Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Snow Days

Since it is FINALLY warming up down here, with hopes of hitting the beach tomorrow, I thought that I'd post our pictures from our trip to Illinois...

The kids were incredibly well-behaved on the whole trip, with the exception of a melt down by Mallory the last night we were there.

Here they are playing their gaming systems waiting to get on the airplane.

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Casey had warned us that the snow was melting quickly, so as soon as we pulled in to the driveway, the kids were out in the snow and enjoying every minute of it.

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Mallory had so much fun making a snowman too!

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The next day, we went out sledding on the hill in their neighbor's backyard. I was at the bottom of the hill with the camera and Casey was helping the kids get on the sleds at the top. She warned me that I needed to help stop them at the bottom or they could possibly keep going all the way in to the creek below...
Mallory was the first one down and she loved it!!

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Jack was next and he got going a little too fast... My eyes were glued inside my camera, so I had no idea that he was quickly approaching the bottom of the hill that leads to the creek... I don't have any pictures of this, as I was frantically trying to save my child from the freezing water!! Jack learned a good lesson that day, slide down the hill on your bottom and you won't land in the creek!!

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He did better sliding down with me!! Mallory learned to just bail out of the sled towards the bottom too, as she was sure she didn't want to end up in the creek!!

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Jack spent the rest of the day making snow angels and "pretend' sledding with his best little buddy!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Fun Weekend for a Cause

This afternoon, my parents, my sister, her older kids and myself are heading up to Jacksonville to play in a golf tournament that my aunt is hosting called, "Knickers for Knockers". Both my aunt and my mom are breast cancer survivors so this is a special tournament for us all.

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This is my first time playing golf since before I was pregnant with Mallory. I used to play golf in high school, got a scholarship to play at Florida Atlantic University, played there for 2 years, then got extremely burnt out. I'm going in to this tournament not having even picked up a golf club in over 6 years. It should be interesting, to say the least! I'm playing in a foursome with my dad, my sister, and my nephew, Kyle. My kids are staying home with Nathan this weekend, as they are just too young to have out on the golf course yet!!

We will also be celebrating my dad's 60th birthday tonight at a local restaurant. Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Anticipation (All Bundled Up!!)

This picture was taken on our recent trip to Illinois to see my best friend from college. The kids had a blast sledding down the hill! Jack and Hunter were like peas and carrots :-) Although we haven't had any snow here in Florida this year, it sure has been COLD! We are welcoming Spring with open arms this week!!

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Enter your "Bundled Up" photo at Iheartfaces.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hillbilly Teeth

How fun is this snack going to be to make tomorrow when Mallory gets home from school? Who doesn't love apples with peanut butter? Why not throw some marshmallows in to the mix?

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photo from HeidiW on Tasty Kitchen

You can find the link to the instructions HERE.

We had a wonderful weekend. The circus was HILARIOUS!!! I took a video with my camera, but it's too large to post here...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Great Recommendation for Teaching Your Child to Read

About this time last year, nearing the end of preschool, Mallory had such a desire to learn how to read. She knew all the letters and the different sounds that they made, but she just couldn't put the sounds together and I really didn't know how to teach this to her. She was only 4, so I just figured that we would wait until kindergarten started and go along with lessons at school. I was shocked to learn that they really wouldn't be teaching them how to read until the 2nd half of the school year, a whole year later than when Mallory was ready.

Luckily, I became friends with a mom from the school and she recommended this book so I could teach Mallory myself. I was a little bit skeptical, as the title was "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons". Sure, "easy" lessons? We did 2-3, sometimes 4 lessons a night, depending how much Mallory wanted to do. AND.IT.WORKED. She is an amazing reader now, and I can honestly say it's because of this book.

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You can find it HERE. I personally wouldn't recommend it for a child younger than 4. Read the reviews on Amazon and make your own opinion.

Reading is THE most important skill that your child can have in school, so why not give them a little head start with this book!

We have another busy weekend ahead. Jack is a clown/power ranger in the preschool circus tonight, Mallory has a birthday party on Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese, Nathan and I are going out to celebrate a friend's birthday that night, and then Mallory & I are selling girl scout cookies at Publix on Sunday afternoon!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring is HERE!!

Yesterday was an amazing day! It was sunny, about 76 degrees and it was a short day of school for Mallory! We haven't seen the 70's since November (craziest winter in Florida EVER!), so I told the kids to get their bathing suits on and head out to the front yard for some sprinkler fun!

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Look at Mallory, poor thing had just tripped over the hose and landed in the leaves/dirt!

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We had a little truck wash...

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Which wouldn't be complete without your 3-D chalk glasses!

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And then a little sunbathing/chalk art on the driveway.

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It's windy and rainy here today, with the weather supposed to cool off again. Hopefully soon enough, I will be complaining about all the HEAT!!

This past Saturday, my friend and I ran in our first 5K together. It was 43 degrees at start time and neither of us brought any gloves! Our hands were numb the whole time, but WE DID AWESOME!!! She finished ahead of me, as she's a sprinter at the end (I'm all about just getting there without tripping over myself!) I finished #136 with a time of 28:51. Here's a wonderful picture that the race just sent to me, of course it's right at the last turn of the race and I look like I'm about to die!!

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I knew the race was going to come by the end of our street, so I had Nathan bring the kids out to watch us run by. I wish I would have had my camera, as Mallory was dressed up in her cheerleading costume, with her hair in pig tails (that Daddy did) and her pom-poms cheering everyone on. It was the cutest thing I've seen in a long time!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

#31 & #91

Do you remember this post and this post from last year?

We were hoping and praying that Mallory would be attending THIS school starting in kindergarten, as that's where I went to school and my sister's children have gone. Well, it wasn't meant to be last year!! Mallory is doing wonderfully at her school that she is at now, she has a great teacher, she has lots of new friends, and is excelling tremendously. But, I feel like she would do even better at a fundamental school, so we tried again this year, not only for THIS school, but for THIS school too. On Monday, we got to log in and see where we were on the wait list (there weren't any openings, as they fill the spots immediately when one becomes available). For Curtis, she is #31 and for Maderia Beach, she is #91. We will get new wait list numbers on March 18th, so say a little prayer for us that the people that were on the wait list in front of her have accepted invitations to other programs so she will move up the lists a little more! Last year she was #124 on the list, so I knew that she wouldn't be going, but we might have a chance this year!! I think they have called #23 or #24 on the wait list this year for the kindergarten classes, so I'm hoping for big movement!!! If she doesn't get in at all next year, we will keep applying, and next Spring, Jack will be applying as well, and your best chance is for kindergarten, so we are very hopeful!! :-)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We have a winner!!

Angel of Tada! Creations is the winner of our "What's for Dinner Wednesday"!!

If you all didn't try this recipe, you just HAVE to!!

She is a great cook, who likes to cook from scratch! I don't know how she does it with twin girls and a little boy, all under 5!
Check out her recipes HERE.

She and I have been emailing each other about what she would like for her prize. Look at what she picked!! I love these, and I know they will look great on her little man!!

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I'm planning on having more giveaways soon, so be sure to check back!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Some Listings on eBay

We are cleaning out our closets!! Lots of jeans, skirts, shoes, sample sets and custom boutique resells. I will be listing things throughout the week, so be sure to check back soon!!

Click HERE to find the listings!!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

My new favorite place in the kitchen

When we were designing our kitchen, for the first time, we were designing around the fact that Mallory was just 9 months old, not thinking about the many years to come with school, sports, and other activities. Thankfully, those plans were put on the back burner when I became pregnant with Jack and laid off from my job. When we finally were able to go back to the kitchen designer, the kids were 4 1/2 and 3. The design came out a lot differently. We now had kids in preschool and getting ready to enter kindergarten. I needed places for them to keep backpacks, lunch boxes, library books and their precious artwork.

Here is my new space. This is right off the garage, so when the kids walk in, they can just put their things on their new corkboard/magnet boards, put their backpacks in their designated cubbies and keep my kitchen clutter free!!


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A neighbor of mine designed these corkboard/magnet boards for them. Aren't they neat?

This is Jack's.

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I just love the detailing that she put in the wood!

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This is Mallory's.

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She made Mallory's a little more girlie with the polkadots and light colors.


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