Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Dresses and McCall Ball

Each year, my mother-in-law springs for new Easter dresses for the girls. When they were small, shopping for dresses was a lot of fun - pile them both in the car and hit a couple of shops at the mall.

Now that they are older - especially Anna - the trip has become a bit more complicated.

For one thing, Alyssa is still in girls sizes (just barely) while Anna is in misses, so they aren't in the same section of the store. One of them will always be bored, and bored is bad.

Yesterday I decided to take them out separately. I made Alyssa go with me during my regular grocery run, and we tacked on the mall. She was very excited to see the Easter Bunny. Fortunately, she didn't want to sit on his lap - just walk by and wave.

I found a dress for her at JCPenny, which was only our second stop. Whew!

Anna is not one for doing much shopping. It didn't require a headlock or bribe to get her into the truck this time, but I was starting to worry.

We also went to JCPenny, where she found a couple of dresses she really liked. Both were sleeveless, low-cut summer dresses, but Anna was prepared with an undershirt, which is how she planned to wear them.

The first didn't fit right through the straps, and the second wasn't in her size. So I went to the front of the store, where we had seen the same dress on a mannequin, and asked the helper guy what size that dress was. It was a 6, which is what we needed!

He tried getting the dress off of the dummy, but it wouldn't come. He finally ended up removing both arms and splitting the body at the torso before the dress would come off.

It's a good thing Anna was in the dressing room at the time, or I'm certain she'd have died from embarrassment.

Sadly, the dress was just a little too tight through the middle.

Our second stop was Belk, and after a little bit of searching, we found this bright, sunny yellow number.

Two pretty girls.

Then last night, Anna went to the Young Women's broadcast, and Alyssa and I went to the McCall Ball - a daddy-daughter dance at her school. We even danced a little bit.

Alyssa had a lot of friends tell her how pretty they thought her dress was.

Spring Break Dallas Trip

A couple of weeks ago, the girls were out of school for spring break. We were originally hoping for a trip to Utah, but that fell through. In the end, it's probably just as well, as the girls had a different activity pretty much every evening.

I decided to take a half day off of work and take them to Dallas on the one night they didn't have anything else planned. So we piled into the van and started driving east.

First stop: the Lego Store. Alyssa has really been into building with Legos lately, and since we'd never been I decided it would be a fun trip. They have this wall full of random Lego bits, and you can fill these little plastic bins with whatever fits. We got a lot of wheels - Lego wheels are the best.

They also have some bins where you can build your own mix and match Lego people. I was a little disappointed in the selection, but the girls had a great time, anyway. These dudes were maybe not as good of a value as the mix-n-match bins, though.

We found a store with a big Batman.

Then we went to dinner at the Macaroni Grill, followed by a trip to the American Girl store.

Alyssa has been big into caring for her babies lately, too, so this was a great trip for her.

Anna has pretty much outgrown American Girl. So have I.

Some other Spring Break activities included sleep-overs, backyard camp-outs, and a Young Women cookie dough making party.

It was fun having the girls home for the week. It was even more fun when they went back to school the next day.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pi Day Weekly Update - 3.14

Happy Pi day everyone. It's been a busy couple of weeks. I don't even remember half of what happened. Good thing I keep a digital calendar. Let's see now...

Since our last update, Alyssa has had a partial MRI of her jaw, which was ordered by her orthodontist. We meet with him tomorrow to figure out what it all means, but there are some teeth in places I'm not excited about - like horizontal near her sinus. Hmmm.

I don't have any update on my book yet - still waiting for a publication date and a title. I've been working on a book video during the time I was supposed to be writing. I think I have a good idea, but the actual execution is going to need a lot more work. And a title and release date.

I turned 42 this week which, according to Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, is the answer to the great question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Sadly, I don't feel nearly so enlightened as just older. I'll let you know if that changes.

For my birthday, Kara made me a lemon meringue pie. Can I just say - Yum-m-ee!

Last week, Alyssa had different dress-up days at school. On Friday, it was Famous Person day. I had no clue, so I sent a request out to facebook and the twitosphere, and got some pretty good suggestions. The one that fit both Alyssa's face and wardrobe was Eleanor Roosevelt. Thanks for the suggestion, Josi!

Today was Stake Conference, and Anna and I got drafted to be in the choir. Actually I got drafted, and volunteered my daughter. I told Alyssa that if there were enough seats with the choir she could sit by me, but if not she would need to sit with some friends. Well, it turns out there were plenty of choir seats left, but she was determined to sit with friends. We found a 14-year old she had bonded with, and she did great sitting with their family. She's good for others, after all.

Spring Break is this week, and it's packed! In addition to the orthodontist visit for Alyssa, Anna has a sleep-over tomorrow night. Then Tuesday I'm taking the girls to Dallas in the evening, using some birthday money to buy dinner, and then we'll head to the mall where they have an Apple Store and a Lego Store.

Wednesday night is Young Women and Activity Days for the girls. Thursday night both girls have been invited to a large backyard campout. Then it's Friday, and the week is over.

I'll let you know if I survive.

Oh, one other thing: I've been asked to participate in a group blog with a bunch of other Cedar Fort authors on the Writing Fortress. I'll be posting the third Monday of every month, and my first post is tomorrow. Check it out at

That is all.