Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Celebrating Ben's 7th

On Ben's birthday, he had donuts for breakfast and cupcakes at school with his class.  The fun continued all throughout the day because it was field day at school on his birthday.  How fun!


That evening once we got home from school and church, Ben opened a few gifts from us.




We had to work hard to find a a free weekend to have Ben's party.  End of year baseball tournaments and other activities made it a challenge to schedule it this year.  We ended up celebrating this weekend so it felt like Ben's birthday celebrations lasted about 2 weeks.

Ben chose Chuck E. Cheese's for his party.  This was a first for us.  Since attending friends' parties there he thought it would be cool.  I have to admit it was easy for us and low stress so I'm not against this for a birthday party.

I made throwback cupcakes instead of cake.  Notice the candy letters like we used to have on our birthday cakes when we were kids.  I decided on cupcakes instead of a cake so I didn't have to worry about transporting a decorated cake there.  The party treats were candy kabobs that I'd seen a friend on Instagram make.  There are all sorts of examples if you look it up on Pinterest.   




The TICKET BLASTER!!!
I think this was a big part of why Ben wanted to have his party at Chuck E. Cheese's. 




Saturday, June 11, 2016

School Musicals 2015-2016

You might be wondering, "Why Christmas photos in June?", which is a good question.  I use the blog as a place to keep memories for our family, and the school musicals were something special I wanted to make sure I had saved in my little blog world (AKA my digital-family-scrapbook-that-gets-shared-on-the-world-wide-web).

Ben's Christmas musical was adorable.
Ben was Dasher for the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".




Will's spring musical theme was Texas Rodeo.
His favorite part was the square dance song "Shake Them 'Simmons Down".





Friday, June 3, 2016

It's Been a Great School Year!


Another school year {2015-2016} is finished.  

Ben completed the 1st grade.
Will completed 3rd grade.

This is the last year that both boys will be in the elementary school together so it was a special year for our family.

This school year has been an adventure for our us.  We have lived in 3 different houses, which is hard to believe as I'm typing it.  We sold a house and built a house.  The boys adjusted to the changes and stress better than I imagined.  I really couldn't have asked for them to handle it any better.  I'm thankful that all the adjustments didn't have an impact on their learning.  We are proud of all their hard work, effort, and accomplishments.  Most of all I'm happy they made friends, learned, and had fun.

It seems we are blessed each year with educators who make it their mission in life to invest in the future of our children.  Mark and I are educators so naturally we value education.  We know it's not an easy job, and it's often thankless.  Both of our boys' teachers are truly gifted and helped our boys excel.  If it weren't for them I know they wouldn't be where they are today.  What a special thing to encourage a love of learning!


Sweet, kind, caring, intelligent, and amazing teachers.


Comparison photo from the first day of school 2015-2016 to the last day of school 2015-2016.  Amazing!

We're so proud of you, Will and Ben!

I look forward to an awesome summer full of relaxing, adventure, fun, and spending time at our new home.




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ben is 7!

Today Ben turns 7!


Ben has really grown up over the last year.  

Ben is finishing up first grade, and we are proud of all that he has learned.  He started the school year reading a few words and now he can read whatever he wants.  He even earned a spot in the top 10 for A.R. points in his grade.

Ben has been playing coach pitch baseball.  He is attentive and tries hard to do what the coaches ask of him.

Just as I've written about Ben before, he is still ready to play and get dirty.  He wears out the knees in his jeans, which is evidence of playing hard and having fun.  Ben is becoming quite the little artist.  He draws some things from his imagination and others he can draw by copying what he sees.  Ben likes playing PS4 games, watching TV and movies (at home and on the DVD player in the car), playing games on the iPad, building Legos and making his own creative Lego creations.  Ben likes to be a helper, and he doesn't like to be left out.  He is funny, smart, sweet, and kind.



Ben's favorite things:

Favorite food: Pizza

Ben's favorite drink is Dr. Pepper

Favorite fruit: apples

Favorite veggie: broccoli

Favorite sport to play: Baseball and Football

Ben's favorite sports team is the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. 

Favorite toy: Legos

The best show on television according to Ben is Ninjago, and Odd Squad on PBS kids, and he said it used to be Chima but it go deleted but he still likes it.

Ben's favorite thing to learn about in school is math and recess in the gym and lunch.

Ben's favorite thing about school is recess and gym time and centers.

If Ben could go anywhere in the world, he'd go to Florida to go to Disney World.

Ben's favorite colors are green and blue

When Ben grows up he wants to be a baseball player.

His current favorite song is "Stressed Out" by twenty one pilots.

His favorite book right now is  The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home

Ben's buddies are Christian, Kevin and Alex.

Favorite holiday: Christmas

Favorite animal: Tiger

Ben's birthday meal, if he could choose would be Cane's Chickens

Ben really likes Minecraft, Ninjago, Ninja Turtles, Chima, iPad, PS4, Wii, Nintendo DS, playing outside, playing catch, playing baseball, going to church, and spending time with family.

We celebrated Ben's birthday early by going to a Rangers game.  He also picked all the places we got to eat on the Memorial Day weekend.  This morning he got donuts for breakfast.  Today was field day at his elementary school and he helped me make cupcakes to share with his class.


We plan to celebrate his birthday with friends and family by having a party at Chuck E. Cheese's (Ben's choosing) later this month. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Our Kitchen {just a quick glimpse}

Here's a quick glimpse of our kitchen.
I didn't break out my fancy DSLR camera for these pics.  I  snapped the photos on my old iPhone 5S.  
The photos were taken before we moved in about a month ago. You can still see the protective plastic on some of our appliances.

We closed on the house at the beginning of May and I have to say that living in the new house has been all that I imagined it would be.  I LOVE it!  Each day it feels more and more like home.

I plan to share all the details about the new house on Unexpected Elegance, but for now here's a brief list off the top of my head.

Appliances: GE Cafe
Countertops: Soapstone (Original PA honed)
Sink: Kohler Whitehaven
Faucet: Kohler Artifacts chrome finish
Hardware: Gilmore from Restoration Hardware chrome finish
Lighting: Quorum
Flooring: Armstrong Bruce hickory finish
Backsplash: white beveled subway tile with Oyster Gray grout






Friday, May 20, 2016

Catching Up: January 2016 - May 2016

We moved into our new house recently, and I couldn't be more excited to finally be home.

It seems like so much of the last year, from May 2015 to now May 2016, has been focused on building our new home.

Despite that being a major event in our lives, we still continued to have our everyday, life is still normal, happenings. 

I looked back through photos to remind me what we've been up to (other than building a house) since the start of the new year.

January
2016

We met friends at Babe's chicken, which is a pretty good start to the new year if you ask me.

I like everyday moments like this one.  The boys reading a book together. 

February 2016

Kayreen and Jen were in Texas for a visit.
We think Kayreen is awesome, and it's only natural that we would think her friends are awesome, too.  It makes sense that we would become friends with her friends because she's our mutual friend.  You guys followed that, right?  We all had a good time hanging out together in downtown Denton.

Our fam and in the background Kayreen, Jen, Johanna, Joel and Tim. 
Great night with fun, sweet, and interesting people.

Valentine's Day photos at the farm where our rent house was located.

Checking on construction at the new house.  This photo is a good example of all the random things the boys would find at the construction site. Clearly they are of great value to them because they had to be in the photo!

 March 2016

Open house at Will and Ben's school



Family photos courtesy of Ben's teacher.

We were able to get away for one night in Dallas, and it was a much needed break from this stressful year.  Patty Griffin was in town, and we love her.  We had dinner at Sundown at Granada and then attended the concert.  We were with Craig and Andrea so that's how we got the photos.  We didn't have to ask a random stranger to take them (don't think we're not above doing that though!).  


April 2016

Angela was in Texas for a quick visit and she made her way north to see us.  She got to see the new house, we had Tex Mex, and then we headed to Canton.  It was late in the day so we decided not to go to trade days and instead we hung out at Paul Michael.  (I always want to call the store Paul Mitchell because of the hair care products, lol!)  I wish Indiana and Texas were closer.  She's the type of friend that I can pick right up with where we left off.  

Also in April we celebrated our cousin's 7th birthday.  My boys thought the laser tag in the park was pretty cool!

Playing hard in your baseball games = postgame snacks at DQ



May 2016

Our nephew, Jacob, graduated from high school and we celebrated his accomplishment.  He made a slideshow for his graduation party and there was an adorable photo of him in a Spiderman costume.  That's exactly how I remember him as a little boy and I can't believe he is out of high school now.  Wow!  If our boys grow up as fast as Jacob did, then Will and Ben will be graduating before I know it.  Yikes!

Will and Ben worked hard and earned a spot in the top 10 for A.R. points for their classes, and they were rewarded with a field trip to Cowboys Stadium/AT&T Stadium.  Mark was able to take off and go with them on the trip.  I'm usually the one taking photos (or in their opinion over-taking photos) but he did a good job and took some of the boys.





It's the final Friday of the school year. So that means it's the last Friday that I have to pack school lunches. I love my family, and I love taking care of them.  With that said, I don't love packing school lunches every morning.  I've packed over 150 this school year, and this mama is done.  I get anxious this time of year for summer which brings a break from our busy routine.  Knowing that we are nearing the end is exciting!

I'll be back with more blog posts to catch up with some things I've missed blogging about this year--Will and Ben's school musicals and Easter.





Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother's Day was the first special day we celebrated in the new house.  New house equals new traditions.  At the old house (or as Ben calls it "the old, old house" because we also had "the rent house" in between) I've always taken a photo on Mother's Day in our front yard by our flowers, but this year we aren't even close to having flower beds ready.  We were barely unpacked at Mother's Day.  I had to come up with a new place for our yearly photo, and I thought by our front door would be the perfect spot.

I like this new spot for our Mother's Day photo.  It still feels surreal to show you these photos.  I can't believe we are in our new house.  Perfect Mother's Day present!

Mark told the boys to give me a kiss on the cheek.  Precious!  
These boys do love their mommy and I love them! 

I always took photos of the boys by the front door at the old house, and I decided to keep up that tradition here. 

I'll try to show y'all photos of the new house soon.  Moving is overwhelming, and we moved right at the end of school, which is hectic.  I know things will slow down and I can get caught up.  Summer is just around the corner, and I look forward to the time we can enjoy our new home and relax.

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