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Monday, November 16, 2015


The week before Halloween we went to Chick-fil-a to see one of Jack's favorite friends, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  Jack loved watching his show.   So naturally I thought it would be fun to take Jack to see him.  Wrong!  Jack was so freaked out that he wouldn't get anywhere near Jake.  Being the good mom I am, I told Jack he was going to take a picture with him because darn it, I didn't waste my time for nothing.  Here you see Jack clawing at me like a wet cat trying to get away from him.  I don't blame Jack, though, because this costume was pretty creepy.  Since then, Jack doesn't like Jake and the Neverland Pirates anymore.  But he has decided that he likes Captain Jake, which is basically
 a modified version of the character.  Go figure.  Three year olds.

Arden was all about taking pictures, though, and here she is giving Jake a big bear hug.  
It was bonus that Rapunzel was there, too!
And of course the Chick-fil-a cow was there.  He made me dance with him in the restaurant!  The kids thought this was hilarious.  The cow even dipped me at the end.  Cow-tipping?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Girls are cool

Arden, "When I grow up I'm going to listen to my girls.  If they ask me if they can go to the park I'll say yes because playing at the park is good for you."
Me, "What if you have boys?"
She looks at me like I have two heads and like that never crossed her mind. "I'm not having booooyyyyys!," she says with disgust."
Me, "How do you know that?  You could have nothing but boys."
"No way, children boys are craaaazy. They are nuts.  Girls are cool."
Me, "well you're a girl and you're crazy."
Arden, "Well that's because I'm special."

No confidence issues here, folks.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This is what October looks like in Houston

She is ready for school.  Decked out in a furry jacket and shorts.  I would say she's dressed appropriately. 

First Days

I haven't blogged much lately, mainly because my computer is broken.  I am attempting to start blogging from the app.  The app used to stink but they've made some updates that I hope make it easier.  Anyway....  These pictures of my girls on their first day of school are long overdue.  

This is why the 3 1/2 year old stays in trouble most days

"Jack, it's time for your nap."
"But I don't want to.  Watching TV is my FAVORITE!"
"Too bad, you still need to take a nap."
"Taking naps is too hard.  And taking naps make me sick."
"You don't seem sick to me."
He then proceeds to cough.  "See!"
"Are you lying? You know you'll be in trouble for lying."
"No ma'am.  Arden is.  Arden is lying" (he blames everything on Arden)
"Arden's not even here, she's at school."
I then give him my stern mean mom look, now he knows he's really in trouble.
He nervously laughs and tries to soften me with, "Mommy, you're funny.  You're hilarious."

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halle's 13th Birthday Party

Her birthday party was in July, y'all.  I know, I'm so behind.  Oopsie!  Halle had a blast at her 13th birthday party.  She planned it herself, so all I had to do was buy what she needed, and make the cake.

She had a pool party sleepover party with five of her friends.  These girls are fun and goofy and they all had a great time.

Why is Jenna wearing a swim cap you might ask. 

They played some pool games.  Two games in particular had us rolling.  One game was a frozen t-shirt game.  Beforehand, Halle froze two large t-shirts, each one in a gallon size ziplock bag full of water.  The girls divided into two teams.  Each team had to get the t-shirt out of the bag of rock solid ice and have a team member put it on.  It. Was. Hilarious!  Originally I thought it was going to be a fast game and not that hard to get the t-shirt out.  I thought they would just melt the ice in the pool and the t-shirt would be free.  WRONG.  It took about 20 minutes to free the shirts!  The girls were cracking us up trying to get the shirts out.  They were slamming the solid ice onto the concrete around the pool.  Olivia is a softball player and was slamming it really hard.  I was certain she was going to break the concrete!

Finally it was free after like a thousand tries of breaking the ice and soaking it in the pool water!  Once the shirts were free, they were holy as all get out.  (They were brand new t-shirts before this.)  The girls destroyed them!
this shirt is so destroyed that Jenna has her head through a hole

the other teams shirt.  That's Olivia, by the way, the softball player with major slamming power.  Their team won.
As you can tell, the girls look like zombies with all of their smeared mascara.  That was another game.  They put on as much black mascara as they could and then jumped in the water to make them look as zombie-ish as possible.  Ha!  I remember at that age asking my friends, "is my mascara running?" and freaking out if it was.  Twenty years later they are owning the whole runny mascara thing.  :)

The other game that was really fun to watch was the watermelon game.  We lubed, and I mean really lubed, up a large watermelon with Vaseline.  Then I threw it into the pool.  Each girl was on their own. They each tried to secure the watermelon and get it over the side of the pool.  Bwhahahahahhahahaa!  It was like a cat fight.  The watermelon floats, so it bobs up and down when someone tries to get it.  Also, it was super greasy so they couldn't get a good hold on it.  Once one girl got a hold of it, the other girls would tackle her and knock it away. They were in the deep end which made it that much harder.  One time, the watermelon came loose, and someone ended up grabbing Jenna's head instead (her hair was in a swim cap so it kind of looked like the watermelon in the dark.)  I was dying watching these girls play this game!  I tried to get pics, but they were so dark and blurry from all the commotion they didn't come out.

These are pictures of Jack from a completely different game.  The girls were diving for poker chips that JAck and I threw in the pool for them.  Here he is trying to help the girls out by pointing out the chip.

those dark things in the water are the girls diving for the chips. 

Halle requested that I make the most chocolaty cake I could make.  She also requested strawberry cupcakes.
this was the cake and I think I nailed the chocolaty part.  It was really good!

she got some sweet gifts from her friends.  Jenna, one of oldest friends, brought a picture of them when they were in second grade.

Olivia and Kaitlyn made a collage with many of the goofy pictures they have taken.
We gave her money, but I gave it to her in fun ways.  Brian felt really awkward going to bank and requesting so much money in one dollar bills!  lol
I made her a crown, bracelet and ring.

and bills shaped into her name

and a looong strip of bills taped together that she had to pull out of a bag.

it was 60 bills long, I believe, so it kept going and going.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Colorado Trip- Part Cinco

The last two days were spent in Denver and at a National Wildlife Park.

We went to the Coors Brewing.  The tour line, however, was ridiculously long so we just went to the tasting area instead.

Arden and Jack loving each other.  Don't worry, they had Sprite.

I don't remember why I took this picture, but I'm sure it had something to do with Jack and his obsession with trains.

Cheers!  The Coors Light was on tap at 28 degrees!  It was honestly the best beer I've ever had.

We also toured Hammond's Candy Factory
We saw how they make taffy and lollipops.

like kids in a candy store....

Random, but the Denver Air Show was going on one day.  We pulled over on the side of the road to watch a bit of it.

The last day of our trip we headed to a Wildlife Reserve.  It was an enormous amount of land that was sectioned off for different animals.  Sometimes you had to have binoculars to see the animals.  We were on a sky-walk, for lack of a better term, which allowed us to see over the whole reserve.  

taking a cat nap.

The last day we had to say goodbye to our very close family members, Adam and Sarah.  We headed to the airport.  This was Jack's very first plane ride.  Boy, was he excited!

"I got it."  He's such a little man.  He is always trying to handle things by himself, pulling his own weight.
Arden doesn't remember her first plane ride at 19 months old, so this was a big deal for her, too!