Lily and her Papa having fun

Lily has so much fun with her Papa. She’s very lucky to have him and truth be told we’re lucky to have him because he keeps her entertained while we make dinner most nights among other reasons. I was making dinner the other day and heard Lily giggling her head off. She yelled for me to come and see so I did. This is what I found.

Lily made my birthday special

I turned 38 at the end of March. It was a Monday and Lily was none too pleased when she asked “what special things we were going to do for my birthday” and I told her “nothing until dinner. The rest of the day was going to be normal except for birthday creme brulee after lunch”. Oh No. Lily wasn’t having any of this. She wanted my birthday to be special, like I make her birthdays fun and special. She wouldn’t allow us to go to the library for her little art class even though I begged and pleaded. No way was I going to tell her why I love my Monday morning’s at the library, she gets to do art for about 30 minutes and I get to sit next to a usually sunny window and read my book in relative peace. Bliss. Nope, art is fun for her and we aren’t doing that on my birthday. Fine.

To help make my birthday special Lily decorated the house for me. She asked for the crape paper I keep in the closet and went to town. There was a string of crape paper here and there and a few other on the other wall. This one was my favorite though.

She also made me a wonderful birthday card and best of all a special birthday song and dance.

I made creme brulee for my birthday. I had never had it before, but always wanted to eat it and best of all make it. I mean I got to buy a torch for it. Best thing ever. The creme brulee was amazingly yummy and pretty easy to make.

We did our usual thing and went out to dinner for my birthday. We went to Flatbread Pizza Oven and it was so yummy. I thought I had taken a bunch few pictures, but couldn’t find them. Oh well, who really wants to see our amazing pizza and salad when you could see the pictures we took before we left the house?

Lily and her arm. Silly kid.

Lily insisted that we take a picture with Clarice so we went all out. She was taking the picture so we figured she got to pose us.

Us!

My birthday was very special because I spent it with the ones I love the most. I have no complaints.

Random Mobile Shots

My newest kick is making yogurt. I found a nice yogurt maker at a thrift store and my obsession started.
Since we don’t give Lil cow’s milk I started out making rice milk yogurt, that didn’t work so well. Next I tried almond milk yogurt, sill nope. So we decided to try cow’s milk. I mean we give her regular milk yogurt all the time, I just thought it’d be nice to cut out that one last bit of cow’s milk. I can’t be upset about this cool milk container though.

Here’s the milk cooling in the water bath.

The yogurt is still in the maker so I have no idea if it’s going to work or not.

Even though I posted a video of Lil enjoying her french toast I had to include this picture.

We made valentine’s day cookies this week.

Lil insisted that we have lips for valentine’s day. In order to get the lips I had to buy a set with a mustache and glasses. Lil loved them.

The Valentine Princess is busy at work icing cookies.

All the best Valentine Princesses have bunny tails.

Some of our finished cookies.

Waldo wanted a mustache cookie, I traded him for a picture. We decided that he’d make a great cartoon villain. :)

Together

Today we all three went to get our hair cut. I was talking with the stylist while she was cutting Waldo’s hair and I was reminded of something; Just how lucky we are.

Both Waldo and I work from home, I know, majorly lucky. I’ve worked from home since Lil was about 6 months old and Waldo has since we left Montana almost 4 years ago. Lily has no idea what it’s like to want to show her Daddy her latest drawing and he’s not around to see it. Lucky!

The stylist asked a question about Lily playing with her Papa (Waldo’s Dad) while we worked and I replied that he doesn’t watch her during the day, but he usually plays with her while we cook dinner. Lucky girl.

A few minutes later Rochelle (the Stylist) said “wait a minute, did you say you cooked dinner together?”

To which Waldo replied “Yes we do. Christy does most of it but I help.” Lucky me.

Rochelle then asked if we plan the meals together and Waldo explained that we do. I believe at this point she looked at me with big ole bug eyes and I said “I know, I’m really lucky” and I am.

We then went on to talk about how we go grocery shopping together and since we work from home we are together 24/7 and we like it that way.

She asked if we ever just want a break from each other and we told her the truth “no, we like being together”.

And it is completely 100% the truth. We like being together. We can easily do things separately and do on occasion, but for the most part we enjoy each others company and prefer to spend our time together.

During our conversation I said that it probably helps that we were friends for about 12 years before we got together and also that I was in a really bad relationship during 10 of those years so I am completely aware of how lucky I am and don’t take advantage of it.

Lily is lucky to have two parents who enjoying being together and like each other. Waldo and I are lucky to have each other and we know it. We are very lucky people.

In a week in a half we will celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. I know I’m a little early with this, but happy anniversary Honey, I’ve had the best 6 years of my life and I can’t wait to see what the next 6 and the 6 after that and the 6 after that and 6 after that (and on and on) have in store for us. I love you.

Us on our wedding day.

6 years later. (This picture was taking by Lil on Waldo’s birthday 2-1-14)

Us, now.

Lily directed art

Last week Lil came up to me with her horses and told me she had an idea, she wanted to stamp with their hooves and tails. I said Sure, why not. So we did.

We went to the craft closet and she handed me bottles of paint and I put it on a paper plate. I asked her what kind of paper she wanted and she informed me that she already had the paper, Silly Mom. Oh, ok. We went to her bench and she set everything up.

She told me to grab a horse or three, after she reminded me of all of their names. I got my two horses and she handed me another and informed me that they were the girl horses and they don’t really get along with the boy horses because the boys are too rowdy. LOL. She then told me to dip the hooves in paint and the have the horses prance across the paper. So I did.

Then she took her turn to do the same and then we went back and forth all over the paper.

I think she really liked being in charge of what we did. I could see the self confidence shining in her eyes and it made me so happy that something so little and easy to do could make Lil so happy.

By the time we got to the second paper she had started to experiment with color combinations and eventually with using other parts of the horses.

Also by the time we got to the second paper I pretty much backed off and let her do all of the painting, I just commented on her work and took pictures.

I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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