Saturday, October 29, 2011

Video of the Week - Week 25 - Father's Day!

This is a short, but sweet, video of the girls surprising Jason on Father's Day with the homemade rocket...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Project 365 - Days 170-176

Trying to get caught up before the end of the century (is this a re-occurring theme?)

Day 170 - June 19th


Father's Day 2011...and the girls wanted a picture with their Daddy and the rocket ship Ava made for him out of a soda bottle!  What I notice about this picture is that Ava looks so grown up!  It's something about her haircut and the way it's laying so perfectly...

Day 171 - June 20th


We had a pretty powerful thunderstorm roll through and I caught these images of lightening.  This one is a little freaky because you can see the clouds swirling above it and it looks like such a thick, intense bolt of electricity!!

This one too was pretty intense though it was by accident - hence the off centered picture!

Day 172 - June 21


As I said in my previous post, swim lessons were starting again and I was so glad I had those short bobs on the girls!  Ava loved her swim lessons again this year.  She's pretty much at the top of what they teach her in organized lessons - they were lobbying pretty hard for her to join the swim team but in the end, she decided to just swim for fun in the pool at home!

Day 173 - June 22

I think I mentioned earlier that Ava purchased this planner several months ago and she keeps it up at the barn, like I do with my planner where I keep all my horse info and records.  So when she is up at the barn, she records what she does in her planner!  (Girl after my own heart!)  When cracks me up about this day is that she was keeping close tabs on a mouse trap Jason had set in the big barn and noted that she had checked on that too...funny!

Day 174 - June 23

We finally coordinated our schedules with our friends, the Joiners, and headed down to the JW Marriot in San Antonio for an extra long weekend!  It was a nice getaway and of course, the girls had a blast!  This was taken our first evening there - it was a nice balmy evening - not humid, perfect weather really, and the girls were out playing on a big lawn while we all waited for dinner.  Sweet shot of these sisters!

Day 175 - June 24

We went into San Antonio the next day our friend, Matt, who has been to San Antonio many times, gave us the tour of the Riverwalk.  This old church was off the Riverwalk near a shopping area.  Ava sat and posed for me and I got some neat shots...

Day 176 - June 25

One of the big draws of the JW Marriot is the big water park they built for their guests.  They had several water slides, several pools, and cute kiddie area.  Even though this slide was rather tame, Amelia was too scared to go down unless I was holding her.  Then she thoroughly enjoyed the ride!


Way back at the beginning of summer, June 18th to be exact, when the heat was increasing daily, several weeks of swim lessons had been scheduled and many days were going to be spent in the pool, I talked the girls into getting "summer" haircuts.  This was a little scary for me because since June 1, 2009 (Amelia's Gotcha Day), Amelia had never had a hair cut on her head.  Never.  We had been working so hard at growing it out.  But, I thought angled bobs for the girls would be cute and cool for the summer.  Here is what they looked like before:

I don't know why she was looking at Ava like that, but I think Amelia's expression is so cute!

Pretty long, right?  That's why I was SO scared!!  But we set off for Sweet and Sassy.  Unfortunately, our favorite hair stylist who used to cut Ava's hair in the angled bob a few years ago, no longer worked there.  So we were putting our trust in a new girl (who was the manager but still...)

Ava went first but I wasn't so nervous because I knew what to expect...


Amelia was second and I have to admit, I gasped a little when she took those sharp shears and cut off Amelia's long ponytail...I didn't get a picture of it, but each of them had 8 inches cut off!!!


And here they are afterward!  I absolutely love this cut on Amelia.  I thought it might make her look older but it made her look more like a baby and I love it!!  And I think it's equally cute on our eight-year-old Ava.  Grandma was along and splurged for the feathers in their hair...something Ava had really been wanting.  They get a lollipop after a haircut and Amelia couldn't help but dive in - wouldn't even take it out for a quick picture!!  We stopped at Panera on the way home for a quick dinner and I snapped these cute photos of the girls...


These haircuts proved so useful as the summer progressed.  No fits brushing through tangled hair and so easy to wash and dry after the pool!  We might make this a summer tradition!

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