Free Food…No Thanks!

My in laws called the other day asking if we wanted to dress up like cows and get free food at Chick- Fil -A.  ” Umm, no thanks but maybe the girls would!” I said.  I am all about getting free stuff, especially food, but I also have my limits.  Emily said she would rather stay home but Ashlyn (my shy one) wanted to go!  We spent that morning searching for black and white clothes to pin spots to.  We even drew black spots on her face.  She looked adorable!  They ended up going to two different restaurants to eat.  Here are some pictures of our cow family.



Camping In June

Our family went on our first camping trip last Friday with some friends.  I’m not sure why we decided to do this in June while living in Florida but we did and overall it was lots of fun. The girls and husband loved sleeping in a tent outside, me…not so much.   Sleeping on roots and rocks while listening to animal noises all around me is not my idea of a good night sleep.  Not to mention the fact that our tent was close to a very active set of train tracks.  I counted at least 4 trains while I was “sleeping”.  All that to say it was something different to do as a family and we created many great memories together. 



Ashlyn brushing her teeth in the “bathroom”.

Our awesome friends who went with us.

The girls had fun playing outside, making smores, and swimming in the springs.  They were great and have already told me they want to go again.  I promised my friends that I would try it one more time in the Fall before giving up on camping.

Now we are off to the Keys with some friends who rented a house right on the water.  We will be gone 5 days swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, and boating.  Now that is my kind of vacation. 

Emily’s Ladybug Party- Part 1

Emily let me know 8 months ago that she wanted a ladybug, park birthday party when she turned 3.  What can I say? The girl knows what she wants. 

So, I reserved a pavilion.  Then it started to rain.  It rained all week and the forecast called for rain on Saturday, the day of the party.  My husband & I decided to switch dates to the next Saturday to avoid any weather problems.  We called the park & e-mailed all the guests.  As it turned out only a few guests could come the next week, so we changed it back.  Afterall, as my husband said, “What are the chances of it raining at 10:00 in the morning?” I was so embarrased to call the park back I made my him do it.

Friday night, my friend Ame & I worked until 1:30am getting activities together just in case it rained.

When Saturday morning rolled around, it was bright & sunny outside.  We drove over to the park, set up all the decorations, dried off the playground equipment and got the grill ready for hot dogs.  Party time…10:00 and the guests start showing up.  Fifteen minutes later, we were in the storm of the century.  I guess the chances of it raining at 10:00 were pretty good.  Now we have nearly all the guests under a pavilion 100 yards from their cars, and lightning was literally striking at the park.  It was crazy!!! So much so I started to cry and I never cry.

I wanted to just call it quits and send everyone home, but my awesome friends had other ideas.  Several of them braved the storm, drove to my house, and had it cleaned before I got there.  We ended up doing most of the crafts & games from the comfort of my family room.  We have such a great community.

Daddy Daughter Dance-Two Princesses

Last night Chris took the girls’ to our church’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance.  This was Ashlyn’s third time going and Emily’s first.  They got new dresses and Chris bought them red carnations.  He took them out to dinner and kept them out way past curfew.  They had a great time and were so excited when they got home to tell me all about it.  I love the relationship he has with both of his girls.  They adore him! Here are some pictures!

Ashlyn before the dance

Ashlyn & Emily before the dance

Daddy and his girls

Daddy with his girls

Daddy Daughter Dance

Not Me Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
I did NOT leave my two year old on the potty for 30 minutes the other day because she refused to go poopy.  She would NOT cry for a little and then start to sing Angels We Have Heard on High at the top of her lungs.  Just to let you all know, she did finally go.I did NOT choose to watch The Office over a romantic Chick Flick for Valentine’s Day.  I am NOT obsessed with it and do NOT watch an episode (or 3) every night after putting the girls to bed. 

On Valentine’s Day I did NOT let my kids eat cake, candy, and chips non-stop from after lunch on.  I did NOT not feed my kids (and husband) dinner even after my 5 year old said, ” I didn’t know we could skip dinner!”  And then I did NOT tell her to eat a few more chips so she wouldn’t be hungry before she went to bed.  I would NEVER do that!