Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Maple Grove Block Party - Year Two

This was our second year for having our neighborhood block party and it was SO much fun!! Our city of Crestwood started a "Crestwood Night Out" where anyone that would like to have one, can sign up to have a block party. They drop of barricades for you and you can block off your street for the party! It's so much fun for the kids to be able to ride their bikes and scooters in the street! The city also sends over a police officer along with McGruff the Crime Dog and a Fire Truck stops by at some point in the evening as well. It's just such a great time. Our neighbor makes a flyer to invite everyone on our street to come and we all bring food and drinks to share.

This year we had a really awesome surprise because our block party happened to be on the same day as the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and the hot air balloons actually flew right over our street this year!! It was really amazing to see them filling up the sky around us. A few came right down close and even waved at us! It will be very hard to top that next year. Ha!































Friday, September 14, 2018

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina for Five on Friday!


One
I can't believe one week from tomorrow, we'll be headed to the "Happiest Place on Earth"... Disneyland!!! To say we're all excited would be an understatement!

Two
I recently ordered these super cute bag tags from Oliver's Labels. Neither of the back-packs that I bought for the kids this year had a place to label their names on them, so I googled backpack tags and I found Oliver's Labels. They had a bunch of cute designs and shipped fast. They even had tag designs that went along with each of the kids backpack themes. So cute!! I'm glad I ordered them because there is a girl in Avery's class with the exact same backpack! It's great to know they won't get mixed up now.

Three
I recently finished reading "Small Great Things", by Jodi Picoult and it was SUCH a good book!! I highly recommend it. You can read the synopsis here.

Four
Last weekend, while Jake was gone for a golfing trip, I took the kids to one of may favorite places for ice-cream. It's called Cottleville Cookies and Cream and it's the cutest little shop. The kids loved it.

Five
Have a great weekend!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!



One
We got our Disneyland tickets in the mail this week!! We leave in less than a month and I'm so excited for this trip!

Two
We have a hummingbird feeder on our back deck and they have been so active lately!! I love this time of year when they are very active. I was able to get a few pictures of them up close last week with my camera and telephoto lens. Hummingbirds always remind me of my Grammy and I just love watching them.




Three
Yesterday was Avery's first day at her new gymnastics class. She was so excited and loved every minute of it. I couldn't take her because it was while I was at work but my mom took a few pictures and said that Avery was already asking her if she was going to get to come back right after they left.



Four
After church this past Sunday, we met up with my sister and her family for a fun filled afternoon at Six Flags. We always have so much fun there! I got a picture of the 3 older boys and the little girls, but didn't get a picture of my nephew Emerson. :-( He was there though, having fun with the rest of us.


Five
I finished up a little house project last night and thought I'd share it today. Last month when we took our pictures in the sunflower field, I knew I wanted to do something special with the pictures. They were just too cute not to display. So I thought it would be cute to frame a few of them and then pair them with a "You are my Sunshine" wooden sign that I already had at home and had never found a place to hang it. I used to sing that song to Jackson when he was a baby and I thought it was fitting since we were in a sunflower field. I thought since we've never hung anything in our upstairs hallway, that this would be really cute across from our hall bath (which also has a "you are my sunshine" theme). Once I had the photos framed and layed it all out, I felt like it still needed something else. So I looked online to try and find something else and found this super cute metal sunflower at Hobby Lobby. It wasn't quite the right color yellow to match the sign, so I also bought a can of spray paint and painted it to match! :-)


Have a great weekend!!!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Avery's First Day of Pre-K

Avery had her first day of Pre-K this past Friday morning! She did great and was so excited! She went right into her class and sat down on the carpet right next to her friend Aubrei. :-) She's in the Caterpillar room this year with Mrs. Darr and Mrs. Beel, which was the same room that Jackson was in for Pre-K. So Avery already knows both of her teachers, which makes it a very easy transition. She also has several friends in her class from the last 2 years she's gone to Lindbergh Early Childhood Education, so that made going back to school a lot easier as well. She's going on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.



She had her "meet the teacher" night on Wednesday night and got to see both of her teachers and a few of her friends.


Avery also got a new backpack this year, (even though she didn't really need one). Sam's had such cute backpacks for both Jackson and Avery this year that we just couldn't pass them up. Avery's has unicorns on it!!





We also had Avery fill in this cute little questionnaire for "back to school!" I love that she says she wants to be a Prima-Ballerina Ice Queen when she grows up! Ha!

I'm sure she's going to have a great last year of preschool!!

And for comparison's sake, here are Avery's first day of school pictures for the 3 years she's been in preschool!! She's gotten so big in such a short amount of time.