Thursday, February 26, 2015

Father/Daughter Dance

On Friday the 13th Kayla had her very first dance.  It was a father/daughter sock hop held at her school and she was so excited, as was I!
I might have teared up a bit when she first told me she might want to go this year, last year she passed and I was sad but I think after hearing all about it through friends and all the fun they had she decided to go this year.  

She wasn't too excited about all the pictures I took before but quickly got over it as you can see she looks like one excited 7 year old!

 Daddy had rushed home from work and had to get ready quick, I had pretty much already lost daylight so I didn't get too many good pictures of them together.  They needed to get off to the dance!

Although she was excited she told me she was nervous before they left.  She was a little worried that she would be the only one dressed in a poodle skirt and didn't want to look dumb.  I reassured her that there will probably be girls dressed in regular dresses but there will definitely be poodle skirts as well.  Before they left I made sure to tell hubby to send me a few pics throughout the night, this one below is Kayla waiting in line to get in, she told daddy her "tummy had butterflies"

once they arrived they took pictures and grabbed a snack, she was excited to have a box of cracker jacks and especially a mini coke since there is usually no soda drinking 

even though most of her friends weren't dressed in poodle skirts she said that there were a lot of others dressed in them so she was happy she wore one.  Hubby said they danced a lot together and that she also danced with her friends.  He got a good laugh at how giggly all those girls were together and listening to them scream "oh my gosh it's my favorite song!" throughout the night as they would run off to the dance floor! 

At one point he sent me this video and asked "how does our daughter know how to do the Macarena??"   Too funny!  Her school is so fun that on Fridays they have dj dance party at lunch and they teach all the kids how to do those silly dances.


I'm so happy they had such a great time!  Brooklyn was sad she couldn't go but next year daddy will have two dates to the father/daughter dance and I'll be looking forward to taking all those pictures and hearing all about that night!

Monday, February 23, 2015

President's Week Off from School

Last week the girls had the whole week off from school for Presidents week.  The weather was perfect, in the high 70's low 80's all week!  On Tuesday the girls and I ventured out to Palm Desert to visit The Living Desert.  We spent the entire day walking around visiting all the animals and gardens and had a wonderful time. 

When we got home I realized that I was in such a rush to leave that morning that I forgot to defrost the meat for dinner so I made an excellent decision last minute to make banana chocolate chip pancakes for dinner and nobody complained!

Wednesday morning we took it easy and stayed in our pajamas most of the day until softball practice that evening.  The girls did some rock painting and played inside all day.

Thursday we went to chickfila for lunch and then ran some errands.  We accomplished a lot that day shopping and I was happy to get both of their Easter dresses picked out and purchased, one less thing to worry about.

Friday the girls were so excited to be going to their grandparents for the night.  Brooklyn was already packing before I could even begin to help pick out her outfits!

Kayla was ready as well!!

We dropped the girls off and headed to get our taxes done and then went out for a delicious dinner and met up with hubby's brothers later for a fun night without kids.

We weren't picking up the girls until Saturday evening so we spent all morning in bed watching movies and later got ready and went out to see American Sniper, great movie, and then out to dinner again!  Two quiet dinners in a row, it was heaven! 

While we were enjoying our day the girls were surprised to find out that they would be going on their very first train ride with grandma and grandpa.

They had such a great time enjoying lots of ice cream, movie watching and eating all the unhealthy food that grandparents are good for.

Sunday morning hubby made us all homemade chocolate chip muffins and I declared a pj day!  It rained all day and later in the evening while I watched the Oscars the girls set up the living room with their "friends" and took turns reading them stories.

This morning the girls and I were back to reality and it was hard getting up and off to school.  Good thing practice tonight has already been canceled due to the rain and their are only four more weeks until they are on Spring Break!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentine's Day

I was so happy that Valentine's Day landed on a Saturday this year I kept thinking how nice it would be having the whole day to celebrate and be home with the family and no rushing.  Well I had to get my hair done in the afternoon which took a lot longer than I thought would have and was kinda bummed as was Kayla that I was leaving for a period of time.  I made sure though to make a delicious breakfast for us to enjoy beforehand.   I used to make breakfast pizza for hubby and I all the time before we ever had kids and had not made it since the girls were born so when he suggested it for breakfast I agreed.  It is so good and easy to make, I'll share the recipe later but first on with our day!

The table was set before bed since I knew the girls would be up first, I had laid out their valentine's day cards on their plates and when we woke up Brooklyn had also set out the cards she had made for each of us as well.

We ate our delicious fruit filled pizza and off I went to get ready.  Kayla was very unhappy I was leaving and cried and cried to come with me.  I had time to spare before I left so we spent awhile together curled up on her bed reading through a book together which helped but when I got home she was very happy to see me!

Our weather has been very un-Winter like so we made sure to soak it up in the back yard and watched the girls play around on their scooters for a bit until we got too hot and decided a movie inside would be a better idea.

Soon enough it was dinner and hubby and I popped open our favorite champagne I had picked up earlier in the week and I got to work making dinner, heart shaped pasta with shrimp.

After dinner the girls decorated our strawberry cake with sprinkles before we each enjoyed a slice

The best part of the day though was the scavenger hunt I set up for the girls to find their gift from us.
As soon as dinner and dessert was cleared off the table I handed them their first clue!

This was a huge hit and so fun watching the girls run around the house and work together to figure out where to look next.  In the end they were led to the bathtub where they found some light up rubber duckies and the clue below which led them back to us to find their gifts.

These "big eyes" as we call them, tiny stuffed animals are like gold to these girls.  They LOVE them so it's always a hit when they get one.  Some candy and a bracelet to go along with it was a perfect gift for each of them and they were happy as can be!

They immediately drug out all their other little "big eyes" and played together before a bubble bath together in the master bath followed by popcorn and A Charlie Brown Valentine before bed.  It was such a fun day spent together but the highlight was the scavenger hunt which we will be doing again for sure!