Thursday, June 16, 2011

Holy crow, she's 2!

Bridget turned two last week. Where does the time go?

Happy birthday baby girl! We love you so much and can't wait to watch you learn and grow more every day.

We had a bubble theme birthday party.  Fun and easy.
I got tons of wands and containers and we set up bubble machines in the yard.
The kids played for HOURS with all of the bubbles.

All the food was round.


Bridget's cake was from the awesome Retro Bakery who we have had for all of Bridget's milestones.
Blowing out her candle like a pro!



Nana and Papa got her a "computer" which is apparently the coolest thing ever for Bridget.









Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I started a new blog

Come join me if you wish.
http://fivehappythoughts.blogspot.com/
Now, I know what you're thinking.  I can't keep up with this blog so why start another, right?  Well, it's just what felt like the right thing to do.  So I did.  :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We're getting "old"

Mike's 30th birthday was last weekend. He was freaking out about it for weeks leading up to it. Since it was such a big deal for him, I didn't do any of the "traditional" 30th birthday hoopla and we just had a pretty quiet day with Bridget.

This was Mike's cake.  He's not a fan of cake in general but LOVES these cheese filled coffee cake things.  So, happy birthday morning to Mike! (As an aside, Bridget has since been asking for cake every morning for breakfast.  She thought it was the best thing ever!)

These were Daddy's gifts.  Bridget colored packing paper with her markers.  I think it makes for pretty festive wrapping.

Later in the weekend, two of our very good friends J & S had us over for a celebration dinner.  They surprised us all with decorations and gifts.  Such sweet and giving people. Bridget was in heaven with all the balloons.

S is an amazing cook. We had red wine and gorgonzola filet with mashed potatoes and broccoli. For dessert...
 

...the most amazing cheesecake I've ever eaten.  Seriously.  It was Neapolitan, people. Layers of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla deliciousness all topped with fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce!  The night ended with laughing and visiting around the fire pit before we headed home.  Such a great night and Mike has transitioned to a "grown-up" pretty well.  I'm only six months behind...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Have you heard of Dr. Jean?

I had not heard of Dr. Jean Feldman until a few weeks ago. A friend who is a Pre-K/Special K teacher sent me a message and asked if I would be going to the DR. Jean concert at the library.  My answer: Who?  So I was sent to Dr. Jean's site* and found out that although I didn't know of her specifically, I definitely knew her work.  I have used her cheers in my classroom for years and the kids always LOVED it. (seriously, check out her site and you'll find some great ones)

Anyway, since Bridget and I didn't have any plans, we went off across town to see Dr. Jean.  And I'm soooooooo glad we did.  Bridget had an absolute blast and I cracked up watching how much fun the entire audience had. My favorite part was the Tooty Ta**.  Please, please PLEASE look this up if you don't know it.  It's totally worth it.  I don't think you can truly realize how absolutely hilarious it can be to watch 150+ kids spinning in circles with their thumbs up, elbows back, knees together, bottoms up, tongue out, and eyes closed singing the song.  I'm still laughing just thinking about it.  Bridget's favorite was the Alligator Chant which I can't really seem to find a good video of.  The girl is completely enthralled by alligators (but that's a whole different post).

I'm so glad that we live in a city where our library district is able to offer these shows to us.  Especially when they can offer them for free.  I'm so fortunate that I have been able to take this bit of unexpected time off with Bridget to do these things. Although life is far from perfect, days like this make it a bit brighter.

Bridget and Dr. Jean.  Really, Bridget was happy.  But she was also tired.
*If you go to her site right now, pictures from her visit to Vegas on on the front page.  Bridget and I are front row, center section.  Can you spot us?

**I have no idea how long this song has been around.  The first time I heard/participated in this song was High School Key Club.  Seriously, it was run by our crazy (but hilarious) chemistry teacher and she had a whole group of high school kids doing this utterly childish dance and cracking the heck up.  Ah, high school.  How fond a few of my memories are of you...