Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Break 2017

We started off spring break with a trip to Palm Spring It was the perfect way to start the week off. All we did was real, swim, and read. It was quite perfect if I do say so myself. 
 The girls were big enough for the big slide this year. 

 I love how they play for hours with each other ... literally Two Peas in a Pod.

 The girls got a hold of my phone for some pics...

 We saw quite a few people we knew (three of my student to be exact) Annette was one of them. 
 So three days of non-stop swimming plus ellis's super fine thick hair equals this...
 two hours of combing and lots of tears. 

OMG- Spring Break allowed me some extra time to explore the trails in walking distance of my house. Decollate Canyon is cut a great place to hike and the spring bloom was incredible. 

 Spring Break was filled with lots of playdates... some together and some alone. When the girls got invited for a sleepover at their friends' house, Lola politely declined because she wanted mommy and daddy all to herself. We played catch for quite sometime, then games, and of course let her "sleep over" in our room. 

Gosh I wish breaks like this were just a tad bit longer... but the count down to summer begins. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

He's a Good Man Charlie Brown

Ellie loves being on stage and is taking up theatre class again. This time she participated in Musical Theatre and performed a show of He's a Good Man Charlie Brown. You can spot her because she is the shortest one on sage. I love how she loves to sing, act, and make people laugh. 

She had a huge crowd cheering for her! 

She loved this class so much that she tried out for the big show the following weekend. The audition was intense and almost 100 children tried out for the show. Ellie was a bit nervous to audition on stage all by herself. She sang the song "How far I'll Go" from Moana and danced a routine tight only moments before.  She did great and concurred her fear, though she did not get a part in the show. She stated she will try again for the next show. I am very proud of her. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017


This season of my life does not afford me much time to blog. This is not a complaint, it is an acknowledgment  about how full our lives are. Having two very healthy, active, and busy 8-year-olds leaves little free time and the free time I do have I am usually trying to work out, actually talk to my husband, and spend some down time with these beautiful little women I am raising. 

Though the thought of forgoing or  not prioritizing documenting our moments breaks my heart. So though I may not be blogging all our moments (Thank You instagram for keeping the moments for me) I will always find time to document the moments that mean the most. 

Lola loves to play games. I mean loves them. Anytime I ask her if she would like play, she always says yes ... and we play games. 

My Ellie on PJ day, found a PJ twin.

One day Ellie wanted to make us dessert all on her own! Just look at that smile! 

Every year our school has a silent auction. This year did not disappoint.
 Not only did they raise almost $100,000 it was a blast as well! 
All the girls teachers minus 1/2 in one shot. My girls are lucky. 
Mrs. Averkamp, me, Mrs. Alhstrom, Mrs. Sykes

 Night lights and reading... doest't get much more innocent than that... Lola Grace

Where there is a will there is a way... Tony got the girls a pitch back so he could play catch with them and work with them on their softball skills.  I love how Tony and the girls have such a connection with softball. 

 These TWO still crawl in bed with each other at night sometimes. 
 This is what their bed looks like most of the time... yep ... that's a poop emoji
 Lola... all  STYLE and glitz... she looks better in these than I do. 
Lola, she ran the most lap in the Gater Jog-o-thon for all of second grade girls. 
 Simple spring evening at the farmers market... I love the extra hour and the feel of summer in the air.
 My Ellie... no words... I love her.  Yep ... it was spring picture day this day. 

I have found just a bit of time to garden and my winter effort are showing through. 
My daffodil bed is in full bloom. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dabbing Dragons

Dabbing Dragon
Division: 8U
Coach: Casey Tonoian
Team: Lola, Ellie, Ella, Tessa, Lucy, Lilian, Dottie, Jocelyn, Lila, Isabel, Aubrey

Tony and I took a step back from coaching this year (8U is a bit above mu skill level) I settled for team mom, suits me a bit better. 

 Opening Day! 

Ellie number 4
Lola number 3

 My girl, Ellie, Loves to play catcher.
 We won our first game! 

 Lola loves playing third base and short stop. 

 Double Header Days... means lunch in OB with your teammates! 

Tony and I absolute love softball season. Lola and Ellie both enjoy playing ball and are so eager to practice, get better, and be with their team. 8U is a whole new ball game. Complete with outs, keeping score, and player pitch. It has been a learning curve for all, but I will tell you the games mean that much more and are that much more fun to watch. Though when your baby strikes out, it does pull on your heart string a bit. I love that these girls are such a positive part of a team and are walking away with so much more then just a fun season. With new friends, a love of sports, lessons in winning and losing, and learning to practice to improve and get better at something. 
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