Monday, September 27, 2010

a little dress up and a slip n slide!

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sweet sweet sisters... always playing together! I just love it! imagine having your best friend always at your side... sometimes it feels like we have always had them... like they are twins... the way that they are so close and look so alike... it's just so beautiful! our youngest just gazes up to her big sister and our oldest just guides her through life so gently...

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the little princesses and a pile of books... what could be better...

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and an afternoon at some of our best pals' backyard... remember slip n slides... ahhh that's summer... I can almost smell the plastic! my brother and my friends in the neighborhood and I would spend hours soaking the grass slipping and sliding... covered with fresh grassy clippings... running in the garden slipping on just the grass even.... the feeling just before you hit the slippery slide... oooh eeehhh should I jump here... now... nowww.. NOW! and then aaaaaaaaaaaaaah slushhhhh to the end! then back up again! no wonder we sleep so well!!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

happy weekend...

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I love love love to go to the farmer's market in our downtown! we went when I was a little girl and now I see my own littles happy to go... I would go every week ... but Pappa loves to spend the wee morning hours tucked in bed with the girls sipping his coffee slowly and reading the paper from over to cover... Our farmer's market tends to get quite busy... dogs... people... baskets... it's quite the show... and for someone like Pappa, who just does not deal too good with that so early ... well it's only maybe twice a month we go.... and since it's only on Saturday we space it out.....

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so happy to be here .... skippy happy!

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then we stop at my favorite cafe which is where I used to work actually... I see a lot of familiar faces... my old customers... ahhh my old latte... lovely!

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and this little sourpuss... well... she was getting quite impatient here waiting for her croissant!... yikes!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

quite the pretty bird house...

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what fun to paint... squish the colors around... our girls love how red and yellow makes orange but most of all how blue and red make purple!!! I love this little "hands on" learning... when they don't even notice they're learning... and it's oh so fun!

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so we took a milk jug and painted it all up nice and pretty for the little birdies... just now our garden is visited by lots of little birds... the northern birds are leaving the north and coming to Florida for vacation... what a better way to welcome them, than with a pretty bird feeder house!

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fill it up with some yummy seeds...

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we hung it in our grapefruit tree which is where so many birds frequent... maybe they feel it's a little exotic... perhaps?

a fun little project and a fun way to welcome the Florida fall... a little less humid and a lot more birds and butterflies... we love the fall... a nice change after a hot hot summer...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mamma's Birthday...

my birthday was everything I wished for... magical

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not only did I wake to the giggles of our girls helping make me breakfast in bed... I pretended to sleep and tried so very hard to not giggle myself... but after I was sung to so beautifully by our girls and Pappa... had a beautiful breakfast... presents... an orchid... and my amazing family at my side..... then... just then... my girls made me a tea party. oh it was exquisite... we were very fancy ladies and held our pinkies just so...

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a little free play is just a present enough... watching the girls play make believe is magical in itself... I love the little things they say... the sharing.. the working it out... the giggles... they way they wiggle the little figurines and walk them about... oh pretend play is serious stuff... and I am so thankful that our girls can pretend!

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waiting for a table at a nice place downtown for brunch... this great restaurant had such a brilliant idea... sidewalk chalk to keep the kids busy while waiting to be seated... the girls loved it!

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then we went to the Marina park... oh what a day... a blanket in the grass... a sunny sky...

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she is loving her scooty bike! really loves it! weeeeeeee!!!!!! (thanks Uma & Umpa!)

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then home for quiet/nap time... rest up a bit for a nice dinner ... my parents (Uma & Umpa) came over for a nice dinner.... Isabelle made me a heart dark chocolate cake!

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Umpa and the girls playing egg on the spoon game... we have so much fun! being together... it was such a nice birthday


cousins...

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so fun! my girlies and their cousin hanging out in the kiddie pool at Uma & Umpa's (Grandma & Grandpa's) ... life is great... to sit in a kiddie pool and have fun with cousins it's great!

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and of course my brother... their uncle... loves to spoil them rotten!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

lucky me...

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I really feel lucky... what a life I have... it's simple and beautiful and just the way I like it... The past week I had my 31st birthday... it was so fantastic... one evening we got together with friends at the beach for a sunset picnic... the next night my parents had a family bar-b-q... and my actual birthday was spent with our family... I couldn't ask for more.

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a sweet friend brought me a hydrangea flower.. so nice...

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we all brought something to share... spread it all over the blankets and you have a perfect feast! sand and all... nothing like it... this time of year our white sandy beaches are glowey with that evening sun light... the air is a bit dryer and the water is still bath warm... you can sit on the shore until the stars come out...

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the kids splashed as the parents chatted and had some drinks..

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one sweet friend even brought ice cream and sprinkles... how fitting... eating an ice cream cone as your up to your ankles in the gulf... the salty air calmly swaying the waves back and forth... the pelicans flying over head to catch their dinner... fish of course... no ice cream cones...

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our daughter and her pal Grant... always full of it those two...

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and our other little girl examining things...

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so we all sat enjoying conversations... the kids giggles... being together... the summer is ending, even here in Florida... the rhythms start to fall into place as schools are starting... vacations are ending... the hint of less humidity and cooler nights is creeping in... it's really funny here in Florida... when fall approaches we start to open windows, sit outside for every meal, go for long walks... just when in the cooler areas start to close the windows and play more indoors... even though in the summer months we do enjoy the heat, flip flops, swims in the calm gulf... there is nothing like when the heat lets up a bit....

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I feel so lucky that our girls have so many close friends... our families have sort of grown up together... becoming parents... and now being really good at it...

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these are some of my best girl friends.. not everyone could make it... and not everyone lives close by... but this sweet group of friends is lovely... I feel so lucky to have each one of them...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

a little doctor play and some pilates...

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it's so fun to spy on our girlies.... they do the sweetest things... This is little Isabelle... I love when she is imagining... I can see her mind dreaming up something great... full of imagination to the fullest... from pretending to be a doctor to a pirate to a pilates student... she's full of it!

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Since we've limited TV time to one night a week... "Movie Night" they are constantly playing!!! I love it! Even when little Cecilia is having her nap ... if Isabelle doesn't want to sleep she is quiet... doing fun little quiet things... today she had a "patient" ... honey bear... she got honey for her first Christmas from Santa Claus and they have been the best of friends. he was quite ill though and needed to go to Dr. Isabelle. :-)

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I had to peek and sneek a snap of this moment... she just was giving him such a sweet hug and whispering that "it's going to be ok Honey Bear... you're ok... I love you" she melts my heart seriously.

but since we have limited the TV it's amazing how easy it was for one thing... and another the girls are playing TOGETHER so much! Before if we had a movie on to Isabelle's request... I started to notice Cecilia (our youngest) sorta playing by herself as she's too young to sit for a movie... it was quite sad actually... so we said enough is enough... I gathered fun things for both of them... pointed them in some sort of direction and let them go at it... they giggle constantly... make forts... play puzzles... Isabelle teaches Cecilia some things... it's wonderful in so many ways... It's not like TV is illegal to us or anything... hahaha... it's just for us... when we noticed how it was sucking them up whole and they started to prefer TV to playing make believe... we had to stop... even just a half hour a day was too much... because our oldest wanted that half hour to turn to one hour... a bad cycle.... so now it's a special treat... I must post one day our movie night ritual...

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and just for fun a little pilates shot... I have been trying to do some more yoga... it makes me feel so great... and of course... my little girls like to practice a little yoga and pilates too... why not. hahaaha

Thursday, September 9, 2010

life is good...

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it just doesn't get any better than this... playing together... making memories... enjoying each other... these girls melt my heart and I could just watch them play their magical lives away forever!

proud...

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lately... well always... I get that heart in my throat feeling... as I watch my girls growing... growing from babies into little girls... I try so hard to take everything in... it's the only way to slow life down.....

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watching her learn something is huge I know... watching the pride in her face as she gets something correct is purely adorable... tears fill my eyes as she looks up at me and smiles... she knows I'm a sappy mamma with a big huge heart that could swallow my babies whole!

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look at the tongue! I love it! I love little one's fingers... their knuckles dimple as they start to grow into their skin... beautiful.

so she is happily interested in letters now... just last night as we were tucking her in to bed... she was drifting off to sleep and mumbled something... I leaned down and whispered what did you say... b... b... bbbbb Bradenton.. (the next town up from us) funny little sweetie! at first when it came to letters she was frustrated and wanted nothing to do with them! She goes to a Montessori preschool and their philosophy is to not force them to learn... have them run to it... so I backed off... I mean really... she's 4... does it matter. but I knew in my heart it bothered her a bit to not know all of her letters... but lately she is pointed to letters all the time... noticing them... saying their sounds.. she's so happy about it! Her preschool teacher said to me that she was so proud at school to help some of the younger students with learning a bit about Brazil... he said she is quite confident in her learning now! makes me smile!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

a little tamborine fun...

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so fun with a little crafty project playdate! I remember making these when I was a kid... I loved it! I totally had to share! The kids loved it too... as did the mammas! something about digging your hands into a bowl of rice and then that rice becomes music... I love getting kids senses going...!

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I love how now that the children are getting a little bit older they work so hard and you can almost see the wheels turning... it's adorable! concentrating and creating something beautiful... the result is pure pride... that smile.. that twinkle... it's the best

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