Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Best Day Ever!

Since my birthday fell during the week this year, I planned a quiet, relaxing day at home.  I knew there was a good chance Max would be out, and I was ok with that because we had a mini birthday celebration on Mother's Day.  Thanks for the new TV for my "apartment", Max!  (For those of you that are not regular readers, or have poor memories, I am referring to my scrapbooking/crafting/computer/play room.)
So you can imagine how surprised I was when this arrived at my door!

Thanks so much, Shane-O!  They are just beautiful and each day they get prettier!  I will definitely share a picture when all those pods are in full bloom!  You did good, son!!!

How can anyone pass up a free Birthday meal at Banditos?  Oh and to my surprise, Max was in for supper!  Should I thank CSX?  I would, but......he got called while we were eating so he had to miss going out for dessert.
The girls gave me a picture for my birthday.  Look closely and you can see the frame is bordered with pictures Jaden drew for me.  It will hang above the Strawberry Shortcake Kitchen in my apartment!
Thanks, Girls....LOVE IT!!!
And the gifts kept coming....Shannon and Mike got me the movie "Precious".  I have heard so much about this movie.  I know its gonna be a hard one to watch, but I have to see it!  Shannon also picked up the next book in the Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series for me.

Thanks everyone for making my day special......including Mom and Kristen that worked today so I could relax and scrap a good part of the day away.  Mom stopped by my house on her way to work to drop off a gift too!  It fit right into my plans for scrapping!  Thanks!

The BIG Chocolate Store
Our final stop was a special treat for Jaden (and Gramma J)!  This is one of Jaden's favorite places and she was so excited to take me here!

In honor of my day, Jaden had a "Happy Birthday" chocolate bar.

Taylor did her best to get some chocolate too!

Shannon and Mike's treat

Yes this was my Birthday Sundae!  Highly recommend you indulge on your birthday....and I think maybe this would be the perfect way to celebrate half-birthdays!

Oh, I did share my sundae with Taylor.....felt I needed to teach her the fine art of eating chocolate sundaes.  She was a quick learner!

And then this was the highlight of the day.....the perfect ending!!

A Fabulous Mother's Day!

I probably said this last year, and I will probably say it again next year, but.........This was the Best Mother's Day ever!   But that being said, I know I have never had a bad Mother's Day.
I loved that Shane drove up just for the day......I know he had a busy weekend, but he made my day anyway.  And Shannon and Mike and the girls were here too which also made the day great!

I think we saw a picture similar to this last year.  But notice, I have new Grill Woks!  They are perfect for grilling the veggies....better than baskets or skewers! 
Jaden and Taylor lunched earlier so they could get their little naps.

Almost too pretty to eat! And so colorful!

Finished Products!
Jaden's "Rainbow" Peace Mug for Mom

Taylor's Pencil Holder for Mom

A Special Plate Taylor painted as her first Mother's Day gift. 
This goes along with the first Mother's Day gift Jaden painted.

For Gramma J

Shannon made me my 3rd Volume of "year in review".
What she has done each year for Mother's Day is put together a digital book of pictures.  Of course, the first two were of Jaden's first years.  This volume introduced Taylor to the family.
These books will always have a place on my coffee table and I will treasure them each year!!!  I love looking back through them and Jaden does too.  I can see these getting "read" over and over as the girls grow up!

Thanks everyone for making it a Special Day!

Friday, May 14, 2010

May flowers bring....

Some of you think May flowers bring Pilgrims (nyuk, nyuk)......but May flowers bring Mother's Day and Birthday for me!
Oh so much fun and excitement packed into one week!!  Where do I begin?


I started a Mother's Day tradition 3 years ago when Jaden painted her first surprise piece for her Mom!  In the past I have always picked a piece for her to paint, but this year I let her pick the piece, colors, was all her from start to finish!
This was Taylor's first Mother's Day painting so we got her started on the same foot, or should I say HAND!  As the following pictures show, Both girls had a lot of fun!

Taylor had a little help picking out her piece and colors.  We decided she needed something for her desk at work to show off her newest little artist!

Jaden looked and looked for something to paint.  She decided on the Peace Sign Mug.
I said, "Are you sure?"
"My mom will LOVE it!" she said. How sweet is that!  Keep in mind she could have painted a princess box, frog, mickey mouse, turtle, snake....ANYTHING.....and she picked something "her mom would love"!
She is all business when it comes to painting!
She painted "rainbows" all over the mug.  Not your traditional rainbows though.....she put several colors of paint on her brush and then in one swoop painted rainbows!  Completely her idea.
She said, "It's a beautiful day with Rainbows!  But it's too cloudy to see rainbows today." As she looked out the window.....  "LOOK, the clouds are moving!"

And after all that fun there was a little time for play!  It is just so much fun to watch little ones be creative! Jaden and Taylor are growing up with paintbrushes in hands!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Play Day!!

I took advantage of an afternoon off and spent some time with my two favorite little girls!
Both girls love to be outside.....Taylor especially was excited to sit in the grass! Jaden on the other hand preferred sitting on the "step".  We tried blowing bubbles but Jaden was quickly discouraged because they "went too fast!"  (It was a windy day.)

When it was time for Taylor to have supper, Jaden and I snuck off to the playground down the street! 
As you will see, she absolutely LOVED the slides!  She tried every one of them....starting small and going big.  What you don't see, thankfully, is that I had to slide with her the first time on each one except the first two.  She quickly caught on and pointedly told me, "gramma j you can stand right HERE!"  pointing to the bottom of the slide.

She really wanted to climb to the top on this ladder, but this is as high as she got.  If we had had more time I probably could have trekked up it with her.  Next time you'll get to the top, J!

FUN AFTERNOON!!!  Looking forward to many of them this summer.....days off are made for this, laundry and housework can wait!

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