Friday, October 2, 2015

This Week

This week has been BUSY!  We have had somewhere to be everyday after school so I'm really looking forward to tonight when hubby takes Kayla to practice so I can be home!!  I did make time earlier in the week to bake some chocolate chip pumpkin bread.  It's finally cooling off a bit around here and we may even get rain in a few days, fingers crossed! 

Brooklyn has been spending her time writing stories in her notebook whenever she can.  She draws pictures, colors them and writes a story exactly as her sister used to do all the time and still does when she has free time.  Love my creative little spirits.

Kayla was telling me how all her friends make their own lunches and said she wanted to make hers from now on.  I said sure!  Little did she know that didn't mean she could put whatever she wanted in her lunch.   She made sure to tell me I could leave to do other stuff because she could put everything in herself  and when I told her I still need to make sure she is putting healthy items in her lunch she wasn't too happy.

She got over it pretty quick and has been making her lunch for the past 3 mornings. 

Brooklyn found a fun craft in a magazine and decided she needed to make it for her teacher.  So we gathered all the supplies and a cute candy corn garland was made for her to take to her teacher the next day.

Wednesday was picture day for Kayla also known as the only day she lets me curl her hair!  She looks so pretty and grown up.

Brooklyn stayed home this day so I told Kayla I could drop her off on the big kid drop off side and she was pretty happy about that.  There she goes for the first time through the big kid gates to enter school. 

Brooklyn has been fighting a cold for awhile now but Wednesday morning she slept until 7:30 and woke up miserable and in tears.  Her throat and head were hurting so I kept her home since her picture day was Thursday and I didn't want her to miss it.  She rested all day while we read books and watched Halloween movies together.

She sounded a lot better on Thursday so off she went all pretty for her picture day. 

Thursday and Friday I picked up our little buddy from school along with Kayla and since he is a grade below her he gets out on the other side of the school which was amazing cuz I don't have to wait 30 - 45 minutes for pick up like usual.  So I took my time and went to Starbucks for a chai latte and then picked up the kids.

They came home and ran around like crazies until they got tired and then played Uno instead

The girls had some extra time before school so they popped in Spookley the Square Pumpkin to watch while they waited for me to get ready.

After school shenanigans with their buddy.  We stopped on the way home to pick up some Wendy's Frosty's to celebrate the end of the week.

After too much fun playing in the back yard their buddy went home and hubby came home and took the girls to soccer.  Now I'm relaxing at home and enjoying a glass of wine, the perfect way to end a very long and busy week!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Gift for the Girls

Happy October!
I love celebrating each holiday with the girls and do my best to make sure they get just as excited as I do for each one.  A few days ago I put together a little Halloween gift together for them to find on their beds when they got home from school.  They love finding surprises and their reaction is always worth it for me.

I try to gather little items that are very inexpensive as I see them so that I'm not running around last minute to find things.   For this particular gift they each received a jack o lantern light($1), clip on glittery spider(.99), ghost peeps(2 for $3), Halloween bracelet($1) and Halloween pajamas(on sale for $14).

I purchased the pajamas back in the beginning of September while they were on sale and as you can see everything else was super affordable.  Now I just have to hope it actually gets cold enough for them to wear long sleeve pajamas here!

I tucked everything in a cute bag I already had on hand and set them on the girls beds.  They were both thrilled to find their gifts when they arrived home from school and it was fun for me to put it all together.  
Just a simple and fun way to get in the Halloween spirit!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Life Lately

First off this week Brooklyn received an award for Student of the Month!!  We didn't tell her she would be receiving the award but she knew as soon as she walked in and saw us sitting at the assembly that she would be getting one.

Her award said,
"One smart cookie, super effort in all tasks, works hard all day long, good manners and Marvelous writer and illustrator!"
So proud of our sweet girl, she is kicking butt in Kindergarten this year!

Her best buddy also got an award!

After her assembly it was time for Kindergarten pick up so we took her straight to Jack in the Box so she could pick out her kids meal which she enjoyed very much.

Since daddy was home I got put him in charge of picking up Kayla from school while Brooklyn and I ran some errands.  First stop was Target where she really enjoyed checking out all the Halloween decorations.

Earlier this week we were up to our usual schedule, school, homework, soccer practices.  Kayla and her reading, she is currently the top reader in her class and second overall in third grade.  She loves to read, here she is on the way to soccer practice fitting in some more reading on the car ride over.  I woke up this morning, which just so happens to be a Saturday and she was in her bed reading just like every other day.

Brooklyn might just be following in her big sisters footsteps.  Everyday while we wait to pick up Kayla she practices her reading.  She is very excited to one day read chapter books like her big sis!

Wednesdays are the best because there is no soccer practice and the girls spend the afternoon playing together and I get to enjoy their giggles and enjoy just being home.

Brooklyn showing off her fun bracelet she got to make at school to help with counting

and today finally the weekend we have some free time to lounge around and relax before soccer games start.  It's a playing with shopkins and watching Hotel Transylvania morning for the girls while I relax with my tea before the busy day begins.
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Favorite Salad

Today I wanted to share one of our favorite salads around here.   The recipe says it only serves 2 but I usually make sure to add much more lettuce so that we have enough for all of us and some leftovers.  I almost always make it with The Pioneer Women's Roasted Chicken Legs for dinner but it could be perfect served just for lunch!

BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta and Avocado 


2 cups butter lettuce, chopped
2 cups fresh arugula, chopped
1 pint grape tomatos, quartered
4 slices thick-cut bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup sweet corn
1 avocado, chopped
4 ounces feta, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


As a note, to chop my lettuce I like to lay it out on a big cutting board and just continuously run my knife through it (in all different directions) until it's chopped as much as I like.
In a large bowl, combine lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, corn and avocado. Add in salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice then toss well to coat. Fold in bacon and feta then divide evenly amount 2 plates. Serve!

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