Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Halloween 2017:

I know it's November and I am just getting around to posting about Halloween {But, life. I still have to recap our September in Newport too, haha!}. 
But like I always say, better late than never right?! ;)

Halloween this year was just a super great one. The kids are finally at an age where they can run up to houses with their little friends to trick-or-treat, while I stand street side watching, making sure they are say "thank you" and "happy halloween". It truly was such a magical night watching them have so much fun with their friends and we were even happier that Nana got to join in the festivities with us. 

Charli was pretty adamant about being a cowgirl this year {which honestly I found completely random, but hey, we went with it}. We decided on a "Cowboys & Indians" theme and both Charli & Crew were super pumped about it...until... Crew actually had to WEAR the costume AND the headdress. He said it was too furry and he didn't like it and he just wanted to be "Crew".

Thankfully after talking with him for an entire week about not getting to go trick-or-treating if he wasn't dressed up, rubbed off. He obliged and wore his costume {#momwin}. I mean look at him though, the cutest Chief there ever was!

Charli was so happy with her Cowgirl costume I put together and was yelling "yee haw" the rest of the night! 

Our night of trick-or-treating started with a couple of block parties with some of our friends and ended with lots of giggling, big smiles, full buckets, happy hearts, and super late bedtimes! 
All the good things that every holiday should have, right?!  

The week leading up to Halloween was full of family fun. We had Charli's School Fall Ball, an adult Halloween Party & of course pumpkin patching! I was so happy that everything fell when it did because Steven was able to be a part of it. We found out with extremely short notice that he would be leaving a few short days later and would be missing the Holiday with us. Needless to say, it made everything we did that week even more special. 

{pictures from our adult halloween party... Kellywise & Anderson Cooper}

{if you haven't seen this SNL skit, you need to!}

Charli's school Fall Ball, they dress in costumes and she chose to be Cinderella!

Book Character Parade Day: Charli chose Bear from Bear's Loose Tooth!!
{and how appropriate since she had just lost her First Tooth}

Halloween Eve we have traditions that we love to keep! Baking pumpkin bread, carving pumpkins, baking pumpkin seeds, and watching It"s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. It was the perfect afternoon & evening with our babes as we looked forward to the next night of trick-or-treating!
{Crew even had a Halloween play date where he got to dress in costume... Last minute, morning of, throwing together something and I came out with the cutest Clark Kent! Who by the way won a local Halloween Costume Contest! haha}

We missed Daddy so much but I continued to try and make this time as special as I could for them. It's what I do!

{Halloween School lunches!}

I hope everyone has a Happy Wednesday! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Catching Moments: {36/52}:

*Crew has always loved "mowing" the grass when Daddy is outside actually mowing. Well he loves it even more with the new bubble mower he got back on his birthday! He has tried {more than once} to even sleep with his lawn mower, haha! 

*This Soccer Star finished up her second season of Fall Ball. She had an absolute blast this year and wants to play Spring Ball, so that we will be doing! She is already looking forward to it! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Catching Moments: {35/52}:

*I was so nervous about getting Crew dressed up this year. He wanted nothing to do with his headdress because it was "furry". Thankfully bribing him by saying he couldn't go trick-or-treating unless it was on worked and he stayed on the rest of the night!! I absolutely loved watching them this year, running up to every house with their friends!! 

*This girl was... all about dem guts, bout dem guts, and carving! She loved sticking her hand inside the pumpkin and grabbing all of the insides. Crew wouldn't go near them, haha! I love holiday traditions! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Charli's Chapter: Lost My First Tooth:

from charli's chair:

It was October 26th
A chilly Fall day
My tooth super wiggly 
Falling out was on it's way

Mommy started twisting
It didn't take much
I cried just a little
But Daddy said I'm tough

Then all of a sudden
My family by my side
Mommy said "I got it"
And I giggled with pride

I lost my first tooth
And there's another close behind
Now this talk about the Tooth Fairy
Is all that's on my mind! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Catching Moments: {34/52}:

*Crew... Barefoot connoisseur, sitter of pumpkins. As soon as we arrived to the Pumpkin Patch, Crew took off his shoes because he said there was sand in them {if you know Crew well than you know he has a bit of a shoe fetish already... Cannot stand when they are dirty, wet, sandy, you name it}. So, pick & choose your battles... We let him run around barefoot. He then chose his pumpkin by sitting on it...   

*Charli... Kitchen helper, baker of all things. One of Charli's absolute favorite things to do is help us  cook or bake. Yesterday was an Early Release Day so as soon as we got home we decided to make some Pumpkin Bread! Oh how I love the smell of it baking! Charli requested a slice in her lunch for today!! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Catching Moments: {33/52}:

*Wanting to make sure I always remember the way he looks 90% of the time right now... 
Sweaty, hair a mess, bumps, bruises, scrapes, athletic wear... Crew busted his face last week by falling straight onto my parents pavered patio; head, nose, and lip were all bloody. After crying for a little bit he exclaimed "mommy I a tough boy". He sure is! 

*All of Charli's five year old dreams came true yesterday... She got to ride on a big school bus for the very first time!! To say she was excited would be an understatement! I loved every minute of watching her walk off that school bus when they arrived to their field trip! She is growing up so fast! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Charli's School Days: Kindergarten Open House:

Charli had her Kindergarten Open House a couple of weeks ago and both Steven and I were able to attend which was a huge surprise and something Charli was very happy about. Having Daddy able to be a part of things is always so special because it is very rare. We absolutely love Charli's teacher and were so excited to go in to her classroom and see the things she has been doing and learn about her day-to-day life as a Kindergartner! 

Mrs. K walked up to us and couldn't stop saying how much of a joy Charli is to teach. That she is such an excellent student, rule follower, leader, and goes above and beyond inside the classroom and out. It is everything every parent wants to hear about their child. We are so incredibly blessed with such an amazing little girl who truly makes us proud every single day. 

Steven and I have said from early on that Charli was "meant for school", meaning she has always enjoyed learning, reading, and being challenged with things. Sure enough, we were right. I love talking with her about her days and learning about all of her "BFF's" {yes people, she says "BFF" haha}, but more importantly I love hearing from her teacher that she is doing everything she is supposed to and that she loves it! 

After listening to the teacher for a little while we were able to walk around the room and look at all of the things our baby has been working on. Charli was so excited to take our hands and show us all of her things with a huge proud smile on her face! My favorite was her Family Tree. As she walked us over to show us, she pointed to each one of us and said "that's you" and then the proudest moment of all was when she pointed to the drawing of a person at the very bottom of her tree and said "and mommy & daddy, that's Jesus. Because he is in the center of our family". {Steven said he actually looked at the other family tree's just to see if anyone else did it and if maybe that was what made her want to do it and Charli was the only one}. You guys, I can't tell you how proud we were of her. We are clearly doing something right and I hope she always remembers that HE is right in the center of our family!  

The week after Charli's Open House we had our first Parent Teacher Conference. I cannot tell you how proud and happy we are with Charli. 
Some things her teacher said:
"Charli is my leader & mentor in class"
"Charli gets along and plays with every child in our class. She is such a social little girl"
"Charli is very bright"
"I have no concerns with her, she will go very far. She is smart, beautiful, and kind"

Charli Adele, keep shining bright baby girl! 
Mommy & Daddy are so proud of everything you are doing!