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Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Painting

Saturday morning our plans went out the window with the sudden, much needed and appreciated but plan ruining rain. Since the littles aren't too into Saturday morning sleeping in, that means we needed something to keep busy. So I set them to cleaning up their rooms and the play room. (What an exciting morning right?) Upstairs was clean by 10 am….. and a mess again by 11 am.

To reward them for being cooperative and cleaning this morning, when we were all bummed about not taking Diesel to the dog park, I set about after lunch to put together a little craft for them. So I ran off to Target. (Of course right?) I found a pack of stickers to decorate faces on pumpkins and thought they would love that.  I also picked up the pumpkins at HEB because the Target ones were super tiny. 

Table cloth required because littles are painting! It would wash off but so much easier adding the little bit of protection there. 

Everyone got their own pumpkin and to pick their own paint colors. Micah and Abby picked just about every color I put out minus brown. Lexie only wanted purple (I must have missed getting the pink out or we just didn't have it in the craft box - not sure which because I'm certain there would have been pink on her pumpkin if that had been an option) 
Micah and Abby both choose to do stripes up and down around their pumpkins. Micah in a random pattern. 
Abby did a rainbow around her pumpkin. 
Lexie wasn't satisfied until it was completely purple. Just look at that concentration. 

We stopped and let them dry while we went to Bible class. When we got home I got out the sticker set I had picked up at Target - which was made just for our family because it made 3 faces. They each got to  decide which eyes, mouth and accessories they wanted on their little monster pumpkins. 

 I think Micah might have liked this activity the most!
 He did such a fun job putting together his little horned monster.
 Lexie also did fabulously and loved putting sparkly dots and x's on her purple monster pumpkin.

They were so proud and excited about their pumpkins! 
 But too wiggly to take a picture!

My three little monsters! 
This was seriously such an easy and quick craft to put together (if you don't count the clearing off of the remainder of the groceries that you didn't put away the day before!) Much quicker and less messy than carving a pumpkin but we'll still do that as well at a later date.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday

It's time for Five on Friday again and I'm linking up with darciaprilchristina + natasha again.

1. National Night Out 
Tuesday night was National Night Out. Well, kind of, see everywhere else has NNO in August. Texas well is still HOT in August so in Texas, we celebrate in October. Our neighborhood was supposed to have food, fun, door prizes at the park along with their annual HOA meeting. We rent out house so we weren't part of the HOA and their meeting was supposed to start at 6. So I figured we'd head down to the park around 6:30 and at least take part and meet our neighbors. That's what this is about right? Well at 6:25, someone from the HOA rang the doorbell looking for homeowners and when we walked down to the park they were still looking for homeowners in order to have the number they needed (not many people were there) and since we weren't home owners it felt like we weren't wanted at all to even hang out at the park near the pavilion. Once they knew we weren't homeowners, they didn't say another word to us. Not exactly a fun national night out. I honestly was pretty bummed about it, especially seeing how some other neighborhoods were having a blast. I didn't expect to be invited to the meeting but they weren't very neighborly when they could have been. Note to self: not sure I want to buy a house in this neighborhood.

Did y'all do national night out? How does it work in your neighborhood?

2. Digital homework 
This week Abby's teacher sent home a website and a log-in to do homework on the computer. I can't decide if I like it or not. The first day was a video and one problem and you could write on/work the problem on the iPad. The second day it was a work sheet to download and work. I kept the worksheet up on the computer and had her work it on paper because there is never enough room on the worksheet anyway. I couldn't figure out how the teacher wanted them to turn it in though because there is an option to attach a .jpg (and other formats) but only one so I couldn't do both the front and back of the sheet she did the work on. So I attached one side and had her bring it to turn in.

Then there was a quiz/homework and once you turn it in you can't go back which I kind of object to because you are instantly graded and it's 3rd grade and I feel like you shouldn't be graded on homework like that (though I don't know if that grade will count in her actual class grades or if she'll just get credit for doing it)
Over the summer I had her doing math on the computer but it was a different program since this is through her text book and you could go back and correct and answers and you didn't have to deal with turning in your work via attachments. 

So while I'm on board for digital homework if it makes sense, this one was confusing and with limited information from the teacher on how she wants things done, I'm not loving it.

3. Fits galore 
This girl has been a mess the past couple weeks. As we approach 3, she seems to be advanced in taking on the three-year old attitude and expressing her opinion. She is also increasingly making it known she is my strong-willed child. Two had it's up and downs but it's been pretty smooth the past few months until now. The first massive fit she threw, I was commenting that she doesn't throw them often but when she does, they are massive. Only to be followed up by 4 more of the same magnitude in the next two weeks. They aren't so rare anymore and they are often fairly long with little that distracts her.
How do you handle fits at your house? I haven't been giving in to her fits but that means they aren't over quickly when she isn't distracted and it's wearing on us over here.  

4.  Here's to hoping the LSU has a better weekend than the previous two games. Last night Lexie saw Beau watching Thursday night football and starting cheering for LSU. Only coming out of her mouth it sounds a lot more like "L S Shoot" Based on the last two games I gotta say that's probably not far off. That said we love our Tigers win or lose but it'd be great to see a win this weekend instead of another loss. (Though I'll be content if they can at least pull out a win for the game we are going to BR to see!)

Not a video of last night so it doesn't sound the same here but still cute! 

5. It's Friday and a 3 day weekend! Tonight it's happy hour margaritas (I need one to recover from the tantrums!) Tomorrow probably a trip to the dog park to take the puppies out and maybe we'll throw in a trip to Sea World at some point this weekend.  No pumpkins for us yet - I need to get our fall outfits together for the trip to the pumpkin patch first.

Do you have any good plans for the weekend?

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Homecoming Mums

It's homecoming season. In Texas, bigger is better and biggest is best. (Total giveaway I'm a mom of a toddler girl right - anyone else bigger out that was from Sofia the First right away?) Seriously though, homecoming always brings up the conversations about the mums. Homecoming mums are no joke around here. If you haven't been around a Texas high school on homecoming weekend, this may not be something you are familiar with. So I'll fill you in.

Back when I was in high school, the boys would their date a giant fake flower mum to wear. At my high school the tradition was usually to wear overalls to be able to hold it up without ruining your shirt. Yes they are that big that a normal shirt wouldn't be able to hold it up.  Then the girls buy their date a garter - a smaller mum they wear on their arm. Some parents would also buy their daughters one even if they didn't have a date to homecoming but not all of them.

I was pretty clueless the first year when we moved to a Texas high school my sophomore year.  I saw the band booster moms table selling them but really couldn't picture the crazy until the day I saw them. The friday before homecoming, our high school was filled with girls and guys wearing mums and overalls (even some of the boys would sport overalls even though it wasn't needed with their mum on their arms.)

The girls that were on drill team or a cheerleader? They'd usually have two - one from their team sister and one from whoever they were going to homecoming with. Try sitting in your desk and doing work while wearing two mums!

Still clueless as to what I'm talking about? Maybe some pictures will help? Finally after a few years of talking about it with friends who had just moved her and were also clueless I dug out my old scrapbooks with pictures of my homecoming mums.

This was junior year. I'm pretty sure right before heading to this football game we had stopped at Wal-mart to buy the car window marker and streamers to decorate this friends truck. This was back when Wal-mart also sold fish and the friend on the far left bought a fish (pretty sure it was a goldfish) and we had a fish hanging out in the car during the football game. It lived for a little while too after that if my memory serves me right. These are both single sized mums.,… with loads of streamers. On the streamers are various options of dangly things which I forget all the options but I know jingle bells and bubbles were a few of the choices along with other various charms to represent what you were into. The on the main flower of the mum - you had the choice of various things including but not limited to a teddy bear.

Then this was senior year. Juniors could have all silver mums if they wanted (or if they guy who purchased it chose that option rather) and seniors could have gold. This mum I had was a triple one. It was heavy! I don't even what to think about how much it cost either with the triple mum and all the goodies it had on it. At least the band had a good fundraiser as probably 75% of the mums purchased at our school were through them. 

Now I'm seeing that the mums aren't staying just for high school homecoming now.  A friend was making some for her younger son's football homecoming. Then our gymnastics team wanted to do mums to wear for the district meet. They are taking over…. run!!! Ha! Okay you don't have to run just be prepared for the crazy! It looks like they've gotten even bigger and electric since I was in high school! Ours were very much personalized and standardized to our school and not much about personal expression like the article mentions some being elsewhere. Now that kind of mum maybe I'd be more behind? Maybe….

Are you ready for homecoming now? I can't even start to imagine what else will get bigger and "better" about homecoming mums between now and when my littles start high school.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Naptime struggles

The naptime struggles around here have been real y'all. Lexie will be 3 in January and has already decided she doesn't need a nap. She's really great about being quiet and staying in her room. Too bad that backfired on us twice with her getting into sister's stuff. The first was the worst, at least in Abby's opinion with her finding some pez candy Abby had hidden in her nightstand and ate it. 

The second time happened in between times I checked on her as I was peeking in more often after the first 'disaster.' The previous time I'd checked she'd looked nearly asleep but apparently she was just really good at pretending. 

The next time I went back? 

Permanent marker all over the night stand (not a huge deal - it's from Ikea and nothing a little chalk paint won't fix since the magic eraser won't take it off), Abby's bedskirt (again not a huge deal it's old and just plain white, easily replaced especially since it's on my 'dream list' that I want to hopefully be able to redo the girls room in the near-ish future) but she also marked all over her dress she was wearing from Church that day. Thankfully it wasn't a new dress and one from last year but it still fit nicely as did Abby's so they could match. Though this is the first piece of clothing (aside from holes in the knees of jeans) that I think any of them have ruined so I guess this was coming at some point. Now all coloring things I could find have been removed from the room. Hopefully there aren't any others hiding where I couldn't find them.

Last Thursday was our first nap success in a while with her falling asleep less than 20 minutes after I put her in her room. That's pretty good considering she had been holding out for close to an hour and 1/2 some days only to fall asleep right before naptime was over. Which means either I let her sleep later than I like or wake her and have her cranky. What age did your littles give up naps? Both my older two also started to struggle at his age and were doing quiet time instead of naptime at 3. 
She's got her 3 P's here: pink pillow, pink blanket and Pinkalicious (sometimes that's replaced with a Princess book but still a P ;) )
Thankfully last Thursday seems to have been a break through because she also napped Friday, Saturday (in the car), Sunday and Monday! Hallelujah! Of course it's 3:40 and she's still napping today but I didn't put her down until 1:30 and she didn't fall asleep until 2 after looking at a book but I'm not complaining! 

So odds that writing about her recent success will backfire just the way writing about her struggles got her to start napping again? I'm betting I'm pretty much out of luck for a good nap for the rest of the week after that….. 

Happy Monday y'all! And hope your littles took their naps today to get you through this first day of the week!

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Five on Friday

It's Friday! That should put a smile on your face right? Plus Five on Friday is back and I'm linking up with darciaprilchristina + natasha to join in on the fun. 

- one - 
Happy October y'all! I feel like I'm actually prepared for the month this year! All the littles Halloween costumes are either hiding in my closet or have been ordered (was just waiting on Micah to settle on his costume because he all the sudden started flip-flopping his decision) They aren't by any means anything original or creative but they are what they've wanted for many, many, many months so I'm thrilled they've got the costumes they wanted. 

And our Halloween pjs arrived today! Eep! I don't know why but I think Halloween pjs might be the most adorable of any of the holidays. It's between Halloween and Christmas for winner of cutest pjs but  seriously tell me these are super cute and fun! 

- two - 
After what seemed like a month long back and forth of phone tag, issues with what seem to me like 'silly' rules and a meeting to revise the paper work, Micah is finally getting his speech services. Micah started speech last year with the school where Abby is, doing drop in services twice every 6 day rotation. Well now that he's 5 and eligible for kinder but not in kinder (we chose to send him to the 5 year old preschool class for several reasons - extra time working on his speech being one of them - and then do kinder next year) so he can't be 'dual-enrolled' yet he's not actually enrolled. So they worked around it and will call him home schooled so he can receive speech therapy that way with the school district. This means driving him further to the main office instead of the school where Abby is but he had his first session this week and I really like the therapist that he will see and she seems like she will be better for him than the one who was at Abby's school last year. (She isn't there anymore anyway and they have a new therapist at Abby's school as well) He actually had a one-on-one session instead of a group session so even though it's only once a week so he'll have a few less but it seems like it will be a more productive session so I'm please with how it's set up now that all the silly details have been ironed out. 

- three - 
Abby's next gymnast's meet is in Austin. I can't help but be excited… why? Because Austin seems to have the best restaurants around. Salt Lick, Stubb's BBQ, Moonshine, HopDoddy… seriously I can't decide where to eat! That's just a start of the list of yummy places I've been before not even the places I haven't tried yet. And I don't even know if we'll have a chance to eat there because if the meet runs long we might miss the start of the LSU game before we get home if we stop and eat. Oh decisions, decisions. 

- four - 
On the note of eating…. I better step up my gym workouts because I love food too much to stop eating and our family picture session is in a month! I keep going back and forth on what I want everyone to wear. I'm still really loving the mustard color but we kind of did that last year with along with navy so I want to go away from that. However there are so many cute mustard dress/leggings/ fall outfits out there for the girls. I did get the girls some darling hot pink converse so I'm leaning towards a pink/black/blue/chambray. Seriously my favorite part of family pictures is the putting together of the outfits! 

- five -
I'm looking forward to the cold (cool?) front that's coming through this weekend. Today was a high of 97… not exactly very fall like! But Saturday? We're looking at a high of 82! It was actually cool enough to wear my boots and the girls to wear long sleeves to Church last Sunday and I'm looking forward to maybe another weekend of the same. The boots at least! I texted my mom last Sunday morning asking if boots were appropriate yet in Texas and we decided that if it's under 75 then we are good to go on the boots and mornings will definitely be below 75 but maybe not in the afternoons just yet. 

Happy Friday y'all! Hope it's a great one. Now to get to cleaning so I can start the weekend with a clean slate. Ya know for the 5 minutes it will last with 3 kids (tornados!) and 2 puppies. 

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Gymnastics Meets 2 and 3

Gymnastics season for Abby is in full swing. A total learning process for her and for me as well as I learn the ropes of being a "gym mom." I never saw that in the cards for me as I thought we'd do dance but she is loving it and I'm loving seeing her learn and grow in both her skills and with the friendships on her team.  

In someways gymnastics meets aren't that different from t-ball: they love getting their goodie bags! In this case however they get them at the beginning of the meet to have a snack between rotations. You'd think they were doing a serious workout with how they gobble up the snacks but at least they are healthy snacks!

 Then of course there are the after the meet goodie bags - usually with a tiny bit of candy and a medal for everyone along with the paper with their achievement ribbons for their scores on the different rotations.  As they announced the teams to come up on the podium, the girls keep inching forward closer and closer, photo-bombing the other teams pictures, all because they all wanted to scramble up there and be on the top!

Meet 4 is this week and I can't wait to see how she does since it's been a month between the meets! Her personal goal was to have all blue ribbons at a meet and her scores were pretty close last time. 

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Date night: a walk in the park and food trucks!

Last month we were somehow busy both nights our gym offered parents night out, however my mom was sweet enough to agree to put the littles to bed while we went out on a date night when she came into town for Abby's gymnastics meet.

We take an evening walk with the pups as often as we can fit it in before bedtime (because believe me a tired puppy is a good puppy!) So since we were going out and the kids were still going to be at home, we decided to have an active date night and take the pups with us. The park where our gym is has great walking trails and is the perfect spot to go for a nice walk. Now I wouldn't go alone but I feel safe going with Beau or maybe even with Diesel when he's no longer a puppy - during the day light at least.

It's shaded through a good portion of it so it didn't feel too hot in the Texas evening thank goodness! We started off on the paved path for a good while, then when Diesel started to lag a little we were going to turn around. Beau, son of a navigator and Eagle Scout, decided at this point that the non-paved path obviously lead back to the beginning of the trail without having to double back. (This is after pulling up the trail maps on the smart phones and figuring out where we were at - what would we do without technology?)

So off the paved path to follow the path through the grass and rocks…..  

We followed that for a good while until we came to an underpass and were parallel to the paved path we had gotten off of early. We then figured out where we really were. Which (do you see where I'm going here?) was not where Beau thought we were! 

So we turned around and headed the long, long, long way back at that point. Diesel was unimpressed at this point. He's too big to carry and had lost his enthusiasm for the walk at this point. Rhett on the other hand still was still keeping up… mainly because I carried him a good deal of the way. 

Nearing the end of the walk we came upon this pretty overlook area that some others were climbing up. Beau tried to convince me to climb it. I declined. Now I don't mind some adventure but that just seemed like I was asking to sprain an ankle or break a bone! 

At the very end of the walk when we were almost at our car, we came across some deer having an evening snack. They are so used to people walking the trails that only the babies ran back away from the trail as we walked up. The rest…. just stood there and and watched. 

Then we figured by this point we had earned our dinner and hit up the Point Parks and Eat. It was a win because there were plenty of options for picky me and adventurous Beau. I think this is a date we'll definitely do again! Maybe minus the detour? But it added to the adventure and next time I bet Diesel will have more stamina to hold up for a longer walk too. So I guess I'll keep the detour. But I also get to keep my right to say 'I told you so' about the fact that I knew that path wasn't going to lead us where Beau thought it was going to! 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Five: Fall favs

The weather has been amazing in South Texas this week. Not cool really by any means but a crisp breeze and you don't sweat the minute you go outside. It's actually in the low 80s today (and will likely rain this evening but I'll take it!) It's been perfect for taking the pups on their evening walks since it has to be earlier in the evening now that school is back and we try our best to stick to our bedtime on school nights.

- one - 

LSU football is back! Our last game was hard to watch and had all our hearts racing at the end as we came so close to a miracle come back. Our previous games were a little easier to watch. (In fact I'll admit I got annoyed at the hubs because he was flipping back and forth to closer games since we were up by a fair bit) I'm super excited that we'll actually make it to a game this year (Thanks Pops for letting us have tickets for a game!)
There is also the girly fun part of LSU football - which means game day wear! I just ordered Lexie this awesome gold bow headband. Now I need to find her something cute to wear it with because she's about outgrown her outfits from the past two years (yes she's worn the same thing the past two years my petite princess! Micah wore the same jersey for 4 years - it was huge at first but he's finally outgrown it!)

- two - 
It's not pool season any more and I'm ready start to flat ironing my hair again. It's too much work when we swim so often but now that we aren't swimming anymore I'm trying to plan when I can get another brazilian blowout! I'm really debating cutter it shorter - kind of like this.  It probably wouldn't work that well when curly but as long as it could still be pulled up in a messy bun it would be okay? Maybe? It's been a long time since I've cut my hair besides a trim. (Of course looking at hair cuts on Pinterest makes me think I could seriously use some highlights too..) 

- three - 
Pumpkins! The pumpkin patches are opening this weekend! I can't wait to get our halloween outfits together and take the kids for our annual pumpkin patch picture.   Alamo City Mom Blogs has a list of most of the pumpkin patches in SA if you need help finding one! 

Lexie and I think this is of course the best kind of pumpkin that comes back in the fall - mellowcreme pumpkins. Though I do love a good pumpkin bar (with cream cheese frosting of course) and I think I want to try out the pumpkin spice chai latte recipes I've seen on Pinterest. 

- four - 
Boots! I'm so ready for boot season! Is 81 degrees too warm to wear boots because I'm ready to pull mine out and wear them again! 

Of course the girls have outgrown their boots from last year but they really loved them so I've been looking for boots for them. Abby is adamant that she doesn't want the 'same' ones as last year so that rules out pretty much any brown cowboy boot because those are all too similar to her. And Lexie loves pink… and only pink. She wouldn't try on the brown boots at the store only the pink ones. Ha! I'm sure once home and forgotten about she'd wear the brown no problem because she'll wear her brown shoes but she's also become stubborn lately. I think we've found some riding boots for Abby though so that might solve one 'problem.' 

- five - 
I may be the only one but I'm excited the fall shows are all back! I know other mamas understand that we need some downtime after the littles are in bed and I'm thrilled I can now throw my feet up, eat some bon bons (okay not really) and watch some good tv before bed! 

Now to get ready for a girls night out! Happy Friday everyone - hope ya'll have a great weekend. 

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