Holiday Spirit

Last Thursday, after Leia finished reading to Leanne (from the book she picked out for her cousin at the school book faire),
we set up
and decorated our Christmas tree,
complete with princess attire, 
costume changes,
and crossed eye practice. (Leanne is quite proud that she can cross her eyes; apparently she and her mother practice daily. It's their special "look". Leia was bummed that she couldn't perform this daring fete, so Leanne taught her how. Leia's parents will be so pleased.)
Hubby added a hot-air balloon Santa to this year's outdoor decor. It took him two days - and lots of swearing - to get it together. Which is probably the reason Santa resides in a place of honor in our living room, rather than outdoors with the other Christmas lights. 
Personally, I'm wondering how long it will take the cats and the princesses to knock Santa from his perch.
He'd probably be much safer outdoors.


Double Inspiration

Made a quick stop at Roxanne's yesterday, with the intention of buying NOTHING - just looking, thank you, and waiting for Debbie to get what she needed. Yeah, you can guess how that went.
Trouble Inspiration #1 was a small Christmas quilt they had on display, made with various holiday fabrics cut into 8.5" squares, sewn together and finished with a simple binding. No muss, no fuss, no borders - just sewn and done.
Inspiration #2 was a couch quilt Deb showed off Thursday night, made to keep her dog's fur off the sofa. It was long and narrow, made to fit length-wise down the couch seat. Perfect solution for keeping cat hair off our furniture.
Friday night I cut 60 squares and made sweet-talked hubby into helping me arrange them in an acceptable pattern. Tonight, I sewed them into an 88.5 x 40.5" top. In theory, tomorrow night I'll cut the backing and binding, then sew it all together on Monday.
Even A.J. doesn't believe that will happen. 


iPading Together

Like grandma,
like granddaughter. 
We do like our iPads.



A favorite memory from our recent trip -

Pop teaching Leia to shoot marbles, using ones she'd hand-picked - at 5 for $1 - from a tub at an antiques shop.

Then Leia taught Addy - proudly demonstrating the proper thumb flick, just like Pop taught her - and the two of them played every day we were there.

I hope the girls remember this day when it comes time to teach their grandkids about marbles.


Over The River And Through The Woods

Can't believe I've gone an entire month without a post. Not even while we were in Colorado for the past week, celebrating both Addy's 8th birthday and Thanksgiving. 
We left bright dark and early on the 21st, with Leia not sure if she was awake or not.
By the time we hit our gate 
and got on the plane, she was raring to go and full of energy - just in time to sit still(ish) for the next two hours. Thank goodness for headphones, Ipads and seatback televisions!
We'd hoped Colorado would show us a bit of weather - a little snow, a little cold -  but unlike the week before,
temps were mostly in the 50's and 60's, with snow melting faster than Leia could trample it. 
Except for that one day, when the wind chill had even the CO natives shivering, light jackets were all we needed.

The girls princesses spent most of their time playing with Addy's toys,   
including the comprehensive make-up kit Pop and I got Addy for her birthday - which, unsurprisingly, was a big hit with both girls.
Addy's birthday party was Saturday, with pizza and bowling with her 2nd grade buddies. 
We also visited . . . the local Jumpin' franchise, 
where the girls had a sweaty blast,
especially after Leia talked Addy into trying the big slide,

and where Pop and I enjoyed the free Wi-fi (smart business owner);
the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 
where the favorites were the tornado machine (Leia loved it)
and the make-your-own parachutes (Addy's favorite)
before flying them in the wind column (Leia couldn't get enough).

We bought the girls matching outfits,

took them to the movies - Penguins and Big Hero 6, where the only seats were in the very first row. Pop and I weren't thrilled but the girls couldn't believe their luck;
made new t-shirt dresses with matching headbands,

and petted both rabbits
 - so soft! -
and chickens. This one is Pepper; her pals are Salt, Sesame and Barbie, short for Barbeque.
And then, after one last sunset, 
it was, sadly, time to go home. 


My Treats

All my little ghosts and goblins -

Leanne decided to go with a 50's look tonight.
Leia - sticking with her witchy attire.

Addison - cutest bat ever.



Naia and friend Jasmine.

We didn't have a lot of trick-or-treaters. Maybe the threat of rain sent most to indoor venues? We have a bit of candy left over, even after Leanne started giving it away in hand-fulls at night's end. I'm sure hubby and the little girls will take care of that before the weekend is out. (No Reese's peanut butter cups are left, so no temptation for me.)


The Great Pumpkin Hunt of '14

We left it kinda late this year.

Between our Albuquerque trip, school, illness and life in general, this was the first chance we've had to visit the pumpkin patch with the little girls.
Skipping it was not an option. Going to get pumpkins is one of Leia's very favorite things.
Doesn't matter that she'd already been with Mary; going with Grandma and PopPop is tradition.

Both girls had their school Halloween party and parade today - and no school tomorrow; when did Halloween become a school holiday??? - so both were costumed and ready. Leanne opted to not wear her Ariel princess dress, going instead with a sparkly little ballet outfit.

The pumpkins were a bit picked over but the girls didn't care; they had fun climbing haystacks,
chasing through the maze,
pulling each other in the wagon (which didn't work out so well when Leia was riding and Leanne was pulling.)

All in all, a nice, spooky afternoon.