Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School Interviews {Sept. 2014}

What is your name? 

How old are you? 

What grade are you going into? 

What's your teachers name? 
Mrs. Plouffe & Mrs. Johnson

{Lilli & Mrs. Johnson}

What is special about your class this year?  
I have two classrooms and two teachers

Who is your best friend? 
Sydney Beckrich

{Sydney & Lillian}

What are you most excited to learn this year? 

What is your favorite thing to play? 
Guess Who?

What is your favorite color? 

What is your favorite book?  
Skippy Jon Jones

What is your favorite TV Show? 

What's your favorite food?  

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A doctor

What's something you really like? 

What's something that you don't like? 

What's one thing you like about yourself?  
My clothes

{Lilli's portrait}

What's your name?

 How old are you? 
9 1/2

What grade are you going into?

What's your teachers name? 
Miss Horn

{Alexa & Miss Horn}

What's special about your class this year?
I'm in a multiage classroom

What's a multiage classroom?
The 4th graders get to be leaders and get to work together with 3rd graders.  The teacher will challenge all of us.

Who is your best friend?
Macy Beckrich

{Macy & Alexa}

What are you most excited to learn this year? 
To be a good leader

What is your favorite thing to play?
I like to dance

What's your favorite color?
Orange, blue, neon pink, neon yellow and lime green

What's your favorite book?
I like all the books in the I Survived Series

What's your favorite TV Show?
19 Kids & Counting

What's your favorite food?
Tacos and Pizza

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A dance teacher and a veterinarian

What is something you really like?
My swimming pool and trampoline

What is something you don't like?
 Asparagus and mushrooms

What is one thing you like about yourself?
I'm pretty and sweet

{Alexa's Self Portrait}

 {Sydney, Lilli, Macy & Alexa - picking up school iPad's at the High School}

See other "back to school interviews" HERE and HERE.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Recap {School Shopping, Bean Bag Tournaments, Slumber Party}

Friday afternoon after work, Adam and I took the girls to Staples to get their school supplies.  We never want to start school shopping in July when they start putting out the supplies, because that's just WAAAAY too early to be thinking about school. But, waiting this long usually means all the supplies at Target and Walmart are picked over, so we go to Staples and have had really good luck the last 2 years finding everything on their lists.

Saturday morning I took the girls to get some new shoes and socks.  I took them out to lunch at Subway and then for dessert at Chick-fil-A.  They were having a fun event for Alex's Lemonade Stand at our local Chick-fil-A, so they had their mascot there and were handing out balloons and tattoos for the kids.  Alexa and Lillian were so excited.  They got their picture taken with the cow, ate an ice-cream cone and got to play in the play place for a while.

After our girl fun, we went to cheer on Adam at the bean bag tournament he was in just up the street from our house at The Mug.  They had two tournaments that day, one where you drew for your partner and the other you got to pick your own partner.  

Lilli made friends quickly with Alice who was also there cheering on her dad.

Adam took second place in the first tournament when he drew the owner of The Mug for a partner and then took first with his partner Avery in the pick your own partner tournament.

Let me tell you a little about Adam and Avery (team name "Double A").  Back in June our town held a bean bag tournament during our town festival.  Adam registered him and his brother to play, but his brother backed out last minute, so Adam was left scrambling for a partner.  Our neighbor across the street, who's 14, has a bunch of buddies that always come over to play bean bags on the weekends with us and so as a last resort, Adam asked one of them (Avery) to play with him during Dew Days.  They ended up taking third place.  YAY! Well, turns out they are so similar in so many different ways and equally as competitive.  They have been participating in tournaments all summer at Carbone's  and so far are undefeated.  Needless to say they are a force to be reckoned with and have turned into the best of buddies over the summer.  

After a long day of bags, we went to visit our friends Amy and Chad, their sweet girls Sydney and Macy and their brand new kitty, Ernie.  Chad had DVR'd the Vikings game so we sat around, had a few drinks and caught up on the game.  They such a fun couple to hang out with and so sweet to have let our girls spend the night again.  Yes, I survived Lillian's SECOND sleepover.  

I was able to get a ton of cleaning done Sunday morning while they were over there playing and then had all 4 girls back home for lunch and a swim in the pool.  

{Macy & Alexa}

Adam played in another bean bag tournament at Carbone's on Sunday.  Unfortunately, it was sponsored by Cooers, so Avery wasn't able to play, but his brother came to be his partner and they took second in the first tournament and first in the second one.

I can't believe next weekend is the last before school starts.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday Thoughts {Vol. 2}

The big news this week was that the girls were both accepted onto a companie team for dance.  We have been talking a lot about our upcoming schedule and how we'll juggle school and their full dance class schedule.  We got into a good routine last year and I'm hoping this year we will, too.  I've already talked to a few other dance moms about car-pooling, so it shouldn't be too hard to find our weekly groove.  I'm just still so proud of our girls and am so excited for them to start their new companie classes with their teams.

I'm completely blown away that school starts in just 2 short weeks.  The girls have their class assessments with their teachers this morning and we have open house next week.  We also need to go school supply shopping and pick up a few new clothes to start their year.  It's going to be here before we know it.  And despite the fact that another summer has flown by, the girls are ready to get back to school.

Speaking of school, a huge congratulations goes out to my little brother for accepting his first teaching position at the school he student taught at in Fargo.  I'm so super proud of him and all his accomplishments.  He's going to give his third graders one heck of an amazing year.  His first day of class is TODAY!!

We've gone from 23 to 39 found geocaches in the last 2 weeks.  The girls and I absolutely LOVE going out in the evenings to find the treasures.  We've found a few with little toys in and trinkets in them lately and the girls always carry a zip lock bag with items they can trade.  It's so fun to explore different neighborhoods and walking trails and of course new playgrounds.  

I will have more on this later, but excited to announce that the girls have been chosen to be 'brand reps' for a dance clothing company called "Love Dance Clothing Co.".  Check out their website and follow them on Instagram

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Companie Dance

Alexa :: Elly :: Lilli
{treating the girls to ice-cream after a long week of dance training}

As you know, last week Alexa and Lillian had intensive week at dance that led up to their try-outs for 'companie' teams for this coming season.  Try-outs were on Thursday and we found out Friday night that THEY BOTH MADE IT!!

Adam and I could not be more proud of our girls for working hard and proving that they deserve a spot on the team.  Lillian will be dancing with the Starlights and Alexa with the Amazing Stars.  

Lilli is our little goofball and has had a little trouble with behavior in some of her classes due to her just wanting to have fun and be silly and giggle with her friends.  We told her that if she was serious about doing competitions that she needed to up her game and focus a little bit harder.  She told me at the end of intensive week that she was wanting to be funny but she wanted her coaches to know how serious she was about being on the team that she tried really hard to listen and focus all her attention on the teacher and not making her friends laugh.  It was pretty adorable to hear her say something like this in such a serious tone.  She was pretty confident that her hard work paid off and she was right.  We are so happy for her and can't wait to see how she improves this year.

Alexa is our little rock star.  When she puts her mind to something there is very little that will come in her way and stop her from reaching her goals.  She's a natural competitor like her dad and through her intense gymnastics background, she was ready to give it her all during her auditions.  I'm completely amazed at how much she learned last week and didn't have a single complaint, even though they were pushed to the max.  She was accepted into a group that has been dancing together for a few years now and have competed together before.  So, she has her work cut out for her, but I'm confident she'll fit right in and can't wait to see her be challenged this year.

I love my little girls so much and in my eyes they will always be the best little dancers on the stage!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap {Sleepover/Science Museum/MN Zoo}

Adam left Thursday night for his fantasy football draft/guys weekend up in Thief River Falls, so the girls and I had a fun 'girls weekend' with lots of things planned to keep us busy.

Friday night they each had a friend sleep over, Hannah and Lauren (sisters).  
Their mom had watched Alexa and Lilli a couple days for us this summer so I totally owed her a kids free night with her hubby!  The girls had a ton of fun together.  They danced, jumped around in their sleeping bags, played with the puppies, played games, colored, jumped on the beds and watched a movie with popcorn.  

They ended up all waking up at 6:30 (waaaaay too early for a Saturday morning), so I kinda suggested they make me breakfast in bed to make up for it. Ha!  They brought me a piece of toast and an orange.  haha  By 10:30 they were all exhausted again and ready to go back to bed.  That should be a good lesson to NEVER wake up at 6:30 on a Saturday ever again.  

The girls and I were supposed to join our friend Sarah and some other MN bloggers on a volunteer trip to Second Harvest Heartland to box food for hungry families.  We were all really excited about it and had been looking forward to it all summer, but turns out Lillian was too young to participate by two years, so rather than going there and having Lilli lie about her age, we decided it would be best if we waited until a better weekend (when Adam is home to watch Lilli) for Alexa and I to volunteer.

Andrea, Lo and I have been trying to get together all summer and finally the time was right for us to meet up for lunch.  Lo kindly offered us over to her place for a nice homemade meal that tasted an awful lot like Little Caesar's pizza.  Andrea brought (clearly store bought) cucumber salad and chips and I slaved over the oven all morning to bring a delicious batch of chocolate chip and sugar cookies with pink frosting. 

I could gave stayed and chatted with them all day, but my girls were clearly sleep deprived and were stage 5 slap-happy!  They were acting silly, not making any sense and were being brutally 'honest' about everything...if you know what I mean.  

The Science Museum of MN was just a few miles away, so we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon there exploring the dinosaur exhibit and visiting the Omni Theatre.

It was pretty busy, so the girls ended up having to wait their turns a few times to partake in some of their favorite experiments.  Overall, they did really well and stayed patient!

There was a hands on section of the dinosaur exhibit where the girls could pick the bones up and put them back together into the complete skeleton.  Lilli thought the shoulder bone would make a nice crown and the pelvic bone would be a nice wand.  Alexa almost mistook them for some baby back ribs and compared her hand size to that of a dinosaur that I couldn't pronounce.

We left when we started to get hungry, grabbed a quick dinner at home and then went to Cherry Berry for dessert!!

It was getting late when we got back and it had been a long day (a long week for that matter), so we snuggled into bed, watching a little TV and fell asleep.

Sunday morning we woke up and got ready to go to the MN zoo.  We hadn't been there since Lilli's class field trip in May.  As we pulled out of the driveway, I had noticed a missed call from my mom.  So, I quickly called her back.  Her and my dad were just leaving my brothers, I told them to turn around and come with us to the zoo.  And they did!  What a fun surprise!

There are so many fun animal statues all over the zoo and the girls love getting their pictures taken on each one.  It would be a serious project, but kinda fun to gather them all up and compare them from each year.

Lilli's favorite is the penguins, so I wanted to get a picture of her with them.  And as soon as I said..hey Lilli let's get a selfie with you and the penguin, the penguin turned it's head as if he heard the word "selfie" and gave me his best pose.  So cute!

Alexa and Grandpa Tom had fun watching the wolves on the MN Trail.

And both girls were brave enough to touch the snake.

This bear was loving the girls up as he was showing off his swimming skills.

And we, of course, loved the bug exhibit!!

We knew there was a chance for rain, but thought we'd be in the clear.  Unfortunately, we were wrong.  It started sprinkling, which was was really humid, so it turned out to be a nice way to cool off a bit.  But, eventually it started to down pour.  We were on the opposite end of the zoo and wanted to see the rest of the animals, so we just hung out in the rain.  We were soaked, but we made the most of it and the girls will never forget the time we went to the zoo with grandpa and grandma and got completely drenched!

 We got home and took a warm shower and just as we got done Adam got home.  We were so excited to see him that we ran out into the rain again to welcome him home.  He had a great time with his buddies drafting their fantasy football teams, but was just as happy to be home as we were to have him home.  We ordered in some pizza, played a game of Head Bandz and then called it a night.