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".

Sunday, September 11, 2016

First Day of Preschool



I started with Grayson - he was excited to have his "first day".  

Hayden, on the other hand, wanted to run around naked..... 
She wouldn't let me put her dress on.



Heading into school brought a flashback from two years ago when I dropped Grayson off in the 2's class and Ryan in the 4's (same rooms & teachers too!) And FYI the class rooms are at complete opposite ends of the school. Of course back then I had Hayden in tow...so it's a little easier without the newborn!

Hayden was so excited to be going to school, especially at the SAME school that she has dropped her brothers off so many times before. She ran down the hallway, deposited her belongings in her cubby, gave me a hug and a kiss and ran in her classroom. Seriously. This girl was so ready! I was actually quite impressed because none of the kids were crying - they were all pretty darn happy! 

She ran in and found some toys to play with...

Then it was Grayson's turn! We trekked all the way to the other end of the school to his classroom...

We love Ms Karen & Ms Liz. Ryan had them two years ago.

After school we were suppose to go to Grayson's 4 year checkup but I got the appointment time mixed up and missed it. Oopsies! So we went to Monster Yogurt instead....I am sure they enjoyed this much more than the doctors office...and shots!


Little cuties had a great first day! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Labor Day Weekend @ Lost Pines Resort

Hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend! We spend our holiday weekend down in Bastrop, TX at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort with some friends and we had such a great time!

We left our house at about 12:15pm on Friday and didn't arrive to the resort until after 5pm. Boy was everyone ready to get out of the car!!! (Typically that drive should only take about 3ish hours but we had a few stops to make and there was traffic so that is why it took so long!)

After checking in and getting to our room the kids were ready to go explore. We met up with the Birds and Richmond's for dinner at the Firewheel Cafe. You can order off the menu or do the buffet - I say the buffet is the way to go! Lots of fresh yummy food and kids 5 & under are free. It's delicious AND the chocolate fountain makes it worth it for desert. lol!

 
We didn't last long at dinner - there was too much excitement. These kids wanted to roll down hills and eat s'mores. 

They ran up and down this hill over and over again. I love how much energy kids have! (I mean, sometimes. lol)

It wasn't too long before we realized that Grayson was allergic to grass. His skin was irritated and itchy and he was NOT happy...so I took him back to the room for a bath. It was getting late so we got all the kids to bed then mommy met Nat, Shannon and Tiffany for some girl time :)

 The next day was Grayson's 4th birthday! 
This little monkey slept in and cuddled with mommy. Love him! We spent the morning at the pool and celebrated with some cake before dinner. 

While at dinner we noticed there were some donkey's outside so of course we had to go and say hi. This was as close as Grayson wanted to get to them. 

When we were outside I noticed that someone dropped chocolate fountain sauce all over her hair bow. oops! Good thing her bow is so big - kept the sauce out of her hair! lol

We headed over to the bike corral and the kids rode some bikes before moving on to the next thing...

Hayden played on the little playground forEVER. She loved it. 


The boys did a little fishing in the pond



Little toot did not want to take a pic but I was able to trick her!


That evening they were showing Inside Out on the lawn so we hung out and watched a little bit before heading in for a late bedtime. 

He looks pretty tired!

On Sunday we started off with the ponies!
As close as G would get to the ponies

Ryan was excited to ride a pony!

Just some longhorns walking around. nbd

We walked through the butterfly meadow, played in the bounce house, then made our way to the pool. 


Nat sizzle! Crazy we have been friends for over 10 years!

 
Pool shennanigans

Lounging in the lazy river with my crew!

That evening we decided to eat at the pool. We got the kiddos pizza and the adults ate tacos. 

 

And there were s'mores!
Hayden is slightly terrifying walking around with that marshmallow stick. She hates to have help, but she really needed it. 

Happy kiddos!

8 out of 12 kids pictured - not bad! Love the adorable shirts that Nat had made for the occasion. 

My three little nuggets!

We loved our weekend at Lost Pines! Can't wait to go back!
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