Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Life Lately.

So remember Preston's fourth birthday party at The Fish Gallery in January?? Well, we bought him a fish tank that day and promised to fill it with fish just as soon as the tank was set up and the water had acclimated.  We did just that, and then they all died.  Within five days.  So we started over, and this time (knock on wood) our fish, all seven of them, are alive, well, and thriving.  He told me last week, "Mommy, I love my fishes."  I do, too!

It's kind of crazy to say, but these suckers have their own little personalities and it's so fun to watch them. The little molly fish hangs out at the top of the tank all day long.  All day long. The one big fish -- I don't even know what kind of fish he is, but we call him "Sneaky Pete" -- he hides in the rock all.day.long.  The five little neon tetras, well, they're my absolute favorite. 

Ok, enough about fish. I had to share this picture of Preston in this sweater.  I was a tad bit obsessed with the sweater, I think it was the elbow patches.  Anyhow, I found it on clearance and ordered it.  He wore it maybe three times and then I accidentally threw it in the washer.  It now fits an itty bitty baby doll.  I was disgusted.  I tried to restretch the fibers to no avail. {insert sad face here}  Anyhow I just wanted a picture of him in it on the blog for safe keeping and to serve as my constant reminder to always sort my laundry properly ;)

I snapped this picture of Hadley one Sunday after church.  She's a sweet little thing, and boy oh boy, is she a daddy's girl.  I'm starting to take it personally.  

The HLSR kicked off a couple weeks ago and we adorned our boots for Go Texan Day.  Preston loves any excuse to get to wear his cowboy boots and hat.  Hadley, though, she couldn't care less about Go Texan Day (see below for the full drama) but she did indeed love her boots, a gift from her Grrr.  

Their preschool and day care had a Go Texan festival with a petting zoo and pony rides. 

Poor-Bear died a year ago to the date of Go Texan Day this year, and just three days prior to Go Texan Day Preston and I were walking out of school when he said, "Mommy, I wish Pooh-Bear can come back to life for just one day so I can ride him."  {insert real big sad face here}  That made me super sad.  He was all smiles though to be back in the saddle just a few days later.  We all miss sweet Pooh-Bear so much. 

And, finally, meet Miss Lucy Kate.  She's my new niece, and she looks just like her mommy in this picture. Sweet girl! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring, Blessington Farms, Sweet Kids.

One of the perks of being a Houston Moms Blog team member is all the cool and sometimes free stuff we get. Blessington Farms partnered with Houston Moms Blog back in 2014 and gave each member a pass for admission and free strawberries.  So between all the cold snaps and the rainy weekends, we took advantage of a Saturday with amazing weather and headed out to Blessington Farms. The kids had the blast. 

Preston would cut the strawberries, put them in his basket, and Hadley would go right behind him, pulling them all out. Haha! Little sisters are so fun. 

I must say that Preston, Mr. Picky eater -- Mr. Never-eats-fruits-or-veggies, now is all about eating strawberries as a result of this day.  Thank you, Jesus!

He slid down the slides no less than 50 times. 

Then we went on a train ride.  No, it's not really a train per say, but anything that connects and pulls in a similar fashion is a train in Preston's train-obsessed world. 

Hadley refused to ride in my lap.  She is the queen of do-it-herself. I can't imagine where in the world she gets that from?!

They both loved the animals. 

One of the owners even let Preston hold Goldie.  Proud of himself would be an understatement.

Either the goat didn't care for Preston's handling of Goldie or he wanted to climb in P's lap also. 

Little did I know at the time, but this would be the very last picture of Hadley holding or taking a bottle.  It wasn't her last bottle --- that came just a couple of weeks later --- just her last picture.  It makes me sad all the same, though.  She's growing up entirely too darn fast. 

Of course, Hadley had to have a wardrobe change in the middle of it all. 

Looking forward to warmer weather, more time outside, and, most of all, to making more memories with these sweet kiddos of mine. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cirque du Soleil Giveaway

I've never been to a Cirque du Soleil show before, but that's all about to change this year.  All I need is a babysitter (currently accepting applications on that!) and the hubs and I will heading out for a date night --- a date night that consists of Cirque du Soleil's amazing AMALUNA show.  

More information can be found here, but from what I read it's a love story that will be put to test (aren't all love stories?) throughout the show. And as a tribute to women, it is a Cirque du Soleil first that the cast will be 70% women with a 100% female band.  

In addition to providing tickets for our date night, Cirque du Soleil is giving away a pair of tickets to their AMALUNA show on Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00PM at Sam Houston Race Park. For those of you living in Houston, you can enter below to win.  Maybe I'll see you there, and for more changes to win you can also enter here and here

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Monday, January 12, 2015

happy no. 4, preston!

We celebrated 4 amazing years with Preston on January 4th! I wanted to have a train-themed party at our house this year with a ride-on train on our cul-de-sac.  The husband quickly vetoed that as we are two for two on rain at the last two parties we held at our house --- our house is not big enough for entertaining entering on the inside. 

After that veto came, I went searching online.  The Fish Gallery came up, and it seemed unique and reasonable, price wise. So we had a fish themed party --- and we promised Preston a fish tank and fish for his birthday. We're still acclimating his tank for his fish, but here in a couple of weeks we'll have a handful of fish for his tank. 

He had the best time with his friends --- especially with his BFF from school for two years in a row (pictured center just below). 

The Fish Gallery brought out a few sea creatures for the children to touch and hold.  They also got to feel the koi fish tanks as well as watch them feed the fish in their large fish tank, while getting a front row seat and an up close look at the fish. 

If you're look to host a party at The Fish Gallery in Houston then I promise you that you won't need any decor.  Their room is already decorated perfectly.  I had a few items that I threw up the night before but that was because I already had them --- not because I needed them. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. 

Love Preston's "wow" face. 

Thank you to our friends who came out to celebrate with us. 

Preston, I love you and your crazy, can't-sit-still personality.  You are highly emotional, and I love it --- you come by it naturally (points finger at myself). I adore you. I adore your heart. I adore the four years that God has given me with you.  Here's to many more, dude!

All about Preston at 4:
lover of all things train, favorite color is blue, best friend is Owen. 
great swimmer, not a fan of letters or numbers, loves train videos on the iPad. 
loves nuggets, pizza, CHIPS, shredded cheese, eggs, bacon, waffles, and goldfish. 
takes your gummy vitamins like they're candy. 
is fully potty trained, and even sleeps without a diaper at night as of about a month ago (can I get a woohoo!)
loves your cowboy boots and cowboy hat.  loves christmas music and is still singing it even though the holidays ended a few weeks ago (you come by that naturally also). 
obsessed with wolves, loves to watch animals on tv with dad, and also loves to watch Gold Rush (pulled out the whole "excavator" terminology on me a few weeks ago). 
loves to make fun of your Grrr and say "Okay' in your sweet high pitched voice. 

You're awesome, dude.  I love you so much. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

In love with Laceez.

Recently, Laceez sent us a nice little surprise package full of their no tie shoelaces for kiddos. I had no idea that I would come to appreciate these babies just as much as I do.  Amaze-balls.  Game Changer. 

One day I will conquer the whole learn-to-tie-your-shoes battle, but for now I am rejoicing that one of my kiddos can dress himself from head to toe! Efficient, effective, and they come in a ton of fun colors. My mornings just got a little better. 

You can learn more about Laceez here

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Falalalala --- our Christmas recap.

We had such a great holiday season, though, I will admit that I was constantly shaking the bah-humbug feeling all month long.  This has never happened before (I LOVE the holidays), but at the end of the day we just overcommitted and over scheduled.  There was just a lot going on.  Going to avoid this next year.  I expect you guys to remind me of this come November 2015. 

Even though I struggled with the bah-hugbugness of it all, I must admit that Christmas as a parent is sooo much fun. Here are some of my favorite snaps of our holiday season that I definitely wanted to document here.

First up, the hubby's company throws a kids' holiday party each year.  Here are our pics from it, complete with a Santa pic.  

Now that Miss Hadley has more hair and that it's actually growing, we can see the curls in the back of her hair.  In love!  She is finally letting me play with her hair some.  First pigtails coming later here. 

Preston teased the Grinch. 

Hadley clearly wasn't a fan of Santa, but we threw her on Santa's lap again later that day.  Ha!

Then there was our Sunday School Christmas party.  Love this group of people!

He needed a new helmet.  So why not a teenage mutant ninja turtle helmet? And why not wear it 24/7 and not just when on his bike?

So other randoms ... 

Hadley likes to climb.  She is my climber.  No worries, though, big brother to the rescue.  Really, he wanted to make sure she kept her hands off of Zelf (our elf on the shelf) who was hanging out just inches above her in his stocking. 

This picture will always make me smile because any time he has his Buzz Lightyear pjs on, he will point push the buttons on the shirt and say "Star Command, star command, come in, come in."  Another button makes him jump in place. Love his imagination!

See, pigtails!!!!!!

Now Christmas ... 

 Pigtails, again!

Santa came early on Christmas eve to give each child some special gifts. 

This is Hadley's version of a hug.  Her hugs are pretty darn awesome. 

Santa came to our house. 

Learning all about her new kitchen!

This gift, though, was the hit of the year!  I asked him if he wanted to name it.  Of course he did --- and of course, it's name is Polar Express.  He watches it for hours --- stopping every once and a while to "pick up the kids."

He is digging his new superman backpack. 

Christmas Day was beautiful --- we enjoyed some much needed sunlight and mimosas on the culdesac.  I love this pic of all the parents watching the kiddos play. 

And, finally, I adore how he says caboose. I hope he says it this way forever ;)

Phew, that was a lot of catching up over the past week.  Now I have a 4 year old birthday party to throw on Saturday. {{tear}}  I promise I will be more diligent in updating the blog next year.