Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Four Year Old Pics

We did a mini-session this year with a new photographer and It.  Was.  Awesome!  Thirty minutes and more amazing pics than I could have ever hoped for.  This is the way to go - for sure.  I think Miss O's sweet and silly personality came through and I can't stop marveling over how big she is!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween

Our Halloween festivities began on Friday afternoon with a Halloween Parade and Fall Festival at Olivia's school.  The oldest kids lead the parade so she was the second class to come out and thought she was very "big."  The teachers had braided her hair and put glitter in it and, as I'm sure you can tell from her giant grin and posing, she knew she looked cute!

After the parade, we headed to the Fall Festival.  Each class has a different booth or game that it is in charge of, so we enjoyed going around to all the various stations.

Olivia, Emma and Cate spent the entire time running around together and yelling "no parents" every time they saw us.  It was a realistic flash-forward into these 3 as teenagers.  Luckily, the school is well-contained and fairly small, so we were okay to let them have their run of it.

And on Saturday, we headed to the Williams' for our annual trick-or-treating tradition.  Aunt KK made a delicious soup dinner for us and then we headed out.  

A cotton candy fairy, Princess Jasmine and Darth Sofia.

As the kids are getting older, we were able to stay out pretty late this year and they got a TON of candy!  So, once their baskets were full, we went back to the house for the sorting and trading of the candy.. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Happenings

Our little cotton-candy fairy (that is what the catalog called her costume and she LOVES the name!) has been fluttering around town enjoying various Halloween activities.  

We attended the annual Rodriguez Halloween party, complete with bouncy-house, sno cone truck, face painter and all the treats her little heart could desire.  Unfortunately, the party was on the same day as her 4 year old pics, so I reigned in her fun a bit (i.e. no red sno cones and no face painting) but I think she still had a blast.

I couldn't help but show-off a preview of her pictures - I love this one because it really captures her fun-loving, sweet little personality

We also went to Zoo Boo again this year with Annabelle and the Skalak twins.  It was a fun day of friends, animals, a picnic lunch and, of course, some carousel rides.

Two pretty little fairies

The boys refused to look and smile for me...

And, this one has nothing to do with Halloween, but we have been catching our first few days of cooler weather in Houston, so Olivia decided we all needed our vests

This weekend is her school's Halloween parade and Fall Festival, as well of course as Halloween.  Olivia has vowed she will be "so mad at the weather" (said in her maddest little voice with her face all scrunched up) if it rains, so for the sake of Mother Nature, we are all hoping for dry skies!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Goodnight Moon

For Olivia's birthday, my parents got  her tickets to see the play Goodnight Moon at Main Street Theater. (PS - If you live in Houston, this is such a great venue for kids! The plays are very family-friendly and afterwards the kids get to meet the characters, get their autograph and take a picture). 

She loved it!

And Grandpa and Mimi took her to get a nutella crepe afterwards - what's not to love?!

Matt and I took advantage of a little kid-free time by cheering on our Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin Patch

Last week was the annual pumpkin patch at Olivia's school and she could not have been more excited.

The first thrill of the day was being able to wear this year's pumpkin dress

As soon as we arrived, Jack ran over to Olivia claiming he had gotten the "most ginormous" pumpkin in the patch.  Olivia took that as a challenge and was determined to find a bigger one.  Go big or go home?

And, once we had the perfect pumpkin, it was time for playing with our friends and eating tons of treats

And, on Saturday, we carved the pumpkin.  Olivia decorated half with stickers and we carved the other half.  

Excited for more Halloween fun this month!