October 10, 2016

mommy/daughter date

while mclain and his pops were camping.  the girls and i had a great weekend filled with shopping, playgrounds and junk food. saturday night, penny got to spend time with her grandparents, while aplin and i had a mini mommy/daughter date of dinner and dessert. she was so excited to wear her elsa dress, wonder woman tiara and cinderella slippers heels. bun-bun (her bunny) even came along on our date. i am loving these sweet moments with my not-so-little girl.

pie five - silly selfies - super hero moves - frozen yogurt with ALL the toppings. 

what the picture doesn't show that i will post to my instagram...she used the 20 foot long booth as a trampoline. maybe next time our date will be more fitting of what a three year old likes....

August 5, 2016

cousin camp 2016

swimming. crafts. pokemon. rockets. zootopia. slumber parties. abilene zoo. 
build your own sundaes. ice cream sandwiches with sprinkles. gummy worms. pink starbursts. and all the capri suns. lots of laughs. all these make for a great cousin camp and memories to last a lifetime. 
crazy thankful that i get to call these people family. 

thank you to wes and holly! thank you for opening up your beautiful home for another unforgettable cousin camp!

big hugs and lots of love,
m, s, mc, a + p

July 10, 2016

tour de texas

this past week we drove 1,380 miles. we were gone for 7 days. 6 nights. we stayed at 3 different families' homes. we visited some of our very favorite people. we traveled to dallas, down to houston, a quick day trip to galveston and a not-so-convenient pit stop to the magnolia silos in waco on our way home. we spent our time in the sun and in the pool, eating the best home cooked meals, staying up too late, skipping nap time and exploring new places. we didn't want the fun to end, but you can only expect the best of friends to welcome this loud circus with open arms into their homes for so long. every mile. every potty break. every penny girl meltdown was worth the time together as a family and with our friends...who we consider family. 

here's a few photos of the great memories that were made.


other than our friends, the place we might miss most in dallas is northpark. the mall that is greater than any other mall...why, you ask. it is the mall without kiosks. you can roam from store to store without being bombarded by sales pitches. 
the flowers, the art, the stores, the restaurants, the lack of panhandlers....it's all so heavenly.



what a special week that will be forever in our hearts!

big hugs,
m, s, mc, a, + p

April 22, 2016

penny's first krispy kreme

i'd like to say i'd planned this adventure.
but as it turns out, we stumbled across it by a long morning of mistakes.

we had somewhere we were supposed to be this morning and i was responsible for bringing food and decorations.  i told the kids we would pick up donuts on the way, mclain wanted krispy kreme.  unfortunately, life happened, we were late (no one has ever accused me of having good time management skills--i blame my mother), i dropped my coffee and broke my mug heading out the door.  i won't tell you, trading-uppers, what my daughter did to your purchases....but i will say that anything harmed was fixed.  with all of that being said, i grabbed a box of fruit loops (thankfully the big kids snack cups were left in the car from the previous day) and filled their cups up and told them we didn't have time for krispy kreme. the tear gates opened. i tried to console them with: if they stopped crying and ate their breakfast, we would get donuts after our MOPs meeting (close to lunch time). thankfully, it worked. 
fast forward a couple hours...as we're pulling up to the drive thru, aplin asks if we can go inside to eat our donuts. YES! a hundred times, yes! because making a donut mess inside their establishment sounds much better than making a donut mess inside my already dirty car. :) 

this may also be mclain's first krispy kreme adventure judging by the pure joy he experienced when he saw the donuts being made. he told me, more than once, "when i'm big, i wanna be a donut maker." 

penny wasn't feeling the obligatory krispy kreme hat photo.
we are so glad this morning didn't go as expected!

big hugs and happy friday, friends!