Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Something is Missing!!!

Take a look at this picture and see if you can figure out what is missing...
 No glasses!!!!  Yes, Ben is glasses free!!!  He is now officially a contact wearer.  We are so excited for him.  When he got glasses at 12 months of age,, Dr. Jen told us he could get contacts at 8 or 9.  We thought she was crazy.  We were just trying to wrap our minds around having a baby with glasses.  Fast forward 8 years and she started talked contacts.  He tried them out this summer but wasn't quite ready.  On Friday he went and tried them again and it went great!  He is really getting the hang of them.  It is awesome!!

It is going to be an adjustment for all of us.  We are so used to his trademark glasses.  But we know it is a great thing for him.  He won't have to worry about glasses anymore!!  He says he can see so much better.  Love seeing our little guy growing up and doing grown up things!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

When we looked at the calendar and saw that we had nothing up this past weekend, we had the crazy idea to put up our Christmas decorations.  I have always been against putting them up before Thanksgiving.  This year it just seemed right so we went for it.  We spent part of the day on Saturday and Sunday getting everything out and up.  It was fun.  The kids got in on the action for the tree decorating.  

 I love how festive and cozy the house feels with all the decorations up.  I love to just sit back and enjoy them!!

I am so glad we went ahead and put them up early.  We have a whole week off for Thanksgiving so it is perfect to get to enjoy them all week.  I love my sweet little family and getting to spend the whole weekend with them around the house.  I am so looking forward to the holiday season.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year and I can't wait to celebrate!

Friday, November 20, 2015

3rd Grade Memories

On Monday the third grade classes went on a field trip to Cooks Natural History Museum and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.  It is a field trip all about animals.  They have been doing this field trip since the dawn of man for third graders.  I went on the exact same field trip many moons ago.  Everything was the same and all the memories came flooding back.  I got to go over for the morning and chaperon a fun group of boys!  We won the scavenger hunt of course!
 The thing I remember most about the field trip was having to pet a snake.  I refused to do it and I still remember everything about it!  Well, Ben is much braver than I am and touched the snake!
It was fun to get to hang with my big guy on a fun field trip even if it did bring up so really bad memories!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kate's Actual Birthday

We had spent the whole weekend partying so by the time her actual birthday rolled around on Monday it was sort of anticlimactic.  But we managed to still have some fun.  Daddy helped to cook a special breakfast of pancakes and bacon.  
She got to open a few small presents before school including some Beanie Boos that she was super excited about.  At school she got to have ice cream with her class to celebrate and Matt got to join her for lunch.  
 After school she spent time putting together her new Lego sets.  Ben has always put them together for her but since she is now 6 she did it all by herself!!  So proud of her.
 We had a regular Monday schedule with dance but we did go out for some mexican food which of course means a big sombrero and singing in Spanish.  I think her smile shows it all - she had a great birthday weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Family Party

Sunday night the birthday fun continued with a family party.  Kate's favorite food is noodles so I made homemade fettuccine and Matt grilled chicken.  It was super yummy!!  She chose a Baskin Robbins mint chocolate chip cake which was awesome!!   
 She got some really awesome presents she was so excited about!  Ben got her some new Lego sets.
 She got several movies including the Grace movie!
 And a new American Girl puppy and kitty along with some cloths and Shopkins.  She was a happy girl!
 The best part of the party was having all of our family together to celebrate our sweet girl.  So thankful for our family and the love they have for Kate!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nashville Birthday Getaway

Several months ago when we started talking about Kate's birthday party, she mentioned wanting to go Nashville to the new American Girl store with 2 of her friends.  This sounded like a great idea to us so we jumped on it.  We planned a super fun getaway to celebrate our birthday girl.  We kicked off the fun on Friday morning with her first present - a dress for her American Girl doll that matches a dress she has.  She was so excited to get to wear it on the trip.  
 After school, we picked up 2 of her besties, Addy and Paige, and headed to Nashville.  Granna also joined us for the trip which was awesome!  We checked into our fun hotel for the night and the girls were so excited.
 We stopped for drinks in the lounge before heading to the mall.  The girls loved their special drinks and doing cheers!
 We had special dinner reservations at the bistro in the American Girl store.
 It was such a special dinner.  They do an amazing job of making little girls feel so special!  Each doll got a special chair along with a doll sized cup and saucer.
 The girls had so much fun and it was the perfect meal!!!  Lots of giggles!
 The girls ordered a special dessert of cupcakes for them and a little one for their doll.
 The cool part was they got to decorate the cupcakes however they wanted.  It was so cute!!
 After dinner, it was time to shop!!!  Kate could not wait to see all the Grace doll stuff.  Grace is the doll of the year and has been a favorite of Kate's since she saw the movie this summer.  She had saved up money and gotten some extra for her birthday and could not wait to buy her own Grace doll!
 The girls had so much fun playing in the store.  So many fun interactive things for them to do!  They played for over an hour!

 Only proof that I went along for the weekend.  I promise I was there and having tons of fun!
 We headed back to the hotel where the girls quickly got changed into pjs and continued looking through American Girl catalogs.  They were so cute (and giggly - we may have gotten a phone call that they were too loud).
 We finished up the night with a special cookies and milk delivery from room service.  They were so tired and quickly went to bed with visions of dolls dancing in their heads.
Of course they were up early because who would want to miss a moment of fun by sleeping in.  They enjoyed Saturday morning cartoons in bed for a while.  
 We enjoyed a big made to order breakfast and an early morning swim.  They had so much fun swimming!  
Then it was time to head back to the store to do some more shopping.  Addy had gotten them all matching dresses along with dresses for their dolls.  To say they were cute would be an understatement!  Everywhere we went people would stare and whisper because they were so cute.  Lots of questions asking if they were triplets.  Ha!  
 All the workers at the store thought they were precious!  Saturday morning the store was a lot crazier than Friday night.  But we managed to get everyone the things on their shopping lists.
 All the dolls got to go to the doll salon for new hair styles and some ear piercing.
 Then it was sadly time to head back home.  We made one last stop for lunch and the cuteness continued!  These girls are such sweet friends and I am so thankful they are part of Kate's life.  They were so much fun all weekend.
 Kate could not wait to get home and get her hands on Grace!!
It was such a fun weekend and the perfect way to celebrate our Kate turning 6!!  It was full of all of her favorite things - dolls, friends, hotels and travel!  Perfect way to kick off Kate's birthday weekend!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kate is 6!!!!

Our sweet girl turns 6 today!!  I have enjoyed looking back at the pictures from when she was born and reminiscing.  It is hard to believe that tiny, sick baby is now this awesome 6 year old.  She has come so far!

Everyday with Kate is an adventure!  She is so much fun and full of life.  She is super creative.  It amazes us daily what she comes up with.  Dance and theater are her passions right now.  She is always singing and dancing around the house.  We love getting to watch her perform and are excited she gets to explore her passions.  She is so different from the rest of us in the family but it she completes our family.

Kate is fiercely loyal.  I love this quality about her.  She will stand by her friends and family no matter what.  She is also so kind.  She is constantly thinking of others and how she can make their life better.  I pray these qualities continue to grow in her.  

She continues to be super healthy and grow!  She weighs around 45 pounds and is 44 inches tall.  She loves to wear fun, stylish clothes.  Her sense of style is eclectic and she knows what she wants to wear each day.  She is in a really picky stage right now with eating.  There is not much she likes and she lets us know!

Kate loves to play.  Imaginative play with little characters are still her favorite things to play with.  She is really into Shopkins and dolls right now.  She also loves to play family with her friends.  It is so much fun to watch her play!  Her transition to kindergarten has been hard at times but she is settling in nicely.  She loves going to school each day and is learning so much.  She is getting good at sounding out words and is going to be reading really soon.

Like I said Kate is awesome!!  We feel so blessed to have been chosen to be her parents  It is a big job and we know God gave her to us for that reason.  We pray that we live up to this amazing calling of shepherding her heart.  It is so much fun to watch her grow!!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!  We love you so much!!!!