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M is getting to an age where she wants a pet.

Unfortunately, M is allergic to cats and Hubby is allergic to dogs.  I like animals, but I get really nervous having to hold them or take care of them.  Malia likes lizards, but there is NO WAY I can be in the same room with one.

So…..

Fish!  A pet fish is what we have to settle for.

We went to Petco in order to see all that we need to get a pet fish into our home.  We went to Petco to see what fish were available and how much money we could be possibly spending.

After talking to the associate, he told us that a good starter pet fish would be a beta fish.  After hearing that, we went to the beta fish section and looked at all the items we would need and all the different beta fish were available.

After looking to every possible thing we could about beta fish, the girls wanted to explore the store for other animals.

Birds.  We found birds.  The girls loved the birds.  They loved listening to their tweeting.  K loved tweeting back in response.  It was so cute watching her just stare at the all the cute birds.  I’m sure if I told them they could take a bird home, they would jump at the chance to have one.

So this is where we are….

We are at the “I want a pet” phase of life.  It’s going to be interesting.  I just hope she outgrows her cat allergy and pray that neither girl will develop a dog allergy!

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This year, M is working on some summer crafts.  We went to Walmart and purchased art supplies.  While browsing, we came across all the DIY craft kits and stumbled up on this wind chime kit.

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It’s about $9.99 before taxes.  Paint your own windchime.  M really wanted it.  I knew this would be a perfect project that I could take a few days to complete.

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The kit comes with a wind chime already assembled.  Paints, paint brushes, stickers and stencils come with the kit.  There is also a paper with suggestions on how to paint the wind chime.  We didn’t need those.  M was going to paint it her own way.

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The wind chime is currently a ‘work in progress.’  It’s been about two days worth of work so far and I’m expecting another two to three days more before it’s completed.  She’s having a blast painting it and asks about it all the time.

Unfortunately, we usually have to wait for K to be napping for her to do this.  If K was awake, all she’d want to do is get involved.  It would be messy and a bit frustrating for M who just wants to take her time and do a good job.  Thank goodness M is really understanding about waiting.

I can’t wait to show you the finished wind chime!

 

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The girls love playing in my closet.  They love hiding in my clothes.

M says she’s a shirt whenever she hides inside.  K loves hiding around just like her sister.

That photo above?  Well, they’re being shoes!  Duh!

Thank goodness for a clean closet, right?

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UntitledGotta love little sisters.

K adores M.  There are times when K just watches whatever M is doing.  She just observes her big sisters actions.  Then suddenly, she’s trying to do the same thing.

It could be a small action.  M was touching her tooth one morning.  K was just observing.  Suddenly, K starts touching her touching her tooth in the exact same way M was.

It could be big actions.  M was jumping around and dancing to a song on the television.  Without any hesitation, K got up, jumped and danced around like her sister.

K learned how to ‘freeze dance’ just by playing with her sister.  We use the songs already loaded on our electronic keyboard.  When I turn the volume all the way down, the dancers freeze.  When the music comes back up, they dance.  It’s so funny watching the girls ‘freeze dance’ because K usually follows whatever frozen pose M finds herself in.  It’s very cute.

That picture above?  That’s at Costco.  M was leaning forward and kicking the shopping card behind her.  It took K awhile to figure out how to drape herself over the cart handle.  I had to show her to put her arms over to prevent her from hitting her head on the cart.  However, once she got it, she was trying her best to get her little feet and legs to reach that back of the cart like her sister.

Gotta love little sisters!

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First off, I can’t believe those are my kids!  When did they get so old?

Secondly, when did I start dressing them all ‘matchy matchy?’  That was totally unintentional.  (Confession:  I ended up wearing a heather gray top that day too.  It was completely coincidental.)

I can’t get over how sweet this picture is.  We were about to leave to run some errands.  I was gathering things to take out the door with me.  K decided to distract herself with the iPad.

I was just about to tell them to go, when I witnessed this.

M was helping K with the ‘Alphabet with Elmo’ app.  It’s currently K’s favorite.  She loves the letters and loves the little videos that correspond to each letter.  It’s a bit advanced for her because the app requires the child to trace the letter before unlocking the video.  K tries her best, but at 18months, it’s not good enough to unlock the videos.

Big sister, M, to the rescue!

I love watching them work together.  I love that they can share (sometimes!).

I just had to snap the picture and capture the moment before getting them out the door for the day.

It really is those small moments that make me so happy!

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Summer is in full swing and bedtimes have flown out the window.

During the school year, M began her bedtime routine at about 8pm.  By 9pm, all of us were in bed and the kids were usually sleeping.

That meant they woke up relatively early, even on the weekends.

Once summer hit, that routine just ended.  Bedtime has started around 10pm, and there are times M won’t sleep until almost midnight!

It’s not like I wanted it to be that way.

We went on vacation to Las Vegas about two weeks ago (hence the blog silence), and bedtimes don’t really exist on vacation…

The one thing about late bedtimes means that the girls are sleeping in until about 9:30am now.  It’s pretty nice.  Sleeping in feels nice.  It’s just that simple.

Honestly, I don’t like the super late bedtimes for the girls.  I’ve been trying to get the bedtime routine started about 9:30pm, but she’s just not used to it yet.  She’ll be in bed by 10pm.  Then she’s tossing and turning until almost midnight!

She’s lucky that she gets to sleep in!

I’m hoping that I can start getting her on an earlier bedtime again.

But it’s summer!  There is just too much to do!

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Four years.  Nine months.  Eight days.

That’s how old M was when she got her first mani/pedi.

Yes.  A real mani/pedi at a nail salon.  She was in the big massage chair.  She had her feet in the water.  She had a nail tech pamper her.

Yes.

My baby girl.

She was so happy.  The smile on her face was priceless.

She came out of the salon with blue finger and toenails.  She had cute little flower nail art on her thumbs and big toes.  She was so proud of them.

She told me after, “Mommy, I loved it!”

I’m glad.

I can’t wait until she’s truly old enough and mani/pedi dates could be a regular thing for us!

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