Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to school pictures

I took some pictures of the girls for a bit of back-to-school photoshoot!
I wanted to capture them at this age, so excited & ready to learn.
As I cry Celine Dion ala all by myself & sulk fro, 830-1130 while kensley is at pre-k.
I am not sure how I will survive next year when they are both gone, ALL day.

Kensleys outfit:
Dress: Eleanor Rose
Shoes: Livie Luca

Kennedys outfit:
Shirt: Walmart with custom monogram
Suspender Dress: Kelly Kids
Shoes: Converse

How's everyone doing with their kids being back to school?

Zucchini Budnt Cake

Who else has a surplus of zucchini sitting around during the gardening season?
& who doesn't love a Bundt cake? I am not sure why they are so "in" right now, but I don't hate it.
It also is allllmost fall. I am just itching for all things fall, & the taste of this cake with the cream cheese has the flavor of fall packed in it.

Lets get to it.

Preheat your over to 350.
Butter & flour your bundt pan.

In a medium size bowl mix your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon. Don't be shy with the cinnamon. You can never have too much. add a extra shake if that's your thing.
Next in your mixer, cream the cream cheese, and sugar until its well mixed. Then, add in your eggs one at a time. *extra flavor, if you like banana bread, only add 2 eggs & a half of a ripe banana mashed up, gives the best hint of a banana in this cake. If you don't like banana stick with the 3 eggs* Mix vanilla & pour in melted butter. Speed up your mixer for about 3 mins or when it all nice & mixed in.

Reduce the speed & add in all the flour til it's juuuuuuuuuust mixed. Then take it from the mixer & with a spatula fold in the shredded zucchini. It will be real thick, don't worry! Add the batter into the prepared pan & bake for 45 mins or until a toothpick comes out nice & clean.


Let it cool down & top with cream cheese frosting!!

-3 cups flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-2 tsp ground cinnamon
-8 ox cream cheese, softened
-2 cups sugar
-3 eggs *or optional 2 eggs +  half ripened mash banana*
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 cup melted butter
-2 cups shredded zucchini {do not worry about draining}

Sunday, July 31, 2016

End of the summer water balloon fight!

we wanted to do one last fun thing on the last night of our summer, we told the girls to stay inside & when we are ready we told them to come out & surprised them with a water balloon fight! I sped of the video so it looks like we are plowing them hard with balloons but i promise we aren't ha! They wouldn't stop talking about this! We all had so much fun! Bye bye Summer 16' you were so good to us!

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On the eve of the night before Kindergarten

Here it is.
We are just a sleep away from the first day of school.
Real school.
The day that has creeped up on me, so so fast this summer.
Tomorrow, we will meet your teacher. Put your little supplies into a little desk. It will have your name, right there on the desk, the one we choose just for you. Show you wear your little backpack will hang almost everyday for the next few months.
In this big ole' school, I realize you aren't so "little" anymore.

I know to some, I am crazy.
Like, get a grip lady. Its just Kindergarten.
She will have fun. This is life.

Yall. I get it.
But I can't stop.
The "it goes so fast".
Its real.
Not the, oh look she is smiling, she is sitting up, now she is walking; kinda fast.
Not that, it goes fast.
They tell you, boy do they tell you all about it.
& I got it.
I cried when I packed up those onesies.
I mourned that last nursing session.
But ya'll {I know I am saying yall a lot, bear with me}

At kindergarten roundup, these women stood in front of me.
This is the nurse..she will help if she doesn't feel good, fall down.
This is the guidance counselor...she will help if there is friend trouble, if her feeling are hurt.
& I wanted to scream, THATS ME.  I DO THAT.
It goes so fast.

I am going over & over again, did I do enough?
Did we have enough carefree preschool fun?
Did I teach her enough?
Did I hug her enough?
Did I tell her how proud I am of her enough?
Will she make friends?
Will she have enough time to eat all her lunch?
Will she remember to say "yes mam" & "no mam"
Will she be make good choices?
What if she is mean to someone?
What if she cries for me?

I am crying just thinking about it.
It's going so fast.

I think about these things just driving down the street the past few months.
I look back at my girl, so safe in her car seat, singing to the radio.
I want to just keep her, right there. Forever.
It goes so fast.

She's ready.

& if I am honest with myself, I know taught her enough, I know she will make good decisions, I know she will be polite.

I know she will have so much fun.
She is going to learn so much.

& at the end of the day I will be there hugging her so tight. Asking how her day went, if she met new friends. & all my fears will turn to joy.

 It will get easier, day by day.
For the both of us.
But one thing I know for sure.
& that is, that I hope the day goes so fast.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Shopkins Organization

Anyone else over their ears in shopkins?
If you don't know what shopkins are, they are these teeny tiny rubber figurines in shapes of food, or other household products with faces on them.
& they are absolutely adorable.
The thing about them is, they are mostly in blind bags.
So you buy them not knowing what you are going to get.
& there is always a few that are very sought after, & of course you never get them until you buy like..20.
So as I am sure you are picking up on, you end with, well, a lot.
They did come out with these handy cute cases. But they only hold a few.
& at their prices you end up spending $100 on a bunch of cases that take up a lot of room.

Cue a tackle box.

You can put lots in one without having to dig thru a tub to find a certain one because they are shallow.
Sometimes my girls organize the sections by certain shopkins, but mostly they are all just thrown in there.
I got this tackle box for $4.99! Score! & if your child wanted they could decorate the box they want!
How do you organize your child small toys?

*this post contains affiliate links*

Monday, May 16, 2016

What I am loving on Netflix this month

If you are like any other red blooded  American, You have Netflix.
& Likewise, always looking for something new to watch.
What was that robot guy that would "help" you pick something out?
He rarely helped us, but every once in awhile he got it right.
I kind of miss his dull rumor.
Anyway, I am always wondering what everyone's "recently watched" list looks like, cause there is just SO much out there & I am looking for something new. SO I thought I would share what I've been loving this month, & play that robot guy for you.

1. Grace & Frankie

Praise the lord there is new episodes this month. I found this over the winter & was dying for new ones! New ones just rolled out May; so if you get to binging, you will have plenty to get you through.
I can't give a synopsis, because there is shock value (at least it was for me) in the first episode that is the main plot line through out. But take my word for it. It's so good. It has comedy & everything in between.

2. My Father The Hero

This was one of my absolute favorite movies growing up. I am un sure why. But it was & has continued to be. I nearly jumped off my bed when I saw it available as I haven't seen it since I lost the VHS. It's about a young girls rebellious self on a vacation with her father that has not exactly been a big part of her life. All the while creating a scheme of a false identity while of course, falling in love.
If that doesn't get you interested, a very young, beautiful Katherine Heigl should. It's a great Sunday afternoon movie!

3. Gilmore Girls

I am sure this one doesn't need much explaining. I've already seen nearly every episode but watching everyone to gear up for the reunion season was amazing. Spending my nights in Stars Hollow with Sukie, Loreali & Rory was the perfect closure of my day.

4. Bring It On

I mean, can we collectively agree that we were thrilled to see this on the "Recently Added" list? I proudly cheered that opening cheer without missing a beat after all these years.

5. Pleasantville

Another favorite from my pre teen year! I remember renting this VHS on Fridays several times!
This is a movie about a brother & sister getting transported into the brothers favorite black & white 50's sitcom television show. A young Paul Walker appearance will make you miss him even more than you already do. A must see.

6. Just Friends

Great comedy with Ryan Reynolds getting stuck in the "friend zone" during his teen years, that comes back to town as an adult as a total hunk trying to re kindle his love for his high school sweet heart.  If nothing else, watch the first 5 minutes of a chubby, brace face Ryan Reyonlds getting down to Boys II Men; you will find your self laughing and singing along.

7. Save the Last Dance

OH man, who doesn't love Julia Sties?? What happened to her? She was in every single one of my favorite 90's chick flicks. She was the perfect all American girl! No doubt she plays that role in this movie too. But moves to Chicago after tragedy & starts learning to be more "urban". All the while learning to a new dancing compared to her normal sophisticated ballet dance moves.

Comment with your favorite below! I am always needing more & maybe it will be on my next list!
See you next month!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge 2016 / Traverse City / Clinch Park

We have a few favorite place, Disney being our first. But Great Wolf comes pretty close second!
We went again this year for Kensleys Birthday!
You can see the last time we went with posts on what to pack for you stay, & what there is to do at GWL:  HERE & HERE

We suprised the girls this time in the morning, by waking them really early & asking if they could choose anywhere to go that day {besides Disney World} where would they choose, knowing Kensley would choose GWL! 
They were SO surprised!

We got them all ready for the about 5 hour drive!
Again this time I suggest getting the printable on their website HERE

Before we took off! Violets in hand! I somehow didn't get a photo, but I had set out after we told them. New Violet stuff animals, ears, GWL shirts & all their coloring pages with their luggage packed. They were THRILLED.

I really slacked, but didn't at the same time ha! at photos. 
Brandon got a go pro for his birthday the week before and we took alot of video that I need edit through & will link!

The front desk surprised her with knowing it was her birthday again & with birthday ears!

We got the wolf den suite this time! They loved it!

our first night eating at the Critter Cafe. It was SO good, we need up eating her every night!

Fun at the bowling alley! One of our favorites!

Our second day was all about the birthday girl!

Getting to update their pillow cases!

They have special drinks with each character to order. My girls LOVED picking a new one each time.

color changing spoons were so cool to them!

Heres Kensley being sang to at storytime.
Which she loved, but to any shy girl was aboslutely mortified. She stared at her sister the whole time, who lovingly went up with her.

They were surprised by a knock on the door! It was Violet, how perfect; with cookie & milk before bed!

I highly suggest adding breakfast on at booking!
Plus look, wolf print waffles. I mean, you gotta.

I only have one day of swim pics, our third day. opps.


brain freeze

more changing color spoons
We skipped the spa this time & did the arcade! They had some games the girls really enjoyed!

When we left we had plans to visit the near by dunes.
We ended up running out of time, so we just went to the nearest beach, which was about 5 minute away.
It was a pretty warm day for April but rather chilly with the water wind.
We still enjoyed a quick visit though.
It was so so beautiful.
The sand was nice & warm til you got a little deep. The girls loved that.
The view looked like we were someone out west. Just gourg.

LOL the sun was so bright.

who's that hunk??

The water was crazy clear. you could see down the bottom everywhere.

If you made it through ALL those pictures, you get a virtual gold star! ;)


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