Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Little Things

February was a whirlwind.  I was so surprised to see how many pictures I have from February since my memory of February is mostly pajama days and staying home.  It was bitterly cold and very snowy and pretty quiet around here.  We had lots of days with nothing planned, and that was just fine by me.

Annie is getting so big and is full of personality.  She is making us laugh every day as she comes out with new things.  She still doesn't say a whole lot, but she understands everything we say and makes what she wants very clear.  Even with her shaggy hair, I think she's pretty adorable:
She loves to go upside down and will fling herself back when she's sitting on my lap:
We had some friends over to watch the Superbowl.  My girls are like me - they love a party and they love a theme:
Football treats:
Shopping at Costco one day, I was trying to get Lily out from the front of the shopping cart, and she fell into the back.  Luckily it was full of food to cushion her.  She thought it was quite hysterical:
Lots and lots of icicles.  No matter how many times we knock them down, they just keep coming back:
I had a lunch date with Lily.  So much fun to have some one-on-one time with this almost-four-year-old:
Lunch selfies:
The girls went to lots of library classes.  Some with me and some with Jessica.  These girls love the library and love going to library classes:
Some playtime at home:

Some playtime at Imaginations at Play:
Breakfast with Elsa and Olaf:
A little karaoke:
Cuddled up together, watching TV:
Sweet sisters:
Annie's loves cupcakes and crazy hair.  She's always pulling out her ponytail or pigtails, resulting in crazy hair:
A Valentine's Day breakfast at IHOP:
A traditional Valentine's dinner of pink pasta:
Just hanging out, watching a movie:
Reading stories together:
A little bit of spring on a dreary winter day:
Always having fun together:
A new rug to brighten up the room:

Toy kitchens make perfect hiding places:
Another lost tooth:
A little Ring-Around-the-Rosie:
Just hanging out in bed:
Spending a little time rocking:
Catching snowflakes:
So, so cold:
Girl's Choice dance:
An afternoon of ice skating at a birthday party.  She had to hold onto my hand for the most part, but she did skate on her own for a minute or two:
I'm glad to see February behind us.  Although March has come in like a lion with a March 1st snowstorm and a week of snowy, sleety weather ahead of us, every day gets us a little closer to spring and warmth and thawing out from this long winter.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites - TGIF

Linking up with Andrea.

My favorite thing today is that it’s Friday.  The end. 

Coming off a vacation is always a little rough, but on top of it this week, I had Go To School Night at work.  I’m exhausted and ready for the weekend.

Here are a few of my favorites this week.

ONE - Saving At Target 
On Monday I wrote about my favorite things at Target..  I realized I forget my most favorite thing about Target - saving money!  I love Target Cartwheel.  It’s a super easy way of getting great discounts just by loading the items you want into your Cartwheel and scanning your phone at checkout. 

In addition to Cartwheel, I love that Target accepts both manufacturer’s coupons and Target coupons.  You can print Target coupons off their website, but I also get them in the mail from time to time.  So, let’s say I am buying diapers.  I can use the Pampers coupon that comes with the Sunday paper, and I can use a Target Pampers coupon on the same product.  One box of diapers, two coupons. 

Use Cartwheel, coupons, and your Red Card and the savings adds up fast. 

TWO - Go To School Night
Another favorite this week was Go To School Night. My class has been researching states for months, and Wednesday night we had our State Fair.  I love how the kids’ projects turned out.  Although the preparation for the night gave me great stress this week, the kids'  beautiful work and the pride on their faces made it a favorite.  Here are two examples:

THREE - Book Club
Tonight is Book Club night!  Can’t wait to catch up with friends, drink some wine, and talk about one of my favorite books - Wonder by Patricia Palacio.  
Although it’s technically a young adult book, I think it’s a great read for anyone.  I read it last summer in preparation for teaching 5th grade, and read it aloud to my class this year as well.  It’s such a great story and I love the message - choose kindness.  While reading it, I definitely cried some tears of heartbreak for the main character August, some tears of anger, and some tears of pride.  If you haven’t read it, you should.  

FOUR - March
Oh winter, I’ve had enough of you!  As I got into my car on Tuesday morning, it was -2 degrees outside.  
-2!!!!!  That’s not okay.  In the minute it took to get to my car, my wet hair froze.  Insane.  Chunks of ice in my hair.   See that white?  It's not gray hair.  It's ice. 

I’ve had enough of winter.  But, we’re on the verge of March and I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t love March, because it's still winter weather here, but, when I turn the calendar to March, I know that I am that much closer to spring. And the snow melting.  And warmth.  And two of my favorite holidays - St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.  And some special birthdays.  And a weekend getaway.  Hurry up, spring!

Happy Friday!