Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Nana and Connor (I mean the Easter Bunny!) went down first to hide the eggs...And Grace and Ryan searched everywhere to find them!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Now you have to understand....dressing an almost-3-year-old at 6 AM is usually not an easy task. She is tired and just wants to cover her head with her blanket. Most days she holds her arms down at her sides so it makes taking her pajama shirt off and putting her daytime clothes on difficult. She swings her feet around so they are moving targets that I have to catch to successfully put socks and shoes on. And, don't even get me started on the whole hair situation! Some days Grace has the worst case of bedhead and it requires a lot of coaxing, begging, and bribery to get her to allow me to spray a little water to tame it in a bow or ponytail. Are you getting the picture???
So, today, I tried to get Grace interested in wearing her new T-shirt by pointing out the pretty flowers. Hmmmm....that got one eye to open from behind the blanket. Then I told her the flowers were called Daisies. Uh oh. Daisy? Isn't that the dog's name? So she asked, "Where MY Daisy?" (meaning Daisy the Dog) as she tried to understand what I meant by calling these flowers "Daisy". It was like the "Who's on First?" episode of The Three Stooges (or was it Laurel and Hardy?) for a couple of minutes there while I tried to explain that our Daisy was named after the daisy flowers that were on her shirt. Huh?Actually, Grace eventually got it. When she was eating breakfast she showed me the flowers on her shirt and said, "Mommy, these Daisy". Yes! And then on our way out she asked, "Where MY Daisy?" I could see the dog, resting on the couch, lift her head up at the sound of her name....
Monday, March 15, 2010
Nancy, the main character in this series, adores dressing up. It would be an understatement to say that this little girl loves glitz and all things girly. Fancy Nancy can never have too many boas for playing dress up, nor does there seem to be a limit to how many sparkly accessories she wears in her wonderfully tousled, curly red hair. Each story in the Fancy Nancy series (and there are a lot!) provides a lesson about being true to yourself and expressing your unique personality.
The show, set in a museum where the art comes to life, was a lot of fun and our seats (third row center!) were great. The upbeat music and colorful costumes kept Grace and Dawson entertained the entire time. It was very different than the Wizard of Oz last year, but just as enjoyable. You can check out the fun video clip of the ballet here.
Kellie and I tried multiple times to get a good photo of Grace and Dawson together, but stubborn toddler personalities won and we didn't succeed. Dawson was dressed in true "Fancy Nancy" style with a colorful dress, necklaces, and her dog Frenchy. Here she is reading her new Fancy Nancy Easter book!Grace donned her velvet skirt and pink panda tights for the performance. Her outfit was enhanced with a pink boa from Kellie.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Today, my Jumpin' Judy (aka Grace) wanted to go to the mall to do the EuroBungy jump. She is right at the 30 pound minimum, but with some help from the workers, she manages to fly pretty high up in the air.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Jenna Bush Hager and a group of young professionals (UNICEF's "Next Generation" group) are committed to working to reduce the number of preventable child deaths around the world. It is estimated that nearly 1/2 of all child deaths are the result of chronic malnutrition.
But there is a simple solution found in a food fortification product called "Sprinkles" or "Chispitas" in Spanish. The powered, nutritional supplement provides the iron, vitamins, folic acid and Zinc required for healthy physical and cognitive development in children ages 6 months to 5 years. Jenna Bush and Next Gen have concentrated their efforts in Guatemala, the Latin American country with the highest rate of malnutrition. In some indigenous communities in Guatemala as many as 80% of children are suffering due to poverty and rising costs of food.
Since its launch in July 2009 Next Gen has raised $175,000 through fundraising and donations for Sprinkles in Guatemala (click to donate). The funds will be used to purchase Sprinkles for 35,000 children over the course of a year and to support staff, training and monitoring of Sprinkles distribution and effectiveness.
The cost of a year's supply of life-saving "Sprinkles" for a child is about $3.50. Seriously? I can skip one Starbucks latte to make sure a child gets all the vitamins she needs for a YEAR? Sign me up.