Thursday, December 7, 2017

Family Birthday Fun!

With Sierra’s birthday party on Saturday, we had to plan time for family fun! Using our Christmas tree as a birthday tree, we placed all our family gifts for Sierra under it and had her open them one by one!

Audrey gave Sierra roller skates and dilly string! Grand-dad gave her a purring kitty cat, Gigi gave her a science kit and magic eightball. And, in addition to the party and trampoline, Daddy made sure to find lots of science and fun brain games for Sierra like, Exploding Kittens, and Frank Einstein.

appy Birthday #9 Sierra! We love you!

Sierra’s 9th Birthday!

On Saturday, we planned a fabulous Paris themed birthday party for Sierra with swimming and bouncing! She helped with all the planning and helped make decisions on the food.

We got a bounce house and warmed the pool so it would be extra special. Many of her friends joined the party including, Evelyn, Sophie, Hannah, Abbey, Hadley, Riliegh, Donnivan, and Gavin.

We made cake pops, bounced in the bounce house, went rollerskating and scootering down the street, swam in the pool and ate lots of delicious food! It was a highly energetic and fun day!

Painting Party

Just before Thanksgiving, a few friends wandered over to say hello! Feeling crrative, we pulled out the canvases, paints and bruahes and had a painting party on our porch! What a great way to spend the morning!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ice Skating in Florida!

Today, we ventured out to downtown Tampa with the girls and Atlas. As soon as we arrived, everyone wanted tobpet the puppy. While Victor dealt with the crowds, Sierra, Audrey and I went ice skating.

It was a crazy day on the ice with slSierra zipping all around us and Audrey right by my side! The girls couldn't believe they were ice skating outside in the 80 degree Florida sun!

We shopped around then ate at a cute downtown bistro! Happy Sunday to all!

Road trip to the Ice Skating Rink...

Today we are going ice skating! For the past 5 years, we've lived in cooler climates and have made it a tradition to go outdoor ice skating after Thanksgiving! Sierra didn't believe it was possible to skate outdoors in Florida, but we are going to prove her wrong and have a ton of fun in the process!


This morning for breakfast we ate eggs, toast and bacon. But, we couldnt eat all the bacon, so rather than have it go to waste, we treated Atlas to a treat. He had no idea what it was, but he loved it. The girls split a slice with him and utvwas gone in seconds!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lemonade for Sale!

Instead of spending money on Black Friday, the girls are making money selling Christmas Lemonade & cookies!

Sierra woke up this morning wanting to have a lemonade stand, so she rallied her friends. They all contfibuted in the effort. Evelyn & Hannah made the chalkboard sign. Sierra picked the location and named the lemonade after Atlas Audrey brought the cookies & granola bars. They all pitched in to make the lemonade, and Sophie decorated our table wuth leaves and pretty pictures.

They decided on setting up their stand on the corner of our street, Bell Creek, and Waterford Run so they would have more traffic. Then they all drew Christmas scenes all over the street to attract people. We played Christmas music and the girls danced to attract visitors.

it was a huge success! After about 2 hours, they earned $25 total snd split the money between the 5 of them! Way to go girls & thanks to all the neighbors for stopping by!

Tuesday Night Pizza Party!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we were in the mood to reach out to friends. Our neighbors, Greg and Julie, invuted us to a Tuesday night pizza party!

after dinner, we stayed past midnight playing games, laughing and talking. It was so much fun! The girls got crazy with some purple lights they found.

We Have a New Puppy!

This past Sunday, Victor got a call from a friend informing him about a rottweiler puppy in need of a good home. So, with little time to decide, we spontaneously drove to Ft. Meyers to meet the little guy.

Of course, once we met him, we fell instantly in love with him and decided to take him home. He lived on a farm with chickens, pugs, cows, ducks snd geese! At six weeks old, the little puppy was so tiny, but will griw to be wa big as his father - a 130 pound loveable beast!

We named him Atlas. In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the sky for eternity after a war. We figured our puppy would be big amd strong enough to hold up the sky for us if needed!

Flat Stanley Arrives!

Sierra's friend from Colorado, Cassidy, had a friend from Arizona send her "Flat Caneron", based on the Flat Stanley character from the 1964 childrensbook. The character cut-out travels around the world with the goal of seeing as msnu places as possible.

Flat Cameron is traveling sround the US. After Arizona and Colorado, we marked off Florida, and sent it to Rhode Island to Kylie snd Annabel. And, afterwards, hell be mailed to Maine!

Sierra had fun documenting the day with our neighbor, Evelyn!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Exploring Brandon...

Last Sunday, we had breakfast at the Egg and I, then walked sround to explore the area. The girls found statues to climb on and we walked around a lake and discovered a mama duck with 3 ducklings!

We found a donut foodtruck, a neighborhood that reminded us of Stapleton in Denver, and a bustling row of shops! After stretching our legs, we ordered 6 specialty decorated donut holes from the foodtruck and ate them on the way home. It was the greatest, lazy afternoon!

Welcome Home Daddy!

When Victor was out of town on a business trip, the girls missed him so much! He was traveling for 4 days, which seemed like an eternity. Each night the girls would ask, "When is daddy coming home?"

When he finally did come home, they were so excited that they decided to make him a special treat...pineapple upsidedown cupcakes! Yum!

Dinner with Gigi

The girls love Gigi so much. Last week, while visiting, she suggested we go to a restaurant and guess where the girls chose... iHop!

After brinner (breakfast for dinner) the girls got a little silly abd took a few photos with Gigi! Thanks Gigi! We love you!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hula Turkey!

Audrey's assignment from school was to disguise her turkey so it wouldn't end up on the dinner table for Thanksgiving. She chose a hula girl! Dressing her with a straw skirt, walnut shells (from our back yard) for a bikini top, and a flower lei (made of a sticker) we think she did a great job! This turkey, I mean hula girl, is safe for sure! Nice job Audrey!

Monday, November 6, 2017

School Time!

The girls love their Gigi...especially when she takes them to school in the morning!

We know today is going to be a great day!
Happy monday everyone!

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

The Brandon Ballet put on a wonderful event called the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea! On Sunday from 3 to 5, we enjoyed tea, sandwiches, cheese & crackers, veggies and a whole array of gourmet cupcakes and sweet desserts!

While dining, the ballet entertained us with games and performances! We met the entire staff of the Nutcracker, complete with photos and autographs!

The girls danced, played Clara says (like simon says) with dance moves & twirls!

We entered a raffle and a coloring contest. And, guess who won the coloring contest - Sierra! As a prize, she got a golden balerina ornament!

Gigi treated the girls to a gift afterwards. The girls were in heaven! Thank you Gigi!

S'mores Night!

Who doesnt love s'mores?! So, we invited our neighbors over for a s'mores celebration to initiate out new fire pit.

It was an ooey, gooey mess, but it was delicious fun! Sophie, Evelyn and Ben from next door enjoyed the fun with us and the girls!