Sunday, October 22, 2017

Photo Dump....Birthday party and volleyball!

We finally had Piper's birthday party....the weekends were just busy and this was the first free weekend we had....and then when the invites went out, another girl in her class was having her party on the same day, same time. The other girls mom was worried about it and the girls having to choose which party to go to, but it was one of those things.....neither one of us could change the party, we had about 10 other kids invited (other than the 6 from the school) so I just couldn't worry about it. It worked out, we had 14 kids and that was plenty! I hope the other girl had a good party too!

We had her party at Sapphire gymnastics and they seemed to have fun! They do everything for you there so we didn't have to worry about anything. We also get a SD card with pictures that they take during the party, so half of these are theirs and half our mine!
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 Mine





 OMG! The faces this kid makes are so f'ing cute and hilarious! 




After the successful birthday party we went home for a couple hours. Both girls did some time in their rooms b/c of shitty attitudes and we got ready for Brittany to come babysit for the night.

We went to downtown to Quinton's for dinner, which was good.....but the waitress was STRUGGLING the second half of our visit!!! Once we begged for our check and then begged for our card back, it was pouring down rain outside. SO we sat at the bar for a drink and then once things let up, we made a run for it (me with half of my shirt over my head! Straight hair CANNOT get wet!!)

Eventually we made it to Wooly's for The Nada's show! We were able to see some friends there, it was a good show and a great time, as always!
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 My girls Sarah and Jamie
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We were home by midnight and I was exhausted!  I was snoring within 5 minutes! :)

Sunday morning we slept in and hung out! Steve went golfing with nephew Jordan and the girls and I headed to my parents for the Packer game! 
We left about 2:15 to get to Presley's last volleyball practice/game. She does so good at serving but definitely doesn't MOVE closer to the ball. But she is more willing to hit it now if it comes to her! :)



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We are so proud of her! We know it is scary to try new things, she started out this volleyball camp with her friend Maris, but after the weeks she didn't end up finishing out....but still Presley went with little complaints. I'm not sure if she will do it again next year but at least she knows what to expect in the future if volleyball comes up again! :)

And now, Sunday night, typical crap....dinner, baths, cleaning, laundry and early bedtimes (even though it is almost 11 and I'm still up doing this and watching Catfish)! GOODNIGHT!

Soccer Saturday!

A 9 o'clock game in Waukee means we have to be up by 7:30 at the very latest....and we don't like that. BUT...the cool, crisp fall morning air woke us up quickly! The girls played well! They won (even though they don't technically keep score) and our goalies were awesome! I'm so happy we have girls that want to play goalie...and Presley is NOT one of them!
I'm not sure how I got this picture and neither of her feet are on the ground!?
She does a lot of kicking the ball down field and getting it away of a big group of girls, but not a lot of dribbling or following the ball down field herself.....this was the one time that she did it! Proud parent moment!


I think we may have spring soccer in our future! I'm so happy that she likes it and has progressively become more confident and aggressive when playing! 

Another week gone by.....

I just don't know where time goes. I can't believe it is the end of October! How did that happen?

Our week was fairly normal...Monday's are our 'day off', we have nothing in the evenings so it is nice. Presley did have test on crayfish and she did study for it and it paid off b/c she got 100%! She needs these small confidence boosters!

Tuesday I had my yearly dermatology appointment and nothing looked abnormal this year so that is good!  Then I took Presley to gymnastics. Her gymnastics are from 6-7:30, it makes for a long night!

Wednesday Steve took the girls to Piper's gymnastics class and I got my hair cut and highlighted, it's two hours to myself....with my hairdresser Josie, wine and my book! I'm blonder and thinner now! (well my hair is thinner!) and then I was able to meet Sarah out for a drink afterwards. She has been stressed and was looking for a good hour to just sit and vent so I was more than willing to help out!

Thursday Presley had her cheer camp performance! She was excited and we were anxious to see if she opened her mouth, since she didn't last year b/c she had just lost a tooth. It is so cute to see all these little girls have fun like this and I'm glad that I made her do it again!

 What is awesome about this picture is that all 4 of these girls live in our neighborhood!
Dani, Presley, Lydia and Bella

That was over at 6 and then she had soccer practice from 6-7 pm. I had originally told her that if the cheer thing went too late that she would probably just miss soccer practice....and she DIDN'T want to miss it! WHAT??? So Steve took her to that and I went home and got a lot of stuff done in that 45 minutes before they got home! Since I had been gone the previous 2 nights, it's like some things just don't get done around the house. So I emptied the dishwasher and filled it, cleaned the kitchen, put a load of laundry in, put in a frozen pizza for dinner, emptied out the backpacks and organized that crap and gave Piper a bath!

Friday we were able to go over to our neighbors Wendy and Jason's house for dinner and drinks with the other neighbors, Sarah and Kyle. All the kids ate good, they played really good, we were all able to talk and such. We did leave about 9:30 since we had to get up for soccer in the morning! Thank you Wendy and Jason for hosting!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekend Update

Thursday I was able to meet some friends out for our annual pumpkin beer night at Rock Bottom! We had some new faces this year and as always, it was a lot of fun! A lot of laughs, good food, good pumpkin beer with the rim job! So much fun! Thank you ladies!
Nikki, Holly, me, Lyndsi, Colleen and Missy
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Friday we didn't do much. It was so dreary and gross. We just hung out at home, watched a movie and cuddled....for the second Friday in a row, it was a nice rainy night!

Saturday we originally had a busy weekend planned...however, due to the rain it changed. Presley was supposed to have a soccer game at 10:15 and we left out house at 9:30....but we got a mile down the street and it was POURING rain! We opted out of going to the game and about 5 minutes later it was cancelled anyway. So we headed to HyVee to get some groceries (which very rarely do all 4 of us go to the store!) After that we headed home.

We were going to watch our neighbor Cohen while his sister played soccer that afternoon, but her soccer game was cancelled too !

Our nephew Jake's girlfriend Aliyah is taking a pediatrics physical therapy class and wanted Piper to help them to assess the motor development of a child...so they came over and asked her to do certain things.....hop on one foot, throw a ball, bounce a ball and catch it, skip, follow direction and many other things..... She was cooperative for about 50% of it. She seemed to be afraid or embarrassed if she couldn't do something and then would be hesitant...but she did good overall!

Then we were invited to a house party of a friend of Steve's from high school who lives in Adel. We have never made it to this party but have always heard good things about it. And they do go ALL out for this party!
A hot chocolate bar....with MORE than you can imagine for hot chocolate. Awesome!

 A smore's bar....seriously awesome!
They had Dustin Baird playing music in the open part of their outbuilding....of course, that is where Piper wanted to sit.
 All the drinks you could never need.
And all of this plus a lot of really nice people, some we knew, some we didn't. A food truck that make pizza (515 Pi)....it was REALLY good and if you see this food truck around....try it! They had a roaring bon fire, a popcorn machine, fruit and veggies....the Cubs game on television, plenty of seating....and this was still all going on despite the rainy, wet conditions outside...it was really nice! Thank you Lindsay and Mike!

We did have plans to do something fun today, Sunday. We thought about heading down to Winterset for the their Covered Bridge Days, we thought about a pumpkin patch....but it was chilly in the morning and we thought a lot of places would be muddy and ours kids would whine about being cold. We hit up Cozy Café for brunch, https://www.cozycafejohnston.com/cozycafejohnston which was actually really good and really cheap and we will totally go there again! and we were going to stop and just get pumpkins at a road side stand but the kids (mostly Piper) were so whiney and snotty that we didn't and then when we got home...they spent time in their rooms cleaning and putting away things b/c they obviously couldn't be together without fighting!

Once they were in trouble and got separated....then they realized how bad that sucked and then Presley went to help Piper finish cleaning and putting her clothes away.....they played and played and we didn't really see them.....THEN I had to interrupt them b/c it was time for Presley to go to volleyball!
Having fun jumping up against the wall, she got up a lot further than I thought she would!
 Serving...she got it over every time! This is where she is most comfortable!
 Playing games at 'halftime' with the college volunteers!
After we got home from volleyball, her and Piper disappeared into the bedrooms for a long time. Then Presley came out and wanted to go outside and practice volleyball! I can't say no, so we did that for a while and then it was dinner time!
Sunday nights are our time to unwind....baths, early bedtimes, fruit and snacks before bed, time to read at bedtime and just cuddle! :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Funny

Couple of the funny things the girls have said in the last week and I've been meaning to get jotted down.

Piper: I know what a tutu is!
Me: Really? What is a tutu?
Piper: Boys have them
Me: Boys have tutus? Tutu's are what ballerinas wear when they dance.
Piper: No, boys have tutu's and they pee out of them
---------- I have no idea where she got this! I told her to ask her daddy about it!


Presley must have never owned a pair of draw string pants until recently b/c she was trying to tie the string and said "It's hard to tie pant laces!"
Me: Pant laces???
Presley: Well what do you call them then?
Me: A draw string!
Presley: Why is it called that?
Me: I don't know....you are right 'pant laces' make more sense!


Piper was coloring a picture the other day and said to me 'Mommy, this is so good! This is so beautiful that people are going to think that a mom or dad colored it!'
She was so proud of her picture!


Presley does not like to say I love you, she never really has. If I tell her that I love her, I will either get NO response or she'll say 'okay'...gee thanks!
So after all this negative, scary stuff the last week I'm trying to get her to open up a little more. I told her she could at least say 'Ditto' so that I know she loves me too.
A couple minutes after that conversation she said "What is that word? Jojo?"
I told her that if she wants to say 'jojo' that is fine with me b/c at least I know what she means!
She is still trying to remember the correct word 'ditto' but says jojo, dojo, dijo.....it's cute and I'm happy that she is at least trying! :)

Steel Panther

So let me start out by giving more bad news and then we can end with more fun news. The last week as just been crap with everything....today, I found out that a girl I went to high school died. I went to elementary school with her, was in Girl Scouts and played softball with her and now she is gone! I can't explain the shock and the feeling of too many people I know that have passed away this year and the oldest one was 43 years old. It's sad and it makes you realize how really short life is and you need to enjoy every single second, make the memories, enjoy the time we have.

On a brighter note....Tuesday, my baby's 5th birthday, we went to a concert. Seriously, we are bad parents....but Steel Panther was playing and we have been waiting years for them to come back! 
Steel Panther is f'ing hilarious! They are raunchy, discriminatory, sexist, racist but all in a super funny way. It's a show, not just a concert. I was laughing so hard I was crying b/c it is ALL so WRONG! Look them up on youtube, but only if you don't get offended easily!....I warned ya!

 My girl Jackie, who we don't see hardly enough!
 The crew....Me, Steve, Brock, Jackie, Matt and nephew Austin.
The headliner was Stone Sour....who I don't really know that well but I guess the lead singer, Cory Taylor is/was also the lead singer for Slip Knot. And there are ALOT of Slip Knot fans around.
I know two Stone Sour songs and both are slower and neither one was played before we left a little before 11 pm. The music was HARD, I think a lot harder than any of us thought it would be and in between songs I bet I heard the phrase 'mother fucker' a trillion times....b/c we are obviously really crazy mother fuckers so he had to remind us every three minutes.