Monday, December 22, 2014

A Marvelous Nutcracker Ballet

Good morning! 

Can you believe it is Christmas week? We are looking forward to it, as I am sure you all are too.

This weekend I had my first girls' night out in quite some time. It was my first time leaving Leland since his diagnosis. I was excited to go spend the evening with my girls and some friends, and I knew Leland was in good hands with his dad.

We had to get a picture of us girls before heading out the door. The girls dressed up so pretty in their sparkly holiday dresses.

I snapped one of the boys too. It's not a true boys' night in without the pink and purple van. ;)

I was a little worried Willow wouldn't be able to sit through the entire performance, but she was enthralled with it all. Both girls were beyond excited to be going out for a night on the town.

When the show ended, we were not ready for the night to be over, so we headed to Applebee's for drinks {Rylee's first Shirley Temple} and dessert.

Can't end the night without getting a picture of the three of us.
{Me, Becky, & Marissa}
Rylee and I shared this and it totally hit the spot. :)

While we were sitting, chatting, and eating dessert, Marissa was talking to the girls asking them what they want to be when they grow up. Rylee kind of shrugged her shoulders and said she wants to be a vet.

I wasn't fully listening when Willow answered, but I heard enough. She responded, "I want to be nothing like my mom." :)

Oh my dear! That child makes me laugh! She was so embarrassed when we all busted up laughing. I hugged her and told her we knew what she meant. ;)

It was a fun {much needed!} night!

Thanks for taking us, Becky!

This morning I am linking up with Katie.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #2

Merry Thursday!

Where has this week gone?! Last week I was so good about popping over here every day, and now here we are with the weekend almost upon us and this is my first time stopping in. I did try to sit down for a few minutes a couple times this week, but it honestly just didn't work out because we have been hitting school extra hard. I want to get a lot accomplished so that we can really relax and enjoy Christmas next week.

My mind is all over the place this morning, and I never shared any of our weekend highlights, so I hope you will bear with me as I think out loud this morning. Just in case, you may want to grab a cup of coffee, because this could turn into quite the lengthy post. ;)

✔ Their wish is my command.

Not really, but last week they asked if they could have breakfast in bed on Friday morning. I can handle a wish like that every now and again. 

Doesn't Willow look *so* thrilled?! Don't let that face fool you. She was fighting back a smile.

✔ This weather!

Is it really December? I don't know if you can read the temperature down there but it says 54 degrees and this was at 10 AM. I mean, I could definitely handle all my future winters being this way. Give me a white Christmas and then it can go away and I would be totally fine with that.

 Would you believe me if I told you we got locked out of our house this weekend? Ahem... twice.

Yes. {Picture me trying to bury my head in my hands now to avoid the looks you may be giving.} 

Friday I declared our day a "Baking Day" with no school. After getting home from the store was when I discovered that our house key was conveniently hanging on the hook inside the house with all doors and windows leading in the house securely locked.

I tried to break in, I really did. {I'm stubborn like that.} I even asked Siri how to break in. Her response wasn't helpful in the least. 

"If we could figure that out, we could rule the world."

It ended up turning out to be a totally fun and adventurous couple hours as the kids and I went into survival mode. {Never mind the fact that we have neighbors surrounding us, a vehicle that we could have hopped into, friends houses we could have went and hung out at... We were prepared with water, shelter, a possible outhouse, a potential fire... my girl, Rylee's, skills were shining. ;) }

And, yes, I said we got locked out a second time. First Friday, then Saturday. Saturday was because the power in the entire neighborhood went out meaning we couldn't open our garage door and I stupidly didn't put a key immediately on the truck key set after getting locked out the day before. Just crazy luck to be locked out two days in a row. 

But the good news from all of this, we now have house keys on all our vehicles.

✔ Santa and his reindeer were in town Saturday.
Um, yes, I am sure some of you are going to wonder about Willow's outfit here. It is what it is.
And, Rylee with her tongue out... it's hard to get a good picture now-a-days.
I think Leland meeting Santa for the first time went well.

Pretty sure this was Willow's first time meeting Santa too. Rylee met him once, back when she was a wee one-year-old. {Our kids know Santa is a fictional character for this time of year, so we just don't get out to see him yearly.}

✔ The girls had their Christmas program on Sunday. 

Two performances, and they did great. The only picture I took on my phone was this one before the show. I will upload all the pictures off our good camera soon and share them. If you are friends with me on Facebook, though, head to my wall and check out the two videos our friend, Becky, posted of the girls. {Thanks Becky!}

Girls night Saturday??? YES!

Becky called yesterday saying she has five tickets to see the Nutcracker on Saturday evening. She invited Rylee, Willow, and I to go with her, her daughter, and her daughter-in-law. We are going to make a night out of it with dinner followed by the show. I haven't told the girls yet, but I am pretty sure they are going to be just as excited as I am!

✔ Christmas parties have begun.

This afternoon we are meeting up with our Classical Conversations group to have a Christmas party with games and crafts for the kids, followed up with the hubbies joining after work for a potluck supper.

Tomorrow night we have our home group party. That's always fun. Each family brings a dessert or appetizers and we eat and play games.

✔ Let's end on a funny this week again. This is how I view success somedays. ;)

Wishing you all an awesome Thursday, and I am hoping to be back in tomorrow to say hi.

Thanks for hosting this fun link-up, Amanda!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Poem from the Girls to You

One of the things I have the girls do for their school is work on memorization. There is a lot of power in memorizing verses, poems, and other knowledge.

Today they wanted to share a poem they each picked to recite just for you. :)

Willow {with her sidekick} chose "Work"

Rylee chose "All Things Bright and Beautiful".

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

It's Friday, it's Friday... I am totally singing and doing a happy dance over here this morning. Joe has been gone since Sunday afternoon, meaning we have seen him a whopping 24 hours in two weeks. So now you know why I am dancing... he gets home tonight!

As has turned into my usual, I wanted to link-up with Erika this morning and share some of my "Friday Favorites".

I remember the days I played with my baby dolls and seeing my youngest girl play with them this week made my heart smile. The big purple bow on her one baby, and then buckling her other one up {safety first!} is just so much fun.

Oh my boy's squishy little "Cheese!" face! Don't you just want to squeeze those cheeks?! I do! And I love that he has to say "cheese" for all pictures now. :)

Awe! He is getting used to being a diabetic, and it has only been two and a half months. He got out the syrup and measuring cup the other morning, and look it... he measured out a little syrup all on his own, because he *knows* that's what needs to be done.

And he just waited patiently for me to check him before I served him his food.

Speaking of breakfast, I think this shirt should really be in my closet. Mmm... waffles. Seriously, I won't mind if you live by me and send them over this morning. In fact, I would probably hug you.

Okay, mamas, if you need an idea for a Christmas gift, I have the perfect thing. We bought these perler beads last year for Willow and it was the best thing for my girls. Yesterday alone they probably crafted with these for a couple hours straight. I had to make them put the beads down and tell them to just walk away. And when Rylee begged at bedtime to do "just one more" I started wondering if she needed an intervention. ;) But in all seriousness, they do rock.

Next up, holiday ornaments. I pinned this awhile back and want to pull out the cookie cutters and let the kids go.

Time for me to sign off and get my workout in. Last night the girls asked if I would make them breakfast in bed this morning... they must think I owe them after they did that for me yesterday. ;) I am guessing they will have forgotten their request, and since we have never actually done this, I plan to do just that this morning. :)

Let's end on a laugh though, shall we? This e-card literally made me LOL. I kind of want to go through McDonald's drive through just to ask for wine and see how they respond. :) I'll take Joe with me. That will be our fun and excitement for the weekend.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday! Can't wait to come back on Monday and hear all about it. ;)

Questions for you:
  • What was your absolute *favorite* happening from your week?
  • Any excitement ahead for your weekend?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #1

I started following Heather over at Housewife Glamour a couple weeks ago, and I love reading her daily posts. She is just so much fun and down-to-earth; it's hard not to love her. 

On Thursdays she joins in on a fun "Thinking Out Loud" link-up. This afternoon I decided to join the fun that Amanda over at Running with Spoons is putting on. And you all get a peak of the craziness what is going on in this head of mine. :)

 I don't think I am going to send out Christmas cards out this year. {Insert "Eesh" emoticon here.}

I didn't send them out last year either. I feel like my plate is just so full right now, and that is the last thing on my mind. I hope all our friends and family know we love them, are thinking of them, and even more will understand and be okay with not getting one from us. We do, however, so enjoy going to the mailbox and finding cards in there from everyone!

We sent them out two years ago. I tried to search for a picture of our card from 2012, but I can't find it, and by the time I sit here searching, I could have had time to make this year's cards. :)

I did find the one my mother & father-in-law had done when they were out here staying with us for Christmas in 2012. Isn't it so pretty with the mountains in the background and of course with their grand babies wrapped around them?

 I don't know if I will get Christmas gifts out on time.

I felt so accomplished when I finished the majority of our holiday shopping at the end of August, beginning of September! This was the earliest I have ever started shopping. But, since then, I haven't done anything. All the gifts are sitting down in our closet waiting to be wrapped, boxed up, and shipped off to family.

Online shopping via Amazon is the way to go and the only way I will probably shop from here on out. You can't beat sitting in your pjs shopping and having gifts sent right to your loved ones with one click of your mouse... & with free shipping. Avoiding crowds and going to the post office with three kids?? Sounds perfect!

 My son destroys a lot of what he gets his hands on. 

Seriously. I never had this issue with my girls. Boy mamas out there, do you find this with your boys???

I have learned to put our technology in our bedroom and keep the door closed at all times, but there are moments he gets in, like this morning when the girls surprised me with breakfast in bed. He had climbed up on the desk chair and when I finally crawled out of bed, this is what I found:

My poor camera. First it was my lens, and now it's this. :( My hubby is going to kill me.

 Can it just be Christmas vacation already?

I am so ready to call it quits on the school front and just dive into some fun Christmas activities... cookie baking, craft making, staying in our pajamas and watching Christmas movies all day. I may just have to do that soon. I don't feel like I can just yet because I have taken so much time off after Leland's diagnosis and trying to adjust life to that that we really need to keep hitting the books right now.

Plus, I just can't wait for My Hunter to be home. He travels for work, and we.miss.him.

 I am struggling trying to decide what to get our kids for Christmas gifts this year. 

I know Christmas isn't all about gifts, but when you are a kid that is just such an exciting part. My kids have closets that are overflowing with clothes and a toy room that just can't fit one more toy. So what do you get them??

I am working on a list of ideas this week and Joe and I plan to sit down to discuss things this weekend. I am not sweating things, because we always order their gifts from Amazon Prime, so things are here in two days. 

One idea that I have in mind for the girls are these Furby Booms. I remember them asking for these awhile back, and after looking more into them, they seem like so much fun and I think the girls would really spend a lot of time playing with them.
We can download the free Furby Boom app where the girls can raise furblings, and with each of them having one, the Furbies can talk to each other, or argue as Rylee informed me. :)

 I want to get a sitter so Joe and I can have a date, but I am scared.

Yep, you read that right. I am scared to leave my kids... no, just my son with anyone. Ever since he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the end of September, he hasn't left my sight, which means Joe and I haven't had any time to ourselves in a long time. This is why many of our date nights have consisted of watching Hart of Dixie and movies on the couch after the kids are in bed.

I feel a lot of responsibility as Leland's mom to stay on top of his levels, and with how much we have had to learn and go through since his diagnosis, I know how wrong things can turn in any one moment. How do you trust leaving your child in someone else's care with the weight of all of that??

 I love listening to my kids play together. 

They are outside playing in the snow right now, and I can hear their happy squeals and laughter as I sit here and type to you all. 

Willow just came and stuck her head in the front door yelling, "Mom! We are having so much fun sliding down the hill in our puke buckets!"

Haha! That child. So disgusting... not her, but the fact that she called these "puke buckets" and is now sledding in them. They are foot tubs... that I feel I should inform you are *clean*... but that's what she calls them because when they are sick, that is what gets put by their heads. And, yes, they are out there scrunching up their bodies to fit in those little tubs and sliding down what snow we have left.

 I really can't wait for Sunday's Christmas performance of "Christmas Comes to Lone Star Gultch"!

Leland and I dropped the girls off at practice yesterday afternoon and stuck around for about 15 minutes to watch. They look so stinkin' adorable in their old-time dresses with white aprons tied around their waists and bonnets on their heads! The set looks great, and the teachers {and kids!} have devoted a lot of time to this. If you live in the area, you should totally come to one of the shows this Sunday. 

 I need to go workout now.

My E&E has totally kicked in now and my fingers are typing faster than normal so I better go kick booty working out and not waste this extra energy sitting here. :)

Peace out, friends! Hope you enjoyed reading my total random thoughts.

I would love to hear from you... what is something you are thinking about today??

Breakfast in Bed

These two girls. I love them so much. Their hearts are filled with so much compassion and tenderness.

And this morning when I decided to sleep in for a bit longer than usual, they told me to stay in bed. I heard them out in the kitchen opening and closing cupboards and eventually a small knock on my bedroom door.

Breakfast in bed; a mama's dream.
Cutest little bed heads :) 
I couldn't have asked for a better start to my Thursday!

Hope you all had a great start too!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Smile! It's Wednesday!

Wednesday? How is it Wednesday already?! 

I must have been exhausted yesterday with only getting on here to post a Brussels sprouts recipe I wanted to save for myself for future reference. ;)

Thinking back to my Monday though, I can say exhausted would be a pretty accurate description. Our day involved a little boy finding dog poop outside that I clearly missed scooping up {Leave it to him to discover it. :( } and comes in covered in it. Somehow it ended up inside his boots, on his socks and on his feet by the time we were done. Yuck! 

To top it all off, I ended up breaking the zipper on his coat because I was so disgusted, just wanting to be done with the smell and mess, and gave a good yank trying to release the zipper from the inner lining that it was stuck on. I texted my husband hoping to get some pity and didn't get that... :( , "Well if you would have remained calm you probably could've avoided breaking his coat." Thanks.

The next time he wanted to go outside, we had to dig his 18-month snow pants out of a box that was going off to donation, he insisted on wearing his sister's snow hat {which just about caused WWIII}, and thankfully we had his Packer coat hanging in the closet for him to wear.

Willow is apparently at the age where she has crazy eyes for all pictures, haha! We will just embrace it. Has anyone seen the Modern Family episode where Lily goes through the weird smile stage? That's what I thought of as I was uploading this picture. :)

It's just a busy season over in this house. One that I wouldn't trade for anything. :)

I could also be tired because of my late nights last week and now trying to get my body back in the routine of getting up at 5:00 AM to workout, which I prefer so much more; starts my day off better. 

Now that I have completed INSANITY, I am doing another round of the 21 Day Fix. Pulled my little binder out over the weekend, printed off my sheets, sat down with my coffee and water and laid out my plan for the week.

Over the weekend, Nosebee returned! To be honest, I am horrible at remembering to hide him. Erika inspired me a couple days ago with some of her ideas. The Elf-on-the-Shelf ideas are all over internet world, so that isn't my problem, I just plain old forget. 

My kids know he isn't real, and we don't do anything where Nosebee makes trouble or is "watching" them, not that there is anything wrong if you do that, we just have fun playing hide and seek with him. :) It's become a fun little tradition.

The kids found and unpacked the dress-up box the other day. {Note Leland's cowboy hat above.} I was working with Willow on her reading the other afternoon and this adorable Christmas fairy came dancing through the living room. 

We have a busy day of getting school done before the girls have to head off to Christmas program rehearsal. Dress rehearsal is Saturday and then Sunday is show time! I have two very excited girlies that can't wait to perform! :)

Merry Wednesday!