Thursday, October 27, 2011

a 7 year old and a 3 month old

Veronica turned 7 on the 25th and Violet turned 3 months!
Veronica weighs about 41 lbs and Violet weighs about 13 lbs.

For those of you who don't know Veronica, let me describe why I love her so much. She forgives me constantly for my shortcomings. She has an amazing memory, can still recall things from 3-4 years ago. She LOVES to read and I can't really take credit for teaching her. She taught herself how to read, probably because I wouldn't read her all the books she wanted. She's a very loving soul but very stubborn. Veronica is smart and innocent. Veronica is competitive and loves to win and is still learning that sometimes she will be bad at something or won't win all the time. She loves to draw and can destroy a ream of paper in a day. I have learned that I am far from perfect and Veronica will remind me from time to time of that. I love having her in our family. She's complicated, emotional, dramatic, fantastic, creative, compassionate, curious and so much more and I love her so! Happy Birthday Veronica.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The LA County Fair

I thought I'd treat the kids to something spectacular and awesome...loaded up the minivan (by myself) and headed to the fair. I know what you're thinking, and no I was not CRAZY to just go out there on my own. I met some people with their kids there and we all pooled our energy together to be able to undertake this fair. I would not have gone if I were not there with other adults to help me from being overwhelmed. I had a stroller full of snacks/food for the inevitable meltdowns and my books for free admission and my very well deserved carbonated beverage in hand. It was hot. It was huge. It was deep fried goodness. I did have to call on all my will power to not get a deep fried twinkie however I did cave and got some deep fried zucchini (at least it was a vegetable, right?). The kids had a great time and I actually had some fun too. The only reason I didn't konk out on the drive home was because I was driving! Everyone else was fast asleep 5 minutes into the drive, minus one super human named Veronica who has unknown amounts of energy.

There were TONS of thes photo-op cut outs and the kids stopped at almost all of them.

Grinding some corn.

Here we all are. And yes, Violet was there with us. She spent most of the day in her stroller very happy and very sleepy. She was the very best behaved out of the whole lot!