Wednesday, May 30, 2012
We Traylors are an average family and we celebrate most of the major holidays exactly as you would expect: We have turkey for Thanksgiving, we decorate a tree for Christmas, we waste hundreds of dollars on explosives for the Fourth of July, but this year we decided to do something a little different for Memorial Day. In fact, as far as Lilly was concerned we didn't even have a Memorial Day, she chose to call the entire weekend "Matthew Days". So, that is the holiday that we celebrated this past weekend.
Bryan's 17 year old nephew came up for the race. For those of us who live in Indiana there is only one race, but for you non-Hoosiers that is the Indy 500. Bryan has been dreaming and talking for years about taking Matthew to the race. For a long time Matthew wasn't old enough to enjoy it, and when he was...he lived in Germany and that seemed like a long and expensive trip just for the weekend. So, this year, with Matthew in the US and and old enough to travel alone, Bryan was finally able to extend his invitation.
What Bryan hadn't counted on, of course, was that now he would have to share his buddy with two other people. One of which was beside herself with excitement about Matthew's arrival. She woke up on Thursday morning and wished Bryan, Jack and I a "Happy Matthew Day". Then, told all of her friends at school about Matthew's impending visit, and of course, wished them all a happy holiday. Later that evening while Jack and Bryan went to the airport to collect our guest I took Lilly to her T-ball game. During the game she came over to ask me if Matthew was here yet. When I told her that, yes, Daddy had picked him up, she wanted to abandon her team completely and walk off the field. I said 'no'. When we finally got home from the game Lilly insisted on waiting outside to greet Matthew and wish him "Happy Matthew Days".
Thursday night we hung out at home, had pizza and played outside. Friday Bryan and Matthew went to the track for Carb Day, and into the garages thanks to some passes from a friend, while the kids and I swam.
Jack obviously didn't remember Matthew from the last time he saw him, but it didn't take him long to start celebrating Matthew Days by following Matthew around and saying, "Matt Matt Matt".
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Early this year Lilly and I started seeing fairy gardens in some of the catalogs that come to the house. Of course we were interested. I did a little research, asked my dad to construct a container, and encouraged Lilly to collect items for her fairy garden. Then, I found out that Jones Greenhouse was offering a Fairy Garden Class. We signed up, because the greenhouse would have all of the supplies that we needed, but we still decided to make our own house.
I let Lilly pick out a small bird house and some sparkle 'fairy' paint to decorate it. She also picked out some stick on jewels. When Papaw asked her how the fairy would get inside with the door up so high, Lilly acted annoyed at his ignorance and said, "Papaw, fairies can fly."
Monday, May 21, 2012
Lilly has had so many things to blog about lately that I wanted to devote an entire blog to Jack. His 18 month birthday presented a perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, we didn't do anything blog worthy on May 10. But...on May12 Lilly was invited to spend the night with Grandma and Papaw and we took that opportunity to do something fun with Jack.
In an effort to gear up for the Indy 500 Zionsville had a few different types of race cars parked downtown and it just so happened to be a beautiful Saturday.
Friday, May 18, 2012
"Dancing Through the Seasons" was the theme for Lilly's dance recital. I'm not quite sure, but I think Lilly's class represented summer...maybe. Well, whatever season they were, it was really really cute.
Here are Lilly and Avery modeling their costumes backstage. Neither Tania (Avery's mom) or I were thrilled about the instruction to put blush and lipstick on our four year olds, but with a little color in their cheeks and a teeny bit of gloss they actually looked pretty on stage.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Well, these guys maybe weren't born free, but they're free now.
For Lilly's birthday my best friend, Courtney, and her family sent a butterfly kit. It came with a mesh net habitat, instructions, everything to feed and care for the butterflies and six teeny tiny little caterpillars in a plastic cup.
Lilly was so excited about the butterflies, then a little disappointed when I explained that we would not be attaching them to leashes to take them for a walk. But, she was back on board when the caterpillars started growing....and grow they did.
Here are our six little friends in their cup. The tan stuff on the bottom is their food.
One of the other, more unfortunate, butterflies landed in Jack's hand and flew away, but not after Jack's hand snapped shut like a trap. Bryan was able to get the butterfly free and he flew away, hopefully uninjured.Now, these little guys really were born free...and right in our neighbor's backyard. Five little fox cubs are living under a storage shed. We've seen, what must be, the mother roaming the neighborhood the last couple of weeks, but had no idea that she was keeping such a secret. They let me get pretty close with the camera, but only three let me get close enough for a decent picture. I just hope Lilly and Jack get a chance to see them.