Sunday, April 29, 2012

This Weekend

This weekend we got out the girl's pool and they LOVED it...


... and Dana completed the next phase of our garden.  The fresh dirt/compost is ready.  Now we need to plant the seeds.  We bought two different types of tomatoes, yellow onion, bell pepper, chives, cilantro and Italian basil.  Once the seeds are planted we will add something for the tomatoes to grow on and Dana will be creating a shade cover out of our palm leaves.  Stay tuned for future posts of our first attempt at gardening in Phoenix.




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Projects

Two major projects this past weekend...

1.) Yard work
2.) Building the girl's play stage/photo studio flooring.

Dana started our garden by pulling away the rock bed on the west side of our yard. I can't wait to have some fresh veggies and herbs at our fingertips.
My dad came over on Saturday to start the construction of the girl's play stage and my indoor photo studio flooring. I ordered barn wood flooring, but it is on back order and it won't be here until May 7th.  Once the flooring is on the stage we will attach a fancy base board and I can add whatever backdrop I wish.  The backdrop will fall behind the baseboard and I can swap it out with any color or pattern.  I plan to use this for indoor baby and newborn photo sessions. The stage will reside in the girl's playroom and serve as a stage for them to dance on... Multifunctional :o).
 
Already putting the flooring to photography use :o).  I <3 Aiyana's eyes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter 2012

Aiyana & Clara's Easter baskets...

Clara shortly after discovering her Easter basket...
(that would be a mouth full of jelly beans)
I had these beautiful visions of how the girl's Easter pictures were going to turn out this year. I had scoped out this spot in our neighborhood with these beautiful bushes full of pink blooms. It was going to be perfect and pretty and very fitting for Easter. I got the girls out of the car on our way into church Sunday morning because I wasn't about to attempt the pictures afterwards. Church lasts three hours and the girls are typically napless, cranky, disheveled and hungry by the time we get home. Anyway, we were a bit late for church and I think I paid for it by not getting a single picture of the girls smiling and looking at the camera.
I know better than to shoot in direct sunlight, but the girls wouldn't sit where I asked them to so this is what I got... Squinting, not looking at me and not smiling... Little turkeys.
I tried to get them to pick a flower and show it to me, but they picked their flower and walked away :o(
Aiyana is fascinated with rocks so here you see her investigating the rocks. That little thing in the white dress, way off in the distance, would be Clara running away from me.
Aiyana was put back in the car and I grabbed a couple of photos of Clara before I gave up...

Back at home, after church, my luck did not change. Neither one of the little stinkers would look at me. Here's a concerned "Aiyana look"... Perhaps I threatened that she would not get any more of her Easter candy if she did not look a the camera right before I snapped this picture :o).
So I accepted the fact that they were going to do as they pleased and we proceeded with the day.

Aiyana sharing her sucker with her sister... so precious.
I tried to pose Clara with this rabbit and she started to get irritated with it so she turned around and began scolding the rabbit. It was quite entertaining to watch.

We invited Dana's brother's, Travis and Chris, over and Travis wife, Karen, as well as my mom. My mom brought over Easter baskets for the girls.
Me with the girls...
The girls hunting for eggs...

Clara was aggressive about egg hunting this year. I loved watching them compete for eggs.
Now this is sisterly love... They were helping each other find eggs and even sharing their eggs with each other by finding one and putting it in the other's basket... So sweet.
Clara stealing Uncle Chris eggs...
Aiyana counting her bounty...
Sweaty and exhausted, the girls relish their collection...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter at Daycare

The girls had an Easter party at daycare on Friday. They were so excited to tell me about the suprise jumping castle that the daycare had set up for the kids to play in during the day. The kids had no idea that they were going to have such a fun day. The teachers usually collect all of the snacks and treats brought in by the families and make bags for each child to take home (i.e. they don't want the kids hyped up on sugar while in their care). So we have to deal with the candy hungry monsters when we get them home. This year I decided to just let the girls have at it. I think they were sick by evening :o(. Anway, here they are devouring their treats...




Aiyana and Clara kept feeding each other sweets out of their own bags... It was really cute to watch. Note Aiyana's candy covered mouth...

New & Exciting Things

Clara is on her way to being potty trained... yay. She has recently shown a steady interest in going potty in the toilet and I hear that she uses the restroom quite often at daycare. We have started buying her Pull-Ups and you can tell that she feels like such a big girl. The only pitfall to this is that now I have to take both little ones to the restroom, when we are out and about, because if one wants to go then the other thinks she needs to as well.

The other bit of news is that I cut Clara's hair for the first time a couple of nights ago. Her first haircut, at age two, and her hair still reaches the middle of her back. Check out my work...

Before...



During...



After...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Preschool Pictures

I normally don't buy the pictures that are taken at the girl's preschool/daycare because I don't like the cheesy backdrops that the photographers typically use, but this year Dana and I decided to go all out purchasing sheets of the girl's pictures. They actually turned out really cute this year, despite what you see below. These were scanned with my crappy, old Dell printer. I really need to learn how to use Dana's new printer/scanner. Anyway, you get the idea... They were both looking at the camera and smiling and that was enough for me to like them. Plus, this is their last year at daycare so I wanted these pictures for sentimental reasons.