Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Monday

We didn't get around to dying Easter eggs until Easter Monday. That's ok. I think Easter Monday is a day to celebrate.
I've always wanted to be one of those cool moms who posted artsy shots of craft projects. So here you go.

Anderson reciting his colors: "Ed, onge, lellow, geen, boo, puhpuh"

All done! Love the rainbow!

Maizie couldn't wait to crack one open.
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Easter Morn

Maizie thought it was funny that the Bunny who knows how to do the robot came to her house and left some treats.

The hit of the basket were these bunny teeth (candy pacifiers).

Hope you had a Happy Easter, too!
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'Twas the week before Easter

And Maizie earned a special date with Mom and Dad. We went to Main Event and ate and talked and played video games while Anderson played with Luc and Evan. Maizie ate up all the attention and Anderson enjoyed splashing with Luc at the water table.

Here he is accessorizing for Easter.

I 'tawt i 'taw a tweety bird. One bite, one peep gone.

Mueller had an Easter Egg hunt in our park. Here's Maizie sad and egg-less before it started.

And Jason posing with the Easter Bunny, who apparently had incredible robot dance moves, according to Maizie.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Serious Business

Last month, Maizie had her first public performance as the color green in a rainbow of other preschoolers. I was really looking forward to it. She's such a ham at home, I was expecting some looney tune moves. Apparently, performing is serious business for Maizie. She stood attentively and sang exactly (and perhaps informed some nearby kids on how to do the same). They sang the "Lord, you are my rainbow" song for those of you familiar with it. When practicing at home, these were her lyrics:
You are the blue in the sky,
You are the purple in my eye,
You are the pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty butterfly.
You are the brown in the sky when I am playing football.
Oh Lord, I think you are a good idea.

So she takes after me in the lyric comprehension (and creative rewriting of lyrics) department.
And she takes after my dad in hand guestures. I watched him preach for 18 years and he holds his hands like that, oh, say 80% of the time. Love to see him in her.

The after party with friend and neighbor, Mia.

A budding architect like Daddy showing off her city.

Here she is with her teachers, Miss Mary and Miss Teri. Miss Mary received an award for 25 years of service that night. Amazing.
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Keeping Austin Weird

Our kids are wonderfully weird. Growing up, I thought weird was a compliment. Still do. Serendipitous then that we came to live in Austin to raise a family that can help keep it weird.

Keepin' it weird (and cowgirl princess chic) on the pot.

Keepin' time out weird.

Arm movements that are definitely keepin' it weird. This is how he starts his superhero run. Every time. Capes courtesy of my friend Jodi. No, you can't steal her.

Ok, this isn't a weird shot, but I had one left and it was too cute to keep from you.
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Farm Cousins

I wasn't quite done talking about the farm. One of the coolest things is when all the cousins get together. There are 14 cousins now--8 of them are ages 12-18 and 6 are ages newborn (As in last Friday! Welcome baby Lily!) to 6. Here they are vying for attention from Grandpa. He's running out of room on his lap for the little ones!

Saturday morning we went on a duck hunt with Grandma. We saw some grey ducks in the pond that were so pretty we thought they had to be fake. As I took picture after picture and we edged the children closer and closer, we realized they were. Still it made for a fun memory and the kids enjoyed the adventure.

Maizie brought dress-up clothes for the younger girls. So the princesses took over the farm for a bit.

Here are the ducks (minus Megan, Brooke and baby Lily) in a row.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Farm Girl

Maizie had a great time at the farm, too. PLUS, we set up a tent so it was like a camping trip and farm trip in one. She was non-stop picking flowers, digging in dirt, begging to drive the (gator) cart, and playing pretend with her cousins.
Did you know that mermaids live on farms, too?
How classic is this shot?
Riding the new horse with Grandpa in the lead.
Quintessential cowgirl.

Farm Boy

We met up with the entire (immediate) George clan over Spring Break at the Normangee farm. Anderson spent all weekend running. Running after cousins. Running after cows. Running after dogs. Or just running because he could. Such a blessing to be able to visit Texas' wide open spaces and let our kids run wild.
I forgot. When he wasn't running, he was playing in the dirt.
"Tick em up, Buzz!"
Anderson and the next youngest boy cousin, Travis. They have a really sweet relationship.
One of the cutest things I want to remember: whenever he sets off, he yells out, "Running!" Such an exuberant 2-year-old boy!

Four Men and a "Little" Lady

My friend Kellie invited us out for a day at the Austin Science and Nature Center a while back. It's a fun little (free!) nature park, complete with a rescue animal zoo and a dinosaur bone dig pit. Maizie had a lot of fun herding the crew of younger boys.
Any day she can pick flowers is a good day in her book.
Afterward, we went to Zilker. Here is Anderson at 2.5.
A far cry from this sweet baby at a year old. Cue the traditional singing of "Sunrise, Sunset"!