Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Girls and their dolls--

This past weekend we finally took the family trip we have been thinking about since last August--it originally was supposed to be to Atlanta for a conference, but that didn't work out. Then we were going to Atlanta anyway to celebrate J's birthday, but our truck had serious issues the weekend before we were to leave, so we looked about desperately for another time--only this time we would go to Dallas(slightly closer)and would stay two rather than three nights. No birthday party, but a chance for the girls to go to the American Girl Place. They had been saving for the trip since August--with a slight detour for Christmas, of course!

We left early Saturday morning, nervous because we had snow here Friday. HOPEfully it won't have rendered any of the road conditions unfavorable. As you can see, EVERYONE was excited.

Two sweethearts!

After having breakfast with my parents in Mississippi, we finally made it to the Mississippi River. EEK! That's a high bridge!
We stopped in Ruston for lunch and walked around campus at LA Tech for a few minutes. Campus was quiet because of the holiday. It was a gorgeous day for a walk.
Sister silliness involving SNOW. AHEM!!!! Girls!!!!!
We finallly made it to Dallas and checked into our hotel around 8:30 p.m. It was a long day on the road. More sister silliness:

Dolls immediately began getting ready for their big shopping trip the next day.

After a fitful nights' sleep, we all finally piled into the car the next morning and
HERE IT IS!!!!!!!


They were just a little excited--and it was just a LOT cold outside. I had forgotten about Dallas wind in February. Brrrrrrrrr.
Up the escalator to the Bistro for lunch. Hubby may be the only one not smiling at this point. ;-)
The Redhead and Kit can't decide what to order.
C and Kirsten decided on the burger(not VERY girly, I know!)
J and Emily finally decided on the turkey panini-mmmmm.
Did I mention the whole place was done in shades of eye-popping PINK?
He was a very patient little brother through the whole shebang, really.
EYE-POPPING. Like this daisy light fixture. TOO cute!
After what seemed like hours, The Redhead happily decides which new friend she will take home--she chose Ruthie, Kit's best friend!
Don't Kit and Ruthie look happy to be together?
I loved watching The Redhead skipping through the store. Quintessential little girl.
J was able to get the "Just Like You" doll she really wanted--it was the ONLY one like it they had in the store. Someone had returned her, apparently. Don't they look JUST ALIKE? Her name is Lizzie. She has blue glasses too!
C's Kirsten doll got her beautiful long braids back. It took awhile, but she ended up beautiful, too. C didn't get a NEW doll--but I think she had a great time anyway. Kirsten got a beautiful new dress for spring.
We had a wonderful morning, and then headed off to the Lego store. For The Boy. He was very patient.
That adventure in another post.
Blessings!!!!!
~april

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Fun

A post I started a week ago--
It is a gray, cold, RAINY day here today--seriously, when I checked the radar for our area, it looked like a huge slug crawled over the screen and stayed. YUCK! Good weather for making things as cheerful as possible INSIDE. So on we go to our Valentine's Day decorations--we love Valentine's Day, I think, because of all the PINK POSSIBILITIES it presents. Pink, red, ribbons, ruffles, frillies and CHOCOLATE--oh wait, that has nothing to do with DECOR--what a fun excuse for a party!

We usually do a tea party for the day, if not on the day itself, sometime surrounding it closely. I started this when my oldest was only four or so--we had tea and cookies from the bakery at Albertson's, sitting on the floor around the coffee table. The girls were dressed to the nines in their frilly dress-ups, and I had no idea I was STARTING something that day! Sometimes the best traditions come from odd spur-of-the-moment notions.

The three sweeties--ready for tea and sweets, complete with sippie cups. Weren't they CUTE?


Ohhhh! I do believe those are two fine ladies--Ms. Sweet Eyes and Catie Poppins, I think? Such nice exaggerated manners they have!

Here's a fine shot of my funny valentine this year. His "Lone Ranger" day happened a few weeks ago-isn't he handsome? There aren't many things sweeter, I promise.

On to the decorations--for some reason none of my pictures came out very well this year, but I'll post 'em anyway! Up first we have a sweet little plate that sits on my mantel. I love the "vintage valentine" look of this little gal--though her dress is a tiny bit TOO tiny!

It reads "I'd be as happy as could be if you would just WARM UP to me!"
She sits on the mantel along with the cute little gal at the top of this post.

Also interspersed are my Redhead's "birthday bears" she gets each year. She thought they were a nice idea for Valentine's Day because "you hug them a lot". ;-)


Here's the mantel with the lights on--a cheery warm glow for a cold dreary MONTH.


And of course, the TREE.

You may recognize it from Christmas, but it's been "pinked" for the new holiday.


Still decorated with tiny teapots. I added red glass balls that have aged to a nice translucent color--more pink than red when the light shines through;lots of little pairs of birds; heart ornaments, chandelier crystals, and angels, of course!


Ornaments of admonishment--from Mary Engelbreit--"Be Kind to Thy Sister". We need that around here!



A little girl loving her doll--Bessie Pease Gutmann art is wonderful, even cast in porcelain.


A happy moment from the happiest day of my life.


A well for making good wishes!


We haven't had this year's tea party yet. We will be out of town for the holiday, so I guess we will have to do it in the next few days this week!


May you have a happy heart!

~april