Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Nutcracker!

Because dancing in your very first Nutcracker is the stuff little girls' dreams are made of...
I wanted Grace to have a magical day from beginning to end, so I set up a little breakfast the day she was set to perform with the Moscow Ballet in the Great Russian Nutcracker a couple of weeks ago. I got a little teary eyed setting it up because I still think of her like this...
I try to always use what I have on hand, hence the pink tutu she was wearing in the baby pic + her current slippers...
...but I did a little bit more prep work than usual because I wanted to have two special gifts...a sweet nutcracker charm for her bracelet to mark the occasion, and the mini Mooshka ballerina doll that she kept admiring at Target a couple of weeks ago...
Of course, I couldn't leave Hudson out so he got a little packet of Lego Mixels - he loves those things! They both got these cute chocolate bars too - I couldn't resist!
I picked out a couple of fun Nutcrackers to add to our collection. The cupcake one in honor of Grace and the elf one in honor of Hudson...
Breakfast was simple...freshly baked blueberry muffins and milk...
Oh, how I wish they could stay like this forever!
But today, the little pumpkin fulfilled one of her dreams by dancing in the Nutcracker!
So proud of my girl!!
I checked her out of school early and we had a little lunch just the two of us before getting her ready...
...and in no time flat, it was time to go!
I was sad that they don't actually get fitted with their costumes until the day of the actual performance since the costumes belong to the Moscow Ballet and not to our local studio, which meant I didn't get to take any pictures of her myself. They do take professional pictures you can order, but it's still not the same - boo! 

I love this picture her dance studio posted backstage!! All the little Snowflakes ready to go!
This one was during intermission, right after Grace performed and we were all so excited!! She danced with the biggest smile on her face. It was SO worth all the long practices! This little fella clapped so loud for his sister - it melted my heart!
You're not supposed to snap any pictures, but I couldn't help myself!
I did wait until the very end, at least!!
Her #1 fan! 
As soon as the door opened and he saw her, he just RAN!
Family pic...under the street lights - ha!
So dark, but with her sweet grands and Aunt Tammie who came to watch her dance!
Grace and Karoline...sweet friends!
Grace, 7 1/2 
November, 2014 
~Snowflake in the Nutcracker~
Grace, I hope your first show was everything you hoped for and more! 
Daddy, Hudson and I are so very proud of you!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

God's masterpiece

I love the changing seasons.
We don't always get big drastic changes in the South, but the week of Thanksgiving, we had some GORGEOUS days!
While we were getting our carpet replaced, we had to stay out of the way for an entire day. We ran errands, ate lunch, did everything we needed to do, and we STILL had time to on our hands.  So we made a random stop and it ended up being our favorite stop of the day!!
These two littles. My heart. I feel so blessed to be their mama. Beyond blessed!
Goodbye November...hello Christmas season!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

{november notes}

Little snippets I want to remember this month...

Thanksgiving {2014} 
From this...
to this in no time flat!
But such a nice time with both my in-laws the Saturday before Thanksgiving and with Noonie and Papa J Thanksgiving Day. Love our family! 

Grandparents Day at School 
I told the littles to count their blessings because having 4 grandparents (3 who had to take off work to be there) come to Grandparents Day is super special and not to be taken for granted for a second!!
Native Americans Unit 
Speaking of school...Little Dancing Fox is as cute as can be! There's something magical about kindergarten year!!
Gobble, Gobble 
Our November family project from school was to disguise Tom Turkey...
Hudson picked Santa! And I think he turned out so cute!
Grace's home project was to create a landform. She chose a waterfall. We went on a scavenger hunt all over our house to find materials to use. I love the cheerleading pom pom as water - so creative!! Hudson even let us borrow some of his dinosaur pack rocks and palm trees! Fun Fun!!
Makers Fair 
The little pumpkin and I escaped one morning and ventured to a fun little makers fair where we found all sorts of fun treasures!
I love, love, love my necklace by Jill Makes!! And we even got matching studs {different vendor - can't remember the name - boo!}. Grace requested we match and I couldn't turn her down!!
We wrapped up a super fun soccer season with Hudson scoring a goal the last game {yeah, Hudson!!} and a fun little party at Chuck E. Cheese. Gooooo, Cheetahs!
Book Fairs + Wiggly Teeth 
Between grandparents day being held during the book fair and individual class visits, the littles racked up on books! But the biggest discovery was that Hudson has a WIGGLY TOOTH!!! Oh my, how is this even possible??! Won't be long before the Tooth Fairy is paying HIM a visit!!
Home Sweet Home 
We replaced the carpet in all 3 bedrooms - hooray!! And in the process, we got rid of LOTS of stuff - woo hoo!!!
Sewing Club 
We celebrated another great year of our monthly Sewing Club with a Thanksgiving FEAST! These beautiful ladies are such a blessing in my life! Love you Ashleigh, Emme, Sara, Jamie & Lara!!
And I did a little bit of holiday shopping...shoes...and vintage treasures! ha!
I sure wish I would have brought this one home!!
St. Jude 
We finished out the month by walking for St. Jude in honor of our sweet friend Leia and our dear Noonie!
Attempt at a family pic - ha!!
November was so good to us! 
 Can't believe this year is almost over!! Photobucket