Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Be My Valentine?

Whew!  Valentine's Day seriously snuck up on me this year.  After six games the weekend before, there simply wasn't much time for preparation.  Thank goodness I had pre-ordered these cute tags from Etsy.  By 10:00 the night before, I had successfully assembled 22 for Jackson's class, 20 for Lila's class, and 8 for Cameron's class.  Plus four teacher gifts.

I may not have had any gifts for my own family, but at least all of the classmates were covered!

Madison found a cute heart-shaped bun on you tube, so she and Boom came over before school for me to make that happen.  Thank goodness they did, because that meant our kids got to wake up to Valentine bears and chocolates!

Mrs. Ward loved her "You're so Magical" cookies.  

She also loved getting to see Lila for a few minutes--sweet girl was up half the night coughing, so I let her sleep in.

A few hours later, she was all smiles at her school Friendship Party.

This girl always has the biggest smile and hug for me whenever I come into her classroom.
Makes me feel so good!
Happy Valentine's Day from the Murphy Magic...

and from Ms. Garner's whole class!

We think Ms. Garner is a GEM!

After spending time with the calm 1st graders, I zipped down the hallway to the rowdy 4th grade.  These boys were hyped up!

There were so many really cool Valentine boxes this year--looks like we are going to have to step up our game for 5th grade and not just recycle the same box again!  It's served it's purpose since 2nd grade, though:)

The kids enjoyed all of their games...

and loved trading treats with their friends in other classes, too.  Not totally sure, but if I had to put money on it, I'd guess that Jackson has a small crush on Brentley.  Look how awkward his body language got after I suggested he put his arm around her!

After we left school, the Valentine's Bus made it's first stop at Gigi & Boom's house.
We delivered love to them and then moved on!

Next stop--Memaw's house, where we delivered more love and picked up our littlest love bug.

Our final stop was at Meme's house.  The kids loved giving her pretty flowers and I loved seeing how happy it made her.  We couldn't stay too long because we had to get to Lila's soccer game across town.

Coach Dad led the girls to another victory!  We dined at Waffle House (yep, that's how we roll), and then headed to Jackson's basketball playoff game.  Alas, it was not to be, though, and the Bumblebee fell asleep en route to the game.  She was still fighting a sinus infection and really, really needed to get some good rest.  Daddy took J to the game and the rest of us went on home.

It was a whirlwind of a day, but I got to spend it with the ones I love the very most.
What more could I ask for?

Friday, February 17, 2017

All About Cami

Miss Cameron Nicole
Three Year Old Stats
36.4 lbs - 75th%
38.5 inches tall - 80th%
BP - 104/73  (very high, probably due to not wanting to be weighed!)

She is every bit of 3 years old right now.  Cami was in quite the mood for her check-up on Monday.  She refused to get on the scale.  After the 12th time, she stood just long enough for it to register.  She then decided a silent protest was in order, and refused to speak at all. She did let the doctor look in her ears and nose, listen to her heart and lungs, but opening her mouth was out of the question.  After 42 times of asking nicely, she got some help from a tongue depressor so that the doctor could see in her mouth.  Two words might best describe this kid - strong willed.  Very!  We left with a recommendation for me to read the book The Highly Spirited Child.

That being said, she is extremely bright.  She can spell her name, mom and dad.  She can count to 20 without missing a number.  She can correctly identify 17/26 uppercase letters.

  Who doesn't wear their tall black leather boots to gym?  Although I haven't read the book yet, I'm pretty sure it would say, "if your 3 year old wants to look like a goose and wear black boots with shorts to gym, let her!" so I did.

She and I had a day to ourselves this week, and it was just perfect.  We played at the gym, one of her favorite things to do, had PB&J for lunch at home, and then...

gathered up some bread to go feed the ducks at the park.  She loved it, and so did I. 

All of the little ducks were so hungry!  The geese, not so much.  

Although this kid definitely pushes my buttons at times, she loves fiercely and has such a zest for life.  I know that she will grow up to be a very loyal, loving, smart young lady.  We've just got to make it through the next few years first!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Junie B. Jones

To cap off our whirlwind weekend, we took the girls to see Junie B. Jones at the Dallas Children's Theater.  All of us love this book series and think that Junie B. is one funny girl.

We got our programs and found our seats very easily.

The 5th row was perfect!

I so wish I could have taken pics during the play, because the sets were all fantastic!

What a fun way to spend the afternoon, especially since we have two musical theater girls!

The show was great, but the icing on the cake was getting to meet Junie B. Jones after the show was over.  She was awesome, and really sweet, too.

Monday, February 13, 2017

By the Numbers

Beginning this past Friday, we had 6 games, 2 practices, 1 rehearsal, 1 play and 1 birthday party.  
No wonder we were so tired last night!

Football practice was Friday night, followed by a soccer game.  Jackson wrapped up his soccer season with another win.  These boys went undefeated--so fun to watch!

Lila played soccer and the Bees won by one goal the next morning.
This girl scored two goals--her best game yet!

We celebrated their victory with some breakfast tacos at Rudy's with Harper and her dad, then we went to her basketball game.  This time the score was flip-flopped and they lost 7-8.  So close.

We raced her to Aladdin rehearsal for a few hours...

then to a birthday party at Charlotte's house.  There were seven of the most precious bakers!

When we picked her up, she was ready to show off her masterpieces--two loaves of warm bread and a small cake.  Cameron was so impressed.

That night we watched Jackson close out his basketball season with a big win.  Way to go, #7!

The next morning we were at it again with another game for the Bees.  They played the #1 team, that was also undefeated, and weren't able to come away with the win, but they played hard.

No time to be sad, though.  Their basketball game began three minutes after we raced into PSA  1.
Go Lila Lou!  She got fouled and almost made her first free throw.

The Murphy Magic won their game and even though these girls were exhausted, their smiles were BIG!

Our day was far from over--stay tuned for pics from Junie B. Jones.

3 going on 13?

There are days that this kid feels like she's getting ready to be a teenager...

hands on her hips, toe popped up.
And then there are days that she is every bit of 3 years old...

and somehow manages to dump out all of the Cheerios before breakfast!

You just gotta laugh.
And you gotta be thankful for her sweet big sister, who helps clean up lots of her messes.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday

The big game was about to begin, but since our Cowboys weren't in it, we were more interested in softball.  Yep, she's at it again!  Lila is trying a new sport this spring and we could not be more excited.  I pitched, Jared fielded and Jackson played catcher.  Spring Training is just around the corner, after all, and this little slugger is going to be ready!

Daddy took her shopping and they came home with all sorts of new gear--batting helmet, bat, batting gloves, two pairs of pants, red socks, red belt, baseball bag, softballs and a new glove.
I forgot how much gear you need for this sport!

When the sun began going down a little, we zipped down the street for a Super Bowl party.  It was a perfect 75 degree afternoon, so the kids had a ball playing in the Sawai's awesome backyard.

Sarah is the perfect hostess, too!  I always enjoy our time together.

These three cuties were some of the first to jump in the warm hot tub...

and very soon it began filling up with bigger kids.  By the end of the night, there were probably 14 kids in it!  Too bad the Falcons lost, but we had a fantastic night.

Football season is over.  Let's get ready to play some baseball!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Zoo Date

 We had our second trip to the Zoo before the cold front blew in this week.  
Sunny and 78 degrees in January. I'll take it!
Dallas Zoo, here we come.

Dylan and Jenny met us there and both kids were SO excited.
First up, Cami introduced Dylan to Rafiki!

Then we were on to see the elephants.
Both kids said that these are their favorite animals.
I get it.
They are just really cool to watch.

Pure sweetness.  So cute I can hardly stand it.

Next up--visiting our old friends, the giraffes!

Dylan and his mommy fed the big one first.  Look at that tongue!

Cami and I went next.  She wasn't as fearless as last time and insisted on me feeding him.

I understand why, too!  It was pretty intimidating being face to face with a hungry giraffe!

Making memories while we still get to spend three days a week together--priceless.
We said goodbye to these majestic creatures...

and then went to say hello to the cheetah.

We also spotted the sleeping lion...

but these kids were WAY more into sitting on the elephant statues.  They both "rode" the baby elephant...

and then Cami even asked to get on the big one all by herself.

When we couldn't see the gorillas very well, she appeased herself by getting a piggy back ride from this one.  

We ate our picnic lunch, then waited for our train to arrive.
This little girl was "on top of the world!"

We zipped around the zoo, going under waterfalls...

looking at chimps, and even catching a glimpse of Dallas.  "Hi Daddy!"

We ended our afternoon by playing in the Children's Zoo.
The water was freezing cold, but she didn't care!

"You can do it, Dylan!"
What a perfect way to spend our day.

This big girl even took a nap on the way home, in her dry clothes:)

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