Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up ~ Dec. 13 & 14

This weekend was a busy one for McKayla. Her Children's choir had a weekend long Christmas performance titled A Night of Hope at church. They had a show Friday night, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. McKayla wanted (and did) all 5 shows. 

Friday, the first show, Grandpa, Chris, me and John all went to see the performance. Partially to see how long the performance was to see if McKayla could physically do it but also b/c we wanted to see her sing.

It was TWO hours long! Yikes! It was great but too long. Luckily, the Children's Choir part was only on stage for about 30 minutes. There's no way McKayla or any of the other kids could've stayed still the entire 2 hours.

We didn't watch any of the other performances the rest of the week but dutifully took McKayla so she could perform. Both Saturday and Sunday's performances were at 4 and then 7, so we'd drop her off about 3:30 and then pick her up at 8. They fed them, played games and watched movies in between the performances and had the option to leave if they wanted, but McKayla wanted to stay. ☺

Sunday afternoon, before the final shows and Chris going to his Dad's, I had the kids pose for pictures to send out to family.

And that was the extent of our weekend. It was kinda busy but it wasn't. A lot of driving back and forth but McKayla enjoyed singing, so it was worth it to see her smile. ☺

How was YOUR weekend? Anything exciting or did you just have a relaxing weekend at home?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Furry Friday ~ Zoo Trip Part IIII

My fourth and final Furry Friday ~ Zoo Trip post. Hope it was fun seeing our trip through the Zoo and it gave me something to have for several Furry Friday's :-D (Part I, Part II and Part III)

Not much of anything to say as a workup towards this weeks pictures, so I'll just quit jabbering and get to sharing. 

Enjoy! :-D

Sleepy kitties. ☺

Whatcha doin? I'm just hanging around. Hardy har har
It was pretty cool how close this Tiger was to the viewing area but it took FOREVER to get to see him clearly b/c they were so many people crowded around. He just lay there the whole time, looking around.

The Gorilla enclosure was a pretty popular area too. So much to the point that they had a few employees milling around and reminding the crowd that once they had taken their pictures, to move along so the next mass of people could see.

This guy/gal was just down right heartbreaking to see. He/she just sat there, like that and ever so often would look our way and then turn his/her head back. :-(

These guys cracked me up. They reminded me of a bunch of teenagers just hanging around after a night of partying. Just lazing around. LOL

McKayla lounging in a Chimp nest. 

And finally, more heffalump pictures. 

This old gal has caps on her tusks b/c she's apparently very destructive and kept breaking the tips, which could then cause an infection, so they had to cap them.

There was a keeper just on the other side of the grassy area, tossing apples. So I was lucky to get these shots of her trying to get to them. ☺

That's all folks! 4 weeks of random animal pictures. We had a great time, even with all the crowds of people. We missed out on quite a few of the critters b/c it was just too cold for them. I'd like to go again when the weather is nicer/warm so we could see ALL of them. And I'll make sure my camera battery is fully charged too. :-D

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kindergarten Field Trip!!

(Since this happened back in September and I'm posting this on a Thursday, would that make this a Throwback Thursday post? LOL)

Back before Halloween, McKayla had her very first Kindergarten field trip. Some of y'all will know that this was technically her 2nd field trip as she went to the Apple Orchard when she was in Pre-K last year but this was her first REAL field trip.

THIS time she got to ride the school bus. WithOUT me (no room for parents, so we had to drive up). Yup, you read that right. She rode the big school bus with the other kids. I'm pretty sure that was her favorite part of the whole trip. LOL

The field trip was to the local Pumpkin Patch where we met farm animals:

We took a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch to pick pumpkins:

And also played on the obstacle course and playground. We were only there for a couple of hours, but we ran nonstop and she was wore slap out.

She was so thrilled to get to go on her first field trip in "real" school and the fact that she got to ride the school bus was just icing on the cake. ☺

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Young Living ~ Diffusing Fun!

I'm sooo loving my Young Living oils. They've been so great for my family and the smells are amazing! And I'm even more in love with my Young Living Diffuser! This thing is fantastic! You just add distilled water and a few drops of whatever oils you'd like, and bam! you have a fantastic smell wafting through your house and it contains none of those nasty chemicals! It purifies the air, clears up sinuses and just smells good! (It also lights up a pretty purple when it's's the little things. ☺)

I've diffused quite a few different oils since I received my kit. Purification is the one I diffuse the most. I just love the way it smells and it also freshens up the air......especially when the dogs have decided to mess in the house. :-( I also diffuse Thieves from time to time if there's a cold running rampant and it's also beneficial when we have a house full of people......helps to keep those cold bugs at bay.

On Thanksgiving, I diffused my Harvest Blend. The oils, when combined, smelled just like Pumpkin even had John looking for pie when he came home from work one day. LOL

Harvest Blend
Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg and Clove.

And now with Christmas right around the corner, I ordered Christmas Spirit and I'm loving diffusing it now too!

Harvest Blend is PERFECT for fall weather and the Christmas Spirit really does make me think of Christmas. I only wish computers where capable of having a scratch and sniff button so I could share it with you! :-)

These oils have really helped us in many ways; from making the house smell good to being a healthy addition......they're GREAT! :-D

(I just have to add how tickled I am that MY pictures, pictures *I* took with my camera, came out looking so good! Their almost professional looking, LOL, well, not quite but still! Again, it's the little things. LOL)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up ~ Dec. 6 & 7

Phew! What a whirlwind weekend! Prepare for a picture overload (and believe me when I say that I'm not sharing even half of what I actually took LOL) and a very lengthy post but we just had an epic weekend and I had to share! ☺

On Friday, McKayla's school was having a Parent's Night Out to allow parents to do some Christmas shopping. John and I are already done with the kid's shopping (wahoo!) but McKayla still wanted to go. They had movies, games and snacks. Duh! Of course she wanted to go! LOL So we dropped her off and had a date night instead. :-D

On Saturday, we went to the mall for pictures with Santa!!! You'll have to forgive me for not sharing those right now but I don't want Meme, Grandpa or any other recipients to see them just yet. ;-) I will say that the pictures came out extremely adorable and I can't wait to share with you. ☺

Saturday night was the Christmas Parade! Yahoo! :-D

Who's ready for a LOT of pictures??? LOL

Our cop cars always make me think of a Transformer car LOL
And I have NO idea why we need one of these around here?! LOL
This little guy cracked me up. He had his hands through the bars
waving. ☺

This one cracked me up too. It was a litter truck and it really should have been at the END of the parade b/c of all the candy wrappers people threw on the ground. Ugh. Seriously people. Why? How hard is it to put the wrappers in you pockets and then throw them away later?

Hubba Hubba with these next guys! I was ready to go home with them! LOL

I really like the small town parades. The floats may not be extravagant but I still love the personal touches. ☺

I bet this "Elsa" was FREEZING up there. Poor gal!
I also really like all the old cars that roll by. ☺

Frosty was 'droppin' low' LOL
Now THIS float went all out! But, when it's made for M&M Mars, ya kinda expect it plus all the handfuls of M&M's they threw out to the crowd. LOL

The Duracell Train was pretty cool too. It had the chugging sound and steam and the smoke stack (I guess that's what it's called? LOL) blew out bubbles! 

Look! How fun looking! A tireman :-D

Of course, Santa brings up the rear of the Parade and how cool that he comes riding a horse carriage. ☺

Sadly, I was too busy checking out the beauty pulling the carriage and didn't realize til the last minute that he was pulling Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Oops!

Then we have lots and lots of ponies. :-D

It was a fun little parade. Well, it wasn't so little with over 200 "floats" but it also wasn't the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. :-D We all had a great time, even if it was a little cold and McKayla came home with a bag full of candy, so I'd say it was worth it. LOL

Sunday was a little tamer. We went to Church Sunday morning and was treated to a wonderful guitar player and then learned about all the mission trips our Church is hoping to help with in 2015. Some right here at home (US) and then some in other countries.

BUT, Sunday was also the day that McKayla got an early Christmas Present. :-D

She's been asking off and on for the last six months or so about getting her ears pierced. We've taken her to Claire's a couple of times but when we start inquiring about prices, she backs out. We weren't going to push her on the issue, so we'd leave.

Well, this past week, she's been asking just about every single day about it. So, we told her we could go this weekend. She woke up Sunday morning asking about it and we told her we'd go after Church, figuring she wouldn't mention it again.

Boy were WE wrong! First thing she did when we picked her up from Sunday School was ask if we were still going. We ended up eating with Nanny and Papaw first and she was worried she wouldn't get to get her ears pierced, but we assured her we would. After we ate, she was ready and raring to go. So we headed to the mall. Unfortunately, they only had one person working at Claire's and I was adamant that there would be TWO people to do her ears. She was visibly disappointed, to the point of almost crying she was so disappointed. So, I called the other mall and found out they'd have 2 people there all day.

So we headed home to let the dogs out, change out of our Church clothes and get the Kia. I also went ahead and applied a few drops of PanAway and Lavender to her ears and some Peace & Calming to the back of her neck for good measure. 

Once we arrived at Claire's and ask about getting her ears pierced, I figured she'd back out once again. Nope. In fact, when the lady told her to follow her to the station, McKayla hopped her little hiney right up in the chair without being asked or told to.

And as you can see, she was ALL smiles. ☺

She was calm and grinning the entire time. She sat politely and still while they marked her ears.

And then the other lady came over to help.........

And it was over with. Easy peasy as McKayla said. :-D

I'm really proud of my girl. She was perfect. Not a peep out of her. I thought she was going to cry when they first did it but she didn't. It might have been that I had told her several times that it WOULD hurt but I didn't want to lie, so the look might have been more dread/anticipation then anything.

Afterwards, we even had to go tell Santa that she'd gotten them done and I don't think her smile could've gotten any bigger when Santa gave her a thumbs up. :-D I'm also pretty sure Santa will be leaving her at least one pair of new earrings in her stocking this Christmas ;-)

She's been great with letting me clean them and even after the first night of sleeping on them, there's not been a bit of redness or tenderness. :-D I've been adding a few drops of Purification each time I clean (3 times a day) and I believe with the PanAway and Lavender before hand and then the Purification afterwards has really helped her a lot. Usually there would be some sort of irritation or least there was when *I* had MY ears pierced.

What did YOU do this weekend? I bet it wasn't as epic as ours was. :-D
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about my adventures! Hope to see you next time. :-)

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