Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lanna's First Ponytail!

Lanna was horrified when she got on to one of her favorite blogs, the Brownies, and saw this post (Jacob has hair!).

She's constantly pulling and yanking on Tira's hair (serious hair envy). Whenever I brush Tira's hair Lanna insists on having her head hair brushed too. When I put Tira's hair in pigtails or braids, Lanna looks sad and touches her bald head.

Well this morning that all changed - check it out:



What do you mean "what am I looking at?". Look closer, blow up the picture if you must, but that bizarre bright yellow spot in the middle of her bald head is a rubber band holding up a mini-ponytail. Let's take another look:


I KNOW! She's so shocked herself she kept touching it and eventually pulled it out.



I don't think Tira was able to have a ponytail until she was almost 2! Even if you don't think this qualifies as a ponytail could you say no to this face?


First Real Snow of the Season!!

Being a Cali/Thai girl I'm a fan of warm weather. So I was more then slightly horrified when we got our first snow flurries here in Salt Lake back at the beginning of October. It's just plain wrong for it to snow that early in the year - especially since it continues to snow well into March. But thankfully that was only God's unique humor trying to see if he could drive me insane.

Now it's mid-November and a more appropriate time for snow. In fact I'm ready for it. I'm sick and tired of it being just cold and no snow. Last week we got our first real snow storm but it melted by Wednesday. Sunday it snowed again but it's gone by today. Hopefully by Thanksgiving we'll have a nice winter wonderland.

Tira loves the "no" and is sad that it's "mwelded". Lanna however gives me dirty looks when it snows on her head, apparently she's not much of a fan of the cold.

Here are some pictures of the naughties playing:


What kind of mommy would I be if I didn't pelt my unsuspecting daughters with snowballs ;-)


Lanna woosed out and had to go in after only a few minutes.


Tira had to be lured back in with the promise of popcorn and hot chocolate.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Murray Utah meets Loy Krathong

Last last last Monday (as in November 2nd) was the Thai holiday Loy Krathong. Last year we celebrated Loy Krathong up at the Emporium park in Bangkok and had a great time! This year we celebrated in our crapy community grassy space back yard. Traditionally you float "krathongs" down the klongs or rivers and send your troubles floating away.

Here was our cute turtle shaped bread krathong from last year:



And the beautiful flower one from the year before:





We however had neither klongs or rivers, or krathongs for that matter. But that would never stop the all amazing Yai Yai from making sure "her" babies got to celebrate all the wonderful Thai traditions. So being ohh so crafty she managed to make these:



Aunty and Uncle came over for a yummy Loy Krathong feast. And the babies dressed up in the Loy Krathong outfits (modified to accommodate the cold Utah weather).

Notice that Tira is an authentic Loy Krathong beauty queen with her gaudy heels.

Lanna thought she was supposed to get into the bucket :-)


The face of an "angel".

We completed the celebration by "loy-ing" the krathongs. Since we had no river to send our troubles down we floated them on the back porch in buckets LOL. After lighting the candles Tira got all excited about the "birfday canels" and she and smarty pants Lanna spent the whole time trying to blow out the candles.





Friday, November 6, 2009

Halloween 2009!!

I really want to post this earlier but here I am again a week later trying to bust out a post LOL. Since I just got the big blow off from my client I'm going to take 15 minutes to do this post!

The girls first American Halloween was mostly a blast! Tira was Snow White - although the night before Halloween while Aunty Rissa was finishing up her costume Tira kept insisting she wanted to be "Cerella" i.e. Cinderella. We did what all good grown ups do and ignored her. She was pretty funny about the whole thing. Aunty Rissa had her try on the bodice of the dress and Tira flipped out saying how she didn't want to wear it and didn't like it. She kept asking for a dress and we figured out she thought that her costume was just the bodice. Once the skirt was attached she was quite happy and had fun showing it off to everyone.



Miss Attitude Lanna refused to wear her Luchador mask and so at the last minute Aunty Rissa made a throw together Dwarf costume. We couldn't decided if she was grumpy, hungry, whinny, bossy, or dopey. Being her moody pleasant self she didn't like the hat or the beard. With the full costume on she looked more like the Travelocity Gnome than a dwarf.


We meet at Aunty Rissa's house and got the girls dressed then did a quick photo shoot with the Wicked Witch of the East (aunty) and the House (uncle) that crushed her.




Then it was off to Truck or Treat at the church. I've never heard of Trunk or Treat before but basically instead of going house to house the parents park their cars and give out candy from the trunks, I guess maybe it's safer since you're not going to strangers houses. The girls had a lot of fun, running around with the other kids (who were all older and very very nice to Tira). The church had a dinner for the kids and then it was time to the candy collecting. Lanna didn't get it and silly aunty rissa didn't grab the candy for her so mommy Lanna missed out on a lot candy.







Aunty gave Lanna a WHOLE snack (not mini) sized snickers.
Tira realizes that Lanna's broken into the candy.

Now they both get have to have some LOL.

Checking out their "booty"


After trunk or treat we went home and did some traditional trick or treating around the apartment complex and a couple houses in the neighborhood. Tira figured it out really quickly and kept saying "more houses more candy" with her big excited eyes. She as a super polite little girl and when someone opened the door she would say "twik or tweet". And after she got her candy always said "thank you". Lanna was a good little dwarf too and always said "dank doo"

Now every morning Tira wakes up and asks from "Trick or Treat" and only 1,000,000 other times during the day.