Thursday, November 11, 2010

Princess Emma

People come to the house and say "Wow, look at the toys!"  At first it looks like she does have a lot (and she does), but when we started to look, we realized it was a lot of junk here and there made up of some of my old scrapbooking things, stuffed animals, and just plain old junk.  It was nothing that was really fun and educational for her.  

So we're holding a lot for Christmas, but here are some things we decided to give her...also in hopes of her playing by her self just a little!

Cha-Ching!  The best part of this cash register is that it really reads bar codes!  When we got it in, she got frustrated with it and I thought, well, it'll have to be returned.  Just a few hours later she got better at holding the scan gun AND pushing the button at the same time and getting the bar code to scan (beep).  By the afternoon, she had mastered it!  
And since she loves Thomas and Friends so much, we thought this would really be the way to get her to play on her own!  The Thomas train tracks and table!  Nope...we have to play with her, but she won't let us be Thomas or any other train she had.  So with her permission, she now lets Dada be Hiro...
...and I can be Rosie.  I didn't realize it until after I took the picture, that Rosie has freckles...I guess she really is me!
Since it's been nice outside, I took some of the canvases I have (can't beat Michael's for their 40%), ALL my acrylic paints, brushes, garbage bags, paper towels and let her paint.  I really thought she'd go crazy...but she doesn't like a mess!  Unless it's in the house, I guess ;)  She saw what I was doing on my canvas and so I smeared the background paint, and then she started again...so this is the end result!  I wrapped and glued ribbon around the outside edges and it's hanging in our hallway...
Here's mine.  I used a rubbermaid container to make the circles with paint and used watered down paint to splatter the brush over it...man, she did NOT like me doing that!  I was too messy for her!
Leftover pics she got a hold of, so since she loves to make stuff "like Momma does" we made a scrapbook page...she wanted to hang it though!
And found this little bead kit at Hobby Lobby (all the Christmas stuff is 40% off, gotta love that!)  She could kind of do it...but getting the bead over the fat pipe cleaner is a little tough...so she had a blast giving me 2 reds, 2 whites, scattering them all around, 2 reds, 2 whites, grab bunch and crunch.  I tied ribbon so we could hang them until time for the tree to go up...she got giddy hanging these up!  
To help her with the transition that Halloween is over...we got a Turkey flag (she picked it out) for outside with a scarecrow, and then told her we'd make a turkey.  So used the Silhouette to cut all these pieces out, had her use her watercolor paints, then used Elmer's glue to put him together.  She loves saying "Gobble Gobble."
I think out of our numbness of "playing" all day long...Dada started these numbers on the wall for her (she did help a little ;)
I love this time of year, the yard looks so nice and colorful and we spend more time outside, and overall just feel great!  I just need more energy to keep up with her!
So I'm trying to get the rest I need, very difficult.  Picked up this Chronicles of Narnia book my sister had given me so that's helping me relax a little.  Also found out about this book called Eat What You Love Love What You Eat.  I've been there, done that with "trying" to control my eating, which now is haywire with a toddler.  But...I'm glad I did get this book...it is what I needed right now...
And here she is...Princess Emma...she wants to be like Princess Kai-Lan...she says Kai Kai-Lan...
She is so adorable and very much in the terrible twos!  Extremely clingy, very moody, and will no longer take a nap...yes, it's bad!
I was VERY surprised to win a scrapbooking challenge for Maya Road Product on Two Peas in a Bucket!!!  The winners are chosen by the Two Peas staff, so I was incredibly happy!!!  I got the email and thought, what???  There was a grand prize winner and two runners up...I was a runner up!!!!  Whohooo!  I won $50 worth of Maya Road product!!!  Those pink flowers were cream...I already sprayed them for Emma and I to wear in our hair!
My head is spinning and trying to think of what I'll do with all these luscious goodies!
This is the project that won!!!  My Summer 2010 mini album...
And another Scrapping the Music challenge is up!  What a cool song...by Blind Melon called "No Rain."  Love this song, but gotta tell you, I had a hard time coming up with something, until I thought of the words "ordinary day."  It made me think about the first time Aunt Lisa came over with all kinds of colors of fingernail polishes and we polished our nails together for the first time.  Music, more than anything, can always inspire me to make a layout!  

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