Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Many Hairstyles of Aly

Our poor Aly has been cursed with the most impossible hair. First, she had no hair forever and even now for the age of three her hair is still not very plentiful. (which was not helped by the fact that she gave herself a haircut the other day) Next, it is naturally curly which is really nice except when it is time to comb it out and it is always tangled. Last, she has been cursed with all the calics that are part of my family one in the front, one in the middle, and one in the back of her hair making it next to impossible to pull up without it looking really odd. So most days it is really common for Aly to look a lot like the following pictures by the end of the day.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Back in Business

The girls and dad checking out the WATERPROOF digital camera capabilities

So as a follow up to my previous post I received a waterproof digital camera for Mothers day, so we are back in business. In perfect time too, because this summer I have fourteeners to conquer, races to run, and family camp outs planned, and I want to be able to take lots of pictures.

We've been having a lot of rain lately which is really nice, but also makes it a little hard to be very motivated to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Saturday we braved the rain and cold and went to Rampart Reservoir with my brother Preston and his family to take the Red Pepper (the name of our red canoe) out for its first run of the season...... As a little side note the night before we were talking to Aly about taking the red pepper out on the lake and she said she needed to go check on it I assumed she was going to go look at the boat in the garage so was a little surprised when I turned around to find her holding a red bell pepper from the fridge and advising me that it was ready for our day out. Funny kid.... anyway.... When we arrived at the reservoir it was raining pretty hard , but we put up our canopy, had lunch and waited it out and the girls were able to get in a nice ride on the Red Pepper. So thanks Preston and Shanda for being good sports and sticking it out with us.

Talia, Aly and Brooklyn all having fun checking things out after our picnic

Preston, Talia, Foote and Brooklyn going for a ride in the canoe

Too funny; Brooklyn was so mad that the canoe ride was over that she refused to get out. She even grabbed the paddle and attempted to paddle the boat herself. We had to deal with a nice long two year old temper tantrum trying to get her out of the boat.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

.....And another one bites the dust

Sometimes I feel like these two little girls are going to destroy my house right out from underneath me. They manage to make messes, and break things in record time. I feel like my days are spent cleaning one mess after the other. Our most recent loss was my digital camera. Brooklyn was sweet enough to take it with her into the bath to play with. Although I was not a great picture taker before, I most definitely will not be now, as we say farewell to our fourth digital camera that has met a watery grave. Yes I think it is safe to say that we should spend the extra money and get the waterproof digital camera.

#1 - Digital camera, met its watery grave at Bear Lake, it was sitting on a parked Jet Ski in its case and then was accidently bumped and fell into the lake.

#2 - Digital video camera, met its end when Foote had the brilliant idea of wearing it during his paragliding flight and ended up landing in a lake.

#3 - Digital camera, As I was loading our canoe from our camp sight last year It fell off the pile I was carrying and landed in the lake it was in its case and I grabbed it as fast as I could it worked for little while and finally gave out.

#4 - Digital Camera, Brooklyn very thoughtfully took it into the bath with her so it could get nice and clean.

I seem to have an electronic curse, I almost feel sorry for any electronic device entrusted to my care, it's as if it's only a matter of time before it will meet its end.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My little Chatter box

Alyson is a constant chatter box as much as I hate to say it sometimes after a few hours of her constant narrative I tend to tune her out. Aly's latest is to start most of her conversations with "Once Upon a Time" I think this is funny because we seldom read stories that start with "Once Upon a Time" and she rarely watches any movies that would begin with this phrase, yet she uses it constantly. Here is an example of one of her conversations with me today.

Me - "Aly we need to go, so will you please put your shoes on."
Aly - "Once Upon a Time, Aly Jayne had some shoes, but Brookie took them and I lost them."

Me - "Aly I need you to take your dirty clothes to the laundry room"
Aly - " Once upon a time Aly Jayne took my clothes to the laundry room. I already did it"
Me - "Then why are they still here?

So apparently everything that happens to Aly qualifies as fairytale material. I guess that's a good attitude to have.

Also, over the last couple months Aly has informed me on a regular basis that I am not her mommy but that I am Brookie's mommy and that M&M grandma is her mommy (M&M grandma is Aly's name for Foote's mom because of the endless supply of M&Ms she has at her house). I've noticed that she does this with more frequency when she is in trouble. At first it was cute and funny, but now it is moving into the annoying territory because she is so consistent. The other day Aly's little friend came over to play and I told her I was going to call her mom and let her know we were on our way to drop her off. Aly then insisted that I call her mom too (Grandma Foote (M&M Grandma)) and let her know that she is on her way. I said "I am your mommy". "No your Brookie's mommy, M&M grandma is my mommy." She got all upset when I didn't make the phone call, and she kept persistently telling me she needed me to call her mommy. I told her that grandma M&M was Dad's mommy. "Yeah, and she is my mommy too."

Sometimes, I might agree with Aly, in that it would be nice if M&M grandma could be her mom when she is getting into trouble.