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Monday, April 07, 2014

Isla's Pony Party

One of my closest friends has a little girl Lexie's age and for her 2nd birthday she had a darling pony party. Abby, my animal lover, was so excited about this because there would be pony rides. Micah is pretty big into animals too so I knew he'd enjoy it and he loves playing with her older daughter (when Abby isn't there and playing with her instead because they have a hard time playing all together sometimes because of the age and gender differences)

I didn't think Lexie would be too into the ponys (well past the stick horse ones!)

But she really warmed up and even went for a pony ride!

The food was great and totally fit in with the party theme. The boys especially loved to get to roast their hot dogs in the fire (the rest got cooked on the grill.)

Such sweet little girlies all playing together.

And of course pin the tail on the pony.
Happy birthday sweet Isla!
Now this weekend is big sisters mermaid party and my kids are equally excited and I know it's going to be darling!

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Lexie's first pedicure

One of Gigi's and I's favorite - must do- things when we visit is pedicures. This time we took Lexie along for her first pedicure. Usually we try to leave her and just take Abby along for fear she'll be too wiggly.

This salon was perfect for her first pedicure too! They cater to little girls as they have little girl services and offer a party room for birthday parties. Instead of the violent massage chars they had benches like some spas have. This was perfect because Lexie could sit on the bench between us instead of having to be on one of our laps.
She was very quiet and taking it all in and sat mostly still too! When  they were ready to do her toes they offered her a cookie and apple juice. If I can say my only complaint about the salon was that they offered it within her hearing so she knew before I had a chance to say yes or no then I'd say it was a great salon. 
 Lexie was very uncooperative at first as they tried to clip her toes and then when they switched to try to file them…. stinker little girl does not like having her nails clipped - even I have to hold her down to do them! However when they switched to the polish she was very still and watched as they painted her toes.
She was very happy with her pretty pink toes, cookie and apple juice. 
Crazy-eyed Abby also got a full mini-mani and pedi this time instead of just toe polish like her usual. She picked red on one hand/foot and blue on the other - both with sparkles. Silly girl wouldn't give me a good picture! 
Such a wonderful girls treat! Now the nail salon needs to open a second location here in SA but with my parents lovely new pool I'm sure we'll be there often enough! 

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Break re-cap

Spring break was over more than a week ago and after all that relaxing it apparently takes a while to get back into a routine. We spent the first part of the week at home, then headed off for the second half to go see Gigi and Pops.

Lexie and Micah weren't excited at all… they tried to pack themselves. Ha! 
It didn't take 5 minutes of being at Gigi's before they were begging to jump in the pool and they didn't get out until they were completely wrinkled everywhere. They were too excited to eat much of lunch and totally too excited to take a picture before swimming. Lexie was so excited about the pool at Gigi's she wore her puddle jumper 90% of the 3 hour drive from our house to Gigi's. 
It was pajamas, to swim suits, to pajamas most of the days we were there. Pops had warmed up the pool so we could finally test out their new pool and it definitely passed the test! (As if it wouldn't have ha!) 

*Warning picture overload as I was playing with Abby's waterproof camera! 

Lexie started out a little tentative the first day but she quickly warmed up to the pool and was a little fish, kicking and swimming herself around, bravely 'jumping' in the pool. Micah can swim without his puddle jumper but chose to wear it most of the week. Abby did great and really was a fish and wanted to have swim lessons so we worked on her strokes over the week. Maybe she won't wait until the end of the summer to take the swim test at the gym this year? 

Not only did we test out the pool and hot tub but also the fire pit - and what better to do with a fire pit than roast marshmallows. Lexie didn't like them one bit though….  Ha! 

Our last full day it rained most of the day so they played in the garage until it finally passed that evening and we went for a swim in the hot tub (since we had already turned off the heat in the pool.) 

All three came back home from Spring break at least a shade darker… with a bit of red (oops - we'll do better next time!) from all the time in the sun and pool. 

Everyone is already looking forward to heading back to Gigi and Pops house for many visits over the summer :) 

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday ya'll! I'm linking up with Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha again today.

- One - 
The weather has been beyond beautiful this week but also a sudden reminder that summer will be here before we know it - especially when it's already reaching 82 degrees in the afternoons. It's been nice to be able to just shoo the bigger two into the backyard though. It's so nice that Abby has two good friends (+ their brothers) next door and across the street so in the afternoon there are lots of kids running around and having fun. It's so nice that buying swimsuits in Feb didn't seem so crazy, especially since for those that want to brave the chilly water Aquatica (Sea World's waterpark) will be open in three weeks for Spring Break.

Speaking of Sea World though if you haven't seen it yet - Sea World is offering all Texas preschoolers (3-5) a free pass! So go register by May 31, then you have until the end of June to activate the pass at the park. I've already registered Micah for his and planning on spending one of our Spring Break days at Sea World with my littles. You can add on Aquatica to the pass for the season for $35 as well.

- Two -  
I let Abby skip school on Monday (it was supposed to be a holiday then it had to be used for our ice day make up) so that we could head to the rodeo. They had a blast seeing all the animals and riding rides. This year (and last) I braved it myself with them but next year I foresee having to bring another adult/kid wrangler along - as Lexie wasn't tall enough this year for many rides and might not be again next year and next year Abby will be too tall for all the rides with Micah so we'll have to divide up to do rides next year.

- Three - 
With the rodeo in town this month, last week and this week have been western weeks at preschool. Last week Micah had a trick roper come to school, this week a petting zoo and today a chuck wagon lunch. Micah's class was the last to go out to the petting zoo which worked out perfectly so that Lexie and I could join them and see the animals as well. Lexie is always timid about touching animals so I was impressed she eventually warmed up and touched quite a few of them…. even if it was just with one finger.

Even though it's rodeo week, it's also almost Mardi Gras! So in honor of that since Micah had snack this week for preschool, we picked up a king cake for snack time. Micah was very excited to bring a cake for snack. (Along with some fruit too)

- Four - 
I've been debating updating Lightroom lately - I'm currently two versions behind (v. 3) and I see that I could update to 5 or they have the new creative cloud for a small monthly fee. Anyone have any thoughts on the cloud version?

- Five -
It's a weekend full of birthday fun - with my friends little girls 2nd birthday and my brothers birthday. So we'll have a birthday party tomorrow afternoon - she's having pony rides which I'm sure the kids will love and I'm also prepared for the whole 'can I have ponies at my birthday' questions that are sure to also come. Then Sunday is my brothers birthday so we are going out to eat in Austin and then to a baseball game. While it won't be an LSU game, it's still baseball and if the littles make it through the whole game they'll be able to run the bases apparently. Though this makes me exhausted thinking about our weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mustang Trot 2014

Every year Abby's school holds a fundraiser dance/silent auction/pony rides/bake sale/you name it type thing. As always the kids favorite is the petting zoo. Usually they love the face painting as well but either they didn't have it this year or we managed to avoid that area. It was freezing on this particular Friday night so we bundled up and braved the petting zoo first - after a spin through the silent auction baskets.

We managed to drag Daddy along with us this year so I had an extra set of hands to wrangle the littles through the crowded library filled with silent auction baskets. Of course this means this year we managed to bid on a basket…. well sort of. Abby found the one that was teacher for a day with her teacher. So we bid - first on the list…. and found out later we (or rather she) won. So one day in May, Abby will be teacher for a day.

Then we headed out for the petting zoo and pony rides. This year they brought goats, a sheep and a miniature cow. No bunnies, chickens and such this year… maybe it was too cold?
Daddy tried to convince Lexie to pet the sheep but she wasn't having it. While she had that one day bonding with our dog, she still isn't sure about Honey most days so other animals are usually out too!
Abby and Micah however are total opposites however running from animal to animal petting them all!

Then of course begging to ride the ponies which we of course do, it's a fundraiser after all right? (And still half the price of any pony ride at the rodeo/carnival!)

Then they played the little games in the cafeteria and won prizes (aka happy meal toys- that made the kids extremely happy and mommy cringe because I try to give/throw those out as soon as I can!) and finally headed to the gym for the 2nd grade dance time for Abby. They had learned a dance in music class and they performed it, then taught the families to join in. 

And home…. with exhausted parents and happy kiddos. We never stay that long but man it's exhausting trying to corral three littles in a crowded school and not lose anyone! 

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