Monday, November 20, 2006

Dolphin FANZ

I bought the babies Bucanneer outfits for football season, but when I took them over to Anthony's family's house (BIG DOLPHIN FANS), they threatened to burn the outfits. Suddenly, each had their own dolphin outfit. Here is Gabby and Hunter with their cousin Lauran (top) and their dad (bottom)at their Auntie Granny Lauran's house after they hijacked my kids bucs outfits and replaced them with their team's outfits. It's tradition that they spend Sundays at their house watching football. Mommy finds a way to escape during that time as she dreads football PERIOD. Alexandria is at the bottom with Hunter and daddy.

Fairies and Pixie Dust

Just for fun, Lauran and Judy dressed the babies up as fairies and took pics. Alexandria is at the top, Gabrielle in the middle, and Hunter at bottom. I think these are some of the best pics I have.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Trick Or Treat

TOP: Alexandria and Gabby (Bunnies)
MIDDLE: Hunter (Eyeore
Bottom: Gabrielle,Hunter, and Alexandria

The babies' first Halloween. I wanted it to be special. I had to convince my mother to purchase halloween costumes for them and after much disagreement, she finally gave in and purchased them costumes. She didn't think there was any point dressing them up to get candy they cannot enjoy yet. I fail to look at the practicality of that belief. But, alas... Alexandria and Gabrielle were bunnies and Hunter was the cutest little Eyeore I have ever seen. We took them out for about an hour and a half on Saturday (the day they celebrate trick or treating here in this community) with Lauran, Judy, and several others. Sunday they had trick or treating at the mall and we went there for an hour to collect the goodies. Thru this experience, I have learned a valuable lesson. Having 3 babies (and one angel) means MORE candy for MOMMA AND PAPA!!!

Beauty is In the Eye of the Beholder

I keep hearing about these baby beauty contests they seem to have every week at the mall. Usually, I hear about it after the fact and I think to myself, my babies would win hands down. So, one weekend not to long ago, I had nothing to do. I had driven by the mall on the way to an event and seen the marquis which said "Little Mr. Octoberfest this Saturday at 12 pm." So I thought to myself, why not enter Hunter? Well, I found the number to the beauty pageant people and made the call (going to significant trouble to find out about the event) and I learned that it was for girls and boys and cost $45.00 to $100.00 per child (depending on what you sign them up for as they have all these add ons). So, I decided I couldn't leave one or two of them out. All 3 had to be in it or none. Finances were bad, so I called my mom up and got my mom and grandma to contribute the minimum entry fee for the babies. I got them all dressed up, fed, changed, into their car seats, into the car and I was met at the mall by my husband and his niece who assisted me in showcasing the children. I was amazed at the pageantry dresses, headgear, and pageant moms who coaxed their children into cute poses, stances, hip rolling, etc as they paraded next to them while the children walked on stage. I looked at my little babies, dressed in nothing but simple clothing and thought... "They are the most beautiful babies here." We were at the mall by 11:30 and signed up for the pageant by 12:30. The pageant started after 1PM, close to their next feeding time. They are usually in their best moods 20 min or so after they are fed. So, we started feeding them right before the pageant, but by the time they had to take their "walk" across the stage at the mall, they were still quite hungry and ready for a nap. Alexandria and Gabby were not exactly smiling and laughing, but they managed to make it through it without a cry. Hunter went up with his dad and only had one other baby as competition. The results? Hunter won for most beautiful baby "prince" while his competition won every other category (all the extra contests we didn't pay for - most beautiful eyes, best costume, best smile, most photogenic, etc.). Gabrielle and Alexandria had 5 other babies for competition and went away with 3rd runner up. I felt HORRIBLE. I didn't see how they could be 3rd runners up!!! I wanted a recount!! The competitive side of me came out and it wasn't the best side of me as I recapped how beautiful my children were in comparison to the other babies. I questioned if I was crazy for thinking they were so beautiful. My mom tried to console me by telling me that Gabrielle and Alexandria were not hurt a bit - it was just my ego. Oh well, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think I will do the pageant thing again soon. At least they all have a nice trophy and I have a memory to share with them when they get older.