Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Days Party

Went to a 50's themed birthday party the bowllng alley. How perfect?
 We managed to scrape together an outfit...
 Annie was dressed to the nines!
How cute is this cake? 
 Right out of Happy Days, I tell ya...
 Gianna and her ballet buddy, Ella.  They were the youngins'

 Took quite a few tries to blow out the candles...

Such a fun party.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Princess Overload

 Iain and I knew we wanted Gianna to be well-balanced and tried hard to not expose her to just girly things.  I have to say, I think we've done a fairly good job in that area, however, I have no control as to what she ultimately responds. 
What can I say? The girl likes princesses.
And truthfully, I haven't got any qualms about it.
So, when we heard that a local high school danceline was doing a Princess Party as a fundraiser, I made sure to buy tickets.
We invited the little Dawson princess to tag along with us.
Gianna and Therese both donned Rapunzel attire.

Apparently Rapunzel was quite a popular princess choice that day.

How incredibly beautiful is this child?
One of the booths offered tattoos. Therese chose an appropriate, coordinating one with an appropriate placement...

 My child? Well, when given the opportunity, she almost always chooses something quite different and usually plastered on her face. (Remember those tiger face paintings?)
Here's her tattoo.  I have no clue as to what it is (crown with wings I imagine), but what is looked like was a huge gash on her face. (sigh)

Found a school friend who looks quite royal.

Cinderella's Fairy Godmother made an appearance.
(She's a local elementary principal.)

I thought I'd add this fun little video to the post that sort of relates to the girly girl theme..
I thought it was pretty clever.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Carnival

Went to the fall carnival for our parish school.  Of course Gianna had to get her face painted.  Not a cute little flower on her cheek.....a whole tiger.
 Got to ride horses...

And somehow the girl mustered up the courage to sing karaoke in front of a room full of middle schoolers.  For real.
She asked the guy running the show if he had the national anthem.  He said no.  Then I suggested, "You don't know you're beautiful..." by One Direction.  She asked the guy and he looked at me as if to say, "Is she for real?" 
Yeah, buddy -- she's for real.
Here she is....tiger face and all.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Jelly Book - Volume 12 (Atumn 2013)

I've been keeping a Jelly Book since Gianna was a baby.  It's just a compilation of fun things gianna says and does that I want to remember.  Here's our autumn edition.  Our other's can be found HERE.
(The 1st one is from last school year I forgot to record....)
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In Pre-K, Gianna came home proclaiming....
G:  Hey, Mommy, I'm the dudy today.
Me:  What?
G: I'm the dudy at school today.
Me: Did somebody call you that?
G:  Yeah - Ms. Lisa said I was the dudy.
Me: What does that mean?
G: It means when Ms. Lisa leaves the room, I get to take names of who was talking and not following the rules.
Me:  OHHH - you were ON duty.
G:  Yeah - that's what I said.
And apparently, when she was ON duty - she would get up, walk around, correct children who talked and gave back scratches to kids who followed the rules. Apparently someone is liking this little power trip.
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We were cheering on my alma mater at football game and midway through the game Gianna noticed the players on the sidelines take their helmets off and kneel down.  She wanted to know what was going on.  I told her a player had gotten hurt and the other players were being respectful.

G:  Did he get the wind knocked out of him?
Me:  I'm not sure what happened.
G: (Folding her arms and shaking her head)  I sure hope it wasn't alcohol.
Me:  Why would you think that?  How do you know about alcohol?
G: Ms. Pam (teacher) told us all about it.  It can really mess you up.

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We were passing by the tv and Dancing with the Stars was on.  Figuring Gianna would like the dancing, I beckoned her to stop and watch.  She watched for about three seconds until she GASPED. 
G:  Well, THAT'S not very modest!!!!  Why is she showing so much skin and why doesn't that man have a shirt on!!!
Well, shame on me and good for her!  Glad some of these lessons are sinking in.
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At an Italian restaurant, Gianna got uncharacteristically quiet.

G: "Do you hear that?"
Me: What?
G:  It's alien music!
Me:  (laughing) Well, actually - it's not alien music- it's opera.
G:  That's OPRAH?

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We recently had a terrible lice outbreak at a local private school which had everyone scurrying to jump on the prevention bandwagon.  After hearing stories of frustrated moms at ballet, I made a bee-line to CVS pharmacy to see what preventative products I could find. 

Satisfied with my choice, I placed my items on the counter at check-out.  Gianna quickly informed the clerk,  "These are for the children at OLQH school because they have bugs in their hair."

Me: (horrified, I quickly covering her mouth) Little Miss, these are for YOU!
G:  Hey! I don't have bugs in my hair.
Me: And we're trying to keep it that way. Besides, We don't mention those things to other people.
Clerk:  Girl - you're not telling any secrets.  I sold 60 Lice Treatment kits today.  I know all the scoop.
G:  (smile)
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After my shower I called Gianna in the bathroom to fix her hair.  She spotted my pile of discarded clothes on the floor and said,

"DANG!  Are those your boobie holders?  They're huge!"

Thank you. I'm well aware.

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Looking at her own chest in the mirror she asked, "When are my 'nibbles' going to turn in to breastes?

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While driving home from school one day, Gianna asked,
"Can I have ass-n when we get home?"
Me:  What?
G:  Can I have ass-n when we get home?"
Me: I heard you, I just have NO idea what that is?
G:  (frustrated) ASS - N!!!!
Me: I'm sorry - I still have no clue, Gianna.
G:  You gave me it this weekend...
Me;  What?
G:  When I was sick you kept making me drink it?
Me:  Ass-n?
G: Yes. You told me if I drank too much it would hurt my tummy.
Me:  You mean orange juice?
G:  Yeah - you said there's ass-n in it.
Me:  Gianna - it's called ACID.  Why didn't you just ask for orange juice?
G:  (shrug)
Me:  (sigh)

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When Gianna wants to race, she begins by saying, "On your market...get set....GO!"

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We were in the grocery and Gianna said,
"Can I have Starbucks?"
(Two ladies whipped their heads around shocked at this request from a little munchkin.)
I was just as shocked....I rarely have Starbucks and don't ever bring her.
Me:  What do you mean?
G:  Those little square candies I got for Halloween....Starbucks.
Me:  Those are called Starbursts.
G:  Oh.

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G: Hey Mommy, is it Happy Hour?
Me:  Umm....actually it is.
G:  Can you take me?
Me:  We'll see - but can you please say the word Sonic when you ask me to bring you to Happy Hour?  People are questioning my parenting.
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Me:  Gianna, what do you want for breakfast today?
G:  Panera Bread (We recently got a new restaurant in town - but she'd never been there.)
Me:  What? 
G:  Panera Bread - you know - that special kind you bought me?
Me:  That's Pepperidge Farms Pumpkin swirl.
G: Yeah - that.

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While telling the above two stories to Gianna's friend's mom, she told me a cute story about her daughter.

Camille:  Mommy, Grandpa brought us to TWO restaurants today for lunch.
Mom:  Uh-oh - he shouldn't have done that.  Where did he bring you guys?
Camille:  Old McDonald's and Tinkerbell.

Mom said she got McDonald's quickly but it took her 10 minutes to figure out the second place.  Turns out, it was Taco Bell.  Hahaha. 

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We went to a bowling party and Gianna was horrified to get a whiff of cigarette smoke once we entered the building.  The have a secluded little room with slot machines and I'm sure that's where it was coming from.  Gianna gives lectures on the subject of the dangers of smoking so she marched her little self up to the counter to complain that people should NOT be smoking in the building where other people were.  They lady got the biggest kick out of that and made her repeat her spiel to several other workers and patrons.
A few months later we went back to bowl with a friend and upon entering their was a huge standing NO SMOKING sign. Gianna was thrilled. 
"They listened to me.  They listened to my rules! This is great.  Now we don't smell cigarette smoke when we walk in.....just stinky bowling shoes!!"
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Gianna's school did a fundraiser selling poinsettias.  Her sales pitch was really good.  While enjoying her recent Halloween tea party, Gianna delivered her pitch to Ms. Brenda:

G:  "Hi, my name is Gianna and we're selling poinsettias to raise money for our school.  They're beautiful, big red plants and they're only $10 each. How many would YOU like to buy?"
Brenda:  Well, I think I might like five.
G:  (sigh) Well, pretty much everyone is just getting two.
Brenda:  hahahahahahaha

Need to expound upon our sales training, I guess.

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Overhearing a phone conversation I was having with my mother, Gianna surmised that we were invited somewhere.  She quickly interrupted saying, "Yes. Yes. We'll go. Where does MeMaw want us to go?  Tell her YES!"
Me:  Gianna - it's a picnic and it's really cold out and you're  just getting over being sick, I'm not sure it's the best idea.
G:  Oh please. Oh please. Oh PLEASE Mommy can we go?
Me: Gianna I'm just not sure yet.
G:  Mommy. I'll give you $40 if you say yes.
Me:  Really?  You've got a deal.  Pay up.
G: Umm.....

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 Gianna is getting pretty good at singing the Star Spangled Banner.  Her name for it?
"Jose', can you see..." 
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One morning Gianna was holding the American flag and looking intently at it.
Me:  What are you doing?
G:  I just can't stop looking at the blue.
Me:  Why's that?
G:  Because the blue stands for courage.
Me:  :)
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One Saturday morning, Gianna and I were having a sad, lonely time of it - so I put Gianna in the car and did something out of the ordinary -- went to the Nail Salon to get pedicures.  (I swore I wouldn't do that when she was little. Oh well - no regrets.) 
Anyway, Gianna got a kick out of the experience and struck up a conversation with the nail tech.
G:  Are you Chinese?
Nail Tech:  No, no, no! I not Chinese - I Vietnamese. Look - You can see my eyes. They BIG.  You cannot see Chinese eyes cause they just have slits.
G:  (A little confused)  Oh.
NT:  Ness time - you not ask if someone Chinese.  You ask if they Asian. Okay?
G:  Okay.

Later on when someone asked who painted her nails.  She said, "Some lady who wasn't Chinese.  She was 'Casian.'"  (Guess that's and Asian/Cajun blend.)

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While saying night prayers, I asked Gianna if there was anyone special she wanted to pray for.  She answered, "...the poor, banished children of Eve."  (Comes from the Hail Holy Queen prayer.) Before I could respond she said, "...And, why were the poor children banished anyway?"

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Gianna got a phone call from a friend of ours who was recently engaged.  He asked her to be their flower girl for their wedding next summer.
Gianna was ecstatic and very sweet in her response. 

When she got off the phone, she looked at me and said, "I'm so excited, but this is SO 'nervousing' for me!"

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While playing with her friend, Matthew, Gianna sweetly asked,
G:  Matthew, will you marry me?
Matthew:  (without missing a beat) Not unless it's in front of a preacher.  That's what my Dad says, anyway.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

"Cost on Fire"

A few weeks ago, Gianna came with me to the Auto Parts store to get some new windshield wipers for our vehicle.  As we entered the store I heard a voice greet us, but saw no one.  As I quickly scanned the store for the source of the voice, I was surprised when it came right up behind me.  I was caught off guard for two reasons. One:  I would have sworn the voice I heard was a woman's.  It was not.  Two:  It was obvious that the man who came to our aid, had been severely burned. 

Anyone with a small child knows that absolutely anything could come out of their mouths at this point, and I held my breath as to what was about to erupt from my Gianna. 

I could tell by her quizzical expression that she couldn't make sense of the high-pitched, raspy voice coming from someone with facial hair.  She was able to discretely ask me if he was a man?  I quickly nodded and then as she opened her mouth to start with her questions, the man turned around and looked at her and said, "I was burned in a house fire, that's why I look like this and I don't have any hands or ears."  God bless him. He would soon discover what a huge door he opened.

Side note:  Gianna is already obsessed with fire, like scared of it. (Like so scared of it that she FLIPPPED OUT when we made s'mores at a friend's house recently, thinking we were going to "cost" on fire (catch) if we ingested a marshmallow that had been burned.)

Anyway - this very gracious man who had been burned, was SO kind to Gianna and answered every single question she had.  He told her to never play with matches or fire and she promised him with every ounce of her being.  He asked how old she was and was shocked when she said "five" because he said he had never been asked such good questions before.  I thanked him for being so wonderful with Gianna and asked what his name was so we could pray for him - knowing that Gianna was going to be talking about him for weeks. 

He told us his name was Kevin, but everyone called him "Fingers" as was monogrammed on his shirt.  Gianna gasped, "But that's so mean for people to call you that, because you don't have fingers."  He looked at her in her eyes and said, "Oh no, honey, people can't really make fun of you if you laugh at yourself."  Her eyes grew as her mind tried to process it all.  And then he said, "Everyone around here calls me Fingers, but you know what my boss calls me?.......Knuckles!"  Gianna managed to leak a chuckle from her mouth, but I could tell she didn't want to laugh.

I felt blessed we walked into that store that day.  What a beautiful life lesson Gianna took away that day.  She hasn't stopped talking about him these last few weeks and bugs me to drop by the store to see him.  I'm pretty sure he'll be remembering Gianna for a good long while, too. 

And he was great at his job, too.  Turns out the expensive wipers really do work better. :)
Lucky for me there was a sale that day. 

Saturday, November 02, 2013

CM Farms

Back in early October, my friend and I decided to take our kids to Dry Creek to experience CM Farms - sort of like a harvest festival/pumpkin patch deal.
We took along our Jessie...

I was most excited to experience this awesome corn maze.
Sadly, it was the only thing we ended up not doing. It's probably a good thing, because it was BLAZING hot even at 10 in the morning.  Gotta love Louisiana autumns.

Anna Catherine, Gianna and Matthew

Nifty handmade games...
 Water pumps for duck races...

Got to do a little ropin'.... 

Super-sized jumpy deals are always a winner...
 Precious baby animals...

 ...and bigger ones too.
 Part of the corn maze is used for kiddie rides on the tractor train....

Even though these can get on each other's last nerve, they sure do love each other...

 Never really realized that whole corn really does resemble candy corn... (or vice versa)

I have to say, that although I'm glad we went, I have been totally spoiled by last year's trip to Ms. Heather's Pumpkin Patch
CM Farms was WAY more expensive with far less attractions. Can't figure that out.  Although the maze might have made it worth the extra bucks.  One day.
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 Th th th that's all folks...

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