May 27, 2016

This month in pictures | May


May was a motherload of a month and it doesn't help when we've all been bitten by the burnt-out-school-bug.  This kid for sure!! Multiple bites!!!


We've been somewhat delirious minus this sweet girl.


It's like having all the toppings and then forgetting to buy the dough.  You make it work...with english muffins.


I start to get annoyed with my kids little demands like, "NO sour cream/NO avocado...sour cream/NO avocado...NO sour cream/avocado." Uuuuugggghhhh!


I stay optimistic for the sake of keeping sanity in my house...


All the while setting my sites on the finish line...SUMMER VACATION.


How do I take the edge off? I make an ice cream run all by myself to indulge in a giant waffle cone with TWO scoops!!


I shop for new succulents.  Planting is so therapeutic.


I really want to grow Thai basil.


May The 4th Be With You brought out the Wookiee in Pickles.  He's the only sane one in the house.


We began this month with tacos.


The spirit of Cinco de Mayo said OLE!


Kids way of decompressing.


Or going to the movies in IMAX style!!


There are few occasions like Open House that helps put things in perspective for me though.


It helps me answer questions I ask myself daily like am I doing enough?


Are they getting what they need?


It always confirms what I already know - THEY'RE JUST FINE.


Great teachers make all the difference.  I'm thankful for them.


Teacher Appreciation Week loot.


Springs golf camp happened.


 My baby won 1st place and brought home the GOLD in his 9-hole putting tournament.


We tried a new ramen restaurant.  David gave it a good rating and is happy that it's close to home.


Same seating.  Different restaurant.  They like consistency.


Facial hair is not too far off.


He turns 10 in two months!!


I found a new doctor who has a beautiful new office view.


We witnessed colorful blooms.


And got new cuts.  Thanks Katrina.


At the end of the day, I get to share my daily highs and lows with this man.  I'm thankful he gets me without judgement.


David might just be the only person who comes (slightly)close to walking in my shoes.  I said slightly.

May 25, 2016

Goodbye circle time, hello common core

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Portia's culminating in seven days! No more day care.  Good-bye half-day programs.  She's on her way to full days and I'm on my way to freedom.  I'll be FREE, FREE, FREE...unless she falls victim to the common core hysteria. Although, I know she'll excel just like her big brothers. 

I'm proud of all the work she's done this year, on herself and in school, developmentally and socially. Open house was a true testament of her love for school, friends, and teachers.  

So....Let's take a closer look...

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

And observe the makings of an almost pre-k graduate.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Portia has decided she wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up.  What's wrong with being a veterinarian?

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

She's fearless.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

yet delicate.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

She's not money savvy.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

But she makes a mean turtle.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

She thinks her best asset are her fingers because, "I like wearing rings.  They help me touch things I like, like my dog, Pickles."

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Even at school she thinks of her brothers often.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Portia taught me a new word: Amate.

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Good omen of things to come her way!

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

She's a modern little lady...

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Who's moving full steam ahead! Mission control...

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

We have lift off!!!

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Kindergarten here we come!!!!

pre-k open house. see more photos at growinguphui.com

May 19, 2016

Watermelon flower pot

Watermelon flower pot to refresh any food art plate. See more pics at growinguphui.com

It's a bowl! It's a pot!

Whoever came up with this mini watermelon flower pot is my idol.  I was so excited to recreate this flower pot in honor of springs fresh blooms while awaiting the arrival of summers perfect addition to every backyard bbq, WATERMELON!!

I received high marks and not one bad review.  Looks like I exceeded my mini critics seasonal expectations.

{Ingredients: Mini watermelon, oranges, carrots, clementines, raisins}

May 07, 2016

Happy mother's day

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

There are only two days out of the year that are guaranteed just about me, my birthday and Mother's day...yep, one whole day just for being a Mom.  How awesome is that because even if you're a crappy Mom you could still get the royal, red carpet treatment.  But I wouldn't know anything about being a crappy mom.

In fact, I happened to attend a royal, red carpet affair just for me.  

One day an invitation was hand delivered summoning me to a very special breakfast.

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

When I arrived the most handsome young man(my date!) took me by the arm and as we walked escorted me into the gala.

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Only formal, royal occasions do you get a hand made corsage.

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

I was greeted with an elegantly set table topped with beautiful lined centerpieces.  Then the most spectacular show took place.  It was so moving and powerful I cried through the whole show.

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

My date served me a blueberry muffin and strawberries from the continental breakfast menu.

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

We had our photo taken for the Royal Tribune(our classroom Shutterfly site).

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

He even wrote me a love poem.  My date knows how much I want to work in a fast food restaurant!

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

He presented a painted portrait of me and captured every detail from always having smeared mascara down to the big, round sunspot on my face.

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

We bid our adieus.  I graciously thanked him for a most magnificent time.  Gave him a farewell kiss.

And said, "Till we meet again at the bus stop, my love."

happy mother's day. see more photos at growinguphui.com

Happy Mother's Day to all the spectacular moms out there, even the crappy ones!!