Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Queen of the Sunburst Pageant

Jaina was disappointed when she found out the Spring "Cuties for a Cause" pageant would be the weekend we'd be out of town. Leave it to Jaina to find another pageant to enter anyway!

She saved up her money for the $48 entry fee to the Sunburst Beauty Pageant held at our local mall.

Jayce and Jocelyn wanted to dress up to support their sister :)

Our neighbor participated, too!

And Jaina's best friend Eva also came to support her :)

She was the only one in her age group, again, but did a great job on stage.

Jocelyn's note said, "Thank you for doing the pageant, Jaina."

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Gray!

We celebrated Grandma Paula's 71st birthday a few weeks ago.

My mom is a super special lady and we wanted to do something to let her know we were thinking of her.

I tried to take her out for a nice lunch in Downtown Spartanburg, but she told Jocelyn that *she* could pick.

That means we had McDonald's. Sigh.

But we celebrating when we got back home.

After a little homework help, of course.

And a Pooh memory game with Jocelyn.

Then it was time for CAKE!

(note to self... next year get vanilla or yellow cake)

We love you, Grandma!! (and Mommy... just don't tell Jocelyn!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Love Day 2015

I think Brian and I are the typical couple when it comes to celebrating Valentine's Day. I love getting candy and flowers and getting dressed up to go out to dinner.

He doesn't.

Sigh. Sometimes I wish I married the "hearts and flowers" type. But, I got Brian and he's got mad computer skills and likes to buy new electronics, so he's not all bad.

He does, however, come through for Valentine's day.

(I think it's because he'd rather not listen to me whine!)

I absolutely love tulips. Don't get me wrong... I love roses, too. But not red roses. They never seem to last very long. Sometimes I buy myself pink or yellow roses at the grocery store to brighten my day. :)

I traditionally do not buy Brian any gifts for Valentine's Day. He doesn't really want anything and tries hard to forget that there is even a Hallmark Holiday on February 14th.

But, when our MOMS Club group offered a craft day to make etched beer glasses, I knew immediately what would be perfect.

My goof loved his glass and I think for once, he actually appreciated his Valentine's Day present.

We also celebrated at Jocelyn's preschool for her party.

Oh, and on Saturday, February 13th, I also got a new (to me) 2012 Honda Odyssey van.

But I was very quick to remind my husband that it was NOT a Valentine's present in lieu of flowers :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

10 on 10 :: February Edition

Our 10 on 10 this month was on an ordinary Wednesday.

Then around 11:00 AM, we hosted a playdate at our house with 3 other families. I left my camera out to take pictures, but forgot to take a single one. Fail!

Here was the aftermath of our lunch date:

You can link up here with your own 10 on 10 :)

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Many Adventures of Jocelyn Claire

Chapter One

In Which Jocelyn Claire meets Pooh 
and Discovers the Hundred Acre Woods

Our story begins on a cold evening in late January. Jocelyn Claire, who was thoughtfully finding ways to keep awake, requested another bedtime story. Being a mother with very little brain at 8:30 PM, I procured a book that required the least amount of effort on my part.

"Would you like to hear about the Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh?" I asked.

Jocelyn Claire pondered this a moment and replied with a succinct "okay."

So began our nightly ritual of reading one single chapter of Winnie-The-Pooh (1926) followed directly by The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

Soon Jocelyn Claire could not wait until night time to read about her now- favorite bear.

And one does not read these classic stories about Pooh without watching Disney's The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977). Jocelyn Claire was thrilled to see her favorite characters come to life and to hear songs about them.

"It's JUST like the book!" she exclaimed. Then quickly realized that the beloved Disney animation is completely out of order. "Tigger isn't supposed to be in the first book! Pooh doesn't meet him until The House at Pooh Corner!"

I assured her that no harm was meant by Walt Disney's adaptation of A. A. Milne's stories.

And so began Jocelyn's love for all things Winnie-the-Pooh.

Chapter Two

In which Pooh searches for a Hunny Pot Out of Doors

 in The Driveway

Christopher Robin may be Pooh's best friend in the books, but I can assure you that Pooh's best friend around here is Jocelyn.

They have gone on many adventures together in The Driveway.

Where there is Pooh, a hunny pot isn't far behind.

Chapter Three

In which Tigger appears and joins 

Winnie-the-Pooh on some adventures

One day, a strange bouncy sort of animal appeared at our house.

It was TIGGER! Pooh was elated to see his friend from the Hundred Acre Woods. But where was Piglet?

Being the sort of small animal he was, Piglet was forever getting lost. This time he was lost in the exotic land of Amazon Prime. Jocelyn Claire, Pooh, and Tigger wanted to go on a big Explore to find their little friend.

But first, a nap.

Chapter 3

In which the Search for Piglet Commences

Although Pooh's stuffed animal friend was missing, we could still find him in the pages of our book.

Jocelyn Claire realized something; when Piglet needed help in Chapter Nine, he wrote a message in a bottle. If it would work for Piglet, then maybe, just maybe, it would work for Jocelyn.

It is very fortunate that Jocelyn Claire attends something called skool where she learns things like "A, B, C's" and "twice times" and "where a place called Brazil is".

Many days and nights passed. Pooh and Jocelyn (and Tigger, too!) were sad without their very small animal friend.

One day, a special surprise came hidden in a box. It was from a far away place called Amazon Prime.

Could it be our dear Piglet? We must proceed with caution. You never know when Heffalumps and Woozles are lurking about, waiting to steal your honey.

No Woozle here!


Chapter Four

In which we leave our friends in their Quiet Place

Upon finding her lost friend, Jocelyn Claire felt joy and love.

She quickly took all three of her stuffed animal friends to her special Thinking Place, where they were all subjected to the animated feature Piglet's Big Movie (2003) for the first time for Piglet, the 5th time for Tigger, and the 47th time for Jocelyn Claire and Pooh Bear.

As our day was winding down, Jocelyn Claire found another Quiet Place in which to rest, but this time, with another good book about Pooh and his friends. We are thankful for friends who share their old books, toys, and blankets with us.

Our story must end here for now, but no need to be sad. There will be many more adventures to come of our brave little girl and her trusty friends.