Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Autumn Afternoon

Thanks to newlyweds Tom and Wendy Watson for inviting us to Mt. Pleasant Winery this past weekend (and for fulfilling Clara's lifelong dream of riding in a Mini Cooper.) We had a great time. Clara and Kate enjoyed throwing the leaves, rolling down the big hill, and dancing with lots grown-ups who were beaming at them the whole time.

Is it just me, or do those seats look like roller coaster seats?

Tom and Kate relaxing on the blanket

Happy girl

Throwing leaves

Two sisters enjoying the view

Two sisters enjoying each other

Monday, October 12, 2009

Long Weekend with Daddy

Megan was out of town for several days last week, so the girls and I got to have a long weekend together. I stocked up with new art supplies for them and Netflix'd some nerdy movies for me. It could have been a tough weekend, but they decided to be little angels. On Saturday morning, Clara and Kate got up, dressed themselves in their princess costumes, and perched themselves with some books and good light. I snuck up on them and took this picture with my cell phone:

It has become one of my favorite pictures of the two. There's so much to love about it. Hard to believe it's from a cell phone.

Later in the afternoon, after I put Cecilia, who is teaching herself to walk, down for a nap, I gave Clara and Kate a new art project so I could go in the office and see if last year's Star Wars: Clone Wars animated movie was any good. Not far into it, Kate came around the corner to see what I was doing. I didn't expect her to like it. It had too much talking, too much military for Kate's taste - or so I thought. Her eyes widened the more she watched, and she looked up at me and said, "I love this movie!" Soon Clara joined us and echoed her sentiment. Since the movie was made for kids and featured a strong female character I decided to let them watch it. They especially liked Yoda and Stinky, the baby of Jabba the Hut. Of course I was more than a little proud that my daughters like Star Wars.

Some Kate quotes:

Kate: I like everyone in this movie, but not the mean guys

Kate: Look, there are two moons. But one of them is a lower case moon.

Kate: What's a Skywalker?
Me: It's that boy's name.
Kate: I like Skywalker.

Kate: That girl is the only girl in this movie.
Clara: No, there's a queen.
Kate: But that girl is the only girl saving the day.