Sunday, January 29, 2017

Princess Ball

The Princess Ball, a daddy-daughter dance annually hosted by our church, The Branch Church, is an event Mikaela looks forward to.  For days and weeks leading up to it, she talks about it, the dress, the shoes, the accessories, etc.  

Daddy takes her to dinner (her choice) and then they go to the church for a night of fun and dancing.  She's gone with her daddy since she was 3.  

This year they went to Razoo's first.  Given their dress, it was clear they were on a daddy-daughter date.  When the bill came, it was marked paid.  Some patron paid for their meal because he/she was encouraged to see a dad investing in his daughter.  So cool.  

And now for pictures:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Seven Years Old

Mikaela Belle is now 7 years old.  She's in 1st grade at Independence Elementary.  She is still in dual language and doing well.  At her fall conference, her teacher, Mrs. Prater said she is reading above grade level in both languages.  This year she has just one teacher instead of rotating between two, but still rotates Spanish and English days.

This year she is continuing piano lessons with my mom.  She also did a basketball camp at her school.

Other fun facts:
Height: 49 inches
Weight: 53.6
Favorite Color: gold
Favorite Food: veggie sticks
Favorite Activities: Princess Ball
Favorite Subject: writing
Favorite Hobbies: coloring, whistling
Future job: artist
Good friends: Emma, Estrella, Isabella Q
Favorite Toys: fashion plates, scrapbook (a girl after mama's heart)
Favorite TV Show: Phineas & Ferb
Favorite Movie: A Bug's Life

On her actual birthday, we had a donut breakfast and then they watched the PSHS homecoming parade (in which I marched with students).  For her birthday this year,  we didn't have a party.  She was able to pick one friend and we took them to Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine and then out to eat.  She had a great time and mom much preferred this much simpler celebration.  It probably wasn't any cheaper, but the low stress factor was worth it!

And now for photos:
backyard fun with brother

enjoying cooler weather

Donuts with Dudes

Superhero day at school

with friends for Hebron Homecoming

at a family event at Mike's work

with school friends for the Hebron homecoming parade

Last night to be six

Photos from her birthday celebration:

Just outside the exit of the aquarium was one of those jump places.  Each kid got a chance to do it.  And all 3 loved it.  

checking out rocks at Rainforest Cafe Store

coloring at Razoo's before dinner
We have been so blessed these last 7 years with our dear little Mikaela.  We look forward to seeing all God has planned for her life.

Fall Fun

It's been busy (what else is new) and therefore I have been lax about posting our Fall adventures.

At the start of the month, we took an afternoon to go to downtown Carrollton to take a few pumpkin pictures.  We didn't make it to any other pumpkin patch this year  It's too hard to go during the week (take off school/work, etc) and I just didn't want to fight crowds on the weekends.

On October 8th - We all traveled to Corsicana, TX to watch Mike march with the band and fellow alumni.  He had a blast and the kids had such a great time watching him play and march.

Navarro Current band preshow

warming up for halftime

marching on the field

performing the show - I promise he's in this picture somewhere

playing in the stands

The following weekend included an evening trip to the Great State Fair of Texas.  We saw the pig races, ate fried food, watched the night parade and some fireworks, walked around a little, and checked out possible cars for Daddy once we finally replace my Saturn.

And finally, Halloween.  I was really bad about pictures this year for some reason.  We had a party at a co worker's house the Saturday before and they did trick or treating on Halloween Night.  I also helped at Nick's school one morning for his carnival.

Painting a pumpkin for school