Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School Feast 2016

Last night we had our 2nd annual Back to School Feast!
This is a time where we celebrate each of the girls and their brand new school year!

We decided to dine alfresco with personal pizzas on the grill.

 I gifted each of them with a new hair bow at their place setting.

We love this meal, yet I confess, this is our first time doing it this year!  Why haven't we been doing this every week?!  We'll never know!  I mean, we pretty much make pizza every week, but it bumps it to a whole new level when it's grilled...seriously.

We talked about goals for the new year (this was the only serious part of our conversation), then the girls giggled about analyzing dreams they've had, shows they've watched, and things that happened at school that day...all while listening to Disney music on Pandora (Haley's choice).
I must say...it was a pretty nice evening.

After dinner the girls got to open and see our new star for this year.

 They also opened the newquote that will hang in our hallway.
I have referred to this quote numerous times over the years with my children.  It's always comforting to know that when we screw up or had a super hard day, we can always start fresh tomorrow. 
You just can't go wrong with a "Anne of Green Gables" quote...there are so many!

I love these girls, so much!
Here's to a new school year, lets make it a good one!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

And so it begins.

Ready or not, here we are...another school year already!
Summers just fly by these days.

 Haley started middle school!

 Morgan is 5th and Piper in 1st.

And Rory is in Preschool 2 days a week.

They all love their classes and teachers..so far.
And that makes me very happy!
Happy 2016-2017 school year!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Haley's Animal Party!

If you know Haley, then you know that she is obsessed with animals...all animals.  So it makes sense that she requested an animal themed party. 

We started the party with masks, like Morgan's party, except since we were dealing with older girls I had them do most of the cutting and designing.  I had some templates cut out and a picture of some finished masks for them to use as inspiration, but other than that, they were on their own.  And they came up with some creative ideas!
 Up next, the main hit of the party.
I had a Utah based animal rescue facility come out and share and teach us about some animals.  Weeks before the party they sent us a list of different animals to choose from and Haley picked out the four she wanted most.
A red fox.

A Ring tail.

A skunk.

And two baby chinchillas.

The girls played the Peanut Game (I have no idea if this game has a real name, but that's what we called it) while lunch was prepared.  

The food table...after the girls went through.  Forgot to take one before the feeding frenzy began.

Drinks outside.

For the party favors I spray painted little animals and lids white, glued the animals on top and then filled the jars with salt water taffy.  I think it turned out pretty cute...thank you Pinterest!  

And that was that!
Happy Birthday to Haley!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Morgan's Superhero Party

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind! 
 With two girls having birthdays a week apart and the fact that this year I agreed to throwing each of them their own friend birthday party, I have been a frantic lady these past two weeks!
It had been a while since the last friend party for Haley or Morgan and they have been begging to have a party...I just may want to throw the parties on alternating years in the future!  Planning two within a week was a bit much.  
But really, in the end, in was all worth it!

First up, Morgan's Superhero Party!!
The Justice League is kinda her jam right now...it's pretty awesome!

As her friends arrived they created their own superhero or butterfly masks.

 (I forgot about my reflection in the mirror...whoops.)
We then spent a good chunk of time playing several "Minute-to-Win-it" games.  Seriously, google it or look them up on Pinterest...there are so many to chose from!
I think these were a huge hit...they move fast and can be such corny games that everyone stays interested.  And then each winner got to chose from the prize bucket and then everyone else got to pick a prize.  We also did a pinata outside, which is always a hit!!

 The food table.
Okay...aren't those "Krunch!" and "Pop!" signs I made clever?!!  Thank you Pinterest.
I found all these print outs free online.

Dining al'fresco.

 She will get her 10 candles!! 
 Even if they have to be crammed onto a cupcake!  Ha!

 And then presents!

It was such a fun party!
And it was so fun to see Morgan with all her friends...she was so happy all day!  And seeing her beaming having a ball makes my day!!
Happy Birthday to my new 10 year old!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Haley!

Yesterday my oldest child turned 12!
Happy Birthday Haley!
We love you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Morgan!!

Yesterday this cute girl turned 10!!
She has now entered the double digits!
Oh, how we love her!
Happy Birthday Morgan!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

CA Trip Part III: Lake Arrowhead

Tuesday morning we left Long Beach and headed up to Lake Arrowhead for the remainder of the week.  Of course, as soon as we arrived we had to go down to the lake to swim.  I kid you not, we spent more time in our swim suits than clothes for this trip!!  Ha!
 Burnt Mill Bay was first up.
 My brother, Andrew, lives in Big Bear (which is a bit further up the mountain)...so he came down to hang with us which is always good fun!

 Wednesday morning we went for a ride, and when you ride in Lake Arrowhead it's either up or down...flat roads do not exist!  And the last climb to the cabin nearly kills me every time!

And then we hit up Tavern Bay for the afternoon!

 Haley loves floating in her tube.

 Morgan absolutely loves fishing, but she has yet to catch a fish.
Thursday we headed up to Big Bear for the day (for more lake time of course) and so Morgan could fish with her Uncle Andrew.
But alas...still no fish.  Darn it.

 Morgan heading out with Ryan and Andrew...and of course Haley is out there in her tube.

Friday we decided not to go to the beach (I know...What???) and do our traditional hike to the village for ice cream.  I did this hike tons as a kid, so it's always fun to do it with my children.  It won't be long and I bet Haley and Morgan will be doing it by themselves.  

And then Saturday it was back on the road for home.

So side story:

On the way to CA we stopped into Peggy Sues for a bathroom break and to let the kids run around.  Peggy Sues is a restaurant/gift shop right outside Barstow, CA...so we were in the homestretch of the drive. When we arrived in Long Beach we realized that Piper had left her beloved Hippy (a stuffed Hippopotamus) at Peggy Sues.  Oh my, the devastation that ensued...poor Piper was so heartbroken.  I quickly called Peggy Sues and explained that we had just been there a couple hours prior and please could someone see if my daughter's Hippy was left on a picnic table.  The woman I was talking to was happy to look for him and low and behold she found Hippy!!  Just like we suspected he was left on a table.  She said she would keep him safe until our return trip a week later.  So...you better believe our first stop out of CA was Peggy Sues, and sure enough, they had Hippy safe and sound!!
 Piper was thrilled.
Happy Day!

 Pool side hotel room in St. George for no extra charge!
Happy Day indeed!

 7 layer bean dip with chips for dinner!
We're easy to please.

And more swimming!!

We got home Sunday afternoon...tired and happy.
Ryan and I even had time for quick ride!
Now, it's been back to reality and of course lots of summer craziness.
Have a great weekend ya'll!

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