I have debated about what I want to do with my blog for a long long time. And rather than give it up completely ( I just couldn't ) I've decided to put together a recap of each month and sprinkle in a few other posts in between if I have the time. I've always kept the intent of this blog as a scrapbook for my kids and myself, so I want to continue to document those things, but without the pressure (from myself) that I need to write a post every/other day, ect. So, without further ado...our recap of the month of February!
// We kicked off the month with a Super Bowl Party at our friends Amy and Chad's house. We had a few drinks, snacked on some delicious apps and watched New England beat Seattle. The kids wanted nothing to do with the football game until the half time show came on. We LOVE Katy Perry!
// We also had the girl's annual school Sock Hop. It ended up being quite a busy night as we started off at the girls' studio for their musical theater technique class and then had to quickly change them into their poodle skirts for the sock hop and from there we drove to Adam's parents house.
- The sock hop was so much fun for the girls. It's one of their very favorite days of the year. Lilli had been counting down the days for over a month. They got brand new poodle skirts this year from Sarah's Poodle Skirt Palace and they had an absolute blast running around and dancing/hanging out with their friends. It was so cute to see all the kids dressed up and having a good time. Even tho it's not my personal favorite school event, the kids sure have a blast and enjoy it every year. It's hard to believe that next year will be Alexa's last sock hop and then she'll be off to middle school!!
- We got to Juan & Linda's pretty late - the girls had fallen asleep in the car and actually stayed sleeping once we got them inside and to bed. So, Adam and I decided to go out on the town. Unfortunatly, said town is fairly small and the first bar we went to closed at 11. So, I basically had to chug my drink...then we went to another bar and I was pretty much toast after my second long island. We hit up a truck stop so I could wolf down some french toast, but I was still a stumbly mess when Adam finally took me home at 2am. Luckily, I was able to wake up for our early morning tax appointment, but I pretty much slept/laid on the couch the rest of the day. #oldladyproblems And I may or may not have bought these amazing cat rings during our wild night out.... ;)
// One of Lilli's teachers is about to have a baby any day now, so instead of taking the chance that she'd be in labor or home on maternity leave with her sweet baby during the normal schedule for parent/teacher conferences - we had them a few weeks early. Adam and I were so impressed with the excellent reports about our little girl. She is excelling so quickly in first grade and besides a reminder here and there to stop being so chatty with her friends, her behavior is wonderful, too!! We usually let the girls pick out a few books from the book fair that they have during conferences, but since Lilli's were early the book fair wasn't going on yet - so, we took her to Target to pick out a few new books. She chose an Amelia Bedelia book and a Junie B. Jones chapter book. We also had to take a picture by the new #TargetDog statue.
// Valentine's Day!! It was kind of exciting to have Valentine's Day fall on a Saturday this year, but instead of doing something super romantic, we took the girls to the MN State High School Dance Competition. My friend Kristin's sister is the captian of the Eden Prairie Dance Team and we had a blast watching their high-kick team make it to finals. Kristin and her family made us feel super welcome, like we were part of the EP family. Kara quickly became the girls' dance IDOL!
- We also had lots of fun making Valentine's for the girls' teachers, classmates, dance coaches and their dance teams. Alexa of course had to incorporate 'minions' into her Valentine's...and I'm pretty impressed with how they turned out. #pinterestWIN
// One of Adam's co-workers celebrated his 40th birthday at the Golden Nugget in Minnetonka. Alexa had a sleepover at her friend Jillian's and my brother and his fiance took Lilli so that Adam and I could enjoy a night out and celebrate with Andrew. It was fun to have a date night with Adam and see some of his awesome co-workers again. Then I got this picture text from my brother......
...and had to show everyone his idea of 'babysitting'. Clearly, she's loving every second of it.
// February 18th was Natioanl Eat Ice-Cream for Breakfast Day!! Probably the girls' most favorite day to celebrate.. not only did they love eating the ice-cream for breakfast but we loved supporting the fight against childhood cancer. You can read more about it, here.
// It was our good friends Andrea and Aaron's wedding anniversary this month. While chatting with Andrea, I discovered they hadn't made plans to celebrate, so I offered to watch their little Avrie so that they could enjoy a night out together....because that's what bestie do. The girls loved having Avrie over and I loved visiting with A and Aa after their date night!
// I've been sworn to secrecy on any details but the girls have started practicing for their big dance finale for recital coming up at the end of May. They practice on weekends for 2 hours at a time, so Adam and I usually go out with other dance parents for a few drinks or a meal/apps depending on the time of day. We've seen a few sneak peeks of their routine and I promise you (family) it's going to be worth sitting through the entire recital for! Costumes have all come in, as well, eeeekkk!! So exciting!
// Spur of the moment (as in 6 at night) I asked Adam if he'd take me to the 50 Shades of Grey movie. He kinda rolled his eyes, but said he would if I could find a last minute babysitter. Lucky for me, our go-to gal, Delaney, was willing to watch our girls at her house while she did her homework so that Adam and I could sneak out for a bit. And let me tell you there was nothing at all awkward about sitting next to a mid-60's lady, who was there all alone, laughing at all the awkward parts and basically watching a light pornographic movie with like a hundred other people...#sarcasm But honestly, the movie was just kind of...meh!
// All four of us had eye doctor appointments this month. Adam has dry tear ducts and is on special drops 4 times a day and a specific regimen of putting warm rags on his eyes a couple times a day......he sometimes follows through. ;) My eyes are actually getting better, which apparently happens at my age and then when I hit 40 things should go down hill again. The girls on the other hand have perfect eyesight. We bought them each a pair of new sunglasses that are 100% UV protected. Did you know that the cute sunglasses you buy at Target may not 100% protect your eyes from UV rays...even if they say they do?
// Javiera got a hair cut and came home with a beautiful new bandana around her neck.
// Alexa had her 4th grade play, Joust! She was a damsel and a boomwhacker! She has been singing and practicing the songs pretty much all school year, it seems. The 4th graders all did such a wonderful job! We took her out for frozen yogurt afterwards. She put so much love and hard work into that play, so a treat out was definitely deserved.
// Our friends Amy and Chad took a fun winter vacation to Mexico with their beautiful little girls. I'm not even going to talk about how jealous I am!! While they were gone, we were on Ernie duty. Isn't he adorable?
// My SIL Andrea and her boyfriend Cesar came to visit from New York. They were here for a week over Andrea's Birthday. We were so excited to be able to have them here and have a night out to celebrate. Grandma Linda watched the girls while we went out with them and Adam's brother Ben and wife Amanda. We had dinner at Benihana's and then went to a local bar (about a block from our house) to play pool/darts and to ring in Andrea's 25th year. We had way too much fun and miss them already!
// Andrea and Cesar spent some time with their friends while back in MN and Adam's mom offered to take Alexa and Lilli to a hotel for the night so Adam and I could have yet another date night this month. We've been completely spoiled!!! We hit up dinner at The Libertine in Uptown Mpls. and then grabbed a tub of ice-cream and came home to watch Heart of Dixie.
It's hard to believe we fit all this in in such a short month. Looking ahead, March isn't proving to slow down at all.....afterall, it's dance competition month!! Whoo Hoo!!