Saturday, January 12, 2013

Outfit to Ride

Mom: "Sydney, do you want to go on a bike ride with me?"
Sydney: "Yes, let me go get ready."

Hey, I guess whatever works to get them outside and exercising, right?!
She sported the same get-up out at the stores that afternoon.  Several ladies made ooo ahhh comments followed by, "My daughter was like that.  My grand daughter dresses like a princess any chance she gets.  It's great to see little ones expressing themselves."  
I guess it's nice to know that others understand...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2nd annual Gingerbread House Decoration

It's official.  We have a new holiday tradition: gingerbread houses.  Last year my friend Kendra joined us for the first annual.  This year we were determined to squeeze it in.  Gingerbread house building took place January 4th. No worries that it was after Christmas!

I was not off to a good start that morning.  This was house number one.
I guess it pays to spend the extra time to make sure your pieces come out as close to perfect as possible.

 The rest were a success!

Thanks to my poor baking I decided the houses were going to be much more stable with one roof.  This opened up a whole new option for decorating...inside.
Here you are looking at a few Christmas trees.  I think the star eyeball is a nice touch!

 A few days later I gave in and let them eat their hearts out!

 Sydney was a bit more reserved and ate a tiny bit of candy.  This boy was full throttle.

Fashion at its finest

We are fixing to leave for the Children's Museum and I tell the kids to put on shoes and socks. 
 This is what I get.  Yes, she wore proudly wore it the whole time.  If you can believe it, the outfit was even better at the grocery store after the museum...

Self-decorated face paint.

A few more outfit options...

Rock Star.  This is a picture from her early days.  Since then she asks to put on a dress so she can dance.

Chalk Hair

Sydney really wanted some hair chalk for Christmas.  After looking around I discovered you can get the same effects using chalk from the art store and lucky for her I had a box upstairs.  I'm pretty sure I got this in the 5th grade.  It even has the price tag still!!

It washes out but apparently can last up to 3-4 washes if you set it with a curling iron or straightener.  
We didn't go that far :o)

Zoo Lights

We braved the cold and the rain to see the Christmas lights at the zoo.  It was the quickest zoo trip yet!


The only picture they allowed me to take and it's blurry!!

Sydney just couldn't put her head around Christmas with no snow.  She kept saying it was going to snow on Christmas.  Dale, our elf, left some "snow" for Sydney.  It was actually pretty cool...shaving cream and corn starch.