Thursday, July 17, 2014

First sleepover and Cow Appreciation Day

Kinley had Aubrey come spend the night for her first official sleepover.
We have spent lots of nights with friends but, never had someone at our house without their mom so, we are calling this our first official sleepover.
 Kinley has been excited for weeks for Aubrey to come stay. They talked about it when we were all together for Inie and Bull's party and she has asked me constantly since then when Aubrey was coming.
She had lots of ideas about what our sleepover should entail...movies, popcorn, makeovers, pillow fights...pretty much everything you could think of.
I was thankful that the next day was Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A and it gave me a built-in excitement level and craft to do for the sleepover.
We started making our shirts right away and I just traced the "EAT MOR CHIKIN" sign from the chick-fil-a website with a red fabric marker on all our shirts and outlined some spots with fabric paint and the girls filled them all in.
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Then we painted nails. Each picked a patterned version of black and white to match our shirts.
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Then it was Frozen sing a long and popcorn time.
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Finally, we went to bed late and these cuties slept all night long.
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The next day we got up and went to chickfila for breakfast and loved some chicken minis meals all for free!
 How cute are these little cows!?
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After breakfast we headed out to Jump for Fun with some friends.
Apparently cows like to jump too!
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Then it was back to chickfila for free lunch :)
(On a side note, we DID end up going BACK to chickfila a 3rd time for dinner that night with Ben....and it was free too and great but, I have to say, I was chickfila'ed out. Which I did not think was possible.)
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It was an extra-special free giveaway day because it also happened to be 7/11 and you can get free slurpees from 11 to 7 at 7-11. So, we did that for an after lunch treat before sending Aubrey back on an exhausted sugar high :)
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It was just the most fun sleepover ever and we can't wait for more to come!

Monday, July 14, 2014

the dentist

Ty had his first dentist appt.
 The only instruction from our pediatrician is to go before you are three. Since Ty turns three right around the time the baby comes and Kinley hasn't seen a dentist since she got her tooth pulled a year and half ago, I figured it was time.
When we moved into our new house we got a flyer for Pediatric Dentistry of Colleyville with Dr. Loria and we tried her out and we loved her!
We knew we were set up for success when they were showing Frozen in the waiting room and had a little welcome sign with each kids name that day on a tooth.
  How cute!?
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Kinley did great and went in all by herself. No cavities and keep brushing good and flossing at night. Ty did great too.  He got a cleaning where they let him watch "Cars" on a ceiling TV and wear some cool shades. Also no cavities for him and keep up the brushing.
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Before we left they had taken a picture of both kids with Dr. Loria and printed it out for us to take home since it was Ty's first visit to the dentist. How sweet!?
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We took some more pics with Dr. Loria and all their dentist swag. She makes the balloon animals herself. Go ahead and rub in all your talent Dr. Loria.
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And what kind of mom would I be if I didn't reward a good trip to the dentist with ice cream?!
So bad.
At least we did wait the allotted 30 minutes after our fluoride treatment for the ice cream right!?
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Friday, July 11, 2014

4th of July

Oh how we love the 4th of July!
This was our 16th annual 4th of July in Granbury with the Halberts at Camp David and each year just brings the best memories and is every bit as exciting and fun as we dream it will be.  Each year gets more and more fun for the kids too as they get older and cherish that time together for multiple days and nights on end. 
 It is just so special. 
I am so grateful each year for the chance to go and celebrate our nation's independence with our best friends.

Ben and I took the kids Thursday night and we spent the night eating at Stumpy's on Lake Granbury with some  Halbert / Harmon family. 
Jeff may or may not have stripped down to climb in the lake and take this picture while treading water and holding a phone above his head. 
That is why Kinley looks terrified.
 She is either afraid Jeff will 1) drown or 2) drop the phone in the water.
Both equally terrifying, I guess.
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This is a pic we take every year because usually someone is pregnant...
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The fire trucks were the parades biggest hit...and there were at least 5 that went by.
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After the parade some were hot and ready to go back to the house to swim and others were not going to miss the fun flair on the square and walked away with some awesome airbrush flag face tattoos.
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When we got back from the square the Bakers came and it was so fun and we spent the day swimming, crafting, playing, red, white and blue nail painting, and SUPing...in the pool.
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And by night, we had some fireworks and the best dance party ever.
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 Hysterical.
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And sometimes...you just need to jump back in the pool with all your clothes on...
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Party animals.
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And the nights could not end better than this for these kids.
 Multiple bodies in a bed for multiples nights = best sleepovers ever.
IMG_2444 Saturday morning, we left Granbury for some Harrison lakehouse fun.
If this is not a sign of a good party, I don't know what is!?
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We boated, swam, fished, and played in the sand box.
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You just can't beat shooting off fireworks with Uncle Alex or getting a pedicure from Aunt Minnie.
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But, our favorite was playing with sweet Lucy whom my kids nicknamed "Lucers" within 5 minutes and continued to call her non-stop.
  It was a cute glimpse into what life with three will be.
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It was a Harrison-good time.
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