Friday, February 27, 2015

Literacy Night

Last night, our school hosted their 3rd annual Literacy Night for students and parents.  My good friend, Emily, and I co-chaired the event and we had so much fun planning this year's event.  We chose the theme "I Spy a Good Book" and asked all the teachers to dress up like Where's Waldo.  We were so excited at how many teachers participated and I think it made the night so much more fun!
First grade teachers
PreK teachers
3rd grade teachers
2nd grade teachers
5th grade teachers
Kindergarten teachers
4th grade teachers


The kids had a great time and everyone went home with lots of new books!  Literacy Night was definitely a success this year!  I enjoyed getting to work so closely with Emily on this project and can't wait to do it again next year!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Beaver Creek 2015

We just got back from our annual trip to Beaver Creek with the Ranelles.  We had a great time and I would definitely rate this trip as one of our best ever!  (But after last year's trip when Cory's luggage got lost, I think anything would have qualified as good!)  The weather was perfect, the food was incredible, and we had the opportunity to attend the 2015 World Ski Championships that were being held in Beaver Creek. 
 
We chose to attend the Ladies Giant Slalom races on Thursday afternoon and got the chance to see American skiers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin race for a gold medal.  Neither one of them ended up earning a medal but it was great to cheer them on during their races.  We also attended the medal ceremony later than evening in Vail. 
Another thing that made this a great trip is that Cory was able to work with an adaptive ski instructor and get back on the mountain a little bit.  He started thinking about looking into adaptive skiing a few months ago but wanted to try skiing one more time to make sure it was time to make the switch.  After unsuccessfully trying to ski the first morning, we went to find out more information about adaptive skiing and met Brett, the adaptive coordinator for Beaver Creek.  He was full of not only information but encouragement for Cory.  He took us and showed us all of the adaptive equipment and helped Cory decide that the ski bike was the best place to start. He even offered to be Cory's instructor the next day.
Cory's lesson went well and he said that even though he feels like he's back to being a beginner skier, he enjoyed learning to ride the ski bike.  I was very proud of him for not letting MS take away his dream of skiing again.  Hopefully after a few more lessons next year, he will be back up on the top of the mountain with Heath again.
As always, the food on this trip was amazing!  We ate at a couple of new places this trip and they didn't disappoint. The d├ęcor at Saddleridge was beautiful and the food was great too!
We happened to be in Beaver Creek on Valentine's Day this year, which meant we enjoyed a lot of treats that we usually don't have on a normal Valentine's Day.  We spent the entire morning at the spa being pampered with massages and facials and then enjoyed some chocolate fountain treats in the Beaver Creek Club with the Ranelles. 
That night we enjoyed a Valentine's dinner at Splendido.  My steak was wonderful and Cory loved his crab claws but the best part of the meal was the butterscotch bourbon milkshake we had for dessert.  Words can't describe how delicious it was!  It was the perfect ending to a great trip!



It truly was one of our best ski trips, even though I didn't ski one day!  I enjoyed getting away with Cory so much and reconnecting with him for a few days without the kids.  But all good things must come to end and we were welcomed back to real life by coming home to a child with the stomach bug! 

We are so thankful to the Ranelles for opening up their home to us year after year.  We are already looking forward to our trip next year!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lily's Pajama Picnic

Today was Lily's pajama picnic.  She couldn't wait to wear her pajamas to school.  It was fun to eat lunch with her and watch her play with her friends after the picnic.  I still can't believe she only has one more year of preschool after this year.  I am so thankful to have a flexible work schedule that allows me to attend all of her special days at school!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

I Want S'more

A few weeks ago, we made a last minute decision to go to Emily and Jon's for dinner.  After dinner, the kids convinced Uncle Jon and Cory to go buy the stuff for s'mores.  We roasted the marshmallows in their fireplace and then made some very yummy s'mores.  It was a fun way to end the evening!

Happy Birthday Grace!

Two weeks ago, Eden got to help her friend, Grace, celebrate her 6th birthday at The Art Barn, a local paint your own pottery place.  She was so excited about going to a party without her siblings and kept asking me, "It is just going to be me and you that get to go to Grace's party?" which meant "Do I get to go without Lily and Parker?".  She did great on the ride there but as soon as we walked in, her nerves took over and a few tears were shed.  Luckily, Reagan, her classmate and friend from school, arrived soon after and she settled down and starting enjoying herself. 
 
Each girl got to pick out a piece of pottery to paint and Eden chose a piggy bank.  She did a great job painting it... I didn't have to help her at all.  She had so much fun painting and even called me over at one point to tell me she wanted to have her next birthday party at The Art Barn.
 This was the only picture I got of Eden with the birthday girl!
Eden refused to get in the group picture with all of her friends but I know she had a great time at Grace's party. Happy Birthday Grace!  We hope you had a great day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yesterday we took the kids to their very first rodeo.  We took them out of school early and headed to the 2:00 matinee performance.  It has been years since Cory and I had been to a rodeo so we were excited to go too!
 
We got there early and treated the kids to cotton candy and their very first funnel cake!  They devoured the funnel cake and Parker was covered in powdered sugar by the time they were finished!  
The kids did a great job and enjoyed watching the rodeo.  It was pretty fast paced which kept them interested.  Lily got a little antsy at one point but I was able to keep her pretty happy until the end.
After the rodeo, we tried walking around the rodeo grounds but it was a very cold day and none of us wanted to be out in the cold for long.  We made our way over to the pig barns and they had an area set up for kids with lots of baby animals to view.  The kids loved watching the baby chicks hatching out of their eggs and watching the piglets sleep.
We stopped at Rosa's for dinner and then Lily crashed on the way home.  Being a cowgirl is hard work!! 
It was a fun day and I think the kids had a great time at their first rodeo.  We will definitely be going back again soon!