Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nightmare Before Christmas

It's creeping quickly to Christmas and I realized I have yet to post Halloween pictures!
The days of me picking the family costumes are long gone. After going through a laundry list of ideas Lottie settled on being Rapunzel from one of her favorite movies, Tangled. 
Hazel is much easier to convince so we decided to Pascal (Rapunzel's side kick in the movie) was the perfect choice. 
Jake and I themed loosely along with them, too. Jake being Flynn Ryder (wearing a vest) and me being the mean Mother Gothel character (witch hat) even though she doesn't actually wear a hat in the movie she's quite witchy : )  
The girls got to wear their costumes to a party at their preschool during the day and then trick-or-treating that night. 
We had family come over for dinner and walking the neighborhood together and it was awesome! 
Charlotte is already brainstorming ideas for next year.... the front runners are currently Ariel from Little Mermaid, Princess Laia (from Star Wars, although I have no idea why seeing as she's never seen it) and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog : ) 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bathtime Buddies

What? This seems like a perfectly normal reaction to noticing the camera.
"It's hard to live with a baby sometimes."

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dear Santa:

It's official. Charlotte is the most tender hearted person I know. I asked her what she was thinking about asking Santa for this year and she said "another Smootch" (a favorite toy of hers that Hazel looooves) " Hazel doesn't feel left out."
And then my heart exploded.
The end.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hazel says:

Button says just about everything these days but my two new favorites are how she addresses her big sister.

WahWee (Lottie) & HeeHee (Sissy)

She loves her so much!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


So the other day the girls and I were sitting at the table having breakfast and Hazel started to eat food from Charlotte's plate. Charlotte looked at Haz and said, "if you keep taking my food I won't sit by you anymore!"... she then told me how "frustrated" she was with her little sister and I told her that I understood her frustration and that it was okay to move to the other side of the table if she wanted to.
She sighed (a bit on the dramatic side, this one) and said, "It's oh tay Mommy; she's still my best friend."
Tender little sweethearts. They really do have so much love for each other and that makes me happier than words can express.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recent and Random

Beautiful Ballerina
Frerocious Tiger
Sleeping Sweetie


Jack & Hazel sittin' in a... wagon.
Pretty Kitty!
Dare Devil.
Hot cocoa makes them haaaaappy!
Painting purple elephant.
Go to sleeeeep!
Midnight artist.
Lottie had this breakfast picnic prepared when we came downstairs.
Goofy girl.
Sometimes Hazey wakes up around 10pm to get special "her" time with us... and we kinda love it, mostly, sometimes.
Ceramica with DunTah is a tried and true fav!
Jake and I headed to bed and found this little stowaway.
Blurry Babes!
Lottie knows how to use the camera on my phone and took this little beaut of herself.
The notorious Mexican, wolf fairy searching for my top secret chocolate chip stash.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Harvest Festival

So last year my Mom, Dad, the girls and I went to an awesome event at the Botanical gardens called the Harvest Festival. It is filled with pumpkin picking, painting, hay rides, scarecrows, live music, food, ect.
It is Wonderful! My favorite and I'll try to never miss it as long as the kids are into it.
Found the perfect pumpkin!
Live music and kettle corn = perfection.
Back to find our pumpkins after they dried.
Loves of my life!
Z talked us out of two pumpkins.
Lots of fun playing hide-n-seek with DunTah!
Hazel's favorite was the "choo-choo!"
Gotta document myself... back in the car after all the fun.
Finding the perfect pumpkin is not an easy task.
Pretty little Button stopped for a rest.
Heart attack bridge ; )
A tiny for my tiny.
Painting party!
So coy.
I remember thinking last year the only that could have made the day better is if Jake were with us. (he was out of town for work last year)
This year was wonderful but I sure was missing my Mom! Here are some pictures from Harvest Festival 2011... I get knocked sideways sometimes by how quickly and dramatically things can change.

Harvest Festival 2011

Perfect coincidence that Hazel Basil is wearing the same shirt Charlotte wore last year?
Thanks Mom!
Love and miss you more than you could imagine!
*Hazel Basil was a nickname my Mom called Z and it used to secretly drive me crazy.... I hadn't even thought of it for months until Charlotte started randomly calling her that... now, I kinda love it*