Friday, June 26, 2009

Random Bits

*Last night was my first pack meeting of being the Cub Master. It went pretty good except for the fact that it rained and it was supposed to be at a park! My super sweet man stepped in and made the s'mores in the oven. Now that's a boy scout for ya, eh? Weston received his bear. Boy, he is such a stinkin' great kid. I'm having so much fun being more involved with scouts with him. And it was super cool that I got to be the one to award him his badge.

*I refinished a desk. It's now all antiqued and turquoisy. It turned out beeeee-UTE-ifully! And I love it.

*I'm trying to get the revisions done on my picture book so I can send it back to the editor and then bite all my nails down to the quick.

*I'm hoping to get my kids to do a lot of work around the house tomorrow by mean....ENCOURAGING them with a Surprised Family Date planned for tomorrow night. (shhhh! Don't tell! We're going to a magic show)

*I've now lost 19 pounds. :)

*I'm wishing I was getting work done on revising my MG novel. But I'm stuck at this spot. I need to figure out how to get them through a door. But should the snarky Sea Witch trick them or should it be their idea? Sticky. Sticky.

*I need to post pictures of Sam's birthday, Ryan's birthday, our trip up north for John and Alysha's sweet baby's blessing and maybe even of my fancy dresses and swanky heels I found for the dressy dinners in New York when I went shopping with my Awesome Sister, Candace. :) Boy, that girl has excellent taste.

*I need to sew new elastic on some skirts for this sweet older lady that walks by my house.

*My kids are already worried about me being gone to New York. My 7 year old really wishes I'd just take him with me. He's such a snuggly guy. It's going to be hard to be gone.

*I'm going to go try out one of those spray on tans tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me that I don't turn orange.

*Here's a random shot of sweet goofy Zoe...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Zoe!

What a fun day!

Zoe is 2!
We started the day out with scrambled eggs, Zoe's favorite breakfast (although it probably runs a close tie with rice krispies). Then she got to open two presents because I wasn't sure which one of the dresses I'd made for her she'd want to wear. She chose this one...

Oh, she's just the sweetest, smiliest girl!

Before we set out on a bike ride (Zoe LOVES bike rides! She rides in a little seat on the back of my bike and she just adores it) I tried to get some good shots in the backyard of our wee chickadee....

We were originally going to go for a longer bike ride to a park, but the clouds looked fairly ominous and Emmett said he saw lightening. So....we went for a pretty short bike ride to a park very close to our house. But Zoe still had fun on the swings and slide, so that's what matters!

We had macaroni and cheese for lunch (another of Zoe's favorites) and then Grandma Margaret stopped by to bring Zoe a sweet birthday card (thanks Grandma! She'll love picking something out at the store with the moola!)

Later we headed off to two baseball games, Emmett's and Sam's and wished we'd dressed warmer. It was chilly! Then we grabbed happy meals at Mcdonald's (subway for Ryan and I) and came home to nosh.
Of course, the best part came next....

Our Zoe loves loves LOVES shoes and strawberries. So, it should be no surprise that I made her a Strawberry Shoecake. heh heh. She even managed to blow the candles out herself (it only took about 10 tries...)

It was very fun watching her open her presents. She got so excited for each one and wanted to stop and play with them right then and there.

Grandma Donna picked out some FABulous pink strappy sandals for the wee girl. When Zoe opened the box she exclaimed, "Shoes!" :)

The boys picked out fun presents for her. Weston got her a little stuffed dog and dog house (she loves dogs), Sam picked out a little people van with a baby and mom(she loves babies) and Emmett got her Playdoh and playdoh toys(she loves playdoh).

If you can't tell, there are quite a few things that make Zoe happy. She is, in fact, a very sweet and sunshiney kind o' girl.

Because of her fondness for babies the scrub a dub baby doll was a big hit. She also enjoyed trying to put on the clothes I made for the baby later.

But, I think the biggest and bestest hit of the evening was the LARGE present that came for her today, just in the nick of time. She's been stealing Sam's whenever she's gotten the chance, so we figured it was time she had one of her own....

A scooter! But, not just any...oh no. It's a pink, flowery, girly scooter!

Boy, that girl took off.
Around the table, the island, back into the living room, back around the table and she even gave her new baby a ride. The only thing she stopped scooting for was to have her new pink strappy shoes put on (oh and to kind of pose for pics for mom...geez! doesn't the lady ever give up??). I think she would have slept in those shoes if I'd have let her!

Notice those bits of pink strappy fun on the girl's feet? Looks like she's showing them off a tad, eh?

Zoe had a super birthday and we sure enjoyed playing with her today. We're so grateful she's apart of our nutty bunch. I just can't even imagine our family without her. She brings so much joy and laughter. And she turns those big brothers of her's into piles of mush. They'll do just about anything for her.