Monday, November 9, 2009

Time to Brag...

The whole purpose of this post is to brag about our wonderfully smart kiddo. At the moment she is quite obsessed with puzzles. For awhile there, she could color ALL day, now she does puzzles ALL day. Literally, she will put one together, take it apart, and do it again. Nick and I were out Christmas shopping for her the other day and Nick had the idea to get her a more difficult puzzle than she already has, so we picked out a Cars one that is ages 4 to 8, 46 pieces!! We bring it home and bust it out, and she doesn't pause for a second to put it all together. As hard as it was to it back and watch her do it, we did not help one bit and she did the entire thing herself without getting frustrated at all!!!
Hard at work putting her puzzle together.

So proud that our just turned 3 year old did a 4 to 8 year old puzzle... she's pretty proud of herself, too!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Princess Classics on Ice!

So, at the last minute Gina and I planned to take the families to Disney on Ice: Princess Classics! Literally, we bought tickets Thursday night for the Sunday afternoon show! We somehow convinced the Dad's to come too, and I'm sure they were thrilled they did! The little girls were totally excited to see princesses, but I think the big girls were even more excited!!
Emma's grandma brought the girls crowns and princess wands, but since the little ones weren't into the crowns, Gina and I grabbed them and got in the spirit!
The first half of the show, Hannah was totally into it, and she couldn't wait to see Snow White. When the girls would stand next to each other they would cuddle and it was super cute!

The show was really good, and it was so much fun watching it through Hannah's eyes, I think I was looking at her more than the ice skaters! To see her get excited and clap along with songs was awesome. However, after intermission Hannah got a little restless and was done sitting still. If the show had ended there, it would have been a total success, but I think she was still a little too young to be still for the 2 hour show and she was ready to go. But we persevered and made it to watch Cinderella and the Prince get married in the end.

After the show, Daddy and Hannah with her crown that came with the cotton candy... she was ready to go home!

I was wanting to take her to Disney on Ice in February, but maybe we'll save the money and take her in a year or 2 when she can enjoy it a little more! But, I'm glad we are able to provide her with all these fun experiences!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween and Trick or Treating!

This was a momentous year in our family for Halloween-- Hannah helped carve pumpkins for the first time and went trick-or-treating for the first time! Halloween started off with me running around to 6 different stores trying to find a witch costume for Hannah. Earlier in the week she saw Minnie Mouse dressed as a witch and couldn't stop talking about it, so Nick and I decided (at the last minute) to surprise her with a witch costume... I did not intend for it to be almost impossible to find, though! But, I finally found the dress and hat in her size at Toys R Us and the purple and black striped tights at Party City. When I came home with the new costume, she was thrilled and wore it ALL day!!
After nap we decided to carve pumpkins, or as Hannah called it "scarving punkins". I didn't realize how little she could actually do, and since she didn't like to touch the pumpkin guts, she didn't even want to help clean them out. But, she did use a tool to scrape a little and picked out the designs to carve. She sat with us the entire time and anytime she could help with something she was right there!

After we were done, she loved hugging them to take pictures and she kept calling them her "babies" it was so funny!!!
Since the messy pumpkin carving business was over, Hannah could finally put her costume back on and she kept telling me "I'm the cutest witch ever!", which she was totally right! For the next hour or 2 she ran around the house wanting us to take her picture until the grandparents came over for pizza.

After pizza it was finally time for trick-or-treating! Since we live on a busier street, we drove over to Kari and Billy's to go trick or treating with them in their neighborhood. Dylan was dressed as a sheriff and was super cute... I tried, and failed, at getting a picture of the 2 of them together, they refused to stand still for even 2 seconds, there was too much excitement! So, we decided we better get a move on, these kids weren't gonna wait much longer. The kids were so good and neither was afraid of any of the people dressed up or houses that were decorated. After every house Hannah would say "I wanna get more treats and fill my bucket all the way to the top!", she quickly got the concept and couldn't go fast enough. We kept telling her we need to wait for Dylan, and with clenched teeth she would say "hurry-up Dylan", but all in all both kiddos kept a good pace and got their buckets filled about half way.

We were only out for about an hour, but all were tired and ready to go home. Once home, we turned our lights on for trick-or-treaters to come to our house, and we actually got a few good size groups. Hannah LOVED handing out the candy and seeing what everyone was wearing, she was sad when we said it was time to turn the lights off and go to bed. Then first thing the next morning, she said "Can we turn the outside lights on for more trick-or-treaters?", needless to say she had a great time and didn't want Halloween to end!