Monday, July 18, 2011

Mia's End of School Program

At the end of the school year Mia and her classmates put on a little performance for their parents.  They sang songs and danced routines that they had been working on the second half of the year.  These programs always make me a bit emotional because you realize how much your child is growing. And you think back on the year and feel saddened at how fast it went by. She went to preschool for 2 days a week last year and this year we will bump it up to 3 days a week.  She is so smart and learns so much in the short time that she is there (mornings only) and I can just imagine how much more she will learn and grow this next year! 

Here are some pictures from the program.

This is Mia's very best friend Isabella

And here comes Mia

Getting ready to perform and she is looking for me. Mia is right in front, 5th from the left.

She found me!
Mia with her wonderful teacher Mrs. Moore

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Here is a video of some of her performance (3 min). Sorry about it being sideways!

And here are the girls making some treats for their classmates! They were the monkey group so they made little monkey cookies.

Gabriella insisted on eating everything she could get her hands on so we gave her some cheese balls to occupy her while the cookies were finished.

Check back tomorrow for more pics!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Making Memories Every Day

Well Shawn finally took the plunge and shaved his head.  It took me a couple of days to get used to it but I honestly don't notice anymore.  He's my wonderfully handsome husband as usual!

We were blessed to have our grandparents from Texas visit us for a whole week. We look forward to their visits because they are always such a joy to be around.  They remind us of where we want to be as a couple in the next 50 years.  The kids love having them here too.  It's tough when it's time for them to leave because they spend such quality time with the kids that we really feel an emptiness when they leave. 

Our very first ride on the Metro in downtown D.C. - Christian was so excited and loved every minute of it.

One of the things I really wanted to do was a little sewing with Grandma and she was happy to oblige.  We went to the fabric store, picked out a pattern and fabric.  Then the next day we sewed 4 pair of knit shorts for the girls.  The pattern wasn't the best so it took some tweaking but we finally got it done.  While it did take a while I had such a great time just chatting and listening to her wonderful sewing tips.  A memory which I will truly cherish forever.  I don't have a picture of the shorts because honestly the girls started wearing them right away and I never got to take a picture.  Since the girls are napping right now I will have to get a picture of them later.
Celebrating Shawn's Birthday!

Gabriella still likes taking her pants off and now the diaper comes off too! Believe me we have walked into some terrible messes in her crib

They are so goofy but I love this picture because it shows how much they really connect with each other. 

They are so much fun!

Mia has a boo boo and is very upset

Ahhh Grandpa made it all better

And now Gabriella wants a kiss too

Kisses all around for everyone!

Helping Gabriella up after a fall

And remember this?

After a good cleaning, dismantling, and spray paint

Here they are right back up on the front of the house

Here are two of them on my porch along with the spring wreath I made last week.  The other two lights are on each side of the garage.  These lights run about $30 each brand new but I was able to give them a whole new look for only $10 for all 4!

I'm not done spray painting yet!  Here is another brass chandelier that needs an update.  We are not doing black this time though.  Check back soon to see how we update this!

And can't wait to show you what I did with some old cereal boxes and some fabric that I had on hand. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Easter Pics....Very Late I know!

Just wanted to post a few pictures from Easter. I know it was quite a while ago but we've been pretty busy here in the Lafferty household with family visiting and lots of projects!  We got to spend the day with some wonderful friends of ours and the day was just perfect!

 Gotta love that little frown!

 He is so photogenic!
 Couldn't get a good pic cause Gabriella wouldn't stay out of the candy!

 Already has candy in his mouth

If you've been to our home you've seen this wonderful piece of furniture we have the kids t.v. on.  It was given to us by Gma and Gpa Juliusson and has been in the family for many years. I've always loved it but it needed some sprucing up.  Shawn wrote the kids names on it when we moved to this house cause he knew we would be painting it.  It took a whole year but we finally got it done.  First we tried to stain it but it just didn't look good.  So then we decided to paint it to match the play room and now it's perfect!

 Now it matches the decor perfectly and I love the vintage feel to it. 

Come back tomorrow as I have more fun stuff for you to see!
Like what I did with these ugly lights! YUCKY BRASS!