Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ladybug Turned 7!!!

Hard to believe how quickly time is flying by.  We were in China almost 7 years ago, and now my "baby" is turning 7 years old.  The Ladybug is so happy to no longer be toddler (though I am really missing that phase with her,, and yes I know she passed that phase a few years ago), and moving very quickly into becoming a young lady.

At seven years old she loves school, is reading incredibly well, loves watching Doctor Who with the family, enjoys time by herself (away from her sister), enjoys being a tween with the silly attitude that comes with it, plays on her (dad's) IPod, is totally into peace signs, tie-dye, and sparkles, and thinks that her family is the greatest thing in the world.  I love this age, though I do long for the time when she was younger.  She is such a studious little girl who really enjoys school.  She is a kid who loves to make her family happy.  She is amazing.

For her birthday, Daddy and I decided the best gift for her would be something to help with her studies.  Her very own desk.  Daddy was crossing his fingers with this gift, feeling that it could be hit-or-miss with whether she liked it or not.  However, his worry was useless.  She LOVES her new desk!

The Ladybug did enjoy a fun party with her friends.  We all went bowling and enjoyed a fun afternoon of falling pins, pizza, cake, and presents. 

The Butterfly trying her hand at bowling.

Yummm, pizza (click to see larger images)!

Time for cake!

(A friend of the Ladybug's who looks an awful lot like my niece).



The ladybug's 7th birthday was such fun!  The girls all seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly.  I still just cannot believe that she is 7!!!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Winter Finally Arrived

We may live in a place that boasts cold temperatures during the winter.  And, most people think that we get a ton of snow because of the sub-freezing temps.  However, that is just not true.  Our winter landscape is usually brown and dull.  We are lucky to get one good snowfall each year, and it usually happens during the Spring.  This year was no different.  However, rather than a few inches, we were walloped with a continuous blizzard for 48 hours.  The result, over two feet of snow and two whole days off from school and work.  We were happily house-bound during that time and are now trying to dig our way out.

The snow that drifted under our awning.  Over a foot on the railing.

Daddy starting to shovel after day one of snow during a slight break in the storm.

My Ladybug flashing a peace sign.

Helping Daddy shovel snow.

My beautiful Butterfly getting ready to play outside on day two.

The girls playing outside.

A Butterfly in the snow.

Of course, what is a snow day without a little fun indoors.  Painting our fingernails was the perfect treat for a relaxing, fun snow day(s)!