Monday, August 21, 2017

Weekend Recap

Our weekend didn't start out as planned when Brooklyn stayed home from school Friday with a fever and not feeling so well.   Friday night was supposed to be date night but obviously had to be cancelled so we made pizza for dinner and had our usual Friday night family movie night.

We watched our movie early and got Brooklyn in bed by 6:15 because Saturday was her first soccer game of the season and we were really hoping she would feel better so she could play!

Luckily she woke up Saturday morning with no fever and feeling much better!  The girls were all ready to go and had all of their grandparents there to cheer them on in their games.

Games were done by 2ish and we came home showered and decided we would go out to dinner.   We drove up to Idyllwild, which is a small mountain town about 45 minutes from us.   Hubby works up there a lot and had told us about it and I really wanted to go check it out.  We ate at a somewhat new brewery and enjoyed some beer tastings. 

The girls played with a few toys they brought along and enjoyed petting the dogs that were dining alongside their owners.   The atmosphere was beautiful and the beers were pretty good too.   The food wasn't my favorite but it was still a nice relaxing dinner.

There was a little creek down by the parking lot so we had to take some pictures.

Kayla said she would hold Brooklyn so she would fit in the picture but she dropped her as soon as I snapped the picture

After several takes we finally ended up with a decent family photo! #neveradullmoment

By the time we were done with dinner most of the cute shops were already closed for the night but the girls found a candy/ice cream shop so they picked out a treat to enjoy

Kayla chose a "frozen banana" and then exclaimed she didn't know it would actually be frozen!  She's had frozen bananas many times before so we don't really know what she was thinking.   She couldn't bite into it though so she ended up just eating the chocolate and sprinkles around it instead. 

Lucky daddy got her frozen banana with whatever remnants of chocolate that she left behind. 😄

We headed home after dessert and enjoyed the beautiful scenery as the sun was setting.

Sunday morning I woke up to the girls writing stories together.  They wrote most of the day and played here and there as well.   We were home for the day and enjoyed a day of rest before getting back to another week of school.

a delicious dinner to say goodbye to the weekend.

This morning the girls were all ready for school a bit early so they enjoyed some tv time before it was time to leave. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ten On Ten

Welcome to our ten on ten.
Everyone woke up bright eyed and ready to take on the day.   One thing I enjoy about waking up on school days is that it is cool enough in the mornings to enjoy my chai latte on the back patio if I want.  After the girls are fed and I have cleaned up the kitchen I like to come out here while they are back in their rooms getting ready.  It's a nice way to start the day.

Pretty girls all ready for school

I ran to Walmart after drop off to pick up groceries and pictures for Brooklyn that she needs to take to school tomorrow.  Although a few were for me to keep.

Cali and I then went on a long walk together.

After I enjoyed a healthy smoothie while I caught up on some Real Housewives

Next up I edited some pictures and created some fun designs for my Society6 shop.  I'm loving the pillows which are on sale right now!

Before heading out to pick the girls up from school I made sure their school bins are filled with whatever they need to take to school the next day.  I'm loving our family command center so far and it helps the girls know what is going on daily like who has practice and what we are doing on the weekends.

The girls are home and Brooklyn is in her room playing legos while Kayla is researching animals online for fun.

While everyone is quiet I might as well enjoy a cup of tea.

Kayla has soccer practice tonight and thankfully daddy was home early enough to take her so Brooklyn and I can stay home.  We are looking forward to tomorrow being Friday and having our first week of school done!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back To School

Another first day of school has come and gone!

The girls were up bright and early at 6am, they made their beds and Brooklyn even got dressed right away.  I had some fun activities set out for them to do while I made them breakfast and put together lunches.

It's pretty rare that I'm up and the girls are up ready early enough to actually make and eat breakfast.  Usually it's just something quick pre-made or cereal.  We sat and chatted for a bit while we ate and then then finished getting ready because they knew there would be pictures to take.

Brooklyn was excited for her first day of 2nd grade and she was ready first this morning, another rarity around here.

Kayla was up next and I'm not okay that she was off to her last first day of elementary school.   All I could think of was how am going to take her to middle school next year?  Do I just drop her off and leave her?  I can't walk her in, can I?  I'm going to have no control of what teacher she gets, I will not be able to see her or help out in her classes's all too much.  So I basically did my best to try and not think about it at all!

My two girls ready to conquer 2nd and 5th grade!
Both of them picked out their outfits and shoes for the first day.  I love seeing what they choose to wear and how it reflects their personality.  

Once we arrived at school Brooklyn ran off with a new girl that is in her class, I know her mom so I asked Brooklyn if she would be alright hanging out with her and helping her feel comfortable because she didn't know anyone.  Sweet Brooklyn was excited to be her new friend and show her around the school.  They got along good and Brooklyn said they ate lunch together and hung out throughout the day.

Kayla and some of her friends chatted nearby for awhile and then disappeared.  Right before the bell rang I ran over to get a quick picture of her and her best buddies.  The girl next to Kayla is Alex and they spent most of the Summer talking on the phone and face timing each other.   Then next to Alex is Tiffany, Kayla and Tiffany are best friends and a lot like.  Then Carly is another friend of Kayla's.  I can't believe they are all big kids on campus this year!

I walked with Brooklyn into her class before saying my final goodbye.  She kept saying "wait not yet, Mommy" and it worked a few times but then it was time to go.  I told her I'd see her in a few hours and that she would have a great day with her teacher.  One final kiss and I walked out the door.  I caught up with some moms for a bit before climbing in my truck to head home.  Once I was in the safety of my truck the tears came.  I am sad every year but this year is different because I know it's the last for so many things.   Kayla's last year in elementary, the last year for awhile that the girls will be together at the same school and the last time I'll probably ever get to watch them hold hands or walk arms wrapped around each other at drop off.  I'm going to miss those sweet gestures they share so much next year!

I stayed busy with housework and a few errands so the day went by sort of fast and I was so happy to see these happy girls at pick up!  They both had a great day and love their teachers.

They came home to a little surprise and we chatted about their days.  Eventually Kayla went to her room to read and Brooklyn played with her legos before we ate an early dinner and then headed to Kayla's soccer practice.   The girls were both in bed by 7:30, exhausted and by the time I finished cleaning the kitchen and prepped for lunches the next day it was 8, I plopped on the couch and didn't think I would be able to move to make it to bed that night I was so tired.

Getting up this morning was difficult for us all, the girls said they were too tired to even cut their own waffles and both of them have jello legs from their soccer practices and all the running and drills.   Brooklyn already asked if she really had to go back to school this morning so it looks like we are right back in the swing of real life around here.  Needless to say we are all looking forward to Friday!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Last Week of Summer

Well it's here, the very last day of Summer for us.  We pretty much laid low today, the girls have been playing all morning and watching a few favorite shows.  Tonight is back to school night as well as Brooklyn's first soccer practice of the season.  So the hustle and bustle of the evenings will be in full effect this Monday night!  It's bittersweet for Brooklyn and I, we both pretty much have the same feelings about school starting again.   A little excitement but also wishing we could have a bit more Summertime.  Kayla on the other hand can not wait to go back and is looking forward to seeing all her friends tonight and tomorrow.   We had an amazing Summer so no regrets there and this past week we enjoyed being home a lot and also having a bit of fun here and there as well.

Tuesday my parents came over to visit and take us out to lunch.  They just recently got back from vacation and brought the girls some gifts they had picked out for them. 

At lunch Brooklyn showed me she really likes onions as in she'll eat them plain, no problem.

Later that afternoon we headed to the library.  We had all Summer to go and I had asked them a lot if they wanted to go and they would always say no, I've got books to read but the last two weeks they have been wanting to go.  So we've made a couple of trips which is fine with me because I love a good library and Kayla said she likes going just to smell the old books which is exactly why I like going too!

Kayla always has a list of what books she is going to read, she finished all her books on her Summer reading list so here she is making her school year list now.  She's too cute!

Back at home Brooklyn read next to her fur buddy

On Wednesday, the girls had some friends come by and they painted rocks.  Around our town people have been hiding painted rocks for others to find and it's become this big thing so the girls had been asking to paint some to go and hide.

Below is the stash of rocks the girls painted, they hid most of them but Kayla kept her fish for her room and Brooklyn kept the fairy and a few other ones she painted.

The sound of legos is always heard coming from this girls room.  She plays and builds things all day!

Kayla set up a little shop for her sister to buy stuff 

1 cent each

More rock painting 

I'll miss having my girls home for lunch during the week!

Friday on our way to our end of Summer picnic we made a few stops around town to hide some painted rocks

they were excited to find one while hiding their own

After the picnic I surprised them with a stop at Starbucks for a frappuccino, they had been asking all Summer to use a gift card they had received and had pretty much giving up recently so I thought it would be fun to finally go

Tonight dinner consisted of veggie lasagna made in the crockpot with some chocolate chip cookies for dessert

Somebody lost a tooth while eating dinner, it's been awhile since the tooth fairy has come to visit her so she is excited!

After an early dinner it was off to back to school night.  Brooklyn had some fun surprises waiting for her in her 2nd grade superhero themed classroom!

Then we went to Kayla's class while Brooklyn went to soccer practice.  Both girls will have a great year I think.  Kayla is so excited and Brooklyn is excited as of right now too.  I will miss them but having the house all to myself all day tomorrow does sound mighty nice!