Thursday, April 19, 2018

My Dad's 60th Surprise Party

This past Sunday, we threw my Dad a Surprise 60th Birthday Party at Hessler's Pub and Grill near our house. It's my Dad's favorite pizza and they just so happened to have a party room that we could rent for the evening. My mom and I decorated the room earlier in the day while my dad was busy at church.

It was pretty easy to get him there. We just said we were meeting my sister and her family there for a little birthday dinner. He was totally surprised when he walked in and many of his family and friends were there!

It was so cute that the grand-kids ran up and gave him a big group hug after we all yelled, "Surprise!"

Here's a little video of the "Surprise!"

My Dad hugging his Dad. ♥

We had pizza and toaster ravioli for dinner! It was all very good. My sister made my dad's favorite cupcakes... German Chocolate. She also made a few vanilla cupcakes for those who don't like German Chocolate.

It was a great party and everyone had a great time, including the birthday boy!!

These games kept the kids occupied for the whole night. We knew ahead of time to bring quarters along and they raided the candy machine until they had a ton of candy. They had so much fun!

My Great-Grandma holding my niece Addison for the first time! So sweet.

The boys were so excited to see what Papa got for his birthday!

I'm so glad we were able to surprise him!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our Weekend: Soccer, Playdate, The Ballet and A Suprise Party!!

We had such a great weekend!

It started off with Jackson having a soccer game on Friday evening. It was his second game of the season and he just so happened to get his first ever soccer goal during a game!! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures or videos of it, but needless to say he was SO excited!! All the boys were high-fiving him and he had the biggest smile on his face. He ran right over to his dad on the side-lines! We were all SO excited!! Afterwards, we went and got pizza at MOD.

After dinner, we went by Target to pick up the movie, "The Greatest Showman" and we also let the kids each pick out a small toy. Jake and I had seen the Greatest Showman in the theaters but the kids hadn't seen it. Jackson absolutely loved it and has since watched it multiple times!

Saturday, we had a playdate at Chick-Fil-A for lunch with some friends from school and then Avery and I went to see a ballet that some of our friends were in. It was "The Snow Queen" and it was really good. Avery did great the first half but got a little restless during the second half. She did enjoy it though and did some dancing of her own by her seat. I wanted to take Avery to see it, so she could get a little taste of what she'll be doing in June. Though hers is a recital and not an actual ballet, I still wanted her to see how they got up on stage and danced in front of everyone so she would kind of know what to expect.

Later that night some of our neighbors came over for a little bonfire in our backyard, which is always fun.

Sunday we got up and went to church. Then that evening we had a surprise 60th birthday party planned for my Dad at his favorite place for pizza. I will do a more detailed post later this week, (I forgot my memory stick at home) but it was a GREAT party and he was completely surprised!

It was a great ending to a great weekend!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!

We signed Avery up for her first season of T-Ball. She had her first practice this past week and has been practicing out in the yard the last couple nights. She's so cute and doing great. She has her first game on the 21st and I can't wait to watch her play!

We have a very busy Spring and Summer ahead of us with Sports and Camps for both of the kids. I just love watching them try new things and do things that they love. Avery is in Dance and preparing for her first recital in June and of course she's also playing T-Ball. Jackson is playing soccer and is also playing on two different baseball teams (one in the Spring and one in the Summer). Jackson had his first soccer game of the season this past Saturday and he has another one tonight!

Jackson had picture day last Friday and he looked so handsome that I had to snap a quick picture before I left for work that morning. I can't wait to see his school picture!

If you have a little girl, then I'm sure you've heard of the LOL Surprise Dolls. Avery has a few and she LOVES them. It's pretty much all she plays with these days. She got a couple new ones for Easter and they all take a bath with her, go everywhere with her and they all have to be in their own little beds at night right on her side table next to her bed. She covers them all up before going to bed. It's so cute!

Last Saturday, Avery had her Grandparents breakfast at her school and she was so excited to have MawMaw, Papa and Grandma come to have pancakes with her! They each got their picture taken with her and they made cute frames for their pictures. So cute!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mommy and Me Pony Camp

Yesterday, Avery and I went to a Mommy and Me Pony Camp and it was SO much fun!! While we were at a Summer Camp Fair a month or 2 ago, I saw this camp that I thought would be so much fun for Avery. It was just a 1 day camp and it was only 1 1/2 hours long, so it was perfect for her age. The camp was at Kraus Farms, just about 15 minutes away from our house.

We got there a little early, so while we were waiting, we met Yoda the cat. Such a cute cat!

There were six Mommy/Me groups and we got started with the instructor reading us a story about horses and explaining some of the different breeds of horses. After that she let us do a little craft making a horse puppet. After that she read us another story and then went over the rules for while we were with the ponies. Then the kids each got a helmet to wear and we walked through the horse stables to see some of the horses that are stabled there. (Avery looked so cute in her helmet.) She also showed the kids a saddle and a few other things and then gave them each a bag which had a few different brushes for brushing the ponies.

Then each of the six mommy/me groups got their own mini pony to brush and walk. They were SO cute!! Our pony's name was Nellie. She was really sweet. Avery loved brushing her and walking her. While we were walking her around the indoor corral, Avery said, "this is the Best Day EVER!" That just made my day right there.

The instructor helping Avery with the hoof brush to clean the pony's feet.

And here's a little video of her saying, "This is the best day EVER. I love it here."

After our pony camp, we decided to go grab some Chick-Fil-A and head to the park for a picnic. It was a lovely day outside. One of the first nice days we've had this Spring, so we decided to take full advantage of it. We got some extra bread and fed it to the ducks. After lunch Avery played on the playground for quite a while until it was time to go get Jackson from the bus-stop.

And here's a little video of her feeding the ducks.

We had such a fun day, just the two of us. I love getting to spend one-on-one time with each of my kiddos. It's always such a special time.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Easter 2018 Re-Cap

We had a great Easter this year filled with lots of fun Egg Hunts and family gatherings.

First up was the Crestwood Easter Egg Scramble on the Saturday before Easter. We went with some of our neighbors and though, it was cold and rainy, we still had fun!

After the Easter Egg Scramble, we had our Smith Family Easter Celebration at Jake's brother's house. We were supposed to have it at a park, but it was cold and rainy, so we moved it to their house and still grilled burgers and hot-dogs and had lots of yummy treats along with a fun egg hunt around the house.

Then on Easter Sunday morning, the kids found their baskets that the Easter Bunny had hidden around the house the night before. We also went to church that morning and there was a little Easter Egg Hunt there as well. After church we had my family over for Easter Dinner and a little Easter Scavenger Hunt for the kids. It was a great day.