Monday, July 21, 2014

According to...

On future planning:

Allie:  "If you become president, do you have to drive yourself to Washington, DC or do they send a limo or something to pick you up?"


On road rage:

Allie:  "Oh, great.  Now there's a motorcycle.  When is this going to end?"


On what I should have figured out before I was 29:

Allie:  "I would never marry a rock star."

Me:  "Why not?"

Allie:  "I'd never get to see him.  He'd be so busy performing.  And then those people would always be knocking on our door."


On fashion:

Allie:  "I asked Grammy why those people always wearing those "cool" skull and crossbones and she told me that they were trying to look cool."

Me:  "Do you want me to get you a shirt with a skull and crossbones on it?"

Emily:  "No!  Then my friends will think I'm scary."


On babies:

Me:  "Don't you want to go and see the baby?"

Allie:  (fake crying)  "No.  He always gives me a dirty look."

Me:  (laughing)  "What do you mean?"

Allie:  "When I talk to him, he looks at me like I'm crazy."

Me:  "Well. . . ."


On BFFs:

Allie:  "My second best friend is Elmo."

Anna:  "He can't be your best friend."

Allie:  "Why?"

Anna:  "First of all, he's a boy.  Second, he's a stuffed animal."


On career choices:

Allie:  "Emily doesn't want to work at Wendy's because of the uniforms."

Allie:  "I don't want to be a Tax Return Person."

Me:  "Why not?"

Allie:  "I don't even know what you do at that place.  What do you do?  Send out bills or something?"

Me:  "Well, not really.  We put numbers on forms."

Allie:  "That sounds boring."


On pets:

Allie:  "When I grow up and marry someone can we get a dog?"

Me:  "Sure.  You can do whatever you want."

Allie:  "Okay.  I don't want to get a little one or a big one.  I want to get a one that's a teenager."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What the girls have been wearing + shopping for 3

We survived the last summer season without swimsuit cover-ups for the girls because by the time I had time to shop, summer clothes had been replaced with back to school clothes.  I usually refuse to pay full price for clothes, especially when I know there will eventually be a sale.  And time does equal money in some cases but I just can't swallow spending $ like that when there's $ to be spent elsewhere.  And when you have 3 who are the same size, there are no hand-me-downs.  So this year, even though I could find cover-ups for $20-$25, I put off buying anything because that times 3 = $60-$75.

I was running errands last weekend with Allie and Emily and we popped into The Children's Place, where I found adorable bathing suit cover-ups marked down to $7.50 each and if I hadn't been busy dividing up an Auntie Anne's original pretzel with no salt, I would have remembered to use the 25% off coupon I had on my phone.  Oh, well.

When the girls were younger, I did a fair amount of buying ahead during season end clearance sales.  That worked well for awhile and then as the girls' growth slowed down, I felt like we just had too much.  I have started up purchasing ahead of time again if I see a really great deal.  The key is to limit how much you buy, especially when many items can be worn for more than one season.

So here are some items the girls have been wearing (they choose their own outfits) and enjoying this summer:

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Dress:  The Children's Place
Sandals:  OshKosh outlet

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I LOVE this dress on Anna.  It looks absolutely adorable.

Dress:  Old Navy
Sandals:  Target - last year, clearance.  I think I paid $2.50 for them.

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I bought this fish dress on clearance at the Carter's outlet store when the girls were babies and stashed it up on the shelf in Allie's closet.  It finally fits!

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Dress:  The Children's Place
Hat:  Gymboree

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Dress:  Old Navy end of season clearance, last year
Sandals:  Gymboree

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I usually only buy at Gymboree when I can get a good deal.  I picked up this cute sundress for only $6.33.  I also really, really like their bathing suits, which I can usually get for $9 each during a super sale.

I'm convinced that Allie secretly reads fashion blogs.  This kid is so easy to photograph because she poses without any direction.  Here are some examples of fashion blog standard posing by a 7 year old:

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The pigeon toe

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And walking away with hand up to her hair.  She actually said, "Take a picture of me walking away."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

An afternoon at the lake that's really a pond

I have some in-laws (nice in-laws) who live on a body of water that's officially a pond but folks often refer to it as a lake.  I tend to be a Nervous Nelly when it comes to water related activities with the kids but I like it here because 1. the pond is small and so there aren't speeding boats 2. residents of the pond are the only ones out there boating and 3. there have never been any accidents.  (Can you tell that I just read a John Green book?)  So a few weekends ago, we were invited over to the pond for some swim time.  I need to invite ourselves back over one evening for more dock photos.

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Her latest trick is swimming underwater for a few strokes before resurfacing.  She still can't really float on the surface on her own but she can do that.  We're working on it.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The 4th on the 5th

Around these parts, 4th of July activities were moved to other dates.  After the rain let up, we were left with sunny, but windy, skies.  Really windy.  The winds finally calmed down enough for a quick boat ride later in the day.  We spent the afternoon and early evening at a family BBQ.

I don't know what's been going on with my inability to blog lately.  There's just been so much going on.  Sigh.  I feel like I'm underwater again at work and I'm just really tired.  I need some more sleep.  And there's always something that needs to be done.  I was thinking of adding in some outdoor photo tips but that'll have to wait for a separate post.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Before Arthur hit

After the kids swam, we spent the remainder of our last full day away at Story Land.

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Folks thought the girls had a little brother.

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The girls were able to swim again in the hotel pool that evening after dinner, before Arthur moved in.  We awakened to dark skies and rain Friday morning, which wasn't ideal weather for the 4th but most everyone had given into the fact that it was going to pour all day and plans had been changed.  After breakfast, we hit the road for our 4ish hour drive back home.

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Most days she does her own hair.

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