Sunday, April 3, 2016

while I waited...week 13

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
Somewhere I blinked and March flew by!  Can you believe we are already in April?!  This time of year always speeds up (or so it seems) but you won't see me complaining because that can only mean one thing...  SUMMER!!!  There are only 8 more Mondays of school!  Whoop!  But, before I get carried away dreaming of summer, here's what I did last week while I waited...
 
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 This week brought to you by lots and lots and LOTS of games of Go Fish!  It's Hope's favorite card game and she could play all.day.long!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Mike has always done nighttime with the kids.  It's truly one of his daddy gifts!  With each kiddo, he has always taken them to their room, read them books, and will lay on their floor till they are asleep.  He does this every.single.day!  Hope LOVES when he "sack of potatoes" her.  He'll throw her over his shoulder and carry her upstairs.  I have pictures of him doing this with Holden till she got too big to carry!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Tuesday was the dreaded Math STAAR test so I put together little goodies to start their day with a smile instead of dread.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Holden finished another masterpiece this week and I'm kind of in love with it!  Too bad it's not for me!  She painted this for her Nana who she'll see this summer.  She wants to take it with her so that she "can see her face when she opens it!"
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
Wednesday was the Reading STAAR test.  I'm not a fan of these tests but I love an excuse to leave a little happy on their breakfast plate!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 I headed to Round Top on Wednesday with these fun girls!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 These were the treasures I brought home!  A couple of tiny vases for all the little flowers the girls are always picking for me, a dice for Hope, and patches with mine and Mike's name on them! :)  I'm hoping to find something cute to do with the patches for an upcoming master bedroom re-do!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 My parents came to town on Wednesday and took the kids to MSC OPAS to see Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk.  The kids LOVED being with Dede and Pop Pop and raved about the show!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
You guessed it - another day, another round of Go Fish!  Mike was off from work all week and I know he played no less than 300 games!  Bless this man!  He's the best!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 5 pallets of sod (we still need 2 more!) and 50 bags of mulch - all ready for our Big Event crews!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Saturday morning Colby was up bright and early to run a 5K that his friend, Peter, organized for MDA.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
Peter was waiting for everyone at the finish line! 
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 After the 5K, we took Hope to her soccer game.  Her coach put her in and the first play she drove over half the field and scored a goal!  Girl was on fire!  It was so fun watching her play!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Big brother was cheering from the sidelines!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Hope with her cheering squad!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
We had two Big Event crews come to our house on Saturday.  They worked so hard laying sod, cleaning out flower beds and putting out new mulch.  
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
22,500+ Aggies went out in to our community to serve and say "thank you" and we were the lucky ones to have these sweet girls come and help us!  Thank you, ladies!!!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 This time last year, our yard had twice as many trees as it does now and was filled with yaupon.  Because of this, we could not get grass to grow in our backyard.  I jokingly referred to our yard as a beach!  Since last July, Mike has cut down trees, ripped out all the yaupon, intentionally killed off what little grass we had, tilled it, leveled it, etc, to get it ready for new sod.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Here's an after picture after the sod was laid!  Crossing our fingers it takes and we have nice green grass soon!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 Later Saturday afternoon, Colby and I left for his first dance competition as an Aggie Wrangler!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 I couldn't take pictures of their performance but they looked AWESOME!  They were the high scorers in their age group and placed either second or third out of 71 other teams!  So very proud of all their hard work!  They have another competition this weekend.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
Since Mike has been working in our yard, Ms. Maggie has been forbidden to go back there.  She has been so pouty and sad so we decided to cheer her up.  We loaded her up and took her to our local dog park!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 She wasn't sure at first if she liked it but quickly caught on!  She was one happy - and tired - puppy!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
 just a few pics I snapped when we got home
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13 
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 13
And...we, of course, had to end our week the same way we started - with a game (or two or three!) of Go Fish!  :)

I'm so glad you stopped by!  Have an extraordinary week!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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and the ladies from 100 Happy Days
KateAlisonLinzeeElizabethValerie, and Tiffany

18 comments:

  1. I love, love that picture with Colby and Peter. What a great cause (my heart for the disability charities). My daughter just laid sod down in her new yard and we are hoping for the same green grass. So far, so good. As long as we get rain we are good! Have a great Monday! See you on Instagram for #gloriousmotherhood.

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    1. Peter is amazing! He's a fabulous ambassador and doesn't let his disability slow him down! He's VP of the National Honor Society at their school, on the student council, a Boy Scout - you name it! And that's in addition to all the work he does for MDA! Colby met him in 5th grade and they've been friends since!

      I hope you're having a great day! Things around here have gotten crazy - in a good way! I'm hoping to catch up with all my blogger friends soon! Missing you guys!

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  2. Love all these pictures! Had no idea Hopey was such a card shark!

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    1. Girl - she's a little sneaky! Definitely don't let her shuffle! :)

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  3. Would love to go to Round Top sometime! How fun! Oh how well I remember those card games with my girls when they were little. So sweet!

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    1. I love just wandering around at Round Top! You see a little bit of everything!

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  4. I love how you try to make testing day more fun with little notes and treats. That is so sweet.

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    1. Thanks! In the past my daughter has gotten real worked up on the night before and day of testing. Thankfully this year was smooth sailing but she loves waking up to little surprises! They think I'm cheesy but I know they really like it! ;)

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  5. Love all the pics- what a great cause and purpose!

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    1. Thanks, Keri! He's a great kid! He's taught Colby so much about kids with disabilities and how they can do anything with a little help!

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  6. I smiled looking at all of your lovely pictures. Your daughter is quite the artist. I loved her painting! What a sweet family.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! We think she's pretty great too! Super duper proud of her! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by!

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  7. What a fun and busy week! I love how you are so intentional about capturing all of the everyday moments. That is a gift! Goodness, your daughter is a talented artist! Lucking Nana!

    Your picture from Round Top (so jealous, btw!) that said "Dead People's Stuff" made lol! Years ago we were shopping in some thrift/antique stores and my daughter said, "I wonder where they get all this stuff." My husband, with his dry sense of humor, deadpanned, "People die." Your sign picture brought that back! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your incredibly sweet comment, Wendy! I'm trying to get better at capturing the every day - not necessarily the posed moments.

      We are so proud of Holden! She's come so far with her artwork and we can't wait to see if she might use it when she's older!!!

      Haha - it's so true about dead people's stuff! Your memory made me giggle! I can imagine my husband making a wise crack just like that!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a super day!

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  8. Holly, I just love your family! You guys have so many fun big and little adventures together! I especially love how you do notes for the kids. My mom did that for me all the way through high school. I always loved it! I'm looking forward to doing it with my kids when they're in school :) You're such a great mom to look up to! I just have to feature this for Tuesday Talk this week because it just shows the fun and love of family and everyday life! :)
    Jessica, Sweet Little Ones

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    1. Jessica, you just made my day! Family is so important to me and I just love these people SO much!!! I'm not a fan of test days but I do love an excuse to love 'em up before they head out the door! ;) Thank you so, so much for your sweet words. You have no idea how much I needed to hear them! You are an absolute blessing to me and I appreciate you sharing our story! You're the best!

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