Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring Break 2017

 Each year around Spring Break Neal has to travel to New York for market. This year was no different and he had to leave mid week during the week of Spring Break. My mom's Spring Break was the week before ours so we decided to start Spring Break early and took the girls out of school the Thursday and Friday prior. This was we got some time with Neal and my mom.

We headed down to Houston with an overnight stop in Dallas. Can you see the personality oozing out of these 2 crazy girls?

Of course no road trip to Houston isn't complete without a stop at Bucee's!

This Houston trip was one of my favorites. The activities we did were just a lot of fun (Imax movie premier of Beauty and the Beast, 1st American Girl store trip and 1st American Girl doll purchase, birthday celebrations with Grizzy even though it wasn't really either of their birthday yet, lots of good time with family, the zoo and a trip to Aunt Mau's house that is always a highlight).

On our way home we decided to spend a few days in Dallas as just a family of 4. We went to the Aquarium, the Science center and Top Golf. This was really fun time for us. We often drive through and stay the night in Dallas but never really explore.

This is the mark of a fun trip!

When we got back home it was time for Neal to head to New York. The girls and I had some really sweet time together, just the 3 of us. We spend hours at lake Atalanta one day playing in the water, riding multiple miles around the trail while I ran and playing on the playground.

We experimented with tie dye for the first time and loved our results. Notice my socks.

We did a lot of lounging around.

And we took Mr. Pickles on an adventure one day. They felt bad for Barkley so we walked her around the block before taking Mr. Pickles to Crystal Bridges trail so that she felt included too.

None of it was too elaborate but it will be a Spring Break that we all remember as a really good time.

Reese's 7 year stats

Reese continues to grow like a weed and is at the top of the charts. I'm thankful for this healthy, growing girl that is so full of life. She weighs 65 lbs. 8 ozs. and is in the 97th percentile for weight and is  4' 4" tall and is in the 90th percentile for weight. So she is perfectly proportionate and absolutely perfectly made!

We love her doctor. We use a male doctor and in the coming years I know there will be some awkward conversations and visits for a girl to have with a male doctor. So sadly in the next few years I think we will have to make a switch. Dr. Swindle let Ella use his ear examiner (no idea what those things are called) and pretend that she was the doctor. She looked in Reese's ears and reported there was a bird and looked down her throat.

Last weekend in baseball Reese got hit by the ball while batting (they use a really inconsistent pitching machine). This is the second time this season that she's been hit. This time Neal encouraged her to scoot up closer to the plate to hit and she said no. Then one of the other coaches also told her to scoot up just a bit. She is so intimidated to scoot close or swing hard since she got hit the first time. She reluctantly scooted up and sure enough the ball hit her finger, smooshing it into the bat. She yelled "I told you I would get hit" and ran off the field sobbing. I missed all of this because I was at soccer practive with Ella. Poor girl!

While at the doctor she dramatically told the doctor about her finger injury. I did want him to take a look at it but I wasn't expecting to leave there with a potential fracture and a finger splint for a week. He said we could x-ray but the course of action if we were to confirm a fracture would be to splint it. So we just went ahead and did that and if it got any worse he wanted us to come back in.

This sweet girl doesn't need to get hit anymore this season (or ever again would be good) as I'm not sure that we will be able to get her to hit again as it is.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reese's 7 year old questionairre

What is your favorite color? purple and teal
Who is your favorite friend? Mattea
What is your favorite snack? pringles & cheez its
What is your favorite thing to do with Ella? "play family"
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? chicken noodles soup
What is your favorite drink? lemonade
What is your favorite thing to do outside? trampoline
What is your favorite sport? basketball & gymnastics
What do you want to be when you grow up? a baby doctor
What is your favorite animal? a lamb
What is your favorite book? Barbie Baby Doctor
What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? dance
What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? go on dates
What is your favorite song? fight song
What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? tacos
What do you like to have with you at bed? Lyla and brown blankie
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
What makes you happy? playing with nice friends, joy
What makes you sad? when people are not nice to me
What do you think about before you go to sleep? Ella
What is your favorite thing to do as a family? go to the beach

So many activities!

It's official. We are overcommitted and have too much going on. Both girls are in gymnastics, Ella is dancing, Reese has tutoring and golf, both are playing baseball and Ella is playing Soccer. This consists of practice or games every night of the week except Sunday most weeks and many days have multiple practices or games at one time.

While it does feel like too much at times we are having so much fun with it. The girls are loving most of what they are doing (aside from having to "carry a heavy bag" in golf and getting hit by the pitching machine twice now). Being in the house all of the time makes us all lose our minds so this keeps us out and active. It has been a really fun Spring. Once day they will narrow it to what they love but right now it is so much fun to watch them and determine what they may do well with.

So many activities!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Reese's basketball debut

Last fall Reese decided that she was interested in basketball. We bought her a ball and she began practicing on the neighbors goals. When I noticed that Upward sign ups were going on I asked her if she would want to play on a team and she really wanted to. I talked to my friend Terianne about it and we decided we would try to get her daughter Avah and Reese on the same team. 

At the evaluation Reese did great. She wasn't amazing but for a 6 year old with no past basketball experience she did great. The team that she was placed on had the sweetest (most amazingly talented) girls on it. We all had so much fun with this first basketball team experience. Her team mascot was the Buffaloes!!

I was probably a little more into it than I may should have been. Having played basketball growing up this is the first sport she has played where I actually understand the rules. Even when they weren't keeping score (or quit keeping our score because we were blowing the other team away) I continued to keep score. We had an undefeated season and won the championship! Her friend Avah was unbelievable. She would score over half the points at many games and we had some really high scoring games. Reese improved so much from the start of the season to the finish and she had a really fun time with it. Her defensive game was really good and she would score 2 or 3 goals each game.

I'm glad we decided to try this out and think she may want to continue with basketball for a while!

Beavers- 48-10
Gators- 45-24
Aggies- 62-6
Beavers- 34-20
gators- 50-14
aggies- 52-14
aggies- 40-6
can't remember the last team but the score was 40-8

Shooting at practice.

Reese and Avah!

Reese's tournament fan club.

Team selfie's in between games at the tournament.

Ella and her friend Emory taking a selfie in between cheering,

The champions after the final game!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ella's 5th birthday

I know I say it at every birthday but I cannot believe my baby is 5 years old! Ella's birthday fell on a Monday this year and we planned a camping trip the weekend prior so we had her party 10 days before her birthday. It is pretty hard for a 4 year old turning 5 to understand why she still is not 5 yet for so many days after her birthday party. But that day did finally come.

The weekend of her party my mom, Neal's parents and the girls cousins Will and Caroline came in for the celebration. Reese happened to be cheering as a "mini Mountie" the Friday night before Ella's party at the Rogers High School football game. So everyone got to go watch her.

The bond that these girls have had for 6+ years (even though they are now at different schools) is so sweet.

Ella wanted her party at Chuck E Cheese this year. We have avoided that place until now but surprisingly it was a great, well run, pretty laid back party. Granted it was on a Saturday morning before it got busy and our CEC is pretty new so it is nice and clean still. Almost all of her friends showed up and she had a blast. She really loves having her friends around and is such a little social butterfly.

She was really nervous to do the ticket blaster and began to cry just before it started but she pulled through and because of it, along with her determination to only play games that give a lot of tickets (she isn't interested in the photo booths, horse rides or anything that doesn't give tickets), she collected 2900 tickets!

The tradition of photos in front of the bedroom window before leaving for the party.

My mom was able to stay through Sunday so she went to church with us and we went to a fun little pumpkin patch afterwards. The girls also got to paint pumpkins with Emmie that evening.

On her actual birthday her daddy got her a donut and put a candle in it. He stuck around for presents and then headed off to work. He later met us for her favorite meal, McDonalds. She ate an entire happy meal and then asked for another cheeseburger. This child normally is not interested in eating but loves McDonalds. We then went to Dilly Dallies to pick out a birthday toy, another birthday tradition. Then went home to make a rainbow cake. It was a mess to make but turned out pretty cute.

We planned to go out to dinner too but she fell asleep on the couch around 5. So we picked up pizza and played outside. Sine there were so many neighbors out playing we did cake and ice cream outside. She loved having some of her favorite people to celebrate with and it meant no leftover cake and ice cream in the house, we all won.

At 5 years old Ella wears a size 5 or a girls size small. She wears a size 12 shoe. She weighs 40 lbs. (50th percentile) and is 44.5" tall (90th percentile). She hates to wear a jacket and I only fight with her about it when it is really cold & she's always begging to wear flip flops even when it's freezing. She is super fancy and loves the color gold!

Ella is such a special little girls with so much personality and is loved by many. We tried hard to make her feel special on her birthday and I think she had a great day!