Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 2017

Oh summer, where did you go!!!  We had so much fun this summer and the time just flew by.  I do love the routine and schedule of being in school though.  And since we live in Texas, it still FEELS like summer outside.  It could actually cool off just a little and I'd be happy.  =P

During July and August I had a the girls do a few learning activities so we could use our brains.  We practiced some handwriting, Hannah did some logic puzzles, and both girls did creative writing.  I wanted to make the writing fun so I found some cute prompts on Pinterest and then we listened to classical music while they wrote.  It took 3-4 "writing sessions" to finish their stories because we only wrote for about 15 mins at a time.  Both girls had so much fun though.  Then we decided to type the stories and illustrate them.  They turned so so cute!!  Love their creativity!

It is still crazy to think that both girls are in school this year.  My house is REALLY quiet while they are gone.  They are both having a blast and love their teachers.  I'm getting several things done around the house, but I really miss them while they are gone.  I plan to substitute teach part time at their school this year.  I've only worked one day so far, but it will pick up.  And I think between teaching and some church activities it will be a nice balance between being busy and having time at home alone.

Below are pictures of both girls with their teachers and some of the back to school photos we took with my mom.  We stuck with tradition and did our first day of school pictures a few days before the REAL first day of school. Way less crowded.  We also did an old fashioned photo shoot with Abigail similar to the one we did before Hannah started kindergarten.  Love all these cute photos!

Mrs McCary and Hannah

 Mrs Kirby and Abigail

We celebrated a successful first week of school by going out for a donut breakfast last Saturday.  There's a little donut shop right next to our neighborhood that we like to visit a few times a year.  We definitely limit the amount of sugar the girls eat so it was totally a treat. Making family memories is the best!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

July 2017

All of our summer church activities are over so now we have more time to relax.  We had a wonderful time celebrating the 4th of July.  We stated off by heading to the Plano Lions Parade.  It's really small and kind of cheesy, but my girls love it.  And we can arrive 10 mins before it starts and leave without fighting it's a WIN!

Then we headed to my mom's house to hang out, play, and swim.  My mom bought these super cute wings at Dollar Tree.  The girls love anything dress up related so they were excited.  The cute outfits were from my sister. We had lots of great family time together and ate yummy food.  And we got some adorable pictures too!

Then we headed home to change into jammies and watch a family movie, Madagascar 2.  The city fireworks didn't start until 9:30 so it was the perfect activity while we waited.  There is a church at the edge of our neighborhood that is kind of up on a hill.  You can see almost all the the fireworks from their parking lot.  So we sat it the back of Nathan's truck and enjoyed, but didn't have to fight any crowds when the show was over.  Perfect!

We also did swim lessons this month.  Both girls took a class through the city of Plano and then Hannah did a few extra lesson with a former piano student of Grammy's.  I am super impressed by the progress both girls made this summer.  Although it still makes me a little nervous I feel like Hannah swims well enough to not use or puddle jumper anymore at least in the shallow end.  Hopefully the two videos I included will work.  =)

We were also able to have a few friends over to play.  Hannah's best friend from Kindergarten moved to Euless last summer but the girls have stayed in touch by writing letters...and we've actually seen each other in person a few times too.  We also had Hannah's precious Kindergarten teacher and her two kiddos over to play as well.  We LOVE Mrs Beckham and were heartbroken when she got moved to another PISD school  Thankful we've been able to stay in touch via Facebook.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June 2017

You would think now that school is out, we would have more free time.  WRONG!!  This month has been super fun, but crazy crazy busy.  So thankful that our church offers lots of amazing programs and that my schedule allows me to help and volunteer.

A few days after school got out we did VBS (Vacation Bible School) at church.  Our theme was "Short Circuit, Rewired for Life"...think lots of robots and gears.  The girls had a fantastic time learning about how God made us special and wants to be our friend.  I worked in the preschool music and story room again, think this is year 4 in that room.  It's the best room ever, and working alongside two good friends makes it even better.

We had a few days off between activities and headed up to AR to visit Nathan's family.  We had a great visit and Daddy even pulled out some old games and puzzles from the garage for the girls.

 Daddy joined the puppet show at the church he grew up at.

 We also had some NOT FUN things happen this month. Our air conditioner broke and was unable to be repaired. =(  So we spent two very HOT weeks with no AC while getting 3 companies out to give us quotes for a brand new system.  Thankfully everything is fixed now and our house no longer feels like a sauna. 

Week three was music camp for elementary age kids.  This week is always super busy and chaotic, but it is so much fun!  We had 170 kids that learned an entire musical in one week.  Most of the songs were scripture so lots of God's word was hidden in our hearts.  Since I was working, Abigail got to participate as well even though she was technically too young. She learned all her words and motions so she got to perform in the program on stage too. Hannah decided to audition for a solo and she was part of a quartet on one of the songs.  Super proud of her! She also took a craft class and a dance class. It was an amazing week and I'm so glad I got to participate. Our church photographer Jack Hess took these great photos.
 LOTS and LOTS of kids worshiping God!

Hannah singing with her quartet...other singers not pictures. 

Crafts from class 

Tambourine dance

Last but not least, this week is Preschool Music camp.  Much less intense than last week!  This year Hannah is too old to participate so she has been my assistant.  The older kids (4 and 5 year olds) rotate through my room and two others and by the end of the week they have learned 6 songs.  Then they sing them for their parents on the last day.  This is my 4th year to do this camp and I think it's my last.  It's has been lots of fun though!