Monday, October 27, 2008

Mom and Me Aprons

Jennifer had asked me if I made the girls fairy costumes. Even though I can sew those were way above my sewing capabilities and I bought them at my favorite store Children's Place. However, my sewing machine has been getting a good work-out lately. I just finished making three aprons for a mom and me apron swap hosted by Shawnee the hostess of the Flirty Apron Swap Blog (can't figure out how to do links yet) . I made two kids aprons and one adult apron for my partner. And in return she will be sending aprons for the girls and I. I had a lot of fun making these aprons. I hope you and your girls like them, Kelli. Here are some pictures. All of the aprons are pretty much the same with some minor variations. For the adult apron I used jumbo ric-rac and for the girls I used medium. For the youngest girl's apron I put a ruffle on the bottom.
This one is my favorite. I love the ruffle
A close up view of the buttons. Pretty cute!!
Close up view of the pocket
Although the apron is way too big for Kaylee, she wanted to model the apron for me

More Zoo

Are you getting tired of zoo pictures yet? We went to the zoo again this past Saturday. This time the girls and I went with Grandma and Aurora since Aurora had not gone to Zoo Boo yet. Here a few pictures from this trip. Naomi and Kaylee wents as leopards this time (last years outfits) and Aurora was a rock star.

In front of the Zoo Boo sign

In the pumpkin patch

By the reflection pool. Don't they look happy!!

An Interesting Sunday

Q: What do two baby blessings and four confirmations before a primary program make?
A: A very wiggly group of primary kids.
Yesterday was our Primary Sacrament Program. It was Naomi's first time to participate. All in all she did a great job. She was a little leary of being on the risers due to her being afraid of heights. But she handled it quite well. I only had to go sit by her a couple of times when she had to stand to sing. She was very reverent compared to some of the other little kids around her. She only had one line but did great. I was kind of worried that she would get shy and not say it but she had her part memorized and said it perfectly. Her line was, "I have a divine destiny."

Practice Makes Perfect

To most individuals this just looks like a pile of papers but to Naomi this is a masterpiece. Naomi has been learning to use scissors this past week. One day when I came home from work, Naomi was cutting a piece of paper into these tiny pieces. She was very proud of her little pile of paper. She was quite upset when I threw them in the trash because she was going to use them as decorations for her birthday party invitations (which of course is not till January). Aren't kids wonderful?

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Child's Prayer

Kaylee has trouble sitting still for prayers and so we usually have her say hers first. We have started holding her during prayer to try and teach her that she needs to sit reverently for all prayers. A couple of nights ago, it was Naomi's turn to pray. I was holding Kaylee down while David was helping Naomi with her prayers. At one point Kaylee started screaming let me go which distracted Naomi. David prompted Naomi to bless Grandma then he interjected ignore Kaylee. So Naomi said bless Grandma, ignore Kaylee and continued her prayer. David and I got a real chuckle out of that.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fairies at the Zoo

Okay I know this is the third Zoo post in three weeks. I can't help it we LOVE the zoo. This Saturday we went to the zoo because the zoo was holding their annual Zoo Boo. It was truly great fun. The kids can come dressed up in Halloween costumes and there are lots of different activities to participate in. We missed the costume parade but the girls colored animal face masks, got Tatzoos, Trunk-or-Treated at various stations around the zoo, picked pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, painted their pumpkins, and even visited the lost species graveyard. The zoo was decorated for Halloween with pumpkins around the reflection pool and a lot of the animal enclosures had jack-o-lanterns in them. We had a really enjoyable time. Kaylee loved seeing her favorite animals again but I think the winner for her was the free candy she got from the Trunk-or-Treat stands. It was also a nice opportunity for the girls to wear their Halloween costumes more than once. The girls love their fairy costumes and got a lot of remarks from lots of people about how cute they were.

Katy Tiger Football

This weekend Katy had their homecoming game. I try to go to all of the football games to support so many of my students that play on the team. I have not been able to attend any games this season so far, therefore homecoming was a must. Katy was at the top of their game as usual. I don't know the final score but at the end of the 3rd quarter when we left. Katy was winning 54-14. As you can tell by the picture Naomi and Kaylee are die-hard Katy Tiger fans. They love going to the games and cheering on the Tigers. FYI: For those that have no clue what the girls are wearing those are football mums. I don't know the whole tradition behind them but in Texas students wear them for homecoming. The colors on the ribbons denotes either their school colors or their dates class (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). Some of the mums can be quite extravagant. I thought it would be cute for the girls to wear mini-mums this year to the game. Everyone who saw them thought they were adorable.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy 7th?? Birthday David

No David is not 7 he turned 34. But there is a really strange but good reason the pie has a 7 on it. David had requested a pie not a birthday cake this year. I knew 34 candles were not going to fit on a pie so I decided to put the number candles on instead. I was pretty sure I had a 3 and a 4 but when I went to put them in the pie all I could find was a 3, 5, and 7. Boy was I in a pickle, so I used my noodle and thought well 3 plus 4 equals 7 so that is what he got on his pie. David thought it was cute and it worked. David had a great birthday and enjoyed all of his presents. And he is definitely going to enjoy going to the Rockets vs Celtics game in November. And yes just in case you are wondering he will be wearing his Celtics shirt not his Rockets shirt.

Another Trip to the Zoo

Since my parents have a grandparent pass to the zoo and they put my name on the pass as well, David and I took advantage of it and brought the girls to the zoo together this past Saturday. This is one of the few times that we have brought Daddy to the zoo with us. Usually daddy is working and we go without him. It was really nice to share the zoo with David. David did work this past weekend but as soon as he got home we loaded the girls up and raced to the zoo. We got to the zoo before it closed but not before we had a little run-in with the law. When we arrived at the zoo, I was trying to find out how to park and was not paying as much attention as I should have to the crosswalk and I went through the crosswalk while a man was on his way through. Nothing happened but the cop that was in his car right there got really mad and flipped on his lights and followed me into the parking lot. The cop gave me a pretty good tongue lashing but luckily I did not get a ticket or a warning. I feel absolutely horrible. I honestly did not see the person in the crosswalk and I did not think I was going as fast as the cop seemed to think I was. Next time we go to the zoo I will make sure I am going extremely slow and watching that crosswalk!!

Okay, now to the fun part the zoo. We only had about an hour at the zoo so we only saw highlights. The first place Kaylee wanted to visit was the fish. (Hmm, is mommy rubbing off on her??) After the fish we visited our next favorite animals the giraffes and elephants. We had enough time to see Naomi's favorite the leopards and the ocelot. All in all we enjoyed ourselves. We also enjoyed the fact that it was not too crowded and not too hot being that it was so late in the day. Thanks Mom and Dad for putting my name on the membership!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Trip to the Zoo

Last Saturday the 27th of September, the girls and I went with my Dad, Jenny, Shane and Aurora to the Houston Zoo. We really enjoyed ourselves. Kaylee called most of the small carnivores tigers. (Hmm, is that because Mommy teaches for the tigers?) The big hit for both girls was the elephants and the giraffes. The girls went back to the zoo this past Thursday with Grandma and Grandpa. It was supposed to be homeschool day but that was postponed till January. But they went ahead and went anyways. My dad commented that it was very hard to keep up with Kaylee. In fact, he thought they had lost her at least once. When I asked if they had brought her little puppy leash, my dad got a startled look on his face and said that would have been a good idea. Next time I think they will remember her leash!!

Is this the same girl?

Naomi has always been a very fashion conscious girl. About a year ago, Naomi had a meltdown because her panties did not match her pants. But now Naomi has reached the stage that she wants to choose her own outfits and dress herself. It is interesting to see the outfits that she puts together for herself. In fact, a lot of them do not match at all (see the picture above). When I have remarked on that fact, Naomi answers, "Oh, Mommy that doesn't matter." Is this the same girl that up to just recently would cry if the pinks she was wearing did not match exactly? While it makes the dressing process much easier now, I do cringe at some of her outfit choices. Oh well, she will grow out of it soon right?!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


All I can say is wow. This was truly one of the best movies I saw in a long time. David and I brought my parents to see it last night. We all enjoyed it. I laughed, cried, and was truly touched. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who has not yet seen it.

I was on national TV

Ok, so technically I was not on national TV but my class was mentioned. The football team for the high school that I teach at played a team from Florida today. The game was televised on ESPN-U. One of my students that I taught in Biology and now in Aquatic Science, received the Honor Courage Committment Award. ESPN showed a shot of him at the game and posted a box of statistics on him at the same time. One of the items was his favorite class and it said Aquatic Science. I know it seems trivial but to me seeing my class up in the statistics box as his favorite class made me feel on top of the world. It made me feel that maybe I am making a difference in some of my students lives.