Sunday, February 24, 2013

Daddy-Daughter Dance 2013

Last night was a big event in our house...the Daddy- Daughter Dance for Girl Scouts (aka Me & My Guy Dance).  Madie loves getting all dolled up to dance with all of her friends, and of course...her daddy!  This year, they had a Mardi Gras theme which was a ton of fun for all.  Beads, Masks, Feather Boas, Streamers...LOTS of FUN!!

Of course, the night started out with some primping and getting ready.  I LOVE how Madie's hair turned out.  Super fun, bouncy, and it held up really well even with the Cupid Shuffle, some Call Me Maybe, and Bieber dancing :)
We even added some flower bling to fit in with the Mardi Gras fun.

After getting all ready at home, Madie and Daddy headed off for a great dinner at Carrabba's while I headed to school to help get the party started :)  HA!

I was asked to take the pics for the dance this year, so I wanted to get organized before girls and their guys arrived.  The moms that were in charge this year did an awesome job getting the entire place decorated.  I think the backdrop for the "formal" pictures was really festive.

Madie and her daddy looked so beautiful and handsome all dressed up!  I think they all had a great time.  

Love these Girls!!!!

Friday, June 29, 2012


I had to share my latest hairband/flower bow combo. Can you see the superhero influence? I love how it turned out!!

I made this for Jack's friend that LOVEs super heros.  We plan on taking the kiddos to see the Avengers and I thought that this would be a perfect little gift to give his friend, Beverly, for the occasion.

I think I might try some of the other heros... I think Spiderman would be fun!

Whatcha think?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Disney 2012....Moments to Remember

We're Going to Disney!!

It has been years since I started saving, but the time finally came...A Trip to DISNEY WORLD!!!

Can you tell that the kiddos are excited?  This is the morning we left for Orlando.  It was truly the most magical, wonderful vacation.  I want to write about everything, or at least the stuff I remember before I forget about them.  I think this will take a few posts to get everything in, but I want to start off with some of the little things the kids said throughout the week.  I just LOVE them:

*We are seated on the plane to leave.  Jack has the window seat and is absolutely excited about his FIRST trip on an airplane.  Madie is a bit apprehensive, but reassures herself that she was on a plane when she was only a few months old.  If she could do it then, she can do it now!  As the TV screens go over what to expect while flying and all of the various "rules" needed to be followed while on the plane, Jack looks at me and quite seriously asks, "are we allowed to toot on the plane?"  LOL!  I told him that it isn't against the rules, but it isn't really something encouraged.  He said, " Good!  I don't think I could last over 2 hours!"  What a kid!

*Madie has been anti-princess for quite some time now.  She "outgrew" them way too early!  I always have told her that if we ever go to Disney, she has to pretend to like them for me.  While we were there,  she admitted that her favorite princess was Ariel.  She was absolutely thrilled to get to meet her!
Madie and her favorite princess, Ariel

*We went to the breakfast at Cinderella's castle (which was worth every single penny spent on the deluxe dining plan!)  While there, my nephew received a HUGE kiss on the cheek from Snow White.  He was hilarious about it!  A couple days later, Jack informed me "did you know, Milo's first kiss was from a Princess!"  He was so excited about it :0)

Milo's kiss from a princess!

* All over the parks are pay phones.  To be honest, it was almost funny to see them!  Both of the kids asked me what they were and had to go over and check them out.

*At Disney, they really know how to treat someone on their birthday.  We had two birthday boys with us this week, my nephew who turned four and my husband who did not turn four :0)  For your birthday, you receive a button that says Happy Birthday (Your Name)!  When you wear it, EVERYONE says HB to you.  It's kind of fun.  You also will receive some kind of cupcake or birthday treat at the restaurants for your birthday.  It is crazy awesome.  That is, unless you are a four year old that does not want anymore cupcakes or a thirty something year old that doesn't want any birthday attention.  Seriously?  I wish it had been my birthday...Bring on the cupcakes!!  I loved it, by the end of the week, Milo was like, It's not my birthday anymore!  I don't want a cupcake!  LOL!  Jack wore his dad's badge one day and was treated to some happy birthdays and cupcakes...he was as happy as can be!
See the badge?

YUMMO!  This was a fun cupcake.  Probably the best  birthday desserts were at Mama Melrose's--huge cupcake decorated like spaghetti with a meatball...or T-Rex's volcano cakes & ice cream.  All very generous!

To be continued...

Magical Memories!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New hairstyles

I have been trying out new hairdos with Madie whenever she lets me lately.  The first picture was inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest.  I did a Dutch braid, then wrapped the remaining braid around in a flower.  That one, I need to work on for sure!  The original picture did more of a pancake braid for the flower.  When I try to do that it just looks like  mess.  Oh well, I think it turned out cute anyways.

This braid was inspired by Cute Girls hairstyles.  She has a great tutorial for it on her page here.  For the first picture I tried it out with a Dutch braid.  I like the way it holds the bows in.

This was my first attempt at the bow braid.  It took forever and was a bit crazy to do at first.  It was much easier the second time I did it on the headband braid.  

What do you think?  Are these hairdos keepers?

Summer of 2012 has begun!

We had our last baseball game of the season this week.  It truly ended the school year!  I am looking forward to a fun-filled busy summer!  Hope you have one, too!

Already, we've...
*spent fun times at the lake with friends
*had flip-flips "accidentally" thrown up on top of the roof
*broken a bat
*cleaned out an old toy chest to donate
*started up dance class
*signed up for soccer, volleyball, girl scout, basketball, art, and sewing camps/classes
*had multiple water balloon fights
*taken a ton of pictures
*shopped in attempt to get organized for our trip to DISNEY in a few weeks!
*tried out a couple of new braids (the bow braid & a flower headband braid)
*played outside with the neighbor kiddos (which is really rare, since we have no kids that live next to us--thank goodness for grandparents with kids close in age!)

Hmmmm...I'm sure the list will get longer and longer, but not too bad for only three days!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gifts 2012

For this year's teacher appreciation gifts we decided to make key fobs. This is the site where I found a GREAT tutorial for them. Thank you, Buttercuppity!  Luckily, grandma is a great seamstress and didn't have any problems making a set of them for all of the kids' teachers.  I think they turned out great! What do you think?  I made the keys using new favorite picture editing site.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Reading Incentives

Neither of my kiddos are recreational readers.  This is very disappointing, mainly because I love to read!  This weekend, I was chatting with a friend who told me that she had tried to bribe her son with a dollar per book he read on his own.  He didn't go for it, but I thought I'd try it out over here.

Jack was stoked, Madie was going to try.  Jack is pretty much money hungry, but I didn't realize how money crazy he was until I gave him this proposal...50¢ per book that he reads on his own to me (I'm cheaper than my friend)

So, they both started strong.  Jack...a little too strong.  Last night, he read about 7 books out loud to me...didn't care what I was doing, where I was...just kept reading.  Now, he's a beginning reader, so they aren't chapter books.  But, at 30 + pages a pop, it was a long evening.

This morning, I heard him get up at about 6:15 (45 minutes earlier than I usually have to pry him out of bed).  He was dressed by 6:16 and hopped down the steps with excitement and a book in his hand.

Now, my morning ritual usually involves getting lunches made, checking email and facebook while blow drying my hair, make up...  he read to me the entire time.

The kicker...  I finally said that I needed to take a bathroom break.  That didn't stop him!  Door closed...I hear a chair being moved...then I hear loud reading outside the door.  He just moved closer to read to me while I was in the bathroom!    Hilarious!

So, he read 10 books and earned $5 already.  At this rate, I'm going to be broke soon!

Gotta LOVE his enthusiasm :0)

My cute little munchkin...I need to load a pic of him reading, til then, I love this one!