Can I please get a Holla?!
It’s been an especially long week here at Haus of Girls filled with spills, tears, whining about school outfits and more.
Having three daughters, there is no shortage of clothing/hair accessories drama, I will say.
(A glimpse at their individual fashion sense as they pose in front of our tree one last time before taking in down.)
So today, when I woke up to begin another wonderful winter day, I was a little more excited than normal that it was Friday.
Four of the six children I care for during the day did not come today, (only four kids all day instead of the usual eight = spa retreat!!!) so I had the rare chance to take Mia and Sophie to school.
This is a real treat for them because, after taking on a few more children to care for at the end of the year, I have not had room in my big ol’ Suburban to do so. I am so thankful for some extra special and kind Moms who have helped me out in the carpool department. I couldn’t do what I do without their help and support. So a big thank you Amber, Rachel and Kandi. You are all such blessings!
I took full advantage of our road trip opportunity and decided, after dropping Sophie off at preschool, to take the cuties to a little place I like to call coffee heaven.
Also knows as Starbucks.
I think they enjoyed the road trip almost as much as my taste buds did.
Here’s a little more of this and that to recap what’s been happening in Haus of Girls the past few days.
#1. I DARE you to try this Jackie Warner workout DVD. And then I dare you to not cry when doing the abs portion of the 40 minute full body workout.
Seriously. Go buy it from Amazon.com like I did (thanks to a gift card from my sister Adie!) for less than half price and do it. Your body will thank me. I am back in the swing of working out after a two month hiatus due to sickness. I am thankful to have my body back. Not thankful for the awful feeling of my stomach being on fire.
#2. T-minus two weeks until Baby Smith arrives!!!
And how cute is my sister Adie’s 36 week pregnant belly?
I can not even wait to hold her new teeny baby boy.
I may or may not steal him for a few days. Do you think she’ll notice?
#3. At Starbucks today I went out on a limb and tried something new. I know, I’m such a dare devil. I normally get the plain Jane boring Skinny Vanilla Latte, but I risked it and tried the Skinny Carmel Macchiato.
I almost fainted from the yumminess. I want one every morning from now on. If only I had a gift card for every diaper I changed during the day. I ‘d be one happy, and caffeinated, momma.
#4. My computer is being shady, again.
I must save all my pictures on my sd card TONIGHT. Someone remind me later tonight. Threaten me. Force me. I am counting on you!
#5. It has finally stopped snowing for a few minutes. Last week was a snowy blur of sledding, shoveling (not by me of course!), and family game nights inside.
#6. This girl is getting too old. Too fast.
She is so over all the skirts I have sewn for her, only takes showers and does her own ponytails. Tears.
She even had a special day with Dad and went up in this…
the St. Louis Arch.
Something I have yet to do. Will never do, I’m pretty sure.
Just a tad too high for me, and I won’t even talk about the fact that when it’s windy, you feel it swaying back and forth when you’re up at the top. No chance.
Sophie has recently determined her upcoming party will be Rapunzel themed. I guess I better gather up some of my Grandma Viefhaus’ German recipes for the big day.
Kraut Flakel anyone? (One of my favorite foods of all time!)
This almost five year old was a “Beterinarian” today at preschool for their Occupation Parade. Stethoscope and all.
And when I sat down by her at lunch this afternoon with my baby spinach salad with grilled chicken she said, “Wow, Mom. That smells like lice.”