Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Miranda's First Day of Preschool

Back in September, Miranda started preschool for the first time! She was actually sick on her first day of school. She had a really bad cough that I wanted the doctor to check out.  She ended up being ok, but we did have a rough couple of nights that week because she would wake up with a coughing fit trying to catch her breath.  It was a bit scary for me, but she didn't seem to phased by it.

I took these first two pictures with my cell phone and she somewhat cooperated.  ;)  She's wearing a shirt from her preschool that was made probably 10 years ago!  Thanks to hand me downs, she could show her school spirit the first day she attended! ;)

After those first two pictures I told her I wanted to take pictures with my big camera and this is what happened...

"Hold the sign with your hands."

"Ok, pull the sign down."

"Ok, now hold it where I can see the sign and it's not crooked."

"Miranda, please hold the sign where I can see it AND your face!"

After that I gave up and took her to school.  I wasn't sure how she was going to do.  She was super excited about going until we started to walk down the hall.  She had me pick her up as we walked into the classroom.  Luckily, she was sitting next to a girl she knew AND the morning activity was transferring water using medicine droppers.  That was enough to bring her out of my arms and happy about school!

After school, she fell asleep on the way home. ;)

So far, she's loved school.  She's not a fan of Spanish Class on Thursdays, but she likes school in general.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The month of birthday parties!

September was the month of birthday parties! Not only did we have Mackenzie's party, but collectively the girls were invited to 5 birthday parties. We went to 4 and I only took pictures of 3! ;)

Our first of the month was for a good friend of ours.  That one started off super crazy.  We got there and before we could get in the house they were already freaking out about the family dog that was running around in the yard.  I don't mean a little scared, I'm talking SCREAMING and CRYING of fear while all 3 held on to my legs for dear life.  I was not going to spend the next 2 hours with them crying, so we dropped off the gift and I packed them back up in the car despite their protests.   While sitting at Sonic waiting for our drinks - I def needed a dr. pepper after those crazy 2 minutes - my friend texted me and said she put their dog in the backyard if we wanted to come back to the party.  We decided to try it and we are glad we did because it was a lot of fun. For a little while, Miranda and I took Aggie selfies!

Another party was at a park and thankfully, the weather wasn't too terribly hot for September.  Miranda was really excited to swing and the big girls waited for most of the party to have their face painted.  It was a super hero theme, so Meredith had batgirl and Mackenzie was Poison Ivy.

The last party we went to was Miranda's first party that she alone was invited too!  This picture is blurry, but look how cute these classmates look playing together!  She didn't like jumping in the playhouse with the big kids, but she liked the craft and playing in the playroom.

Meanwhile, the big girls were having fun with Brandon at Bass Pro Shops.

Thankfully, September was our biggest party month and hopefully that won't happen very often, because it was a little hectic to remember all the parties.  I think since then we've only had 1 or 2 invitations per month.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Coordinating Dresses

Finally finding some time to edit photos I took 2 months ago! Crazy life with 3 kids! ;)  One morning before church, the girls dresses were all coordinating, so I had to take pictures!
Cute girls!  And now that I look at it, maybe a little blurry. :(

Selfies are a little hard when using your big camera.  However, I like the quality a lot better! ;)

This was also before I cut my hair (and perhaps even before I colored it.  But, despite my grey, scraggly hair I wanted to take pictures with my girls.  I'm almost always behind the camera, but occasionally, I pop out front. ;)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Art Party - Mackenzie is 8

Mackenzie requested an Art Party for her 8th birthday and Brandon said no painting, so it was a little more of a crafting party, but the girls had a lot of fun!  I let her invite about 12 people, so we had the kitchen table set up and an extra table in the living room to fit everyone.

At the last minute I added these plain brown bags so that they would have something to take their crafts home in. They turned out to be a big hit and gave the girls something to do between art projects if we were waiting on someone to finish.  Who knew all that practice writing block letters in junior high and high school would come in handy 20 years later?! ;)

The pink polka dotted cans were used for Mackenzie's 1st birthday, the white buckets were from Mackenzie's 2nd birthday and the jars (and crayons) were from the girls' Lalaloopsy birthday 3 years ago!  I love when I can reuse party supplies.  I did buy some new sharpies, but we had everything else, so that saved on some expense too!

My typical banner I make for every party!  I have my basic file that I change the font and backgrounds for.  I can make banners pretty quickly now! Ha!

Even though the girls were going to be decorating their own cupcakes, I really wanted to try a cake that I saw on pinterest.  It turned out pretty well, I think,

Paint palettes for decorating cupcakes.  Mackenzie, Meredith and Cindy worked on putting sprinkles in all of the spots.

While we were busy preparing for the party, Miranda decided to take a nap.

The guests signed an art book for Mackenzie and picked an apron to wear and take home.

As they came in, the girls took photos in front of our rainbow back drop. I had them do a "normal" photo and a silly photo.  The silly photos always included a tongue sticking out! ;)

Mackenzie and Adrienne have been in bible class together since they were 2 and sit together at church almost every week.  Even though they don't go to school together they are still such good friends.

Meredith HAD to have her picture taken with Adrienne and Macey.  They may be Mackenzie's age, but they are her friends too and she loves them.  Please also excuse her "gymnastics" hair from earlier that day.  Of course, this is pretty much how her hair looks like most days.

Macey and Mackenzie met in pre-k and are still great friends!  Last year they had specials (music, art, PE) together everyday even though they weren't in the same homeroom class.

These girls are sweet friends!  They met last year in first grade and are in the same class again this year in second grade.

Alexa and Mackenzie met in Kindergarten once they were added to the Gifted and Talented classes.  They were in the same class last year for first grade and while they aren't in the same homeroom class this year, they do have class together on Mondays when they got to Challenge (GT class).

Gracie is a new friend from second grade and clearly they get along because Mackenzie wanted to invite her to her party after on 2 weeks of school!

This particular friendship with Sydnee is really cute.  Sydnee and Mackenzie have never been in class together at school, but they are both "walkers", so they have a few minutes together at dismissal every school day.  They've had a few playdates together and they get along great.  It's funny how a friendship can bloom in just a short amount of time! Maybe next year they'll be in the same class!

Charlee has also been in Mackenzie's bible class since they were 2.  They've been at the same elementary school the last 2 1/2 years, but unfortunately, Charlee moves to the new school next year. :(  At least they will still see each other at church!

Kaitlyn is a friend from her class last year.  I'm not sure how often they see each other this year, but Mackenzie was excited to have her at the party too!

Veronica.  If you ask Mackenzie who her best friend is, she says Veronica.  They met in Kindergarten and while they were not in the same class last year, they played together every day at recess.  Unfortunately, Veronica moved to the new school for second grade and we weren't sure if we were going to be able to get her an invitation.  So, while Mackenzie was excited about everyone who came, she was SUPER excited when Veronica showed up.  They hadn't seen each other in 4 months, so they were happy to see each other.

Sweet Lyla!  Mackenzie and Lyla have known each other since they were babies!  You can't really help but be friends when your mommas and daddies are friends! ;)

Brandon and Miranda joined in the fun too!

And now the crafts!  The first one was a sand art pen  It can be messy, but sand vacuums up easy!

The next project was a little difficult, but everyone survived!  I prepared all the girls initials and put the double stick tape on the back side.  I also cut all the yarn and put them in bundles for them to pick their colors.

I think I helped with this project so much, that I only have one photo of my mom helping with the craft.

The last project was the easiest, but still pretty cool.  I had a box of glossy photo paper, so I took a black sharpie and drew different words and lines on every page to create a stained glass look.  The girls then colored the paper in whatever colors they wanted.

We sang Happy Birthday to the birthday girl and decorated cupcakes.

She's 8!!!!

Most of the girls used ALL of the sprinkles!  That had to have been very crunchy! ;)

 After gifts, we did group pictures and they were all so cute!

And now, the silly girls!

Along with their crafts, the girls took home a paint can full of jolly ranchers and a cute art palette lollipop.

After everyone left, Cindy and I joined the girls for a little back drop fun!


This was a super fun party and Meredith has also requested one for herself, so I guess I'll be doing it again next year!
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