As I've blogged before, my girls LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba. They've watched it for over a year now, have most of the characters, even the tub toys, and had their 2nd birthday theme Yo Gabba Gabba. And hey, I even enjoy watching it!
So it only made sense that I would buy them the YGG CD to listen to in the car. Plus, they have bands I love like Weezer & Jimmy Eat World. Usually the girls are really good on car trips, but this was my back up plan just in case.
I made the mistake of listening to it with them on the way to the mall this week. They clapped and sang along to most of the songs, but as soon as the Ting Tings song was over, Natalie yelled "Birthday again! AGAIN!!!". So we listened to it again. And again. And finally I put it on repeat so I wouldn't have to distract myself while driving every 2 minutes to turn it back on.
I have finally come to the conclusion that if I were ever tortured, a mere 15 minutes of listening to the Ting Tings on repeat would be all that was necessary to get me to confess.
And if you've never seen/heard this song, here's the link for your viewing torture...ahem, pleasure.
The weather here has been le suck for the past few days. It's either been cold, rainy, overcast, or just plain blah. The girls beg to go outside and swing, but we are just unable to. I also got them cute new trikes that they've been riding around the house, but I'd rather them take outdoors. They've basically become very expensive hurdles for me to hop over.
The girls will be spending some extra time with my mom and dad this weekend. In t-minus 2 days I'll be taking 47 teenagers to Washington, DC. I might need y'all to say a few prayers!
While browsing the grocery store's frozen aisle, I stumbled upon frozen shelled edamame. Now, I love eating edamame, but the girls have never once tried it. Well, this edamame comes in single serve packs with Dora (or as my girls call her, Backpack).
I opened up a package and Natalie immediately shoved some in her mouth saying "Mmmm, Backpack beans!". After I threw away her edamame wrapper, Eddie asked if she wanted to run to the store really quick and she nodded yes.
And this would be why she nodded:
You'll be happy to know she came back from the grocery store with a mouth full of edamame. Apparently, she REALLY likes it.
I love snickerdoodle cookies - but had never made them before. While making my grocery list of things I needed, I casually asked Eddie what cream of tartar was. He replied that it was tartar sauce. So...I added that to my list. Once I had blended almost every ingredient, I put in 2 teaspoons of tartar sauce, and asked Eddie if he was 100% sure that was right, cause it looked gross. We used Google and figured out that no, it sure wasn't right!
So with that said, here's the recipe I used - minus the cream of tartar - and they were still excellent!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 2 tbsp white sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 400
2. Mix the butter, shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt
3. Mix the smaller amount of sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl
4. Shape dough into balls. Roll around in the sugar/cinnamon mixture
5. Place balls on an ungreased cookie sheet
6. Bake 8-10 minutes and remove immediately from cookie sheet
Yesterday, I took the girls to Family Fun Night at my school. There were so many things going on - a soccer game, silent auction, concessions, Model UN displays, and a talent show. The girls LOVED watching all the kids sing, dance, and play instruments. A little 6th grade boy sang "Baby" and I'm fairly sure my girls have now caught the Bieber Fever.
I also opted not to take my DSLR camera because I took the girls by myself. In the likely event they both ran off, and I had to give chase, I didn't want my poor camera left behind or dropped :)
Also, when we got in the car to leave, Audrey climbed from the back seat, over the console, and sat in the driver's seat. She grabbed my keys out of my purse, put the right one in the ignition, turned around and said "Big girl chair! I big girl!". Uh oh.
I have BIG news! For the first time since before Christmas break, Natalie slept in her own room, in her own bed - the whole night! In fact, I was able to get ready for work today with my light on, and she was still sleeping in her room when I left for work at 7:45.
Her toddler bed is still in my room, but I set out a twin sized mattress on her floor with some pillows and a quilt.
What did it take to get her to sleep in her own room? Telling her she was a big girl, putting in two night lights, taking out anything "scawey", and bribing her with a Dance Star Mickey.
Saturday evening, I headed to the mall in search for clothes for myself this Spring and Summer. I was in need of a few things that could easily transition from work to home - so I checked out the usual stores I like to buy from: Dillards, GAP, JCPenney (don't knock - they have cute clothes!), & Francescas. I came away with some really cute, really ruffly clothes. I'm so excited for this warm weather for a chance to wear them!
Yesterday, the girls and I headed to The Pavillion to meet Eddie, Emma, and his sister Anna for a playdate. We decided to play at the park outside before a huge storm blew in - and then went inside to bounce for a few hours. The girls just had so much fun!