Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Marching Band Party

We're still 3 days away from his 4th birthday, but we had his birthday party last weekend.  He chose a marching band party as his theme.  So we went to the neighborhood park, invited his friends, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

graham cracker xylophones with pretzel/marshmallow mallets

drum cake

checking out the instruments




having snacks




Pinata time!



At one point, Nick knocked it off the string so they just took turns beating it on the ground...

gathering their loot


cake time



presents



Mr. Cory and Mikaela talk about the meaning of life...

Baby Nicole - how she'll probably always be called by my kids.

Strike up the Band


now we're marching

Tripp and Nick concert

We had a great time, got to know some of Nick's classmates a little more, and made good memories.  Can't believe he's about to be 4!!!

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.