Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

Fall time!

A great time of year!  Still feels like summer, of course 🙂

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Ready for picture day!

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“Smile, Jed!”

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Picture ready!

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If you want to entertain your children, show them a video of a snake eating an egg.  A friend suggested videos about penguins pooping, which they also enjoyed.

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Rodeo day at school!  Wild and crazy fun.

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We ran into Joy at Target, so we (naturally) had fun in the Halloween section.

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A sunny afternoon by the bay.

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Daddy’s girl.

 

And…we’re back!

I’m incredibly sorry for the very long absence!  We’ve had so many things going on, and I’ve been falling further and further behind with posts and updates!  I wish I had more time to write, but I’ll do my very best.  As always, thank you so much for your patience.  Now, without further ado, here are a few glimpses into our life for the past month!

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On the way to Get Air with great friends.

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Riley and Eliza:  pals since 2013.

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Jed and Presley:  pals since 2014

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She finally agreed to take a selfie with me!

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The kids and I evacuated to the JW Marriott hotel in San Antonio when Harvey ominously threatened Corpus Christi.  It was SUPER nice.  Just wish Jimmy could’ve joined us.

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My friend Jen (whose husband also had to stay behind for work) had an adjoining room with her three kiddos!  We had a blast!

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Such a gorgeous view.

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They really enjoyed movie and popcorn night (every night we were there).

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Cute little sleepies.

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Morning yoga.

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Why can’t all hotels have one of these, complete with friendly and helpful staff?

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Complimentary treats delivered to our room.

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Just a couple of guys unwinding at the bar.

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Breakfast and conversation on the balcony.

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She was delighted to find some reading material in the hotel nightstand.

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Such a beautiful place!

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We made our way to a magical toy shop nearby.

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Floof, a delightful free gift from the friendly toy shopkeeper 🙂

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Isn’t she beautiful?!

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Back to school!  We feel very blessed to have a home that was untouched by the storm.

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Onto the next adventure!  A trip to the Hill Country for two weddings on the same day!  So glad Jimmy got to join us this time!

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My wildflower picked some wildflowers.

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A good place for a sit and think.

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We woke up early to feed the turkeys and chickens.  So much fun!

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Time to get wedding-ready!

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So glad to spend time with one of my besties!

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I sure do love this handsome dude.

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They love Mel as much as I do!

Life is beautiful!

Gosh, I love these kids.  They are just amazing 🙂

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Hugs before school.

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Peppa Pig birthday party at Brinca!

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Such an adorable cake!

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A little sweaty after all that jumping!

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First day back at ballet!  She rocked it 🙂

Since the kids are too young to understand why they can’t stare at the sun, and they don’t care about staring at a cardboard box (and I never bothered to search for eclipse-viewing glasses), we celebrated the solar eclipse by watching informative Youtube videos and singing this song:

 

Baseball and Jiu-Jitsu!

Hooks game on Saturday night.  What a blast!

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Eliza’s jam came on, so it was time to dance!

 

 

 

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Jed LOVED Jiu-Jitsu so much!

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Cutest thing ever!

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First week!

The kids had an excellent first week of school!  And their teachers are fantastic 🙂

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It was hard to get a good pic.

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The middle school track…Jed’s new favorite place.

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I’ve never felt safer in Wal Mart.

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We’ve been reading a short version of “Jabberwocky” since they were very little, and this is the result:

And summer winds down.

School starts tomorrow!  We had a thoroughly awesome summer, but I’m so glad that things will soon settle back into more of a routine.  I like the structure!  The kids are ready for it, too!  I’m hoping to be able to blog on a more consistent basis once the kids start going to bed earlier.

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We got “flocked” by my MOPS group!  the kids thought it was the greatest thing ever.

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I love that he’s always willing to take a selfie with me (unlike his sister).

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I told them to go get dressed for Meet the Teacher night.  This is the result.  And yes–they wore this to the school.  Pick your battles, right?

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You wish you had her style.

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The kids had a blast at a ninja-themed birthday on Saturday!

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Jed may be the youngest/smallest, but never underestimate him!

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He even got to sword fight!  It was such a cool party!

 

On Sunday afternoon, we attended a production of one of my absolute favorite shows–Fiddler on the Roof!  It was excellent!!  Eliza loved most of it (she got a little antsy toward the end), but Jed loved every minute!  Well, except for the last 10 mins when he fell asleep.  I was so proud of both of them.  The house manager had so many nice things to say about their good behavior!  Thanks also to Jimmy for being such a good sport about my theatre enthusiasm.

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She wanted to dress like one of Tevye’s daughters, but she also wanted to wear her favorite (stained) dress.  Again–I’m picking my battles here.

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Jed LOVES Tevye, and he was so excited to meet him after the show.

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L’chaim!

Of course, I tried my best to get them pumped about the show by introducing them to all the music and watching the movie beforehand.  It actually worked pretty well!  It was fun to watch their little faces light up when their favorite songs began.

Eliza loves “Matchmaker” best, and Jed’s favorite is “If I Were a Rich Man,” which is nearly impossible for him to sing.  But he tried his best and insisted on wearing a Tevye costume, complete with homemade hat.  I thought my heart was gonna explode!

Happy hearts.

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A morning at the beach!

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We had so much fun!

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Fun and games at the library!

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Geronimo Stilton was there!  He’s from a very popular book series originally published in Italy.

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And then a morning at the mall!  With elevators, escalators, water fountains, play area…the mall is basically Disneyland when very few people are there.

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They played pretend in this ice cream truck for nearly an hour!

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And then home for some sidewalk art.

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Only Jed will take selfies with me these days.

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At Funtracker’s for Gabby’s birthday!

More summer lovin’

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Jed and his best pal doing some process art.

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🙂

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Adorable, feisty, stubborn, tempestuous, sweet, hilarious boy.

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How can two kids possibly be so cute?

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Some music education in the Wal-Mart checkout.

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I knew there was a reason why Jimmy wanted to plant these trees.

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Six year anniversary!  Special thanks to JJ and Papa, who watched the kids so we could have a wonderful date afternoon and night.  Our kids are blessed with the BEST grandparents!!

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Sweet Slade.

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Summer love!

YAY!  I’ve finally had time to go through pictures!  Thanks for your patience, dear readers.  We’re having an outstanding summer, but these long days leave me pretty exhausted at the end of the day.  Blogging feels overwhelming, even though it’s one of my favorite things to do!  Without further ado, here are some pictures of our adventures.  So many memories!

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We love Dominic!  This was at his baby brother’s christening.

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More time with awesome cousins!

 

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And painting time with JJ and Papa!

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Goin’ to Lake Livingston in GaGa and Pappy’s RV!

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It’s a pretty nice way to travel.

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We love lake life!

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Beautiful!

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The kids didn’t like s’mores last year because they were “too messy.”  This year was different–they LOVED them!  I may have eaten a few myself 🙂

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Sleep tight!

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Walk softly, and carry a big stick.

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I told them that David the Gnome lives in Nome, TX.  Does anyone remember that show?!

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Sharing some love with Nana Opal!

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And sharing more love with Nana Pat!

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It was such a wonderful trip!  We really missed Jimmy, but we loved our time with friends and family.

When we arrived back in Corpus, we went to the library to stock up on new books.  The kids were super excited about this one:

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So we made challah bread!

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This was my first time baking bread from scratch, and it was a delicious success!  

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The kids are also really into making “habitats.”

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I love to watch them be creative!

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We didn’t have many snow animals, so the princesses had a snow party.

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We did paint, fake snow, and Pie Face in one day (because I’m crazy)!

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“I look cool, Mommy.  You should take a picture.”

Yesterday afternoon, we saw Beauty and the Beast at the Harbor Playhouse.  Ahhhh the theater…my happy place!  The kids had a blast!

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Jed was more excited than this pic suggests.

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After the show, all the little princesses (plus one adorable prince) were invited onstage for a group picture.

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Comparing muscles with Gaston.

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I love how you can always meet the cast after community theatre performances.  It adds another layer of magic to the whole experience, especially for a kids’ show!

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Bestie playdate today!

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Oh, makeup…so much fun!

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Yukata time!

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Miss Reiko gave us an origami lesson!  The kids didn’t sit still very long, but I could’ve folded all day.  It’s actually quite fun and relaxing.

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That’s all for now!  Thanks for making it all the way to the end 🙂

Back in town!!

I’m still in the process of organizing pictures from our wonderful trip to Southeast TX.  In the meantime, I’ll share this adorable video we made.

Here’s Eliza singing A Bicycle Built for Two: