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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Micah's Dragon Party

Micah's birthday just snuck up on me this year with a busier than normal April. Since my parents and brother were going to be in town for Mother's day weekend and it was the weekend after Micah's birthday, I decided to go ahead and try and make myself crazy by having his birthday party on the same weekend as Mother's Day and my first triathlon since high school. (Talk about cramming it all in!) 

I went pretty low key and unlike my usual self - I failed at documenting his party in pictures - he did had a blast though. Due to the weather (what?! it's not often here we have things cancelled due to rain) the threat of storms cancelled the bounce house (and it was clear and beautiful about 15 minutes after the scheduled time they would have dropped it off!) so we went with the back up plan of having the movie How To Train Your Dragon. 

Beau grilled up hot dogs and sausage along with grapes (dragon eggs), chips and salsa, and cheetos.
 Jeremy's friend made adorable dragon cookies for Micah's party! They were a huge hit and so darling! (Beau says I'm replaced as hers were better than mine - ha!)
 I cut shields out of foam board and had crayons and markers to decorate the shields along with die cut dragons once the silhouette decided to cooperate.
 After eating and the piƱata, everyone played outside for a few minutes then it was time for cupcakes and presents.

Despite the weather changing our plans and not getting as elaborate as I usually do I think this was one of the more low key but relaxing parties I've done in a while. Micah was just thrilled to see his friends at his house. (He's already wanting his best friend to come back and play again)  I might start to take this route in the future. I think Abby has decided she wants to do her party somewhere other than home which will be a first for us. So we'll see how that goes and I guess I better book that soon to have the date we want.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Micah's F-I-V-E!

My sweet little-big Cinco-de-Mayo boy turned FIVE on Monday. He had been counting down for the past week, asking how many more days every day until it was finally his birthday. Then we started the count down of days until his birthday party! 
He may be a big 5 year old now but he's still tiny! He's in the 3rd percentile for weight at 32.2 lbs (that's with clothes and shoes on!) but he's catching up in height between the 25th and 50th. He does eat - just prefers to do what we all should do according to some of the diet philosophies and eat 5 (or 10!) smaller meals a day instead of 3 bigger meals. He could eat all day long but only eats a little at a time (unless it's berries then he'll try and sneak the whole container.) He's healthy though and so no worries there.  

Micah - age 5 birthday interview 

Favorite Color: green 
Favorite Animal: dragon 
Favorite book: Waking up Dragons 
Favorite TV show: Jake and the Neverland Pirates 
Favorite Movie: How to Train Your Dragon 
Favorite Food: Ribs 
Favorite Snack: anything
Favorite Game: (no response) 
Favorite Toy: Toothles 
Best Friend: Conner 
Favorite thing to sleep with: Leonardo 
Favorite restaurant: Pappadeauxs 
What do you want to be when you grow up: A dragon trainer 

My sweet boy is full of energy and silliness most of the time but he still loves to snuggle especially in the mornings. He currently is into dragons and also Ninja Turtles.  He loves preschool and will continue at his current school next year in the 5 year old class. He's very routine oriented when it comes to bed time with getting his book, fresh water, hugs and kisses and then reminded to stay in his bed. If we forget a step he gets out to come remind us. 

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day weekend: post Spa Girl

My Spa Girl tri that I ran in was also on Mother's Day weekend. Immediately post-tri and mimosas along with some fruit and cupcakes we headed out to catch Micah's t-ball game. Daddy had both girls and was helping Micah so when we got there the girls were already munching down snowcones. Lexie was pretty cute sharing hers (along with dripping it all over!) 

We had a yummy lunch at Burgerfi after the game and then it was naptime. After naptime, Gigi and Pops headed home and Daddy had to head to work. We headed outside to wear everyone out so they'd go to bed easily - I was ready for bed at this point after being up since 4 am!

The next morning the littles were so excited to give me the presents they had made at school. Micah made me a heart collage on canvas with paper and buttons along with a flower pot with coupons. Abby drew me a pretty picture on a tile for a coaster. I love them both so much! 
Beau brought home a lovely purple hydrangea plant. I'm sad to say I did not inherit my Dad's side of the families green thumb because despite regular water and such I still managed to kill it with in a few weeks. 

 Then we headed to Church and our annual Mother's Day picture. Our Church honors the moms by having volunteers ready to take family pictures, realizing that often the mom is the one behind the camera and not in front of it. Previous years can be seen here - all the way back to when Micah was a teeny tiny 5 day old babe.

After lunch and naptime we continued our Sunday afternoon habit of staying at the pool from post-nap to closing (not really that long since it closes at 5) It was a little chilly but not too bad. 

Then we ended the day with dessert from the cake that Abby decorated at school. It was pretty tasty! 

Hope your Mother's Day was a wonderful as mine. A great Mother's day weekend spent with those that matter most just enjoying each others company. Nothing out of the ordinary but still sweet and special all the same. 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spa Girl Tri

Mother's Day weekend I ran my first triathlon since high school (and those were mandatory as part of the swim team final.) I had gotten pretty excited for it…. I even ran to train for it (on the treadmill because hello free childcare at the gym vs. pushing a stroller outside!)  Because I was going to earn my mimosa! Isn't that why we do these races? For the drinks at the end right? 99% of my training was indoors aside from the one bike ride I did with Lexie in the trailer, and two swim sessions over spring break. Former high school swimmer so the swim didn't worry me - I knew I could knock that out…. I mean it was a 400 in a lazy river. 

Back to the beginning about a year ago my friend Ashley had mentioned something about seeing a triathlon at a local hotel/resort and that's the kind of triathlon she'd be interest in doing. I though hey I'm game for that! My mom was starting to bike with my dad and training with a personal trainer so I thought hey we've got this! So eventually with like 10 spots left we all signed up and committed to the race. 

The weekend rolls around and we were all up before dawn… 4am ya'll (big giant yawn!) to get to the resort (next year we are springing for a room!) We opted to rack our bikes in the morning instead of the night before so they wouldn't be in the rain storm the night before. My brother was very nice to lend me his super nice bike rather than ride my non-racing bike.  

We get there, get marked, chips on, gear ready and around 6:30 we get in our swim groups - which was supposed to be by time but turns out walking gets through the lazy river about as fast as swimming! 

400 meter swim, 10 mile bike and a 2 mile run…. I knew the swim I could do no sweat… the bike I could do as I'd done a 14 mile and a 25 mile in the past and this was very flat compared to the 25 mile ride. However I'm not a runner which was the appeal of this race since it was only two miles. Turns out I'm 99% certain it wasn't even 2 miles because my time was 4 minutes faster than my fastest 2 miles even with walking all the hills as to not fall up or down them.  

I made pretty much all my goals I had for my first race in over 10 years - 1) finish  2) finish in under an hour 1/2 (I really had no real clue how long it would take me but I knew I could do the swim in about 7 minutes, bike in under an hour and the run in under 30…. so that was my goal)  Next year I'm aiming to cut that by hopefully minimum 10 minutes because I feel like I could have pushed harder knowing the run wasn't as long and hard as I thought it would be and I can cut time out of my transition times as well. 

It was a great experience and I'm exited to do it again next year… and it was fun to do the race on Mother's day with my mom. Plus we earned our pretty medals and a yummy snack afterwards! 

Now does it compare to my brother doing his ironman… nope but I'm not that crazy! Ha! He can call it the mani, pedi, facial tri all he wants but it was fun. :) 

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014


It's been a while since I've done one of these but I love documenting our little every day moments and having them on the blog to look back on. 

Lexie goes to sleep in her own bed but in the wee hours of the morning she comes into our room, carrying her pillow (well now Abby's pillow because she sweet talked her big sister into switching pillows - what a great big sis!) blanket and as many toys as she can carry - in this case Sophia and Rapunzel.  The last Saturday morning I had gotten up to go to the parade with Abby and after I had gotten ready I saw that she had really spread out and taken up as much as the bed as her little self could manage. 
Monday was Micah's 5th birthday and for the afternoon he choose to go swimming since the pool had just opened for the season the day before. It was mighty chilly but that didn't stop them. Abby and Micah jumped right in and started swimming but Alexis took a while to warm up to the water. However Micah was the first one to cave to the cold (well he also has no meat on his bones to keep him warm) but he was content to play from the side. I know we'll be spending a lot of our summer here! 

Micah is really into Legos right now. He's pretty good at the building part already and does a good job of following the directions to put them together (with help and a little guidance but I'm impressed!) We just need work on remembering they aren't as durable as regular toys. We've had to rebuild the sets a few times. I love that it gives us some great one-on-one time as we build them together. 
Lexie was just a little off today. She was coughing and had some extra drainage (sorry!) and was easily upset and more quiet than normal today. Poor baby just needed a down day. I caught a sweet moment while she was watching a show while I cleaned up. (I had high hopes of participating in screen free week this week but alas this was the only way she wasn't clinging onto me while I was trying to clean up.) Where did my baby girl go? She looks like such a little girl here. 
For birthdays I let them pick what they want for dinner. Micah flipped back and forth between ribs and spaghetti and meatballs (with sister's influence) so we did both over the course of a few days. Ribs are also always great for yummy leftovers when I don't feel like cooking a few days later. The kids love them because they get 'bones.'

So what have you been up to lately? 

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

2014 Cornyval parade

Abby's gymnastics team walked in the Cornyval Parade over the weekend. This was our first time participating in the parade since Abby just made the team in March. She was nervous at first when I asked her if she wanted to participate because she had nothing to compare the experience to and walking in the road sounded a little frightening. Once she attended the practice for their parade routine she was more excited about it and being with her friends on the team helped a lot. 

This meant we were up bright and early Saturday morning. We had to be at the gym at 7. (Thank goodness it doesn't take us long to get there!) 
The moms left the girls at the gym to ride together in the team vans and we drove our cars to the end of the parade route then piled in one car to meet them at the front in the line-up. Then it was a lot of wait time to start the parade. Over two hours to be exact. 

The parade had a horse theme this year - which fit in nicely since it was Kentucky derby day. So all the gymnast were little jockeys. 
The girls practiced their routine a little bit and played around a little as well. 

Finally around 10 we were able to line up and start moving towards the beginning of the parade route. We were float number 46 so we had a ways to go before we really started moving down the street. 
That didn't stop the girls from doing hand stands, cartwheels and other various gymnastics tricks down the road. I think Abby did at least 100 cartwheels and handstands - minimum - during the 2.5 mile parade route. 
She had a lot of fun though. She keeps asking to do it again. I'm impressed with Abby because she did choose to ride a little bit but she walked/cartwheeled the majority of the parade. 

This was our first time seeing or participating in the Cornyval events so it was nice to see a little of what went on at the Helotes Cornyval. There was not only the parade, but also a PRCA rodeo (and mutton bustin - which Micah didn't make the age cut off for this year) a fair grounds, also we walked through the market days on our way to the car and got to see a little of that as well. Abby saw the dog adoptions of course and wanted another dog…. she also for a minute wanted to give up gymnastics for riding lessons with all the horses. Maybe I can find her something with horses this summer…. 

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review and Giveaway

Y'all I'm sure know by now love a sweet smocked-clad little one. So I'm sure you won't be surprised I want to introduce to you one of my new favorite brands and know that I'm sharing this with you because I truly feel they are a high quality brand.  I check out the Shrimp and Grits Kids winter catalogue every year because the year before Alexis was born they had the most precious bishop with Santa being pulled by a team of alligators just like in the Cajun Night Before Christmas which is totally right up my alley and I keep hoping they'll bring it back. I still kick myself for not taking a chance in guessing her size a year ahead and crossing my fingers it would fit! So when Shrimp and Grits Kids contacted me to ask if I was interested in doing a review (and giveaway so keep reading y'all!) I immediately said YES! 
From the description on the website "Shrimp and Grits Kids is a line of high quality, hand smocked children’s clothing whose products are actually affordable!" and I'd totally say that's 100% true. When Lexie's bubble arrived in the mail I was throughly impressed with the quality of the material and especially of the smocking.  I wasn't the only one impressed either. Lexie took one look at it, saw the "turtle" and wanted it on immediately! 

You will die from the cuteness in the details of this smocking. I mean not only is it high quality but the details are amazing - a darling face and a bow on her head! Seriously it's precious!

I love that Shrimp and Grits Kids has such a great mix of the classics, as well as pieces with a modern twist to them and some pieces that coordinate with the collection in a classic but non-smocked style as well (for those that gasp maybe don't love smocking like I do - or for your older girls and boys that feel the smocking isn't their style anymore.) So really there is something for everyone and you can coordinate all your littles - which is totally something I love to do especially which I can coordinate instead of everyone being matchy matchy in the same thing.

I mean seriously is that not just a darling outfit? The bubble is just perfect for us because it makes her look still little and it gives her the freedom to play! However it was a really tough decision between the turtle bubble and the turtle sundress.

Now for the fun for y'all. Shrimp and Grits Kids offered a chance for one of y'all to win the Sea Turtle Sundress.  So wait for the rafflecopter to show up if it hasn't yet and enter to win! 

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Happy Monday!

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