Between the three adults we managed to corral the three young ones with only one injury for the afternoon. That's probably a record. Zach was overzealous in hugging Eva, and the poor girl wound up on the sidewalk. Thankfully Zachary's arms were
A few pictures of the kids, those camera hogs ...
Jessica got a greatly over exposed shot, but edited it into my favorite happy picture ever that I show everyone.
Nana sewed the most perfect birthday gift ever, this remnant of orange fleece I picked up over a year ago for less than a dollar - turned into a cape. Gracie loves it, and it coordinates nicely with a handmedown cordouroy skirt and a yellow turtleneck. She looked like a candy corn, and a little girl in the store said "I love her costume!"
I didn't get many pictures of the other two playing. Mainly because they would have been a blur, and also I had my eyes fastened on Gracie. This is the largest playset she has attempted, and I was nervous.
Speaking of birthdays, Sissy turned 2 last week! So hard to believe. Here is her birthday outfit/present from Mommy. Target's clearance produced an adorable dress that is elbow length, so I'm totally fine with it for winter. The leggings, not so much. I thought they would fit tighter, and they are more like a 4T than a 3T, so I'll be saving those for next winter. And the shoes. THE SHOES! Fuschia Keds, never worn, at Once Upon A Child for $6.50. Score. She can put them on herself, and loves them. Double score.
And here is the birthday girl at her little cake and ice cream party that I refuse to call a birthday ParTay, because a birthday ParTay every year goes against every principle that I have. Also a birthday ParTay requires planned games and a theme and I just don't have the time and energy to do that. I did bake her a cake though. I tried to make it a hairbow. It looked more like a butterfly. Actually I won't write it out loud on the internet what I thought it looked like once I put two round layer cakes side by side and iced it with yellow icing and no trim decorations, but if you are following that sentence closely at all you can read between the lines and figure out what I thought it looked like.
Okay, back to the cute little girl in the pink dress - she is taking a picture of me with her Step 2 kitchen phone. Too cute.
We had a no good, terrible, awful, very bad day around here Tuesday, and so I made Chris drag down the Christmas tree and decorations. Someone had to do something to get a smile out of somebody, and snowmen did the trick. If you look closely, you will note there is not one breakable decoration on that tree. All plastic and paper chains and stockings. It is delightful. The kids had a fantastic time decorating it to their heart's desire, and smiles were shared by all. Mission accomplished.