Saturday, January 30, 2010

Headband holder

Anyone who knows my Jane knows that this girl likes her some headbands!! See below...

So... needless to say we have what seems to be a never ending supply of headbands and I have been thinking for a long time what to do with them all as we find them not only all over the bathroom, but also all over the kitchen, the living room, my room etc... After thinking a while I came up with covering a Quaker Oats container with scrapbook paper and maybe some ribbon. My problem was I couldn't think of how to keep the headband container still on the counter (picturing it rolling everywhere) so I was talking to my friend Rachel about something that would hold the container and she says, "Well, why don't you just stand it up?" DUUUUH!! So, after seeing numerous posts on my friend Kristy's blog about getting organized I decided just to do it. So here it is...

You can hardly see the paper and ribbon I covered it with because of all of the headbands! But trust me... it's cute!

After I had it all set up and was so proud of myself and the mess that was cleaned up (before picture is purposefully not shown) Jay says, "That's great! AND you could store stuff inside it too!" DUUUUUH! So I filled it up with Jane's soft ponies and ribbons and not only did I clean up the countertop in her bathroom but I ALSO cleaned out a whole drawer!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


The other night I went to bed before Jane and Jay and while they were up late Jay filmed this video of one of the MANY imaginary scenarios that Jane makes up daily, basically this girl is in constant pretend mode. Actually, it reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger and it's funny because Jay, who grew up in a house full of boys, remembers very little pretend play that goes beyond running around in Spiderman pajamas so he is constantly amazed at the scope of Jane's imagination. Anyway, I thought this video was funny so I thought I'd share it with you...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Jill's Birthday

For Jill's birthday we decided to start the day by taking the girls to breakfast. We went to Le Peep's Cafe. Yummy breakfast food!! Here are the pics from our table.

And the birthday girl....
After breakfast I took the girls over to Build-A- Bear workshop (see previous post). Then in the afternoon we went over to my mom's house for presents and cake. I made the cake with a cute cake pan I borrowed from my friend, Jessica. Afterwards I told Jane, "Your mom is no Betty Crocker Jane" and even though she doesn't know who Betty Crocker is she somehow got the jist of it anyway because she says, "Mommy, you are not very good at this." referring to the cake. I do think it looked better after she added the sprinkles.
Jill didn't seem to mind the state of her cake.

Jill got some great presents for her birthday: clothes, play food, a precious moments keepsake but I included these pictures of her Strawberry Shortcake below because the story that goes with it. Jane had gotten this exact same doll as a Christmas present in the mail from my aunt and Jill desperately wanted the doll. She sat by my side the whole time I was trying to get it open (which took a long time) rocking back and forth and grunting. Then when I finally got it open I gave it to Jane of course because it was for her and Jill went into full on temper tantrum. I tried to give her the any other time fabulous sock monkey that was for her in the same package and she it hit it and threw it across the room. She cried for a full on twenty to thirty minutes (I mean like sobbing) about the Strawberry Shortcake and her sister didn't help matters by flaunting in her face how wonderful the doll smelled and how pretty her hair was etc. Anyway, as a result we now have TWO identical and very cute Strawberry Shortcakes. I am sure it won't be the last time we have double of the same toy.

Here is Jill after all of the excitement. Poor baby had a fever (which is why she looks a bit under the weather in all of her pictures). Not fun to be sick on your birthday. But thank goodness it was a quick spell and she was feeling better again by the next day.
Happy birthday to my beautiful little darling! The joy and laughter you have brought to me and your dad and your sister is priceless! I can't imagine our family without our Jillybean.