Saturday, August 31, 2013

Meet the Teacher

Later on Tuesday afternoon (the 20th) Ella went on her date with Mike (she also chose Cici's...I have no idea why the girls think it's so great). So, to say Ella had a pretty good couple days would be an understatement :-). Wednesday we went swimming at a friend's house and the kids needed haircuts before meet the teacher that evening. I got ready to go and went to round everyone up but I found them all in Preston's room quiet and getting along, so I just went to do some work on the computer and we went to get haircuts once the fighting started back up :-). Addie just recently had hers trimmed so she was able to sit this one out. Later in the evening I took the girls over to the school to meet their teachers and then we went to Tutti Fruiti for a treat after, a tradition we started when Ella went into kindergarten. Overall we were happy with the people in the girls' classes. They both had friends they were hoping to be with that weren't but there were also important friends still in their homerooms which was a relief. All 4 of the teachers seem really nice and it definitely had me feeling good about the year to come!
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Ella's First Sleepover

We kicked off our last week of summer with a bang...Ella's first sleepover. It was her non-party birthday this year but she did want to have a few friends spend the night. I didn't plan anything other than buying some snacks for them, but Ella knew exactly what would be on the agenda...watching the movie Nancy Drew, playing Apples to Apples, staying up until midnight and eating birthday cake pancakes for breakfast. This is such a great group of girls that I knew they would be pretty easy. I tried to stay out of their way most of the night and we heard giggles and laughter until after 1am. In the morning we had the special pancakes Ella had seen a picture of and then met up with more friends at the pool. We were all ready for bed by that evening :-)!
lunch at Chickfila...it was quite a day :-)
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Alli, Claire, Ella, Taylor, Claire and Carly
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Addie and Preston helped me in the kitchen while the girls played Life
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Birthday Week

Although I would rather be blogging about the first day of school right now, I need to get caught up :-(. I also need to do just a post about cute Ella for her birthday...and take pictures of her (and of Preston whose birthday was in MAY)...and a zillion other things :-).
But back to the week of August 12th...
It was party time for us! Lots of celebrating Ella's birthday and lots of play dates with friends mixed in with some school shopping and pool days.
We had some credit to use up from joining Lifetime so we signed Preston up for swim lessons. They aren't the greatest, but they're free so we'll take them :-).
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A pre-birthday dinner at Cheesecake Factory and a trip to the American Girl store. Ella used some of her birthday money to get Rebecca's ears pierced and her hair fixed up a bit.
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Ella's real birthday!
Donuts and kolaches for breakfast, lunch by the pool with one of her best buddies and dinner at Babin's!
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Mike took each of the kids on a date before he had to head back to work and he took Preston to Chuck E Cheese earlier in the day. I forgot to get a picture of them before they left. Good thing they brought this back :-)!
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It has been a tradition for awhile that the kids can stay up until midnight on their birthday. I convinced Ella to wait an extra day though, because Wednesday was an important day for her at swimming. She was evaluated to see if she would be moved up a group at Katy Aquatics. I really felt like she should be in Age Group I after how much she improved and was able to accomplish over the summer season but I was so nervous that for one reason or another they wouldn't move her up. She had to swim 6 50's of butterfly and totally killed the big 12 year old boy who was doing it with her in every single one! They moved her up and we are so proud of her!!! She works so hard and it is so fun to see it all pay off and for her to succeed at something she loves.
She picked blizzards to celebrate :-) and had NO problem staying up till midnight this year!
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Earlier that day Preston had swim lessons and got to go down the big kid slide at the end! He thought it was the best day of his life :-). Then Bennett and Ellie came over to play. I am glad I took pictures of this day but sad I didn't take pictures of any of the other playdates of the week. We tried to see all our favorite friends one more time before school started!
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Thursday was errands, school shoe shopping (Preston is SOOO excited about his fast shoes!) and Ella's birthday present came. She mainly wanted money but that seemed pretty boring to give her. She loves listening to music in her room now so we got her a new player and her very favorite singer's CD. Too bad I didn't have the idea a week earlier so we could figure it all out in time for her birthday. Oh well, she didn't seem to mind so hopefully she'll survive :-).
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Addie had her date with Mike (she chose Cici's pizza) and Mike and I finished out our dating spree...3 days in a row :-). Can you tell we missed them while we were gone all summer?! We went to Taste of Texas and both the Alamo's. Itty Bitty City loved us that weekend :-)!
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Oh, and Kayley's baby shower for miss Eloise Adele was on Saturday too. We keep busy :-)! Pics of that to come.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ella's Family Party

Sunday, the 11th, we had Ella's family birthday party at our house. She requested Hansen tacos for her dinner and my grandparents offered to come over early and help us make them. They are the pros, so that was awesome :-)! Ella got all kinds of things she loves for her birthday...cute clothes, money, books, games and cute things for her room. I cannot believe she is NINE years old!!! She is a lucky girl to have so many people to love her and we are lucky to have her in our lives!
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