Thursday, October 23, 2014

Firetrucks, Art Nights and Katy Perry Concerts

The week of October 6th was busy, but eventful as well. Sometimes it seems like we are just busy with the day to day routine but nothing very exciting is happening. This week we had some events worth documenting though, which was so fun!
First, my family's neighbor and good friend from when we lived in New York came to Houston. Her oldest son was here working so she came and was able to stop by and say hi (they all went to dinner later, but we couldn't go). I used to babysit Cindy's 3 boys and it was sooo fun to see her after all these years!
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Ella LOVES Activity Days at church twice a month...she looks forward to it all month! I'm so glad we have such a fun group of girls her age. (stole this from one of her leaders)
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National Walk to School Day was the 8th and our school had the firetruck there again which was exciting. Ella was at choir practice so she missed out on the excitement, but Addie and Preston and I were there to capture the moment for ourselves and to get an official picture for the school.
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I edit pictures everywhere I go now :-)...the parent pick-up line at school, swim practices, etc. And I'm so glad I won't be watching baseball every night while editing at home anymore. These world series games are actually fun...it's round after round of playoffs that wears me out!
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Thursday, the 9th, in the evening was Kindergarten Art Night. Throughout the year each grade level has a special evening event and Preston was lucky to have his first. We stopped by right from Ella's swim practice and she helped him create his caterpillar based off Eric Carle's book. It was a fun little event!
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with his art teacher and friend Juan
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We finally decorated for Halloween and had fun trying these little costume hats on the kitties. Eddie was such a good sport and didn't mind and Beauty would sue us for abuse if she could :-). She ran off with the lion hat on and it was HILARIOUS. Then she hid in the closet and begged me for counseling :-).
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And then after a CRAZY busy Friday (Mad Lab with Preston, 2 year photo shoot and then newborn photo shoot before heading straight back to the school to pick up the kids), Mckell and I headed downtown for the Katy Perry concert. I must admit that I was not excited about it because I am just so stressed at this time of year, but I am thankful Mckell's baby waited a few more days to arrive so we could go. It was a fun show and the people watching while waiting for the concert to begin was sooo amazing...so many weirdos were there :-). Some highlights of very poor quality from my phone...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

First...

First day of October
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First day to have a breakfast play date before school
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First half day of the school year celebration
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First Katy Aquatics meet with both girls competing
(their races weren't great, but it was good to get us back into the swing of indoor season)
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First open water race for Ella
(she did great at this one!)
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And General Conference watching...not a first, but oh well :-)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Goodbye September

The last week or so of September started out sloooow for me. Somehow I managed to get extremely sick while everyone else was fine. I still don't know what happened, but I thought I was going to die. My back killed, I was throwing up non-stop and it was miserable. I got the kids off to school before things progressively got worse as the day went on. Luckily my mom was able to go pick-up the kids from school because I just know I would have been puking my guts out in the grass as the entire car line watched :-). Preston has been pretty difficult lately, but he was so incredibly sweet to me when I was sick. He told me " I really don't want your sickness but I feel really bad for you mom! I was thinking...I'll make you a card!" And he did. And I loved it.
Luckily, by the next day I was feeling much improved and although it took a few days to feel totally back up and running, each day was progressively better.
There was MAD Lab with Addie, a visit with my great Uncle John and his wife Sondra, a daytime date with Mike (who has county fair day off instead of columbus day), one last free Saturday morning before lots of crazy ones for pictures so the kids all had friends over, Addie using her hard-earned "dollars" for a pony stuffed animal and the usual daily grind of school, editing photos (which happens everywhere I go now) and swim practices.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Primary Program 2014

On September 20th our ward had the annual primary program. The kiddos looked cute and did a good job saying their little lines. Nana and Grandad were able to come watch them as well and Preston was especially cute when he looked out and saw us in the crowd.
A funny story about miss Adeline and her line though. The Sunday they passed out the parts for the program I was actually subbing for Ella's class. When I picked up Addie from her class I asked her if she had gotten her part and she burst into tears and told me she threw it away because she didn't like it and she didn't know it was important. There was no talking to her at that point because she was so upset so I told her not to worry about it and stopped to talk to our primary secretary to make sure she was planning to email the parts as well. I also told her that Addie had said she didn't like her part and asked if it were possible that we could change it a bit if necessary. She said of course and we left. Later that week I got an email with an alternate part for Addie (the one she says in the video) and also found out what the original had been. I was cracking up when I read what she had been given to say that made her so upset (and apparently it is an answer she gave anyway!), "People say I look like my mom because we both have blonde hair." Oh, Adeline :-).
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day at the Museum, Part II: The Children's Museum

After lunch we said goodbye to Lauren, Ryan and Charlotte and headed down the street to the Children's Museum. Everyone LOVES it here and although we only had a few hours, we managed to do most of what we wanted to do. We easily could have spent a lot more time exploring and inventing, but we were thankful to have it mostly to ourselves and start our weekend early :-)!
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Later that night Preston came with me to check out my nature location. After all the rain we had been having I wanted to be sure we were going to be ok for photo shoots in the morning. Preston spotted this HUGE spider and as we were leaving we saw it catching something in it's web. It was crazy to see it actually shooting out of his body!

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