Just Dance

We went out on a limb and got Samantha another video game for her birthday.  She loves to play Mario Kart Wii, but I’d rather she not sit and play video games all afternoon.  Mario Kart, by the way, is what brought this recent obsession with everything Mario.  Brian suggested the game Just Dance.

Oh boy.

Words cannot describe how she squealed with delight at the first time she danced alongside the game.  I can’t say I’m too thrilled about her dancing to K$sha, Nicki Minaj, or (I can’t believe) her favorite, Psy.  She loves to play, and I love that it gets her moving.  It’s a win-win.

The first night we played, we all had to get some of that action.  The best song for all 4 of us to dance with is Ghostbusters.  That’s better.  🙂



I can’t play with the family too often.  I always win.  I’m good like that.


Happy Birthday Ellie!

Can you believe this little runt turned 3 last week?

Ellie is full of laughs and energy, independence and compassion, nerve and courage.  She loves her froggie, her big sister, and Rapunzel.  She just moved up to a big girl bed and hasn’t had any trouble adjusting.  Her favorite colors are green and purple.  She’s a lefty.  She eats at least two breakfasts, a decent lunch, and not much for dinner every day.  She loves corn (all kinds including popcorn).  She drinks way more than the rest of us (milk, juice, water, you name it).




We had her birthday party last weekend.  Thanks for coming, friends!  I thought the weekend was going to be a wash out, but it turned out to be perfect!  We spent all day outside playing.



On her actual birthday, we brought Krispy Kreme for her class.  I intended to take her out to lunch, but we are a one car household these days (what is with all the drama in the Mauter house lately?) so lunch was a no-go.  We had dinner on the porch, which is where we always have our birthday meals for Sam (October) and Ellie (early May).

Here are all three dresses that I finished just in time:  Rapunzel, Minnie Mouse, and Mickey Mouse.  Brian was thoroughly concerned about making a Mickey Mouse dress, but I knew she wouldn’t care.  Sam wants one too.




And the finale was the tent!




We had her three year check up too.  She didn’t get any shots, so we got out of there pretty easily.  The doctor is somewhat concerned about her speech so we will need to see an audiologist and speech therapist soon.  I’m not really that concerned because she has always been “delayed” on speech.  She’ll get there on her own time, but if we need to have her checked out, that’ll be fine.