12.26.2013

christmas fun

we are still in the hustle and bustle of all the christmas gatherings, but i wanted to share a few fun things we have done so far so i won't forget them.  i'll be real honest...  until i started writing all this stuff down, i felt like we hadn't done enough.  in november i made a conscience effort to not overbook december.  i tend to do that.  i don't want to miss anything and in the process miss so much because my mind is elsewhere.  i still felt busy (heck, we didn't get our outside lights up until the 19th!  and i failed to get christmas cards out...  next year!) but i think we slowed down enough enjoy everything.



both of the girls had christmas parties at school:





we also gathered the saturday before christmas to do a little RAOKing.  for those of you who don't know, RAOK stands for Random Acts Of Kindness.  we first read the sparkle box which is such a great story.  the girls were already eyeing the goodies so i'm really not sure how much they got out of the story.  we did a little Q&A before we began.

(taking normal pictures is extremely painful. especially for the middle one.)

our first stop was at the nursing home my grandfather was a resident at until he passed in august.  we packaged cookies and the girls took them to all the residents.  we also delivered a tray of cookies and a tray of kolaches to the nurses station.  a few of the residents remembered the girls from the many times they visited my grandfather and were excited to see them again.


(jeff got really dressed up for the occasion.  yes, those are camo crocs.  i'm a lucky gal.)

we then went to our local re-sale shop and delivered another tray of cookies and kolaches to the volunteers.




the majority of the crew left with warm fuzzies but clearly the feeling wasn't shared by all.  oh neely...

we then went around town sticking gift cards under the wipers of some cars.  this was my favorite.  i think we passed out around 21 gift cards to wal-mart, brookshire brothers (our local grocery store), and subway.  we put all the gift cards in envelopes that anonymously stated something along the lines that our family has been tremendously touched by the generosity of others in 2013 and we couldn't think of a better way to end the year than to spread the kindness that we have received.  it was so much fun running around parking lots, choosing the cars and then hoping back in our car to wait and watch the recipient find their card.

you can also check out my instagram feed in my sidebar for more pics of our christmas fun.

i hope you all enjoyed this holiday season as much as we did!

~ becky

12.24.2013

merry christmas


let's all just pretend that i had my act together and you received a christmas card in the mail from me with this photo.  ok?  thanks.

that being said, i wish you all a merry christmas and a blessed new year!

~ becky

11.21.2013

natalie the knight!


our local rotary club in conjunction with the first knight program held its first knighting ceremony in early october.  natalie was chosen from her class to be knighted.  yay nat!

her school recently sent home a letter stating that all knights could wear either their medal or make a tabard to wear to future knighting ceremonies.  you know we couldn't just let her go to school with just her medal, so granny sewed up a tabard for her to wear.  how cute is she?!?





can you believe that there will be a year that all four of these girls will be in high school together?!?

disney cruise 2013

for kelby's 7th birthday, we surprised her by going on a disney cruise.   don't worry, we did a special weekend trip for kevyn's birthday too.  not that she would care, but for my peace of mind.  

we only clued the kids in a few weeks prior.  that was for several reasons.  we had so much going on we honestly didn't even know if we would be able to go.  it was really fun to surprise them and say we were leaving in just a few days.

unlike our last cruise, we left out of galveston this time.  it was really awesome to drive to galveston that morning (instead of flying to florida the day prior) and hop on the boat.  for those of you who haven't cruised, cruising is the ultimate "no-brainer" vacation.  no figuring out how to get to your destination or where to eat.  it's all planned out for you.  i LOVE that.



granny sent a special present for kelby to open the morning of her birthday.  inside were decorations for our stateroom and canned birthday cake THAT SHE MADE.  who does that?!?





at dinner that evening kelby was serenaded by the waitstaff and presented a special cake.



our first port of call was key west.  after doing a trolley tour around town we went to the aquarium.  the key west aquarium was hands down the coolest aquarium i've ever been too.  it was old, small, no frills, and appeared not to be up to code.  that was the cool part.  we were literally inches away from sharks and other sea creatures.  talk about up close and personal! kelby and i spent several minutes trying to get the perfect picture of her leaning over the tank while a shark swam by.  kevyn was not so brave.












one thing that we loved about this cruise versus the last disney cruise was that because we were on a smaller ship, we had a lot more character time.  on several occasions we would just "bump" into a character.  after dinner one evening we ran into belle.  kevyn immediately went in for a hug and belle asked her where she was headed.  when kevyn replied that we were headed for the show, belle asked if she could walk her there.  for a five year old that is infatuated with princesses, this was magical.  i wish i could have gotten a better shot.


castaway key was the second port of call.  and like last time, it did not disappoint.  and again, because we were on a smaller ship, there was no rush off the boat for prime seating.  we were able to casually get off the boat after a late breakfast and find chairs and umbrellas no problem.




so funny story...  a few days before we left kelby was acting really bratty ungrateful and stated she didn't even care about the trip.  i think it was one evening when we were doing make-up work for the coming week.  i tried explaining to her that she should be thankful that she gets to do something fun and that i was sure that many of her classmates would like to skip school for a week and be on a cruise.  she then told me its not that special and that her classmate would be on the same cruise.  whatever.


guess who we ran into.  her classmate.  i mean seriously?!?  she has 18 kids in her class.  what are the odds?!?  that smile is pure "i told you so."



a big thing on a disney cruise is getting all the character's autographs.  we used these autograph books this time and i loved them.  (i would also recommend following her blog here.)




pirate night!  typically pirate night ends with a firework show that is viewed from the deck.  but due to bad weather it had to be postponed.  sooo... the girls headed to the kids club where i was called shortly after i dropped them off because kevyn had become sea sick.  good times.

i had the shirts made from here and my mom made their skirts.




the following morning we had our character breakfast.  and since the princesses would be in the atrium shortly after breakfast, the girls put on their gowns too.













again, after seeing the princesses, we ran into peter pan.  another little boy spotted peter first and was having a very deep discussion with him so kevyn patiently waited back.  after a few minutes, kevyn decided to go on.  while waiting at the nearby elevators, peter yelled at her "hey girl!  i was looking for you!"  he then came over and had a nice long conversation with her.  how sweet of peter!



one evening the show for the night was the premier of thor.  since it was rated pg-13, we of coursed skipped out.  we instead went to the kids club where they had a ratatouille cooking class.



our last port of call was nassau and since it would have been the fifth time we had been there, we opted to stay on the boat.  the pools were practically empty.  it was awesome.

we also watched finding nemo in 3D.  looking really cool in the 3D glasses was an added bonus.  ;)




as usual, we ended our trip dreaming of our next adventure.  i think california is calling us ;)

~ becky

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