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Week in Pictures – Week 8

We had a busy week this week.  We started school back up, had some play time with friends and just chilled at home.


Princess Cheyenne playing dress up at Alexis’s house…on Monday.


Getting back into school…on Tuesday.


Drawing a diamond…on Wednesday.


Shamrock tattoo she got at a St. Patrick’s Day party playdate….on Thursday.


Beautiful peacock not too far from our house….there were a ton of them….on Friday.


Just chillin’ in Grandpa’s chair listening to a book on the Kindle…on Sunday.

I hope you all had a great week and had lots of fun too!!


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Project 365 – Week 6

Well, I knew it was bound to happen.  I’m just not capable of keeping up with an ongoing project….my life is a huge bundle of ongoing projects!!  LOL  Plus, these are the pictures from week before last, so I will have another post for last week’s pictures coming soon.  So I didn’t get a picture every day that week, but here’s what I did get…


This girl loves to paint…on Tuesday.


Cheyenne and her bestie, Alexis hanging out before we went out of town for the weekend….on Thursday.


Cheyenne’s first carousel ride at her cousin’s birthday party in Austin…on Saturday.


Eating some frozen yogurt with her cousins before heading back home from Austin…on Sunday.

So that’s all the pictures I got for this week.  Hopefully I can get back into it and keep up.  If not, I am still getting good pictures every week and now that it is spring, we are getting out more, having more fun, creating new memories and documenting them along the way.  🙂


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Our First Trip to the Dallas Arboretum

Believe it or not, I am 37 years old, almost 38 and have lived here in Dallas, Texas all of my life and have never been to the Dallas Arboretum even though it is only about 10 minutes from my house.  Well, today, I went to the Arboretum for the first time!  My friend Julie has a membership to the Arboretum so when she asked us if we wanted to go with her and her granddaughter, we jumped at the chance.  It was pretty cool. Of course right now, there aren’t any cool displays set up and being winter (even though it was 80* today) there weren’t a lot of pretty flowers either.  There were a lot of pansies and of course all of the trees, bushes and other plants, but not very many flowers.  But there was so much else to see, that it was still a wonderful trip and we plan on going many more times and making this trip often.

Cheyenne and Alexis are planning our route through the Arboretum….because they don’t think we are capable.  We did get turned around a few times, so maybe we should have let them lead the way.  🙂

Cheyenne and Alexis planning their route at the Arboretum.

My pretty little angel sitting outside of the sod house.  It was closed for repairs, so we couldn’t let them go in.  They tried to crawl in through the windows though.


They thought it was pretty fun to sit in the covered wagon….

Sitting in the covered wagon

Cheyenne loved the teepee.  Inside there were animal hides hanging up and some primitive pots and tools.

Cool teepee at the Arboretum

I swear these girls had to sit on every bench there was…there is a ton of benches there.  It could have something to do with my obsession of benches.  I just love pictures of little girls sitting on benches, so the first few we saw, I had them sit to take a picture.  I’m sure you can figure out how long sitting on the bench actually lasted….not even long enough to snap a picture before they were up and running around and seeing what else they could see.


Something just struck me about this view and I had to snap a picture.  I love this picture.


They have an infinity gazing pool and it is so pretty the way it looks like it just runs into the lake that is right behind the Arboretum.

Infinity pool....looks like it continues into White Rock Lake...beautiful!!

Again, I just thought this was pretty and peaceful.


Good times with good friends are what life is all about!  This has to be one of the most precious pictures I have ever seen and I’m so glad I was able to capture this shot.  These girls are so sweet to each other and it was amazing the way they helped and looked out for each other today.


I think they are reflecting on how tough it is being a kid, but how fun it can be at the same time.  They look so deep in thought.

Reflecting on how tough it is being a kid....

This was just another beautiful shot.


The waterfalls were so cool.  I couldn’t get them to stand still and look at me for a good pic.  By this time, it was hot and the girls were getting a little tired.


This was so pretty.  I bet it will be beautiful in the spring when they are in bloom.  I thought this would be a beautiful shot for a bridal portfolio.


I always think this decorative kale is so pretty.

I just thought this was pretty!!

We had such a fun time at the Arborteum today and can’t wait to go back.  We will definitely be adding this to our regular rounds of field trips and fun outings.

I can’t wait to see it in the spring when everything is in bloom!  They are currently doing a lot of construction right now and will be opening a Children’s garden later this year and some other new parts of the Arboretum as well.  I am excited to see what all is coming!






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Halloween 2012

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!  Cheyenne had a blast this year.  She is 3 and had a lot more fun this year and was so polite.  I am so blessed to have such a polite little girl.  I guess I’ve done something right.  🙂  She has always been one to say please and thank you, bless you, and the like.  So when people would answer the door, she would say “Trick or Treat!” and if they asked how she was doing, she would say “I’m fine, thank you.”  Then after she got candy, she would say “Thank you.”  Such a sweet little girl.  I’m so proud!

Anyway, Cheyenne was Minnie Mouse and was absolutely adorable!

She loves to pose and I seriously wonder if I have a little future model on my hands here.

We started off our evening by going to the fall festival at our church and played some games, got some candy and jumped in the bounce house.  They also had a setup in the back of a truck for photo opportunities and it was so cute.

After the festival, we went back home so Cheyenne could go trick or treating in our neighborhood.  This was the first year that she showed a fear of masks.  While we were trick or treating, she saw a few people with masks on (Frankenstein, Jason, several monsters, etc.) and got really scared.  She would be walking ahead of me and see one and she would turn and run back to me and hide behind me.  She went to one house and they answered the door with a Jason mask on and she wouldn’t even go near the porch.  She ran and hid behind me and gave me her basket and said “get it for me”.  She would tell me “I don’t like the bad masks.  They make me afraid.” So I had to explain that they are just pretend, just dressing up for Halloween and it’s nothing to be afraid of.

Then we went over to Cheyenne’s great grandparents’ (my grandparents) house to visit and let them see her costume and finally after no dinner and probably too much candy, even though I cut her off pretty quick, we came home and went to bed.  I feel like such a terrible mom not feeding her dinner, but they were having hot dogs at the festival, and she didn’t want to eat, which makes sense this morning because she has yet another cold.  She doesn’t want to eat breakfast either, but she really doesn’t eat much when she gets her colds.  At least she got to have a fun Halloween before it really hit her!!

I hope you all had a great Halloween!! What fun things did you do on Halloween??


Cheyenne’s First Day of Mother’s Day Out

Today was Cheyenne’s first day of Mother’s Day Out.  I was excited, yet nervous.  Cheyenne is getting a little clingy and I literally can’t leave a room without her following my every move, plus I felt she needed a little more structure and discipline from people other than me.  I opted for 2 days a week so that she could acclimate more quickly.  I really expected a hard morning, when I went to drop her off, since she had such a problem with the whole introduction to Mother’s Day Out. The first time I told her we were going to look into it and explained what it was, she was all excited until I told her that she could tell me all about her day when I picked her up.  That was when it hit her that Mommy wasn’t going to be there.  She was not happy about that and immediately started crying, hugging me and saying she didn’t want to go.

So I took her with me to visit the Mother’s Day Out program at the church I grew up in and she got to see where her room would be, who her teachers were and some of the kids in her class.  Since then, I have talked it up and told her how much fun it would be and all of the things they would be doing like playing on the playground, music class, doing arts and crafts, coloring, painting, etc, and naptime.  We went and picked out a backpack.  She had her little heart set on Minnie Mouse, but we couldn’t find a Minnie Mouse lunch box.  So I was looking online and found a backpack that came with a lunch box that attaches to the backpack.  Then I also found a napmat, so we ordered all of that and got it last week, in time for her to start today.

Walking to the car with my keys. I had visions of her at 16 taking the keys to drive. She’s growing up so fast!

Unlocking the car door. She has to do this every time we go somewhere.

Like I said earlier, I was expecting a tough drop off, since she had never been dropped off anywhere and never really been away from me, except for the occasional run to the store, and one time she stayed with my parents overnight while I was house-sitting for some friends.  Anyway, we walked up to the doors and there was another family going in and Cheyenne said “Today is my first day of school!  Look at my Minnie Mouse bacpack!  And my napmat!”  Now, Cheyenne is extremely friendly and will talk to just about anyone that will listen to her.  So I knew eventually she would be okay and make new friends, she’s definitely not shy!  So we walked on in and found her room and she walked in and told the teacher “Today is my first day of school!” We put her stuff away and she met a couple of the kids in her class.  Then she walked over to me and held her arms up and I was preparing for the meltdown.  I said “Give me a kiss hug” and she did give me a hug and kiss and then looked up at me and waved and said “Bye!”

I was amazed and couldn’t believe it was so easy, just like pretty much everything else with this little munchkin.  She is such a joy and is so easy, except for the times when she doesn’t get her way and starts fussing and crying.  I was so proud of her and am so glad she took to it so well and had such a good time!  When I picked her up, they said she was perfect and she even slept during naptime.  That was the other thing that caused me some anxiety.  Sometimes, at home, she decides that naps aren’t necessary and I was worried that she wouldn’t want to nap being in a different place and on a new napmat and would end up having to sit in time out at the Director’s desk.  But she did great and when I got there, she had just woken up from her nap.

I had such a great time listening to her tell me all about her day and seeing her enthusiasm and excitement about all of the things that they did.  She had a great time on the playground, colored a pretty Columbus Day picture, sang some of her favorite songs, met some new friends, and so much more…including napping!  🙂

I am so proud of her and she is so excited to go back on Wednesday!!

Such a silly girl!!


What a big girl!!

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First Day of Preschool!!

We started preschool this morning and Cheyenne was so excited!

I went back to her room and got everything set up by writing 1st Day of Preschool and the date on the whiteboard.  I also put a small board book on her table titled Grover’s First Day of School.

We are taking it sort of slow this week, to establish a routine slowly.  Cheyenne, like most kids, responds better to a schedule and routine, but she is used to a very basic schedule where other than when she is eating or sleeping, she pretty much has free play.  I know she will adjust in time to a new routine but she doesn’t do well with sudden change.  If she is eased into it, she responds a lot better.

We are using the Letter of the Week curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I really like this curriculum and love that it comes with the lesson plans for each letter which you can use, or you can do it in your own way.  It is a 26 week program full of activities that focus on letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills to prepare for kindergarten.

The first thing we did was say our Pledge of Allegiance. Cheyenne loves saying it and is getting very good at it and can say almost the entire second half by herself.  Then she sang the Alphabet song alone as she insisted she doesn’t need any help and can do it by herself.  You gotta love the 3 year old independence.  🙂

Then she did her Day of the Week chart and Weather chart from the Letter of the Week curriculum.

Then Cheyenne did a little coloring on her A page and I was amazed that she corrected her grip on her own. She is learning to hold her crayon/pen/pencil correctly now and she is really beginning to color well.  She had me color one of the apples and I showed her how to color in the whole apple not leaving any white.  The next one she colored, she kept saying “Oh, I’ve got to get this part, there’s still some white.”  What a cutie!

Then we did our number cards.  I laid them out in a line and called out a number and she would hop to that number.  It was so fun for her and being as she was hopping to each number, got her a little physical activity as well.

Then we took a break for a while to go to a playdate with a couple of our friends at Jumpstreet, our new favorite place.  It is an indoor trampoline park that has a section for ages 7 & under, but now that school is back in, all of the kids were under 5 and it wasn’t crowded at all.  Cheyenne loves this place and for $4.00 all day, can’t be beat for extreme fun for the little ones at an affordable price.

Then it was time to come home for lunch and a nap.

Tomorrow we will do a little more work since we don’t have a playdate, plus we will be trying to make up for Monday being a holiday.

All in all, Cheyenne had a great first day of preschool and I am so excited about this new journey we find ourselves on.