Tuesday, August 28, 2012


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As the summer came to a close, we had so many activities on our list of things-to-do that had still been left undone. One of them was bowling. I’d heard from some neighborhood SAHMs that many bowling places around had FREE bowling for kids during summer morning hours and that, yes, toddlers/pre-schoolers could and would enjoy the fun. Alas, time got away from me. What’s new.

Imagine my surprise when my friend, Juli (one of my 10 Juli/Julie pals!), invited B and I to accompany her and Sophia to the lovely lanes in Allen for a morning of adventure. Wahoo! Thankfully, we had exactly one week until school started up for me so we were still available.

And the most exciting part? We were EARLY!!! Me! Early! That gave B and I some “us” time to wander about the shopping area and play some Wizard Chess (my name, not the shop’s). Ah, calm “us” time…



We tossed our coin in the fountain and said, “I hope to come back soon”…sometime I must have told Bridget the first time she tossed a coin in the water but I’ve just forgotten. I love that she says it, though, because that’s what people in Rome told us to do at Trevi Fountain. Each time B says it I’m reminded of that fabulous trip…


Then it was bowling time!


I may need to have this added to my bathroom when I renovate it someday:


Cute kiddo bowling shoes! Time to choose just the right ball…pink of course! And then we entered the girls’ names before starting the game:


These ramps are so perfect! The smallest ball was still about 1 pound to heavy for our ladies, so having the ramp was perfect. Love it!


Sophia’s jump for joy after her first attempt:


B’s face is so fun here. She loved every minute!!!


She’s basically a “learn the hard way” kinda girl, and I’m okay with that when it comes to minor injuries Smile. Mom of the Year!



Hey – their scores are pretty much my standard bowling score…nice!


Goods times, friends! Thanks for the invite!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Museum Trip: Follow-Up

Check out what Bridget got in the mail today! Seriously guys...you have GOT to take your kiddos to the DMA. If you don't have kids, just take yourself! Be a patron of the arts!

(check out my earlier post about Museum Madness and our amazing visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, if this seems out of context)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Meeting Max the Bunny!


I’m already getting overwhelmed and school doesn’t officially start until Monday. Eeek! Just writing this makes me so thankful for this outlet I have that makes my heart so happy…


Through the magic of Facebook, we found out that the Fort Worth Public Libraries were hosting a full tour of favorite story characters this summer, one of which being “Max” from the Max and Ruby series. We are still smack dab in the middle of a Max and Ruby obsession at our house (though there are definitely some drawbacks to the show, like a brief set back in vocabulary thanks to Max’s affinity for one word responses…that phase quickly passed after I threatened to cut B off from all Max and Ruby episodes on TV), so I was giddy when I saw that one appearance actually fit in our tight schedule AND it was at the eastern most campus (as in, the campus closest to us!). What a treat!

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Let me just tell you all – I am loving this age B is in! 2.5-3 has been absolutely magical. I know, I know. We all say that about most stages in our child’s life, but really, things just keep getting better and better. I just LOVE MY BRIDGET!

Back to the trip. She was in the best mood and smiled at each and every little detail. This girls loves her a library. JOY!

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Since we were making a planned trip to Fort Worth proper, I couldn’t pass up the chance to see Ashlee and Catherine…and finally meet Baby Hunter! Bridget and I were tickled that they, too, were able to fit this into their daily routine. Aren’t these three beautiful?

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The show began with a jovial introduction by Miss Jackie, followed by a live rendition of “Little Bunny Foo Foo” complete with volunteers and props. Guess who nabbed a key role in the production?? She represented all the field mice by squeaking out the sweetest “ouch!” every time BFF bopped them on the heads. She stole the show, of course! Honey Boo Boo Child ain’t got nuthin’ on my Doodle Bug!

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The guest of honor finally arrived!

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This little angel couldn’t hold herself back and had to run up and 1) check that it truly was Max, and then 2) give him a hug. Let’s not get into how annoyed I get by parents who don’t wrangle their kids in situations like this. I mean, there’s a time and a place for independence, ya’ll!! Ugh. All who’ve taught or currently teach: we ALL know those kids…and those parents!

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Another live performance, starring Mr. Max:

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And a chance for a photo op and hug with the Furry One. Bridget was so excited!

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Next up was a quick craft (I’m learning that crafts are common at 3+ story times…there’s a reason they don’t bother at the “under 3” events…but that didn’t stop us from a learning op!):

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The girls were pretty proud of their final product. What precious ladies!

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During the school year we are not able to fit in our neighborhood story time due to a conflict with Bridget’s music class now that she’s moved up an age group. So sad. It’s something we’ve both loved getting back to over the summer! I’m going to try my best to get our nearest campus to continue its evening storytimes into the fall so we can take part. Isn’t an evening story a glorious idea?? Ah…we LOVE storytime at the library. Check it out if you haven’t gone yet. Free. Less than 30 minutes. Stickers always provided at the end (aka incentive to behave!). At least at our location, babies are welcome, too. Score!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wrapped up in wrapping up the summer

Enjoying Bridget's new and improved toy room. Our recipe:

1 toddler playroom
1 determined Mommy
45 colored squares that needed cleaning
1 summer day without other plans
1 nearly 3 year old

Combine first four ingredients while last ingredient snoozes. Add a little abracadabra. Ouila! A pre-schooler playroom is complete. And our attic space continues to shrink :).

Friday, August 3, 2012

This cat totally gets me

Only takes 30 seconds to give you the greatest warm fuzzies you've had in a while! Ah, this must be a momma kitty...

I'm totally a dog person, but this is irresistible. Love it!

Happy Friday!