Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Let it go! By Molly maze

Love is an open door by Molly maze

Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday, Madison!

This weekend we celebrated Madison's 8th birthday!
(Ambre and Eddie were in Colorado on a ski trip for their 11th anniversary)
 We started at the mall on Friday night
we shopped, rode the carousel, and ate supper in the food court
everyone picked a different restaurant! 
on the way home, madison lost a the tooth fairy came in the night!
 the tooth fairy left $1 and a pack of earrings
 here the 3 musketeers are on saturday morning
she opened presents and we had a birthday breakfast (steak and eggs!)

 part of her birthday tradition is that i give her a charm every year on her birthday
she is at the age now where she is really interested in looking back through her album and looking at the charms
i place each charm in a scrapbook album and write an entry to her
the "deal" is that when she is 16 she will get the charm bracelet and we can attach all the charms
she's really excited for this...and now we are 1/2 way to 16! (hard to believe)
 so, while eddie and molly were occupied, madison and i took some time to look at all 8 of her charms together and i read her all of the journal entries through the years
she really loved that!

 here are all of her charms in order as she got them...
1 year old:  baby "mary janes"
2 year old:  "big sister"
3 year old:  "i love you"...also symbolic b/c she has always sucked her middle 2 fingers 
4 year old: "princess charm"
5 year old: "school charm" for prek
6 year old:  "backpack" for kindergarten
7 year old: "jackolantern" for our halloween parties
8 year old: "ballerina slippers"...she picked these out this year. it was a hard choice and she loved looking at all of the charms.
i buy them all at James Avery

 I think it is so important that we leave hand written letters, journals, scrapbooks for our kids
this day and time it is easy to get too techy...but i know now that my father, grandfather, and grandmother are gone i love to come across things with their handwriting on it!  Especially something of significance like a letter to me!

 she got some doll clothes and some clothes for her too
i love this age...when they are tweeny, but still play with dolls!
keep 'em little!

 this is her charm bracelet album
 after breakfast, we made her birthday cake!
i bought this tie die cake in a box at target
and it was so easy and cute!
 madison loved it!
is that the cutest thing ever??

 we sang happy birthday and she blew out the candles!

So, we had a great celebration weekend and topped it off with a snow day today on her actual birthday!
Happy Birthday, Madison!!

February 2014

February 2014 came and went in a flash!
today is march 3 and we finally have a snow day so i can catch up a bit...
 we dressed up in our chinese new year dress for church
 and she wore her chinese silks to school with her "year of the horse" necklace!

 after school we went to a special chinese new year celebration at the discovery house in murfreesboro, tn
it was crowded, but fun!

 and, we came home to make chinese new year cupcakes!
this is a random picture that i thought was so funny...a few times this year madison has come to my classroom during the day because she was "sick"...i say it in quotes b/c i think she's sort of like her aunt amy and knows how to "fake sickness" for a little attention!
so on this day, she said she needed to lay down and took my pillow and laid right in the floor!  i texted this picture to ambre to get her opinion and i think we sent her back to her classroom! ha!

 and celebrated christmas with aunt judy...
yes, we always celebrate christmas with judy in february...don't ask!

 we celebrated our 4 year referral anninversary and took our annual picture of her holding her referral picture

 got ready for valentines day in our heart dress and heart shoes!

 i enjoyed a ton of goodies from my class on v-day!
 molly and i worked hard on her class valentines
(thanks pinterest!)

 molly had "sneupert" come home from school one weekend and we had to take pictures with him and record a journal entry in a notebook for her to take back to her class and share!
she enjoyed that!
 we went to the symphony for a special kids concert,
"princesses and knights"
 she loves the symphony "petting zoo" where they can try out all of the instruments!

 even sneupert got to try one

 for the germophobes out there wondering...they spray and wipe off the mouthpieces after each kid
it seems kind of gross, but i guess it's sanitary??

 this was our pitiful attempt at creating some snow this winter! 
we had to buy snow in a can!

 when you kept adding water to it, it would grow bigger
enough to make this pitiful snowman

all in all a great month!
we're thankful for this snow day, but looking forward to spring as well!
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