Saturday, February 21, 2015

American Girl Dolls

The girls have never been into dolls (other than Barbie and Monster High).  Ever.  One day about 4 years ago I got an American Girl doll catalog in the mail, flipped through it, saw the prices and thought to myself, "good thing they're not into dolls!".

Fast forward a few years, and all of their friends started getting American Girl dolls and suddenly they wanted one too, of course!  So we thought about having them ask Santa for one last Christmas but decided it would be better if we actually took them to the store and let them pick one out, so instead of getting one for Christmas, we held off until their birthday, which is next Saturday.  But since their birthday party is that day, we went to the AG store today.  Paul's mom came with us and we met my dad and stepmom there, so it was a family affair.

Kayley got the Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas.  My dad and stepmom bought her the matching outfit, and some other clothes and accessories.

Olivia got #27 and named her Katie, although she might change her name now.  She got several outfits from the grandparents as well as a matching T-shirt.  They had so much fun, and after all the shopping we went to lunch at Claim Jumper.  Great day!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February Goals

A little late, but here are my goals for February:

  • Lose 4.6 pounds
  • Read 1.75 books (finish one I started in January and read one more)
  • Make it to the gym (or walk/run outside) 3 times (3 times in a whole month is pathetic but it's just SO hard to find time these days)
I sucked at my January goals, so maybe February will be better.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Father-daughter Dance and Whirlwind Weekends

There just is no such thing as a nice, relaxing weekend anymore. Obviously, with kids they were few and far between anyway, but now that I'm working every weekend is jam-packed with errands, cleaning and cooking.  And at the end of every weekend there is a super long list of things I meant to do but just never found time.  We joined the Y about 3 weeks ago and I have yet to go work out.  I keep meaning to do a weekly meal plan every Sunday (or Saturday) but always run out of time.  We desperately need a new mattress but can't find time to shop for one, and the list goes on and on.  Then there's the girls' birthday party coming up on the 28th, and several family birthdays in March, plus a few stints selling Girl Scout cookies at a grocery store and so on.  And the girls aren't even in soccer or softball or anything involving weekend games/practices (they have gymnastics on Monday nights).  I can't imagine what weekends would be like if they were.

Here's a rundown of our weekend.

Saturday I got up at 8:15.  The girls had been up for awhile but just watched TV.  I got my coffee and sat down to watch a little HGTV and was joined by Olivia.  Then I started cleaning (dusting, vacuuming, litter box) while Paul made breakfast.  After breakfast I took a shower and got ready and we all ran a quick errand and by the time we got back it was lunch time.  The girls were supposed to go to a birthday party at 3:00, but the Father-daughter dance was at 5:30 and the party was a good half hour away, we still needed a gift and Kayley still needed shoes for the dance.  I emailed the host and said something came up and we couldn't make it after all (I had already let her know that we'd have to leave early for the dance), and we left in search of shoes.

Got the shoes, went home and got ready for the dance.

Olivia had to get new shoes, too, and they were red.  Yep.

Kayley refused to be in this picture. 
Sunday we got up around 8 (girls again were up earlier and watched TV), had breakfast and got ready and left at 10:15 to go up to MV to visit mom and then have lunch with the rest of my family because my niece is home for a few weeks from an extended sailing trip.  After lunch we hit the dollar store because we don't have one close to where we live (we mostly bought birthday party supplies), then went to Costco and Fred Meyer on our way back home.  Once we got home, put all the groceries away, had dinner and cleaned up it was almost bed time.

Now every one is in bed, I'm posting this and then I'll probably watch a little TV then go to bed.  There is tons more cleaning/organizing/projects, etc. that I could do but it's 10:00 and I'm tired.