Friday, August 31, 2012

Stop the World...I Want Off!

It has been such a long time since I have written a real post on this blog!  In my off time, a lot has happened in the life of our girl!

She breezed thru Kindergarten last year!  There were so many times that she would come home from Kinder and say things like, 'Those popcorn words are so stupid!'  While her class was reading words like 'it', 'the' and 'in', she was at home reading Junie B Jones and American Girl chapter books.  

Now, we knew she would be more advanced than a regular Kindergarten class so we worked very hard to get her into a Dual Language class.  However, due to not enough numbers, she was not accepted.  

However, for first grade, she was accepted into the Dual Language program.  This made a school change necessary this year but we thought that in order to cure the boredom, this would be a positive change.  Then, just to throw a wrench into everything, her new school is just that...a new school...and it is not finished being built yet!  So, she is starting the year in a different building than will be her final home, although they are acting as their own entity.  

Kaylee has handled the changes quite well!  She is a bit more challenged and we feel that this will be a great asset to her learning.  Pretty soon she will be coming home speaking entirely in Spanish and we will need a translator to understand her!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

So Sorry

Its obvious that I haven't been here in a while. I jumped on here today to find a picture from our China trip and found some gross-ness in my side bar. So sorry if you have been here and had to experience that! It is now cleaned up.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kaylee got to go to Fiesta Texas yesterday with a bunch of friends. She had a blast!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rough Week

I know I haven't been here in a while...and the amazing thing is that I am not actually here now. I have figured out how to blog using ny new Droid x. Simply amazing!

Anyway, on to my girl...she has been having nose bleeds quite often lately. This week consisted of a sinus infection and 3 nosebleeds in the last 24 hours. Poor monkey.

Please pray that the nosebleeds stop and the sinus infection gets better.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Do You Remember?

Do you remember when you found out you were having a baby?

Do you remember how incredibly long you waited for your baby to get here?

Do you remember how you felt when you first laid eyes on your baby?

Do you remember how it felt when you held your baby for the first time?

Now, couple that with waiting YEARS for your new baby...

And couple that with being overwhelmingly appreciative of the best gift anyone ever gave you...

That's how most adoptive parents feel...especially those who have waited for a foreign adoption.

Read to learn about how a friends love of missions turned into giving a child a home.

What a great story!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bluebonnet Contest

My daughter recently got her portraits taken in the Texas Bluebonnets by my boss.

I would love for you to head over there and vote for your favorite bluebonnet portrait...even if it isn't of my girl because the competition is a portrait of my business partner's children.

Just vote! Either's all good!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ladybug Birthday

I have a great friend that gives me some leftover party supplies every year. I usually take what she gives me and add my own touch each year. Last year, she gave me some ladybug stuff and after watching it sit in my garage for a year, it was time to make it come to life.

First, the party preparations:

I found the red buckets at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. I grabbed those and a Sharpie and started circle-ing away. I added sticker sheets, also from Hobby Lobby and also 50% off, ladybug garden tools and ladyug bug catcher, both from Dollar General and a ladybug wood cutout to color from Joann Fabrics. I think they turned out precious!

Then, for the ladybug dress-up!

I made the antennae with headbands from Dollar General (6 for $1), pipe cleaners and pouf balls (isn't that the official name?). I took 5 pipe cleaners per set. I twisted 2 around a pencil to make them cork-screwy. I then twisted a pouf ball onto each end. I twisted the other end around the headband. Once the antennae were secure, I used the remaining pipe cleaners to twist around the headband, covering them completely.

The wings were made of posterboard. Between the red and black layers, I attached some elastic for the children to thread their arms through to wear the wings on their backs.

Preparations complete!

I even found it necessary to have ladybug snacks. A little google search and blog-stalking and I found a few precious things to eat!

The ladybug bucket that the plates are in and the ladybug stand that the brownie pops are on both came from Hobby Lobby - again, 50% off!

The recipe for these precious ladybug crackers can be found here.

A mixture of Chex-Mix and Goldfish. The 'swarming ladybugs' are ladybug buttons glued to the ends of wire. They were in the original hand-me-down-party a year ago.

Someone posted brownie pops on Facebook and the moment I saw them, I knew I had to make them - ladybug style!

Even though many of my FB friends thought I should make the cake myself, I decided to buy one from a local bakery instead. I think it turned out precious!

Kaylee's super cute shirt came from here! Yvette and Sheila are my heros!

We did a super easy - and super messy - ladybug craft.

Small paper plate, painted red. Add black spots and head (that I had pre-cut from posterboard), googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennae.

Along with the bouncer and the craft, the kids played a ladybug beanbag toss game. The beanbags were ladybug shaped and the kids tossed them and tried to get them to land on large leaves that were cut out of green butcher paper and laminated. We had these scattered on the floor and steps.

Also, notice the simple decorations in the background. Red streamers and black lovingly hung by my almost 12 year old son!

Don't you just love that stance!

She is loving the gifts...and it looks like her big brother is too (HA!).

So, even though it took a lot of prep work, this was by far the best party I have given.

I hope my girl remembers it for a lifetime!

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