Annie's absolute favorite book right now! She loves it so much that she actually cries after the last page, so we keep reading it over and over again as she bounces away in her bouncy chair. I really did not think that a three month old baby could have a favorite book, but she absolutely does! As I read about the one brown foal, two red calves, three black kittens, four pink piglets, five green ducklings and six yellow puppies (all from memory! I told you we have been reading it a lot!) I can't help but think that I want her to be able to grown up with that life. Running around outside, in the sunshine, cuddling up with baby animals! Ok, maybe this is the life I want for myself as well. I know, I know, I absolutely do not have the knowledge or skills to be raising horses and cows. A happy pig farm has been one of our crazy life dreams for awhile, although now that we have the chickens I am starting to seriously doubt whether we would ever let any of our pigs be butchered, I know absolutely we could not do it ourselves. I have started to think having a flower farm would be heaven. I also really think we could have one of those farms that actually makes money by throwing beautiful weddings and events in the fields, with delicious food sourced from our farm and twinkle-y lights strung up between the rows...
Dreams, dreams, and all completely off topic!
The point I am trying to get to is that it was perfect timing for this to be Annie's favorite book right now, because Auntie Lu came visiting this weekend!
And we were so busy having a great time, that I only managed to take these three, sad, badly lit phone pictures the entire weekend!
|So, you can't see Lucy in this one, but she is seriously the baby whisperer|
and helped Annie find her thumb and fall deeply and happily asleep!
|Preparing themselves to dominate Harry Potter Monopoly!|
|I think I had 1 dollar left at this point in the game.|
They are an unstoppable team!
And yes, you read those captions right! Harry Potter Monopoly! It can not be bought in stores, not even Amazon, so you know that means it really does not exist! But once I got the idea (from a Pinterest Pin that led nowhere!) I knew I had to make it as a surprise, I am so happy you came visiting, present. Monopoly and Harry Potter may be her two favorite things, and putting them together, and me agreeing to actually play it with her! Couldn't resist!
But let's clarify here real quick, I made it, but I did not make it, make it! There is someone out there on the internet with much more advanced graphic design skills than I will ever possess who created PDFs that can be color printed and mod podged to cover the box and board, and double sided printed on colored card stock to make the properties and "Potions" and "Spells" (chance and community chest) cards. It is pretty amazing and detailed work this mysterious internet individual has done. Getting all of the printing done was much more momentous than I had anticipated, but we had a great time doing all the cutting and gluing! Didn't quite get it done before she came due to some serious desert wind cutting her camping trip short, but that just means she and Annie got to have some extra snuzzle time while I finished the game.
And then of course we decided with this awesome board we couldn't use the regular old Monopoly tokens, so off to Joann's it was to find Fimo so we could make a dragon, snitch, house elf, sorting hat, death wand, lightening bolt, broomstick and sword of Gryffindor!
Oh, and obviously while we were there I had to pick up some fabric and bias tape! I have a problem. Too bad I could not finish my mysterious birthday present project in time for the party due to total sewing machine meltdown! Professional help is required. I have no idea what I will do with myself without my machine here if Annie ever decides it is ok to nap again without her Auntie Lu here to dance and snuzzle her to sleep! Oh, clean the bathroom or vacuum? Hmmm....
We loved our short visit over the weekend and can not wait until next week when we get to go up for a wayyyyyy too short visit with Nanny, Grampy, Auntie Lu, Auntie Em, Uncle Andy and Cousins Jack, Shelby and Norah! And of course for what is sure to be the beautiful and super fun wedding of great friends and past roommates (and honorary Uncle and Aunt) Jason and Danaka!
**Credit where credit is definitely due, and if you want to make your very own Harry Potter Monopoly
**And while we are at least a little bit on the topic of happy pigs, have you heard of these! Wooly pigs! Are you kidding me? Amazing!