Miranda Sings

March 3rd, 2015

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Mike and I had a blast taking Noelle to a Miranda Sings show.  A girl named Colleen Ballinger, has a super silly youtube channel where she pretends to be this girl named Miranda.  This character, Miranda, thinks she is so amazing, but she’s obviously not.  At first glance, it’s too silly, but after Mike and Noelle kept playing her videos month after month, I slowly got why they love her so much and now, I’m a huge fan too.  It’s just a fun youtube channel where kids are having fun together and not taking life so seriously.  Honestly, the whole thing is highly entertaining and a breath of fresh air!

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We were so excited to have a date night with our eldest at The Majestic theater!

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I love technology at these events!  Colleen, aka Miranda, was snap chatting from back stage, and we got to see her sister giving her a haircut before the show.  It made waiting for the show to start a lot more fun getting a glimpse into what was going on behind the scenes!

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Everyone was on their phones hanging out all together, it seemed.  This crowd was full of lots of super thoughtful kids.  It was really fun to be a part of the atmosphere here, and isn’t the Majestic amazing?  It has a historical marker, so I know it’s over 100 years old.  It’s a really neat venue!

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At first, Colleen and her sister Rachel (who also has a youtube channel), came out and sang “My Lips are Moving” to get the show started.  She’s still Colleen in this number.

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Colleen has an amazing voice and graduated college with a degree in vocal performance.  Her first few songs showcase her sweet, almost shy, real self.

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Then half-way through her next song, she changed into Miranda, but still kept singing as Colleen until the red lip stick went on.  

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After the bobby pins were fixed, the lipstick went on, and the crowd went wild as Miranda took center stage.

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Her sister was swinging her cape from behind.  So funny!

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She did several medleys throughout her show, and this one was hilarious.  She started out singing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, then “All About That Bass.”

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Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and Frozen’s “Let it Go” were also favorites from this number.

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This comedian, actress, singer and YouTube personality is the real deal.  She is true to herself and most importantly, is having fun!  I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time—we love Colleen and Miranda Sings!

Colleen’s YouTube channel is psychosoprano and has over 2 million followers.

Miranda Sing’s YouTube channel is Miranda Sings and has 3.3 million followers.

January YOLO

February 28th, 2015


New Year’s Eve is always such a blast!  

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Noelle got temporary hair chalk for Christmas from one of our good friends, but we didn’t see that the bottle said, “Do not use on blonde hair.”  This picture was taken a week after she put it in!  It lasted for a little over a month, and she thought it was the best present ever!  Right pic: Right as we were leaving to go out of town (car was almost all loaded), I spilled the salsa I was bringing for my dad all over the kitchen floor and cabinets.  We laughed it off, but I just couldn’t believe my luck that day!

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I love girl power!  Next pic: I read this comment on a news feed that I was reading about the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack last month.  It really touched me, and I wanted to share.  It’s so terrifying when radical Christians do things like bomb abortion clinics in God’s name, and I know peaceful Muslims are just as horrified that this attack was carried out in the name of their religion (I personally know 3 Muslim families that feel this way).  Although I know very little on the subject, I know the majority of us want to peacefully coexist.  Before the attack on this newspaper agency, they averaged 60,000 newspaper sales.  After the attack, their following publication sold over 7 million copies in 6 languages.  Violence will never silence the pen.  Je suis Charlie!

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We love shopping the end of season sales!  I have big plans for this sweet little number!

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Rose had to have gloves and a bucket on her head in order to draw one night last month.  She always cracks me up!  Next pic: Jaalisa wrote this next paragraph on her Instagram account, and I wanted to remember it here for my girls to see.  I surely don’t give myself enough credit, and that’s something I need to work on!  Aren’t we the hardest on ourselves?  I think this is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me, and it means so much!  For the record, I feel the exact same way about her!

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One night, Anna Kate spontaneously decided it was her doll Julie’s birthday.  She passed invitations out to all of us, and we followed her to her room for Julie’s birthday party that she coordinated.  We sang happy birthday, had tea and cake, and a dance party, of course!  Little girls are so much fun! (the pretend cake stand was the stool from Anna Kate’s vanity with a tutu around the legs)


Another day this winter, Anna Kate invented her very own version of a lie detector test.  She called it the “Lying machine!”  I have no clue where she heard the concept of a lie detector test, but she knew exactly what she was doing.  When she and Rose got into a little disagreement, she asked Rose to put on the hat.  Then, she pressed her pom pom buttons and asked Rose a question.  When Rose answered it not in the way Anna Kate wanted, Anna Kate immediately made loud noises like an alarm going off, pressed the buttons and said, “It says you’re lying, see?  This is proof you aren’t telling the truth!”  She is so clever and thinks outside the box, if you will.  We have the most entertaining lives getting front row seats to all of this!

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Lots of freezing dance days so far this winter.  Anna Kate is doing such a great job dancing, and more importantly, she LOVES it! 

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I bought this infinity shirt thinking it would be a cute cover-up this summer, but Noelle had better ideas!

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Rose and I have a blast hanging out together on her dance days too!  She doesn’t love it right now, but she likes it.  She does LOVE the idea of the costumes and the big stage.  She’s just into being a ham!  I think that’s what keeps her coming back for more! 

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Noelle loves to make breakfast on the weekend.  She always has the sweetest set-ups.  She was trying to keep the sisters out of my breakfast until I got a chance to see it first.  Silly girls!  Next pic: When we stayed with my parents over the holidays, this was the scene looking up from my pillow on the bed.  The first time I laid down on the bed and looked up, I was like, “Whoa… you know you’re in the country if…”  I love my parents!


Another day, another clever idea from Anna Kate.  These were our voting cards.  She passed them out to all of the family members.  She did a dance to a song from each season listed on the left side of the paper.  At the end of her recital, we had to circle which dance we liked the best.  Since we all voted for the Halloween dance, she let us all get up and do it with her.  She’s such a fun kid, and we all love going along with her truly bright ideas.  

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I finally found a sturdy kids’ table to set the sewing machine up for the girls to begin learning sewing basics.  They are excited!  And yes, Noelle had a face mask on while sewing this night, lol!

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Anna Kate’s favorite pretend play is to be a doctor, that has never changed.  Tonight, she decided to be a patient with a broken leg (the movie cases were her cast).  She had pretend buttons and her hospital bed set up just right.  You can tell she thought she was clever.  Then, I turn around, and Rose is wearing the Wii remote covers as jelly shoes.  Front row seats, right here!


Rose said she needed to moisturize.  Ya think?  Rose hasn’t been making messes like she did when she was two years old, but occasionally she’ll find herself in a pickle!   

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I wish I could say I made this snack for us, but I’d be lying!  Where’s that lying machine!?!  Noelle is da bomb!

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Love finding these little gems around our house and on our phones.  Noelle is awesome, there is no doubt about that!  Next pic: Although we pick on Rose for being our hot mess, she is also such a sweet, gentle, tender-hearted little girl.  It’s looks like these that give you a glimpse into her sweet-natured soul. 

For every picture I take, there are at least 50 others I wish I could document each day with these amazing little girls.  The bottom line is, we are thoroughly entertained and love each one deep down to the core of our beings, as I’m sure you do with yours.  Isn’t it amazing?  Enjoy today; It is such a gift!

Sweetheart Dance

February 20th, 2015


I love watching the girls go on a date with their Daddy each year to the Sweetheart Dance at school.  They even thought to coordinate wearing the necklaces Mike gave them last Valentine’s Day with their birthstones and engraved names.  It’s such a sweet, memorable night all the way around!

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Their principal took the best pictures of all of the kids at the dance and sent the parents the album to download.  That was above and beyond and a fun surprise to find in my inbox.  Love these fancy little ladies and celebrating the day of love!

Valentine Ballerina!

February 19th, 2015

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Totally in her element, backward boots and all!  Love you to pieces, Roro!

Valentine Boxes 2015 Edition

February 19th, 2015

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First 100 Days of School

February 18th, 2015

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She’s rockin’ it, oh yeah!

Ava’s Spa Party!

February 17th, 2015



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Noelle has the sweetest friends in the whole wide world, and they have such a blast together!  Happy birthday, awesome Ava!

Down by the Bay Kindergarten Play

February 15th, 2015

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We absolutely loved watching Anna Kate at her first school play earlier this month.  She did such a great job, and they were all so cute!

Rosey Posey

February 15th, 2015

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I forgot to post these super sweet pictures of Rosey Posey!

Mission Ride A Bike

February 13th, 2015

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Two of the reasons the Ziemkes came were to help cure the winter blues we’ve been having and to teach Noelle how to ride a bike!  We are not the least bit shy to say Noelle hadn’t learned to ride a bike until this point.  We knew she could do it, but she wouldn’t even try because she was absolutely terrified at the thought of falling.  If something fun stresses a kid out, to us, it ruins the experience and simply isn’t worth it.  So, we waited until she was mentally ready to face this challenge.  It took all of about 20 minutes using the Ziemke belt method, and she was officially riding her bike solo! 

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And she’s off!  Isn’t life such a ride!?!  Go Noelle!