16
Feb
15

Heart dinner 2015!

We had our 2nd annual heart dinner for the kids on Valentines night this year!  It’s so fun to watch the kid’s faces when they see all the things we made into hearts!

mini heart pizzas!

hot dogs!

heart ice!

We also had a heart cookie cake, and heart strawberries and cucumbers! :)

16
Feb
15

Get your heart pumping!

On Valentines Day this year, the weather was amazing!  So amazing, that I thought let’s get our hearts pumping, and explore Austin by taking a hike with friends!  :)

River Place Nature Trail

Me and my Valentine!

The Suhs and Paquettes!

We’ve had a pretty mild winter this year, and have gotten to ride bikes some too!

16
Feb
15

Valentines parties!

This was the last year for Rilyn to have a class Valentine party!  I can’t believe it!  Years and years of making Valentine boxes, and receiving fun Valentines from your friends, has come to an end!  I set up a photo booth in the 5th grade hallway this year for the kids to take their pictures at during their party!

Say cheese!

Rilyn!

I was party hopping all afternoon long! Three parties for this momma! Whew!

Asher’s monkey Valentine bag!

The after party-messy faces and fingers!

16
Feb
15

Daddy Daughter Dance

This is the third Daddy Daughter Dance for James and the girls, but this one was extra special because our church, The Austin Stone, hosted it!  They had a wonderful time and James picked up Rilyn for a lunch date, and Ella for a dinner date before the dance.  Each girl gets their special time with daddy!

thanks daddy! I love it!

It’s so pretty, thanks!

The beautiful decorations!

dancing the night away!

08
Jan
15

Ella’s “Annie” Birthday!

James made a sweet video of Ella’s party day! Check it out!

Since Ella was Annie in the musical this December, she wanted to have an Annie themed 9th birthday party! Makes sense to me!  :)  Let’s start with the decorations!

I found the original Annie movie poster on Ebay!

I drew this on our kitchen chalkboard.

Rilyn made this out of Wikki Stix! Cute!

I made “mops and buckets” to hold candy at each of their seats!

I made an Annie sign by buying letters and wrapping them with lights! I also printed off famous lines in the movie to make a banner.

The amazing cookie cakes that my friend Jen decorated!

The game prizes: Daddy Warbucks “money”, “coins” (chocolate) and music note journals!

The birthday girl!

Grandma and Ella

me and my baby girl

Ready for this party to start!

The first activity was painting the word “Smile” because well, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”

The next activity was called the Hard Knock Life game! Girls got in pairs and were timed to do 3 different “chores”! First chore was “mopping across the floor” like so.

Next the pair had to squeeze all the water from one bucket into another bucket using only sponges! (All the while I’m yelling at them like Miss Hannigan to hurry up!) :)

Then their last chore was to each sweep a pile of sand across the floor to the other side. Fastest time for all 3 chores done together wins!

The next game was a scavenger hunt when the girls divided into two teams and had to find Annie’s missing locket! We hid pictures of the characters in Annie around the house and then they used clues to go from picture to picture trying to find the locket! Who has it?!

Here are the girls reading clue #1!

Run Ella to the next clue!

We found the locket!!

Next is was time for cold mush…okay, okay, not cold mush, but ICE CREAM and cookie cake! ;)

Happy Birthday dear Ella, happy birthday to you!

My sweet NINE year old!

The picture captures Ella well- always. a. mess.

Daddy and his baby girl

Time for presents! Ella loves reading her cards!

After eating and presents, we did Karaoke and they sang their favorite Annie songs!

James found an app to put up a “music video” of themselves while singing! :)

Ella’s classmates in 3rd grade singing their hearts out!

When the party was over, Ella got to have a few of her best friends stay for a sleepover!

08
Jan
15

Christmas in Temple!

Christmas baking with grandma!

All the grandkids!

aunt Jessica and her nieces and nephews!

Stocking time!

Every year, the kids get to open an ornament that represents something they’ve done that year-look how sweet Ella’s is!

Ella REALLY wanted these pink paper holders from Hobby Lobby! LOL

The Frozen Barbie castle!

snapshot of Christmas

The kids ended the evening with a wrapping paper war!

04
Jan
15

Christmas 2014

Happy b-day Jesus!

stockings!

Zekron EX!

Ella loves elephants!

The anticipation!

Wubble bubble ball!

An elephant massager!

Thank you Asher, let the fashion designing begin!

Just what mom wanted!

Thank you Ella!

What are you going to get dad?

Thank you!

Heely’s!

I love my Beats!

Ella loves her mini iPad!

Hawaiian falls passes!

Asher with his Wubble ball!




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