February 13th 2014 ( spending this Snow day catching my blog up to date!)
Fall is always one of my favorite times of year. For one thing, the weather, so many activities to choose from and places to be...but mostly because Jacqui and Selah visit!!
By the time September rolled around, we were well into the new school year. I LOVE Lyla being in public school. I LOVE CSAS. I LOVE being a kindergartner parent. So much, I am going to write all about it someday soon.
I was bummed out to hear that CSAS had a dance program, but for grades 3 and up. I messaged the teacher, and boy was my timing great. She was putting together a K-12 program. Lyla started the next week. She loves it. Ms. Whitney is a great teacher, and has a Lilah of her own, same as as my Lyla. She teaches tap and jazz and mixes in ballet. This is the first time that Lyla has enjoyed a dance program, and stuck with it.
She isn't a natural by any means, but she makes it her own, that is for sure! Check out this hilarious video of her "Jazz walk".
Shopping at Target, I had to take a picture of one of the advertisements. Looks just like Sean!!
We wanted to sign Lyla up for a sport, so we decided to try Tennis out. She loves it, and does quite well!
Another blue ribbon at the final horse show of the season
Twin time cuddles (pretending to be asleep, soooo busted!)
Grandparents night at CSAS
Random fun moments
Surprise trip to Coolidge Park after school (wow, reliving the fall is really making me despise all the snow outside. I am SOOO excited for days filled with HEALTHY children and outside fun)
One Saturday, we decided to eat lunch at a mexican resaturant on the river, and discovered we were allowed to go play on the "island" all to ourselves.
The last night of Riverfront Nights. Met the family out and enjoyed live music.
we met up with friends, and the kids made their own fun
Alexis and Lyla bungee jumped and had a blast!
During the beginning of Kindergarten year, Lyla also joined girl scouts. This right after she earned her first patch for reciting the girl scout pledge.
I dressed them in eachother's pajamas. It turned into a barrel of laughs and giggles.
Playdate with preschool friends. They all missed each other so much!
|Lily, Lyla, Maggie|
Mommy isn't the only one that has crazy hair in the morning
Practicing sight words and making sentences. Her first sentence ever was about her teacher being her friend
Tim and I participated in a charity kickball event and were a part of team "Bruisers". We dominated and took home the tournament trophy!
Designed my first new hat for the upcoming winter season
days later, he is still infatuated with all things kickball
Lyla and I joined coworker Laura and Megan for "Feed My Starving Children" event
Another sweet random moment, this time they are not pretending to sleep
So much fun with Becca, Casey and Rachel painting a Chattanooga scene at Spirited Art.
Picnic at Coolidge Park ended in a cartwheel contest. I did not win. I don't think anyone did. We were all pretty horrible.
Ronald McDonald Childrens Autumn Festival and it was HOT
Libby, Alexis and Alana came over for a visit. And so began the girls first garage rock band ::tear::: proud mama
My mom made me this awesome knitted wreath for our front door
Tennis practice, she has come so far, has great form and makes alot of contact with the ball (even hit the coach a few times, oh yeah!!!)
It was time for Jacqui and Selah to visit, yay!!!!!! As usual, I had a very fun itinerary scheduled. As usual, I am not in control and I was reminded of that. Lyla came up with a vicious fever the first day they were here. We missed visiting her class room and eating lunch at her school. We decided to go to the mall instead and let Lyla rest in the stroller. She did not want to miss out, so we made the day as fun as possible for her. She was such a trooper
Selah found her own store!
Sick as can be (didn't know it at the time, but she had the flu), hanging on to her new prized possession, Jasmine the Parrot.
Later at home, twin playing hungry hungry hippo. Very entertaining to two year olds.
The next day, Lyla was too ill to go out so she stayed at home while we all went to Coolidge Park to enjoy the gorgeous day
This is what we came home to. Lyla so ill, getting some fresh air outside.
We met up with DJ, Casey, Alonie and Ethan. Greg, Alexis and Alana met up with us too.
On Monday, I had to take a sick Liv with me to work. Right after this picture she threw up on me, ha!
Went to the doctor, this is when we found out it was the Flu that everyone had. We were the first family at the children's hospital to be diagnosed for the season. Awesome.
Guess who was next.....
10 miserable days later, everyone was healthy. Lyla had a classmates birthday party where they could dress up as super heroes. I crocheted a wonder woman set for Lyla. I love how it turned out!
Fall festival at EKids, set up a Yarn Therapy booth
Lyla's handmade costume. She is a rainbow clydesdale unicorn
Pebbles and Bam Bamm
Our neighbor friend Elizabeth's birthday party
Our friends eloped, and came back to have a fun costume themed reception!
We went to Alabama to visit Papa (Tim's dad) and Joann. We went to a pumpkin patch down there that was awesome! We found our spot for next year.
The twins teaching eachother how to fly
Trunk or Treat at Abba's House
Halloween at DivCo
Halloween afternoon, I had to set up my first party at room mom for Lyla's class.
Halloween night, Lyla was too excited for trick or treaters that she couldn't eat at the table. She took her dinner to the front door to wait.
The kids were burnt out on their costumes from all the fall festivals and parties, so we raided the dress up box and came up with new costumes!
We planned ahead with Santa photos, and scheduled a shoot with Innamorata photography. They turned out GREAT!
out to lunch afterwards on a unseasonably warm day
LJ's birthday campfire at Chester Frost. Gorgeous Sunset!
That wraps up my favorite time of year. This has made me so excited for the upcoming months with the kids. I needed this on this dreary day while we all have cabin fever.
Now, wonder if I can muster up enough energy to write about December!