Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dear Rosewood Grill,

I love your scallops.
I'd like to eat them every day.
And those brussel sprout leaves...
good thing I'm about to be on the beach eating up fresh scallops!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Haircare 411: dolls

 Attention all moms of girls...
Does your daughter's doll look like this?
Have no fear...I can help.  That Rapunzel might have had both a bandaid and a sucker stuck in her hair
#messyvan
And so I mixed warm water and a bit of fabric softener together (thank you pinterest) and soaked her hair
for 2 days, combing occasionally...
It wasn't perfect...but it was totally salvageable!
See Addie?!?  We didn't have to throw her away!?!
Yay!
You're welcome!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Beginnings

 We've been wanting to start Addie on piano forever...
and we finally bit the bullet...
and inherited a piano from Nana & Papa 
{with the promise that we'd help our niece/nephew buy one too when they're ready!}
This week was her first lesson!
 Nana gave her a tutorial too!
Mike and I both said it was so neat to watch someone learn something completely foreign to us already!  Looking forward to watching this new adventure!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recital...

I realize I've been all over the place with my recent blogging...
It's a good thing I'm not winning any prizes for chronology...
When we moved to our new house it meant leaving Addie's dance studio 
{too far and too many siblings...mommy's being brutal with where/when/how we do extra-curricular}
So we jumped into a new studio and I was pleasantly surprised with the recital!

Did I mention it was a Cruella DeVille dance?
Aunt Michelle and Uncle Steve were up for the baby shower and graciously agreed to stay for the recital (first one ever #steveisachamp)





Don't worry...we didn't make Sam attend.
yet.


Look at all her fans!

Thanks to everyone who came for supporting our little star...
So proud of our little dancer!
We love you!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

End of the Year Teacher Gifts!

I always get great end-of-the-year gifts every year.  This year my favorites were Amazon GCs, personalized stationary and this guy:
Yep...that's a homemade herb garden...
complete with recipes...delicious!

That one has basil and vodka, 
And that can never be bad...
What a sweet gift, right?  
It was from one of my (shhhh) favorite students!
xox!

Do you want to be our neighbor?

Won't you be our neighbor?
Qualifications: 
1. Let us use your built-in hot tub.
2. Must like small children.  Approximately four of them.
3. Feed our cat when we're out of town.
4. Be super cool.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer is here...

It came a little late this year, but my summer break has officially arrived...
like 3 days ago.
Here's my two stellar teammates Jenny and Jess...
We eat Jimmy John's every Friday.
Jess always eats that strange lettuce sub.  
(read: she's healthier than me!)
Jenny and I have a strict rule against lettuce subs.
We are firm believers in bread.
There's my classroom going into summer break mode...
so long classroom...
See you in August...
Here's my sweet class at the zoo on our last week together.
They were a really amazing class...super-duper smart.  
I'm going to miss them!
That sweet lady on the left is my aide Lisa.
She's the best aide ever...and I have to give her up next year.
sigh.
But, I shall reunite us again.  
xox Lisa!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stop whatever you're doing and look at these pics...

That's a bold claim, I realize...
But check out who started Tae Kwon Do this week...


Now if that didn't brighten your day...
Sam and I will be sure to make you a video soon of all the moves he's learning.
best.son.ever.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Twins...Jackie's, not mine...

So this is my friend Jackie...she's a devoted blog follower...
amazing teacher at my school...
She's super into all things health and fitness.
She's a twin herself and has been a major supporter for nearly 3 years when I found out baby 3 was really 3+4.

And now...she's having twins....
and the best part is....
they are girls.
She's one of the most confident, sweet girls I know, so it's no surprise that God gave her 2 girls to raise...
and she will be amazing...
And we can take all sorts of fun twin girl pictures together.
It will be perfect.
I can't wait.
xox jackie!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sick babies....

Sick twins and Mommy up all night mean that I might have had a coke and a cookie for breakfast
#howweroll

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's good to look at the clouds...and zoom out...

When your twins are two 
a smidgen naughty....


Love you el...
and thank you, summer, for arriving in fine style...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daddy's Day

And then there's this guy...


to quote today's card...
your love for me and our family assures me of how perfectly I've been blessed...
so grateful for you...


Father's Day

I read the most darling thing the other day about Dads...It said...

Sometimes a girl has to find her own way in the world and forge her own path,
And then sometimes...she just has to call her dad and ask him what to do...

So grateful for this guy in my life and as Papa to my four littles!  He's simply the best leader our family could ask for!  
Love you Dad!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Daddy chaperones field trip....

Best Dad Volunteer Ever...
(Addie's teacher's words, not mine....)
Lake Farm Park field trip...
Daddy and the first graders....
super brave...



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Egg to Chick....

This year, in my classroom, we had eggs!
To say the event was not quite what I expected would be an understatement...
When the first (and only) egg hatched it was the most amazing teaching moment ever....
really amazing...








And we'll just leave the story at that...
:)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Baby Shower for Shell!

We had a such a blast planning and throwing my little sister 
(who's about to become a Mama!) 
a baby shower this weekend!







Everyone predicted their guess on the baby's gender...









We played a great trivia game about Michelle and Steve using their baby pics...
Michelle got some serious loot by some very generous guests!
Mike send Steve a father-to-be bottle of bourbon along with a fatherhood kid filled with pacis, diaper cream, pizza GC, and coffee!
All the essentials for a new dad...
Mom made shell a really cute stitched wall-hanging
It was such a special day for such a special baby!  
Doesn't Michelle look great?