Happy Mother’s Day!

I had a fun, eventful Mother’s Day with my kiddos! I picked them up from their dad’s this afternoon to do lunch and a movie. On the way to lunch Chase was like, “Uhhhhh…. Mom??” I looked over and three of his braces’ brackets had come off and the wire was just hanging there (like, a good inch and a half long)! I called the orthodontist’s emergency line but they couldn’t do anything today and the earliest they could get him in was 5:30 tomorrow. Ummmmm…. There was no way he was going to be able to eat… or concentrate on his STAAR test tomorrow… or just LIVE without getting STABBED until then. So we headed to Home Depot for wire cutters, then to the drug store for orthodontic wax. Moms get things DONE, I tell you!

The kids got me very sweet gifts. Chase made me a “binge watching kit” and Chloe decorated a cake and made me a very fitting keychain (considering the events of the day). I love my babies so much!! 

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Hoppy Easter!

Happy Easter! We decided instead of dying eggs this year that we would make them out of gluey string… a project that proved to be very messy and a little challenging. They turned out OK, though!

Happy New Year!

We rang in 2019 with Grandma and Grandpa this year!  We decided if we were going to make our own party, we needed decorations and fun accessories (even for their dog!), so we headed to Party City!

We watched a movie and played Skip-Bo to keep ourselves occupied until midnight:

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And then it was time for the big countdown!

Cheers to a fabulous 2019!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Chloe helped me decorate this year:

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On Christmas Eve we made cookies for Santa, but we ran out of sugar and tried to replace it with brown sugar.  It didn’t work.  They looked fine but did not taste fine!  Even Santa agreed.

And then it was Christmas morning!  The kids got exactly what they wanted from Santa: Chloe asked for a stuffed animal that looked like Boom Boom, and Chase finally gets to play Fortnite (*sigh*)!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Happy 12th Birthday, Chase!

Wow.  12.  I’m not sure how we got here.  This is scary.

I made the cake again (as is tradition).  He wanted a Fornite theme.  Here’s a picture of the cake before I dismantled it to put the candles on (with an image from the game for context/comparison):

It was a blast to watch him at his party.  His friends are so perfect for him.  I mean, words just can’t explain, so I’ll use pictures:

Now that he isn’t in elementary school anymore, he doesn’t have to do the whole “invite your whole class” thing, so it was really nice to see who his “people” are these days.  He found himself a good group of friends.  They call themselves “the squad.”  It’s awesome.

Happy Birthday to my “baby” boy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My BFF Katie hosted Thanksgiving this year… thank goodness!  I have been losing battles with cannned pumpkin these days:

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Katie did all the cooking, but she let me help whisk the gravy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  We had lots of fun this year.  Chloe entered a Harry Potter themed pumpkin in a book character contest at school.  She didn’t win but we had fun doing it!

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The kids worked on their jack-o-lanterns while I finished making their Halloween costumes (as is tradition)!

Tah Dah!  A turtle and a white wolf:

It was a terrible day weather-wise for trick-or-treating (we had to bring our umbrellas) but the kids soon learned that meant more candy for them!

Trick-or-Treat!

Weekend in Chicago!

I left the kids in Michigan (see previous post!) to drive to Chicago.  It was my friend Holly’s birthday weekend and a bunch of us met there to surprise her and go to a Def Leppard/Journey concert at Wrigley Field!

We also took some time to explore the city a bit, squeezing into Ubers, hitting the Field Museum and the Hancock Sky Lounge:

I also got to see my dear friend Nicole and her family, though we didn’t take pictures.  We really need to get better about that!

Happy 8th Birthday, Chloe!

Chloe celebrated her birthday at the roller rink with a bunch of friends.  My BFF Katie and her daughter Ashlyn also made the trip to Austin for it!  As is tradition, I made her cake and gave her a birthday experience vs. “stuff” (tickets to a Houston Dynamo game)!

Happy 8th Birthday, Baby Girl!

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