Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Valentines Day 2019

We had a great Valentines Day this year.

You can find Jackson's shirt here, and Avery's dress here.

We started it off with Avery's Valentines Day party at Dance Class on Tuesday, 2/12. She was able to bring Valentines treats for everyone so she brought Princess suckers and Valentines day cards for her class. She was so excited.

Then, Avery had her Valentines Day Party at school on 2/13. She had LOL Surprise Doll Valentines to pass out and she had a Mermaid Valentines Day box. So cute!

Jackson had his Valentines Day party at school on 2/14 and he passed out Jurassic World Valentines and he had a Rocket Ship Valentines Day box! Also, very cute!

The weather on Valentines Day was beautiful and around 60 degrees, so the kids played outside with the neighbors for a little while when we got home and my mom made a very yummy post roast for dinner!

Saturday afternoon Jake and I dropped the kids off at Grandma's house and he and I went to see a movie and to dinner and then met up with some friends afterwards for drinks. It was a great night out. ♥
Sunday morning we had a Valentines Day breakfast at church and we all passed out treats for everyone! We started this tradition last year and it was so much fun that we did it again this year! To say we have an over-abundance of candy and sweets at our house would be an understatement! Ugh, not great for the diet. Ha.

So that's how we celebrated Valentines Day this year! It was great! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day as well. ♥

Monday, February 18, 2019

Pinewood Derby

Jackson had his first Pinewood Derby with the Boy Scouts earlier this month and it was so much fun. Jake and my Dad helped Jackson make the car. It had to be a Super Hero theme so Jackson picked Iron Man. My dad cut the car out and then spray-painted the car red. We added Iron Man stickers to give it the Super Hero theme and it turned out very cool.

Each Den races their cars against each other and then whoever wins 1st and 2nd place in each den has to race in the final heat at the end of the day. Jackson's car came in 2nd and 3rd in every race it ran, but ended up tying for 3rd place in the end. His race time overall was just slightly lower than the car he tied with so he came in 4th place in his den. He even won a trophy!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Five on Friday

Happy Friday

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day. We just had dinner at home as a family, but will be celebrating with dinner out (just Jake and I) tomorrow night! The kids had fun at their school parties and I'll be posting on those next week. :-)
You can find Jackson's shirt here, and Avery's dress here.

I've been in the market for a new hair dryer for quite some time, but just didn't know which one to get. I ran across this blog post by Living in Yellow and was so excited to read their results. I ended up buying this one on their recommendation and because it was everything I was looking for. Plus it was on sale big-time! I just didn't think I could pass it up. Jake said it could be my Valentines Day gift. ;-)

Tuesday night, Jackson's basketball team went to watch the Lindbergh High School team play a game! It was so much fun for the boys to see how the bigger boys play on the big court.

Last Friday night, while Jake and Avery were at the Daddy/Daughter dance, Jackson and I went to dinner with my parents at MOD Pizza and to Baskin Robbins for Ice Cream. It was a fun night out with my favorite boy. ♥

Saturday morning I took the kids to their annual well-check up. They both did great but Avery had to get 2 shots for Kindergarten. I knew she'd have to get shots so I prepared her for that ahead of time. She said she'd be brave, but as she was sitting there and the nurse was getting her ready for the shots, Avery looked and me and said she was scared and started crying before she ever even got a shot. Poor thing. She cried with both, but sat there like a big girl and we went to Starbucks afterwards for a little treat. ;-) Later that afternoon, Jackson had a basketball game and Avery decided to wear her Rapunzel costume to the game along with her Wonder Woman crown. It was too cute so I had to snap a picture. She's been wearing this particular princess costume most days this week. I love it!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Daddy/Daughter Dance 2019

I thought, in honor of Valentines Day today, I'd post about the Daddy/Daughter Dance this past weekend!

The elementary school that Jackson goes to (and Avery will go to next year), had their first annual Daddy/Daughter Dance this past Friday night. The Dad's Club at the school sponsored it and since Jake is part of the Dad's club and was going to be there anyways, he decided to go ahead and buy tickets and take Avery (even though she doesn't technically go there yet.) They had such a great time together!

I found Avery's adorable dress at Carters. You can find it here. Her gold shoes are from Target and they're her favorite shoes at the moment because they're "golden." I found them on clearance at the end of last year. I curled her hair and we put just a touch of make-up on because she loves any reason to get dressed up and wear make-up. Ha. She's such a girly girl. Jake was sweet and wore a matching red tie. They looked so adorable together.

Our neighbor, Maria, was at the dance helping with the food and sent me this sweet video of Jake and Avery dancing to "My Girl." It was cuteness overload for sure!! I'm so glad she got it and sent it to me.

There was dinner, dancing, and a balloon drop at the end of the night. They also took a picture at the photo booth, which was adorable, and they decorated the little frame around it!! Avery was also very excited to hang out with her friend Hazel, who is in Jackson's class and her family is good friends with our family. ;-)

I'm so happy they had such a fun, first of many, Daddy/Daughter Dance.
Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Carnival Cruise/New Orleans 2019: Day 8

Friday was our last full day of vacation and our last day in New Orleans. We woke up and got ready to explore more of the city that day. Since we were leaving New Orleans that afternoon, we packed up our luggage and checked out of our room, but we were able to leave our stuff with the front desk at the hotel and leave our car parked there as well, which was great.

Since we were up and ready to go before we were supposed to meet everyone in our group, we decided to walk just down the street to Café Beignet for a second round of beignets! When in Rome New Orleans. They were so good at Café Du Monde, we thought we'd try another restaurant that served them. They were amazing at Café Beignet as well, though I think I may have liked the ones at Café Du Monde just slightly better. However, I liked the little café setting of Café Beignet better for sure. We had beignets, coffee and hot cocoa and we LOVED it all!

When we were done at Café Beignet, we walked over to where we were meeting our group. We had decided to get tickets for the street car and take that over to Lafayette Cemetery Number 1.

So interesting that a tree was growing out of this grave.

We spent a long while in the cemetery exploring before we took the street car back to the French Quarter. We walked around and did some more shopping before having lunch at Oceana Grill. The food was SO good!! Jake and I shared our two entrees. He got the Blacked Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo and I got the Red Beans and Rice. Our friend Jim got two appetisers for us to try which were both amazing!! He got the Louisiana Crab Meat Cakes and Blackened/Fried Alligator. We were even able to trick the kids into trying the fried alligator. We just told them it was chicken nuggets and they both loved them! Ha! We did tell them what they actually ate and they couldn't believe how good it was for being alligator. I also had the La Boheme Crème Brulee for desert and it was excellent.

This cool door was right by our table at the Oceana Grill so I had to get a picture. ;-)

After lunch we did some more shopping before heading out of town at around 5:00 that evening.

We drove that night back to Jackson, MS to stay the night in the same hotel we stayed in on the way down. We ordered pizza in and just relaxed before going to bed. Saturday morning we left Jackson, MS and made the 8 hour drive the rest of the way back home to St. Louis. The rest of our group left New Orleans early Saturday morning and got back later that night. We left earlier so we could make it back for a trivia night at Jackson's school Saturday evening.

We had such a great time on the Cruise and in New Orleans!! If you'd like to read days 1-8 of our trip, you can click here to view them all. Thanks so much for following along!