Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter preparations

Today is Good Friday, and Kate headed to Yiayia's this morning to color eggs and bake Greek Easter bread, as they do every Easter. This was Kate's first time to actually braid the bread herself, and she is quite proud of her work. I spent the day in Dallas and took Nick to lunch at Grub Burger near his office. I wish we had one in Fort Worth, because I could eat their Guacapotle Burger with sweet potato fries often. On second thought, maybe it's a good thing that they aren't local to us.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Toothpicks with First Graders

Finally, my last duty as room mom is fulfilled. I'm a little bit stressed by room mom duties, I'm not going to lie. Last year I helped at every party, but I wasn't the one coming up with ideas, which was nice. When you're the one coming up with ideas, everything is sounds extremely complicated or extremely juvenile and boring. Add the pressure of your child telling you that she doesn't want a boring party (do something cool, Mom) and it's enough to drive you crazy.

So I decided for the spring party to buy peeps, marshmallows, and toothpicks to let the kids build birdhouses for their peeps. I know, toothpicks and first graders - scary! But I laid down the law before I passed them out and everyone was very well behaved. As a bonus, they all seemed to love the project! Once we finished that, they got to decorate cookies before devouring them along with cupcakes, marshmallows, and pretzels. 
On Thursdays, Kate has been having playdates with one of her school besties, Alyssa. So Alyssa came home with us after the party, and the girls proceeded to decorate (and eat) the last 2 cookies left from the party. Then they jumped on the trampoline until they were worn out. It was a great day!
Kate keeps asking if I'm going to be a room mom next year too....we will just have to see about that.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Celebrating Cassidy

Yesterday after sweating and working hard at the REFIT® experience class, I cleaned up and took Kate to Cassidy's birthday party. She hadn't seen Cassidy in a couple of months, so we were long overdue for some Cassidy time. Although Kate had fun at the party, I knew she was just waiting for everyone else to leave so she could have some one on one time with her friend. We ended up going to dinner with them after the church was all cleaned up, and the girls didn't complain one bit. Brynlee was excited to have some Kate time as well, I think.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kenya Dig It?

A few months ago a couple of fellow REFIT® instructors felt led to host a fundraiser for Kenya Dig It, an organization that is raising funds to build a home for street kids in Kenya. I agreed, along with several other instructors, to help lead during the 90 minute experience class. We had a blast! 
 Several ladies from our regular class at North Point decided to come to the fundraiser that day instead, which was awesome!
We raised over $600 during the hour and a half class, which is awesome. It was exhausting and my left leg is really hurting, so I am going to go see an Airrosti doctor this week to figure out what I've done to injure it. But it was worth every second of pain!
 Our amazing REFIT® instructor team - I love these ladies!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Girl's Day: Make-over Time!

For her birthday this past November, Kate received a makeover certificate from Yiayia to Sweet 'n Sassy Salon in Southlake. We finally got around to scheduling her spa day during Spring Break. She was super excited to get her princess fairy makeover.
 They began with her nails and then moved on to some make-up for her.
 After make-up, it was time for hair, and let me tell you, it got real fancy pretty fast. I tried my best to watch what the stylist was doing because I know it's only a matter of time before Kate requests that I try this at home...but I'm not so sure I can duplicate this!
 After she was done, Kate felt super sassy and looked beautiful! She's already asking when she can go back again. It was a fun experience for her for sure.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Waco Training Day!

I love REFIT trainings so much. Even though I was certified not all that long ago, I spent the better part of my certification day in intense pain becuase I had poisoned myself with a Larabar that contained cashews. So I felt like I probably missed a few things, and I was eager to take more notes and pick up on things I didn't absorb before. It's also a great excuse for selfies with friends.
 I did take lots of notes again, and some things made more sense now than before beacuse I've gained a bit of experience since my training day. It was a good day of learning.
 This is the class of new instructors from training. You go, girls!!
 The Dallas/Fort Worth gals in attendance:
 The Fort Worth REFIT Rockstar girls:
 Seriously, I love all of these ladies big time!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Birthday in Waco Shenanigans

It just so happened that REFIT scheduled a training in Waco on my birthday weekend, and what better way for a girl to spend her birthday than with a whole ig family of gal pals?? Seemed perfect to me, so off to Waco I headed after I dropped Kate off at school. It turned out to be a big blessing that I left early, because I completely avoided a freak snow storm situation in Fort Worth later that afternoon. In fact, I never saw snow at all, although it was very, very cold in Waco that day.

So cold in fact, that my trip to Magnolia Market Silos was kind of perfect. I mean, yeah, I froze in the wind chill that was in the teens, but because it was so cold there were hardly any people at the silos and certainly none of them were outside. So I could explore and shop and do whatever I wanted without a bunch of random tourists in my way. It was exactly how I prefer life. I even bought myself a little birthday gift at the marketplace. So my best advice: go to the silos when the weather is horrible. You'll enjoy it a lot more!
I checked into my fabulous hotel suite and rested a bit, ate a yummy Bubba's burger, and then headed to the REFIT studio for the Experience class that evening. Several other instructor friends of mine were there as well. In fact, Christy from the Houston area was also celebrating her birthday that day so I made us matching birthday shirts for the class as a surprise for her. They were a big hit.
 Class was packed and I even danced a few songs right outside the door because it was so hot and steamy in the studio! Essie danced the entire 90 minute class dressed as a sloth, and I still can't figure out how she managed it.
 After class we headed over to Torchy's for a big birthday dinner, and Mica met us there. She was supposed to be at the class but because of the freak snow in Dallas, traffic was beyond a nightmare but she still came because she brought Christy and I Nothing Bundt cakes! What a great friend!!
 We had a great time, but didn't party too later because everyone was pretty exhausted.