Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Crafts with Friends

With all my photo shoots done, I tried to bring my huge camera around with more to get pictures of our kiddos in action. On this afternoon (9th), Preston's buddy Ryan had friends over for a little Christmas fun and playing. Addie got to come along since Mike had Ella at her swim practice. Ryan and his mom Lauren are some of our best friends and they are moving to Baton Rouge in the new year. We are definitely going to be sad over here :(!
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Ryan, Adam, Preston, Addie and Bennett, some of Preston's favorite people :-)
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I was so surprised by how much time Preston took decorating his "tree" and getting it just right!
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a couple other phone pics from that day and the day before...
Addie working on her homework after swim practice on Monday and I was shocked by her writing a whole page in Spanish.
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Addie also just finished another little group with the school counselor, this one about how to make and keep friends. Addie really enjoys the groups and I hope she learns from them as well. The counselor called me after to tell me how much she could tell Addie had matured since her group last year and that she was definitely the leader in this one.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Finishing Christmas Prep and Ella's Swim Meet

The rest of the first week of December was spent finishing up our Christmas decorating in any spare minutes we had and then heading to a swim meet for Ella on Saturday, the 6th. We also started our drives to look at Christmas lights.
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Preston came home sick on Friday morning, and after throwing up once and resting for an hour on the couch was good as new. He had the privilege of waiting in the car line to pick up the girls and probably asked 199 times during that hour when the kids would all come out :-).
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After a great meet the month before, this one was a bit of a let down (she improved her times in 2 of the events), but she had fun...especially because she got to be on a relay with one of her good friends from school.
She swam the fly leg in the 200 Medley relay and then...
100 Breast (purple cap in middle lane)
seed time: 1:38.72 (from last month)
this meet: 1:38.13
(10th/51)

50 Free
seed time: 35.65 (from last month)
this meet: 35.88
(24th/67)
50 Back  (top lane)
seed time: 48.52 (from last year)
this meet: 44.02
(19th/60)

200 Free
seed time: 2:48.16 (from last month)
this meet: 2:48.61
(10th/34)
with her practice buddies...Ashley, Joyce and Hannah
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We tried Texas Roadhouse for our first time on the way back from the meet and we all loved it!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Prep and a Concert Date

We didn't have much time when we got home from San Antonio before it was back to our crazy weekday schedule, but we did manage to get nearly all our decorations up on Sunday. The kids decorated it almost completely by themselves. I had told them to put the cute ornaments on the front of the tree and the others towards the window and cute Preston would bring up every ornament that was a picture of him or one he made and ask, "Is this a cute one mom?" :-) Once the tree was up, it really felt like Christmas was here! (we got a new, not so massive tree this year which made things easier)
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We met up with our buddies for another Chickfila breakfast, dressed our car up like Rudolph (much to Preston's delight) and Addie was looking cute like usual.
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On Wednesday, December 3rd, Mike and I headed downtown to see Ryan Adams. His opening act was a terrible comedian of all things :-), but once he came out he rocked it. He really has such a beautiful voice and it was a fun show!
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My phone picks weren't great so I borrowed some from some other instagram users :-).
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and an article about the show HERE

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Conclusion

We were so lucky to have gorgeous weather this Thanksgiving!
The next day Brittany and I took the kiddos to their Alamo to see the Penguins of Madagascar movie and then later that afternoon headed over to the playground at the school by their house. The kids could have stayed for hours.
Guess what is now in San Antonio?! In n Out Burger!!! The line was a little crazy when we went for dinner, but they had their system down so the wait time wasn't bad and it was delicious. Now it's Houston's turn!
And then it was suddenly Saturday and time to head home again. That morning the kids got to spend some good time with Great-Grandma Gibbs before we hit the road. It was really nice, especially to see Addie spend so much time at the table with her.
The best part about Thanksgiving is that Christmas is only a month away!!!
it wasn't that cold out, but Addie was wearing her new ear warmer made by Meema
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