Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mackenzie's Fun Run

Back in February, Mackenzie had a fun run at school to raise money for their PTA. When she first came home with the information, she said she was going to run 10 laps even though the paperwork said that most kids run 30 laps.  30 laps is approximately 2 miles, so I wasn't sure.  Anyways, she received lots of sponsors (family) and then the big day was upon us! She had changed her mind and decided she would run 30 laps.  ;)  Meredith, Miranda and I wen to cheer her on.
This was just a warm up lap to show them where to go.  She was super excited!

Brandon and I told her to jog and not start off so fast, but it's just too tough to listen to your parents when everyone else is running so fast!
For about 8 laps she was good.  Then she started holding her side and stopping for water.
I caught her at one point and told her she didn't have to run so fast and she could walk if she wanted.  She cried a little and kept moving but then was excited when they told everyone to run a lap or two with a friend.
Then a couple more rough laps until they were told to run like a zombie.

Miranda enjoyed watching (in her pajamas) and Meredith even got to run a lap.  Actually, all of us ran a lap together and then when Mackenzie was feeling particularly down and tired, I told her to run with Meredith again.

That seemed to work because she left Meredith in the dust! ;)  But Meredith didn't seem to mind.
At 27 laps completed, I told her that they had announced that the fun run would end when the current song on the loudspeakers ended.  She immediately took off and pushed through to complete the final two laps!  The picture below is before they marked off her final lap, but she rand 30 laps!
I'm so proud of this girl!  She stuck with her goal and continued on even though several times she wanted to stop and several times I told her she could!  Go Mackenzie!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Backyard Fun!

One afternoon in February, we played outside before the cold front came in.  It was clearly a "quickly go get dressed so we can play" based on their clothing choices. I promise we did not leave the house in these outfits! ;)

Mackenzie even insisted on wearing a hat even though you can tell it's super cloudy outside.
Miranda enjoyed the little car.  Mackenzie was about this age when she got this for Christmas 5 years ago!

The look everyone receives from Miranda...

These next two photos are completely over exposed, but they show how much Miranda wants to be like her sisters!  Isn't this what you are supposed to do on slides?

Some days Mackenzie does NOT want her picture taken and will stand next to me and insist I delete a picture I took and other days she insists on posing for me.  The teenage years should be fun. :/
Not sure where she's getting these poses from as I've never stood with my hands on my hips for a photo, but whatever.

I'm ready for warmer weather so we can play outside some more!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cutie Meredith!

I had good intentions and was going to blog this weekend, but then Meredith and Miranda got sick.  One with an ear infection and one with strep throat.  Nothing like a late evening doctors appointment on my birthday only to come home with two prescriptions for antibiotics.  We thought all would be well by the next afternoon, but unfortunately, Miranda's fever stayed pretty high until last night when it finally broke.  So we spent 48 hours inside our house with the exception of our little trip to Smoothie King on Saturday night.  Thank goodness for food delivery so that I didn't have to cook at all!

Before all that fun began, I did have a good birthday - donuts with just Mackenzie, lunch with my parents, Brandon and two littlest girls and then down time in the afternoon before picking up Mackenzie (all by myself).  It's nice not to have to get two other kids in and out of the cars when dropping off and picking up Mackenzie, so this was a treat. ;)

Anyways, here's one of the posts I was going to blog about this weekend.  Nothing exciting, just cute pictures of Meredith.  She received a "new to her" sweater from friends and it probably should go to Mackenzie, but Meredith really wanted to wear it.  It's a little big, but she really liked it and CHOSE to wear a headband.  Whatever clothing causes that to happen, she can wear! ;)

Posing for the pictures.  The left one is a little blurry, but I have my new camera now, so hopefully that won't be a problem anymore! ;)
And Miranda wanted in on the pictures, but didn't want to turn around.  On a side note, I just realized she is wearing the exact same outfit today. ;)
I'm editing photos today in my down time, so get ready for some blog posts over the next couple of days! yay!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Flashback Friday: Rodeo Time

Since rodeo season is upon us, I thought I'd flashback to my "western" outfit.  I think I am 4 or 5 years old.  So, so long ago! ;) 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

First mani/pedi

For Christmas, Brandon gave me (and the big girls) a gift certificate for a mani/pedi at a spa just down the street.  I wasn't sure how the girls were going to do, but they were great and loved almost everything. ;)

They go to pick their colors...
and of course, Meredith chose purple.

Waiting for it to start - and super happy!
They were not a fan of the soaking water (it had lemons and herbs in it), but really liked the girl that did their nails.  Meredith did so much better than she ever does when I trim her nails!
I don't have too many photos during the manicure because I was having mine.  But, here they are all finished with part 1!

I think they really enjoyed the pedicures!  Big, soft chairs and soft pillows, plus they had real glasses of water that they thought was really cool.  They were so careful with their nails during this time so that they wouldn't get messed up.

All finished and waiting for our nails to dry.  Meredith calls nail polish "po-nailish".  As in, "I like your po nailish, mommma."  It's really cute and I love to hear her say it.
That was super fun!  I don't think I had my first manicure until I was engaged, but times change, right?! ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

So much for blogging...

Well, so much for blogging a lot more in 2015!  It's been two weeks!  As always, life happened and time got away from me.  And it's not like I don't have things to blog about - with three little girls there is ALWAYS something to blog about.  Plus three weeks ago, a couple of friends and I decided to bite the bullet and plan the father/daughter banquet at church so it wouldn't get post-poned.  I love planning parties but I'm not used to such a fast schedule (2 1/2 weeks).  I'm used to mulling over ideas and thinking about them for a while.  Not to mention the size of the party being much bigger than my typical (72 RSVP's).  However it went well and everyone had fun!  It was Mackenzie and Brandon's first year to go and they had a great time.  In just 4 short years, Brandon will be taking all three girls!

Anyways, "life" also includes turning 35 in two days!  I'm not sure why, but 35 seems to be a little harder for me to swallow than 30.  For me, 30 was not a big deal - just another birthday.  But 35 makes me feel old. ;)  I know it's not, but that's how I feel.  I think it's bumming me out a little bit and I haven't felt like blogging too much.

Mackenzie is home today for a mental health day, plus she's pretty snotty and congested.  She was just way too emotional this morning and I could tell it wasn't going to be a good day if she went to school.  I never really thought I'd want to homeschool until the last year or two.  On days like today, when it's cold and rainy and we don't have to go outside, it makes me want to homeschool even more.  Not to mention how happy all us girls are just being together when we aren't tied to pick ups and drop off all day.  Brandon is probably laughing at that last sentence because he came home to a not so happy me last night crying because the girls were driving me crazy with their arguing and crying.  But yesterday is one of our hard days - two girls in two separate schools with two separate drop offs and two separate pick ups.  It's hard on everyone.  But today, we are good and are happy and enjoying each others' company.  We'll be doing our own school lessons in a few minutes - Meredith finishing our letter D unit and Mackenzie doing a Kindergarten printable pack I found.  Again, homeschooling would be awesome, but we aren't quite ready to jump.

Since I've been a little bummy lately, I've also been working on planning our summer activities.  I know - it's February, but that's what I do.  I like to have an idea of what we are going to do or else we'll just be sitting inside everyday because I have nothing planned.  We have our typical things we want to do - neighborhood pool once a week, church playgroup once a week, lunch out, Noah's Ark Pool...But we also have some new ones we want to do - Blue Bell Factory and added by Mackenzie yesterday, melted crayon art.  Anyways, lots of fun to be had in 11 short weeks!

So, that's what has been going on.  I'll do my best to blog again tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Before Church...again!

Remember when I posted pictures of the girls before church a couple of weeks ago?  The weekend of that post, I managed to have a few minutes for pictures in their matching dresses.  This is what happens when I try to get pictures of all three girls!

First, Mackenzie insisted I take her picture with her picture she received from the tooth fairy ("pictures of her friends").  So there's that.
Two looking at me, but one of the is blurry and the other is turned backwards.  The one good smile is looking at someone else. :/

Now no one is looking at me!
Again, no one.
One talking, one moving and one looking at me, but doing her weird arm pose. ;)

No words.

At this point I'm just taking pictures while I continue to say, "just stand at the fireplace for one more picture, please".  Over and over.

We end with Mackenzie chasing Miranda around trying to get her back to the fire place and Meredith refusing to turn around and look at the camera!  One day I will get all three to smile and look at me at the same time!
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