My greatest find…

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Today our two youngest babes had their kindergarten and 3rd grade character book parade at school. Mad was “Klause” from the book “Series of Unfortunate Events” and Bitty was “Alice” from “Alice in Wonderland”. They have a half day of school and get to look forward to a weekend with Maw-Maw! Matt and I are out of town for the weekend to watch my best friend get married! On our way our we stopped by for a quick visit with Budah, Monica, & Nina. Then took a little In…

to check out…
After a little exploring we found this gem of a spot to take a picture…
And if anyone didn’t already know, he truly is my greatest find. After a leisurely lunch and roaming through a few shops we took off to Denton. After getting settled in our hotelWe discovered we were less than a half an hour from Oklahoma, so why not add a new state to our list of places we’ve been together. So we took off to a casino for a nice dinner after walking around and taking in the sights. Luckily we aren’t big on gambling, so we only lost a few dollars. Then back to Denton we went to enjoy the rest of the evening together. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings! How cute are these little sparrows we found for our bedroom in Waco? We have matching sparrow tattoos, and they happens to have a red and blue one which red and blue birds have always been significant to me, so they were perfect! 

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First sleepover

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Mad had another first. Her first friend spending the night. They got so excited when I told them she could stay the night. Aside from Lala next door Mad really only has boys for friends. So she hadn’t really had the opportunity for sleepovers. Around 10pm she came to me crying. She said she was scared to have a sleepover and wasn’t sure what she was supposed to do. I explained to her that typically that nervousness comes when you sleep at a friends for the first time, and not the other way around. After a little talk she was better with the situation. Over all she had fun, however she did decide that maybe she’s to young for sleep overs yet, and she would rather stick to playdates. Turns out Mad is so used to going to sleep early and getting up early that she was overwhelmed by having a friend want to stay up late having slumber party fun. Not too horrible of an outcome for two eight year olds:)

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Our morning with Mad 

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Got up early this morning to take just our little Mad with us to the French Quarter for a couple hours. We had fun popping in and out of various shops as they opened up for the day. Made a stop for iced cafe au laits, chocolate milk, and to share an order of beignets before shopping in the French market. All while Aub enjoyed some fun at Aunt Sandy’s and Bitty spent the morning with Paw-Paw. This evening Gigi insisted Matt & I have a date night. We enjoyed a nice little Cajun dinner and a movie. This has been a fun filled, yet laid back vacation and we are loving it.

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Aub’s 12th & Mad’s 8th Carnival Birthday bash 

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Thankfully the rain held out for what my mother in law referred to as the best party I’ve thrown for our children yet. I’ve waited years to throw this particular party and it was a blast! We rented a bounce house and turned our back yard into a colorful mini carnival. The kids were all given carnival tickets to play games like tin can crash, ring toss, bean bag toss, potato sack races, and we even had a tattoo and photo booth.

 Inside we had fresh popped popcorn, cracker jacks, carnival peanuts, cotton candy, mini funnel cakes, mini corn dogs, goldfish, carnival animal cookies, popcorn chicken, carnival punch, and a variety of candy and three different kinds of colorful homemade cupcakes. For party favors we had cracker jacks, carnival animal cookies, & sidewalk chalk. 

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Eight!

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How is it possible that our little love bug turned today? Eight? She’s such a happy, loveable, free spirit that marches to the beat of her own drum. 

This morning she woke up at 5:30am for her last day of 2nd grade with a huge smile when we handed her her first of 8 gifts she’ll receive today. New pjs and a birthday ribbon to wear for pajama day at school. We went to pick up a couple dozen donuts from her favorite donut shop to share with her class mates. I picked up her lunch request and went to have lunch with her and Bitty. Then went to the store for a few things to celebrate her birthday this evening with a few friends and family. I wonder if this kiddo realizes just how loved she is? I also wonder if she knows it’s looking like she’s going to be a shorty like her mama? She’s a good two inches shorter than her big sissy was when she turned eight. Too cute! Happy 8th birthday Mad! 

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She’ll move mountains!

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Today was our Mad’s 2nd grade award ceremony. Straight A’s all year and a special class award. She’s a bright light with a big heart. She also has a huge love for reading like her mama. So proud of her many accomplishments this year, but most of all her ability to be who she wants to be without a care in the world. She’ll move mountains! 

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Dance recital 2017

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Today was Aub & Bitty’s  dance rehearsal and recital. Aub’s fourth year of dancing complete and Bitty’s first! 

We started our day by waking the girls up at 5:30am. My two girls that are very much so like me, not morning people, ha ha. Surprisingly it went very smoothly. Hair and makeup done and out the door within an hour. Picked them up breakfast on the way to rehearsal that started at 8am. 

Bitty has been talking about dancing on that big stage like her sissy since last May. Last May we weren’t sure we’d keep her off of the stage while she watched her sister dance. So she was beyond ready today. 

This year they are remodeling the university where their recital was being held. With 120 dancers, and all of the dressing rooms under construction it was sure to be an interesting day. So they split it up into two separate recitals to attempt to make it easier on everyone. Rehearsal with a tad chaotic, but rehearsal went off without a hitch. And thankfully the rain held out until this evening after we got home!

Since I’m Bitty’s dance mom for their class I needed to stay back stage with the little ladies the entire time. So Aub’s Nannie Boo was a huge help and stayed in the back to help out with Aub’s class as well. Lucky for me, Bitty danced right after her big sister for both dances so we both got to watch Aub dance. 

This year the theme was “Lets go to the movies”. 

Aub danced to:

“Mama Mia” for tap & “Ghostbusters” for hip hop

Bitty danced to:

“When I grow up” for tap & “Do Re Mi” for ballet

Mad went to almost all of Bitty’s dance classes with me this year. She loved helping with the girls and even learned the dances herself. She was thrilled to stay back stage with Nannie Boo and I to help the girls today. She especially loved watching her sisters dance from the side of the stage. Today it was determined that she can dance next year and wear a boys costume for recital if she’d like. She’s estatic! And so are her Daddy and I to get to see all three of our lovelies dance together next year, and even more so, that she still gets to be her own little unique self. 

I’m so proud of all of the hard work our girls put in this year. I love getting to watch them do something they enjoy so much. They never cease to amaze me.

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Cats & Dogs…

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Took me a day to really get through my thoughts about the results from Mad’s allergy test. Some results we expected, one was a little bit of a shock. 

The simple results are that she’s mildly allergic to mold and dust mites. Her doctor only suggested a hypoallergenic pillow case and a hypoallergenic bed cover. I found some nice bamboo covers on Amazon and ordered them for all of our beds since well, Mad’s known to crash wherever her head lands by 8pm the latest. And that’s the least we can do to protect her little lungs. 

Along with probably half of Texas, she has a moderate allergy to Mountain Cedar. Which is no surprise because she always gets sick in the fall from it. Oddly enough she’s not allergic to Oak. Which made her very happy because she knows there are a lot of old oak trees she loves in my hometown. 

Also not very shocking, yet disappointing, she is highly allergic to cats. On a scale 10 would be a severe allegy and she came in at a whopping 32. This broke her heart. We did however confirm that if we really want a cat, both her and her daddy (also allergic to cats) can be around a hairless cat since they are considered hypoallergenic! This made Mad and I giggle, because ugly as they are we have a weak spot for them and wouldn’t mind having one for a pet someday. 

I think the one that really shocked us or caught us off guard was to find out that on that scale she came in at a 28 and is also highly allergic to dogs. I mean really imagine our surprise in this fact. Since she’s never known a day in her almost eight years without our dog, Najah. Turns out because of that, she’s basically immune to Najah. 

So now we know what some of her triggers are. It’s not to say she can never be around a cat or dog. Now we know the measures that need to be taken when she is exposed to them. 

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