22 November 2015

She Loves to Dance

After watching Olivia have so much fun doing her Soda Shop routine at last spring's dance recital, we decided to sign her up for a performing hip-hop team at her dance studio.  It isn't anything she had to audition for, but it did require some commitments to perform once a month somewhere.  I know that at Olivia's age, I would never have had the guts to get on stage and perform, and so as long as she is excited to do that, I want to continue to encourage that.

Since dance started in August, she has been learning a hip-hop routine to the remix version of Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and a jazz routine to Best Summer Ever that she performed with all of the performing teams.  I'm so proud of how well she did with learning both routines in such a short amount of time.

Last Saturday was her first performance with doing two different time slots at Rock the Block.  And, boy did she rock it! :)

She was so excited to wear her dance uniform and get her make-up done! That might have been her favorite part.  ha.

After her two performances, Mom and I let the girls walk around and get some treats and have some fun in the Kid Zone.  They both deserved it for being so good!

15 November 2015

Peanuts Weekend

Last weekend, we went to opening night of the new Peanuts movie!  Ohmygoodness!  It is such a cute movie.  I'm a sucker for the Peanuts specials, and this one was seriously the cutest of them all.  My friend Sheri turned one of my old baseball tees into a skirt for Olivia, and so all of our girls had Peanuts skirts to wear to the movie.

The pool at the new house can be heated and so we decided to give it a try last weekend.  The hot tub really warmed up and the pool got up into the high 80s.  The girls had a blast trying it out!

Olivia had dance practice one afternoon, so Poppy took Sydney fishing.  She caught her first catfish!!

14 November 2015

Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

This is the first year since we've been living in Arizona that I didn't take my girls to Schnepf's Farm during the fall.  Luckily, Olivia went with her class on her first first grade field trip.  Somehow, I dodged a bullet and got out of going which was a little sad and kinda great all at the same time.  I know the kiddos had fun, and thankfully a couple really great moms updated me with pictures, but I was glad to escape the downpour that drenched the kids right as they were loading back up on the buses to go back to school.

I did my best to make sure Olivia had fun on the trip even though I wasn't there.  I packed her a cute pumpkin themed lunch that she was super excited about!  And, somehow, her teacher knew to put her with her best buddies.

➹ She ate both of those PB&J sandwiches! It's a miracle! ➹

See ya next year, Schnepf's!

An Alice in Wonderland Halloween

If you know us at all, you will know that this Mama Loves a Theme!  We have dressed in theme for the last 4 years and it is just way too much fun.  This year, with Poppa Peter in town, we even got to include him in the theme.

Olivia was Alice last year for her fairy tale night, so we new that we would be doing an Alice theme this Halloween.  Thanks to my friend Sheri, even I had a pretty cute costume!   We had such a fun time and got so many compliments on our costumes.

I thought we would dress up again and have someone get a picture of ALL of us together, but sadly that didn't happen.  And, I wish I had a picture of my parents because they were dressed up too!  My mom was a witch and she scared the %*^$ out of Sydney!  And, my dad dressed as a pirate!  Such a fun night -- extra fun since it was a Saturday!

Monster Mashin'

It has been a CUH-RAZY few weeks.  Between Halloween festivities, an awesome visit from Poppa Peter, and heyyyyyaaaaaaaa buying a house {and basically gutting it, but that's a whole different story}, I haven't had the time or energy to blog.  So, here we are, two weeks after Halloween and I'm posting about it.  You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit.  ;)

Somehow, yet again, I got roped into helping plan the class parties.  OY.  Thank goodness I have two other moms to work with.  We came up with five fun stations for the first graders to do - carnival games, monster photo booth, monster craft, and two different snack stations {because what kid doesn't love to eat tasty snacks?!}

Olivia's first grade teacher was worried that some kids might finish at the stations early, so we made the class some Monster Books that they could do fun activities in.  We also made each of the kiddos glow in the dark trick-or-treat bags.  I saw the bags on someone's IG and had my brother get one of his coworkers in Atlanta to find 25 of them from the Publix grocery stores and send them to me.  Am I spoiled rotten?  ummm, yeah.  Sheri came up with the idea of making punch and putting dry ice in it.  Who's spoiled now?  Wow.  These kids are so lucky.

➹ I spent two hours one night making all of those cups.  ➹

➹ Ok, how perfect is that monster dress on Olivia?! ➹

Sydney's party was awesome!  I had NOTHING to do with it, and only volunteered in her class that day.  Lesson learned.  :)  She got to wear her costume to school and they did a little parade around the classrooms to get their candy.   Their party was at the end of class and she changed her clothes at the first opportunity!  Since Poppa Peter was visiting, he got to see Sydney in full party mode!  What a fun morning she had!