Phone pics are the best. You know, sort of. They make it to Facebook. Well, most of them. But they don't usually get downloaded to the computer or make it onto the blog. Until now! Here's a backwards look at some of my favorite phone pics of the past few months.
Lucy is so strong-willed! I've never had a toddler care what they were wearing. Lucy loves to be fancy, she loves to wear shoes and hats, etc. And when she found this Santa dress in her closet, she was wearing it, baby, no matter what!
I never wonder more if Maya is actually my flesh and blood than when she wanders into a petting zoo. Never in a million years would I pick up a rooster! But that's Maya for you. She picked up all the animals, I think, including the baby goats. You can't see me shaking my head back and forth, wrinkling my nose, so you'll just have to imagine it. I'm no animal lover, but my kids definitely are. Which is a good thing.
Mason does this awesome wink that we all love, complete with clicking sound. So here's a look at the wink + a painted-on ninja mask. Pretty awesome!
Maya dressed up in a Wales-ish costume (made by me-truly with the help of my trusty glue gun) for her school heritage presentation on Wales. So cute!
34 and counting, baby! How much do I love my Happy Birthday Natalie cake? Very, very much. (Thanks, Michelle!)
Maya broke her mother's heart when she chopped off all that beautiful hair. And by that I mean, I'm so proud of Maya for donating her hair to Locks for Love. (Sniff, sniff.)
Maya loves her new look, and so do I. But what I really love is that there is no crying at hair-brushing time anymore! It's a beautiful thing all the way around.
Purple girl! This was a favorite outfit of Maya's when she was this age. I can't believe how much they look alike.
My shopping buddy! Simon prefers "the big part" of the cart and really is the best go-along guy ever. Anytime he senses anyone might be leaving, he's there, ready to go. "I go." is definitely Simon's motto.
Oh boy, blankie washing day is the saddest day ever. Poor Lucy.
Maya & I had the best time at the Texas book festival. While I waited in line to meet Rosemary Wells (so awesome!), Maya stood next to a "No Stopping, No Standing" sign. I thought it was funny.
Give me the sucker and no one gets hurt.
Simon & Jonathan out for a spin around the neighborhood. (Notice: rain boots.)
Simon's favorite place to eat is Freddy's Frozen Custard, or "Big Wass Cream Cone", as he says. They're getting to be on an even more familiar basis lately, so he just refers to it as "Big Wass" most of the time. And we all know what he means. And we head there immediately because their hot dogs, fries and chocolate custard shakes are not to be missed. Big Wass forever.
Fun event of 2011 for Chris & Natalie: Chris won tickets (but I was the one that entered us both into the contest) to the Austin City Limits television show taping of Coldplay's New Year's special. We were literally sitting directly next to the stage. It was freaking awesome.
Why yes, that is Chris Martin's piano just a few feet in front of me, thanks for asking. Truly, super amazing concert experience. Nobody beats Coldplay.
Silly girls! We are so happy that Maya & Addie are in the same class again this year. They're making it a thing, having spent Pre-K and 1st grade together also. We love their friendship because it's no-drama and all fun. Such great little buddies.
Snuggler! Mason is famous for sneaking into our bed Ninja-style. We don't mind, since most of the time, he's the only one that will give us the snuggles we need and deserve.
Lucy's such a big help! Rearranging the laundry is only one of her skills. She's actually really good at rearranging anything you leave in her reach.
Look! It's the stroller from the movie Up! Seriously, though, why all the balloons? Nordstrom half yearly sale, maybe? And each kid has to have one, of course. It has to be fair.
Two of Maya's best little friends decorated our drive way while we were out to birthday dinner. Thanks, Addie & Alia!
Man, this traffic sucks!
And finally, obligatory Santa picture. And not a bad one, at that! Merry Christmas, 2011!