Just wanted to wish everyone a fun filled weekend of festivities. We have alot planned. Started off the long weekend today with: going to the movies to see UP, a little shopping, lunch, swimming at the pool and a neighborhood party. Needless to say the girls are "pooped" - that's how Emma put it. Parade, swimming and fireworks tomorrow. Not sure about Sunday....might be too exhausted to move.
Anyway here are some pics of some decorations I made for the holiday.
Last night the girls got a mani-pedi and hair braided (braid it after bath, then in the morning they have the Taylor Swift look!!!).
First I would like to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day and thank him. I would like to thank him for everything he did and all the sacrifices he made when I was a child. My Dad worked at General Motors for 32 years (I think that is right). I remember all the long, HOT hours he worked in order to support his family. His work ethic was and is TOP NOTCH. He barely missed a day's work. My Dad was and still is supportive and caring. Even now that I am grown I still talk to him almost every day. I definitely consider myself a DADDY's GIRL. Dad I hope you had a nice day and I love you Dad.
I also would like to wish my husband, Sean, a Happy Father's Day. I consider my self very lucky to have married such a wonderful husband. Since having children I realized that I actually hit the JACK POT. Sean is absolutely terrific with the girls. He loves to play with them, teach them, act silly with them, cuddle with them and he loves them unconditionally. Not to mention the fact that Emma and Abby adore their Daddy. He is their HERO, their PRINCE, their KNIGHT in SHINING ARMOR but most importantly their DADDY. I love to watch Sean and the girls play and watch the pure joy on ALL of their faces.
Happy Father's Day to my PRINCE and KNIGHT in SHINING ARMOR. I Love You.
Yes, he really did golf like that today. Sean and the girls sitting on the deck this evening watching the U.S. Open.
I would also like to wish my brother, Scott and my Father-in-law, Mike, a Happy Father's Day as well. I hope all the father's out there had a wonderful day.
Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband. He decided to treat himself to a 10 mile run this morning (10 miler at the Baltimore Zoo) in the pouring down rain. The girls and I were suppose to arrive to watch him cross the finish line then go into the zoo to see the new prairie dog exhibit but then it started raining and thundering right before we were ready to leave. So instead we waited patiently for him to arrive home. Sean got his present yesterday....a MAN CAVE. I cleaned up the one side of the basement (the girls have their playroom on the other side), painted one of the walls a MANLY gray, framed his Marathon Certificate and some of his drawings (walls were still too wet to hang), got him a new PS2 (his broke in February) and Guitar Hero, Metallica (Abby wanted to get him a guitar...not sure why). We also had two other birthday parties today. What a busy day but were able to make time to have a "party" for Sean. We made an Apple Crumb cake and had Transformer plates and napkins (the girls think every party needs a theme).
Here are some pictures of Sean and his new MAN CAVE:
Happy Birthday, Sean....Love....Me, Emma and Abby.
Here is a glimpse of Abby at 14. She is listening to Hannah Montana on Sean's MP3 player. Sean set it up for Emma last night so she could go to the track with me. Then today (Abby's home sick) Abby wanted to try it out....can't let BIG SIS do something without Abby checking it out.
The funniest thing was listening to her sing. And check out the crossed leg....she was also tapping her foot. TOOOOO FUNNY!!!!
Here is a glimpse of both girls in 10 -12 years:
The thought of them driving makes me cringe!!! Here's to being "little" girls a little bit longer!!!!
Today my BABY turns 4. Yet again....where did the years go???? Seems like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the first time.
Then she learned to sit up, crawl and walk...and before we knew it she was 1.
After learning all the basics she began to talk and move around with precision. Her big personality started to shine. She loved to follow her big sister and play dress up. My baby at 2.
At 3 she became "little Miss Independent" and thinks she is the star of the show. Of course some attitude and stubborness shine through as well. She likes to know what is going on and investigate everything.
So what will 4 bring????? It saddens me to see her losing all her "baby" but I look forward to everyday just to see her grow and mature. I love this little girl and everything about her!!!!
Where do the hours, the days, the months, the years go???? Why do they fly by so fast? On Wednesday Emma "Graduated" from Pre-K. Now I'm afraid if I blink again she will be off to college. How do you slow it down????
I think I am feeling a lot of guilt. Unfortunately, for many reasons, I was not able to stay at home and now I feel as though I missed too much. She know's her ABC's, her 1-2-3's. She writes her name and reads simple books. She colors in the lines and now draws pictures of people and objects I can recognize. When and how did she learn all of this? I don't feel as though I was the teacher. She learned most of this from others when I was at work. I know she will learn so much more and it will all be from someone else.
Wow, I feel this way now....what am I going to do the end of August when I drop her off at school for her first day of Kindergarten??? I'm gonna be a wreck.
For now I am hoping to enjoy the summer with my family and hopefully it won't fly by.
Here is the Graduate:
P.S. Here are some little treats (graduation cap candies on a stick) I made for all of Emma's fellow graduates.
P.S.S the next post will be about my "baby" turning 4 this weekend. too much growing up, too fast!!!
Bonnie the orangatun at the National Zoo in DC. She is 32 years old and a mother of one. Bonnie has some distinguishing features: a large belly, a bulbous forehead, a dark coat closer to burgundy than orange and she weighs about 160 pounds. Bonnie likes to travel on the O Line. The O Line or Orangutan Line consist of (8) 50 foot towers connected by plastic coated steel cables. The lowest of the cables is 35 feet off the ground but the entire distance of the cables run 490 feet from the outdoor orangutan yard to the orangutan yard at the Think Tank. The O Line crosses across the zoo above the walkways and common areas.
If you are regular reader of my BLOG you saw pictures of the O-Line in a recent post from Mother's Day. We got to see the oranguntans in action as they crossed the O-Line. It was amazing.
....and this is me....Bonnie
I am not a monkey of course. I am 37 years old and a mother of two. Like Bonnie the orangutan, I have a larger belly than I would prefer, have been told I have a large forhead and we won't talk about weight. I however am seriously afraid of heights and you would never catch me on a 50 foot tower. Orangutans are my favorite animal (I also like chimps but not as much) and as a child I always wanted one. I actually thought you could have one as a pet....probably because Clint Eastwood in "Every Which Way But Loose" had one. Remember Clyde:
The funny thing is, everytime I would ask for one, my Mom would tell me that is why I had a little brother.....sorry Scott. Trust me it wasn't the same.
After a heart shaped french toast breakfast with strawberries we headed to DC to go to the zoo.
We have done this the past 2 years. Yet again the weather was beautiful and we had a great time. This year there is a new baby gorilla and a orangutan crossing. ORANGUTANS are my favorites. I could have parked myself down in front of them and watched all day.
After the zoo we thought it would be nice to drive down to the Mall and see all the other DC must sees. We lucked out and found a parking space. We walked to the White House (or I guess I should say: as close as we could get...we did get closer than in the picture) and the Washington Monument (boy was it breezy up there).
We got home in time for dinner....Sean whipped up shrimp wraps with pineapples....YUMMY!!! Then the girls and I walked to the playground then back out front to ride bikes for a while. Emma is getting real good...now she can start on her own.
I am DONE. Had a great day, now hoping for an early bedtime :)
All in all, a TERRIFIC day....I am such a lucky GIRL, MOMMY and WIFE. Hope everyone had a wonderful day as well.