Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June cont

Preschool: been there, done that! Parker’s graduation ceremony was a lot of fun.  Watching the song & dance portion, something that P had been working on for weeks, and seeing her get her diploma was simply the best.  Hard to believe that in a matter of months we will have a kindergartener on our hands.  Eeeeek!






My poor, sweet, can do no wrong Emerson has ANOTHER EAR INFECTION.  Yes, another ear infection even though she had tubes put in a short four months ago.  This baby cannot catch a break.  

I could feel a fever on her Sunday night though our thermometer was on the fritz so I wasn’t sure of the actual temp.   A little Advil helped that night and a little more the next morning.  We had an appointment scheduled for vaccines and by the time we got there her fever was almost 103.  Quick ear check confirmed another infection.  I am hoping this is not going to repeat itself over and over again.  Our pedi doesn’t want her on any more antibiotics (though she is on one now) and we’ve already had tubes so…..I’m not sure what the solution is.

All I know is that someone was less than thrilled to be waiting 20 minutes at Kroger for her meds. 


In other news, I have discovered that the S women all have Fedoras.  And I love it :) 

I also love our new wood floors! You can catch a glimpse below in the 2nd pic.  The final piece of this home reno is the kitchen.  We basically have to turn the kitchen upside down and remove the huge island and panty so that will be intense.  But after that we are on our way to have a home with all brand new flooring  from basement to first floor to second floor.  Giving this home the face lift it deserves! 




Emerson is becoming a little daredevil.  One of her fave things is to rock herself on this horse and fast as she possibly can while looking completely innocent.  Once that gets old, she tries to use the horse to help her climb onto the couch.  Cannot take our eyes off her for a second! 




Parker & Teagan have been dying to start a garden but we have backyard problems to the tune of about 11 deer who will chomp that up in a heartbeat. So we improvised and brought the planters up to our tallest deck which is above our walkout basement. We bought  the seeds & the dirt, found some unused planters and off the girls went.  I am pretty proud at how diligent they have been with their seeds.  Daily they check on their plants and make sure to water them.  Being able to see them grow gets the girls super excited.  I don’t like gardening (bugs + dirts + time suck + weeding = the worst) but I love that the girls love it.  Maybe next year we will invest in some legit large planters and kick it up a notch. 


First thing in the morning: tshirt pjs ad rain boots :)


Dance recital was fun as always.  I love getting to watch the girls do their thing.  The costumes this year were some of my favorite ones.  Parker’s dance was the Sound of Music and Teagan was the Muppet’s.  Both outfits were spot on. 



And, as always, we've been having lots of fun with Snapchat.







Adios! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

May & June

Let's blast a few weeks into the past and catch up on my crew.

Two weeks ago was the highly anticipated parent observation day at dance.  Only three times per year are parents granted permission to come in and observe the progress of these little tappers/ballerinas.  Love watching them show off their new skills! After class the girls were presented with trophies honoring all the progress made during the year.  Teagan was SO excited to have her own piece of bling to proudly display on her "special shelf" in her bedroom.

While dance is done for the season, we're already thinking about next year.  Parker's teacher, Miss V, has been chatting with me about having Parker dance competitively as she thinks she's ready based on her skill set. Miss V grew up at DSD, dancing since she was P's age, and now teaches.  Both of her daughters dance competitively and P is BFFs with her youngest.

The time commitment is intense though, especially for a five year old.  8 hours per week during the summer and six per week during the school year.  Geez.  So to compromise for now we're looking at doing half the commitment.  Three hours per week during the school year for jazz, tap and hip hop, two recitals and two regionals.  Teagan will still take one class of tap/tumbling.  I'm looking forward to the new classes, costumes, and lasting memories!



Parker is ready for it.  Right girl?!






Not only did dance wrap up but soccer did as well.  I was so proud of Teagan for tearing up the field in her first season.  She participated in the drills, scored goals, and followed the coaches instruction. Way to go! Poor thing was pretty sick for her last game though.  Could barely move, let alone run, and kept asking if it was over.  Finally it was and she was able to chill in the stroller while Parker played. By the time we got home she had a 102 fever and was exhausted.  A Disney movie and early bedtime was the cure for this illness as she woke up the next morning feeling 100% better.


Parker killed it this season.  Endless goals, great defense, crazy hustle...major improvements from last fall.  Soccer will remain on our schedule right along with dance.


No matter what sport, Emerson will be there to cheer her biggies on! Though in reality, she loathes being stuck on the soccer field for 2 1/2 hours.  All she wants to do is walk all over the field--perhaps trying to keep up with P & T--but that's not the best idea unless she wants to become a human soccer ball.


My sister had her baby! My sister had her baby! So we made a quick trip to OH to meet the little guy. I don't have any pics as he was in the NICU but soon enough.  What I do have though is a group pic with a scowling Parker.  This mean mom couldn't locate the hospital play area and that + lack of sleep = angry face.  


Baby Jack was born in an OSU hospital and the decor was spot on.  Go Bucks! Look at Emerson imitating Brutus.  I mean, it's in her blood after all.  


Back in our state we've spent the majority of our weekends hanging out around the house.  For the most obvious reason--the pool-- but also because Emerson is an epic snoozer.  Girl will sleep, no joke, from about 7pm until we have to wake her at 4pm.  That is 21 hours! TWENTY ONE HOURS! Every single weekend.  It is insane. 

When she is up we take full advantage of our E time. Teagan teachers her how to draw.


We take wagon rides around the sub. 


And we act super cute :) 


Teagan also acts super cute when she picks out her own outfits.  And when she says things like, "I like Daddy's car more than yours because Daddy drives a Cat-illac and I love cats." This kid! 


Up next: recap of Parker's preschool gradation, the girls dance recital, and our new floors! The living room and dining room are completely done :) 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer is here!

The days of 80 degree temps and bountiful sunshine have arrived! And better yet, the forecast shows that this weather is here to stay.  Long awaited and much appreciated. What better way to celebrate than by lounging poolside enjoying all that Snapchat has to offer.


The girls and I were in fits of laughter over this silliness!


When you are sick of Snapchat you can always "relax" inside by ripping up dated wood floors.  We bought our house based on location--nationally ranked schools, wooded backyard, and culdesac--knowing that the interior could easily be updated.  And after countless projects from interior doors to crown molding to a basement remod and so on it's finally time to tackle the thin plank, yellowish floors.  Up next is wide plank rustic looking bamboo!

I'm hoping to have the room cleared out and swept up tonight and the floors completely installed by Sunday evening.  My parents are visiting this weekend for the girls dance recital and I wouldn't really call this room guest ready :-P



A project of this magnitude is loud.  Circular saws and hammers are involved.  Thankfully neither seem to bother Emerson.  I sat her in her crib to keep her put as I ran downstairs to warm a bottle.  The sawing was in full force so I didn't want her little ears to be hurt.  Two minutes later I come up to feed her and find this.  Face first passed out!



It is difficult getting a picture with all three girls looking and smiling at the phone.  Selfies seem to do the trick though :)




When your kids wake at 7am and it's not quite warm enough yet for a dip in the pool, you have fun with it. Cheap labor at it's finest.  



The car washing was followed up by a bike ride.  Safety first of course! Helmets in case you fall off your bike and boots in case it snows.  It is Michigan after all. 


Teagan demonstrating that you never can have enough accessories ;) 


One of Emerson's fave things to do.  Be super cute while poolside. While wearing the same bathing suit that P wore when she was itty bitty.


She has also started walking! Her first major steps were on the pool deck.  With her eyes on the prize (aka K) she took 16 steps straight to him while he was in the pool.  Way to go babycakes! 




A bit of Emerson's little personality is below.  This girl is all smiles all fun all the time. 


Pool party! Our pool has been getting some great use the past two weeks.  This evening and weekend are no exception. 


Emerson's first experience with grass.  Like everything, she loved it.



Parker's first official haircut! She had the smallest of trims last year, like barely any hair came off, so this was her first legit one.  A full two inches was cut, leaving her "princess hair" nice as long as she requested.



That's a wrap! Time for a weekend of flooring and swimming!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

More fun!



When Trike-A-Thon rolled around I was more than happy to help out for a good cause.  The girls (all three of them) had a nice time strolling and riding around to raise money for St Jude.  The morning started off and ended pretty rainy but there was a nice break in the middle of it all.  Rain or shine, the kids didn’t care in the least bit.  Their bikes and helmets were at school and nothing was going to stop them from riding.







Our pool will officially be opened this Saturday but that’s not soon enough for Mama and Papa Duck.  Just wait for Saturday duckies! 75 degrees and an open pool are calling my name.




Charity did not end after the Trike-A-Thon.  Up next was the much anticipated MOM PROM.  I have been waiting for this evening for months.  All women, all 21 and over, all night of dancing, drinking and eating.  So much fun and even better—all the proceeds from the ticket sales and raffles were donated to an organization helping homeless children in the next county over.  MP was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.  







And last but certainly not least one of my top four places to shop (yes, I have four and only four—Amazon, Target, Nordstrom and Costco).  It’s always an adventure when you combine three small children, endless samples, two carts filled to the brim with delicious goodies, and pizza slices as big as your head.  Whole lotta crazy going on here :-P