Monday, October 10, 2016

Pumpkins at the Arboretum

On Saturday morning I decided to take the kiddos to check out the pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum

Hayden wanted me to hold her and wasn't too interested in the pumpkins. When I tried to set her down for a picture she was not having it, so I just said no worries, I'll just get your brothers. Of course she then decided that a couple pics wouldn't be that hard. lol. Too bad it is basically impossible to get a pic with all three of them SMILING and LOOKING at the camera. 

This is Grayson's cheese face. Well, he is saying cheese. over and over again. 

Grayson's cheese face looks oddly similar to his bathroom face. We need to work on that. 

And the open mouth excited face...

Grayson too. 

it's getting weird...

And we are done.

He looks so big!

Checking out all the pumpkins....

Just following the boys

He wants a picture on this pumpkin...but he forgets to smile.

In search of little pumpkins...

Here is her open mouth "excited" smile....

And this.

Now Grayson was really getting in to it. Finding pumpkins, climbing pumpkins...all for a pic! What a trooper!

Once we had  enough of the pumpkins I tried to kill a little time by just wondering around the rest of the garden. We sat down and had a snack and then Hayden decided that she wanted to pull the wagon. 

It was a little too heavy with both boys so eventually she agreed to get in and let me pull them. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

SJE Open House

Last Tuesday Ryan's school had an Open House. Kevin was out of town so it was just me and Ryan.

We started out in his classroom and I was able to see some of the things they have been working on for the past six weeks. Everything is so new to them, especially all of their new friends. In order to get to know each other better, Mrs. Littlefield gives each student a turn with the "me" bag. Basically each kid gets a turn to fill a brown paper sack with three things that they love and then share it with the class. In class they use their journals to draw pictures of each kids favorites. They draw a picture of the student, their favorite color, their favorite number and favorite animal.
Here is a page in Ryan's journal - when I picked him up from school one day he mentioned that he had drawn a "boy" horse (with the necessary equipment). I was so confused on why he did this, but he simply stated that he wanted everyone to know it was a "boy". Well. Ok then. 

Ryan actually had the "Me" bag that night and he decided to fill it with a mini Robot, a Lego Star Wars creation that he had made, and a picture of his family. Such a sweetie! His favorites:
Color: Red
Number: Six
Animal: Moose

Career day was last week and each student dressed up as what they wanted to be when they grow up. I kinda dropped the ball on this, but what does a Robotics engineer wear anyways? I did manage to make him a super cool name 
Moving on...
They had talked about maps in school that day and used a map of the school to color in their favorite places to go - and then he took me to each of them. 

I loved going to the Stonewall Gardens!
The garden is such a great resource for the students. In 1996 it was created to give students a real life example of the plants life cycle. Today they not only use it for science but it also serves as a springboard for other lessons. At the Open house I was able to look through Ryan's Garden journal and see some of the fun things they have already done! More info here.

And he was so excited to show me the chicken coop! 

I realize we are only six weeks in, but we have been so happy with our experience thus far. There are so many friendly families, loving teachers and supportive parents that really make a difference at this school. I am excited to be a part of this! The Open House was great - I loved seeing how Ryan spends his day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - September

Once again I am joining the link party for What's Up Wednesday! 

1. What we are eating this week
 Yay for Hello Fresh!
This week we have eaten:
Italian Sausage and Baby Broccoli pasta

Coconut-crusted chicken fingers with roasted green beans and fries

Sesame Shrimp with scallions and roasted zucchini

AND tonight I am bringing a friend (who just had her fourth little baby!!) my favorite BBQ Pork Sliders (recipe from No More To Go) with coleslaw and mac and cheese. Of course we will be having some as well!

2. What I'm Reminiscing about

3. What I'm loving
Beauty Counter Purifying Charcoal Mask. I am obsessed.
And I even got Kevin in on it. He is going to kill me when he sees that I have posted this picture! lol

4. What we've been up to
Hanging with friends and family!
Friday night fun with baby Caroline!

Sunday fun-day brunch with friends!

They were all actually quite well behaved during lunch!

Birthday parties with friends!

Dinner and drinks at The Lot with friends!

Susanne's first girls night since little C was born! 

Carrie Underwood with these ladies :)

Soccer games!

Of course Hayden thinks she is a part of the team :)

And my parents came to visit!
Whew - we've had lots of fun this past month!

5. What I'm dreading
Currently nothing.

6. What I'm working on
This week nada. And it feels good.

Although it won't last long because October 1st is Saturday and I can't wait to pull out all our fun Halloween decorations!

7. What I'm excited about
- Fall and all things that are fall.
- tx/ou weekend
- Kevin's parents being back in Dallas for the fall/winter months!

8. What I'm watching/reading

9. What I'm listening to
I had a lot of Carrie Underwood this month in preparation for her concert!
Currently on repeat: Dirty Laundry & Choctaw County Affair

10. What I'm wearing
Well, this was the only selfie that I took this month. lol
I am super excited about wearing jeans again...I am not sure I have ever been excited for that but at this point I am kinda over shorts. And the heat. Just like everyone else. 

11. What I'm doing this weekend
Soccer & birthday parties. 

12. What I'm looking forward to next month

13. What is your favorite fall recipe
I'm gonna go with my favorite chili recipe - nothing screams fall quite like chili, right?? Make sure to serve this with lots of cheese and FRITOS!

South Texas Three-Meat Chili

1lb ground beef
12 oz uncooked chorizo sausage
1lb beef cubes
I medium onion, chopped
1 fresh poblano chile, seeds removed, minced
2 fresh jalapeno chiles, seeds removed, minced
6 large cloves of garlic
3 TBSP Chili Powder
2 Tsp kosher salt
2 Tsp Ground Cumin
2 Tsp ground black pepper
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 cups beef broth
14 1/2 ox crushed tomatoes
8 oz tomato sauce

1. Place skillet over med-high heat. Add chorizo (squeeze from casings) & ground beef
2. Stir, breaking meat into small crumbles with spoon, 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink
3.  Place cubed beef in a 6-quart pot over medium-high heat with onion, chiles and garlic. Brown 6-8 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink
4. Add ground meat mixture, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes
5.  Stir in beef broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce, bring to a boil; cover pot and reduce heat to low
6. Simmer gently for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally

Monday, September 26, 2016

Stonewall Speakeasy

Saturday night was one of the annual Stonewall themed parties - our first of many I have no doubt! Back in April Sarah asked me if we wanted to help host this party since Ryan would be in kinder this year - so glad we did! It was such a great way to get to meet more SJE families.  And the party was pretty fun too!

At the end of August all of the ladies met up at Bodega for some wine and party planning. These ladies are efficient! We talked ideas, figured out what needed to be done and assigned jobs.  This isn't their first rodeo. 

Invitations were printed and handed off to Sarah and myself. We bought little glass bottles with corks and filled them with moonshine to deliver with the invitations.

Our little helpers:
Once we had them ready to go we passed them off to be hand-delivered.

Next up was taking mugshots. 
We thought this would be so fun for each of the hosts to be accused of a "20s themed" crime and have our mugshots places around the party as decoration. Carolyn and Casey pulled all of this together - assigning crimes, assembling props, the backdrop, photography, printing...the whole thing.  They are amazing! We just showed to to get our picture taken in hair and makeup and they did the rest. 


I love how they turned out! They also kept the pictures a secret until the night of the party - it was so fun walking around and seeing everyones crime and pics!

So my job was to help with decorations - my favorite! lol There was a lot of gold and glitz!

And now for the PAR-TAY!

Dressed up and ready to go!

Such a fun night of "dressing up, meeting new friends, dancing and "not drinking".

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