Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jack...

Tomorrow, my....

Sweet


Perfect


Fun


Charming


Explorer
Sports-Loving

Lover of Learning

KU Enthusiast 


Best Big Brother

Turns 6 tomorrow!  These past 6 years have gone way too fast and I wish I could stop time!  But, I can't, so I'll just love on him and enjoy him everyday!  Our Jack is such a blessing!  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kicks!

Molly started soccer a few weeks ago and had her first soccer game last Saturday!  She LOVES soccer!  The running, chasing after a ball, and playing with her friends for an hour is her perfect day!  The entire practice and game when she's playing, she giggles, so my daughter!  She is doing awesome for playing her first ever sport and she has two friends on her team she knows and instantly made friends with the other two girls (downfall of the team is that there are only 5 girls on the team).  They talk about playing at the park after practice, picking flowers on the field during the game, she was a little distracted by all the flowers, maybe the Y should mow the fields?

Getting ready for her 1st practice!  She was SO excited!

I love this picture of her, this is the Molly I love to pieces!

She was dancing here

Her team, with Coach Matt!  

Look at her form!

Concentration to a tee here!

That's her on the right with her friend and teammate Ciana!  The yellow team was really good but Molly had a blast!

Molly had so much fun Saturday and was full of energy all the day!  She helped Eric in the yard, ran errands with him, and helped me make some Easter crafts.  Around 4:30, she went up to her room and I found her asleep a bit later, and she woke up the next morning at 7:30!  Poor girl was exhausted!  She woke up Sunday morning saying, "I slept really good!"

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yee Haw...It's Rodeo Time!

What do you get when you have cowboy (or girl) boots, the smell of manure mixed with fried food and popcorn is in the air, and you get excited for mutton buston and the cattle round-up...you get the Houston Rodeo!  I had no idea what the big deal was when we moved here and really didn't understand the hype during our first Houston Rodeo season (of course I was pregnant with my third child and my other two were recovering from chicken pox...so, I had a few other things on my mind) and then we went the following year.  It was the exact picture of what people envision when you say you live in Texas...boots, cows, huge belt buckles, you know, Texas!  Eric and I then went last year and actually went to the rodeo and concert (Tim McGraw, yummy!) and had even more fun!  So, we decided to make it a full on family affair this year!  Molly and Jack both were prepared for the rodeo because both had fun-filled rodeo days at their schools and were so ready to go to the REAL RODEO!

Jack's rodeo day at school!  He had a blast with the tortilla toss,  stick horse races, and  potato sack races!
Molly's rodeo day at preschool!  
Her rodeo parade, riding her stick horse!  She loved riding horses, singing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" and lassoing!  
On our way to the Houston Rodeo to see The Band Perry!

Showing off our boots, except for the stud on the right...he just likes to pose really cool!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Amazing Teachers!

Our children have been extremely blessed to have amazing teachers this year (and Jack had amazing teachers last year too)!  In the past few weeks, their teachers have showed how amazing they are by going above and beyond what is expected!

The week of Molly's birthday and party was a busy one, especially since we were also sick!  Molly had her 4 year check on Wednesday, which included shots, but she was acting very normal!  Well, when I picked her up from school on Thursday, she looked exhausted and I just knew something wasn't right!  By 4:30, she had a 103 fever.  Poor thing, but little brother had the same fever and a sinus infection the past few days, so not too surprising!  Gave her some Motrin and she slept it off, waking up Friday a brand new person, we thought it was a reaction to her shots but a few days later she double ear infections in both ears, so who knows!  On Friday, her teacher Ms. Heather emailed checking on Molly because she noticed that throughout the day Molly was not her normal self!  She even napped at school, a first!  A very sweet and thoughtful email from her wonderful teacher!

A week after that, Jack came home from school after a normal day (I thought) and kept complaining about a hangnail.  Seriously, nonstop complaining until I trimmed it for him!  Typical night followed and the phone rang right after our bedtime routine with the kids.  It was Jack's teacher checking on him, he had fallen off the top of the playgroup equipment outside that afternoon at school and she was concerned about him.  Umm...really?  He complained about a hangnail and she was making sure he didn't have a concussion!  She said he fell when she blew the whistle and she sprinted towards him, and she said he just laid there for a few seconds with the wind knocked out of him.  Poor guy!  She told me he stood up, brushed all the wood chips off of him (I did notice he was a little dirtier then usual, I guess because he was covered head to toe), and said he did NOT want to go to the nurse, he was FINE (his words according to her)!  His teacher told me that she made him stay next to him the rest of the day and seemed great when school was over.  So sweet of her to call, check on him, and we shared a good laugh over his hangnail!

When I shared these stories, I had a few friends proclaim their shock when they heard the teacher waited a few hours or a day to contact me. How dare they have their own life and other students to worry about!   As a former I teacher, I totally understood the time between the events and contact with us, they didn't have to call or email, but they did!  We really appreciate their outreach to us and a few tears may have been shed both times because of how sweet they are and about how blessed our children are to share their days with these amazing women!  We are so thankful for their teachers and both Jack and Molly LOVE them and their schools!

Jack's first day of Kindergarten with his awesome teacher!
Molly's first day of preschool with her awesome teacher!  Sadly, Ms. Dayna was doing carpool, so we don't have one with Molly!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Molly's Birthday, Part 2

Where were we?  So, the day after Molly's birthday, we had her 4 year check-up, a few rounds of antibiotics for the whole gang for various illnesses, and then her birthday party!  Doesn't 11 four year old girls coming to your house sound like fun?!  I was a little nervous about all of those girls, but girls are so easy to entertain!  Molly wanted a pretend sleepover, where all of her friends wore their pajamas, we ordered pizza, had a dance and karaoke party time, ate ice cream cone cupcakes and ice cream, decorated a pillowcase for Molly, opened presents, and finally, watched a movie with pink popcorn!  Thank you Pinterest for being so awesome!  Molly had so much fun, as did her brothers and friends!  All the girls went home looking exhausted and the boys crashed!  But Molly, no, she was bouncing up and down with excitement, talking a mile a minute, which is how she began the day at 6 a.m!  Here are some fun pictures from the party!

The party just starting, with music courtesy of Molly and Bella!  Love Jack dancing, he was so not going to wear pajamas until 2 minutes into the party and went to change.  So influenced!


Some more dancing and singing, tunes courtesy of Lyla and Aubrey!

Present time!  It was hard to keep the girls from opening the presents to help Molly!  

Singing, opening presents, and playing with the toys!   Crazy fun!

Dancing with her friends, she's so happy!

Waiting for their cupcakes and ice cream!

Yummy!

They all loved this song (can you tell karaoke was really popular?)

The little guy singing with Ciana, they were so cute!

Making our "scary face" when trying to get a group shot...they were so not interested in this!

Decorating Molly's pillowcase!

Finally, relaxing and watching a movie!
Happy 4th Birthday Molly!  We ALL love you so much!