Lately my 4 year old daughter Jaiden has decided that she’s the family fashion coordinator. Every night before bed, she picks out an outfit for her and her younger sister Joey to wear the next day. She seems to have a preference for the colorful.
Here are a few pictures from today’s
Jaiden and Joey are FABULOUS
(click any picture to open a light-box slide show)
A little more Fabulous from Jaiden later in the day … posted on Facebook
Mom had an appointment this morning, so the girls were hanging with dad (note: I’ve been told it’s not “babysitting”, because they’re my kids). I had a bit of running around to do myself, so we kept the van, and made our way about town for a couple of hours.
The first stop was the Killeen airport, where we went to see Capt. Hock return from Afghanistan. The flight came in early, so everybody was already at the luggage claim by the time we arrived. We stayed for 29 minutes .. I know this because when we left the parking lot, the girl commented that we’d just barely saved our buck (parking is free for < 30 minutes). Before we left though, I had to get my first picture of the day ... if for no other reason than to prove that the girls don't always look like hobos when I dress them.
Everybody was really good at the airport. They played with each other, sang and danced a little, but no fights or crying at all. I’d love to say that I have some brilliant parenting secret to share, but the truth is, I bribed them with the promise of ice cream …
Again, we were in and out of Mickey D’s in about 25 minutes. I did treat myself to an ice cream cone, but seeing as how it was lunch time, and I was hungry, it could have been much (ie Big Mac) worse. The girls, as you can see above, quite enjoyed their cones .. Jaiden even ended up with a pretty good chocolate mustache.
The last stop was at the Copperas Cove city park, to see the ducks. We almost didn’t make it beyond the parking lot, as in addition to ducks, there are also some (apparently very hungry) geese. I called this video “geese attack”, although in truth they didn’t attack us .. just scared Jaiden a little.
Eventually we made it around to a “safer” location, and the girls actually had a good time checking out the ducks …
Holy cow, I didn’t even know there was a national flip flop day. But now that I do, I’m definitely celebrating it. As long as it’s warn enough outside, I wear flip flops almost everywhere I go. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I lived nearly 1/3 of my life in Hawaii, where it’s almost acceptable to wear your “slippahs” even to a fancy restaurant.
Or maybe I just like getting a little sun on my toes.
Either way, if it’s summer, spring or fall, you’re probably going to find me wearing shorts and a pair of flip flops anytime I’m out and about.
Pushing the girls on the swing, that pretty well answers the question: “so what have you been doing during your 2 weeks off after coming home from Afghanistan?”
Throw in a bit of “swimming in the pool”, “watching Nick Jr”, with a bit of playing “Tickle Monster” and all-in-all it’s been a pretty good little break.
Tomorrow I’m back to work.
That does have it’s benefits as well though. It will definitely make my 2 workouts a day a little bit easier … seeing as how I get to do PT every morning. Since I’ve been home, I actually did a lot better with the exercising than I expected to, but still didn’t manage 2 workouts every single day.
The girls will just have to make due with mommy until I make it home each evening