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Balloon Festival

22 Sep

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We went to visit my sister and her kids this weekend.  They live close to Dallas.  Every year Plano, TX has a balloon festival.  I’ve always wanted to go and this year it worked out for us to visit while it was going on.

On Saturday, just my sister and I went.  We woke up before 6 and got there slightly before dawn.

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It was nice just to hang out with my sister without the chaos that is all of our children combined.

Then Sunday morning we took all the kids and Joey.

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I tried to get a picture of the girls together.  This is what it’s like trying to get Delilah to take pictures while she’s dancing/posing.

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Back 2 School

18 Aug

The girls started school!  We had a great summer, but they were so excited for school to start and so was this mama.

Aurora is a big 2nd grader.

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Delilah is in Pre-K.

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They don’t go to the same school yet.  Aurora is totes jelly about Delilah not having to wear uniforms.

Delilah didn’t want to take pictures with her big sister.  It was supposed to be all about her. (Aurora started school a week before her, so she already had her own back to school photoshoot.)

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But then we asked her to hold baby sister, and all was okay again.

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A look back at Aurora’s school pictures through the years because I love this part.

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And compare the girls’ Pre-K pictures.

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Elena is working on her sitting up.  She’s almost mastered it. She is almost 6 months.

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And since we are doing the comparison pictures, here’s one of all the girls.   Elena might be slightly older than the other two.

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Okay that’s enough pictures of my children.

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Nail and String Art – Kids Project

8 Jul

Last week the girls did an art project.  We had our neighbor/friend, Elizabeth, join us.

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I cut some scrap pieces of wood for the girls and sanded it.  They should have hand sanded this part, but we were pressed for time so I used the orbital and got it done.

They picked out their colors and painted them.

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Next the girls chose their design and I traced it onto paper.  Then they nailed onto the lines.

 

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These are the nails we used. They were perfect for little hands to hammer.  My camera focus was off, but you get the idea.
Next rip off the paper.

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We forgot this step the first try and went straight to stringing.  So Elizabeth had to unstring, rip, then restring.  But this is the only shot I got of her mustache, so I shared it anyway.

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Rory (6) nailed every single one of her nails.  I was very proud of her because she took on a more detailed design.

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I strung both my girls (4 & 6’s) for them, it was too hard for them to get the string tight without it unraveling, but Elizabeth (11) had no problem doing it all by herself.

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Elizabeth had to leave for home before she finished hers.  But if I get a picture I will post it.  I’m sure it turned out awesome.

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This was such a fun project.  Even though some steps were too difficult for the littler ones, they still enjoyed the whole process.

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