Monday, November 30, 2015

Fun Food Friday {Thanksgiving}

I never thought I would say this, but lately Georgia has become the crafty one in our relationship! She's been making all kinds of cute stuff for Gracie's class and this turkey is just her latest creation. As parent volunteers we're tasked with providing snack for the classroom on our volunteer day. One parent has to bring a fruit or veggie and the other parent has to bring a grain or protein. G recently discovered this delicious gluten/dairy free popcorn and decided to bring that but also wanted to incorporate the Thanksgiving holiday. This is what she came up with - a popcorn stuffed turkey! Isn't it just the cutest?!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A day at the fair!

Ok, so our day at the fair was weeks ago but still… Look how cute!

Our little stinker loves the fair and so does her Gaga! So every year we pile in the truck, drive down to the fair grounds and spend way too much money on food and rides that are in now way health for us, ha!

I easily rationalize our gluttonous behavior with the fact that we park far away from the entrance and walk for hours, so even with me eating a huge turkey drumstick and ice cream; the fair’s famous apple pie for Gaga and Grace and Georgia’s extra long corndog, it’s a total wash. No calorie counting for us! Not on fair day anyway. :)

This year our gal was a brave little one! She was not only wiling but also excited to climb up and get strapped into this big trampoline jumper and she didn’t get frightened once. Georgia on the other hand was freaking out the entire time, haha! I wanted to sling shot Grace higher while G wanted her off, so she ended up having a blast jumping at a reasonable and “safe” height.

We went to visit the Ronald McDonald’s Farm, which is a family favorite every year! With this being the Bean’s 3rd year visiting the fair, she looked like a total pro and knew exactly what she wanted to do during our visit. We checked out her favorite animals, climbed tractors, rode bikes, got our faces painted and gathered eggs and produce from different areas of the farm. We found a couple of really awesome books for the Bean and I was happy to see that instead of the farmers passing out sugary snacks like usual, they gave out apple slices this year. It was good to know our gal ate at least one health thing that day… ;)

Last year when we visited the fair Grace was dealing with some serious terrible twos and was newly potty trained, so our visit was pretty quick. This year we had a 3 ½ year old who can still be rather moody at times but doesn’t have to run to the bathroom every 30 minutes and has been tantrum free since early summer. Because of this, we decided to brave the mid-way for the first time and try out a few rides.

Normally I’m one to steer clear of the mid-way because it’s crowded, dirty and a lot of the rides look like they’re falling apart… But after reading that the fair grounds got a facelift and most of the kiddie rides were new, we gave it a try.

In a nutshell, Grace had an absolute blast. We spent the equivalent of a car payment from beginning to end but it was totally worth it. Such a fun day!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

42/52: Year Six

Over these past six years we’ve traveled the world, purchased a home, built careers, created one very amazing kiddo, supported each other through infertility, loved hard after the loss of babies, fought for our rights and built this life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Before we said “I do” we had many conversations about our upbringing and experiences with divorce and how, if we were to join our lives, this needed to be a forever thing.

Today, always and forever, we’re doing just that and I continue to feel so very blessed that you’re my person. Happy anniversary babe.     

41/52: Mama’s Girl

40/52: Future career?

39/52: Mini-vacay :)

38/52: Fun at the TX Emploreum

37/52: Science girl

She loves science and her “slime” handpicked from the gift store just as much as she adores princesses and tea parties. Makes this mama’s heart happy.

36/52: Chalk art

35/52: Good day, shine

34/52: Go Vikings!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

{Halloween ~ 2015}

My new office is about 2 blocks from a big, beautiful two-story Target… So as you can imagine, I often find myself there spending money I should be saving for future spe.rm purchases on things we don’t really need. It’s like this beacon calling me home and I can’t fight it, I simply can’t. Like most weeks, I found myself there on Monday afternoon cruising the Thanksgiving aisle already planning for the holiday ahead. This year Gracie’s Guncles are spending Thanksgiving with us rather than Christmas (they switch off families like most couples), so we’re going to be hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner at our house during their visit. We’re so excited!

Anyway, there I was at Target picking out place settings, turkey d├ęcor and pumpkin saltshakers when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the 50% off Halloween section. An aisle after that was Christmas stuff! Yes, Christmas stuff out on the shelves the first week of November. I stood there and instantly felt the magnitude of just how quickly time passes. I thought to myself, wasn’t it just Halloween like 2 days ago and then it hit me, it was just Halloween TWO days ago and yet here we are moving on to the next holiday on the list. Not to be too much of a Debbie Downer but the whole situation made me a little sad. It also made me realize that if I don’t get better about documenting our family adventures I’m going to become one of those mama bloggers that you just never hear from again. I mean, seriously – time flies and holidays come and go in a flash! Memories fade and that really is the reason I started this blog all those years ago… To document the everyday moments!

I didn’t want Halloween to be another one of those special times I skipped over, so I figured that even though it’s November 6th and we’re well on our way to Thanksgiving, it’s never to late to share a Halloween post – right?!

This year, per the usual, Halloween was BUSY! From morning to night, it was nuts. We baked cupcakes for the grandparents and actually fit in our spooky arts and crafts! The big celebrations beginning on Friday morning, which was dress up day at Gracie’s school. This year she went as Frida Kahlo. I’m sure most of you know who Frida is but if not, she’s a very famous Mexican artist from the 30’s-40’s. The Bean’s costume was something that just kind of came together at the last minute and it was pretty fantastic if you ask me! She made the cutest little Frida, penciled in unibrow and all and was a hit with all the parents at the Co-Op!

Check out this haunted house! It was pretty awesome!

My work hosted a “Trunk-o-Treat” for the staff and their families complete with hamburgers, tons of candy, a donut eating contest, games, a cake walk, bag decorating stations and a costume contest!

Look who won a Halloween cake! I was so fluffy and delicious!

She made out like a bandit and yes, we’ve already had to hide the candy up high!

The night ended with more trick-o-treating with the grandparents and cousins.

And let me just say, this kiddo had an absolute blast!
We hope all of you did too!

Her 4th Halloween. Can you even believe it?

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