Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Since I had some free time this morning I thought I would participate in What's Up Wednesday which happens on the last Wednesday of the month.   All you do is answer a list of questions sharing what's going on in your life then link it up by clicking the image below to share with others.

We have soccer practice every night except Wednesdays so our meals are quick and easy during the week.
Monday: Linguine pasta with Italian Sausage(I used Trader Joe's frozen linguine and then added peas and sliced up italian sausage)
Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday
Wednesday: The easiest and yummiest spaghetti!  Seriously try this recipe you only need 3 ingredients for the sauce and its delicious!
Thursday:  Breakfast for dinner (most likely I'll make waffles and turkey sausage)
Friday: Chicken Burgers with Garlic Rosemary Mayo (except I use ground turkey meat)

Both girls are back in school and this is the first year Brooklyn is going everyday and even though she isn't gone all day like Kayla it has been tough on me.  It's nice being able to get things done on my own like grocery shopping or cleaning the house but the hardest thing is just plain realizing that the time of having them both home and being little is gone!  I've always loved having them with me all the time and never could relate to the parent that didn't want to spend every waking moment with their kids.  It's so hard for me not to think back to when they were little and not get sad and wish it could be that way again.  I'm not sure that those thoughts will ever just go away so I just need to remember to enjoy these new moments we get to have now that they aren't babies anymore. 

These two love each other so much!  
From the moment they are home from school they are playing together with their Legos or Kayla is reading to Brooklyn.  I'm so thankful that they have each other and have established such a strong friendship and love for one another.  

Other than school our lives are basically soccer.  
Practice everyday except Wednesday and games on Saturdays means Wednesday and Sundays have quickly become my favorite days of the week!

Next weekend we are celebrating Brooklyn's 6th birthday with a cowgirl party and I am not looking forward to all of the shopping and running around that comes the few days beforehand to get everything ready for the party.

This week I've been working on getting everything done so I can volunteer at the girls school which means getting a TB test, fingerprinted and running all over town to drop off paperwork here and there.  I've also been stocking up on Fall clothes for Kayla, she needed pajamas, jeans and of course I had to buy two of these so the girls could have matching Halloween pj's
Ghostly Cat Two-Piece Gymmies®
I was so excited about them until shopping with Kayla at Target on Sunday and I pointed out some other Halloween pj's that were similar and said how cute and she said "those are for little kids"  (enter mommy sad face here)   Fingers crossed she doesn't think they are totally lame when she sees them!!

This is the time of year I get sooooo excited about, now don't get me wrong I love Summer because my girls are home with me but as soon as the girls are back in school it takes a lot not to start pulling out pumpkin candles and dreaming of decorating for Fall.  I wait of course until after Labor Day and I usually like to decorate for Fall on an actual cool day so typical I do wait until the middle of September to pull out the pumpkin decorations but I can't say I wait to burn yummy candles.  Sunday I purchased these from Bath and Body Works just to be prepared.

I'm also patiently waiting for this to be delivered


I love my other Staub pot and last year when I saw this online it was already sold out so when I saw it again I knew I had to have it.  My husband and I have our 11 anniversary on Friday and I asked if I could just order this for my gift and he said that is perfect because it's a gift for both of us since I'll be making him a ton of delicious soups in it.

I feel like I really missed out on this show at the time.  Luckily there is Netflix and I can watch it whenever I want.  I started from season one and I'm now only a season and a half  away from the ending but I don't want it to end!!!  I really wish there were more shows on t.v. like this nowadays and not so much junk on at night!

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I've been listening to the Little Big Town station on Pandora in the evenings while cooking dinner to get ready for the concert I'm going to in a couple of weeks!!

Since it's been so HOT I've been in shorts and tank tops or tees with flip flops just about everyday.  I'm really looking forward to jeans, hopefully soon!

Saturday is a day of soccer games, not quite sure what we are doing that evening but I know Sunday is a day at home with nothing to do!

Celebrating My baby turning 6, 
my nephew turning 2
and celebrating my dads birthday.
going to two fun Concerts 
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Burning my Fall candles, making chocolate chip pumpkin bread and hopefully cooler weather!

Friday, August 21, 2015

One Week Down, Too Many More to Go!

We made it through our first full week of school!  I'm sooooo happy it's Friday and I think the girls are too.  Brooklyn is still loving Kindergarten and really how could she not?  She brings home coloring pages everyday and is having so much fun thanks to her awesome teacher!  Kayla is all over the place with her thoughts about school.  She did fine most of the week but Thursday morning she was in tears saying her stomach hurt which was just because of her nerves.  I walked her and Brooklyn in to their classes and as soon as Kayla saw a friend she was completely fine.  It does however make my mornings with her extremely tiring.   By the time I am home from dropping both of the girls off I feel drained, emotionally!  I think it will get better in the next week or so because this week ended on a good note and she was a bit more excited today after school.

Brooklyn and I have to wait almost an hour to pick up Kayla.  If we don't get there early there is no parking, we walked to pick up twice this week but the other days were just too hot to be outside so we sat in the car and read or played I spy.

Kayla was very happy Thursday after I picked her up from school.  She was the first one in her class to reach 10 points for her AR goal, which is her reading goal.  This year all of the third graders get this chain where they get to add charms to for every 10 points they get.  She was a happy girl to be the first one to get one from her class!  I was so happy for her especially since Thursday morning was a rough one with her.

On Fridays the Kindergarten classes celebrate a color and this Friday was red.  They are supposed to wear as much red as they can and Brooklyn was really excited to be dressed in red, we even painted her nails red to match.  She requested a red snack for the day as well so she got a red juice and red gummy snacks and at home I gave her some red strawberries. 

So happy to have my girls home just wishing we didn't have to leave the house and go to soccer practice tonight!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Soccer Games

Saturday at 8am Brooklyn had her very first soccer game.  She was very excited to play and really enjoys this sport.  Her age group only plays for about 30 minutes so the game goes quick!

Earlier in the week I sent a text to hubby saying "I think Brooklyn found her sport!"  She is very fast and is pretty darn good at running with the ball up and down the field.  

She is very aggressive when she plays as well, she makes a great defensive player, just look at that "don't mess with me face!"

She is constantly asking when she gets to go to practice or play in her game.

Kayla played soccer two years ago when she was Brooklyn's age but hasn't played since.  I never signed her up again because one she didn't really enjoy all of the running and two it is sooooo hot during the soccer season!  This year she really wanted to play so I agreed to sign her up.  So far it's still super hot and she still does not like all of the running!  By the time her game started Saturday it was in the 100's

Her games last about an hour and she is on much bigger field this year so there is a ton of running.  She did really good the first half of the game but by the second half she was just exhausted and overheated as were a couple of the other girls.

It's going to be a tad bit cooler but not by much this Saturday so we'll see how it goes.  I'm not sure if she is going to want to play again next season but you never know, a lot can happen in one season!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Back to School

This morning was Kayla's first day of third grade and Brooklyn's first day of Kindergarten.  Kayla was up first and hung around with me while I showered and got ready.  She was fine and pretty excited when she walked into the kitchen to see the table set up and find her backpack waiting for her.   Brooklyn came in right after and was super excited as well.  Kayla even said she thinks this year will be fun because she was looking forward to some of her friends making her laugh.   Well that all changed when she started to eat breakfast.  Her nerves kicked in and she began crying because her stomach was hurting. She told me over and over again how bad it was hurting and I had to explain over and over again that it was just her nerves and she would be fine.  She was definitely waiting for me to tell her she could stay home.  She followed me all around crying and I did all I could not to get very angry.  Brooklyn was so good and I was really worried Kayla was going to get Brooklyn crying too but Brooklyn was fine and still extremely excited.

Their outfits were not at all planned to match it just worked out that way.  I didn't even realize it until I was getting everything washed and ready for their first day.

We took our first day of school pictures and then we were on our way.  I explained to Kayla that I would not walk her up if she was crying and that I could not stay the entire time with her because I had to get Brooklyn settled in since it was her very first day of elementary.   Luckily once we walked onto the playground Kayla spotted some friends and all was well again.  She took off to play tetherball  at one point without even saying goodbye.  Brooklyn and I walked over and said bye and wished her luck and off we went to the Kindergarten side.  

showing Brooklyn where she can play soccer next year when she's in first grade

My favorite part of the day was Kayla coming around the corner to say one last goodbye to Brooklyn!  I will love this picture forever #tears #bestbuddies

Brooklyn was so ready!!!
She took off straight to the playground after this picture of her next to her backpack. 

she found one of her besties, Alyssa

the bell rang and off she went, didn't even worry if I was around!

I stayed and watched and got to go inside the classroom for a bit.  The teacher played a little video of the book 'The Kissing Hand'  which is a super sweet story and perfect for the first day of school.  Brooklyn played playdough and then we hugged and kissed goodbye.  She was so excited the entire time, she gave me one sad face before I left and then I was off.  

Reese's Pieces and Gatorade for my girls when they got home

It was nice having some time to myself this morning but it goes by pretty quick since I have to pick up Brooklyn at 11:40 so I can't get too much done but I'd much rather have her at school half day than all day!  I worried about Kayla all day hoping and praying she was having a good time and would be fine when I picked her up.

I knew Brooklyn would be fine at pick up and I was right, she had such a great time.  She couldn't stop talking about all the fun things they got to do, read books, sang songs, painted, watched a movie, played with new friends!  She can't wait to go back which makes me happy.

It was finally time to pick up Kayla and after spending an hour in the car and heat(really not liking pick up this year) she came out.  She said it was a good day and seemed happy.  She wasn't as excited as Brooklyn but I'm pretty sure third grade is not as awesome as Kindergarten!  I think she'll be fine tomorrow morning atleast.  We came home and she got to work on her first sheet of math homework and now the girls are watching some t.v. before we are out the door to soccer practice.
Atleast tomorrow is Friday!!!