Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

An Irish Prayer...

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For every care, a promise,

And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,

For every sigh, a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer.

Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This and That

A week ago Monday, while I was off work, I went to Avery's class in the morning and Jackson's class in the afternoon to read each class a story. Avery had "Family of the Month" in February so we had to make a poster for her and then the parent(s) can come into class and talk about their career, read a story or do a craft with the class. Some have even made special food with the class like pancakes, etc. I decided to bring my camera in and talk about being a photographer and then I read the kids, "My Mom Snaps." I also took a picture of the class and brought them all a "camera" color sheet. Avery was so excited for me to come to her class!!

Here's a picture of her poster that we made.

Then, that afternoon I went and read a story to Jackson's class. His teacher had sent out a sign-up sheet for parents to come read some books to the class. So since I was off last Monday and this coming Monday, I signed up for both. :-) Jackson loved that I was able to come and read to his class.

I don't typically decorate for St. Patrick's Day, but just couldn't help myself this year. Ha. They are starting to have more and more cute decorations and I love a fun holiday to celebrate. I made the banner using green paper and my cricut. The rainbow garland is from World Market. The "hello" sign, "Happy St. Pats" sign and the green/gold shamrock are all from Target in the Dollar Spot. The gold candle holders are from The Dollar Tree. :-) I love having this buffet in my dining room to decorate for all the holidays. It's so much fun.

I got the kids Easter outfits this past week and they are so cute. I got great deals from Old Navy. Now I just have to find something for Jake and I to wear. :-)

For Jackson

For Avery
Dress, (I decided to get Avery these cute booties, just in case it's still chilly here for Easter.)

Jake took Jackson to Monster Jam this past Sunday afternoon and they had a great time. This was Jackson's first time to go and he loved it.

While they boys were at Monster Jam, Avery and I rented the movie Leap. (You can watch the trailer here.) Some of the neighborhood kids were outside when we got home so Avery wanted to see if Ellie could come over and watch Leap with us. It was SUCH a cute movie. I think I loved it more than the girls did. I may have to even buy it, it was really cute!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mother/Son Dance

Last Friday evening, Jackson and I went to the Mother/Son dance at his school. The school's "Dad's Club" puts it on and this was their 3rd year of sponsoring it. It was a lot of fun. They had dinner for us, a balloon drop, a photo booth, a smores station outside, cupcakes for dessert and dancing of course. Although, most of the evening consisted of the boys running around like crazy and us moms standing back and talking with one another. Ha. Nonetheless, it was a fun night out with Jackson. I LOVE any one-on-one time I get with either of my kiddos. It's priceless.

Jake is part of the Dad's club, so he was already up at school setting up, so I had my mom snap a picture of Jackson and I before we left.

Waiting for the balloons to drop!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

My Little Basketball All-Star!

Jackson had a basketball game this past Saturday morning, as he has for the last several weeks. It was his second to last game of the season and I was so proud that he got his very first basket!! He was SO excited!! We all were! I even got a little teary-eyed! Ha! I'm so proud of him! I got some great pictures of him getting the basket, but I do wish I would have gotten it on video. I would have loved to have captured his excitement afterwards!! It really boosted his confidence and love of the game. After he got the basket, he couldn't wait to get back in the game every-time he was out on the bench.

It's so fun watching these kindergarteners play their first season together. Jackson's never played basketball, as I'm sure most of his team-mates haven't either. They have come a long way in just the few weeks they've been playing. Way To Go "Wild Basketballs"!!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Five on Friday

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

Both Kids had dentists appointments this past Monday and they both checked out great! Jackson is getting his 6 year molars in (which I didn't even realize was a thing) and all 4 of his front, top teeth are loose. He's lost all 4 front, bottom teeth, so I figured it was only a matter of time.

Sunday evening we played with Snapchat and Facebook for a little while. The kids love it.

We booked our hotel reservations this week at the Grand Californian for our Disneyland trip in September!! I'm so excited to be going back to Disneyland this time. If you were following along a few years back, Jake and I took Jackson to Disneyland for a day and a night. You can read about our trip here. I've always loved all things Disney and had been to Disney World a couple of times as a kid and teenager, but never to Disneyland. We loved it so much that we bought into the Disney Vacation Club. Our "home" is in Disney World at the Grand Floridian since we live closer to Disney World. We went to Disney World in 2016 for our first full family Disney Vacation and it was amazing. But, I have to admit I'm really excited to go back to Disneyland and explore it more. It will be fun to take Avery this time (she was just a baby last time so we left her back with my parents). We are staying 4 days and 4 nights at Disneyland and then staying a few nights in San Diego on the beach! It should be such a fun trip.

I snapped this adorable picture of Avery and Max last night!

Tonight Jackson and I are going to the Mother/Son dance at his school. It should be a fun night and I'm sure it will be really cute!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Finger-Lickin' Good

While the kids and I were off on Monday for Presidents Day, I made them their favorite breakfast... cinnamon rolls. They're just the Pillsbury kind, but the kids LOVE them. They are a special treat since we don't have them all that often and they are always SUPER excited when I pick up a can at the store. It was a rainy morning... the perfect kind to spend eating cinnamon rolls and staying in your pajamas til noon. ;-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Snow Day

This past Saturday, we woke up to unexpected snow!! It's really only snowed one other time this season and neither time was more than an inch or so, but it was enough to have some sledding fun with a bunch of our neighbors. The park that is just right around the corner from our house (it's within walking distance) has the perfect hill for sledding and its a favorite sledding spot for our whole neighborhood. I brought my camera along because this may be the last snow we get before Spring... you never know. I'm glad I did because I got a lot of really cute pictures of the kids sledding. By noon most of the snow was gone, so I'm glad we were able to take advantage of it while it was here.

Avery always requests we pull her back up the big hill so she doesn't have to walk. Ha. She's got it made.

Avery attempting to make a snow angel.

Avery and our next-door neighbor Thomas attempting to make a snow-man. 

There is a creek that runs along the bottom of the hill. It's actually the same creek that runs along our back-yard. It was looking ever so pretty with all the snow.

Avery next to the Snow-Man her and Thomas built. They did such a great job.

It was such a fun morning!