When I did this project back in 2010 it primarily began as a blog-only project, where I posted my monthly photo collage with some notes and called it good. I'm going to continue that format here, because I like being able to get my photo notes done quickly before I forget them; on the 19th of each month I'll have an actual scrapbook page created to share over at The Daily Trumpet if you're so inclined : )
I decided to go with a "whatever happens" theme for today : )
1. Maddie and Gracie often begin breakfast preparation on their own these days; they had some scary bedhead in this picture though you can't get the full effect from this particular shot. It is always a flurry of "where's the brush?!" and "go get your hair things!!!" and "spray some water on that rat's nest" and so on in the morning. I am happy to report that they usually show up to school with neat hair, though I'm not sure it lasts longer than 49 minutes into the school day.
2. Gracie and her antelope friends walking to the bus stop.
3. After #1 and #2 are off (they ride different buses so we really keep track down to the minute what time it is in the morning) Bridget and I generally take a deep breath and start our "get ready for preschool" routine. We have about 45 minutes from the first wave of school prep until we need to go. Today was show-and-tell (or HOTEL as she insists it's called) and she brought her Groovy Girl doll to share.
4. Bridget loves her preschool teachers, as do we all. I realize this photo looks like something went terribly wrong with her arm at school (did it come unattached? Are they stretching her?) but it's actually the arm of the little girl partially pictured—they had the same shirt on today. Aside: Juliette! Get ready for the 5T clothes, because their days are numbered with Bee!
5. 26º out this morning but —a bazillionº with the wind chill. Is it too much to ask for a day that includes 20º, no wind, and 8 inches of snow? Apparently.
6. Uhm. Sometimes it's just downright weird to live on an Air Force base. This sign occasionally appears on a corner just by our house.
7. More antelope. They wanted to get in the Take Twelve fun, apparently. Don't worry, we were in the van. Though clearly, proximity to antelope has fallen off the list of most pressing concerns around here. See #2.
8. Maddie has to present her "All About Me" project tomorrow (she somehow drew the week in the midst of science fair prep, Antarctica/Australia final project week, and spelling bee practice month). I was tasked with the printing of the All About Maddie pictures. I may have ended up getting a little carried away on the number of pictures I printed for her. Ha. She also has a nice collection of objects to take in—kind of like a jackdaw for the life of Maddie. One of the special items is her newly acquired and prized Candy Shop Wars bookmark, signed by Brandon Mull. (We made a dummy duplicate for the school presentation so nothing would happen to her original).
9. At 2 pm Bridget and I packed up with the Anzac Biscuits I baked last night per Maddie's teacher's request for the Australia/Antarctica Open House and Tasting Party. We got to visit each student and hear his/her explanation of their personal Aboriginal art piece (that was pretty cool) and their original game. Then there was a great spread of Australian food for everyone to share. I avoided the vegemite (been down the road more than once, I'm fine thankyouverymuch) but tried everything else. [Jody! Do Aussies really eat a dessert thing called Frog Jelly?] I'll share the recipe I used for the Anzac Biscuits soon, because they were really good. And easy.
10. Gymnastics drop off, 5:30 pm. We drive to and from this building so much there are Dillow Van grooves in the road, just like the Oregon Trail.
11. Bridget and I sometimes run errands after gymnastics drop-off. Tonight: Target for Boring Things. 2012 is supposed to be the year where we do less Target for Fun Things You Didn't Even Know You Needed and more Target for Boring Things.
12. Gymnastics pick up, 8:30 pm. Maddie is now doing cartwheels on the competition beams and Gracie went over the table successfully for the first time tonight. Bridget recently announced she intends to be a Level 10 gymnast one day. As always, a big thank you kiss to Nicole. : )
Check out the 2012 Take Twelve Project at Ella Publishing Co.!