30 January 2009
27 January 2009
blurry photo...but this is the newest fan of Fancy Nancy and all her accessories! At 21 months Paisley's first four word sentence....
"I WANT MY DRESS!"
Okay, it's coming...we're still working on obtaining some prizes for the fundraiser.
26 January 2009
23 January 2009
22 January 2009
So now that Piper has turned four, I think we should also highlight some of what is going on in 'Piperland'...
Miss P is currently enjoying gymnastics, she loves the beam and floor but is challenged on the bars...I think it's letting go and turning oneself upside down that is the daunting part for her. This year she is also in ballet, and is prepping for her first ever 'recital'...I'm not sure how they will pull it off, it's still a few months away, and like I heard someone say recently, it's like herding cats! Piper is enjoying pre-school, she goes 2 mornings a week and adores her teachers and classmates. She has taken a break from Chinese pre-school until Paisley gets a bit older(it was during nap time and was becoming problematic). We hope she will be able to start back up in the Fall. We'd also like to start her at our local Kumon Learning center once a week(if we win the lottery!)
Piper is doing well with her reading, she is sounding out words and can read stage 1 books with help. Her math skills are great, she started teaching herself addition and subtraction, not on paper of course, but you can give her simple equations and she will give you an answer. She has been writing her own name for over a year but has now moved onto other more interesting words...like Paisley and Fancy.
Piper is finally into 'girly' things, like Fancy Nancy, fairies, and dress up. She is still into Charlie & Lola, dragons and kung fu! She loves hot chocolate and anything with peanut butter...peanut butter is to Piper what chocolate is to her Mummy. She is getting a little picky at meal times but still loves spinach, so all is well in the world!
Piper was recently featured on a widely known childrens fashion website, and will, if all goes well be signing with an agency in Minnesota in the near future.
Sometimes....she is SASSY.
She adores her little sister, sure sometimes she gets frustrated, but most of the time she wants her by her side. They are pretty inseparable.Her favorite things are her pink blanket which was given a new name over the holidays...'pinkie', her stuffed schnauzer Ollie, Fancy Nancy and BOOKS...books are her favorite. She sleeps with a book under her pillow EVERY night. She also makes up songs...and singing is the soundtrack in our home, in the car and at the store...this kid is a mobile Broadway play! Favorite movie - Enchanted, closely followed by The Incredibles and Cinderella. Piper speaks in different accents, and is an excellent mimic. She is a master story teller.
She wants to help, she asks "is there anything I can help you with Mummy" which is lovely...and even better, she means it.
She is a spitfire, a spirited imp and a beautiful little girl.
20 January 2009
19 January 2009
18 January 2009
Just in case Fancy Nancy isn't girly and glittery enough for everyone...the newest rage on the block is the movie 'Enchanted'...Piper and Paisley both seem to love it...Piper 'floats' around the house singing all the songs...and practicing 'true love's kiss' on whomever she can! It truly is a sweet fairy tale and we don't mind them watching it...but after the 47th rendition of 'how does she know' one tends to get a bit of a knee jerk reaction to all the 'fluffiness'. So forgive the soundtrack, but it is OUR soundtrack lately....and since it's giving Ariel and her mermaid friends a break we're all okay with that...there's only so much 'under the sea' shanty-ing one family can handle!
The girls are enjoying their new butterfly tent...I had Piper convinced it was a 'man cave' for Daddy, right up until the end...she stood there with a perplexed look on her face while I assembled it, unsure as to why Daddy would need a pink 'mancave'...turns out Daddy wasn't interested in claiming it as his own so he handed the rights over to the two little monarchs...
Twas the night before the party and all through the house, not a creature was stirring....well...that's not exactly true..sometimes a fancy girls Mummy is still stirring..but it was worth it!
Chief beautician Leanne and Mom to one of Piper's pals Ellie 'glitterfies' some of the guests - always good to have an extra set of hands helping!
TIARA CRAFT 101
blowing out the candles
and you thought it couldnt be prettier...look inside, decadent chocolate cake with raspberry filling!
YUMMO!TRES TRES CHIC
All the guests left with a bar of Fancy Nancy chocolate
and a lifesize 'Fancy Piper doll'....just kidding, but this photo was too wierd not to post.
One of the cutest moments came as one of Piper's classmates from pre-school was walking down the stairs...she looked up at Mike and said...
"You look like a Prince, can I please hold your hand"
15 January 2009
then you see something that you didn't spot at first...lovely Zi-Zi...just lovely. Can you see the beer-bruise on her forehead?!
This is Mike's idea of the perfect Christmas tree! Nothing more festive than a tree made out of 'Fat Tire' cans! When we were in CO we made a side trip to Ft Collins to have the Mountain Buggy (I bought one of Craigslist) serviced by the Distributors. To make a long story short, Mike heard 'Ft Collins' and said "Great idea, we should stop at the New Belgium Brewery while we're there" this in fact was a brilliant plan and we actually had a wonderful time there. This particular brewery makes some of Mike's favorite beers, including 'Fat Tire', they are also one of the most desirable workplaces in the country, coming second after 'Google' in Outside magazines best places to work guide. I even tried a few brews, not being a beer drinker I had low expectations, but I found THREE beers I didn't just like, I thought they were awesome! Who knew?
my handsome groom enjoying his 'Sampler'
my 'Sampler' was a bit more 'girly' but hey, I'm a girl, there's no shame in drinking 'girly' beers!
This was also the scene of Paisley's first 'beer injury', yep, you heard correctly...my little one had her first alcohol related injury...you know, where I'm from we don't freak out about alcohol like the Americans do, it's part of life so it never really becomes an issue, kind of like the French and Italians....but this was more of a Beer Vat meet child's skull issue as opposed to a consumption thing, lets just say....exit stage left during the 'factory tour'...there are however photos of the bruise to prove her injury to those who doubt it's origins.
We were also lucky enough to get the Mountain Buggy serviced, new treads installed and a few clips replaced in quick smart time. Not bad for a side trip eh.
"Inspector, I believe there may be an imposter in the house!"
Piper, Bella, Sophie, Levi & Paisley
Since I didn't post while we were away in Colorado over the holidays I wanted to catch up and post about all the wonderful things we did...this being one of them! I finally got to meet Tiffany and her three beautiful children after all these years! We were in China at the same time in 2005 but missed meeting up...so making it out to see them was a highlight! We had a wondeful day together, a delicious lunch and the children 'tore the place apart' which is kid for 'having a great time'....I also have to mention that the family dog 'Charlie' is so sweet, I almost smuggled him out in my purse!
11 January 2009
My baby turned four today! Can anyone advise me of a special potion or herbal tincture that can stop my children growing up? I cannot believe she is FOUR! Okay, I can believe it because she has turned into Sassy McSassypants and thinks she knows more than her poor parents, she also talks incessantly and has become fickle about some foods and reluctant to sleep like she used to. Is this what FOUR is like? It's kinda seeming like it!
We started her birthday off with a jolly good helping of super sticky, super sweet, super non organic(okay maybe the sugar is organic but nothing else) sticky sticky buns (recipe from our dear neighbor Kristine!)...this is one of Pipers favorite treats, and Paisleys too I might add! Both girls DEVOURED two entire servings each, as well as a heaping ladle of scrambled eggs and bacon(yes yes, both were organic...I have to make up for it somewhere
After 'brekkie' we began the daunting task of opening pressies....boy, and was there a mountain of them! Her eyes barely reached over some of the parcels....
What could a Fancy girl wish for more than anything?
FANCY NANCY stuff out the WAHOO!
Accessories galore, Nancy herself, dress up stuff, fancy purple slippers
Purple Tinkerbelle bath foam looks tasty, but as Paisley figured out...tasty?...not so much
All this before noon! After bath the girls got dressed up and we headed out for a 'birthday surprise'... a trip to the movies to see 'Bedtime Stories' which was fun for Piper who just loves making up stories, for Paisley...well, she slept through the last 45 minutes!