Saturday, January 20, 2018

Teacher Christmas Gifts

I ran across these flannel tote bags in the dollar section at Target and snagged them up because the quality was pretty good!

I decided to add the initials of all Reyna's teachers with iron-on-vinyl and I LOVE the way they turned out!

(I used the Silhouette cutting machine to make the letters)

The teachers seemed to really like them and I bought an extra for myself!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

DIY Papel Picado

I grew up calling them Fiesta Flags but the official name is Papel Picado flags.
Its an art form or sorts that I grew up seeing in many celebrations.
I wanted an art piece to match our Fiesta theme for Christmas.
I used a poster board, drew on it with chalk and then hand cut the design with an Exacto knife.
It was one of the more tedious projects I've done but it turned out great!

Next year, I will add a frame or backing to make it look better!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

MLK - Making it Meaningful for a 3 year old.

For MLK day, we wanted to celebrate it in a way that OUR 3 year old would understand.
She is familiar with MLK mostly because of a book we read that's on regular rotation throughout the year but they also talked about it at school some.
So we celebrated through service.
We visited a park that we frequent and did a trash clean up. Just us. And it was beautiful.
She got it!
and she enjoyed it!
We want her to know that we are all responsible for our community.

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

37 weeks.

We are at the stretch!
37 weeks pregnant and feeling every once of it!
I went to the dr. yesterday and I'm already 5cm dialated so it could be any day now!
We are hoping another week though. Baby is about 6.5 pounds so we'd like a little more growth but, ready just in case!

The nursery is ready. Bag is packed.
Names picked out....

December little things.

The whole month of December flew by!
She was into Christmas this year! I am a celebrator. Neil is not. So I was happy to have a partner through the season! I did as much as I thought she could.

We spent Thanksgiving in Iowa but had the tree up ready to decorate when we got home.
Turns out this was the best think about Christmas this year. We didn't have a star so I tool her to pick one out and she picked this one!

Also, Rex loved it.
She redecorated almost daily and was definitely a quantity vs. quality decorator. LOL
She worked with Papa to put the star on our 9 ft tree!
We also worked on handmade gifts together.

We also went to Christmas on 5th Street at Baylor and she loved the live nativity.
Waco hosts a Winter Wonderland and we made it out there to visit Santa. That was the first of many failed attempts but we still got to ride the ferris wheel!

They are in the pink cabin on the left.
We painted a village house together.

We decorated LOTS of cookies throughout the month.

 And found a love of snow globes.
We experimented and made three! She was very proud.

She worked on a Gingerbread house with Tia Mae.
And helped me stamp and address label our Christmas Cards.

We stayed busy and festive!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pumpkin Patch.

On the first fall-like weather day, we headed down to Temple to the Robinson family farm for a pumpkin patch.
It was a great time!
We asked her to look around and pick out the perfect pumpkin and after seeing ALL of them - big ones, pink ones, bumpy ones, - she picked ONE of these tiny white ones!

 There were other attractions: a petting zoo, slides, playgrounds, duck races, kernel box, train rides, etc.

She liked to pick up pumpkins but needed Papa's help on this one.

I thought it was a good time.
Can't wait to stop by for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween-Paw Patrol family.

Months ago, Reyna asked to be a puppy for Halloween.
Of course it morphed as the we got closer but luckily, she stayed in the Puppy family and decided to so with Skye from Paw Patrol. It turned out great!


I found a Scooby Doo costume at Goodwill for $2. Cut up a pink shirt for the vest. Cut wings from boxes and covered them with foil. Then we hunted down pink goggles.
She was invited to join school friends for trick or treating.
You should see that dino run! Hilarious!

 Two days before, she mentioned that she expected us to dress up with her so I stopped by and picked up two shirts and some felt to make the ears and tags.
But look how she loves "Rubble"!

These were the best pics I got of our family costume.

The night started out fun. She loved hanging with friends and did the trick or treat thing well.
But it got late and dark, and we stayed about 10 minutes too long. The night ended in a break down and going to bed with no candy.
This morning she woke up and said it was the best Halloween EVER. So there's that.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Gymnastics year one.

This fall we also started "GIN-NASTIKS".
We have been wanting to do this for a long time but just got around to it.
She LOVES it!
This bar set was really difficult for her but she worked SO hard at it.
The goal was to put both feet on the bar.
She kept trying to lift her foot up there but eventually figured out that you have to pull yourself up closer with your arms.
When she finally got it, she was so proud!
She turned to me and gave be a thumbs up!!
 I also didn't realize how strong she is. She held her self up in both these position for a loooong time.

 They also get to do the trampoline, practice cartwheels, the balance beam, somersaults, etc.
Look at those tiny tip toes!