Friday, September 30, 2011

Prima Ballerina

Emma joined a dance class a few weeks ago. The class spends 30 minutes on ballet, then 30 minutes on tap. She loves it! She now dances all around my house like a prima ballerina. She especially loves to twirl. It's totally adorable~until she wants ME to dance like a ballerina. Not so adorable. I am a total clutz. Put me in ice skates and I can practically fly across the ice. Put me on land and I'm in trouble. My shins bear the proof in the form of extremely attractive bruises. Emma even suggested that I get a ballerina outfit to match hers. Yeah. Sooooooo not going to happen. A) I would look so beyond ridonkulous. B) I need to visit the bathroom waaayyy too often to have pull down a leotard and a skirt and tights. That could easily result in a soggy mess. C) I need to visit the bathroom waaayyy too often to have pull up a leotard and a skirt and tights. D) I haven't worn pantyhose or tights for about 12 years (since I blew my hand). Why oh why would I ever choose to wear them now? (Though I did just buy a pair of black tights to wear with a black skirt and boots. We'll see if I ever take them out of the package.) E) I think that the definition of "prima ballerina" pretty much excludes grannies with gray roots and, well, the lowly effects of nearly a half-century of gravity. There's just not enough underwire or a big enough pair of Spanx in the world to make it even remotely acceptable for me to wear a leotard. Now, just try to get that image out of your head! LOL Alas, I will treat you to some real eye candy. I especially love her hair in a bun! (A few of these are fuzzy because I shot them through a dirty window.)
Told you the pictures were sweet! In fact, they do kind of make me want to dance around the house in a pretty ballerina outfit. Hmm. Maybe I should look into the underwire and Spanx. LOL

Hope you can dance yourself into a fabulous weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Princess Emma


Well, I learned an important lesson over the weekend: I shouldn't edit my blog on my iPad. The touch pad on my iPad is very sensitive: one slip of the finger and chaos ensues! I have several "drafts" of posts waiting for me to fine tune them. I tried to combine two posts and ended up accidentally deleting my post on National Punctuation Day. Oh well, at least there weren't any photos of Emma in that post, which is shocking in and of itself, isn't it?

Now for today's post which, of course, is all about Emma! Well, not just about Emma but about Prince Charming, too. You may remember that not too long ago, Emma and I had a conversation about her marrying a prince. Here it is in case you missed it the first time. 

Emma: Giffy, when I grow up I want to be a princess.
Me: How are you going to become a princess?
Emma: I will marry a prince, of course!
Me: How are you going to find a prince?
Emma: I'll start keeping me eye out for one. But if I see a prince with another girl, I won't marry him.
Me: That's probably a good idea.
Emma: Giffy, why can't I marry Papa?
Me: Because he's already married to me.
Emma: But Giffy! Papa's the best prince ever!

Last week, my prince was at a conference at The Disneyland Hotel. One evening, he strolled through Downtown Disney (a large shopping and dining area outside of Disneyland) and decided to do a little shopping for his little princess. 

Yes, Rick did, indeed, bring home Belle's entire ensemble for his little princess. Emma was right: her Papa is the best prince ever! As for me, I was just thankful to have my prince at home. :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Layouts

I have two Thanksgiving layouts to show you. The first one is for Emma, the second one is mine. 
 I love this paper! It's SU's Autumn Spice from last year. I am glad I stocked up on it! I saved two Thanksgiving card fronts and used them to spruce up the pages. For Emma's, I used the Build a Turkey stamp set from Unity. I used SU's Day of Gratitude set for mine.

I know it's shocking that I don't have much to say. Actually I do, but I don't have enough time to say it. (And I wonder where Emma got her chit-chat gene. Ha ha!)

Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A B C, Easy as 1 2 3

I know, I know~I just quoted a Jackson 5 song from forever ago. I guess I'm now at that age when the things I reference really show my age (as if my halo of grey roots doesn't already do that, ha ha).

Anyway, yesterday was Emma's first day of pre-school. She was excited but nervous. She wore her new Rapunzel shirt along with her Disney princess fleece and her Disney princess backpack and her Disney princess lunchbox. Do you think she likes the Disney princesses? Just a tad! I, of course, had my camera ready because I NEED more pictures of Princess Emma!
This is Emma's little friend from story time at our public library. Emma is a year or so older than Allison, and a head or two taller. Emma was thrilled to discover that Allison is in her class.
Emma asked me to take a picture of her with a sad face to trick her mommy, 
immediately followed by a happy one.
After I dropped Emma off, I headed straight to my therapist's office (aka Starbucks). Then my 
therapist (aka my pumpkin spice latte) and I spent two hours scrapbooking. It's amazing how much I accomplished! But it was eerily quiet. Two hours of eery quiet. I'm used to the quiet at night when Rick is traveling, but the daytime quiet not so much. I haven't been without a kid in the house since July 1984. I had forgotten what solitude sounded like. 

When I picked Emma up, she literally ran into me, gave me a huge hug, and exclaimed, "Giffy, I LOVED it!" I'm so happy for her. Now she can be a social butterfly and flutter around to her heart's content. And I guess her Giffy is going to drink a lot of lattes and catch up on her scrapbooks after all. 

Speaking of school, this is the bear Emma chose for September.  She said it reminds her of mommy.
So that's it for today. Guess I'd better get my iPod ready for tomorrow. Looks like quiet is here to stay, at least on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Beautiful Reminder...

I was totally disappointed that I didn't get any sunset photos in Bermuda. Guess that's what happens when it POURS. But I did get a few shots at my house on Saturday. The first two were taken from my back deck, the third was taken from my front yard.
On a sad note, a friend of mine just died after a long battle with breast cancer. Julie was only 51. She was my first friend in MA. We both moved here at the same time. I met her at church and she's the one who got me hooked on quilting. Julie left behind her husband of 25+ years and two children in their early 20s. If you would, please say a prayer for Julie's family. I am thankful that Julie has been released from her suffering and has been welcomed home. No doubt she has heard, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful sunset. It reminded me that You're still in control...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Storyland Layouts & A Smiling Granny

Remember when Emma, Brittany, and I took a girls' trip to Storyland in June? Well, I finally scrapbooked those photos. I used a layout which is probably becoming quite familiar to you, as I seem to use it for almost every occasion now. If I took less photos of Emma I wouldn't need to use this layout. But we all know that's never going to happen! 
(CTMH Daydream, Creme Brulee, Blush)

On another note: Brittany received a call on Tuesday informing her that a space had opened up for Emma to attend pre-school at our neighborhood elementary school. We both took Emma there yesterday so she could check it out before I drop her off on Tuesday. She'll be going Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She was very apprehensive at first, but she warmed up in no time and loved it! She didn't want to leave, she skipped all the way to the car, and she can't wait until Tuesday to go back. I am really excited for her~she'll get to socialize with lots of other kids and she's going to LOVE school. I'm happy for her. Really, I am. Happy for me? Not so much. I know, I know, I should be thrilled to get two mornings a week back to myself. I may even use that time to write the next Great American Novel (I wish) or at the very least some more Zamboni books. But instead, I'm feeling sad. I am really going to miss my little BFF.  I'm still going to see her every day. I'll be dropping her off and picking her up from school every day. I'll still be having breakfast, lunch, and nap time with her every day. I'll still be playing Barbies and Polly Pockets and Calico Critters with her every day. I'll still be stealing a kazillion hugs and kisses from her every day. But now I have to share her for 5 hours a week. Harumph (said with my very best impression of a four-year-old having a tantrum, complete with crossed arms, a stomping foot, and a HUGE pout, LOL). 

Yesterday, I saw this quote as I was perusing an online stamping store: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." 

So if you're looking for me on Tuesday morning, I'll be at Starbucks consoling myself  with a Pumpkin Spice latte. Just look for the red-haired granny with a HUGE smile on her face.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Sign of the Times

Emma and I were playing "Princess Dress Up," a game Emma invented. We dress up in princessy attire and dance with our invisible-yet-totally-real princes. She wanted me to wear one of her dresses, but when I explained that they are too little for me she replied, "Well, now, that's just a real shame!" These photos didn't turn out well because of the basement lighting, but really any photo of Emma is a perfect photo. :)
When I told her that she looked beyond beautiful, she said, "I need to text my fairy godmother and tell her what a fabulous job she did on my dress!" A sign of the times: a four-year-old knows how to text. I think she's going to cure cancer tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 12, 2011

I'm a Little Bit Crafty, He's a Little Bit Rock and Roll

I know, I know. It's kind of embarrassing that I made a word play on a Donny &Marie song. Blame my mother. It's not my fault that I grew up with that show. She's the one who gave birth to me when she did and then forced, yes FORCED me to watch that show! (Ha ha, Mom~I'm almost 50 and I still blame everything on my mother! Just kidding!)

I haven't posted anything crafty in a long while, so here you go. These are two layouts of Father's Day. Since most of the photos have Emma in them (shocking, I know), I made one layout for her and one for us. You may remember that I used SU's Nautical Expedition DP and 
The Open Sea stamp set to make Father's Day cards. I used the same supplies for these layouts.
Emma told me she likes them except for the fact that they're "too boyish and I like pink better." So I made her a pinkalicious layouts instead using SU's Cheerful Treat DP. 
Emma really likes the doilies I made with a die from MFT. She also really likes the word doily. She thinks it sounds silly and keeps asking me if that's really what the doily is called or if I just made up that word. I told her that it's a real word but she wants to know how I know that. I explained to her that my real name is Merriam Webster. That earned a puzzled look like a dog makes, you know when a dog tilts its head to one side and twitches its ears. Then she said, "Giff, you are sooooo joking me. Nobody is named Merriam!" Ha ha!

Hope your week is off to a great start! And if you have that Donny & Marie song playing in your head all day, you can just blame my mother. 

Love you, Mom! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggedy Jig

The last day of our cruise was a sea day. And wouldn't you know it~it was SUNNY and DRY the whole day! Well, at least we had dried out by then, but only to get wet again. We spent the whole day at the pool. Emma literally played in it for five hours! But we were so thankful for the sunshine that we didn't mind. We just kept taking turns with her until our skin resembled prunes, and even then it was hard to get her to leave. Here she is chillaxin' with her favorite male peeps.
Emma is so stylin' with her mama's sunglasses.
This one makes me laugh soooo hard! She totally mastered the I'm-going-to-float-in-the-pool-all-day-like-a-princess float.
Can you tell that she was sooooo unhappy to get out of the pool?
But after a nap she was ready to rumble.
Here are a few shots of King's Wharf as we pulled out of port. Bye bye, Bermuda. :(
I love the colors of the ocean.
We gave Emma $20 to spend on the trip. She bought a pink and purple dolphin. Her stuffed dog is her beloved buddy, Jack. One of Brittany's friends gave Jack to Emma for her 2nd birthday. From the moment she opened that gift, Jack has literally been at her side 24/7. In fact, she is so attached to Jack that I bought a spare one and keep it hidden in my closet just in case the unthinkable happens and she loses him. Of course, she's too smart to be tricked into thinking that it's the same exact Jack, but maybe it would be enough to avert a major meltdown. Yeah, probably not. 
I bought this hand-painted teacup before we left Bermuda. Yes, I know I can no longer drink tea, but it looks pretty on my china hutch. Besides, I am allowed to have a wee bit of coffee in the morning (believe it or not it's less acidic than tea, even herbal tea) and who says I can't have coffee in a tea cup?
I forgot to tell you that on Wednesday night, Rick and the kids went back into Hamilton to attend a street fair. I stayed behind with Emma as it was going to be much too late for her. We snuggled and cuddled and played games and read books then crashed long before everyone else returned. But my sweetheart brought me this cedar box. He actually watched the man lathing similar ones. Isn't it puuurrrty?
Here are a few portraits we had taken. The photographer kept quacking like a duck in a failed attempt to make Emma smile. I think the quacking annoyed her. She kind of smirked instead of smiled in these photos. Oh well...we'll never forget the quacking, LOL.
She smiled in this photo, maybe because the photographer wasn't quacking at her. LOL
Emma begged to have her photo taken with the dolphin. 
The weather wasn't ideal, but it certainly didn't ruin the trip. The only bummer was that we never saw a beautiful tropical sunset. Guess that means we'll have to return. Oh Bermuda, how I love thee!