Sunday, September 14, 2014

Danielle & John Get Married!!!

...Yesterday, a long time friend and co-worker got married and AR was one of the flower girls. We had the rehearsal Friday night and AR just wasn't feeling it walking down the aisle. She loves Mr. John though so she ran right to him for a big hug after crying the whole way down the aisle on Friday night. Uh-oh...Momma was worried for the actual wedding!

After her part of the rehearsal, we hung out in the pew with Miss Monkey and she was pretty excited about that.

On Saturday, we got to the church and she practiced going down the aisle on her own...with no one in the church and she loved it.

She was still acting a little nervous and not super smiley during pics. This was Luka, the ring bearer.

Oh and then she saw Mr. John and she was excited! She loves him!

A bag of chips and applesauce to power her up...

Well, she made it down the aisle with the two other kiddos, lip quivering, but no tears. She gave Mr. John a big hug and when he told her to go find Mom, she grinned and ran back down the aisle to where I was sitting so yah-she made it!!! Once the pressure was off, the girls had a blast running like wild women in the lobby.

We got pics with Danielle and John then headed home for a nap before the "party." When she woke up, she started crying because she wanted to go to the "birthday" so yeah, it was a birthday/wedding celebration!

Here's AR watching Mr. John dance with his mom. Seriously, she loves him and all the wedding party was so sweet and nice to her. They gave her fives and danced with her all night. Seriously, my kid was a dancing machine!

Here are the little girls dancing with the beautiful bride. I loved her dress with the lace and they took a pic of the girls under her sheer layer, hopefully it turns out cute!

Did I mention there was cake? Amazing cake actually! AR was a pretty big fan too.

I finally got a pic of AR and the bride...too bad AR's hair is out of control. Everyone kept asking me if I curled it and I was like, uh, are you crazy?! No way my child would sit still that long, all natural baby!

This is Danielle's mom, Ms. Norma. I love her! She's like the All American mom and I hope I'm like her when I grow up.

They played a slow song for the couples and I couldn't get AR off the dance floor. Of course, she didn't want to dance with me either so the boys from work came along and danced with her so she didn't have to take a break.

Lots of old friends were there (not like they're old, just have known them for awhile). Here's Amber with AR. Luckily, lots of people knew and loved her so she had plenty of people watching her, dancing with her, and sneaking her lots of popcorn. Popcorn bar=awesome!

Oh and then Mr. John danced with her and she was so excited! Anytime he walked by her or danced with her, she'd run over and find me, yelling, "Mr. John!!!"

I hired both of these girls when they were in high school and now they're both married! #wowIfeelold

AR was out on the dance floor until we left, right before ten. She only stopped for a few breaks and almost passed out on this one...

Then we got home and yeah, this is what happens when you party too hard. Of course, the shoes were twenty years old!

So a big congrats to Danielle and John. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. It was perfect and you have such great family and friends. Here's to wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Handstand Contest!!!

...This summer, AR's gymnastics place did a Handstand Contest. You could enter as many times as you wanted and it was supposed to be on vacation or staycation like the zoo or "where ever you hang out this summer." I tried to do places we visited although some of the entries were in front of Target, QT, and other local businesses. #cakehunting really helped us get out a lot too!

It was kind of hard to do this pic because I always had to have a third person or ask someone to take our picture. I wasn't going to ask a stranger to hold my kid's feet up. Anyways, it was a fun thing to do throughout the summer. Here are the pics we submitted:

The Fountains at Crown Plaza in KC (my friend Candace helping)

Daniel Boone Home (asked a nice lady from Arkansas to take the pic)

AR at my sister's pool-AR insisted on doing the handstand on the pool rail!

#Cakehunting! Handstand at Webster Opera

Handstand under the Arch on top of a cake at Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club!

Lunch and handstand at Chuck-A-Burger!

One armed handstand at Lodge Des Peres Pool!

More swimming handstands at Nanny's pool!

At Skyview Drive-In

Hotel Handstand!

At the "White House"

Magic House



Matt took a pic of her doing at the fair. I text him and simply asked for "the handstand pic." This is what he sent me. :-/

St. Charles County Fair

Cape Splash

Friday, August 29, 2014

EB's Bridal Shower...

...Last weekend was my SIL's pre-wedding weekend. On Friday night, we celebrated her Bachelorette Party or as I like to call it, her Pre-Wedding Birthday. We went to dinner at Bar Louie's (yummy and great happy hour specials!) then we went to Florida-Georgia Line and Jason Aldean concert. It was great!!! I haven't been to a concert since before AR was born (three years ago) and it was a lot of fun other than it was hotter than Haities. We cut out early and headed to Main Street for dancing...I danced, I had fun, but I felt old...maybe because when we were leaving, all the young crowd was coming and I got really excited about "Jessie's Girl" when it came on. Or it could have possibly been because I pulled out some dance moves from Hitch...Q-tips anyone???

Saturday we had a day to rest and then Sunday we had the Bridal Shower. All the aunts did the food and the bridesmaids did the rest. Here's little Miss Ham who insisted on wearing her boots that she gets to wear in the wedding.

She was so excited to see her great grandma!

AR with the Bride-To-Be!

She was so excited to see her Great Grandma

This was the welcome table which I think turned out really cute.

Mommy and AR

Laughing at her groom's answers to questions about the two of them

"Look, EB, we both wear boots!"

An entire box full of coupons for her to use at Bed, Bath & Beyond, each one decorated!

I was taking pictures of the gift opening and every five minutes, "What you doing, Mommy?"

In between throwing away wrapping paper of course

Thank goodness for these booster seats as entertainment.

She was a busy, busy little girl!

And a happy one too!

EB with all her bridesmaids!

Now that the pre-wedding festivities are over, we have the countdown to the wedding!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Library Photo Contest...

...Our local library offered a Summer Photography Contest. There was four categories: Local Landmark, Nature, Library, and 2014 Summer Reading Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read! I entered every category except Local Landmark. Time got away from me and I just didn't get around to taking a picture.

I found on last Thursday that I won second place in the Library category!!! I won $25 and my photo is in the running for the People's Choice Award. You can go and vote here from now until September 12! I'm sure you'll be able to figure out which one is mine. :-)

Here are my entries:

Summer Reading Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read!
This was an entire family experience to get this pic!

Library-2nd Prize Winner! Woot, woot-go me!!!

I figured everyone would do flowers and such for nature so why not corn???

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Driveway!!!

...Little by little, we're getting things fixed around our house. Our driveway had settled and there was about three inches that one slab was lower than the others. Luckily, Matt's friends are very talented and work for trades so we were able to get our driveway done for pretty cheap.

The project started last Saturday when I was at work. I called my mom and told her to take some before pics. I forgot that I'd set the camera on manual for pics I'd taken the night before so yeah, no real good before pics...sorry!

Breaking up the concrete.

When I got home, all the sidewalk/driveway was gone so took these pics.

Sunday morning AR woke up asking, "Where's my sidewalk?"

AR was pretty excited that she got to ride in the machine in the driveway.

Daddy showing her how it works

On Tuesday, the boys came over and started pouring the concrete. AR was the supervisor.

It was so hectic and crazy because you have to move really fast!

Site boss AR! The guy out the window is Matt's friend, Dusty. O...M...G! AR LOVES HIM!!! She talks about him all the time, recognizes his truck, and when he's here, she'll dote over him the entire time.

Checking it out from both windows

Sorry for all the inside shots but we were kind of trapped inside!

Putting in the crack and look at the guy in the background in the orange shirt. Concreters must have the tightest abs!

Don't believe me? Look at this, balancing on a fence to do the finishing touches!

Of course, we had to put our handprints in and we included a penny that had the year in it.

So woot, woot new driveway-woohoo!!! Only bad thing is that we left one slab that wasn't broken only to have it snap under the weight of the concrete truck SO next year's tax money will go toward that last slab. Now on to the next project!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AR's First Day of Preschool!!!

...Let me tell you a little something about my child. She is and OMG we were going rounds on her first day of preschool!

First off, she's going to 2 year-old preschool one day a week this school year. I really wanted more socialize, classroom setting for her and my MIL needed some more time to work so this kind of worked out. The class is only 9-2:30pm so my MIL will drop-off/pick-up and get more time to work so it's a win-win. When we went to orientation last week, we found out that AR is the only 2 yo registered for Wednesdays so she's actually in a class of 3 yos. We'll see how that works out but I think it should be fine. Oh and ever heard of a nap mat? Yeah, I hadn't and couldn't find one anywhere...all Targets in my area would sold out. But yeah, that's a story for another day.

So let's get back to AR's first day! Of course she woke up at 5:45am but the boys were outside working on our new driveway so she was excited to see them. We did our usual ritual...banana, milk and Super Why. We read a few books then I told her we needed to eat a good breakfast so I gave her a few choices and of course she picked cereal until she saw me making her lunch. FYI-not a good idea to have a 2 yo help make her lunch when she hasn't eaten breakfast. Case and point, she only had half a PBJ for lunch because she ate the rest for breakfast.

Okay, lunch/breakfast meltdown over and now we're in the backyard with the dogs. Come inside and another meltdown because her shoes are wet and I am pulling her hair while trying to put it in a ponytail. Over that and move on to the last step before we leave...first day of school pictures. O...M...G! I almost lost it and she did. See check it out:

And now I'm making her wear her backpack (which she's been wearing all week and loving!) dare I!!! #meanmommy But let me clarify that she's not upset about going to school, no she's downright pissed that I'm taking her picture.

"Mommy get in!" Okay, Mommy get in. Daddy probably going to yell at me about stepping on new concrete and AR is still going to cry.

Okay, maybe a change in scenery would work...more tears than Divine Intervention and my child SMILES!!! Turns out to be a pretty amazing picture too. Thank you Lord and thank you AR because Mommy was about to join you in the tears.

Once the good pic was taken, we get into Mommy's car and tears begin again. I typically don't do this but for the sake of trying to save the day, I let her watch Frozen on the ten minute drive there. Once we arrived, she still refused to wear her backpack but walked into the classroom no problem. She started playing with toys and yelling at me, "Mommy look!" Before I left, I showed her the bathroom and had her go so that she was familiar with it. When we came out, she looked at her teacher and said, "I did it Susan!" Here she is with her teacher.

So yeah, that was our fun morning before AR's first day of preschool. When I picked her up, they said she had a great day which made Mommy very happy! No accidents!!! She did worksheets on tracing with the older kids, loved being outside, ate all of her lunch (and was super excited about her shaped sandwiches-score one for Mommy!), and went down for nap with only a small whimper. I was there when she woke up and she looked at me and said, "Mommy! I nap with my monkey!" Apparently she was really excited about her monkey that I'd packed in her nap bag. So overall, day 1 of preschool=success!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ozeri Electric Wine Opener...

...When I'm ready for a glass of wine, I'm ready. I don't want to waste time trying to get it open, I'm just ready to pour, drink, and relax. Woohoo for the Ozeri Electric Wine Opener to solve that problem! All you do is hit one button and presto-wine time!

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