June 01 Watching Daddy mow the lawn. | June 02 Chillin’ while the tires get rotated. | June 03 Gymnastics Wednesday – Working on balance on the beam.. because we all know that genetics are working against her. | June 04 Sloane’s new sand and water table for her birthday. Brian and I MADE this. | June 05 Sloane was explaining to Grace that “you don’t do that,” at dinner. Watching out for each other. | June 06 Birthday party painting.
June 07 We know how to road trip in this family. | June 08 The days after we get home from a road trip are always a little more calm and quiet than usual. | June 09 Signing a birthday card for Grandma. | June 10 Gymnastics Wednesday – Bear-crawls on the parallel bars. | June 11 Too much traveling and too much fun = nap for Grace. | June 12 “Mommy, can I build a rocket ship?” YES, you may. | June 13 Perimeter control – be very afraid, bad guys.
June 14 “It’s me – Gracie!”. | June 15 No words to describe Lulu sometimes. | June 16 We built an aquarium-in-a-jar for homeschool. | June 17 Gymnastics Wednesday – Straddle Jumps on the big trampolines. | June 18 Unplanned road trip = passing out hard.. | June 19 Grace never had a Cozy Coupe – when she was old enough for it, she was already (almost) too big for them. That does not stop her from still trying. | June 20 Playing video games with Grandma.
June 21 Noisy neighbors interrupting a VERY necessary nap makes for a long and slow waking up process. | June 22 Sven is ALWAYS on guard. | June 23 When your child plays on the playground that YOU played on when you were her age. | June 24 If not for the uncontrollable giggling coming from this pile, I would worry that they were fighting. | June 25 I was gifted this beautiful blue/black orchid. I do NOT have a good track record with orchids. Let’s see how this goes. | June 26 I love when I find toys posed like this. | June 27 Went to see Inside Out. Took a picture with the minions.
June 28 Ocean fun continues with water beads and miniature sea creatures. | June 29 Of course I bought the paper towels for Grace to play with. Why do YOU buy paper towels?. | June 30 Working very diligently on her workbook. WHY does she look like a upper elementary school kid?!?!.
Here’s May 2015:
May 01 Hopscotch. | May 02 My two alert guard dogs – note how they are looking in DIFFERENT directions.
May 03 Our Amaryllises from last year were in full-bloom again. | May 04 Our garden is doing AWESOME. | May 05 Lulu likes to make herself comfortable. | May 06 Gymnastics Wednesday – working on stretches. | May 07 Troll over the bridge. | May 08 We always need an ice cream break. | May 09 Ready for yard work with daddy.
May 10 Mother’s day selfie. | May 11 When the three-year-old asks to go to the “green place where you get a salad,” you go to the green-place-where-you-get-a-salad. Salata is one of our favorite places anymore. | May 12 When you get new rain boots, you HAVE to test them out. After every rain. | May 13 Gymnastics Wednesday – Perfecting a pike on the bar. | May 14 Lulu approves of the new sofa/love seat. Phew. | May 15 I did it. Grace got her first haircut – courtesy of her scissor-happy mom. | May 16 We supported Brian running in the Renaissance Run and Grace got to run through the color section, too.
May 17 Who needs a pool. | May 18 Dentist appointment. Did not go so well. Had to make a second appointment to finish. | May 19 Hera does NOT approve of 2 (of three) weeks of rain every day. | May 20 Gymnastics Wednesday – She LOVES jumping into the pit, now. She refused to do it for so long. | May 21 Twenty-something miles from home, just getting to the library, and we have this storm roll in. It rolled through in the 30 minutes that we were inside, but then I drove through it twice due to traffic. | May 22 Quiet from the kitchen and I turn around to her deep in concentration (all with her own, approved materials and tools). | May 23 This little guy lives near our trash cans – which are just outside our master bathroom window. Just about every night I see him hunting his dinner.
May 24 First fruit – okay, vegetable – from our garden. Not too shabby. | May 25 Memorial Day – we ate at a BBQ restaurant and grilled hot dogs and had fresh fruit for dinner. We don’t try to hard on the summer holidays. | May 26 Round two at the dentist went better and they were able to complete all of the work. She was not happy, but she was back to normal quicker this time. | May 27 Gymnastics Wednesday – Flips on the bar. | May 28 The Troll Bridge is THE place to be. | May 29 Working on fluid dynamics – studying water and oil. | May 30 Freebirds as a family. Grace’s deconstructed burrito was a hit.
May 31 Grace’s self-portrait with Sloane.
Here’s April 2015:
Apr 01 Gymnastics Wednesday – Stretch Jumps on the big trampolines. | Apr 02 At a playground with a real metal merry-go-round. It brings back a LOT of memories for me. | Apr 03 Painting Easter eggs. | Apr 04 Bunny Brunch at our church. She visited and hugged the Easter Bunny four times.
Apr 05 Happy Easter! | Apr 06 She wanted to wear her ears on our trip to Target. I made MANY people smile. | Apr 07 Grace’s Hot Dog Truck. | Apr 08 Gymnastics Wednesday – Jump, Grace!. | Apr 09 ROUGH night. Grace and I both had severe allergies this week and it peaked for Grace this night – she woke herself up coughing and when I was trying to get her medicine to help her, she coughed so hard she vomited all over herself and her bed. Quick hose-off in the bath, new pjs, and new bedding fixed the mess. Two hours of snuggling in the rocking chair helped the rest. | Apr 10 Made it to Grandma and Grandpa’s for Uncle Kevin’s surprise party weekend. Brian did just fine impersonating a jungle gym for Grace and Sloane. | Apr 11 At the surprise party – Grace ate the green frosting grass, asked me to lick the chocolate frosting off, and then ate the cupcake herself. Okay, then.
Apr 12 Too much partying with the family makes for a quite road trip home. | Apr 13 Playing hide and seek with Brian. | Apr 14 Out of nowhere, one day Grace brought one of her white chairs into the living room and set up her own desk. | Apr 15 Gymnastics Wednesday – getting worn out on the big trampolines. | Apr 16 Knick knack paddy whack on my toe. | Apr 17 Three-year-old selfie. | Apr 18 When you are too big for your tent, you make do.
Apr 19 Lulu’s very rough life. | Apr 20 How I make it up to Grace after a long day of a lot of errands. | Apr 21 The Amaryllis that we planted last year, came back this year with a vengeance. Beautiful blooms from all 12 plants this spring. | Apr 22 Gymnastics Wednesday – side-by-side (pre)hand stands with her buddy Abigail. | Apr 23 Brian got food poisoning or the flu. Hera was there to help comfort him. | Apr 24 Bonus photo from gymnastics. | Apr 25 Hands in the fountain at the top of the Mount at Houston Garden Center.
Apr 26 Chess. | Apr 27 We started piano lessons this week. | Apr 28 Where there is water, there is Grace. | Apr 29 Gymnastics Wednesday – Flips on the bar. It is hilarious watching Grace get her LONG legs through. | Apr 30 Rhythm sticks at story time.
Here’s March 2015:
Mar 01 The artist’s area – Impressionism and finger painting. | Mar 02 Watercolors like Monet. | Mar 03 Lunch at IKEA. | Mar 04 Gymnastics Wednesday – Back rolls. | Mar 05 Interactive story time at the library. | Mar 06 Road trip stop in Jackson Square, New Orleans. | Mar 07 Road trip day 2 calls for stickers.
Mar 08 Working on a honeybee. | Mar 09 Visiting Legoland Discovery Center | Mar 10 Helping Aunt Melissa teach AP Geometry | Mar 11 Visiting Fernbank Museum of Natural History | Mar 12 Visiting Georgia Aquarium | Mar 13 Road trip back through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana | Mar 14 Road trip day 2 – Grace and Sven are happy to be almost home
Mar 15 Necessary break during a vital grocery run | Mar 16 Peek-a-boo! | Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum | Mar 18 Gymnastics Wednesday – perfecting the Arabesque | Mar 19 Very Hungry Caterpillar Day at library story time | Mar 20 Lulu knows how to deal with a rainy day | Mar 21 Grace makes friends wherever she goes – “watching” Brian’s soccer game
Mar 22 Happy Birthday to Mommy meant a new sofa! Grace made friends while she waited. | Mar 23 Playing at the “red park” on a beautiful spring day | Mar 24 Aah! Send Help to the Houston Museum of Natural Science! | Mar 25 Gymnastics Wednesday – practicing the Pike position | Mar 26 Moo-ving Day at story time. She wouldn’t stop moo-ving long enough to take a clear photo. | Mar 27 Lulu is part cat. | Mar 28 Brian’s soccer team won the whole (two-weekend) tournament!
Mar 29 Practicing her footwork with daddy | Mar 30 “Beware of the Troll” | Mar 31 Photo shoot at Renzi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for Easter
Two months in a row!!
Here’s February 2015:
Feb 01 In Sunday School, we used “Monster Play Dough” (as Grace called it) to talk about how things/we can change. | Feb 02 Grace has gotten REALLY good at tracing her own hands. | Feb 03 “Here, Nunu – I took your picture! How do you like it?” | Feb 04 First day of gymnastics. She LOVES it. | Feb 05 Waiting at the airport for Papa to arrive. | Feb 06 There’s always time for ice cream/frozen yogurt. | Feb 07 Kisses!
Feb 08 Impromptu xylophone concert. | Feb 09 Big money!! | Feb 10 “Look, Mommy!” | Feb 11 Gymnastics Wednesday – front roll | Feb 12 “This heart means love!” – valentines at library story time | Feb 13 Valentine’s flowers for me! | Feb 14 Happy Valentine’s Day!
Feb 15 Queen of the Mountain! | Feb 16 Can you hear the tapping foot? | Feb 17 Mmmm… ketchup | Feb 18 Gymnastics Wednesday – Arabesque | Feb 19 Paying close attention at story time | Feb 20 How do YOU spend a rainy day? | Feb 21 Sailing with Tigger
Feb 22 Dancing in the living room | Feb 23 Letter matching tree | Feb 24 During a door install, Hera and Lulu were “stuck” in the master bedroom – with toys, snacks, and a king-sized bed | Feb 25 Road trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s! | Feb 26 Corn dogs for dinner at the sushi restaurant | Feb 27 Riding the carousel with Grandma and Sloane | Feb 28 Driving home to Houston in snow, freezing rain, slush, and sunshine. I love Texas.
I ACTUALLY did it!
I completed a Photo-a-Day project for a whole month! (I tried several times last year and failed miserably.)
Here’s January 2015:
Jan 01 I made this shirt for Grace to wear for the holidays. | Jan 02 Blocks! I really think Grace will love math and engineering in school. | Jan 03 One of her current favorite things EVER is to play in the water in the sink.
Jan 04 Playing Hungry Hungry Hippos. | Jan 05 This is how Lulu faces Mondays. | Jan 06 Jam session on the xylophone. | Jan 07 Every morning after Brian leaves for work, the dogs climb into bed with me – it does NOT surprise me why it is so hard for me to get up in the mornings. | Jan 08 We’ve started attending Story Time at the Library every week. Grace loves it. | Jan 09 Brian suggested we go to the mall to let Grace play in the play area – because she was getting a little stir crazy at home because of the cold and rain. | Jan 10 On a trip to HEB (the grocery store), Grace wanted to “put coins in the machine.” She now has a prize pig.
Jan 11 Sunday morning video games. | Jan 12 Lazy Monday morning. | Jan 13 THERE IS A SQUIRREL IN OUR YARD!!!! | Jan 14 We found this amazing wooden puzzle at 5 Below – it has 5 puzzles in it and Grace can now do them all on her own. | Jan 15 The theme at Story Time was penguins. | Jan 16 “Here Pooh, have some orange juice.” | Jan 17 When Grace is having fun in the living room and Mom is in the kitchen, we LOVE each other (they NEVER share space like this, unless under duress.)
Jan 18 See how rough our Sundays are? | Jan 19 This time Lulu was just rubbing it in. | Jan 20 When it’s 70 degrees in January, you spend the week at the parks. Also, the best place to play in the sand is in the sand volleyball pit. | Jan 21 “Mommy, I want fish for lunch!” If she asks for a protein, she gets that protein. | Jan 22 Story time: It was a yucky weather day and all the other kids were shy and/or cranky – only Grace and Jude wanted to really participate. | Jan 23 Finally changed out a frame with Grace’s 3-year-old pictures. Had to take a moment to miss the little, round, 1-year-old. | Jan 24 Houston Auto Show – Grace test-driving her own Jeep.
Jan 25 Under-the-table-art in progress. | Jan 26 “But, Mommy! I not need a nap!” *BIG yawn*….. this photo was taken 3 minutes later. | Jan 27 Again in the sand volleyball pit – seeing how fast she can run on sand. | Jan 28 Cranky Mommy and Cranky Grace? Best solution: Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. | Jan 29 Library Story Time – Grace got to meet (One-Eyed) Jack the Owl from Friends of Texas Wildlife. | Jan 30 Open House at ASI Gymnastics. | Jan 31 We went to the Library’s 10 year Anniversary party – Grace can’t NOT get her face painted – we waited in line for an hour.