Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Olivia!

Today is Olivia's 7th birthday!

We had a busy day full of donuts, gymnastics, cupcakes, presents, and lots of playing!  I will update tomorrow with pictures! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Today, Olivia officially started gymnastics.  She is super excited!  And she looks so cute in her leotard :)

She also lost another tooth (in addition to her two front teeth) this morning while eating pancakes.  We shall call her toothless :)

I will take some pictures at gymnastics soon.  I can't be the new AND crazy mom that is taking pictures just yet.  Give me time and then I will snap away!

Have a great weekend!

What happened?

Take a look.  I do not know what happened.  I do not know how they do it.  At least you can say one good thing - they sure are good are destroying their gameroom.  Takes talent to do this.  It looks like we were robbed and the house was ransacked.  Nope.  Just my kids.  How do they even play in here?  How do I fix it?  The only solution... wait until they are all at school.  And take back control.
Here is what it looked like Friday morning.  Not good.  Not good at all.

A closer look.

Oh my.

Poor little princesses dumped on the floor.

Good thing there are NO toys on the toy shelf.

And here is what I did!

I reorganized all of the toys and put most of them in the bonus room.  Locked them away.  For.  Ever.  Or at least until they show me they can pick up what they take out.  Then, I may bring out more toys.  Maybe.

Ah, I can breathe.

And look.  Toys ON the toy shelf!

Think this will work?  This week is Spring Break so I have the whole week to work on this with them.  Sounds like a fun Spring Break, doesn't it?!

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kindergarten Round Up

I am on my way to school to register Ella for Kindergarten.  Can you believe it?  I can't.  How can she be old enough to go to school all day long?  She is excited and thinks today is her last day of preschool and tomorrow she starts Kindergarten :) Time flies way too fast!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

Ok, so I am a little late in posting this... but better late than never!

Lately, my days are filled with taking Mom to get her hair done, taking Plem to get his prescriptions refilled, hemming window treatments for Mom and Dad's house, never-ending homework, and all the other fun stuff that comes with the kids.  I just lose track of time - and things.  You should see my kitchen table:)

Back to Valentine's.  

I found this cute idea on a blog called A Small Snippet.  They turned out really cute.  When I arrived at Caleb's party, all you could hear was popping.  The boys in his class were pouring the whole pack in their mouths.  You are welcome, Ms. Collins :)

For breakfast, one of the kid's favorites.  Biscuits with butter and cinnamon sugar.  Not just biscuits, heart shaped biscuits!

Olivia is not quite awake yet.

Caleb didn't want his picture taken. 

For school lunches, heart shaped cheese and ham served with mini saltine crackers and heart shaped fruit snacks from Target.  Don't worry, I did not cut Caleb's food into heart shapes.  Wasn't sure that would fly in second grade...

Once the kids were at school/preschool, I made heart shaped cookies using a recipe from that same blog, A Small Snippet.  Simple ingredients.

I used a mini scoop to make the cookies all the same size.  Once they were baked, I cut them out with heart shaped cookie cutters.  I made cream cheese frosting.  Just call me Martha :)

And here is the result!  Super cute!  Problem is, the kids were so full of treats from school that they weren't really interested in these.  But that is ok, they turned out cute.  And I made them all by myself.  Chad didn't believe that I made them.  Not sure if I should be offended or proud...

Then it was off to Ella's party at preschool:

Ella and I left her party and headed over to school to Olivia's party:

We left Olivia's party to head to Caleb's party:

 Time for dinner!  Heart shaped pizzas.

I was so tired from party hopping, that I made the kids make their own pizzas.  Just kidding.  They love to do this and are so careful.  I should do this more often!

Our dinner was not heart shaped, but was so good!  It is hands down my favorite meal.  Steak and king crab, dripping in butter.  The only thing that would make it better would be sharing it with Donnie:)  Olivia is checking out the crab legs...

The kids loved their pizzas and strawberries cut into - heart shapes!  After they finished eating their pizzas, I made them clean up the kitchen.  Kidding.  I cleaned up.

I think the kids had a Happy Valentine's day - and I hope you did too!
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