Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ellas back in the game...

Ella just finished an awesome season of basketball! She took a break last year because, well, the year before was just such a crappy season. And last year was when she really decided to go for it with figure skating. In between figure skating sessions we decided to have her do basketball again this year because it is something she really loves. She did so great! And had a great coach and team. We were really happy with her experience. She is getting better too! She scored more than half the points in one game(which is actually the game these pictures are from). She was on fire that day! 4 baskets! And then she made 2-3 other baskets during other games played. I don't think she had ever made more than one or two in an entire season previously so this was her best season yet! I look forward to watching her play on the middle school team(cuz I know she be makin it:) Their team ended up in 4th or 5th place in the end out of 8-10 teams I think? So mostly wins and a few losses. Joey and I just loved watching her play. She is way more aggressive than we ever thought she would be, has stamina like nobodys bizness(she seems to never get tired-I see cross country in her future), and is great at shooting. We're proud of you Ella! Its so fun to watch your kiddo learn and improve in something she/he loves.

Team picture-cute girlies!

Shots from her best game...

This is her smile after she made a basket...

 Another happy post-basket face :)

And one of her shots in pictures..


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Valentines Party!

So, sometimes I'm an "okay" mom. I had the thought last month to host a little playdate Valentine's party/brunch at our home so that my boys would have something to look forward to for this fun lil holiday. Ammon isn't in preschool yet and a lot of his friends are so I thought it'd be fun for him to get to have a valentine exchange too(and of course Wesley enjoyed all of the treats and candy as well:) We invited a few little friends and their Mamas and had a really fun time with them! We had muffins and fruit(and some other moms brought some fun treats too!), the kids played outside on this gorgeous day, and then they decorated bags and gave each other some love :) It was a fun morning that Ammon couldn't stop talking about all week!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

If you thought the dress thing was intriguing, check out this show on Netflix

My last post was about the whole "black and blue' or "white and gold dress." It's still trippy to me how everyone saw something different! So, the hubs found a really interesting show on Netflix the other day called, Brain Games. It explains so many different visual/mental/sensory phenomenons and has you also participate in "games" to test you. Its full of illusions and experiments to test you and show you how our brain can literally trick us sometimes. Its fun to watch together and see whose smarter(which of course I always am..jk:) This show is way more interesting than the picture of the black and blue dress, so check it out y'all!!! And yes, I just called it a black and blue dress...because that's what it was ;)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Blue and Black or White and Gold


So this dress is whats all over social media right now. And it really has nothing to do with my blog other than the fact that I need to put it out there that I'm right. Its a blue and black dress. ;) Well, actually what I see is a black and blue dress in poor light-it looks very faded. The black almost looks brown towards the top. the

Anyways, what has gotten into our world that this is the top story in the news?! We are all so lame. Myself included. I'm going to go to my closet now in dim light and take a picture of a shirt and hope it makes it BIG. I need some fame y'all.

For the science behind it click here. No one is really wrong ;) But I know I'm right...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oh man, we've got cute kids

Joey took these GORGEOUS pictures of our kids in the fall(a lil late posting because well, he JUST edited them! I had to harass him a few times...I'm nice like that.) Anyways, I LOVE them. LOOOOOOVE them. He is one talented guy. And we have some seriously beautiful children. Check out his website for more of his stuff!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Seriously adorable homemade snow globes

 So, I cannot take any credit for these puppies. At all. But I just had to share on my blog because I'm sure this will inspire other crafty people out there! My sweet and talented amazing friend, Susan, made these little snow globes/place setting holders for our family as a wonderful Christmas gift for our family. My hubs took these pics of them. I was so touched by the time she took to make these and make each one unique for each one of us(and she included Luke too!) How did I become so blessed to meet this person and have her in my life!? I don't know exactly how she made these but I do know the bottoms of these are mason jar lids and then the inside is paper stamped and quite intricately cut. And then of course glittery stuff and leetle reindeer placed inside. She is a stamp/craft/paper/card professional! I just love these so much and will think of her every Christmas as I set these out for our meals. Love you girl!

And speaking of snow, North Texas has snow in the forecast soon! My kids slept with their pjs on inside out last night, put ice in the toilet and a spoon under their pillows. Doing those three things is supposed to call the snow here or something(their piano teacher said;) Hahahaha. We shall see.

Monday, February 16, 2015

I love Ammon's prayers...

I have to blog these adorable things this kid is saying or I will forget! My favorite lines from Ammon's prayers lately...and he isn't kidding or trying to be silly about any of it. Straight up honest :) Kids are awesome like that.

-Please bless Cali to stop picking her nose. (Cali then got very angry to be called out like that! Hahahaha.)
-Please bless that we'll have enough sausage for breakfast.
-Please bless that we'll get presents from Mommy & Daddy on Valentines Day tomorrow.
-Please bless Cali and Ella to close their eyes during the prayer.
-Please bless us to be helpful.
-Please bless Wesley to sit down.
-Please bless Wesley to stop hitting me.

He's simply adorable.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Better late than never

Just a fun picture of my six favorite people on New Years Eve. We likes to party. Chicken wings, celery, crazy glasses and hats..and of course, some sparkling cider. We do it right. 

Monday, February 09, 2015

Getting the family together again

We hosted a LOT of my family over for a post-Christmas party at our house a few days after Christmas this year. I love a good party!! A lot of people were in town and it was so fun to have our home filled with laughter and love. And good food. :) Back in the old days, when I was a kid, every holiday was spent at my Grandma and Grandpa's house in CC. There were always so many people there. They had 11 kids and most of them still lived in that area at the time with their kids. So yeah, that was always a lot of people! Holidays were nuts. And awesomeness. So sooo many great memories. As the years have passed, almost every one has moved and only a few people remain down there. And my Grandpa passed away and my Grandma now lives with my parents. So the holidays are different now:( But having so many of us together again for this party was like the old days again. People were even playing rounds of Peanuts!(a traditional card game we used to play at every holiday.) It was magic again. I remember looking at my Grandma sitting in the living room that night and she looked happy and content. I know she loves to see everyone together and to be surrounded by her posterity. So that made me happy. Its sad how things change..people pass away...people move far away...but life goes on, and it goes on through our posterity and families. And there is no greater joy in life than with our families. I was happy to see so many of us together again. But I did think of those we are missing and are waiting on the other side...Grandpa, Aunt Jeanie, Uncle Jerry, Uncle Ricky and my cousin, Kyle. 
Anyways, it was a good time. I hope we do it again sometime! My kids were able to meet some of my cousins kids and have lots of fun with them too. They played outside in ridiculously cold temperatures but didn't seem to care. They were having so much fun they didn't realize they were getting frostbite ;)

This is one of my favorite pictures from the night...because my mom is proudly displaying a box of Bagel Bites like a Price is Right model. I love it! Hahahaha.  

Time to eat!

Bball in the driveway. It was like 40 degrees. I stayed inside.

Taking the truck and jeep for a spin...

Wes and his buddy Jordyn