Saturday, January 16, 2016

First Hip Hop Class




Yesterday was Shyla's first Hip Hop class!  We are so proud of how she did.  She was nervous walking in and then didn't really want me to leave the room, but she stayed and tried her best.  
In all honestly, the class was really lame and the instructor didn't really instruct.  We are not pleased with that aspect but she was out there and she was giving it her all!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cooking with the Kids!



I'm really excited to write this post and to share that I'm intentionally getting the girls more involved in the kitchen and we've had a lot of fun doing it!
A few years ago Shyla got the princess cookbook at the bookfair and we've used it occasionally.  Now, however, the girls are taking turns (kind of) choosing an entre and we are preparing it together on the weekends.
I don't have any pictures of our first meal but Shyla had chosen Chicken Tenders.  We made them and served them with steamed veggies.  She did a great job!  Harper, on the other hand, was caught licking the whisk that she was using the stir the egg concoction so I can't call that a win.
Anyway, for this most recent weekend, the girls chose Seven Dwarf's Soup (Chicken Noodle, basically) and so we made it and it was delicious!
As a bonus - the girls and I love wearing the aprons that Grandma Barbara gave us!



Sunday, January 10, 2016

First Week Back To School

We just finished our first week back to school and work since winter break and it was kind of rough!  It rained almost all week and we all had to get used to getting up early and leaving before sunrise again.  Plus, with all the work needing to be done at the new house, we are extra busy and extra stressed.  By Friday night I knew we needed a moment to breathe so the girls and I had a dinner date at Mamas and then ice cream at The Screamery.  I can't wait for the house stuff to be done and for us to be once again settled in our home!
 

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016!




Why hello there new year!  I have a feeling this is going to be a great year!  We are going to settle into our new house and make it our home (I cannot wait to get our pictures up on the walls again!) and we are going to continue to find balance in our lives.  Harper will start Kindergarten in August and then she and Shyla will be on the same calendar and at the same location, which will make our lives a lot easier!
Today was a great day.  We slept in.  Then we got donuts and brought them to Stevie working at the new house.  Shyla and I went to Color Me Mine because she wanted to paint a cougar-paw mug for Mr. Hope.  Later, back at the new house, we met with a guy about building the wall and, good news, we can actually afford his bid!  We wrapped up the day with a healthy, homemade dinner and watched the movie Annie as a family (while Stevie continued to work on the kitchen cabinets....have I mentioned how lucky I am?!?)
Yep, it's going to be a great year!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Resolution

 
I'm not making any officially resolutions this year except to try to remember the above sentiment every time I start to doubt myself and feel like I'm not doing enough.
 
See you in 2016!

New Year's Eve



It's the last night of 2015 and we just got home from a 4:00pm party at Chelsea and Mike's house to celebrate!  The decorations were beautiful, the food was delicious, and the company was great.

As per normal, Stevie was ridiculed for drinking chocolate milk (tonight in a wine glass) but, as a result of karma, Dad broke one of the new (Walmart special) wine glasses right before the champagne toast.  Speaking of the champagne toast....thanks to Netflix we were able to do a full countdown to the new year at 7:00pm!  Brilliant!

I don't have any profound or even moderately intelligent words to close up the year so I'll just say this:
-I love my family more than anything
-I will continue to try to make every day and moment with them count
-I'm so excited about our new house, so thankful to Stevie for all the hard-work, and looking so forward to making it our HOME!

Happy New Year!





























Taco Tuesday!



Tuesday was Taco Tuesday at Grandma Barbara's house!  Cindy and Dean and the girls were in town so it was another excuse to get together with them and for the kids to exchange Christmas presents.  It was another fun taco night!

The picture above is all 7 of Grandma Barbara's and Grandpa Pop's Great-Grandchildren.  And the picture below is all 4 of their Grandson-In-Laws.  I love that picture because:
A) What a nice group of 4 men that we all found! and...
B) I'm impressed that they all fit on the sofa.




Then we attempted to get more family members in the pictures and hilarity ensued. 

But, at least no one pulled out the scale, if you know what I mean!