August 10, 2016

Kids Behind the Blog | School Days

I've been increasingly more emotional over school starting soon. We are trying to squeeze the last bit of Summer out of each day.  We are determined to make it last right into October, honestly we absolutely can with our climate. We are going to meet & greet with Lily's new teacher next week. I thought it would be fitting to chime in with the Kids Behind the Blog series to answer a few school related questions. 

What was your favorite thing to do over the Summer?
Going to the beach. 

What's your favorite thing to learn at school?
Learning numbers & making crafts. 

Who is your best friend from school?
Adrianna, Merritt, & Harper. Just the girls, but I like Liam too. (There were more girls in her class last year, but those are her closest girl friends. Only Adrianna & Liam from this list will be in her class this year. Everyone else will be new friends.)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A doctor. One for people getting surgeries. (She has been mentioning she wants to be a doctor for quite some time now, only recently has she honed in on wanting to be a surgeon.)

What is your least favorite thing about school?
Nothing. I like everything about school. (love this answer)

Are you looking forward to a new school year soon?
Thanks for reading!

August 04, 2016

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe.

This has probably been one of our busiest Summers yet. I have a ton of memories saved up that I just haven't blogged about (maybe I should start a throwback series, ha!). For now, I thought I would pop in for the Teaching Together Blog Hop and share an experiment we enjoyed while my sister stayed with us this Summer. 

What You Will Need (Per serving):
1/2 Cup Milk (we used Whole)
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or Half & Half
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla 
sprinkle of salt
1/2 Cup Rock Salt
2 Cups of Ice
1-quart Freezer Baggie
1-gallon Freezer Baggie
Any Additional Fun Add Ins - Sprinkles, Nuts, Candy, Chocolate Syrup, etc...

Measure and pour the first 5 ingredients into the quart size freezer bag. Seal the bag completely, careful to remove as much air as you can. Next, place the ingredient filled quart size baggie along with the rock salt and ice cubes into the gallon sized bag. Zip the bag closed, again making sure to remove as much air as possible. Wrap the baggie with a kitchen towel and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. You'll want to shake vigorously for about 8-10 minutes. Time will vary.

My husband was able to shake his into ice cream within 6 minutes, but he is an over achiever that way. I shook mine in about 9 minutes then I helped work on the girls. Honestly, this project is SO much fun and really is such a fun experiment to watch unfold. You are literally making science! That being said, I would most definitely wait until daddy is home to help shake some bags, because I don't know about you all, but this mama is seriously lacking in some arm muscles. ;) 

Have you completed any experiments lately? 

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August 02, 2016

Lily Says -V.6

I asked Lily why she didn't tell our neighbor thank you. She said, "I did!! I bowed. That's how princesses say thank you".

"What are those little cars with the little hats called again?" (She was referring to taxi cabs)

"When I brush my teeth at night before bed, my tooth past is magic and princesses show up on my teeth to keep them clean while I sleep."

"I need to go to one of those places that makes your hair stop growing. Mine is just getting so long. What are those places called again?"

(Daddy found a baby turtle under his car at work, brought it home, and we made a makeshift habitat for the day until we could make it to the pond together that evening. Somehow the turtle escaped..)"Maybe our turtle turned into a frog and hoped away to be with is family."

"I only like ponies & unicorns. Can we get one to keep at home?" (she was asking for a new pet)

(After realizing we were going to Target) "Man, it's a great thing I didn't have a milk yet today!" (Her way of asking for us to go to Starbucks)

"Maybe one day I can have longer fingers so I can snap?"

Scooping Ben up in a bear hug, "Dear bubba, I love you so much I just don't know what to do about it!!"


P.S. My baby is just growing so fast!! For previous Lily Says posts, click here, here, & here.

July 21, 2016

Another Snuggle, Another Kiss.


Each night before bed, we sit in the rocker to cuddle and have one last nursing session for the evening. No matter how tired he is, he certainly won't allow himself to drift off. He would rather hold my hand, softly touch my arm, or grab onto my elbow to hold tight. I look down to him and he cuts his eyes at me with a smile. 

After reading a quick story, usually Good Night Moon, I turn on his sound machine and he turns to face me embracing me with both arms tightly around my neck. He gives me a warm kiss on the cheek. We reach up to turn off the light and he falls into a snuggle resting his neck onto my shoulder. 

I hug him tight as I kiss his cheek & sit him down in his crib. I find his socks. He giggles as I slide them on, I kiss his cheek once again. He pulls my arm to his face, kisses my hand and then snuggles with it for a second. I tell him, "It is time for night night bubba." He smiles. I hug him again & kiss him on top of his head. 

He looks at me and smiles knowingly. I kiss his cheek, not yet ready to leave his side. I give him another hug, kiss his cheek again, and he waves bye to me. I walk to the door and turn around as he blows me a kiss. I walk back over for one last kiss on the cheek. He gives me the biggest grin and as I open the door, he finally tucks his arms under himself and snuggles right to sleep. 

I leave the room still wanting another snuggle & another kiss.


July 20, 2016

Dance Camp

Lily was finally old enough for dance camp this year! She was so excited to go and honestly, I kind of couldn't wait either. I just knew she would adore it! Since it is a "camp" it is open to everyone, not just boys/girls enrolled in dance. Knowing this, it is not required that you wear dance attire each day. I told Lily she could wear work out clothes, but she insisted she needed to wear her ballet outfits. Ballet shoes included. I explained to her that not everyone would be wearing dance attire and that some of her new friends might be in regular clothes, she said, 'That's fine. I'm a ballerina so I wear ballet clothes.' Conversation ended. I was so proud of Lily sticking to her guns. Even after the first day, realizing most other kids were in regular clothes, Lily continued to wear her full gear. 



The recital was so much fun! The group worked so hard, adding a bit more to their routine each day. Camp was Monday through Friday for one whole week, 2 hours each day leading into a 10 dance routine at the end of camp. Each day, Lily asked if her recital was the next day, to say she was looking forward to it would be a serious understatement. 

Sticking to the summer theme, the performance was kicked off with the Lilo & Stitch sound track. Each girl had a hula skirt and everyone had a lei and a surfboard. So, so cute. Throughout the dances there were costume changes and dance variety, touching on a little bit of everything. It was clear that while Lily identifies with being a ballerina the most when it comes to clothing, she definitely has a knack for cheer & jazz style of dancing. 

On Friday, unfortunately, Ben woke up with a fever and no one but mama would do. I tried my best to document her dancing in between Ben using me as a human pacifier, squirming, and fussing. He definitely didn't feel like himself, but we had such a great time watching the performance! The only way to salvage these memories in picture format was to convert them to b&w. Lily did amazingly well and I could tell she was so very proud of her job well done as were we! Can't wait for her new dance classes to start in the Fall. 

What is your (or your kid's) favorite camp memory? 
Thanks for reading!

July 18, 2016

Couch Jumping, Teething, & BBQ | Weekend Recap

So this weekend started off with both the highest part & the lowest part. On Friday, Lily had her end of dance camp performance, which was AMAZING. (I can't wait to share more on that later) Unfortunately, Ben woke up clingy, fussy, & with a fever. We made it to see Lily dance, but that was about it for Friday. No matter how bad Ben feels, he will almost always flash that sweet little grin.

Thankfully, Ben woke up sans fever on Saturday morning. He was still clingy & fussy if mama wasn't close by or pushing him in the swing outside. Not to mention his usual 3 hour nap was a quick 30 minutes. Teething is always so very rough for him. After a I snagged a quick peek, he is definitely cutting those canines.
Daddy, always being the fun one, tried his best to distract Ben by building the BEST pillow fort with the over-sized couch cushions. Ben enjoyed that he could walk through the middle and slide down the top. Lily enjoyed flying from one end of the couch into the pile of pillows. We like to live on the edge in this house. ;)

Sunday we tried to catch up on the chores we missed on Saturday as well as run a few errands. I finished making Lily's birthday invites and then we headed out on an adventure. We piddled around a new to us shopping center before finding the perfect BBQ place for an early dinner. Storms were threatening which made the perfect outdoor dining weather. We were the only ones to eat under the patio which was amazing for simulating a date night while the kids danced around to the music. Lily doing her favorite twirls & Ben doing his booty bouncing while clapping for joy. 

It was a rough start but we ended with memories of a great weekend!
How was your weekend? 
Thanks for reading!

July 12, 2016

A Birthday Exchange | Round 2

I mentioned in my Currently post, that July is Lily's birthday month. The day she has been desperately planning & dreaming of in great detail for many, many months is finally (almost) here! While she has a direct vision outlined for mom, nothing is set in stone just yet. We are hoping to finalize some plans this week to really get the festive ball rolling. Not much time left to spare now! Good thing I work well under tight deadlines. ;) 

While planning is obviously still under way, we have already kicked off the birthday month with a fun birthday exchange! Just like last year, we were lucky enough to participate in a fun celebration with a few other friends whose birthdays all happen to fall during the fun Summer months! Elizabeth at Chasin' Mason was so very sweet to coordinate this annual exchange once again. Lily and I definitely couldn't pass on the opportunity to kick off our celebrations with a special mail delivery!

Lily received the absolute sweetest package from Ashley & Waverly from Being Brickner. Those girls really hit the nail on the head with their Peppa Pig delivery! Little brother even enjoyed the gift! We watch Peppa nearly every day during quiet time and we love anything that involves mini-little figures for role play fun! Not to mention, stickers! Hello, best package ever!


Lily & I mailed a package to Julia & Desiree at Macke Monologues. We adored (!!!) shopping for little Julia.  It was mentioned that with big brother Marcus, Julia could use some extra girly things in her toy box. Thankfully, I have easy access to an expert helper on all things girly and fun! ;) 

All of the mamas & littles involved in the exchange are listed below in case you are interested in some new reading material. 

Ashley and Waverly // Being Brickner
Elizabeth and Mason // Chasin' Mason
Laureen and Tyson // Chateau Deveau
Brittany, Charlie, and Maddie // Just Another Day in Paradise
Desiree and Julia // Macke Monologues
Natasha and Ethan // Schue Love
Sarah and Brantley // Seeing All Sides
Vanessa and Arden // Sunflower State of Mind
Julia and Myles // The Everyday Mama
Traci and Charli // The Hallway Life
Amanda and Lily // Tickled Pink
Laura and Liam // tiny toes, little nose
Whitney and Brielana // Work It Mommy

Happiest of birthdays to all of the sweet little ones!