Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dress Up

We had a rather lazy morning the other day ... got up, dressed and had breakfast, and then just sort of meandered through the rest of the morning.  Annelee tried on her Halloween costume to see if it fits (it does!) and Vivian got dressed in her usual colorful style.

After breakfast, Vivian got her dress up stuff out (nothing unusual there) but suddenly, Annelee took notice of it, too, and started tearing at her clothes (she's just starting to attempt to help getting her dressed & undressed).  She tried on many of the outfits and posed for photos.  They are all way too big for her, but that actually helps (sort of) in her attempts to put them on and take them off.

Then, she proceeded to run around in just a diaper for the rest of the morning.  What a flashback to Vivian at two years old. 

Trying to get the dress on
It's too big, but she's very pleased with herself
Next up:  Vivian's old gymnastics outfit and a baby blanket ...
A puppy was there, too!
And last, but not least, a glimpse in the amount of effort it takes a 2-year old to put on a prom dress.  Good thing she has a few more years to practice before she has to actually go to a prom.  If you can't see the video below, please click here.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bath Time

After each bath, I was struggling to wrap a towel around Vivian's hair while also cuddling Annelee at the same time (she was a bit needy after having her hair rinsed, although that's recently gotten much better).  Then one day I saw these in the store and thought they may do the trick.  And they sure do - the girls get all giggly and silly and happy when it's time to wrap up their hair after the bath.  Even Annelee who really doesn't need that kind of a towel just yet ...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend Trip to Erie

We had contemplated a couple of different options for our weekend getaway while my Mom was here, but Erie won for several different reasons, not least because it was under 2 hrs to drive and there's a beach there!

Cabins were no longer available by the time we booked, so we booked two nights in a hotel.  Not ideal with small children, but we figured the indoor pool would make up for some of that, at least for Vivian.  And it sure did.  She pretty much alternated between swimming in the lake and the pool at the hotel.

The hotel was nothing to write home about (especially considering the rate), but it was manageable.  Our rooms were at least on the same floor.  Vivian and my Mom shared one room, Will, Annelee and I the other.

We took off Friday morning after breakfast and arrived around lunch time; picked up some food from KFC and headed to Presque Isle.  We picked a picnic table overlooking the bay for lunch and then moved on to visit our first beach.  Beach #9 (they are all numbered).

It was wonderful.  Really like being at the sea side.  The girls played in the sand and in the water, the adults took turns joining them or going for small little walks along the beach.  Vivian loved playing "waves knock you over".  We do need to take her to a real beach with real waves some day.

That evening, we had dinner in the hotel (nothing to write home about) and then Vivian, Annelee and I went swimming in the hotel pool.

The evening plan of putting the girls down in our room and playing cards in my Mom's room (with the baby monitor of course) was quickly abandoned after Annelee jumped ship, and walked past an awake Vivian (who did nothing to stop her) and straight out of the hotel room and made it half way down the corridor before I caught up with her.  So, everyone went to their respective rooms and had an early night.  :)

After breakfast the next morning, we decided to try and explore the boardwalk area, but were sorely disappointed.  Not only did we not find a boardwalk, or easy access for a walk along the Marina, but it was hot and humid.  No fun at all.

So, we had lunch and then headed back to the hotel for a nap (Annelee), rest (my Mom and I) and a trip to the Waldemeer Amusement Park (Vivian and Will).  In the afternoon, we headed to beach #10 which had been recommended to me by some friends on facebook.  It was nice, too, but we all liked #9 better, I think.

After take-out pizza in the hotel room, it was once again time for Vivian and I to go to the pool.

The next morning, we packed up and checked out after breakfast, headed to beach #6, spent a couple of hours getting wet and sandy one more time, and then headed home.

All in all a fun trip, if not a perfect one.  Next time, a cabin would make all the difference, and better planning of the non-beach activities.

The photos are from an assortment of cameras and were taken by all three adults.

Squinting into the sun

Feathers featured heavily on this trip ... Vivian collected a whole bunch of them

Annelee seemed to think the sand made a good skin treatment

Posing ...

... always posing ...

There were lots of seagulls

It really does feel like being at the sea, rather than a lake

Daddy-o and LeeLee

Omi and Vivian

Did I mention that she always poses? My Mom said I did, too, at that age.  Let's hope Vivian outgrows this phase soon! ;)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Too Short

As always, my Mom's visit was too short.  The girls and I took her to the airport this morning (she's in the air somewhere over the Atlantic right now) and already we are thinking "but we were going to ...". 

We had a great time. The girls absolutely loved having her here.  In fact, Vivian cried for her about half the way home from the airport.  In typical 4-year old fashion, she also bounced back immediately after that and had a fun and happy afternoon with her friend Rowan.

I didn't get as many photos as I wanted.  Even though I tried for the last couple of days, I never managed to get a photo of us four girls together. But we made a lot of fun memories.  That's the important part.

Here's one quick photo I got of Omi and her girls the other day.  More to come in the following weeks.