Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Parties!

The week-end before Easter we had more birthday celebrating to do.  But first, these two kiddos enjoyed sno-cones and a quick trip to the park.  
When told to pose for a picture these days, Nora puts her hands on her hips......this is her version of that anyways.  
We celebrated my dad and oldest niece, Miriam's, birthdays.
Nora loved dessert
I asked Cody to withdrawal some cash to give Miriam and he asked if he could get it all in pennies.  I love to mess with her (she's 17 now so it's easy to irritate her) but I thought that was a little cruel.  So he opted for rolls of quarters and nickels instead. 
What do expect from a banker uncle?
The next day we went to Laiken's house to celebrate her third birthday!  I feel like NG is being deprived as a child.....Laiken has a swingset, sand tables, play house and slide in her backyard.  All we have is a dangerous cliff in the front yard and a rock wall in the back.  
I tried getting a picture of NG with the birthday girl but she was too busy eating cotton candy.
She was in heaven!
That evening we went to the movies to see Boss Baby.  Nora had been freaking out every time a commercial came on for the movie and she thought it was great.  She keeps asking to go see it again but neither of us cared for it so she'll have to wait to it comes to the redbox!
We thought Sunday would be a relaxing, laid back day at the house.  I went to watch Grease at the high school with my friend Shay during naptime.  Once NG woke up, they went to Cody's parents house to visit while I made a trip to the grocery store.  We planned to stay home all evening and be lazy and then Nora started screaming and running around in pain.  Each episode lasted a few seconds, then she seemed fine.  We tried a bath, we let her drink cranberry juice, we put an ice pack on her boo boo and nothing seemed to be helping.  She seemed to be getting worse and it was getting close to bedtime but I wasn't sure how we would ever make it through the night at this rate.  So we decided to throw some shoes on, jump in the car, and make a VERY quick trip to Urgent care in Russellville.  We walked in just a few minutes before the doors locked and they closed.
Nora refused to use the bathroom most of the afternoon/evening (because of the pain) but once we arrived at the doctor's office, she started going in her pull-up.....which we had just put on before leaving the house.... because our original plan was to be in bed at this time! 
After several attempts to use the potty, we were finally able to bribe the toddler and she gave the doctors the results they needed!
A trip to urgent care was not at all how we wanted to wrap up our week-end but we were just glad our little girl felt some relief and was able to start the next week on a healthy and happy note!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Birthday Season

The week-end before last started a busy few weeks of birthday celebrations for us.  First up, we went to a dinosaur party for our friends' son, Jones.  When we got the invitation in the mail, Nora was so excited, she thought the dino party would be so scary and she was looking forward to eating cake!
The party was at the park and she really enjoyed playing, picking flowers, and of course eating cake.
NG had her first ever pinata experience and loved it.
After the first party, I went to Rhea Lana's for a quick shopping trip on presale day and I hoped NG would take a quick nap in the car.  She, of course, did not nap but we headed to our second party anyways, a 30th surprise party for my friend (from forever ago) Melissa.
Nora played hard in the bounce and sand box and we thought she would be totally exhausted after both parties.
But we had one more stop to make before heading home.  I used to babysit for a couple named Mack and Sherri. Mack was actually Cody's boss at the bank at one time and when Cody and I started dating, he came with me every time I was at their house and pretty much played video games and entertained their son while I made all the money.  Their son ended up being a junior groomsman in our wedding and we've always kept in touch.  Zach graduates high school this year (that makes me feel so old) and we had not seen them in a few years.  Life got busy with a small child and we could never coordinate schedules.  But we finally had a small window of time to drop by their house and let NG meet everyone.......and she made herself right at home!
As we drove away, we listened to Nora cry "I want to go back to Mrs. Sherri's house" for a good five minutes until she finally gave up and fell asleep!
It was a busy day of fun and this last week-end was no different!
More partying details coming up.....

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Break and back to school

Our Spring Break was very uneventful!  We had a babysitter come to the house every day and NG's buddy Kate came too.  The girls had fun doing activities with Miss L.
We planned to make a quick trip to Branson but the rain changed our plans.  We stayed in NWA all week-end and made a trip to the Amazeum.
It was soooo busy because it was the last day of Spring Break and because everyone had to find something to do indoors due to the rain!
Nora had fun running around and exploring but we'll try to go back again when it's not sooo busy.
This girl loves cows for some reason.....
While we were off having fun, the puppy dogs were at the groomers getting spring haircuts.  Nora insisted she hold Priscilla's leash and they looked stinking adorable roaming the aisles of the store together.
But as always, I was ready to get back to our routine and back in school again.
Nora's teacher taught her class their shapes this last week and I am so impressed!  
Each strip of tape on the floor had a different shape drawn on it and they were each assigned a shape to line up on.
Nora loved being back at school with all her friends and getting some time to love on the babies!
This last week-end kicked off the start to what seems like the busiest time of the year for birthday parties.....all of that coming soon!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dinner, Hiking, and the park

Last Friday was the start to a very busy week-end.  My step mom called while Nora and I were at the gym and asked us to meet for dinner.  When she told me they were eating at my favorite restaurant, I didn't hesitate, hehe.
Nora Grace got lots of attention and love!
My cousin and her family from Dallas were in town and it's always nice to see them even for a brief visit!
We've had plans to go on a family hike for several weeks and I have been looking forward to it because I knew NG would love exploring!
My grandparents own about 140 acres in Franklin county.  My grandpa keeps cattle on the land and my uncle hunts there.  I've been to the property many times but never knew how neat parts of the land were.  My uncle Scott had a trailer full of hay ready to haul us all over the property.
Scott guided us first to a cave with a small waterfall.  Unfortunately the weathermen were wrong when they said it would rain all last week and made us believe the waterfall would be so pretty.  It was just a small trickle but neat none the less because I didn't even know this place existed!
Cody got a pretty good work-out during our hike since he had to carry NG part of the time!
We then hiked across the ridge to some steep bluffs , climbed down the bluffs, and at that point everyone was getting pretty tired....and non-cooperative for photos.
Once we came completely down off the mountain, we hiked over to the old dipping vat.  
And then we stopped to throw a few rocks in the creek.
Next, we stopped by the former hot spot in the woods where some very distant relatives made moonshine many many years ago!
Scott found an old jar that had some green sludge in it and was offering it to anyone feeling thirsty.
My uncle has an old trailer and a small fenced in camping area (to keep the cows out) where we hung out and ate dinner.  We cooked hot dogs over the campfire and he had a grill for burgers!
And for dessert we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores!
It was such a fun day!  Nora is already asking to go back and I'm hoping we can make this at least a yearly tradition!  
Sunday we ate lunch with family and then took a trip to the park with cousins!
Week-ends full of family time are the best!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Preschool Fun

The last two weeks at Nora Grace's school were fun and eventful for the kiddos.  
First they had Pet Week, and Dr. Parker (who happens to be our furry kids' vet) brought his dog Boost.  Of course NG loved getting to see the puppy dog!
I'd be willing to bet she tried to hog all of his attention and had to be taken away so the other kids could have a turn.
The day Boost came to school is also the day she had to leave early with an ear infection.  Does this face really look like the face of a girl with a painful ear infection?
The next day some bunnies and goats visited the preschool.  
Little miss holding the bunny
and petting goats.  She was so excited to tell us all about what she had seen at school that day!
The next week was Community Helpers week.
First they had a police office at the school and he explained that police officers are our friends and always here to help.  

The next day a firetruck came to school and they watched its lights and listened to the siren.
They also got to climb into the truck.
On the final day of community helpers week, and ambulance went to school.  They got to take a look at all the instruments used during an emergency
and see the inside of the vehicle.
I am very thankful that Nora gets to be a part of KCP!

Friday was Saint Patrick's Day and I could not find a single green thing in NG's closet besides this green bow!
I already had a cake mix and icing in the cabinets so I thought it would be fun to send cupcakes for the kiddos to enjoy at snack time. Plus it was the Friday before Spring Break so that is reason enough to celebrate with cake! 
And I'm pretty sure this little gal liked that idea too!
We've been on spring break with our favorite babysitter and bestie all week but we're looking forward to getting back to all the rest of our classmates and teacher next week!