Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Oscars 2015

We had our annual Oscars Party last Sunday.

The girls dressed for the occasion, I did not.

It's hard to feel fancy when you spend the day shoveling snow and breaking icicles from your roof by hanging out a window and using an old field hockey stick.  It was six o'clock on a Sunday evening and my fleecy pajama pants had been calling my name since five.

Josie wore an old halter dress of mine and borrowed one of my necklaces.   She wore some sort of American Girl doll lace thingy in her hair.

Georgia wore her own dress - a recent purchase from Target - and she curled her hair.

They both wore heels, stolen from my closet.  The heels (something I would have probably not allowed had I been privy to their outfit choice) ended up being a great call since the dog loved following behind the girls as they clomped along from room to room and I got a whole hour of peace.

One of my children really enjoys having her photo taken.

We mostly watched the Red Carpet footage.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I'd only seen one of the nominated movies this year (Grand Budapest Hotel) and I only saw that a few weeks ago on Netflix.

The girls were easily distracted from the television.  Pippa Middleton got them to play for awhile.

There was a great deal of zooming and chasing.

Eventually, things calmed down and we watched the awards until about nine o'clock when it was time to go to bed.

It wasn't our best Oscars Party, but it was still fun.  We'll do better next year.  I promise to dress up and I'll do appetizers and mocktails.  And maybe I'll get Gordy to put on a tux.  

hee hee.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Pippa Middleton Update

Although the rest of you might be tired of seeing pug pictures, my sister Elizabeth recently told me that she has not seen enough. 

She will not feel that way after reading this post.

Since bringing Pippa Middleton home from the breeders, she has endured three baths.  

She's not overly fond of the water, but oh!  does she love the towel-dry.

She is still a little more bite-y than we would like.

The biting is more playful and teething in nature and never out of anger, but it's annoying nonetheless.

I managed to snap a picture of Georgia getting a cheek-bite from Pippa:

Pippa loves the children, but she's not terribly fond of being held during playtime.  She seems to have no idea that pugs can't fly and you have to hold her tightly when she starts to squirm.

She's a happy little pug puppy.

We haven't really figured out what she likes to play with yet.  She seems to like a socked foot the best, but since that game always ends with harsh words and a scolding, she will eventually opt for ball or a heart-shaped nyla bone we bought her.  A friend suggested that we tie a stuffed animal to a long string and that was a huge success.  Gordy calls it Pippa's Yak Yoyo.

Pippa Middleton loves the game "Four Feet and a Mouth" and the girls taught her to sing.  She'll howl along with them as they sing and the other day, immediately after Josie had finished a loud rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Pippa Middleton immediately added "Whoo Whoo Whoo."

It was adorable.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Random February Photos

I know February isn't over yet, but I thought I'd do a random photo post anyway.  I never showed you the Valentine's Box that Josie made for school.  Isn't that adorable?  And after this snowy winter, I'm pretty sure that we all need a hug.  

And here are photos of Josie's finished Valentine's Day crayons that she made for her class.

I know I showed you the finished crayons, but here is what the finished crayons looked on the Valentines.  Each one said "Valentine, you color my world."  

They were very cute.  

Josie got pretty jazzed up about this year's Valentine's Day celebration.  One Saturday, she disappeared into the basement and came back up with a homemade fascinator that she had created from a headband, an old American Girl Doll hat and some flowers.  

She wore the fascinator along with a pink and red outfit to school for her class celebration.

I took photos before she left for school.

Here she is on her own.

And here she is with Pippa Middleton:


And finally, I have one last photo to share.

This month, Josie had another poem to memorize and recite to her class.  She chose a Shell Silverstein poem about a witch who had lost her magical powers and for the actual performance, she wore a witch's cape and hat.

This photo was taken during a breakfast rehersal, but you get the idea.

Today is the last day of the girls' winter vacation.  We didn't do too much because of all the snow and the ice dams, and the fact that Henry still had school, but we did get our nails done one day, we had lots of play dates and today Josie and I are taking her friend Eva to see an Omni Max movie about hump back whales at the science museum.  

Georgia had a soccer tournament last night (they won) and an all-club practice this morning and Henry had two hockey games this weekend.  I didn't attend a single one.  

We got another four inches of snow last night and then some rain.  Right now it's snowing out but I've been promised some sun later this afternoon.

So far the damage to the house from this winter consists of:  a badly water-stained dining room ceiling (which will probably have to be re-drywalled since dry wall molds easily), a similarly stained mudroom ceiling and the water-ruined, buckled hard wood floors in our guest room (above the dining room) and in our master bedroom.  We are hoping that this is the end, although we've heard of another storm approaching New England for next weekend.

yeah winter!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

One Of The Rare "Sunny" Days

Between foots four and five of snow, I brought my camera outside with Pippa Middleton for her noontime "walk."  I put the word "walk" in quotations because it was way too cold to be outside for long.  I think on the day in question, it was a balmy six degrees outside.  Even with her pretty pink fleecy coat, Pippa Middleton was not happy with the temperature  - and even less impressed with the large quantities of salt that the city had spread on our street - and we didn't stay out too long.

I wanted to get a few pictures of the snow drifts and our property so we could remember these past few weeks.  

I started with the path to our side door:

There are actually plants and bushes under those snow piles.  I'm sure they are flattened like pancakes from the weight of all that snow, but there are still there, nonetheless.

The path to our side door is the only available option at the moment.  The stairs to our front door are completely covered with snow.

On this day, the salt was working and you could actually see strips of pavement on our road and driveway:

That is no longer the case, sadly.

The weirdest thing is seeing the trees which are covered with snow up to their branches.

Here is a photo of our dogwood tree - a tree that is much taller than this photo would lead you to believe.

Under all this snow, it looks more like a bush than a tree.

The same with our Francolinia tree:

I told you about how hard it is to exit our driveway (and our street for that matter) because of the snow mounds on either side.  Well, here is some proof:

Every time we leave our driveway, we have to just hope there isn't someone coming up that hill on the left.  Luckily for us, not many people are brave enough to attempt to make it up our steep, mostly unplowed hill.  I certainly wouldn't, if I didn't have to.

Is it weird that I'm jealous of my friends who live on flat streets?  

In a few minutes, we are going out to start the shoveling / plowing process after this latest storm.  There are 16 new inches of snow to be "removed" and we have to try to clean more snow off our roof.  

We have also been making trails in our back garden for Pippa to use.  This hasn't been the easiest winter to have a puppy, although to her credit, Pippa hasn't really minded the snow.  

Imagine her surprise to find out that there's grass in our backyard!  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Playing In The Sand (Saand)

With all these blizzards and all these snow days, we've been stuck in our house.  We've watched a lot of tv, we've played more than our share of computer games and we've eaten a whole lot of junk food.  But we've also spent a lot of time making sand castles.  

Martha, did you really mean to say sand castles?

Yes, I did.  But let me clarify.  I'm actually talking about Saand Castles.  Josie received a few jars of Saand from her grandparents for Christmas and it ends up they were a perfect gift for this house-bound winter.

Saand is sand mixed with silicone and it molds really well while never drying out.  

There is something very soothing about playing with sand inside your house during a miserable snowstorm (evidence of which is out the window, behind Josie's right shoulder).

We all got involved with the saand play.  

And it helped take our mind off the snow-shoveling that was in our future.  

I spread my sand out in a tray and thought about putting it on the floor and walking around on top of it for a while, to pretend I was in the Carribean.  

And then I remembered that we have a puppy on the floor who is determined to taste her way through life and introducing green sand to her stomach is probably not the smartest idea.

A girl can still dream, though, can't I?

So thank you, Grandma and Grandpa.  Thank you for a few minutes of peaceful daydreams.  We needed them!

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