Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend in Review

We had a super busy weekend, but lots of fun happened in three days.  On Friday night Robby and I had a work dinner to attend so Bryn babysat the kids and they had a blast playing with her and having a movie night.  Then Saturday morning the girls and I were off to their away football game.  It was a haul to get there, but our team won again so it was a fun game.  And, the best part about it was that the weather had cooled off and it actually felt a little like fall football weather.  The girls were even complaining a little when we got out of the car that they were chilly. I just reminded them of what last week was like and they quickly changed their tunes!

After each game the cheerleaders gather with the football players at their post-game huddle and do a cheer or two for them up close. It's so cute! 

After their game we had to pick up my consignment stuff that didn't sell and that meant we were near our old stomping ground.  A trip to McEntyre's Bakery for lunch was definitely in order.  

Saturday night we had another dinner to attend so the kids got another fun night with a babysitter. It's usually so rare for us to go out and leave them with a sitter (since Gigi and Papa usually are the ones to keep them) so it was odd for them to have two nights back-to-back.  We got great reports both nights though so I know they had a good time.  

Sunday we spent doing projects around the house while Handley was at a spa party with her friend from Kindergarten and then we all got to attend Leah's birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese.  The kids LOVED playing the games, earning tickets, and choosing their prizes.  Hudson spotted this monster truck immediately and couldn't wait to drive it! 

And, this week has gotten off to a lazy, low-key start.  It's fall break for all three kids so we have enjoyed staying up late, sleeping in, and just relaxing around the house.  A much needed break from our normally busy schedules.  This little guy is taking full advantage of the time at home to dress up in his favorite super hero costume.  He calls himself "Superman Batman" and runs around with his cape flying behind him.  He LOVES all things superhero right now and thinks capes are just he coolest.  One funny little story to share - Last week we got the Party City costume catalog and I saw an adorable Olaf costume on the front. I immediately thought how cute it would be for him to dress up as the beloved snowman and the girls to be the princesses from the movie, Frozen.  I showed the costume to him and tried to get him excited about that idea.  He just kind of looked at me and then pointed to the picture of the Incredible Hulk and said he liked that one better.  He then proceeded to flip through the catalog pointing out every other super hero or scary monster looking costume and tell me he really loved those best and wanted to be one of them.  Ok, little guy, point taken.  He continued to carry that catalog with him showing anyone who would look at it all of the awesome super hero costumes and even slept with it a few nights.  It reminded me of the girls sleeping with the American Girl catalogs when they were younger.  I guess that means he will be some sort of super hero for Halloween!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Robby!!!

Today we celebrated Robby's birthday!  It being in the middle of the week didn't stop us from having a little celebration this evening.  Today Hudson and I ran around and got stuff we needed. Hudson was so excited about the "birthday party" and couldn't wait to eat ice cream cake.  We needed to pick up the cake right after school and he is always starving (and so am I) because it is lunchtime so we had a lunch date. I am just loving this one-on-one time with my blue-eyed-boy.

Right after this picture was taken he spilt chocolate milk all over himself!  Never a dull moment.

After school the kids made cards and pictures for Robby and helped me set up on our porch. Then we went to cheer practice and on the way home, we picked up calzones (per the birthday boy's request) for dinner.  The kids wanted so badly to beat Robby home so they could hide and yell "SURPRISE" but that didn't happen.  They were still excited to show him the party set-up and the other big surprise was that Gigi and Papa decided to join us at the last minute on their way home from the airport.

It was a fun evening and there is no way we could have let this day go by without making him feel special and appreciated!  He does so much for our family, is such a dedicated husband and father, works his tail off to provide for all of us, makes us laugh each and every day, and loves us all like crazy.  That's why we are all so crazy about him!  Happy Birthday!!!  We love you!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Magnolia Mamas {Giveaway}

Hello loyal readers!  Those of you that have followed along with me for years might be interested to know that my best friend, Jen, and I have started a new blog that has been in the works for quite some time.  We have been talking about and planning for a while now, but the blog is finally a reality and we are so excited.  We are sharing everything from DIY projects, recipes, mommy fashion, decorating, printables and our busy mommy lives.  I will definitely still be writing here on my personal blog, but I hope you will all go check it out this new one, too!

We are in full football mode now and loving cheering for our Bulldawgs!  I made these cute burlap door hangers to hang on our front doors and I also shared a tutorial on Magnolia Mamas for anyone that might want to make some of their own.

And for anyone that doesn't want to make them, we are doing a BIG GIVEAWAY for one of these door hangers.  It's so simple to enter the drawing, so be sure to check it out HERE and leave a comment by tomorrow (Wednesday) at midnight for a chance to win one personalized for your favorite team. :-)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

First Game!

Today was the first football game for the 2nd grade Walton Raiders!  It was an away game so a bit of a haul to get there, but the girls were so excited, so that made me excited.  Harper is getting to cheer "up" so that she and Handley are on the same squad.  I've been so excited about seeing both of them in their cheer uniforms and my camera didn't stop snapping pictures today. 

 It was SO very hot today. Like 97 or 98 degrees and we were all just roasting.  The girls were all such great sports though and despite the heat they all cheered hard and looked precious.

Handley LOVES cheering. I think if she had to pick just one extra-curricular activity it would be cheerleading. She smiles the entire time she is on the field and always practices her cheers and dance at home.

Harper on the other hand, is the really athletic one who is rough and tumble, loves to wrestle with Hudson, and runs, runs, runs everywhere she goes.  She had the hardest time deciding between soccer and cheerleading for this fall, but she ultimately wanted to cheer with Handley.  She has had fun and couldn't wait for the game today, but if I had to put money on it, I think she will most likely end up doing some other sport long term. That being said, she did look precious out there and seemed to really have fun, so who knows!

They both told me their favorite part of the game was when the got to go to the middle of the field at halftime to do a few cheers.

The cute little football players had a great game and we won 20-12, so it was a great start to the season!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

We just celebrated the end of summer with a great weekend at the lake. It was the making of a perfect time...3 day holiday weekend, the first UGA game of the season, great weather and great friends.  We got the fun started on Friday afternoon and we all had fun swimming and tubing after dinner.

Saturday spent most of the day at a beach hanging out, swimming, and then finished up our time on the water with some wake-boarding.  Handley is getting SO good, Harper has fun trying and is getting up on her own for a short distance now, and Hudson loves riding with Robby on his board.

We made our way back to the house to get decked out in our red and black and made tailgate food to get ready to cheer on the DAWGS!!! It was such a fun and exciting first half and we were all glad that the second half really was in our favor.  There is nothing better than a big win for the first game of the season.

Leaving today was bitter sweet.  The end of the summer season for us is always when our boat is put away.  We might get out on it a few more times before it gets cold, but for now, we are just trying to think about how nice it will be to not be gone every weekend and to be able to enjoy some fun things around here!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Boosterthon 2014

Today was the Boosterthon Fun Run at the elementary school. This is the largest fundraiser they do and it is a big one.  The two week production they put on is pretty amazing and the great thing is that they end up raising a lot of money for our school. They do daily "team huddles" with the classes to learn about community and pep rallies and it is all topped off with the big run!  

Kindergarten was first thing this morning so Hudson and I went to cheer Harper on!  Each class is announced and they run out showing off their posters before getting ready to run.  

And then they are off!  The kids run between 30-35 laps (on a small track) and all of the parents line the sides to cheer them on, give them high-fives, and take part in the fun.

As the kids finish each lap their lap-counter gets marked so they can keep track of how many they run. 

It is a really upbeat and fun event complete with music and DJ's to keep the kids excited and motivated to run those laps!

After their run, Harper's class posed for a quick picture and enjoyed popsicles to help them cool off. :-)

 Then I ran Hudson to school real quick before heading back to watch the 2nd grade Boosterthon run.

Handley had fun running and was excited to see me each time she ran by.

She ran over 35 laps and was so tired at the end, but proud of how hard and fast she ran!

She also loved getting to run with her best friend from her class last year!

I also brought popsicles for Handley's class to help them cool off after the run and these kids are the sweetest bunch!

Now if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, we decided to add even more fun.  Between a swimming playdate, a birthday tea party, cheer practice, dinner in the car on the run and squeezing in homework, I was wishing it was still summer.  We survived what might have been the busiest day ever.  We were all wiped out, but Hudson most of all because this is what he looked like during the entire cheer practice...sound asleep!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Anyone who is on Facebook has seen the numerous videos going around challenging friends to dumb a bucket of ice water on your head OR donate to ALS research. The kids and I have gotten a kick out of watching the videos over the past few weeks and I was kind of shocked that no one in our family had been nominated yet.  That all changed today though! Handley's friend, Avery, nominated her to take the challenge and of course she accepted. She also decided to challenge a lot of her friends and pass it on to Harper, who challenged friends and also passed it to Hudson.   The kids all had so much fun and I think it is a great memory for them to make as they learn about raising awareness and funds for important causes.

Another important thing they are trying to raise money for right now is for their school's fundraiser.  It's called BOOSTERTHON and it is a fun-run the kids take part in.  They are trying to get pledges for the laps they will run next week and any and every pledge/donation will help their school meet their goal.  The funds raised will be put towards transforming the library to be a top-notch 21st century learning commons.  It is such a fun and positive event for the kids.  Here is Handley running last year!

If anyone would like to make a pledge for the girls, just let me know!  You can donate a flat donation of a few dollars or you could pledge a set amount per lap (they will run about 30 laps). Email me for more details about how to pledge!  carriebethposener@yahoo.com