Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Princesses and their Prince

The high school put on their annual fundraiser Daddy Daughter Dance.  This night had been looked forward to for months.
 Lucky for our ladies, Chelsy Wilson came again this year and worked her magic on Alysee and Chloe's hair.
 I made corsages and hair accessories for each of the princesses and the prince.

 This year the dance was a Masquerade Ball; the girls had so much fun decorating their masks.
 Alysee polled many of her cousins for ideas on how she should do her hair.  She was delighted with how it turned out.

 Chloe's hair turned out amazing too!
This girl was SO excited and loved getting a new dress for the ball. Chloe got some make-up for Christmas but was banned from using it not long after because she felt that she needed to put it on EVERY time we left the house.  Birch and I decided that wasn't a good habit to get into when you are four years old so the make-up and been tucked away for special occasional ONLY.  And boy was this a special occasion!!!
Alysee loved spending the time with her daddy and having a reason to get all dressed up and fancy.
This year was extra special because Abbey Cox joined the Ditto Princesses for a night out.  The girls chose to dine at Dairy Queen.
The Dance was a blast and the girls all loved the games, prizes, ice cream, and dancing until their legs were going to fall off.  The three lovely ladies were in Girl Heaven!

And a not very good copy of the professional picture taken that lovely night...

Friday, February 15, 2013


This year's Pinewood Derby was an extra big deal at our house.  The reason being that an open division was added so Alex, Coop, and Chloe all made cars to compete in the competition.
 Nate's car is on the right -- it was a really sweet car and had some intense races.
 Nate is all about keeping his emotions at bay.  He can be hard to read unless you know him well.
Opps...a little emotion crept out.
Nate came home with second place.  It was actually a totally intense end of the competition with being tied for first place and then having two tie breaking runs. 
Nate also received his wolf badge and one gold arrow point and FIVE silver arrow points.  Nate's pinning the mother's pin on my scout necklace in this picture.
Coop on the other hand is very easy to read.  Coop had ate, slept, and worked MANY hours on his car.  He has watched so many other races that it meant a lot to him to be able to compete.  Alex helped Coop hand carve and do the final touches to Coop's car. 

Coop's car is the sweet orange speedster.

Alex had a great time putting his car together too -- it was fun to have him be able to be totally independent in putting his car together by himself.
Chloe was an awesome cheerleader -- and let me tell you we had HOURS to cheer-lead.  The derby started at 7 pm and we didn't get home until 11 pm.  Chloe's car was kind of a quick last minute thing but she had a great time putting it together! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

An Arm and a Leg

Skiing is the only sport where you spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg.  ~Author Unknown
Luckily for us we found out about a great deal so this year's skiing adventure only cost us a finger and toe.  We bought tickets to the Warren Miller ski movie for $17/piece and then got a free ski lift ticket in return for each movie ticket bought. And to top it off we were able to borrow all our ski gear from kind friends.

Birch, Tyler and Alex enjoyed a day skiing a few weeks ago.  Both boys have been a couple of times in the past and just LOVE the sport.
 It was a COLD day but it didn't slow them down from having fun.
Next trip up was Birch, Nate, Coop, and Alysee.  You can imagine the rage from Chloe that she was not included on this excursion.  The two of us ended up having a great day together (visiting friends, going out to the frozen yogurt shop, library, and preschool).  This was Coop and Alysee's first time skiing and Nate's second time.
 Coop LOVED the magic carpet and spent the day on it.  Although not pictured, one of Birch's co-workers and good friend, went up with him for the day and helped coach the kids.  Coop was quite vocal about telling Birch that he liked "Eric a lot better than him."  Without Eric the day wouldn't have gone as smooth and the kids certainly wouldn't have had as much help or fun.
 About half way through the day Nate and Alysee were ready for the lift.
 Alysee and Nate really had a GREAT day!
 Coop was at peace on the magic carpet and practicing his "pizza" all day.
 Though a little unsure looking, Coop had a great day and would love to take another "mental health day" and skip school for another day on the mountains.

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