Monday, May 4, 2015

Field Day

Last Friday was one of the most anticipated days of the school year...field day!  The girls had so much fun and I'm so happy I was able to volunteer and see them with their friends.  They had relay races and then a carnival style section where they got to play all sorts of different games and activities.  

 After school some of our neighbors invited us over to their house to swim, which was such a treat!  The kids had the best time and it was our first official swim of the season.  They had us back on Sunday afternoon and it had us all wishing for summer days to get here soon!

This morning was the 2nd grade author celebration.  Every grade invites parents to come and read thought the kids writing from the year.  Handley was proud of all of her work and especially proud of the research project and book she wrote about Golden Retrievers.

Hudson took a picture of Handley and I together (hence the reason my head is cut off).  I am so proud of Handley and all that she has accomplished this year.  We are really going to miss her wonderful teacher, but we are so thankful for how well she has prepared Handley for 3rd grade next year!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Friday!!!

I'm so happy it is Friday! We've had a good week, but we have hit May so the countdown to summer is officially on.  I'm so ready to have a break from our busy schedule, but not looking forward to this school year being over because we just have loved all the kids' teachers this year.

Today is field day so the girls are super excited! I can't wait to be there helping all day and see all of the fun they will have. :-)

I posted this pictures on Facebook last week, but wanted to share it here, too.  Walker sleeps like this all of the time.  It cracks us up and we call it "dead dog" and he does it all the time. So funny!  From all of the comments I got, apparently a lot of dogs sleep like this. :-)

Harper is so funny with her clothes and what she wants to wear.  She has very strong opinions so trying to get her to pick out her outfits is always a struggle. However, she is really happy with her new spring/summer clothes so she has been much more agreeable lately.

And this Lilly Pulitzer for Target romper was a lucky find. I got a few pieces on the release day and then kept checking back for more.  She had told me about her friend at school hat had "green leaf pants that are connected to a shirt" and I knew exactly what she was talking about.  She begged me to get one for her and I told her I wish it was that easy because I knew everything was sold out.  Well, I stopped by the returns desk when I was in Target picking up something else and they happened to have this, in her size!  She was SO excited and wore it the very next day!

And lastly, we love Thursday's around here. Not only is the anticipation of the weekend really exciting, but it is also our afternoon with NOTHING on our schedule except playtime. We almost always have playdates on Thursdays so yesterday was no exception.  Harper went over to her friends house and Handley's friend came over here.  The weather was gorgeous and they played outside the whole time. These two girls are the sweetest of friends and I am so thankful for her.

Hudson tags along with the girls and they are sweet enough to include him in their games.  They didn't want to play football though so when he asked me to play with him I couldn't say no. I had a million other things to be doing, but playing with my future QB won out as top priority. I'm so glad I said no to the to-do list and yes to playing with my little guy. We had so much fun and it was the best afternoon.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekend Fun

Over the weekend we had a lot of fun!  We didn't have too much planned, but it ended up to be one of my favorite weekends that we've had in a while.

Hudson is just so sweet.  Yes, he has his moments of terrible three year old tantrums, but for the most part I think we are over that hump and he is doing so much better.  He held doors open for me all day long, picked flowers for all of the moms and the bus stop and even greeted his sisters with more flowers as they hopped off the bus.  Those "extra" flowers are still sitting on my counter, in a lego cup that he chose as a vase. ;-)

We have 4 weeks left of school, which means I have 4 weeks until bathing suit time. I've really been trying to run every day 5 days a week to get in shape and be ready for summer.  Walker loves going on daily runs with me and smiles the whole time!  Knowing how happy it makes him gives me that extra motivation I need to squeeze it in each day.

On Friday evening we went to Harper's soccer game.  It was a make-up game from one of the weekends that it rained.  Despite her wild ways and falling a ton of times from running too fast, she scored a goal and played great!

Handley was a sweet sister to sit on the sidelines and cheer for Harper the whole game!

 Saturday morning we had the fun run at the girls' school.  There was a 100% of rain so I was not sure the run would happen. Miraculously though, the rain cleared up right as it was time for the kids to run.

 I somehow missed Harper running past me. She started the race with a purple hat on and I think that is what I was looking for.  However, she had taken it off during the race so she whizzed by me without my even knowing it.

The rest of our day was spent getting things done around the house and then we tried out a local Mexican restaurant for the first time.  It was such a great evening and I think it will be one of our new go-to places.  We especially loved sitting on the patio and enjoying the nice weather.  

Sunday was spent at church, signing up for swim team and hosting dinner club at our house.  And just like that, another weekend has come and gone and now we are onto another busy week head! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Harper's Frozen Party

Saturday was a big day for us. Not only did we run the 5K in the morning, (you can read about that HERE), but we came right home to get ready for Harper's Frozen birthday party.  When she told me she wanted a Frozen part at first I was a little unsure. I thought it had been overdone and was hoping to come up with something a little more original, but after looking on Pinterest I got some inspiration and was excited about planning her party.

I was a little worried it might be raining, but thankfully it held off, which meant all of the kids could play the games outside!  We played Pin the Nose on Olaf, snow ball toss, and I also had an Olaf piñata.

I didn't get many pictures of the actual whacking of the piñata because I was too worried about someone getting hit with the baseball bat.  All of the kids got one good swing and hit before the candy started to fall out.

Then Robby just ripped it in half and started shaking the candy/goodies all over.  The kids loved it!

To eat we served Anna's Frozen Hearts (strawberries), Sven's Carrots, and Olaf Snack Mix (popcorn, Cheetos, and pretzel sticks).

To drink we offered Glacier Juice (Blue Hawaiian juice and Sprite) and Melted Snow, which the kids all though was so fun. :-)

Harper doesn't really care for cupcakes (although she loves the icing) so instead she asked for cookies made by the very talented Christy.  I absolutely LOVED the cookies she did for the party and they matched perfectly!

All in all, it was a great party.  I had a great time planning all of the details, the kids had lots of fun, the weather held off, my house didn't too messy and our sweet SIX year old felt so special that day, which was my whole goal to begin with!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The 80's, A Superhero, and Hawaii

Random title, I know, but I somehow forgot to post two great pictures.  Last week the girls had 80's day at school and I had so much fun helping them pick out their outfits.  Handley was LOVING it and told me she wished she could wear that kind of stuff everyday. Harper toned her outfit down a lot in the morning from what we had picked out, but she kept the leg warmers, which was really cute.  

Also last week, I loved sharing a bit into my day on Instagram (@TheMagnoliaMamas and @carriebethp).  After dinner we've been trying to get outside and take an evening walk around the neighborhood in between all of the rain we've been having.  On this particular evening, I was lucky enough to have a superhero escort me.  :-)  I just love being a boy mom and this little guy makes me smile so much.

And lastly, I have one quick and funny story to share.  Last night when we were eating dinner, Harper told me she was going to live in Hawaii when she grows up.  She and Handley always talk about moving to the same place so they can be neighbors and still see each other a lot.  She asked if Handley would be coming with her to Hawaii and this is how the conversation went down. 

Harper: I'm going to live in Hawaii when I grow up.  Handley do you want to come with me there?  
Handley: I think that is too far away and besides, what if your husband doesn't want to go?
Harper (in a very matter of fact way): I'm just going to find a husband that wants to live there, too.  

Ha! I was cracking up and told Robby the story later that night and he started calling her Miss Hawaii.  That girl is a hoot!