Wednesday, October 21, 2015

September Miscelaney

I'm slowly catching up with my blog posts, but wanted to make a catch all post with some miscellaneous photos from September.

Mackenzie:

I'm pretty sure she's too big for her old car seat!  They were all being silly one day and switching car seats.  Mackenzie and Meredith's seats are virtually the same, so the only fun in switching is sitting in Miranda's seat.
Cutie before school - she loves first grade and her teachers.  She's growing her hair out to donate to kids who need wigs.  She probably has at least 4 or 5 more inches to go since she wants to cut it shoulder length when it's long enough.  She has 2 pairs of tennis shoes this school year, so she switches out a week at a time of wearing them.  The other pair is pink and would actually match her outfit in this picture, but since it was a "purple week", she wore her purple shoes. 

Silly girl still loves to color with sidewalk chalk.  More importantly, she likes to color HERSELF with chalk!

Meredith:
She likes gymnastics, but I don't think she's that confident in herself, so she gives up easily and asks for help.  She's still doing better than I would have at her age!

She's also still taking swim lessons and doing better.  She had her "downhill" moment in August/September when she was panicking and thinking she couldn't swim, but she's going uphill again and improving.  Like her teacher said, you never know with her - some classes she's awesome and some classes she's struggling.  On a particularly good day a few weeks ago, she told her teacher "I was freaking out because...."  I don't remember the reason, but at least she realized she was freaking out. ;)

She's struggling with school this year.  She was super excited to go back, but she's gotten clingy again and says she's going to miss me every morning before school and starts crying.  One morning I had to leave her crying (almost screaming), so I tell her every school day that she can either be dropped off at school crying or happy, but I'm dropping her off no matter what.  I can usually change her attitude by the time we get there, but crying is still involved at home.  Yesterday we told her that this is her last year she'll be going to school by herself and that seemed to help.

We haven't see rain in a while, but the day in September when it drizzled, she was sure to wear her rain coat!
Also, Meredith still loves all things kitten related.  She was excited about this outfit - kitty ears, kitty shirt, kitty skirt and shhh....kitty underwear! ;)

Miranda:
She's in a big bed!  It's a little taller than we thought it would be, but she loves it.  She sleeps with pretty much all of her stuffed animals and SIX baby dolls, but she sleeps through the night and doesn't get out of bed until I come get her, so that's fine with me!

Swim lessons - not a fan, but still does well.  The lollipop reward is a constant reminder! ;)

She loves shoes and left the house one day with two left feet!  Different shoes, different sizes, but apparently they both fit her! ;)  The picture on the right is when she had a fever after their birthday party.  We went to the HEB clinic like this. ;)

She can be sweet and cute one minute to completely shy the next.  The picture on the right is how she sat for an entire meal when I met my friend for lunch one day.  She did not want to sit with us at the table, so she sat for an hour (at least) on the floor.  Thank goodness it was an early lunch and the floors were clean! ;)


That's a wrap for September, with the exception of homeschool activities which I'll blog about soon, I think. ;)

Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 Birthday Bash

This year's birthday bash was the easiest and most relaxing I have ever put together!  AND it was for all three girls at once!  We rented out the girls favorite small water place and invited all of our friends!  It was perfect!  Not only was the weather beautiful, we had the place all to ourselves and everyone pretty much knew everyone else, so we all had fun!

 Waiting for the pool to open!

Let the fun begin!



Everyone loves the slides, especially when you get to go down with your friends!



Even Mackenzie's friends went down with Meredith!  They are ALL such sweet kids!



Meredith had to pout for a little bit, because that's just what she does...
...but she got over it! ;)


I don't have too many pictures of Miranda because I was holding her for most of the 2 hours we were there! Ha!  In her defense, she was apparently getting sick and we just didn't know it.  She developed a fever that night that lasted for about 36 hours.


We kept it simple with donuts and fruit!  The girls had birthday donuts with candles while we sang Happy Birthday.  Thank you to my step sister for taking pictures! ;)



So serious!
 
 And here's the video of them blowing out their candles!

Mackenzie is already requesting an art party for next year, so I guess it they won't all be as easy as this one was!  Oh well, at least I had one! ;)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mackenzie's 7th birthday

The second half of September was a month of illness for the girls and I still feel like I'm playing catch up in ALL areas of my life, especially my blog!  So, even though Mackenzie turned SEVEN 27 days ago, I'm still blogging about it!

Our crossing guards are the best and when Ms. Laura found out it was Mackenzie's birthday, she made Mackenzie a chalk sign that afternoon!
She was writing when I walked by the first time, so I was sure to hang back until most of the kids had past, so that Mackenzie could see the entire sign (and not hold up the line!).

Right after school, we went to our cupcake place and then came home to open her small gift - Shopkins! ;)

After dinner, we ate our delicious cupcakes!  I know Mackenzie's eyes are closed in one of the pictures, but she's just so happy! ;)



 Meredith wanted me to take a picture of her and her cupcake!
Thankfully, Miranda didn't care that she got a little cupcake with frosting hanging off! ;)

Mackenzie is such an awesome girl!  She's smart, funny, kind and still likes to snuggle.  She loves school, gymnastics and anything crafty.  As with every year, I loved age 6 and I can't wait to see what this next year brings!
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