Monday, December 11, 2017

Studio B - Christmas Recital 2017

On Saturday, Hayden's had her first official dance recital! She was actually pretty excited about being up on stage! She seemed to enjoy herself during the rehearsal so I was super excited to see her all dressed up and on stage!

My friend Terra and I were selling Beautycounter at the Bishop Lynch High School Holiday Baazar that morning, so Kevin popped by with the kids. I was pretty shocked when Hayden walked in with her cute kitty cat sweater....and nude tights. The sweater hardly covers her tooshy and the nude tights made it look like she was naked from the waist down. Oye. 

Good things she is only three. 

Anyhow, she stayed with me so that I could get her ready for her show. Kevin quickly realized that this wasn't a kid focused event and he took the boys to Dave and Busters. Hayden hung out - we did her hair and makeup! Terra had this amazing bun making tool (magic hair bun?) that made doing Hayden's hair so easy. And it's never easy. I am totally buying one...maybe two. 

 We arrived at the auditorium at 12:15 and headed backstage to get our costumes on! She was pretty excited about her dress! We did a touch up on her makeup and then she admired herself for a few minutes in the mirror!

She wanted me to get a picture of the big bow on her back!

Hayden and her sweet friend Winslow!

All these sweet girls with Ms. Ashley!

The show started at 1pm and we were ready to go! 
Almost show time!

My video is really hard to see her but she is the 2nd one and is watching me for the majority of the time. I was a total stage mom - trying to video, do the dance moves, and make her smile all at the same time. Clearly it wasn't working! I totally felt like Amy Poehler in Mean Girls during Jingle Bell Rock. Ha!!!!  Kevin also took video of her, but it's far away so she is hard to see. And we already know she doesn't really do much dancing. BUT she does sing! And smile :) She was proud of herself when she was done. 

Oh well. I still thought she did great. And she was adorable. The whole thing was super cute & only an hour! It was so much fun watching her on stage - although next year I might like to be in the audience so I can see better!

Here is the video from rehearsal - I forgot her tap shoes and was hoping that was the reason she wasn't dancing...but yeah, it wasn't. 

What a doll! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween

The weathermen got it right....the day started out sunny...then turned chilly & rainy. The good news was that the rained cleared out in time for Trick or Treating! It was the perfect Halloween night!

My sweet little ninja turtle!

These kiddos were so excited! They even smiled for pictures!

And more pictures with Yaya & Papu!

And then they were off...

That BB8 costume was a little challenging to run in and I suppose the rain boots didn't help...

A Vandy Halloween....

We made it down to the Hales house and Ryan & Hayden even went through the Haunted house - Little G man waited for them.

Sweet kiddos!

Grayson found Jack!

Some dueling dinosaurs hanging out on the street :)

And Hayden was done....once she realized she could start eating some candy she was all for sitting in the wagon and grubbing. 

My sweet mama!

Hayden and Grayson were so excited to get back to our house and hand out candy. It was hilarious because most people didn't realize they were giving them candy. Hayden and Grayson would basically ambush anyone headed our way and without saying anything find their buckets and put candy. They were so excited!
Ryan went back down to his friends  house - he really wanted to Trick or Treat with his buddy Thomas. Successful night :) I can't imagine how crazy school will be many tired kiddos! Early to bed tonight :) 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

7th Annual Pumpkin Carving Party

pumpkin painting  for the littles

Ghost cookies!

Susanne & Lauren with their babies :)

Chillin' on the floor. 

We actually got all the kiddos in a picture! And don't they look thrilled?? 

Ryan carved the robot - from one of his own drawings! And Grayson did the Ninja turtle! 

8pm and time for bed....

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday - October

So I thought I would try and jump back in here...and WUW seemed like a good place to start!

1. What we're eating this week
This week is a little crazy with TWO school fundraising events, but it's always nice to not worry about dinner! Especially when you are eating some of your favorite things!
We decided to start "Meatless Monday's" here at the McDonough house. But...since we went out Monday night, our meatless meal will be Tuesday. We are very flexi with our meals :)  Bringing back my black bean mom use to make this ALL the time for me in college. Seriously, I would bring a big pot back after every was amazing. I hope my kids think so too!
Leftovers & whatever my kids eat on the practices starting at 5:30 make dinner tricky on Wednesdays. When we leave the house at 5:20 no one is hungry. But 10 minutes later when we arrive at practice they are ALL starving! What the wha???  So I bring dinner and they eat on the run. 
We decided between the Lakewood Halloween Party and the J L Long fun run - and the fun run won! We have never done it but hear it is a lot of fun - plus the t-shirts are glow in the dark and the kids are excited about that! What could be better than a little run with friends then food truck burgers & a band? Looking forward to it!

Something EASY because clearly I have outdone myself this week! Lol - But I need to prep my chili and party supplies for our Annual Carving Party tomorrow.  We will probably just order pizza or grab Liberty Burger.

2. What I'm reminiscing about
Halloween babies are getting so BIG! And the costumes aren't as fun now that they have opinions. lol

3. What I'm loving
The Beautycounter Holiday Collection. Specifically the illuminating trio - check me out! :) 
This Trio is valued at $111 and it's yours for only $55! Hot damn!

4. What we've been up to
SJE Carnival (post coming)
Houston (post coming)

5. What I'm Dreading
my alarm clock...

6. What I'm Working on
- 7th Annual Pumpkin Carving Party this Saturday
Throwback to our First Pumpkin Carving party back in 2011! 

- Fall Festival Party for Ryan's class: There are six 1st grade classes and each room is a different activity for the kiddos! Think cookie decorating, arts & craft, guest reader, ect...and our class is in charge of the Monster Mash. I am working on learning an easy dance to teach all of the first graders & we made some cute Monster party favors!

- Making sure we the kids have all their costume accessories for Halloween! 

7. What I'm excited about
- Farmer's Market Field Trip with Ryan's class next Friday
- Pilates Training - I have decided to take the plunge and become Lagree certified! I have thought about this for a while now and the opportunity came up, so I went for it! Training starts next month!
- The Holidays & festivities!

8. What I'm watching and reading

When I was in Houston MK recommended The Couple Next Door and I was sucked in - seriously, I lost sleep because I couldn't stop reading. I loved it, but it had me so darn sucked in I wasn't really productive until I finished it. So I don't want to start anything new for a while. I'll stick to audible in the car for now...

9. What I'm listening to
Monday night training calls
Taylor Swift (cause I can't stop)
Football (cause it's always on...)

10. What I'm wearing
Jeans & front tuck tops. I love the front tuck...Kevin always makes fun of me but this girl don't care.
oh & Work out clothing. 

11. What I'm doing this weekend
- Pottery Barn Kids Knox/Henderson Beautycounter Trunk Show - I'll be there from 11-3 Saturday! It's Partners Card weekend so come shop & stop by to see our Holiday collection :) 
- Pumpkin Carving Party (how many times am I going to mention this?)

12. What I'm looking forward to next month
- Wurstfest? I just found out that I will be in training for my Lagree fitness certification during the weekend we had planned to go down to New Braunsfels. I am bummed to miss but I think Kevin might still try and take the kiddos down! 
- Broken Bow Weekend with friends
-Obviously I am excited for my Pilates Training & Certification classes! I will be attending workshops for three weekends (Sat/Sun 12-5) 
- Friendsgiving - our first ever! 
- And of course, Thanksgiving!

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