Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Valentine's and Beyond

With Valentine's Day on a Tuesday this year (which also marked the first track practice for Ella at the junior high) and a busy weekend leading up to the day, we kind of winged it with our traditional family dinner. We got take out and still drank sparkling juice at the kids' request, but we didn't do our fancy spaghetti dinner (partly because we were having it later in the week for Ella's pre-swim meet meal). Mike and I went out to dinner earlier to celebrate, because it's not really about the day so much as being sure to do something special. We went to Oceanaire, one of our very favorites and savored every yummy bite! Our Valentine's Day itself was quite unromantic haha. I helped run class parties at the school for Addie and Preston and then had a Young Women activity that night, but between activities Addie and Preston and I whipped up a strawberry cake (from a mix) that ended up being SOOO delicious!!! There was a swim meet and pie race (that I will blog soon), lots of swim practices, track practices, piano lessons, photo shoots, Preston's 2nd grade party, dinner with my Uncle Kirk when he was in town and the rest of the usual day in and day out affairs. The weather has been hard to keep up with, but we sure enjoy the sunny and perfect ones that are mixed in there!
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Preston's class has been writing letters to some soldiers on a ship somewhere and collected donations of their favorite goodies to send them.
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Fun at the joint activity my class was in charge of..
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Preston's field trip to the minor league baseball team stadium. Another mom sent me these pictures :-).
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Celebrating with Friends

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Baani, Rosie, Addie, Helena and Juliana
It was Addie's year to have a friend party but she decided to delay it a couple weeks and invite her 4 best friends to our favorite movie theater (the Alamo) for lunch while watching the new Lego Batman movie. Nana was able to join us at the theater, we all got full and laughed a lot and then we headed back to our house for presents and dessert. The girls were so silly together and going back through these pictures this morning and seeing how happy Addie was that day has me smiling all over again. She really has blossomed over the last year!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

February Fun so Far

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I can't believe February is half over already! But I am definitely excited it is...the sun is shining more often, I have fewer photo shoots coming up and we are exactly 4 weeks away from Spring Break! We are going to make it ;-).
The kids have been busy with their usual activities plus some special ones like Addie's 4th grade musical. We also celebrated the Super Bowl and went to the school's International Festival which is definitely the yummiest event of the school year! Ella had New Beginnings for Young Women, I had a fun, relaxing girls' day celebrating Kayley's birthday and Addie had her special date with Grammy and Greatfrog that was part of her birthday present.
It was a good first week!
One of Preston's teachers suggested he make a power point of our trip to the Dominican Republic and it was so fun to see what pictures he picked to use and what he chose to talk about :-)...

Annemieke and I had a fun lunch adventure to a legit Korean restaurant where every other customer was Korean.
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Ella and the other girls singing at New Beginnings.
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Some pictures from Addie's teacher...
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cutest Addie fans :-)
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they were giving 5's to their adoring fans in the younger grades as they left which was so cute
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Ella made her own DR slideshow on her phone

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Massages and lunch for the win!
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Seriously SO much good good at the international festival!
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All of our Super Bowl food isn't even pictured here! It was an amazing feast and it took me the entire next week to get back on track with my eating again haha!
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The kids were obviously super into the game ;-). They did watch parts of it though.


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