Saturday, June 17, 2017

You Win Some

Besides doing VBS this past week, we also had lots of other stuff going on of course. We did what you do in summer and made memories as planned but there was also lots, and lots, and lots of crying. Sweet Riley girl has been having kind of a hard time lately. She is very passionate about what she wants and doesn't easily give in. Sometimes that does us a whole lot of good but other times it is seriously rough!! Rough! 

After one particularly painful tantrum my mom looked at me and said "you win some, you lose some." My response was "I feel like I win one and then lose 25!" That summed up the week. Unfortunately we can't wear our ballet costume to VBS or eat 10 Reese's peanut butter cups for lunch! And that insights 40 mins of tears, yelling and screaming. Yes our smiley Riley who oozes joy can also flip to the other extreme on the turn of a dime! I know full well that she is just trying to be more independent and that is totally typical behavior. But it  is SO hard for her momma! And might I add for her sister! It's a good thing she is SO stinkin cute!!! 

Examples of when I lost the battle...

Wearing our ballet costume as soon as we get home from VBS and then refusing to get out of Sa's blanket basket to eat dinner! 

Wearing her talent show costume underneath her dress to church on Sunday including the colorful tutu! I just wanted to go to church in peace! 


Uggg! But when we got her calm and happy we also had a ton of fun this week! 

Keagan was so excited to turn all her piggy bank money in to get $15! She worked hard for that!

We have been going on walks because we gotta get it together for Disneyworld in January!

On Tuesday we met Audrey, Avery, and Lauren and their fun moms and siblings at the pool for classic summer fun!

And spent all afternoon and night on Thursday swimming with the Monson's and the Frenchs. The kids played and swam hard for hours and us moms made unforgettable memories too! 

I spoke at a mother daughter Activity Days meeting for Parkway Ward about turning lemons into lemonade. I based it on the quote "when life gets sour, sweetin it with gratitude!" Keagan said I did great but that it was much too long! 


After mismatch day at VBS on Wednesday Riley had an appointment at TCH in the Woodlands. She rocked that mismatch outfit for her yearly kidney ultrasound! It did her good because she cooperated so much better then she ever has before! 

And we made a summer reading nook underneath the dining room table! One of my summer goals is to help Keagan like reading again so I'm hoping that helps! 

And after all that plus VBS we have stayed in our jammies and had a long, lazy Saturday! I think it was much needed and definitely earned! 
Friday, June 16, 2017

VBS Round 1

This week was Mormons with Methodists round 3! It has been another awesome experience going to VBS at Faithbridge Methodist Church! The theme this year was "Maker Fun Factory, created by God, built for a purpose." I love that! 

The girls made robots, marble runs, played lots of games, heard bible stories and did a whole lot of singing and dancin!! 600 kids singing loud about Jesus gets me every year! Don't worry though, we bought the CD so we can sing the songs all year long! Just like previous years. Riley's shadow Kaitlyn was darling and a huge help! And their team leader Monika was awesome. The girls were blessed to have their friends Lauren and Reid in the same group and we saw lots of other Scottie friends there! And we even saw Brill,  Preschool and some high schook friends there which is so fun! 

We have one more VBS to go to later this summer so we have something more to look forward to! Plus the songs will stay with us. Honestly, I'm seriously considering changing my ringtone to one of them! Yes that's how much we love VBS! 

Look at all those cute Scotties! Even Mrs Thompson was there!

Crazy hair day! 


Mismatch day! 

The VBS celebrities! 

We LOVED it! 
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Riley's Remarkable Recital

Yesterday was a parent pay day! Occasionally we get big pay offs for all the blood, sweet and tears that goes into this mommin business. And yesterday was a jackpot! 

It was Riley's ballet recital day! The girl was ecstatic and I shared her enthusiasm! She had dress rehersal Thursday night and it went great. That is when I got it, aka the Sweet Treat Ballet, on video because there was no video allowed at the actual recital. She did great at dress rehersal but even better at the recital! She looked gorgeous in her costume, her smile lit up the whole stage, she stayed on her spot, she did a lot of the choreography and of course she waved! She even kept waving after the lights dropped low and they huddled off stage. That was after she clapped for herself of course! 

It was 100 degrees of darling and we both loved every minute! It has been a semi interesting year of dance with studio location changes but it was a sweet group of 3-4 year old girls including our good friend Phoebe Flores. And of course we have adored Miss Taylor! We were thankful for her and so thankful for Riley's awesome cheering section at the recital! It was me, the supportive twin sister who should have been in the recital herself but she refused to dance this year, Sa, Todd, Nana, Coach and even our neighbor Roxanne who used to be a dance mom herself and didn't want to miss a recital. 

But most of all I was thankful my baby could shine on stage and feel so happy and confident to do so! She deserves nothing less for her hard work and her beautiful heart! I will always count it a cherished memory and privledge that I got to witness her do so! 
Friday, June 9, 2017

Killin it!

We are officially one week into Summer 2017 and I gotta say we are pretty much killin it! 

I'm not making any promises that all the weeks are going to be this good, but I'm happy to count this one as a win! We definitely had fun and created memories together but that's not all we did. We got things checked off the to do list, we got our crap done, we did some summer reading and school work, we did extra therapy for Riley, and we got to see lots of people we love! Boom! See? Killin it! 

On Monday we worked hard on a summer purge! It was amazing and made me SO happy to get rid of stuff! We cleaned out closets, drawers and the entire playroom! I got the hoarder of the house whose name may start with a Kea and end with a gan to get rid of so much stuff! We thru 2 garbage bags away and took 10 whole garbage bags to Goodwill! So refreshing! 

On Tuesday we did our summer kick off traditions of making a summer list and updating our school years binders with our end of 2nd grade questionnaires and report cards. Then mommy had a dreaded doctors appointment so the girls were ecstatic to get to hang with Coach for a little bit! ( Gamas is already in Wyoming for the summer.) He took them to tutti-frutti and shopping for fidget spinners! Then they played outside with bubbles, the sprinklers, etc. At least 2 out of the 3 of us had an awesome afternoon! So thankful Coach love my babies! And cracking up now realizing there is evidence in these pictures that Keagan wore the same outfit a lot this week! I guess Riley is rubbing off on her! Hey it's summer! And PS I washed it twice when I had to wash Riley's shirt she wore for the talent show because she has worn that all week too! My kids crack me up! I guess I'm finally learning to pick my battles! 

On Wednesday Keags started her weekly book Club at her friends Nikki and Catherine's house. I'm really hoping this will encourage her to love reading again despite her dyslexia diagnosis! It should be fun! Afterwards we stopped by the Ostermann's very official lemonade stand. We were just there to support our friends real quick and it turned into the best play date ever! The girls were in heaven playing with Audrey, Will, Francesca, Alessandro, Lane, Hollis, and other Scottie friends! It just happened to be perfect timing! And finally we made it to the pool for the first time this year! We had a blast swimming for hours and seeing lots of our school friends! Both girls do so much better in the water now after swim lessons at FINS all year! It's awesome to see Keagan be such a strong swimmer and see Riley so independent in the water per her wish in her life jacket and floaty that we have concocted for her! 


On Thursday we had a chill morning and then had to go to Mahaffey for paperwork stuff for mommy. The girls were sad to see their beloved school so quiet! After a fun lunch at their pick, Panera, Riley was off to therapy as lucky Keagan was off to swim with Lauren at the Kelleys! I loved the chance to catch up with Chantel when I dropped her off! I mean it had almost been a whole week since I saw my work bestie. Chantel then took the girls to the Unicorn Girls outing for me at the bowling alley. Sounds like it was pretty chaotic with tons of kids but Keags had a blast and was super excited to have money in her purse to use herself to pay for bowling! She's too old! Meanwhile I got Riley all gussied up and took her to her dress rehersal. Let me just tell you it is not easy to make up on that girl! But she sure looked gorgeous!! 

Even after all that fun the girls were really looking forward til today! Today was cousin day with Csmpbell! They got to go work out and run and then pool hop at two different fun pools with the Texas Ginn's! SO sweet of Kari to take them and of course they had a fantastic time! Meanwhile mommy ran errands without having to drag little people with her, deep cleaned out the car, and then devoured popcorn at Pirates of the Caribbean with Sa and Todd! 

See? Killin it right?! We have a lot to live up to next week in the killer summer department! The expectations have been set pretty darn high! But I think if anyone can do it, it's the Kikuchi girls! Bring it!