Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Bake Oven. . .

This week, we leave for our happy place :)  Sand in my toes, beer in hand, and kids entertaining themselves on the beach.  Packing will begin tomorrow but in the mean time, the Easy Bake oven has made it's grand appearance after spending many years collecting dust in the basement.  Thank you Pinterest for helping us discover homemade recipes with a ton of butter and sugar as their main ingredient!  What's not to love about an Easy Bake oven cake?!







The girls said they were awesome!

XOXO
-K

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy 12th birthday, Ellie Elizabeth!!


Well, hello!  It's been awhile to say the least!  2 months to be exact.  Way TOO long!  

However, today is a special day for Miss Ellie!

She's 12!!  

I promised both girls I would blog on their birthdays so here goes :)

Ellie's birthday started off with some monkey bread which was made by true monkeys. . .




Yes, I let him have scissors.  


Now, let me tell you something about monkey bread.  It's AWESOME gooey goodness that is nothing but unhealthy but you better believe we ate half the pan in a matter of minutes!  



For lunch, Ellie wanted to go to Panera so off we went to grab her favorite bagel. . .cinnamon crunch with hazelnut cream cheese.  Yes, we were 0-2 on eating healthy today!  
After Panera, Ellie and I jetted off for a day of shopping.  I think we hit 7 stores in 2 hours!  It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you only have one child!  I love shopping with both girls but I love it even more when I can take them separately to see what they love and what styles they will choose.  When they go together, it can be a bit challenging :)   After a few hours, we both realized we were tired and hungry so we headed home.  Kelsey was waiting patiently so we could make Ellie's birthday dessert. . .not that she didn't have enough sugar today but isn't that what birthdays are all about?! 

And this is what we made. . .Key Lime Pie in a jar!  More sugary goodness!!
OMG. . .I could have bathed in this stuff!


Miss Ellie was quite surprised to see her favorite dessert in a jar :)


After dessert, Ellie opened a few presents from Kelsey and Brady. . .


Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?!


And just like that, another birthday is in the books!  I feel so incredibly blessed to have 3 healthy kids who like each other (sometimes!) and are truly good kids.  On each birthday, I reflect back on the day they were born and it makes me smile.  Life goes so fast and I don't want to take anything for granted!  


We love you so much, Ellie, and wish you a year full of health, happiness, and laughter!


Oh, and lots of jumping. . .


XOXO
-K





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's May...13 more days of school!

As you can see, life gets busy and before I know it, a month has gone by and I haven't looked at my blog :(  This year has been so incredibly busy with all 3 kids in activities and school.  Between homework, sports, running the house while Scott travels...let's just say when my head hits the pillow, mama's out!  This is the first week where we didn't have any commitments after school and it's been wonderful!!  Normally, the kids would get off the bus and I would go in to "giddy up" mode.  Homework needed to be finished, soccer gear needed to be packed and off we went to our nightly practice.  Monday - Thursday.  Not only were our weeks packed but our weekends were just as busy.  Some Saturday's, Scott and I were passing in the wind, high- fiving from afar that we actually got our kids to where they needed to be and on time!!  I won't tell you about Kelsey's first game where I thought the game started at 10 and it really started at 9.  Mom of the Year for sure!!  Minus that minor mistake, she had a great soccer season despite the fact that the Lime Lightening only won one game. . .



Scott is coaching Brady's t-ball team again this year and according to him, they're in first place even though they don't keep score. . .




With 2 more Saturdays to go, he's almost finished.  

Now, we're in the home stretch of school and I can't wait to be done!  I know, come August, I'll be singing a different tune but for now, I will NOT miss packing lunches at 6:15 in the morning.  I also will not miss the massive amount of projects Ellie has had this year.  Seriously?  An ABC book in Science containing pictures and 3 facts per letter of something you learned in science this year?  I have been Ellie's #1 cheerleader screaming from the sidelines, "You can do this!"  or "You're almost finished!" or "I know this is the stupidest #$%& project but you got this!"  Some nights it was like pulling teeth to accomplish anything but the girl has straight A's again!  I couldn't be more proud.  She also participated in the Tiger Trot 5K at her school with her cousin Colin, Uncle George and Scott. . .


Ellie, Colin, and their friend Allie


Can you say "Johnny Football"??  


The cheerleaders :)


Where's Waldo??







And Kelsey?  She is doing an unbelievable job this year!  They don't have letter grades for second grade but if they did, she would be rockin' the straight A's as well :)  She has many friends and is ready for the pool and beach trips this summer.  I love when she lets me take her picture...her smile is contagious!!  



And Brady?  Well...he's done with school.  Enough said :)  This was his last year of "church" preschool so it was a little bittersweet.  The Mother's Day Tea was my favorite...maybe it was because he made the most beautiful coffee filter bonnet!


And a last day picture with his favorite teacher, Ms. Carrie. . .


Now that he's done with school, we are going to tackle some projects together which is always fun :)  I'm putting the boy to work and making him help tear down wallpaper in my half bath.  He actually loves to help so we should be done in no time but then there's a little furball who requires some attention. . .  



Bentley is 8 months old and slowly but surely getting to be a really good dog.  We had an Invisible Fence installed back in March and it's made my life so much easier.  He trained himself on the first day and we haven't had any issues since.  He loves to dig and hide socks in the mulch which explains his dirty beard all the time!  He wears himself out running on "Bentley's Trail" which the kids named for him because he goes back and forth on the path.  It's quite comical. . .


This weekend we are heading to Lake Norris near Knoxville, TN.  Our friends own a house there but we are so sad to say they are moving to Florida this summer so it's our one last hurrah before they leave.  Weather looks to be amazing!  We're gettin' our tubin' on, our drinkin' on, and our sunnin' on!  Can't wait!!

Well, I'm off to check on the kiddos who've been outside since they got home.  Hoping the storms aren't too bad tonight considering Scott's on his way home.  It's already delayed so crossing our fingers and toes it doesn't get cancelled!





XOXO
-K

Friday, April 25, 2014

Foto Friday. . .

Getting ready for t-ball tomorrow!  
Go Cougars!!



Happy Friday!

XOXO
-K

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring has arrived!

Spring has sprung!  T-ball, soccer, summer clothes you forgot about, pale legs, flip flops, freshly sunburned or should I say wind-burned faces after this weekend, green grass, and kids running around in the backyard!  I love this time of year!  It was a packed weekend but the sun was shining and my house actually stayed clean on the inside because we were outside most of the time. . . 





Our four legged fur ball LOVES being outside!  I was skeptical of how an electric fence would work on Bentley but let me tell you. . .AWESOME!!  


Hoping for some great weather in the days ahead. . .oh yeah, snow flurries expected tomorrow!  You know you live in Cincy when it's 80 one day, and snowing the next!

XOXO
-K