Happy 4th of July!

The kids and I celebrated the 4th of July a day early at what has become a tradition… the Round Rock Express Independence Day baseball game with post-game fireworks!

In the past we have gotten lawn seats so the kids could run around, but this year we hit a milestone: We are all too old for the lawn. The other little kids running around us drove us a bit insane. We were run into, kicked, knocked in the head, stepped on… our free stuff went missing, water bottles were thrown around, our blanket was taken over by little bodies….

Next time we will get seats.

Happy 9th Birthday, Chloe!

Chloe turned 9 today. It’s our last year of single digits (yikes)! She celebrated yesterday with a “Puppies and Kitties” themed birthday party at Austin’s Park N Pizza. The kids had so much fun!

Today Chloe requested we go to Cafe Java for breakfast so she could have a cinnamon roll, and they were so sweet to put a candle in it for her birthday. We spent the day swimming at another birthday party, went to the movies (The Secret Life of Pets 2), ate more cake, and opened family gifts. My birthday “experience” to her this year is a day at Schlitterbahn, just the 2 of us. We are excited!

I am so proud of this girl. She is smart, hard working, creative, sporty and a total individual. I love her fierce spirit and I can’t wait to see where life takes her (or I should say… where she takes it)!

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!! 

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!

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