Friday, April 8, 2011

A Whole Lot of Randomness

Warning - this post is full of just random thoughts and photos!

Now that we are getting more consistent warmer temps I have unpacked the spring and summer clothes. The "new" clothes that were once packed away in storage containers, sitting in the corners of the girls' rooms, that the girls begged to wear on a daily basis, are now put away in their dressers. And now I can finally answer with a "yes, it is warm enough for short sleeves!"

After putting this particular outfit on Samantha a couple of days ago...

I flashed back to this photo...

That would be Gabrielle in April 2009, almost exactly two years ago. I can remember the day so well. I was only a month away from being full term with Samantha and had planned a special day for us. First we went to a paint-your-own-pottery place where I can remember Gabrielle painting a little ceramic monkey purple and pink and ballet shoe magnet red. We then met Ed for lunch at McDonald's.

As I was going through the clothes I couldn't believe Samantha was actually old enough, big enough to wear these same outfits I so vividly remember Gabrielle wearing not so long ago. And then as I go through old photos and see pictures of Gabrielle in these outfits I remember that not so long ago she had the same little round face Samantha has now. Oh how time flies and how quickly they grow up. Gabrielle is no longer in toddler sizes and officially in the girls department. It breaks my heart at times to shop for her because everything just looks too grown up for my baby. Today we went shopping for some spring church shoes and could not find a pair of white dressy shoes in her size that did not have little heels on them. She is only 4-1/2 - I am not ready for shoes with even little square heels on them!! If I think about it too much I get really sad because I am afraid the next two years with Gabrielle and Samantha are going to go by just as quickly as the past two years have and I am NOT ready for that!

On to the next random thought - I got new glasses recently. A very different style than my previous ones which I have had for over 5 years!! I like these but they are definitely taking some getting used to when I see myself in the mirror.

Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel like you have actually been a really good mom that day? Usually I have those days when I forget about the cleaning that needs to be done or the long to-do list of other responsibilities and instead doing something fun with the girls, something they don't get to do all the time. The other day we had one of those days I finally let the girls get their paint out.

Gabrielle's "Rapunzel" (the unfinished version)

Samantha decided at this point it would be more fun to paint herself.

After I put Samantha down for her nap I let Gabrielle paint on her easel they got for Christmas. She loved painting on the easel!

And for my last random thought and photo, the other night I went in to check on Gabrielle after putting her to bed and had a mini-panic attack. When I first peaked into the room I saw an empty bed. As I turned the hall light on and opened the door a bit more this is what I found...

She had removed everything from her bed - pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, everything - and made beds for herself and all of her animals on the floor. I don't know why I am surprised, she does have quite a history of this kind of behavior. See photos below...

Gabrielle 2008

Gabrielle 2009

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm late reading your blog but I did want to tell you that I like your new glasses! Very modern and chic! Also wanted to let you know that I always love reading your blog. It has to be like a chore sometimes to write it but just know this aunt really enjoys reading about your family!! Love you bunches!
Aunt Betsy