Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kinder Round Up with GRAYSON

Tuesday night Grayson and I headed to Stonewall without big brother Ryan - this time it was all about him! 

This event is so sweet and I love seeing all the new kinder cuties! 

After we checked in we headed to the auditorium. 

(loved the whimsical decor - this pic was from earlier in the day) 

Our principal. Ms. Mans,  opened the program and welcomed everyone. Once all the business was taken care of we enjoyed a little fashion show! The adorable first graders strutted their stuff showcasing the school uniforms, garden shirts, & spirit shirts! So cute! 

First graders lined up and ready to walk the "runway"

After the show our PTA president welcomed everyone and talked a little more about our wonderful school. She also introduced all of the Kinder teachers - we have TWO new ones for next year! They are adding another dual language class and another regular classroom! Looks like the kinder class next year is going to be pretty large!

So many awesome volunteers sprinkled around helping everyone find there way....and handing out goodies too! We headed to the kinder wing to meet all the teachers :) 

Once Grayson had met them all, we headed to the cafeteria to learn about all the different clubs and specials that Mockingbird offers!

Some of the "upper class men" handed out cookies to the little incoming kinders! So Sweet! 

Grayson thought that cookie was pretty great!

After round up we headed to Mi Cocina for a special dinner with some of his new kinder buddies. 
Sweet little man ended up being the only BOY, but he was so hungry he didn't mind.  I caught him laughing at the girls every once in a while.  It was my first time to be out with more girls than boys! I would say it was completely different BUT these ladies all have older brothers (in Ryan's grade) so they weren't your typical girly girls! lol! 

So excited for Grayson to start at Mockingbird Elementary next year! 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mommy & Son Dance

This is the first year that Stonewall hosted a Mom & Son dance and it was so sweet! 
Ryan was super excited for our date night :) 

The first grade moms met at Mi Cocina before heading to the dance. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend this part (I had my last weekend of training for my lagree certification) but one of our friends took Ryan with them and I met them at the dance afterwards. I felt so bad about mission out on the dinner but when I arrived at the dance and found Ryan he was like "hi" and then ran back off. Clearly he wasn't concerned. 

They were huge fans of the Congo line....

These boys were running around, dancing and obviously getting a little sweaty!

Sweet little photo booth! Had a great night with this sweet boy! Next year I will have TWO with me!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Nashville + Beautycounter

This past weekend I spend a quick 48 hours in Nashville with some amazing women! 

Most of our crew flew in early Friday morning so we had the day to play! We decided to head to the Ryman Auditorium before grabbing some lunch. Although I was here two years ago with friends, this time we did the backstage tour and it was well worth the extra $. I loved touring the dressing rooms and learning all about the history of the Ryman. 

When we finished with our tour we headed over to Merchants
Duck Fat Tater Tots. check
Baked Pimento Cheese. check
BBQ Pulled Pork. yes, please. 
Wow. If you know me you are probably wondering WTH. Yeah, something about this city brought out the country in me. I was all about this southern food. Apparently the cold weather makes me want to fatten up! lol. 

After lunch we headed over to Tootsies for some live music!
I had so much fun with these ladies and am so grateful to be working alongside them! 
And back to the hotel by 4pm to get ready for the Welcome Happy Hour. 


Saturday was all about Beautycounter. It was a day filled with inspiring women and insightful training. I learned so much...and have so many notes to go over. This is just what I needed to get myself back into the groove. 

Our (Kristin's) team headed to The Gulch for dinner at The 404 Kitchen. My limited review:
- our waiter was a little quirky - everything had to be done on his time. Like when we tried to order some apps with our cocktails...oh no no. He was not a fan of that.
- We started with three apps. The Scallop toast, burrata & cornbread.  Everything was good. But OMG. The scallop toast was TDF. Everyone agreed. So yummy. I could have just eaten that for was ah-mazing. 
- I had the New York Strip (again with the man food) and it was really good...but I could hardly put a dent in it. My eyes were clearly much larger than my belly. 
- We were in a private-ish room, but with two other large groups. Holy guacamole those other tables were SO LOUD.  It was entertaining but also slightly annoying at some points. I realize this makes me sound old and boring. 

My weekend was pretty wonderful. Hanging with friends & coworkers, in a fun city filled with awesome music, kind people, delicious food, rich history, and all because of a job that inspires me.  400 women supporting, training and working with on another. It's pretty amazing.

I love all the ladies that I spent the weekend with, but sure would love to see more of my friends here with me next time!

Big things coming for Beautycounter and I cannot wait to share! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Disney World - Day Four

We were up earlier than previous morning. Hayden was up and in an amazing mood. She was crazy hyper and super sweet. And ready to go go go. She ran over to the window and was telling everyone it was time to get up because the sun was out. Surprisingly I was about to get us all packed up and out the door by 9am.  Yes, Kevin was with us but let's be honest. All he has to pack is himself. Anyhow, we headed downstairs to the Contempo Cafe to grab some breakfast before heading out.

We decided on grabbing a Lyft to take us out to the Animal Kingdom assuming it would only take about 20 minutes. It was more like an hour. The driver said that the traffic and congestion was I guess this sunshine brought everyone out. It was insanely crowded...starting with traffic to get in the park to actually getting in the park. Once we were in we high-tailed it to the Safari because our fast pass was about to end.

The safari was a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed seeing all of the animals. The original plan was to get to the Safari ride early so we would have time to get to the Festival of the Lion King and use our fast pass there....but that didn't quite happen. We weren't really sure what to do...wait for the next show (they let us use our fast pass for that one) or walk around. When we realized that the next show as at noon and it was only 11:10....we opted to leave. We maneuvered our way back up to the Africa area, stopped to get some coffee and donuts then over to Asia. And stopped for some pics!

 The Everest rollercoaster looked awesome but the killer wait times and the fact that our kids were too little made it an easy decision not to mess with it. Obviously we didn't do the Flight of Avatar either. Clearly there will be a next time....

We headed to our last fast pass at 11:50am, which was a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie. They were super cute and the kids enjoyed them so that was a success.

 After that we moseyed our way back to the entrance and hopped on a bus to the Magic Kingdom. Once again, lines were insane. As we walked down Main Street we caught the castle show before heading towards Frontier Land.

As we were walking to lunch we saw a crown of people, so we stopped to see what was going on. It was a cute little muppets show, so we hung out there for a little bit before lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

My review:
- You definitely feel like you are stepping back in time when you walk in the front door. You are greeted by Waiters/waitresses dressed in colonial clothing and the decor is very 18th century Willamburg-esque. Each dining room decor is inspired by a different founding father....
- The hostesses town-criers announce your family and where you are from - "Here ye, here ye, we would now like to seat the McDonough family from the Republic of Texas"
- The food - well, it's traditional Thanksgiving food & a little New England mixed together. A little odd and honestly if the weather had been hot (like typical Florida weather) it is the last kind of food I would be interested in...but apparently...people love it. I suppose that people that love Thanksgiving food do. SO there is that.

Kevin got the clam chowder and a salad. I got Fish and Chips. Yup - they tried to bring me the salad.  Ryan ordered and gobbled up the roasted turkey kids meal while Grayson and Hayden split a cheeseburger. We couldn't have timed our meal any better because as soon as we were done the Festival of Fantasy was just starting. And we were on the parade route. It was perfect! I did have to hold Grayson up, but it was worth it. We loved this parade so much!

The crowd after the parade was insane. You literally couldn't move anywhere...and Kevin couldn't remember where he parked the stroller. I am sure you can imagine how fun that was. Anyhow, we ended up getting split up but survived and made it to the circus area for our last ride of the trip. II really wish I would have done the Barnyard rollercoaster - I think the kiddos could have handled that. They were excited about Dumbo, so you can imagine the thrill level we are dealing with. Grayson needed a bathroom break so we stumbled into the Big Top Souvenir shop and OMG - my favorite Disney shop EVER. They had souvenirs, but also all these adorable treats and snacks! Carmel apples, cotton candy, cake pops, marshmallow pops and more....and they were all shaped like Mickey Mouse of course! Since we still had snacks and a couple of quick service meals left on our dining plan I stocked up on these fun treats!

Hayden picked out cotton candy for her and her brothers. She was so excited to give them theirs!

Hanging out waiting for Grayson....

I rode with Ryan and Kevin got these two cuties!

After Dumbo we had to say goodbye to the Magic Kingdom. There were no tantrums...I think it was the perfect amount of time for our first trip. We didn't over do it. The kids were happy. We were happy. We walked back to the hotel and got our bags from the bell service. We waited for the Magic Express bus to take us to the airport. And once we boarded, this happened....

It took about an hour to get to the airport, and then another hour to get though security. Ugh, it was a disaster. Anyhow, once we got though we had time to grab some dinner and board our flight. We boarded our flight to Dallas and it was easy sailing...Ryan and Hayden fell asleep pretty quickly and Grayson fell asleep as we were landing...oh well. We got home around midnight and everyone slept amazing in their own beds...including myself!

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