Sunday, November 27, 2011

Aubrey's Volleyball Tournament

Aubrey's volleyball season ended in a tournament that was a lot of fun to watch. Their team did so great! So much improvement over the season. We were so proud of her and her teammates. Out of 12 teams, they placed 5th overall, so in the top half! WOOHOO! :) They went into the tournament placed 8th or 9th so they moved up! After the final game, the team went to Brahms for lunch and icecream. Their sweet coach, Julia, made awards for each player specific to them. Aubrey received the "Determination Award" for "focusing on playing her best and determined to succeed. She is a very consistent server and passer who makes smart decisions about every play."I thought that was so awesome of the coach to write something about each of them. It made Aubrey feel really good:) And I have to agree 100% with what the coach said-Aubrey tried so hard and improved so much. She was definitely a determined player. Aubrey has fallen in love with the sport of volleyball and can't wait for the next season to begin!

I love her "ready" stance. She rocks it:)

Awards "ceremony"

Aubrey and both of her coaches. She loved them!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ella's First Piano Recital aka Recital 2011

Ella started taking piano lessons this past July and is a great little student. She is soooo good at making sure she practices lots and gets me to sign off her practice sheet each time. She is learning quick and loving it! She takes from the same teacher Aubrey goes to and I've been really happy with their experiences in piano so far! She and Aubrey participated in the annual piano recital a couple of weeks ago(I'm a little behind in my bloggage...) and they did fantastic. It takes courage to do anything in front of a crowd and I am always so proud when they do it. I love that the teacher has them stand and introduce their pieces before they play. And after they play, they take a bow :) Its so cute. And great practice for public speaking and getting up in front of a big crowd(and this crowd is a good size!) I think its so important for kids to learn young to play an instrument(so great for their little minds! And I know I'm grateful my parents had me take lessons!) and to get experiences with things like public speaking, talking on the phone, ordering at a restaurant, etc. Then, hopefully, they won't be as awkward/afraid later on in life! They are naturally a little bit shy so things like this are awesome experience for them. Anyways, here are pictures from the day and I'm also going to try and post videos next of their pieces. You'll notice while Ella plays she is standing...she didn't even realize it. It was so cute. She forgot to sit until half way through her performance:) And the picture of her holding soap with pure excitement is because thats what she bidded on at the piano auction and won(she is totally obsessed with these lately! ha!) And you'll also notice that Aubrey is wearing a volleyball uniform in the last picture and is missing from the piano students/teacher group shot. Basically this was one of the craziest Saturdays EVER...piano recital...volleyball tournament for half the day(future post)...all scheduled at the same time...and then in the evening was the fall festival...which I was even in charge of a booth for. I guess the more kids you have, the busier you get...and we plan on having MORE! I guess we better hold on tight...and just enjoy the crazy ride:) This is only the beginning...

These girls are so lucky to have this handsome dude as their Daddy.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Preschool Fun

Cali LOOOOOVES preschool. She wishes it was every day! I love that. And I know its because she goes to the best school around, Little Saints School. I have to give them a shout out here because they are so wonderful. The best ladies work here! They love these kids, love their jobs and you feel it. Cali loves her teacher, Ms. Ellen, and we do too! And the director of the school, Jill, is amazing. They have such great programs and lots of fun! I am picky when it comes to just about everything(we have switched dentists I don't know how many times...and obgyns...don't even get me started:) I have no complaints here and this is our second child to attend. So theres my Little Saints plug(and no, this isn't a paid advertisement:) We love Little Saints!

Last month they had a "fun walk/run" fundraiser. It was the cutest thing to watch these kids run their little hearts out! The staff played fun music and the teachers and director ran with them. Cali had a blast! She actually fell and scraped her chin on the concrete but that didn't stop her one bit. No tears, no nothin. She just kept going! It was a pretty bad scrape too! Poor kid, but she was totally fine. Thats my girl :) Shes our toughie. Here she is walking with Ms. Jill, taking water breaks, getting her laps marked, taking a break to hug Ammon & a pic of her smiling when she was all done. Look at that big proud smile!

And then for Halloween, they had a costume parade(so cute) and a party where they were able to smack the crud outta a pinata, eat pizza & enjoy cookies. Cali was so so excited for this party. She woke up that morning while I was downstairs and I heard a shout. I thought someone wasn't happy/fighting and when I went upstairs Aubrey told me that as Cali was waking up she shouted, "Todays my preschool parttyyyy!!!" while half asleep(but quite awake enough to know exactly what day it was!). That made us all laugh:) She had so much fun. I'm so happy she is loving life in preschool! And we are so proud of how well she is doing. She is a great student and a good friend to others. And she is the friendliest kiddo. She always hugs her teacher goodbye and greets her with a big "Hi Ms. Ellen!" and a smile. I've never had a child so outgoing. She is funny about who she is outgoing with- she is selectively outgoing, sometimes shy:) I've heard her teacher call her "my sweet Cali." That makes me happy. Its so true how we find some of the biggest joys in life through our kiddos-when they are happy, it makes us so happy too.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Give myskoop some love...

I did my first product review for a super fun new product called, Eraselets, on mysKoop. They are bracelets that erase! They come in all colors and designs. My girls LOVE theirs! Go check it out and enter to win a pack! They are gonna be the next big thang yall. Fo reelz.

Can you say perfect stocking stuffers?

And what the what? Today is 11/11/11! Cool.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Halloween 2011

I think this was one of the BEST Halloweens ever! The kids were so cute in their costumes this year. Aubrey was a super cute cheerleader, Ella was a stylish witch, Cali was a beautiful princess Aurora and Ammon was the most adorable lion I've ever seen. He loved wearing his costume. As soon as Joey put it on, he was all smiles(you'll see in the pics below). He loved how soft it was and clapping his hands together(and growling like a lion too:) We had so much fun this year doing lots and lots of fun family stuffaroo. We decorated Halloween sugar cookies, had dinner in a pumpkin one night, went to a Trunk or Treat/Fall festival at our church, carved a Mickey Mouse pumpkin(In honor of our upcoming trip of course! Did you notice my new cheesy countdown below the banner? :) had a mummified dinner Halloween night complete with dry ice and of course went trick or treating around the block. I love this time of year! The weather has been amazing: 60s-70s. There is excitement in the air. Leaves are changing colors. I've been baking everything pumpkin imaginable. And there are approximately one million pieces of candy at my fingertips now...ahh, the holidays are lovely. Up next: Thanksgiving(more yummy food!!!!) Oh, and thankfulness too... :)