First off, this weekend Lee bought a mower. He's pumped, I am like "eh"....I mean, it's a lawnmower :-P But this one is much bigger than his last (quicker to mow the yard) and has a snow blade for plowing the driveway and other random stuff that I guess makes it cool....so yay for him I guess lol.
Since I ended up at home with the girls by myself while he was out negotiating his deal I put him in charge of Brielle yesterday afternoon/evening while Raya and I had a girls day out :-) Brielle got to ride on the new lawnmower--every girl's dream I'm sure! Here she was all ready to go
And yes, I used to swear up and down that the girls would never ride on a lawnmower with Lee b/c it's dangerous, they could fall off and get run over, etc. etc....but then the logistics of being home with two ankle biters day after day set in, and Mama needs an occasional break--often when Daddy has to mow---and thus suddenly riding on the lawnmower didn't seem so bad after all! ;-)
While they did that, I told Raya she got to go with me into town. It was so stinkin cute...she kept saying "Brielle not go with mama---Only Ray Ray. Brielle stay with Dada ok?" ...and I'd say "yes, only Raya gets to come with Mama because this is extra special just for big girls" and then she'd say "yay!!" hehe. She was such a good girl too. While I was looking for onesies for my store she was playing with toys and all of a sudden I heard her say "ok Mama, let's go!" and here she comes pushing a big cart with a toy in it haha. She said she was buying it, and I was like "oh no, what junky thing did she pick out?"....and then to my surprise she ended up picking probably the one toy in the whole area that I would have picked out myself! She's such a good shopper :-P This year for Christmas the girls (from us) are only getting games/crafts/learning activities....partly because I don't want any more giant toys that take up tons of room and also because Raya honestly loves those sorts of things and they are easy to store. Well what did she end up picking out to buy? A stacking block learning activity thing, especially suited for babies Brielle's age! It looks super cool so for $9 we bought it....and I'll be wrapping it up to Brielle from Big Sister at Christmas this year :-)
We also bought Brielle a cute little romper that I just couldn't pass up. It's from Old Navy and it's a sock monkey romper you guys! So cute
It's not for xmas...it's a "just because" present haha. Look at the ruffles on the butt :-P
Old navy has tons of cute stuff out right now. I even found myself oooohing and ahhhhing over boy clothes there! I know, right?! I couldn't believe it either. But for a second I was almost wishing Brielle was a boy because there was such cute stuff--ok, maybe it wasn't *that* cute, but you get the idea ;-)
Then we also stopped at my favorite 2nd hand book store. I think I mentioned awhile back that this year we are starting the Christmas tradition of wrapping up 25 books and then letting the girls pick one book to unwrap each night as a countdown to Christmas...then we'll read the book as a family before bed. I'm SUPER excited about this. I already had maybe 5 Christmas books so awhile ago I set those aside so that we aren't reading them---and they will seem new and exciting when we open them. Then I was still needing like 20 books obviously and books are expensive! I mean, $15 for one book---craziness! So I went to the 2nd hand bookstore and found these 11 books for a grand total of---wait for it--only $19! Yes, I'm super happy.
I got this idea off of Pinterest and I know many people who do it read only religious Christmas books, etc...but we are one of those horrible families who love Christmas because of Santa and Frosty and Rudoulph, and snow haha...so we have a nice mix of books to get in the holiday spirit :-) Lee's mom has given us some religious Christmas books though too so we'll have a couple of those sprinkled in for good measure.
I think this is one tradition that the girls will love and get excited for every year--yay!
On another note, the babies are plotting to destroy me....
|I mean, look at her evil grin! An "angel" she is NOT :-P|
Lastly, I kid you not today I told Brielle "say cheese!" and she did this:
Is the closed eye, scrunchy face "cheese!" smile genetic or something?!
And for my "thankful" item today, I am thankful for my home! But not only am I thankful for a place to call home, but I'm especially thankful for specific parts of my new home, and they may not be what you'd expect haha.
First, I"m very thankful for my first ever "lazy susan"....I seriously am in love with this thing :-P
I am also thankful for pull out drawers. I mean, these are the things dreams are made of people!
...well, except babies think they are fun playthings
And lastly, perhaps the part of my house that I'm *most* thankful for......this door!
I've never had an actual door on my laundry room before and it makes me so happy to just shut the door and ignore the piles of laundry---you know, so that I can blog in peace without having to look at the laundry I should be doing instead :-P
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