Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

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:

We love summer!

Today, we completed the first session of swim lessons!  I am SO proud of the kids.  Eliza is doing 100% better than last year–she’s so much more confident in the water!  She’s even beginning to learn real swim technique.  Hooray!  As for Jedster–he absolutely LOVES to swim.  In fact, he’s usually underwater during lessons!  They have an excellent teacher, which makes the whole experience that much better.  Looking forward to starting up again on July 3!

 

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My little swimming champion!

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Working  on masterpieces during brother’s swim class.

 

The kids and I are traveling back to GaGa and Pappy’s house tomorrow for two whole weeks, so we celebrated Father’s Day a little early today!  Jimmy really is the best dad in the whole world.  We are REALLY gonna miss him!  He has a pretty intense honey-do list, too…let’s all pray for him.

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Road Trip!

This past weekend, the kids and I travelled to Conroe to celebrate Arabella’s fourth birthday!  Joy made the trip also, and Eliza was so excited to have a sleepover with two of her very best friends!  They had a fabulous time getting manis, pedis, makeovers, and haircuts together at Sweet and Sassy Boutique.  It was adorable!

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Trying to capture a great pic while Beauty and the Beast is on.

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Jed and Wyatt are going with the flow!

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Feeling relaxed after a pedicure.

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The three amigos!

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Strike a (ballarina) pose!

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Kisses for the birthday girl!

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This little dude was exceptionally patient during all of the girly fun!

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Goodbye for now, sweet friend!

The kids really enjoyed dancing on the catwalk/stage area!  I think Jed is ready to start learning some breakdancing moves.  We’ll start practicing.

 

Next stop–GaGa and Pappy’s house!  On Saturday morning, we attended a lovely wedding shower for Taylor, our beautiful friend who is marrying her high school sweetheart in September.  We always love visiting with dear friends!

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Two of my favorite ladies in the whole world!

After the shower, GaGa and Pappy took us on an adventure to see Dinosaurs Unleashed at Ford Park.  I thought the kids would be scared of the animatronics, but they loved it!  So much fun!

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We are the dinosaurs!

 

It was a fantastic trip!  Also a milestone–my first time driving the kids myself.  They were easy and well-behaved, thank goodness.  We hit Houston at the worst possible time (5:00pm on Thursday), so it took a LONG time to get to Conroe, but my little passengers were ever so patient.  Yay!

Summertime Adventures!

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Checking out the brand-new exhibit at the Texas State Aquarium!  It’s quite wonderful!

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Look out behind you!

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Story and craft time with Wonder Woman!

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In other news, it’s finally time to retire Eliza’s favorite dress (pictured above).  She got nail polish all over it. 

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Waiting for a table at Olive Garden with three of my favorite people.  We can actually enjoy ourselves at restaurants now, which is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

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And then some fun on the patio at Lazy Beach Brewery.

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Day 1 of swim lessons, and Jed’s first lessons ever!  They both did GREAT!!!!

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Golly, he’s cute!