Monday, November 28, 2016

The week before Thanksgiving

Things have been pretty hectic at work lately, so many of my #fridayswithOlivia and even a few weekends got interrupted by work.  So, I promised Olivia that I would take the entire week of Thanksgiving off and we would do fun things everyday.  I'm exhausted, but I kept good on my promise and I think she had the best week ever!

We started it off with a trip to the Woodlands to celebrate Tutu's birthday and visit the Lighting of the Doves - a wintery wonderland right in the middle of Texas!  Complete with real snow!

Fun on the snow slide

And then she was off to play in the real snow - she would not leave it for anything.  I think the only reason we got her out is because she couldn't feel her fingers!

And the night ended with a visit from Santa and some awesome fireworks

On Monday we spent the day with the Borns in the Woodlands where Olivia and Annabelle enjoyed a gymnastics class, lots of doll playtime, and a trip to a trampoline park. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures but both she and I really enjoyed and needed the girl time with some people who get us and love us.

Then on Tuesday we headed to Humble to spend the day with Mimi and Grandpa.  They helped Olivia make a gingerbread Turkey to display on Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday, I took Olivia and Emma to see the Sugarplum Fairy light up the Christmas tree at the Wortham Center.  I loved seeing how happy and sweet these two friends were with each other and how much they liked all the festivities.

And, my favorite thing this Christmas has to be Olivia's love of the ornaments.  We have all my old ornaments from when I was little on the tree.  And, she LOVES them.  There are princesses, fairies, ballerinas - a girly galore of glitter.  She organizes them everyday - ballerinas together, animals together, fairies together, etc.  And yes, we have had a few break but some superglue is worth it for the hour of imaginative playtime!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!

We had a fun Halloween this year!

First up was the Halloween parade and Fall Festival at CHES.

The fact that this was Olivia's last one was definitely on our minds and I think both Matt and I were sure to soak in the moment as she and her friends marched around that little courtyard in their costumes.

And then on Halloween we ventured out with our new neighbors.  A fairy, a bear and Princess Elena

Once she got home, she was thrilled to count and sort her loot!

And the next morning we took advantage of the sugar high and went to to early voting.  There was something kind of special about letting Olivia cast my vote.   #shatterthatceiling  #ofcoursewe'rewithher