Yaya, perusing the shirts and signs and dishtowels available to purchase at the annual holiday market - "Welp, you can tell we're in Texas because every saying has something to do with Jesus or alcohol."
Buddy really loves Hallmark movies. He's memorized all the people regularly in the cast, and he often knows the plots of them when I go to watch one - "this is the one where the girl chains herself to the tree to keep them from cutting it down and the guy takes her dinner." He's studying up and once told me that when he takes a girl on a date, he's going to order her coffee for her - and I was like, no - that's not real - you need to ask the girl what she wants and then you can order for her if she wants you to, you don't just decide. He had to double check that info with his dad - lol - who explained several times that you have to ask the girl for her order and then offer (not demand) to order for her. During a stressful moment, he said, "Don't worry, Mama - it's like a Hallmark movie. Everything works out in the end!"
Buddy: "Yaya, can I use your dollhouse for awhile?"
Yaya: "Only if you keep it not in my room."
Buddy: "Okay. Don't fairies sometimes live in it?"
Me: "You have to set it up for fairies and see if any decide to show up, Bud, it's not a for sure thing."
Buddy: "I'm going to set it up to be the best place ever for fairies! First I'll dust it off, and then I'm going to make a roll of tiny toilet paper in case any of them need to go to the bathroom, and I'm going to put a tiny poopouri spray in it! Then I'll add some mini party hats and a mini cake and mini blankets made out of old towels!"
(Flashback to when the girls were hosting fairies and he was about 3 and he asked to lifted up to address the pest control guy and told him sternly, "Don't you do anything to hurt the fairies that live here!")
Buddy: "Donald Trump should have read Bad Kitty for President, Mama, it would have told him the rules of being elected, because Pretty Kitty tries to give Bad Kitty a fish for a vote, and that's illegal - it's called "pay for play" and it's not fair. You can't take anything anyone offers you to help you win an an election for president."
Girls, assigned the Disney princess room at the doctor, reflecting on their childhood heroes:
Kiki: Ariel is so dumb. She left her family and her fish tail and her whole life behind because she saw a handsome guy on a boat she'd never even met.
Yaya: Jasmine is pretty cool though, but I guess she did take a magic carpet ride with a homeless guy she just met, so that was kind of stupid.
Kiki: Belle fell in love with the dude who kidnapped her and her father. Plus she fell in love with an animal, so I guess that makes her a furry! (oh, my Lord)
Yaya: Snow White was kinda cool, but she was so old school. When was that made, like in the 1920's? So she cooked and cleaned for a bunch of dudes, and then when a stranger came to the door she was like, OH YAY, an APPLE! Let me eat it! Not a great move. And how about Sleeping Beauty - they tell you your whole life that you're going to die from pricking your finger and then on your birthday - PRICK!!! Like HELLO!!!
Kiki: To be fair, she couldn't help it, she was under a spell.
Buddy: Princess Anna and Elsa are good. And Princess Leia, but none of them are in them are in the groups of Princesses.
Yaya: I'll take Tiana - she totes schools Naveen - he's like "how do you chop a mushroom? and she's like BOY! - and she just chops it up like - just stop!"
Yaya, on finding out that part of her role baking cookies for the nursing home for Girl Scouts was helping the younger scouts mixing and baking. "That's actually kind of cool. When you're little, they teach you how to be a leader, and then when you get older, they let you practice being a leader. Then when you do your Gold Award, that helps you learn to be a strong leader."
The girls are learning to cook - Buddy loves it when they make snacks - fruit breads, yogurt dips, cookies - he's all about it. His dad is a pretty awesome chef (I'm the sous chef yo) - so Buddy has a lot of inspiration but isn't quite old enough to be able to experiment on his own in the kitchen yet - enter the Easy Bake Oven! Perfect! He got a big pack of mixes for Christmas and over the weekend we rescued it from the back of the closet - low and behold - it still works! Yay! Buddy set about doing a whole cooking project he could mostly manage on his own, except it didn't take long for the girls to be nostalgic over the cookies and cakes and pretzels and snacks they made in it and suddenly they wanted to help out. Kiki filmed Buddy for her project, but she ended up putting the camera down quite a bit to provide guidance and Yaya enjoyed figuring out the mechanics of getting the oven to work just right. Kiki remarked that the little cake tasted exactly like she remembered it. :) Sweet!
Mixing it up! Buddy's first project was a half-strawberry, half-chocolate cake:
Yaya helping Buddy get the pan in the oven and showing him how the metal doors inside the oven snap closed:
Buddy with his freshly-baked cake playfully annoying Kiki who is trying to film him for her project:
Buddy really wanted to see the llamas so we headed out to Wimberley when it was about 40 degrees - this is one of my favorite light displays because it's basically a big beautiful garden filled with all sorts of displays that feel very homey. The llamas were a fun addition. :)
Yaya's meme of the month: "Why weren't you at elf practice????"
40 degree weather didn't stop the chess match -brrrrrr