Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Favorite Things

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Piercing of the Ears

I always said that Audrey would have to beg me to get her ears pierced. I wanted her to be ready and really, really want them.  Well, she didn't have to beg but she did really want them.  We have been talking about it here and there over the past year.  Most of the girls in her class have them, cousins have them and I have them.  She was shocked when she heard her younger cousin Jenna got them before her; I think she thought there was some kind of rule on  oldest to youngest.  Anyway, a few days ago when we had plans to go see Mr. Popper's Penguin (cute movie),  I decided to ask her if she would like to go have her ears pierced before the movie.....

her reaction:
SERIOUSLY?
NO, REALLY?
ARE YOU KIDDING?  
REALLY?
ARE YOU SERIOUS MOMMY?

me:  
Yes, I'm serious Audrey. 
 Do you want them?

audrey
YES! 
 Will it hurt? 
 What will if feel like? 
Will hurt badly? 
 How long will it hurt?  
Will I bleed?  

me
It won't hurt for long, it's quick, no blood. 
 Are you sure you want to do it, we can wait. 

audrey:
  I WANT TO!  I WANT TO!

The Big Day
She choose her birthstone for her first pair of earrings.....sapphires.

I wish I could had captured her face as we walked into the mall.  She had that nervous but happy face that she tried to hold in.  When we walked into Claire's she didn't say a word and when I talked.....she gave me a face that said "MOM, STOP, I'M FINE!"   A face that I should be use to by now but don't think ever will be.  

She was very quite from start to finish, it was fast, she didn't cry and I was exploding with questions....

ARE YOU OKAY?
DID IT HURT?
ARE YOU SURE YOUR OKAY?
TELL ME WHAT YOUR THINKING.
ARE YOU SUPER HAPPY?
SPEAK TO ME KID!!!!

audrey:
STOP IT MOMMY!!!!
I'M FINE!
MOMMY...STOP!

I should have stopped but instead I tell her that it's a BIG deal for me too and I just want to know what she's thinking and of course snap a few pics.  She finally relaxes and tells me she's happy and lets me get a picture or two.

She's only 7 (almost 8) and I'm filled with emotions just with a simple ear piercing.....can you imagine what I'll be like when she goes on her first date, gets married, has babies...Lord help me! 


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 Swimming


The weather as been perfect for lots of swimming this summer. 
 The kids go at least 3 times a day...and, what I love about this time is that they actually get along during this time (well,for the most part) which makes for a happy momma!



We also go to the nearest lake (30 miles away) to have fun in the water too.

Ethan chillin'

 Eric teaching Audrey how to do a hand stand


 Audrey's hand stand.........love it!


Happy Friday!


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Strawberries!!!!!

From picking Strawberries
to making Strawberry Jam, 
to picking more Strawberries,
to freezing Strawberries
to eating Strawberries........
is what I've been up to lately! 
I'm surprised I haven't turned RED yet! 

  first trip, 21 quarts


  My helpers.
  Audrey inspected every strawberry before it made it into her box.....it had to be BIG and juicy!  Of course, she would eat every other one so you can imagine how long it took her to fill a box.  As for Ethan, when he picked he did it in good time but when ever any of our boxes were filled, he insisted he'd be the one to run the box to the car.  Since the car was a bit away, I didn't object.  Even though they did some complaining, I loved having them with me.  I'm sure when they get older they will look back on these days and have good memories attached.

 An Audrey Sized Strawberry


75 jars of jam

The day after we picked our strawberries, the kids and I  headed to my mother-in-laws house to make jam.  When making 8 batches of jam, I highly recommend doing it with someone.....it's much funner!  Last year we made a 112 jars   together that we split, this year we decided to make less strawberry and make blueberry, raspberry and black raspberry for a variety.  We actually were down to our last jar when we went strawberry picking!!!


Next.....Blueberry Jam!