Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pre-K Thanksgiving

I was a bit sad this morning making my way to Brooklyn's class when I realized this is my last year being able to help out at her preschool and having the chance to enjoy all the holiday celebrations with her at school.  Sure next year in Kindergarten they will celebrate a little bit but not like they do in preschool.  She lucked out this year in Pre-K the school made all the students a turkey and then parents helped out by bringing side dishes and pumpkin pie!

I made sure to volunteer to help set up and pass out food for the kids.  They each had made their own turkey placemat and hat for their feast.  I am super excited about the placemat because I have a matching one at home that Kayla made 4 years ago!!! 

After they all played a game and listened to a story about the first Thanksgiving they ran to their seats and prayed before digging into their feast.

Brooklyn particularly liked the stuffing, bread and of course the pumpkin pie!

All the kids got to take turns sharing what they were thankful for, Brooklyn said she was thankful for, "my family"

My sweet girl, we are so thankful for you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Catching Up

Days and weeks just keep flying by and it's hard finding the time to keep the blog updated on what is going on in our lives.  Thank heavens for whoever invented instagram it's so much easier to share the day to day life over there.  Feel to follow me along there for better updates!


A few weeks ago Kayla had nerd day at school.  Just like last year we threw together her nerd outfit the morning of and off she went, the cutest little nerd I've ever seen.

The glasses are still being worn around here, Kayla will often be wearing them while reading and the other day Brooklyn wore them to Homegoods.  She even got a few compliments on them which she thought was great.  She definitely has a style all her own.  She came out ready for bed one night with her puppy all ready for bed as well.

On Thursdays Kayla stays late at school for Sundance Singers practice.  Brooklyn can not wait to be a part of this group next year!  As soon as we get to Kayla's practice she grabs Kayla's backpack and puts it on then inches her way over to where the school kids are standing.  Puts a smile on my face everytime.  She is so ready to be at the elementary level.

This past weekend our friends invited us along with them to Knott's Berry Farm.  It was extremely crowded but we still had a fun time.  There little boy is an amazing friend to both of the girls and they get along so well!

After the entire day spent at Knott's Berry Farm we declared Sunday a pajama day and lounged around the entire day.  One particular girl was overly tired and had had a few meltdowns and after many arguments she finally took a much needed nap.

All was better afterward and the girls spent most of the day playing school together.

This week Kayla has minimum day every day due to teacher conferences.  I had my conference yesterday and as I suspected she is doing amazing.  I was in awe of the wonderful things her two teachers had to say about her such as, "she is the best student I've ever had", "she is truly gifted", "she is amazing at math and not only understands it but can thoroughly explain her answers" "her writing is sooo good"  and so on...  I just had to get these down to remember the amazing things that were said.  To say I am proud is an understatement!!  

Monday morning this girl and I went to Homegoods to get our shopping fix in and then stopped in for a favorite lunch.  She is full of excitement this year for her upcoming Christmas program, she spent the past weekend memorizing her lines and already has the entire thing down and is so ready to be up on stage!

I'm beyond thrilled that next week is Thanksgiving and that the girls will be home with me everyday. Can't wait to enjoy some time with my favorite girls!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Trays and Baskets

I have quite the love for trays whether they are silver, florentine, mirrored or baskets I am always drawn to them when shopping.   I have so many that I often have to talk myself out of bringing home more that is unless they are florentine trays, those I bring home no matter what!  Here is a peak into how I use and decorate with all of the trays I have collected over the years.

I have this huge basket tray from Pottery Barn in my living room.  Up until a few weeks ago I had the basket hanging in our master bedroom which I loved but I had found an oil painting to go in it's spot instead so this moved to the living room coffee table.  I love basket trays and baskets in general for the warmth and texture they bring into a room.

This room is usually where I go to read so it made sense to fill the basket with a couple of pretty design books along with a candle, box of matches and a cute little crown.

Florentine trays are so pretty and always a fun and usually inexpensive find at antique stores.  This red one has been moved all around the house.  Right now it's sitting in our entryway with some ivy and a pumpkin for Fall.

Here's another basket tray that I purchased in a set of three from Everyday Occasions.   This one is in our family room and is holding a small silver bowl that is gathering the girls Thankfuls for the month of November.

These next two are in the kitchen and just like all the other trays the decor in or on them changes with the seasons.

Trays also work great in the bedrooms to gather knick knacks and other items like jewelry.

This florentine tray is by my bedside and gathers a favorite picture of my girls, a candle, some lipgloss and a sweet little angel Kayla got me for Christmas last year.

I found the Paris tray years ago at Big Lots of all places.  Its perfect in the master bathroom holding my favorite bubble baths and soaps.

Apparently I have a lot of trays in my bathroom, these last two were sold as a set of three and two of them are in the master bathroom.  One holding all my perfumes and the other gathering our everyday bath necessities.  

Does anyone else have a love affair with trays, how do you use yours?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

4 Day Weekend Recap

The girls had a four day weekend again and we made sure to take full advantage of it.  Friday night when hubby got home we took the girls to their very first hockey game!  They were so excited and so were we.  My parents surprised us and sent the girls Anaheim Ducks shirts in the mail(thanks Mom & Dad).  They were perfect for the game and the girls looked so cute in them.  

They both loved the first half of the game, Brooklyn stood most of the game and both of the girls were full of excitement at every point scored but by the 3rd period Brooklyn was asking over and over again "can we please go home now?"  and wouldn't ya know it that the game went into overtime.  The Ducks ended up loosing but it was still a great night and both of the girls did really good sitting and watching it even if there were a few complaints here and there.

Saturday was spent getting things taken care of around the house.  I made a delicious Cranberry Breakfast Cake and then hubby did yard work while the girls played outside and I did some cleaning and then planted my paperwhites (can't believe it's so close to Christmas already!)

For dinner Saturday night I made chicken noodle soup for Kayla since she loves it and has also been fighting a cold!  They wanted to eat by candlelight so we turned off the lights and enjoyed a peaceful dinner.  After bathtime we had movie night and we all watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the girls loved it and we've watched it everyday since.

Sunday morning cuddles and lots of games of crazy 8's

The girls were so cute playing together all weekend but Sunday morning they were hiding under the covers making up stories and giggling together.  They are the cutest best friends!

Sunday was date night for hubby and I and the girls didn't mind one bit that they would be spending the afternoon at Grandma and Papas.  They even got to go out to dinner with them so everyone was happy.  Hubby suggested a day down at the beach where we could shop at the mall down there and then after dinner we strolled around Balboa Island with our Starbucks Peppermint Coffees in hand and I got to peek into all the gorgeous homes that were lit up for the night.  It was so much fun, the perfect date if you ask me.

Monday was Ten on Ten and although I started out taking photos for the blog it all went down hill as the day progressed.  I had a doctors appointment to go to followed by a trip to Target and Trader Joes and by the time I got home to upload some of the photos I had taken, the computer was not working.  We knew it was on it's way out but hoped it would make it through the holidays but instead it decided Monday would be a great day to die, why not we were already spending a pretty penny on new tires for my car this afternoon anyway why not pick up a new laptop as well?!

waiting patiently for my flu shot

Before I knew my laptop was dead and I would be buying a new one I picked up these adorable plates for us to use during Christmas.  They are melamine and I figured will be perfect for the girls and their cousins on Christmas day as well (I have four so we need one more cousin!).

Tuesday I was off to a dentist appointment and Kayla really wanted to come along.  She read the entire time, she just wanted to be with me because she didn't like that I was gone the morning before.  She's so cute!

After my appointment we picked up the new laptop and I  went home changed into my sweats(it's finally cold and cloudy today!) and spent the rest of the day getting most of my Christmas shopping done online and getting the computer all set up.  I love the festive color of the new laptop it matches my pillows perfectly!!

The girls drank Hot Cocoa and I watched Hallmark Christmas movies the rest of the day!  

Only 3 more days until the weekend :)