Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Now the heart goes in the skin of the leopard. She also picked a sound so if you squeeze her right front paw, she meows three times. Thank goodness I talked her out of the "roaaarrrr" sound. I might have lost my mind with that one!
Now she is stepping on the pedal at the filling station to bring her friend to life!
She's almost done!
The hand off!
Now it's time for the air bath at the fluffing station. She really got into this and is finishing up her back in the picture.
Now comes the really fun part! Which clothes do we like? Hmm. They are all so cute!
What you see in this pic is just a FEW of the items we picked out for our new friend!
Mom had a hard time putting the reins on. In fact, Mom suggested a few more items that Allison hadn't picked out.
I couldn't resist! Everything was so cute!
Next it was time to pick out a name. I asked the lady what time they closed because I anticipated this taking forever! Usually Allison has to contemplate all of her options before she decides on something. Not this time. When I turned around from putting the items on the counter, she was already typing in the name. She picked "Samantha." I don't know where it came from but I like it!
Here she is at the end of our visit. The box in the left of the picture is the condo for Samantha. The box in the right of the picture is Samantha's suitcase Yes! We picked out enough outfits and accessories that we needed a suitcase! On a side note, look at the pose Allison gave me! She looks like a little model!
When went home to pick Daddy up and went out to dinner. Here is Allison and Samantha on the way home. Yes, Samantha is wearing a tiara! It was the first thing Allison picked out.
“The shortest distance between new friends is a smile.”
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Fun vacation, huh?
I'm sure when Curtis gets home everyday from work, he'll expect to see this:
I am sure this is more realistic as to what he'll see when he gets home!
I'm hoping to also spend some quality time with some girlfriends. However, I think I'm safe to say that our middle aged Mom bodies haven't seen a bikini in years! In fact, I'm sure the girlfriends in this picture aren't Moms at all. If they were, they wouldn't be on some beautiful white beach running into a clear blue ocean somewhere at an exotic vacation spot like they don't have a care in the world. Nope! They would be rubbing handfuls of sunblock on their little ones at a not so pretty vacation spot or they would be changing a water soaked diaper or keeping their kids from having a sand fight. No, these ladies are not Moms. They may be some day and when they are, they will see that there is no exotic vacation spot that will ever compare to hearing the words "I love you Ma Ma" come from your child's lips. Speaking of my child...I am also hoping to spend some quality time with my two favorite people in the world. It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be a sunny beach. It doesn't have to be an amusement park. I'm happy just "being" with my family.
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
I have to share this with you! The grocery store I went to didn't carry cinnamon graham crackers. UGH! So instead of going all the way to the other grocery store in town, we stopped at Walgreen's at the off chance that they had them. They had these tiny little boxes that held one pack (the big boxes hold 3 packs). Aren't they just adorable??? They were more expensive of course, but I would have wasted the gas going to the other store anyway. The little boxes were definitely a happy find!
Next take 2 1/2 cups of canned sweetened CHUNKY applesauce and mix in 6 oz. of light artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt. Don't let this scare you if you are not a yogurt eater. You can not even tell it's in there!
Spread half the mixture over the first layer of cinnamon graham crackers.
Top that layer off with 9 more squares of cinnamon graham crackers. Got that? Okay! Now do another layer with the other half of the applesauce/yogurt mixture. After you are done spreading it out evenly, top it off with 9 more squares of cinnamon graham crackers. HINT: If your pan is rounded at the edges like mine, break a little corner of the crackers off before placing them in the dish.
Spread one cup of it evenly over the top layer of cinnamon graham crackers.
Now you need 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. The recipe says it's optional but trust me, you want to do this. When I started sprinkling it over the top, I thought a tsp. may be too much but I went ahead and put the whole teaspoon on it. Trust me again here, it needs the whole teaspoon. It's a yummy addition!
TA DA! The finished product. It is very cool and refreshing for those hot Summer days we will be having soon!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Allison picked me flowers while we were out grilling. She ran upstairs and got the top to her glue stick to use as a vase. Too funny! This picture is VERY enlarged so you can see it. There is a dandelion, a clover, a buttercup, a violet and I don't know what else. We put it in the middle of our dinner table. She was so proud to contribute to the dinner.
I didn't get to see my own Dad on Father's Day but I did talk to him. I saw him yesterday and lately he hasn't looked too good. I'm worried. He has some health problems and Spring and Summer is so hard on him. There so much work to do outside on the farm. The heat isn't good. It takes so much out of him. I know he's been to the Dr. and they are going to run some tests. If you pray, please say a little prayer for him. If not, can you just think good thoughts for him?
“Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.”
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Here is Allison and Aunt Alesia on Garfield's Nightmare. It's a boat ride through Garfield's mind and his nightmare. It's all done under a black light with 3-D glasses.
So this pic is so bad but I wanted you to make sure I share the complete ride with you!
You can't go to Kennywood and not ride the Merry-Go-Round!
Of course Allison would pick the pink motorcycle on the Steel City Choppers ride in Kiddieland!
If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you'll remember the post I did on "Some People are Just Born Lucky!" Click on the link to see the post. Well, guess what? YES!!!! Allison won one of the children's door prizes at the picnic AGAIN! This is her third time! It's not like there is only one person in the drawing either. There are hundreds! She won a $25 Toys R Us gift card. She is so excited! I'm telling you, I am taking her to Vegas when she turns 18! Anyone want to come along?
Here she is on the miniature version of the Merry-Go-Round in Kiddieland. It's called Kenny's Karousel.
She braved the Pounce Bounce in Kiddieland by herself. The little girl next to her Mom was scared. My little one was not...of course!
I love the look on her face in this picture. She is so proud!
All my baby wanted to do was ride the Raging Rapids. I had put her off as long as I could and then when I gave in, you would have thought I told her she could have a new kitten! On this ride, you WILL get wet! There is no question about it! Allison loved every second of it. We laughed and screamed the whole time. This picture isn't very clear but I wanted to share with you how afraid I was that she was going to just fly out! Can you see the death grip I have on her? This ride really throws you around.
Here we are just as we got off the ride. We were soaked! Please excuse the running mascara and pulled back hair. I would rather have it pulled back wet than in my face wet!
Since we were already wet, Allison wanted to go on the Log Jammer. Aunt Alesia will go on there because you don't get wet every time and as you can see, she wore a rain poncho. Here they are coming down the final 53 feed chute!
I don't know if you can see it here in her face but my daughter LOVES the water rides! She is definitely my child! I'll take water rides over roller coasters any day!
Here is Miss Allison at the end of the day before we left the park. Her eyes look so funny in this picture. It's as if she's saying "Don't mess with me and my watermelon!"
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