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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

summer days

Summer these days consist of lots of pool time. This particular day we ate our lunch in the park before heading to the splash pad and pool. 

Abby found a neat arched tree branch near our picnic table and thought it would be a fun spot for a picture. Instead of an ordinary picture under the branch though it seemed like a good spot to match the arch of the tree branch. You can take the girl out of gymnastics but you can't take the gymnastics out of the girl! 

We played on the splash pad while our lunch settled and then hit the pool. We had it nearly to ourselves for a little bit while they switched out summer camp groups.  Lexie told me after we got home "this was a fun day." 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016


It had been a few years since I had taken picture Valentines' of the kids for their classes. They may not be their favorites (because their favorites are the Target variety with puppies or Jurassic Park on them to be honest. I can want to be all cutesy and pinteresty as I want but in the end the $3 boxes from Target win in their minds) but I love them as does family (when I don't get to busy to send them… or even blog them before the holiday is WAY past over…) 

Umm yes Micah was covered in temporary tattoos he had gotten for Christmas. Such is the life of little boys - as long as they don't become permanent ones!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Look who's FOUR!

My little baby is now a bubbly, talkative, sweet, loving FOUR year old. Her birthday flipped a switch in her because while she was always chatty and silly at home, she was often shy around others like the teachers at preschool and Bible Class. She's opened up and let everyone else see that side of her personality more and more since her birthday! I'm happy that she is more comfortable around others to let them see that side of her. She brings such joy to our family. 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lexie and Friendly

Every child in Lexie's preschool class was able to have a turn bringing home the class pet - Friendly the Frog. Her teacher tried to time it so it was around their Birthday so Lexie was able to have Friendly over her birthday weekend. 

She had a blast with Friendly to say the least. She took him to jump on the trampoline with her because Frogs love to jump! 

 They also spent some time riding bikes and on her scooter in the front yard. We had such a mild winter that it was perfect weather to play outside even though it was January.

 Gigi and Pops came into town to take the birthday girl for lunch and with Lexie's love of tortillas we decided on Pappacitos. Friendly being a native Texas frog loved chips and salsa right along with everyone else.

 A birthday dinner isn't complete without singing happy birthday, a big bowl of dessert and a giant cupcake (complete with CANDY on top!)

Friendly came home with a book he loves to read too. So we spent some time in Lexie's tent reading books during quiet time during the week as well. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Lexie's A Little Witch

Before Halloween rolled around I took Lexie out for a quick photoshoot - she loved her Halloween witch dress so I wanted too have a little fun with it since it wouldn't be her costume for trick or treating. She really enjoyed it and hammed it up! 

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Abby's level 2 season

Abby's well into her second competitive gymnastics season now. She's had three meets so far. The first meet this season was amazing for her! She rocked it, especially with it being her first level 2 meet and the first meet of the season with all the jitters that it entails and came very close to scoring out with a 35.85 (needs a 36 to score out to the next level as soon as she had the skills needed to compete at that level.) 

Her second meet of the season she really did amazing on the first three rotations -  vault, beam, and bars and improved on all three of her scores from the previous meet. Floor didn't go as well though but she as always is just looking forward knowing what she needs to work on for next time. I'm always so impressed with her maturity in these cases instead of being bummed about not getting the score she wanted. 
Meet three of this season was a road trip and she and I were able to spend some quality time together on the road to Corpus Christi. The night before the meet she had a blister or "bubble" as she called it on her hand and it popped at bedtime. So it was nice that bars were first and she could get that one routine over with and ignore the stinging on her hand after that. 
 A teammate had an ice pack she used on her hand between her warm-up routine and her scored turn.

 Even with a rip in her hand she managed to do a decent bar routine, not her best personal best but still it looked like a nice routine to me.

She had a bobble on beam and fell off but I was proud she hopped back up and kept going. Then I think the heat in the building was starting to get to the girls even more because their poor little faces were looking quite pink at this point in the meet and it was a not her best floor routine either.  The mom in me thinks it was getting to the judges too and making them more nit picky than normal. ;)
 Abby didn't let it get to her though and did a very pretty vault to end the meet on a high note.
One more meet to go to finish out the compulsory season. One month to polish our floor routine arm placement and hopefully Abby can achieve her goal of scoring out! 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Abby's Glamping 9th birthday

This month my sweet oldest daughter turned 9.  Only one more year until double digits and halfway through to her probably going off to college. Crazy to think about it that way!  Last week we had her birthday party - summer parties can be lots of fun with all the water activities but we did a pool party last year. This year the theme was glamping. Pinterest was full of cute ideas - I had to greatly restrain myself from trying to do them all and picked my favorite things and tried to keep the rest low key and not work myself up into a Pinterest frenzy. 

Gigi had found these awesome A-frame tent set ups which were perfect for the party! I rearranged the living room and pushed the couches off the side to set up a camp site in the living room. 

 Abby's been asking for a dream catcher for a while and it seemed like the perfect crafty thing for the girls to do during the sleepover.
 It was so interesting to see their different personalities shine through with how they put together their dream catchers. Mostly their patience in how long they wanted to work on it and how much they wanted to add to it before moving onto something else.

 They were really excited to change into their coordinating pajamas. This was my "must-do" in regards to the glamping party because really how cute did these turn out? The girls really seemed to love them as well and didn't waste any time changing into them. My mom again was awesome and embroidered their names on the shorts and I took care of the vinyl on the tank tops.
The girls that came were all from Abby's gymnastics team and of course that meant they were quickly deciding to find poses that practiced their skills. After this they ended up practicing and making up routines on Abby's balance beam, taking turns judging each other - pretty much parroting what they coaches must critic them on! Highly entertaining to listen to as I watched them. 
After a dinner of hot dogs (I mean what else for a glamp out?) the girls settled in to watch a movie. We picked a classic of The Parent Trap (they are at camp and then they go camping in it) and the girls really seemed to enjoy it.
Of course after the movie I played bedtime police and was able to have all the girls to sleep by 11 which I'd say is pretty good for a sleepover. 

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