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! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Run for Research

Every year we look forward to the RT Run for Research and this year was especially fun because Mimi and Dadaw were in town and decided to run/walk with us.  It's a great event that raises a ton of money for Parkinson's disease every year.

The kid's 1K race was first and all three of my kiddos were super excited to run.  They all lined up and got ready to go.

When they took off I was a little nervous someone would fall because it had been raining all night, the road was slick, and they were running downhill.  Thankfully, everyone stayed on their feet and ran like lightening.

Robby ran with Hudson and I'm so glad he did because they turned the corner and were out of sight for a few minutes.

There was a police escort to close down the roads and a "running guide" to help them go in the right direction, but when I couldn't see them I was a little worried that they would be OK.  Next thing I know the first kid came running up the hill.  It was a girl that was smoking everyone!  Behind her were two older boys and then I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw HARPER coming up the hill.  She was going so fast and ended up the second place girl.  Handley was right behind her as the 3rd place girl.

Then were were a lot of other finishers before the youngest runners started coming back to the finish line.  When I caught sight of Hudson he was running just as fast as he could. He had a huge smile on his face and his little arms were just a swinging. :-)

Robby said he ran the entire way!  

After the kids caught their breaths and took advantage of the free sports drinks, the little two settled in to the stroller to get ready to ride the 5K and Handley was ready to walk it with me.  We jogged for a little while, but she was ready to walk quickly after that and I was fine to keep her pace.  She was very proud of herself for finishing the entire thing!

Mimi ended up 4th in her age category and Dadaw had fun walking and running across the finish line with Hudson at the end.

After we all cooled off we collected our goodie bags (the kids favorite part) and made our way to the vendor village to stock up on lots of fun goodies like these personalized cans.

It was a great morning, lots of fun, and the best way to kick off our busy, but fun weekend.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Masters 2015

Robby and I had the opportunity to go to the Masters again this year and had a wonderful time!!!  It was over spring break, which was nice because it's just takes a lot more planning to be away from the kids during school.  Gigi was kind enough to keep the kids and they had all sorts of fun here.

If you want to read all about our time there you can check it out on my Magnolia Mamas blog HERE and HERE.

I did want to be sure to share some of the pictures I took though because it was just as gorgeous as I remembered from last year.

On our first day we enjoyed a yummy breakfast at Berckmans and then made our way out onto the course.  We had to snap a quick picture in front of the big porch though. I just love the southern feel, complete with rocking chairs.  :-)

The gorgeous greens and beautiful azaleas were such a lovely sight! 

We even got to see a few famous golfers like Phil Mickelson (in the purple). 

It was such a nice day of walking around, seeing the course, watching golf and enjoying time with each other!

On our second day there we did more of the same, which was fine by me!  We saw the main clubhouse...

 Got to see more great golf...

And I had one of the peach ice cream sandwiches, which was amazing!  

It was a great week and we loved watching on Sunday at home with the kids.  They all got really into it and especially Hudson, who told me he was going to be like the guy in the blue when he grew up (meaning Jordan Spieth).  I told him that was fine by me!