Sunday, March 18, 2018

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

Savannah brought her American Girl doll to school a couple days last week. During the school day, her doll sat in Savannah's chair in my library office: 

Hadley loves to dress herself. She gets bonus points for creativity and mixing patterns!

Hadley's Painting

Last Monday, school closed three hours early due to snow. I waited in line at Walmart to pick-up our groceries. Since we started using Walmart's grocery pickup service a year ago, our family has been saving $300 a month on groceries/toiletries/household items. We used to spend $800 a month($200 a week), and now we consistently spend $500 a month ($125 a week) at Walmart. We buy fewer impulse items since we order our groceries online:

The girls loved playing in the snow with their neighborhood friends Liza and Sky:

Elsa and Anna
Savannah asked me to braid her hair at bedtime (so she would have wavy hair the next morning). I thought Savannah looked like Anna from Frozen with her braided hair:

We booked our family vacation to Aruba! 

(Notice Savannah's wavy hair)
In art class, the art teacher named Savannah the star student because she completed the class art project without any assistance. We're so proud of Savannah!

Savannah baked some yummy brownies all by herself! She did a good job preheating the oven, reading the recipe, using fractions to measure ingredients, and setting the oven timer: 

Savannah finished chapter book #10! She reads for 20 minutes each day. Most days, Savannah reads 3-4 chapters in her chapter book. About 2-3 days a week, though, Savannah prefers to read informational books, biographies, picture books, or graphic novels. She also enjoys reading electronic books on Epic or Big Universe on her iPad.  

Five years ago this month, Tal made a career change and started working in network operations with his current employer. As a 5-year anniversary gift, Tal's employer gave him this 22-piece knife set:

Before church this morning, Savannah and I made turkey sloppy joes and egg casserole for our meals this week. In the picture below, Savannah measured the milk for the egg casserole: 

This afternoon our family went to the kids carnival that was set-up in the Home Depot parking lot that's one mile from our house. The girls enjoyed going on three rides each: 

Hadley: "It was so fun!"

Dizzy Dragon


After the kids carnival, we sat outside and enjoyed some ice cream at Dairy Queen. Although it was a little chilly, it was a beautiful day to spend time outside as a family!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Snow in March?!

Snow in March in NC?! Today school was released at 11:15 A.M., and it snowed from 4-7 P.M. Savannah and Hadley made a snowman in our front yard with their neighborhood friends Sky and Liza. Hopefully, we go back to school tomorrow because we already have Saturday School the next 3 out of 5 Saturdays!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

DC Road Trip

This weekend the girls and I drove four hours to see my friend Emily and her family, who moved to the Washington, DC area last year. On Saturday, we enjoyed playing with Emily's family, going on an Easter Egg Hunt and scavenger hunt, eating dinner at Chipotle, and watching a Disney movie at bedtime. We are looking forward to seeing Emily and her boys again in a couple weeks!

Xavier (9), Emily, and Felix (5)

Easter Egg Hunt

The kids loved finding the 100 plastic eggs that Emily 
had filled with candy and hidden in the backyard and front yard:



Opening the eggs 

After the Easter Egg Hunt, the kids went on a scavenger hunt to find the golden egg (that Emily is holding). The kids looked for 23 clues that Emily had hidden throughout the house. They found the golden egg in the mailbox!

Inside the golden egg, there was a bag of chocolate coins for each kid!

Hadley loved petting Emily's cat named Spoof:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Birthday Date

On February 15, Savannah and I had a mother-daughter date to celebrate Savannah's 9th birthday. Since Savannah was the birthday girl, I let her plan all of our afternoon activities. First, we ate lunch at Mod Pizza, where we chose the toppings for our personalized pizzas:

Savannah made a meat-lovers pizza, while I got a pizza with chicken, bacon, and ham that was topped with 5 types of cheese and drizzled with garlic and pesto. Both pizzas were delicious!

After lunch, Savannah and I got pedicures at a spa in our neighborhood. We only get pedicures 1-2 times a year, so getting our feet pampered is such a luxury!

Then, Savannah and I went shopping at Target and Kohl's, where Savannah used $40 in birthday gift cards to buy a shirt, the game Wet Head, slime, and two books. When I asked Savannah what she liked best about her birthday date, she said, "Everything!"

Savannah and Hadley played Wet Head on our screened porch:

The girls snuggled with Tal when he got home from work!

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from this week.

Last week Tal received his annual bonus and pay raise! Our family celebrated at an Italian bakery in our neighborhood by eating ice cream and tiramisu. We are thankful that Tal's employer rewarded Tal for his excellent work performance! 


Savannah finished her 9th chapter book since Thanksgiving! Over the last three months, she has read an average of three books a month. Savannah is building her reading stamina!

This afternoon the girls and I went swimming at the Y in our neighborhood, while Tal exercised at his boot camp class:

Sweet Sisters

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

This week Savannah enjoyed wearing some new dresses from Grandma Barbara! Below is the purple dress that Savannah wore to church on Sunday. (Also, notice how Hadley likes to push up one or both of her pant legs when she gets hot.)

Birthday Outfit #2 from Grandma Barbara

Birthday Outfit #3 from Grandma Barbara

Everyday the girls get the mail when we get home from school

On Wednesday, Savannah and I enjoyed spending the afternoon together! First, we ate lunch at Chick-fil-a:

Then, we got our teeth cleaned at the dentist:

The dental hygienist gave Savannah a token, which she used to get an emoji ball from the Treasure Tower: 

Happy Hadley

Hadley's drawing of Mommy and Haddie
(Hadley calls herself "Haddie")

Hadley painted shapes.
Do you see the triangles, circles, and squares?

Over the last two years, Tal and I have been purging our house. This weekend we purged five boxes of personal documents that we'd been storing in our guest bedroom closet in case we got audited. Look at all of the extra space we created in our closet!

This weekend we took our 5 boxes of personal documents to a free shredding event at a local business. All of our monthly bills, paper statements, old receipts, and owner's manuals from the last 5 years were shredded in front of us, as well as our old tax returns prior to 2011. After doing some research, Tal and I decided that we don't need to keep owner's manuals, medical records, or utility/bank/credit card statements...because we can access them online if needed. We have a special place in our house where we still keep important documents, such as mortgage loan documents, recent tax returns, birth certificates, and debts we've paid off. It felt so good to get rid of our old documents in a secure way!