Tuesday, February 25, 2014

School Christmas Program and Parties

Christmas pageants and programs are on of my favorite things ever. And this year London Lou had got to sing a little trio with two of her best friends. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. She was not shy and she sang beautifully!  

There was even a special guest in attendance. 

Next up Christmas parties (sorry, I couldn't thing of a good segway). 

Grammy made this adorable outfit for London and 3 of her friends. They were the cutest thing ever in their matching outfits. I wish I could share a picture but I try to not post picture of other peoples kids on here. 

Preschool parties are pretty low key. They always have pizza and special dessert. I appreciate how easy going London's school is about parties. There is so much stuff going on during the holidays that its nice to keep is simple and not make a big fuss. The kids love it too. 

Dylan's school only has two parties each year, Christmas and end of the year. So for those two parties we go pretty big. We always have some sort of fun food, a game or two and a craft. I'm the room mom for his classroom again this year (I have been his room mom since he was in preschool) so I got to plan the plan the party. I made Santa pancakes for his class and then we had a breakfast buffet. 

Another mom supplied the craft. They made really cute picture frames. 

To top of an already fun day, Dylan was named Good Citizen for that 9 weeks! Good Citizen is basically a Teacher's recognition and award for being a good student and peer. 
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Ice Ice Baby

We had the craziest ice storm in December. We got about 3 inches of pure ice and it last for DAYS. It looked like snow but it was really ice. On the first day the kids desperately wanted to go play in it. They didn't believe me when I said it wasn't snow. So we bundled them up and sent them out. 

At first they thought it was great. Then they tried make snow angels and snow balls and figured out what I meant when I said it wasn't snow. Turns out ice balls hurt and you have to work really hard to get an ice angel. 

But ice is good for sliding around on! 

 They lasted for about 10 minutes before deciding it was time to go sit inside by the fire. 

Again, this lasted for days because the temperature wouldn't get above freezing. In those 5 days, we baked every thing in the pantry. We made brownies, cookies, fudge, and cake. We showered just to change into a new pair of pajamas. We played lots of board games and watched tons of movies. It was kind of nice to be stuck inside doing nothing for a few days.

 By day four I was ready to bust out of there. Luckily my friend and next door neighbor is from the North and knows how to drive in that white stuff that causes us southerner's to be housebound and she volunteered to take me and the kids out for lunch and quick trip to walmart. That was just the boost we needed to get us through the rest of the "storm". 

We survived icepocalyspe 2013, and we even enjoyed most of it!  

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Happy Thanksgiving

I do not know what has happened to me but I only have one single picture of our entire Thanksgiving week. I really don't know what was wrong with me. I have not been nearly as attached to my camera this year as I have in the past, but to have NO pictures of thanksgiving.. I am so mad at myself. I'll do better next year. 

London and Dylan both had thanksgiving feast at their schools. Daniel had to work, so this was the first year he didn't come. The kids were fine with it though because they knew he was going to be off the whole week of thanksgiving to make up for it.  I did bring my camera that day, but only got a couple of pictures of London's feast and none at Dylan's. 

We had a super relaxing week and enjoyed lots of family time. We hosted Thanksgiving lunch again this year. My brother and his family, my mom, and Daniel's brother and his girl friend all came. We had more food than we could have ever eaten and more leftovers than I could fit in the fridge. Lee, Daniel's brother, and his girlfriend, Annie, stayed with us for a couple of nights after. 

Its not nearly as fun to write about with pictures, but we really did have a great week enjoying our family. And don't worry, I did take pictures of Christmas. :)
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Science Museum Field Trip

Dylan's grade went on a field trip to the science museum in Dallas back in the fall. Daniel and I have taken the kids to the one in Fort Worth a couple of times, but we had never been to this one. Daniel doesn't usually come to field trips but he is a big ole science nerd (a really cute one), so I knew he would want to come with us to this one. Its not often that either of the kids get both Daniel and I to themselves, so its always special when they do. 
Dylan was mesmerized by all the different exhibits, but I think the Sports exhibit was his favorite. 

Dylan and Daniel are two peas in a pod at a museum. They both like to read every single plack and see every single thing. I like to walk around and do the hands on activities. 

The museum is in downtown Dallas, which was on full display thanks to their multi story windows. I told Daniel these kids are so lucky to be growing up with a big beautiful city like Dallas right at their fingertips. 

My favorite exhibit was a classic, dinosaurs! And not just because Dylan walked around the exhibit holding my hand (though that is a part of the day that I cherished the most). 

The school only had a few hours to spend at the museum before needing to get the kids back, but we were able to drive Dylan home with us, so we stayed for a couple more hours. It was so nice because all the schools left at about the same time and  it seemed we had the whole museum pretty much to ourselves. 

We went back through and did everything that Dylan wanted to do with out any lines. We even did a family lab project, test our DNA. 

I'm pretty sure this was my favorite field trip ever. The museum was awesome and so was spending the day with my favorite boys. 

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