Friday, May 22, 2015

Minecraft party decorations

Well we are all set up for the Minecraft party tonight. 

Lord help me because my husband is away with his cookoff team and I am going to be by myself with 7 boys at my house. Yikes!!

But Jansen wanted a sleepover this year and I have never hosted one before. It will be ok!

Here's what I made...

Here is the front porch...

And the mantle in the living room...

And the kitchen set up before all the pizza is delivered....

And the table set up...

It was pretty easy to get everything set up. The backdrop is a $1 tablecloth hung on the curtain rod. I made construction paper creepers with $1 streamers taped to the back. The banner was a free printable hung with some left over string. 

On the table are two $1 tablecloths. The chips are in lime green dollar store buckets, the Sprites are wrapped with free printable creeper juice wrappers, the cake I made is sitting on top of a creeper head that Jansen got for Christmas a couple of years ago, the goodie bags were made from goodies I got at the party store, and the napkins were from the dollar store as well. 

The island was covered with a dollar store tablecloth and decorated with streamers and free printed creeper faces. It will soon be covered in pizza!

All in all, things look pretty cute. Pray for me!!! :)

Final Elementary Concert

No more elementary school music for Jansen. He and his classmates completed their elementary music career with their recorder program last night, and might I say...they were pretty cute. 

We have a new music teacher, and he has high expectations for these kiddos. They have been working on a program called Recorder Karate, where they memorize pieces of music and play them each week to gain "belts". Jansen made it to black belt this year and really enjoyed learning to play. 

I am proud of this kid.

While we were there, my husband took our oldest, Caleb, to his end of year concert, Band O Rama. The area jr high bands, high school bands, and Winter Guards all come together for a presentation. I was not really sure how the whole thing would go since it was Caleb's first year to participate, and my phone died during the program. I should have planned better. 

But I was able to get this one shot of the two jr high schools playing together. They did a great job!

Ah, the school year is barreling to a close. Another year...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Field trip: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Jansen's final elementary school field trip was today and I was able to chaperone! It's the one that I dread the most just because it is all outside in the wetland heat. Boy, was it hot today!

He was really excited and it was so cute to see him be so into something. 

He is a world class scare-de-cat and today, he touched a snake and a baby alligator. How cool is that?!

It was a good day. 

We took a bus tour...

Learned about crabbing...

Practiced our fishing skills....

Studied water samples under a microscope....

Learned netting skills...

 And held reptiles....

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Some friends and I got tickets back in January to go see the New Kids on the Block. I mean, really...if they are coming to Houston, I am getting tickets. But the thing that just sweetened the pot was that Nelly and TLC would be touring with them. 

I was so ready to see Donnie again!

It was seriously 3 concerts in one. That concert was over 4 hours long. Nelly and TLC did open for NKOTB, they each did their own concert. No one disappointed!

We had a blast, from the trip up there to the trip back. We started off eating at Olive Garden in Pearland. 

On the way there we saw trucks with guns...

and a car full of clowns...

and then we got into traffic, got there late, got in the wrong parking lot line, went in the wrong parking entrance, and got to the venue just as Nelly was coming on stage. 

He was awesome. I have to was starting off wonderfully. 

I was really looking forward to seeing TLC. The CrazySexyCool album was getting me through high school. I didn't know how they would do it without Left Eye, since she passed away a while ago. But they showed pictures, had her recordings of the songs playing, and it was sad but oh so awesome. Those girls put on a show. We were jamming from the get go. 

Then round 3 began with a loud announcement of "Let's get ready to RUMBLEEEEEEE". It was so loud! 

And again, totally amazing. New songs, old songs, in between songs. They have been going strong for 27 years and I have been enjoying it all! Shirtless, then in tuxedos, then in regular clothes, cameras in the quick change room. This was my 6th or 7th time to see them (I've honestly lost count) and every concert I think was the best. But this one really was. It was worth every penny!

Then on the way home, we got almost to our exit and got pulled over by the highway patrol for a headlight being out. He was shining his light all through the car and asked us if we had been drinking. No way...none of us had and if someone did, I would have driven. I am always the designated driver. Carmela tells the officer that usually if she bangs on the light it comes on. He asks us where we were coming from and we tell him a concert. He asks us again if we had been drinking at the concert. Nope. He asks if this was a reunion concert. I say that they got back together in 2008. He lets us off with a warning to get the light fixed. 

We laughed so hard. I am sure he thought we were crazy. But to see my friend be so nervous that she asks to get out of the car and bang on her of the highlights of the evening!

Oh how I needed this time out with my friends. It was worth every penny!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Jansen's baptism, my birthday, and Mother's Day

May 10th was a busy day this year. Not only was it my 35th birthday (ouch) but it was also Mother's Day and the day of our youngest son's baptism. 

What a day!

Here are a few photos of my cutie, Jansen and his baptism. 

Thank you to my Uncle Rob, who conducted the baptism, and for all my family who showed up to support him at church. 

After church, we went to my parent's house for lunch and a celebration of Jansen and the mothers. 

It was a very nice afternoon spent with family. 

And, my super crafty cousin, Kristi, made all of these beautiful little vases with gorgeous flowers from her garden for all the mothers. I LOVE it. The extra flower bloomed the next day. Just gorgeous!

This weekend was full of blessings and joy. I couldn't have asked for a better day!