Thursday, March 17, 2011


Elizabeth has "Princess Ballet" class every Monday afternoon. Ashley tags along and plays in the toddler play area just outside the ballet room. But, please...don't tell ASHLEY that she is not a ballerina--or, in Ashley-speak: Ba-ba-rina!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ashley's Turtle Party

Yesterday was Ashley's 2nd birthday! (I know! Can you believe it?!?!) To celebrate, Elizabeth suggested that we throw a "Turtle Party" in her honor! This, because "turtle" is Elizabeth's favored term of endearment for her little sister.

A precious idea, really...if only the party supply companies were on board! Seriously! Unless you are looking for heroic (menacing?) Turtles of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety, or the always-precious, but much-too-sophisticated-for-a-toddler designs offered by Lilly Pulitzer, you are pretty much out of luck!

So, we had to get a little creative and go to a combination of ETSY (for cute personalized turtle labels)...
Michael's (for wooden cut-out turtles, pink buckets, and pink grosgrain ribbon)...

Party City (for plain pink plates and printed paisley napkins)...

and (for the turtle cupcake idea!)...
to piece together "the look" for the big event!

Here's how it turned out all together!

OH!...and the Little Turtle is wearing a turtle tee courtesy of BabyGap! :-)

Our very sweet next door neighbors, Tiffany & Braden, joined us (Mommy, Daddy, Elizabeth, Grandma, and Grandpa) to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Guest of Honor and watch her (and very excited Big Sister!) open all her presents! HAPPY DAY!
Special Note to Grammy: sure is looking like there may be hope for at least ONE grand daughter to follow in your Delta Zeta footsteps?!?! No??? ;-) Somewhere, Mary Collins is surely looking down with a smile!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Secret Park

After naps, we met up with CariAnne (Mommy's friend) and her three kids, Elias, Gregory, and Arabella at a park. be fair, Arabella was not really participating in the park escapades, as she is only 3 months old! But Elias and Gregory are approximately the same age as Elizabeth and Ashley. In fact, while Elizabeth and Elias are in the same preschool class, Ashley and Gregory are in the same nursery class at MOPS!

At any rate, we originally met at Lincoln Park on Great Falls. But, seeing that part of the play area was flooded from the rains we had on Monday, we decided to caravan to another park that Carianne knew about.

Their family nicknamed it "The Secret Park" because, though it is located on Idylwood, (a major road in Falls Church), surprisingly, no one seems to know about it! And, it is AWESOME! It is a fully-fenced-in, beautifully-shaded area surrounded by huge trees! It has a wonderful playscape with several slides, a tunnel, a cool (and safe) shaky balance bridge, swings, a teeter totter, a tire swing, and...a MERRY-GO-ROUND! (Not the kind with horses...but the old-school kind where you run along side it until you get it going superfast and then hop on and whirl around until you're crazy dizzy!)

And, as promised, the park was EMPTY!

And the kids had a BLAST!

Elizabeth peering out at me through the "lookout" on the playscape!
Elias playing hide-n-seek in the tunnel slide!

Gregory showing Ashley how it's done!

Ashley with her tongue out at-the-ready!

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Check out the static!

Elizabeth announcing that she wants to go on the "marriage-go-round"! LOL
(Side note: Is it a little bit wrong that this is one of a few phrases she has stuck in her mind that is so adorably incorrect that I hesitate to correct her?)

And here's a video showing the four of them taking turns zooming down the slide!

I see many visits to this park in our future!

Nap-Time Serenade

This afternoon, the girls went down for naps at their normal time of 1pm. At about 2:40 (a little earlier than her 2-hour napping duration), I heard singsong sounds coming from Ashley's room.
"B-I-N-G-O...B-I-N-G-O...B-I-N-G-O and Bingo Bingo Name-O"
So cute!
As she was singing, I could hear the sound of her plantation shutters flapping open and closed in rhythm to the song!

I grabbed the camera and started up the stairs...but as soon as she heard my footsteps, the singing stopped. I stood outside her door for a few seconds with the camera set to video mode so that I could be ready to record at a moment's notice. But the only sound I heard after that was the mattress squeaking as she rolled around on it.

So, I opened the door, and this is what happened next...