Friday, September 11, 2020

Around here.

around here trying ice cubes with strawberries and blueberries.  After this photo was taken, she dumped it if that tells you how much she liked it.

around here fantasy football draft at home.  Fun times. 

around here started dance at a new place this week!  She was super excited, let's hope the excitement lasts longer than last year's place.

around here tried real chicken eggs!  They didn't taste much different than regular eggs, but it was still fun to try them.  Thanks to the lady at the fire house for these!

around here my car sold in four days!  I was amazed but so excited!  We got what we wanted for it, and the guy that bought it was so so very nice so I'm glad it's going to a great home. 

around here we did lots of driving one day after work and she is such a trooper.  The best go with the flow kind of kid.  Just love her.

T.G.I.F.  Happy Friday.   

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Our favorite hamburger meal.


This hamburger meal is super simple and easy to make, I have it multiple times a week it's so good!  I started doing Keto a few months ago and loving it.  It's very easy for me and that's what I love about it. 

Not all ingredients shown, super simple.  You can increase/decrease any of the ingredients to your liking.  The original recipe calls for 3 cups of noodles of choice, but since we are doing Keto we've omitted the noodles and just eat the meat.

In a large heavy skillet, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove to paper towel or plate, chop into small pieces.

Crumble the ground beef into a skillet, and continue cooking until the beef is no longer pink, stir frequently.  

Add chili sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Stir to blend.

Crumble the bacon and add it to the skillet.  Add a little bit of water if you like it more juicy.

That's it for this recipe!  Super easy!  You can make more and use it for leftovers which we do quite often.  Hope you enjoy this hamburger meal we love so much!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

One week of Kindergarten.


Today marks the first full week of Kindergarten for our sweet Hadley.  We went out to dinner the first day last week to celebrate.  Grandma and Grandad gave her a fun remote control truck, followed by games of  Hangman.  All of last week, her school went half day only.  I'm guessing to get used to wearing masks everyday, and to see how things go.

On Labor Day, we checked out a playground by our house and she loved it.  Spent a long time there, we had the entire place to ourselves, and it was super clean!

After the playground, we went home to take a nice long nap.  Her and Daddy both napped.  We went bowling for a quick game, and then out to dinner.  

Her first full day of Kindergarten was today!  She did great.  I don't really understand why at this grade level they have to carry canvas bags instead of backpacks.  It's super hard to carry a lunch, water bottle, mask, etc.  But sure enough, they make do.  She was most excited to eat lunch in the cafeteria with her friends with her new lunch bag. 

After school, we stopped and got her favorite blue Icee for a special treat.  And then studied site words, and she did this willingly!  I hope she never loses her drive to learn.  

Later on after school was her first dance practice for the season!  We are trying out a different place than last year, and she loved it. 

She was such a trooper for her first full week of school.  She has been very brave for all of these new "firsts" she's been experiencing.  We are so proud of our big Kindergartner!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

A Three Day Weekend.

What a week this has been!  Here's a little recap of what our week looked like... 

On Monday, Hadley and Daddy went to lunch, putt putt, and ice cream.  These two have a special bond for sure, she loves spending one on one time with her Dad.
She had a little bit of work to do before the first day of school.  She filled out an "All About Me" page and was really focused on writing her letters and words just right.   

Big things happened on Tuesday, Hadley started Kindergarten and is loving it! 

Grandma and Grandad met us for dinner to hear all about Hadley's big first day.

Kevin painted Hadley's room this week too.  She's been wanting to paint her room since Summer started.  So what better time to paint than the week she starts Kindergarten!  We are calling it her big girl room!  It's almost put together, can't wait to share more.   
She slept in Natalie's room one night so the paint could dry.  She looks so comfy!

It's a holiday weekend around here and we're headed to the lake!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Half Birthday.

Today is my half birthday.  Some years we celebrate them, some years we don't.  We didn't potentially "celebrate" it today, but I thought about it.  Six months from now I'll be another year older.  Isn't that just fabulous?  I don't care how old I am turning, I still love birthdays.  Always will.

So happy half birthday to myself.  

And happy Thursday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hadley starts Kindergarten.

Hadley started Kindergarten today!  She has been so excited for what feels like years, she couldn't wait for this day to come.  

The past few weeks leading up to this day has been very exciting for her.  Shopping for school supplies, new shoes, etc.  I want her to have the best memories of these school days, because we all know school doesn't get easier it only gets harder.  Anything I can do to make these times for her enjoyable, I will certainly do.

The night before the big day, I gave her a bracelet.  It was such a cute thing to give her for school and to help ease all the nerves on her first day.  Bracelets from Etsy.  

The morning of was a fun breakfast!  Daddy went out and got her favorite donut (minus the sprinkles because they were out).  She woke up with the biggest smile on her face as she came downstairs.

Donut and orange juice for the big Kindergartner!

For the first month, the kids get to wear shorts and spirit wear shirts since they have to wear masks and it'll be a little hot.  Hadley loved this, but I really wanted a photo with the super cute plaid jumper but that will come in time.   

We loved the yard sign the school dropped off to us before school started!  

Oh my heart.  She was excited up until she got to the classroom.  The tears just poured out of her little face.  It was hard as a Mom to see, but just like anything else in life, things get better as we get used to them.  Not really knowing anyone in class, new environment, new teacher, new everything is hard on kids.  But I have faith that the tears stopped and she warmed up.  

Today feels like the end of the "young years" together.  School starts, and that comes with new friendships, homework, and a whole new world of newness.  A wonderful world awaits you my sweet girl, but that new beginning also closes a chapter of the baby years.  

Kindergarten is the starting point of your life beyond our family.  And that is a very good thing, but it's a bittersweet thing, too.

As you begin this journey, I have many hopes and dreams for you... 

I hope that you learn about the beautiful people in our diverse world, and you find your place within it.

I hope you find friends who laugh at your jokes, let you into their secret clubs and invite you to their birthday parties.

I hope you learn that it's more than okay to fail, it means you are pushing yourself and learn new things about yourself along the way. 

I hope you learn to do hard things, stand up for the kid others are picking on, and go out of your way to be kind. 

I hope you continue to be yourself, do your own thing, and express yourself the way your little personality shines through everywhere you go.

You're going to do amazing things.