Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tillie Boo Boo

So... while we were out in Colorado a few weeks ago Tillie had her second birthday and we were very, very lucky to get to celebrate with our in town family. One of the amazing presents Tillie received was this adorable flamingo dress from my wonderful Aunt Kathi. Now this dress is pretty much to die for, over the top, tutu fabulous... I mean this dress is DA BOMB!!! I've posted a picture below for your verification,


So now that you've seen the awesomeness that is this flamingo dress, I have a confession to make. After seeing Tillie in this dress I felt like I couldn't just keep her undeniable cuteness all to myself anymore... and I signed her up for a fashion show next month. It's a local vendor that is hosting the show to display her clothes and accessories all I have to provide are flip flops... which is the only shoe Tillie doesn't have so I'm gonna get to go shooooping!!!

Alright, seriously though, I'm trying to contain my excitement... and also teach Tillie some tricks... you know there ain't nothin' cuter than small well trained children (slight sarcasm here). Anyway, we've been working all weekend on a little routine that goes like this,

walk down the runway... twirl... throw her arms out and yell "Ta-Da!!"... then blow a kiss.

Totally beyond adorable, and she totally pulls it off about 50% of the time. So based on those statistics I see this fashion show going one of two ways:

1. She does her routine and the crowd goes crazy, chanting "Tillie! Tillie! Tillie!!!" Nickelodeon and Disney get into a heated bidding war over the rights to a show about her cuteness.... we turn them down of course (we're not those kind of people who are going to sell their kid's childhood to the highest bidder ppsssh) Tillie grows up "small town famous" and we all live happily ever after

2. Tillie walks to the end of the runway, twirls violently several times before stumbling to a stop and yelling "TA DAAAAAA!!!!" unfortunately all those twirls give her the balance of a soccer mom three margaritas in (that's me) and she falls sideways off the stage. Luckily she is nothing if not durable and  she hops back up to gruffly yell "KISSIESSSS!!! KISSIESSSS!!" while smacking herself in the mouth and blowing spit everywhere.

I have to say either way I'll be super proud... and I'll write about it here.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Beach Revisited

Anyone out there who is still reading the occasional post I put out on this blog may remember my post from last summer about the beach. Last summer beach visits were rough, not so much for the kids, but for the parents lugging them around it was a misery. Set aside the fact that three small, hot, sweaty children are hard to handle you throw in sand and I thought I would lose my mind.

Well this year everyone is a little older, weather is not at it's hottest, and after a long winter sand seems a small price to pay for some SUNSHINE!! So for Mother's Day I asked to go to the beach, and we packed towels and a cooler (and some margaritas for me) and we met up with Nic's family.

Let me tell you what, that looooong winter made a difference a big, big difference. For whatever reason (maybe it was the margaritas) this year the beach was awesome! The boys were big enough to play down in the water without having their hand held for every single second. Tillie was totally terrified of the water so she spent her time happily making sand castles and not actively trying to drown. That was a huge plus!


The best part was that the sand didn't bother me so much. I mean I'm not trying to set out a picnic at the beach and eat in a whole bed of sand or anything but as far as kicking back and enjoying some beverages while not stressing my sand covered legs... well that I can handle. I even sat with my butt in the sand... not in a chair... my WHOLE BUTT in the sand!!


It was a great day. Makes me wonder what else we should retry with the kids.

Having three little kids around has been the happiest thing in my life but it also sucked joy out of a lot the things that I used to like doing. Which is fine, it's a phase it's just a part of life that you get through, I wouldn't trade my crew for a million beaches. It is nice every year to see more things open up for us though, I feel like we're taking back our lives a little and all the fun stuff we get to enjoy the kids get to come along too. So that leaves me feelin' good... it's gonna be a good year :)