February 14, 2009

The Little Girl's Third Birthday

Well the little ball of spunk turned three last weekend. On one side it's hard to believe that three years have passed, but on the flip side, many days I feel like she's five already, so it's no surprise at all!

I was hoping to get away without a party at all, but she notices too much and was very prepared for her party. She wanted a Cinderella princess party with a pink princess cake. So at the last minute I threw together a plan. We just did a few of her three year old girl friends so it was small and girly. (With the addition of a couple of superheroes and daddies.)

The little princesses.

Getting ready to blow out the candles!

(I owe a major THANK YOU to my sister, Kjirstin for making and decorating Mattie's beautiful, pink princess cake! I was totally overwhelmed at the thought of doing it in the middle of my life running me over, but she enjoys being in the kitchen and took care of it for me! Well, I did put the ribbon in her hair.)

Mattie with her decorated crown. She did actually enjoy making it, but I guess she wasn't really up for a picture! (She was running a fever with another urinary tract infection, so she wasn't really herself all day.)

I don't have a clue what they're talking about, I just think it's a cute shot of them talking like adults!

One girly party, all right!

One of the things I wanted to get Mattie for her birthday was a cradle for her baby dolls. When I was at my parents' at Christmas I found this cradle that my sisters and I all played with. It was brown and in desperate need of a bit of tlc, but nothing a bit of spray paint wouldn't fix! So two coats later we had a beautiful fresh white cradle! And my mom whipped up a padded sheet and pillow for it at the last minute (she's good that way). I think it turned out perfectly!

Thanks, Gramma!

This was definitely the hit gift of the day! I saw it on slickdeals.com before Christmas and ordered it right away. It's a battery powedered mini-quad that she loves driving! (And her brother is VERY jealous!!)

Happy Birthday, Mattie-girl!

February 13, 2009

Mattie's New Morning Routine

So yesterday at 6:15 I hear a sound much like a cabinet door closing in the kitchen. (We are typically not awake this early, and there is certainly not usually anyone in the kitchen at this time!) Robert went to check it out and it was Mattie with the light on. No cabinets open though.

So he brought her to our bed to snuggle so she wouldn't go back in and wake Jacob. After a couple of minutes he noticed the smell of chocolate on her breath...

Robert: Mattie, were you eating chocolate?
Mattie: _______________ (silence)
Robert, more firmly: Mattie. Were you eating chocolate?
Mattie: _______________
Robert: Mattie! Were you eating chocolate!?
Mattie, verrrry quietly: Yes.

Several minutes later:
Robert: How much did you eat?
Mattie: 1, 2, 3 pieces...Ummmm, 4 pieces...I think 7 pieces...Ten pieces...Twenty. Just twenty pieces.

Yeah right.

So this morning I noticed a light on again at 6:15 or so. (What is it with this kid??) She was in the cabinet again!! This time I caught her totally red handed, so there was an unpleasant consequence, especially for 6:15 AM. And she wasn't allowed to have treats all day.

And tonight, the chocolate is in the freezer.

February 09, 2009

Things I want to blog about...

So I'm being totally run over by my life since Christmas. I have several things I want to blog about!

Before and after pictures of our gargantuan painting project.
The blessing of the family I grew up in... been pondering this since before Christmas!
Our day at the zoo today!
Our trip to another museum two or three weeks ago.
One more thing I wrote when I was in college.
Our snow week we had last week!
Our women's retreat and what God taught me.
Mattie's Birthday! I hate that I didn't have anything done on this day, but there just hasn't been time. I was lucky to have her presents wrapped in time for her to open them, much less blog about it!
Some pics of the handsome little guy who brought his parents to visit this weekend.

So I'll try to get to it this week... I miss blogging!