Friday, March 24, 2017

Dance Photos!

Never in my life did I ever think that life would be so busy and my heart so full that some months I would only get to post two times. TRUST me, I have soooooo much to write about and post on, but TIME... Have no fear.  I plan to catch up BIG time after the twins turn 8 on Saturday!!!
Lilah had a photo shoot at Miss Mona's yesterday and during the breaks, I captured THESE photos with my own camera. The atmosphere wasn't the prettiest, but she sure made up for it.  I love costume time.  It's so much fun!
Lilah will be in three dances in her May recital.  We are always so excited to watch her perform.  This year she is taking...
Ballet
Jazz
And tap!
I got a little camera happy, but I figured if Teresa Custer, the photographer, doesn't capture a pose or a look that I like, then at least I have some great shots of my own.
 
She's such a little ham!
She started feeling the camera after a good hour and a half.  LOL! "How about this pose mom?" But the first hour she just wanted to play with her dance team members and was running away from me.  Haha.  Sigh...
I love HER and I thoroughly enjoy watching her dance. Her recital will be at the Jefferson Center in May.  Can't wait!












Saturday, March 11, 2017

Happy 40th Birthday Darren!

The shout out/message I wrote for the birthday boy on Instagram, is below, and included the above photo: 
"Happy , Happy Birthday my love! Today, you are not 40 years old, you are 40 years loved!! Words cannot express how highly I think of you, how deeply I love you, and how proud I am to not only call you my husband & best friend, but to also call you the father of my children.  COMEDY was the FIRST thing that attracted me to you.  You are so funny! You are the reason I smile often and laugh daily.  Thank you for your loyalty, faithfulness, commitment, passion, dedication, motivation, integrity, wisdom, patience, generosity, understanding, and love IN. EVERYTHING. YOU. DO.  I love you from the depths of my soul and will continue to cherish you for the rest of my life! I pray you feel honored, loved, and appreciated as you say goodbye to your 30's and hello to your 40's."
Darren's day started out like normal.  We are adults and we cannot take a time out from life just because it's our birthday. Haha.  Remember, I did have a really fun, 3 day trip planned for him, but he declined.  AND PRAISE GOD he did because BOTH of our twins came down with a horrible illness.  The poor sitter would have really had her hands full.

Days leading up to Darren's birthday, I started collecting 40 years worth of photos, taken of Darren or with Darren in it. Renee, Darren's mom, gave me a nice collection of childhood memory photos, mostly portraits.  Those were so fun to look at. Then I went through every single physical photo (in my old fashioned photo albums and photo boxes) and every single online photo that I have ever taken of Darren.  I picked photos that were FUN & FUNNY to share.  I sent one, different photo to a minimum of 40 people and asked them to post the photos on Instagram OR text the photo to Darren with a message.  The message could have been funny, matter of fact, sentimental, or reminiscent in nature. Every person I asked was on board.  So fun. Below: my beginning stages/planning process.  I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. the night before his birthday.  
Then, the minute Darren left to take Ty to school and himself to work, BAM, I began sending individual photos out to my generated list of people.  I created a slide show of the photos I chose for people to use.  I really need to screen shot each post and the hysterical messages and create an additional slide show, but for now... here is what I have. OR you could check out everyone's posts by using the hashtag #BigDTurns40

I also made a slide show of our last 25 years together.  I alternated ONE photo of him with ONE photo of us.  After I did it, I realized this was probably something I should have saved for our 25 year wedding anniversary, but there are still so many photos I didn't use, including most importantly, photos of our children.

Jax was home sick this day, but I set up a make-shift bed in my vehicle and stuck with my original plans of surprising Darren with lunch at one of his favorite places: Mission BBQ, plus an iced coffee from Starbucks.  I also had to pick up balloon bouquets that I had previously ordered.
This was the most sick my twins had ever been.  I am so thankful that God has fully healed them. 
When Darren went back to work, after lunch, I had less than 4 hours to rush around and prep the house for his birthday evening.  
First, I set out the black "40" balloons along with the gold/black "Happy Birthday Balloons".  I love the color scheme.  
Then, I used our kitchen table to display some of the unwrapped gifts along with a few wrapped gifts.
Simple, yet classy!
Some of his gifts inlcuded: (2) new blazers from Express, along with (2) matching shirts, a tie, gourmet coffee, (2) bottles of nice whiskies, a whiskey glass, a new pair of shoes, and a pair of moldable ear plugs for the shooting range.
His BIG gift was this beautiful LIBERTY gun safe! He's been dying to get one.  His wish is my command.
When Darren arrived home, we yelled surprise to him.  This was the best I could do along the lines of a surprise party! 
Dinner had to be ordered because it was all I could do to organize 40+ people to send out photos, take care of a sick child, clean the house, pick up lunch, decorate the house, and bake a dessert.  I had planned to cook the BELOW meal, but I never made it to the grocery store (again sick child), so I ordered Carrabba's!  I ordered chicken Fetticcinie Alfredo to go along with the bottle of Chardonnay that I bought him. 
It was nice not having to slave away on a meal and worry about clean up Darren's special night.
As usual, being a GOOFBALL, FUNNY guy.... during photo time.
Getting sicker by the hour...
Dessert consisted of a over-sized Reese's cup and an over-sized Oreo cookie.


I made BOTH of these desserts.  The Reese's cup was made a few days prior AND I made the oreo the day of Darren's birthday.
We sang Happy Birthday to daddy/Darren and pigged out on the desserts.  They were BOTH so fantastic, but my favorite was the oreo.  
Under the circumstances of sick children AND Darren having no desire to travel during this time, I feel like I did the best I could to make this day special for him! I know he would have loved for his guy friends to hang out with him one night and love on him too, but is probably too manly to admit it. His 40th 1/2 birthday will be in August... shhhhh, maybe I will start planning his 40 1/2 birthday surprise party!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Warriors Basketball Season Is OVER!

Basketball season is officially over.  It was a really busy season this time around because we had THREE children playing. Shew, that was rough.  Our entire Saturday and Sunday was devoted to practice, Church, games, and youth group.  It was never a relaxing weekend and I am thrilled to say goodbye to it.  ALTHOUGH... with that being said, BASKETBALL is my favorite sport to watch my kids play.  They are just so good at it. Jax clearly couldn't contain his composure during this photo shoot.  LOL! Daddy was making him laugh and smile.  It's okay.  It created the best pics.  Thank you @lensationsbyscott for the awesome photos.  
So much cuteness wrapped up in this photo.  LOVE IT!
Daddy was one of the assistant coaches.  
Sadly, on the day of Jax's banquet began a 5 day long string of sickness in our home, so it was NOT a photo moment opportunity!
Our family has chosen to take a season of SPORTS OFF, minus dance, and just condition our boys for football season (in August) and truly BE STILL with one another.  It's been amazing ALREADY!!!! Baseball has never been a sport that I was thrilled to watch.  B-O-R-I-N-G!

Super Bowl 2017


Super Bowl Sunday... a holiday right, haha.  The schools even shut down the day after.  Ok, our schools shut down the day after.  They claim it's a "teacher work day" but come on... it's more like a "Super Bowl hang over" day! This year, I continued our tradition of cute decorations and fun foods to help get us excited!! Super Bowl tablescape!
Of course, I am ALWAYS missing from the photos.  
Our dinner menu was wings...
Football shaped pizzas for the kids...

Little popcorn bowls and chili corn chips with ranch dip!
Dessert was Super Bowl RINGS aka ring pops AND...
Field goal cookies that I made!!! I love the way they turned out.  
The field goal was made up of Wilton candy eyes flipped upside down.
Rootbeer and football paper straws all wrapped up in a turf grass koozie.  #SoFun
I love the way it ALL turned out.  The kids, as usual, were very appreciative and excited. I am happy to put the effort forth when I know it means so much to them. We "watched" the game, commercials okay... we watched the half time show.  HEHE! #Traditions