though! 🙂

I just noticed that older post I linked to up there included my first reference to The Sacrifice on here!

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Mom and Michael cooking together a few days ago.

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Mom’s pan. . .

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. . .and Michael’s  bowl.  That’s water, elbow noodles, cinnamon, a few confiscated potatoes, and who-knows-what-else! 🙂  He likes to mix things–anything.

 

Lucy: Good job, Michael!
Me: Can you say thank-you, Michael?
Michael: Thank you, Lucy!
Lucy: You're welcome
Michael: You're welcome too!

Hmm. . . not exactly proper grammar, Michael!  He likes to say you’re-welcome. 🙂

Happy Friday, guys!  What have you been up to?

 

What the littles have been up to

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M and L couldn’t wait for our home-school group’s Talent Exhibition…

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So we had our own in the living room.

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Setting up the tripod so L could film it.

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Announcing the performers!

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We’ve been having a lot of rain!

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I LOVE how those pictures turned out!

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M discovered that he liked bowties. . .

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. . . and got a pet horse! 🙂

Pretending to be cats:

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I think this was inspired by the movie Aristo Cats.

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But Lucy is still ‘into’ Cinderella.  Like crazy.

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Thanks for the dresses, Grandma.  She loves them.

Never a dull moment with those two around! 🙂

Swimming

We got to take Lucy swimming for the first while we were in Guangzhou, and she loved it!  We wanted to take her again (plus the rest of us love swimming too, including little brother), so we started going swimming on Sunday afternoons.  I thought I would post some pictures.  (Just F.Y.I. these pictures are from three different days; hence the people pictured in more than one swimsuit! 🙂  None of them are from today, but some of them are pretty recent.)

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The lighting is really bad in there from where I was sitting because there is a window right behind the pool, but this one turned out pretty bright.

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I love these silhouettes!

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These pictures turned out sooo well. . . because I got up and walked around the pool to be closer to the swimmers.  Good pictures are hard work sometimes. 🙂

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^Isn’t this sweet?^

Happy Sunday!

 

 

It’s Never Too Late, Right?

It’s still February.  Which is my excuse for still posting about Valentine’s Day; but the truth is I’d still be posting it if it was April.

Really the only reason I feel weird about is probably the fact that we’ve already celebrated a different holiday.  But I’m posting anyway.

I wanted to make sure I acknowledged the existence of Valentine’s Day, so I posted this, but I thought I’d share a little more about our day.  Are you guys sure you don’t mind it when I bury you in pictures I took on my little silver camera?

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Cinnamon rolls are a pretty typical holiday-breakfast at our house.  I ask for them every year on my birthday! 🙂

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It took me foreeeever to get a clear picture of those roses!

We hung bags on the back of everybody's chair for people to put Valentines in.  We opened them after dinner.
We hung bags on the back of everybody’s chair for people to put Valentines in. We opened them after dinner.

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This was taken through the red heart on the bag pictured below.
This was taken through the red heart on the bag pictured below.

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Little brother packaged up a (used) crayon and a scrap of paper with his initial on it.
Little brother packaged up a (used) crayon and a scrap of paper with his initial on it for me.  Way too cute! 🙂
Photo-bombed... by a candy heart.  It had a little help from someone :)
Photo-bombed… by a candy heart. It had a little help from someone 🙂
Happy Valentine's Day, folks!
Happy Valentine’s Day, folks!

 

P.S. I now know why someone came up with the abbreviation V-Day: typing out the whole V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E-‘S D-A-Y is monotonous!

P.P.S.  This post about Valentine’s Day is sooo good!  I’m not laughing.  Seriously.

Note: I read the above blog with my mother, so we can discuss some of the more mature topics.  This post shouldn’t be a problem, but kids should talk to their parents before browsing around.

 

Happy Monday!!! 🙂

 

 

Tigger and Pooh

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When every time you watch “My Friends: Tigger and Pooh” you’re three-year-old says in an it’s-a-good-day-all-of-a-sudden voice: “They’re singing in ENGLISH!” you know you must truly have a Chinese sister! 🙂

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Yes, we found it in English.  Two episodes on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARc0zBrj6cc

I feel inclined to apologize about the low quality because we just bought the crazy, super clear, expensive, version. 🙂

A very creative mama set out to meet some requests for costumes the other day:

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Michael’s Tigger-tail

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Lu was a bird
Lu was a bird

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And, of course, we had to make a bouncing machine.

"Tigger, meet Springs: you're replacement."
“Tigger, meet Springs: your replacement.”
M still thinks his name is Rabbit!
M still thinks his name is Rabbit!

I finally know what’s it’s like to have your little siblings go crazy about a movie! 🙂

Though, actually right now it’s “Cinderella.”  Yes, both of them.  Little brother cried when it was over because he wanted to keep watching.  I love ya, Michael!

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We went outside to play in the snow again yesterday and made a dozen little snowmen because a big one wouldn’t hold together with the “kind” of snow we got this time! 🙂  Mom made hot cocoa again!  She’s wonderful!