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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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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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The girls’ latest obsession is sidewalk chalk.

For $1, I purchased a pack of 12 pieces at Target.  I feel like ‘Super Mom’ because this chalk can keep them occupied for at least an hour, and I didn’t pay an excessive amount of money for it!

Yup, Super Mom.

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The girls love it.  The back yard concrete is full of colorful drawings and lines.  It’s really brought our backyard to life!

The Target chalk is great.  It gets the job done.  It’s chalk.

However, I found an old pack of Crayola side walk chalk that we received as a party favor years ago.  I brought that out to them for them to try.

Crayola chalk is vastly different than Target chalk.

Target chalk feels like, well, chalk.  Crayola chalk has a creamer and smoother feel.  It’s not a dry to touch.

Target chalk makes fainter lines on the concrete.  Target chalk makes chalky lines.  Crayola chalk makes darker, more pigmented, lines.  The colors are more vibrant and noticeable.  The chalk glides on the concrete in a creamier way.

But honestly, the kids don’t care.  Chalk is chalk, no matter what the brand.  They are having fun with both sets and can spend a whole afternoon out there playing and drawing.

I love watching them enjoy some time outside!

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M – first born

She’s intense.  She’s ‘in your face’ but in the super friendly way.  She sees wants to be everyone’s friend the second she meets you.  She doesn’t understand personal space because she just wants to be your best friend.  She’s super sweet.  She’s affectionate.  She’s funny.  She’s opinionated.  She’s understanding and can ‘go with the flow’ in most circumstances.  She’s articulate.  She’s innocent.  She never means anyone any harm.  She can lose control because she gets so excited and happy about the smallest and simplest situations.  She is a fun, but strong, personality.

K – the baby

She’s a bit quieter.  She’s a bit more reserved.  She can run and laugh with her sister, but you can tell she holds back a little bit more than M does.  While M openly laughs loudly, K can be seen giggling demurely with her hand over her mouth.  She’s a bit more cautious when it comes to other kids.  She’s learning to be more friendly, but hasn’t gotten too close to people she doesn’t know.  She’s opinionated.  She’s strong willed.  She’s a fighter.  She won’t give in.  She will make known when she is unhappy.  She’s a little more serious.  She shows affection on her terms and doesn’t like to be bothered with random hugs and kisses (especially when she’s in the middle of something). She’s the baby and it definitely shows.

I’m loving how their personalities are shaping and changing.  I love the similarities.  I love the differences.  I love watching them interact and how their personalities affect how they play and deal with each other.

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M graduated from preschool.

It was a great day.

They did the celebration at a local park.  They played for a little bit and then the teacher gathered them around for a little “ceremony.”

They were handed certificates and then each of them were to say their favorite thing about preschool.

In true “M” nature, she said that her favorite thing about preschool was playtime.

After the ceremony, the kids were allowed to play around until they were ready to go home.

We took M to Chuck E Cheese for lunch afterward.  We ended up staying there for THREE HOURS!  M and K had a blast!  They played endlessly.  They loved every single minute they were there.

Three hours at Chuck E Cheese meant that they fell asleep in the car before we even left the parking lot!

It definitely was a great day!

I’m so proud of what M had accomplished this preschool year.  She had grown so much since the beginning.  She’s definitely become a better student because of this experience.

She’ll be moving on to Transitional Kindergarten for the next school year.  I’ll probably do a post about it when the time comes.

Congratulations, my baby girl.  Over the course of the school year, I have seen you grow up into a little lady.  You’ve made friends, and learned how to be a good student.  I can’t wait to see what next year holds for you.  You make me so proud everyday.  I love you so much and I hope we have a super fun summer vacation!

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On Memorial Day weekend, we attempted to go blueberry picking.

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We had visited this berry farm two years ago and had a blast.  We knew that we wanted to take the girls berry picking again once K was old enough.

The weather had been cloudy for the past week or so.  Hubby said that one of the ladies at the entrance said that the clouds had possibly affected the rate at which the berries were ripening and that we might not be able to pick as much berries as we were be expecting.

She was right.  We walked through rows and rows of berries that were not yet ready for picking.

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I didn’t stop us from having a good time though.  The mere fact that we were there was enough to make M and K very happy.

This was K’s first time at the berry farm.  She loved carrying around the bucket.  However, searching for ripe berries wasn’t quite as fun as filling up her bucket full of sticks!

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Asides from berries, the girls loved looking at the chicken coop.  There were quite a few chickens inside and they were so cute!

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In the end, we didn’t find enough berries to justify a purchase.  Good thing this blueberry farm doesn’t have an entrance fee.  You only pay for what you pick.  In our case, we hardly picked any!  We ended up leaving the bucket of berries on a bale of hay, hoping someone will find it and add it to their stash of berries.

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Can you tell which one was K’s bucket and which one was M’s?

We’re hoping to make our way up to the berry farm again in the next week or so.  I’m hoping we can come back soon enough to collect a bucket full!

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