Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wrapping up the summer bucket list

These past weeks of summer we have been trying to knock out our last summer bucket list activities (and added to them too... as today we went to DeSoto Caverns (which is only 10 minutes away from us!). 



It was a random thought, and I thought, why not!

It was so fun, and I can't believe we hadn't done this sooner! (Or put it on our summer list!)

They had "attractions" you could add to your ticket, and I couldn't say no! Some were so fun (like this giant maze that felt very "Survivor"... can you tell who loved it and who could care less?)


Burke wanted to do this TINY make-me-clostrophobic rat maze. So I let him, but could hardly watch because it made me so paranoid!


So I just watched sister in this giant ball pit that was close by. :)


They also panned for jewels (my fav!)

Sorry... not many pictures of the actual cavern. :) It wasn't the best lighting, and here's the best I could get!


I have been before with a school group, but this was the kids' first experience. Burke LOVED it... the only thing that could be better would be to have a "kid-version" of the tour... where there was less lecture and more exploring. I found everything very interesting that our tour guide was saying, but those under age 5 struggle with the fact that they have to listen to someone talk while there is a water fall to see! 
#justmytipsDeSotoCaverns

The laser light  or "fireworks," as HM called them, was one of the highlights for both of them. They couldn't stop oohing and ahhing... and neither could I!

In other summer events...

We've had a lot more backyard time lately because we had our yard fogged! Best decision ever! 
We now can enjoy the nice temps in the evening without being eaten alive by mosquitos!



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We have been a bit crafty as well...
We practiced our shapes and construction skills. :) Burke built a mean bridge and figured out that triangles were the key to getting his bridge to "make it" without my help. :)

These are some of my FAVORITE times at home. #Onceateacheralwaysateacher. 


Burke found that he has two loose bottom teeth! (Which we think is a direct result of a major collision to sisters head while at the ball park last week. lol)

He proceeded to try to eat everything sticky in an attempt to pull it out after our "loose teeth stories"


Ree and PaPa also hosted these AUsome ladies over the weekend!


It was such a great time to get to know these girls better!


They are all so precious and couldn't represent Auburn better!

I am so excited about fall! Band camp starts this weekend and I couldn't be more ready to start!




(Picture below of all the girls in Fake Lashes 101) 
I never realized how amazing you could look with a little lash help! ha!


In other news... I have gotten better at braiding!



These pictures do no justice to how precious sister looked before church!







We've also been to the library's story time and caught our friend Mandy doing a little "Suessercise" class too! SO fun!



We've checked off the cousin spend the night party and camp out. :)
Daddy enjoyed being the butler. :)


And these two were caught cuddling on more than one occasion. :)
They love each other for sure.


Friday, Burke has meet the teacher for KINDERGARTEN! I can't believe summer is ending. It has been so good to us!





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Camps for Pre-Schoolers

First off... I never thought I would EVER mention a summer camp until my kids were much older, but after much thought and a lot of interest in different areas of my kids... I am so glad we choose to do them!

I thought I was being SOOOOO clever by scheduling them during the same week... however, as a newbie to running around kids to their prospective activities, I learned from my mistake and will be making sure to avoid the same time if at all possible next year! (and yes... camps went so well we plan on a repeat of this year!)


First up... BURKE~

Burke attended art camp 9-11:30 with my sweet friend, Vaughan Spanjer, who is an AMAZING artist. (Follow her on instagram ASAP!) Burke already knew "Mrs. Vaughan," and is friends with her precious kiddos (who were in the camp too!!!) and looked forward to everyday he attended. Not once did he ask to stay home! He created some pretty cool stuff, and already asked when he can go back. (And put in a special note that he would only go back if Mrs. Vaughan was his teacher. :)

^^^ His favorite creation





He wasn't the only boy... but it sure does look like it by these pictures! Ha!


On Friday we were feeling a little more artsy than normal (a.k.a. it was so hot outside we couldn't stay outside long) so he drew a "sword" and created it using the materials I had on hand. Pretty close resemblence!

Next up, HYLAN MARIE~

My heart may have melted seeing this sight!


We drove to Cullman Sunday afternoon for Magan's church shower, and spent the night so mom could see this first hand too! 



God is so gracious to have given me this beautiful little girl. 



Her camp was at the Birmingham Ballet Academy...I know... pretty far to drive for a 2 year old camp, but no one around offered one for her age, and I loved the fact that it was only 2 days (ours was Mon./Wed. 9-10:45), a PRINCESS CAMP (eek!), and of course the thought of her taking her first steps in a studio that produces AMAZING ballerinas is never a bad thing! 
Nutcracker anyone?!

(There will be way more pictures of sister's camp experience.... only because I stayed the whole time because she is two. :)
 If it wasn't for Vaughan, I would have nothing of Burke! #awesomefriends)

On Monday, she walked right in and looked to be ready to party....
However, about 30 seconds in when she realized I wasn't coming too... she melted. The sweet teacher tried so hard to cheer her up, but she wasn't having it. SO... we sat outside the room watching from the parent window. 


Another little girl was having a hard time too, so she, Hylan Marie, and us three adults did the dance steps and such on the outside to try to warm them into the idea.


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IT WORKED!
About 30 minutes later they had craft time and Hylan Marie had long forgot about me. :)



And this... THIS was the highlight of the day... make that, the year.

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I pretty much watched this video on repeat all day, laughing histerically. They were playing "dress up" ... and I think the combination of the dress in addition to her complete abandonment gave way for the best (and cutest) fall ever.

I was so proud of her! She was definitely the youngest (cut off was 2.5 years and potty trained), and honestly probably wasn't quite ready. With that said, I would do it again in a heart beat. The age of 2.5 is priceless... and I wouldn't want anyones eyes to miss that cuteness!

Day 2 (on Wednesday) went even better. 


^SASS^

She refrained for about 15 minutes, and then jumped in for the rest of class, and had another great day! 



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Especially when Belle made an appearance!


Ree was with us on Day 2 as well! 



On our way home we stopped to see Pap Pap!


He is in a rehab center, and loved getting a ballerina to visit him. Hylan Maire was not shy about showing her dance moves to any little old man or woman who asked her to perform. :)

Pap Pap should be coming home sometime this week!

She also is asking to go back to ballet.... hopefully it will work out for her to take a class this fall. We shall see!

 Thursday, after dropping Burke off... we got a much needed pedicure and prepped for the weekend. (Which I will recap soon!) Fun and busy summer indeed!



I am so happy we did "camps" this summer! 
We are totally doing them again next year!