How did I get so lucky with these two girls? They are so talented and creative and just sometimes downright goofy. Take Sydney, for instance, who LOVES Nutella and would live on it if she could. One afternoon she decided she wanted to be a Nutella Chef. I was in the kitchen doing the dishes and in walked Sydney with her chef hat, chef coat filled with utensils, and a container of Nutella. “I’m a chef mom!! Sydney’s a chef!” She loves to talk about herself in the third person. That girl is so giggly and goofy, and truly lights up every room!
Hayley is so sweet and creative, but more in an introverted sort of way. She’ll spend hours in her room sewing and come out with the most creative and beautiful creations. My favorites have been the doll clothes she’s made and the flower appliqué she made me for Christmas. Hayley has been wanting to learn to sew with a sewing machine for months and perhaps years, but I can’t seem to be able to find the time to adequately teach her with three other kids having a need a minute. Thank goodness Mimi came to the rescue! Mimi comes over to give Hayley sewing lessons about once per month. Hayley loves it! And she’s getting quite good too. Just look at the blouse that Mimi helped her make.
I LOVE having these two at home. They are so much fun!! It’s almost like having Hayley and Colin all over again back in the preschool days when we lived on Redding Ridge Lane. Sydney & Keaton are like Hayley & Colin Part 2. Only this time around it’s so much easier because Sydney simply adores her little brother and isn’t trying at every turn to sabotage his existence (Hayley was a little too jealous of Colin when he was little).
Sydney loves to find ways for them to play together. On this day, we had just picked up McDonalds and come inside. Sydney said, “I know! Keaton and I can have a picnic together!” She ran and grabbed a blanket and set up a picnic for her and Keaton. Sydney then laid out her pancakes for the both of them to share. She’s so sweet! Keaton LOVED it!! How did I get so lucky?!
My dad has this thing – he always sends us these HILARIOUS talking dog e-cards. The dogs each have a name and talk with the funniest British accents. He sends them all the time for the kids to celebrate their accomplishments or just to say hello! For my dad’s 70th birthday, I decided to send HIM a talking dog e-card to ignite some excitement about turning 70. Here goes (Fifi the Dog talking):
Hello! I’m not sure if we’ve been properly introduced. I’m Fifi. I’m only 10 years old, but that’s 70 in dog years. So we are the same age. For your birthday, and mine, I’ve put together the top 10 best things about turning 70.
One, no one will card you when ordering off the senior citizen menu at IHOP.
Two, discount movie tickets. What’s not to love?!
Three, your AARP magazine subscription is still going strong.
Four, you can still get 15% off your stay at Marriott hotels.
Five, you are still a decade away from turning 80.
Six, you are now in the “70 Club” alongside Cher, Bill Clinton, Pat Sajack, Suzanne Somers, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone, and Steven Spielberg.
Seven, it just got a lot easier for you to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Come on, get running.
Eight, you can finally join the coveted “70+ Ski Club” and get free ski passes to ski resorts across the nation.
Nine, you have more wisdom than you did when you were 60. Or so they say.
And the best thing about turning 70 is that 70 is the new 50!
Happy birthday!! And cheers!! Your family loves you!
Sydney is five years old and finally had her first haircut! Why you ask?? First off, I was SO scared about cutting off those adorable curls of hers! And second, anytime I would ask her (because sadly, those curls are growing out on their own) she would say, “No! No! Noooo!!!!” and run away! Well, we picked up David Hernandez on Wednesday to get his allergy shots. Next door is Cool Cuts for Kids. Sydney was bored and wanted to go inside because she knows there’s toys and movies. I told her, “Sydney, you can only go inside if you get your haircut.” “Okay!” she exclaimed!! She then raced inside and sat in a little car and was all smiles during her hair cut!
P.S. And now every week when we take David to get his allergy shots, Sydney asks to get a hair cut! That little stinker!