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Towers and Sunshine

The kids had a blast making Lego towers with Daddy the other day.

Cheese!

Cheese!

Concentrate...

Concentrate...

Look!

Look!

Do you like my boat?

Do you like my boat?

They also provided a little bit of sunshine with some Easter themed dress-up hats.

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Disney On Ice

We took Burke and Maggie to see Disney on Ice yesterday. (Logan got to stay with Aunt Cathy – Thanks Cathy!!)

We didn’t even tell them about it until the night before. (I’m already hearing “Are we going to the baseball game today?” Because they heard me talking about the Spinners game we’ll be heading to in the Spring.)

Since we knew they would have no idea how excited they should be about this, we got them all fired up about going on the train to get there. And they kind of got that they’d be seeing the Cars characters and Tinkerbell and others, but I think they equated it to seeing them on TV – not live and in person.

So off to the train we went.

Daddy and Burke on the Train

Daddy and Burke on the Train

Mommy and Maggie on the Train

Maggie and Mommy on the Train

When we got there, we got in line to see the princess dresses on display. Maggie *loves* Cinderella, so we took her picture in front of the most coveted dress.

Maggie and Cinderellas Dress

Maggie and Cinderella's Dress

And then, much to our pleasure, the real Cinderella showed up!

Cinderella Way up Ahead

Cinderella - Way up Ahead

Unfortunately, by the time we got up there, Cinderella had to go. But Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) took over in her place.

The Zoo with Belle

The Zoo with Belle

(Maggie was playing shy girl because someone else took our picture.)

We stopped to get some snacks (and a beer for Mike) and headed off to look for our seats. You should have seen the “Oh thank God there’s beer here” looks Mike got from the other dads we passed. LOL

We found our seats and I hear “Is that Maggie?” from the row behind us. Turns out that one of their class mates was there too! I hadn’t met the mom, but I recognized the little girl. Her mom said that she recognized Maggie’s yellow bow. LOL I suppose it is hard to miss. And we did get quite a few compliments on it throughout the day.

Waiting for the show to start (I kind of had my camera at a strange angle on some of these…)

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The show started!

Mini and Mickey

Minnie and Mickey

Transfixed

Transfixed

Also Transfixed

Also Transfixed

Pretzel What Pretzel

Pretzel? What Pretzel?

And then the Cars came out! Oh man – Burke’s favorite part.

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Especially when Lightnin’ McQueen came out.

McQueen!

McQueen!

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It switched to The Little Mermaid, so Maggie got excited.

The Little Mermaid!

The Little Mermaid!

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ut oh Ursula

ut oh Ursula!

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The Lion King was up next.

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And Mike was tickled to see that Rafiki even had the monkey butt going on.

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The kids were still transfixed.

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I loved how they did the wildebeests. The skaters had one on each arm and one on their head to make it look like there was a pack of them. Pretty cool

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Intermission brought playing with their new light-up toys and the Zamboni! As soon as the lights came up, Burke declared that he wanted to see it again. (Like I could rewind and push play LOL) Luckily, there was more coming.

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Act 2 brought Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy back as the hosts.

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And Burke sitting on Daddy’s lap.

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Maggie was happy that it started again.

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Tinkerbell was the final act. Burke got a little restless and had to go out and run around for a little bit. But it wasn’t long before they came back.

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Burke liked the flying queen.

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The grand finale had Tinkerbell flying and Mickey and his gang back out in formal attire.

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It was a great show! And the kids loved it. My favorite part? Watching the kids’ faces. (I’m such a mom!)

Various Cuteness

I have a few photos taken over the past few days that I’m just going to throw up here…

(Speaking of “throw up” … I really wish Maggie would stop coughing so much that it makes her chuck her cookies…)

Logan and Pooh

Logan and Pooh

Hiding Under the New Shelves

Hiding Under the New Shelves

Recycling

Recycling

More Recycling

More Recycling

Mom take a picture as proof Im cleaning

"Mom, take a picture as proof I'm cleaning!"

(Okay, so he didn’t say proof – but he did ask me to take a picture of him cleaning.)

Channeling Madonna

Channeling Madonna

I want the blue headband

"I want the blue headband"

(Please note, I normally don’t allow him to wear the headband out of the house – but I did almost forget to take it off of him at school one day. Ooops!)

Hangin with my peeps

Hangin' with my peeps

Waiting for the Cookies to Bake

Waiting for the Cookies to Bake

Do I Get a Present Too?

Do I Get a Present Too?

My New Scooter

My New Scooter!

Mine too

Mine too!

(Thanks Aunt Kahki!)

Friday’s Foto Finish Fiesta

Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

This edition of Fx4 is brought to you by Maggie’s new digital camera.

Pictures taken by Maggie:

Cousin Grey

Cousin Grey

Nana

Nana

Burke

Burke

Nana Lou

Nana Lou

(You can put scenes on the pictures!)

Don’t get me wrong…there are a whole bunch that are black, or really fuzzy cuz she moved the camera while taking the picture…there are a lot of butt and chest shots as well. (What do you expect when that’s pretty much what she actually sees…)

Burke uses the camera as well, and I’m SUPER impressed with his artistic eye. I may have to dedicate a post to Burke’s creativity, but for now, here are a few he took:

Mommy and Maggie

Mommy and Maggie

Daddy

Daddy

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Logan

Logan

And…Christmas night, the adults got into the Porron (an Italian wine decanter that has a spout on it…so you can pour it directly into your mouth) – fast becoming a Christmas tradition at our house. Remember that whole “you can add scenes to pictures” thing? Needless to say, there were a few pictures taken:

Aunt Cathy

Aunt Cathy

Aunt Meghan

Aunt Meghan

Mommy

Mommy

Aunt Sharon

Aunt Sharon

Aunt Meghan and Grandpa had an entire session at the end of the table that no one was aware of until massive giggles were heard…

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Hope Dad wasn’t thinking of having a political career…

Friday’s Foto Finish Fiesta

Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

cousins

cousins

This picture was taken on August 30th at my sister’s house.

Comic Book and Coloring Book Photos

Bunches of you expressed an interest in knowing more about the coloring book/comic book pictures I posted last Friday. I thought they were cool too!!

I got the software with my camera, so here’s a big plug for Kodak… It’s the EasyShare software…and it looks like it’s free! I don’t know if that download is the same as what I’ve got … but if it is, it’s a much later version – so maybe there are cooler things to do now 🙂

Here is one picture with all of the different “fixins” done.

Original Picture

Original Picture

I enhanced the picture first so that the manipulated ones would turn out a little bit better. Enhance the picture by editing the picture and then clicking Enhance.

Enhanced

Enhanced

To get to the good stuff, you edit the picture and then click Fun Effects.

Spotlight

Spotlight

Coloring Book

Coloring Book

(The coloring book one looks better bigger – you can click to enlarge it.)

Cartoon

Cartoon

Fish Eye

Fish Eye

You can also change the “scene” if you click Scene Effects. These looked better when I started with the original picture (which is why I always save the new ones with different names 😉 )

Black and White

Black and White

Sepia Tone

Sepia Tone

Happy manipulating! Let me know if you decide to do some…

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

This picture was taken on March 1, 2005. The kids were about a month and a half.

Nana and Grandpa feeding the twins

Nana and Grandpa feeding the twins

Friday’s Foto Finish Fiesta

Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

When I first got my camera, it came with some snazzy software. I was able to make cartoons and coloring books out of my photos! Perhaps I should re-load the software onto my “new” laptop and do some cool things again…

Cartoon Maggie and Burke

Cartoon Maggie and Burke

Coloring Book Maggie and Burke

Coloring Book Maggie and Burke

A Rough Morning

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Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

Last week’s picture showed how I fed the twins when they were itty bitty.

This week’s shows how I fed the twins when they were just itty.

Double Feeding

Double Feeding

This was taken in August of 2005. I couldn’t move the spoon from one mouth to the other fast enough. I was always amazed at the twin moms who used different bowls and spoons for each kid…mine wouldn’t have been patient enough to wait for me to put one set down to grab the other. Heck, they weren’t patient enough when I ran myself ragged getting the SAME spoon into each of their mouths 😉