Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Favorites - September 4th

I survived the first week of school.  The end.

We had a heat wave this week.  The hottest week of the summer during the first week of school.  Of course.  

92 degrees.  Extremely humid.  No air conditioning.  I'm exhausted and so happy that I'm off today for a 4-day Labor Day weekend.  

ONE - Favorite Time of Year
September 1st - December 1st is my favorite!  I love everything about it - the weather, the holidays, the traditions, the fun, the colors.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!

TWO - 2nd Grade
Maddie has been SO excited to go back to school and today was the big day.  She was so happy and couldn't wait to get to the bus stop.  I hope she is always this enthusiastic about school.
I rushed out of school and made it home in time for the bus at the end of the day.  She got off the bus all smiles and had an awesome day!  
She's going to have a great year. 

THREE - Back To School Cake
We made our traditional back-to-school cake this week.  This year, Maddie requested a green math book cake.  
Love this little tradition of ours!

FOUR - One-On-One Time
On Sunday, Maddie and I went on a little date.  Back at her birthday, a friend of hers had given her a gift card pack - a gift card to the nail salon, a gift card to a pizza place, and a gift card for frozen yogurt.  All three stores are in the same shopping center.  What a great gift idea!

We never had a chance to use them, so on Sunday, Maddie and I went to celebrate back to school.  First we got some pizza for lunch:
Then it was on to the nail salon.  A mani/pedi for Maddie:
Finally, Maddie had frozen yogurt at her favorite place.  
What a fun afternoon!  I love spending one-on-one time with this girl.
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hilton Head - Part 1: Beach Days

We had a wonderful vacation in Hilton Head last week.  It is such a beautiful place and the perfect vacation for families.  

We had so much fun.  One of the things the girls loved the most was going to the beach.  

The beaches in Hilton Head are spectacular.  The sand is packed so it's flat and smooth.  It's so fine it has a powdery-type feel.  The water felt like swimming in a bath tub.  So warm.  

Annie loved sitting and playing in the sand, but as the week went on, she got braver and braver with the ocean.  
Matt and Maddie loved spending most of their time in the water.
Lily loved both - playing in the sand and going in the ocean.  
After the beach, we would go right to the pool, which the kids loved equally as much (I have no pool pictures - I was too busy swimming and having fun with the kids).  

The skies were looking pretty ominous on our last day at the beach. 
There were some serious black skies behind us, quickly rolling in. 

About 30 seconds after I took that last picture, the thunder and lightening began and our beach day was over (after only about 20 minutes at the beach!)  The thunder, lightening, and rain kept us in for the rest of our last afternoon.  

Despite being rained out on our last day, the girls really loved this beach this year.  One day at the beach, Maddie was sitting and having a snack and said, "This is my paradise!"  

Me too, kid.  Me too.