Punta Cana Day 2 – Scentsy Incentive Trip

We were up early the next morning, because we could not wait to get on the beach to relax and do absolutely nothing :) We had breakfast in our room before our day got started.

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We propped our feet up, put some beach music playing, and sat in our spot all day long. It never gets old! I think we tried every drink on the menu – it was perfect.

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That night we ate at the Hibachi restaurant on the resort. Yummy! We then headed to the Scentsy Barefoot on the Beach party!

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Seth was so excited about his pink name tag :)

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Scentsy sure knows how to throw a party – they didn’t hold back on a thing! There was a reggae band, parrots for pictures, food beyond food, etc! The atmosphere was so energetic and happy!

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When we returned to our room that night, we had a “room drop” surprise waiting. It was a Scentsy sand bucket with “moon sand” from Brookestone. So nice of this company to think of our kids, too! This was their favorite surprise that we brought back home.

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Scentsy with me and join me on our next trip!

Punta Cana Day 1 – Scentsy Incentive Trip

When I signed up with Scentsy, I strictly joined for the extra money. I never thought they would be sending me on an all inclusive trip to paradise! It’s amazing how a company shows appreciation for hard work in such an unforgettable way.

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When we arrived, we went register in the Scentsy event ballroom. We had drinks, food, and a welcome gift! They gave me a super cute beach tote filled with goodies. The bottom of the tote unzipped to reveal an icechest! Perfect :) It was loaded with two insulated bottles, a beach blanket, small pouch, spray bottle, and sunscreen.

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We stayed at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, and it was absolutely beautiful. We were treated like rock stars. Our room didn’t disappoint either…complete with a balcony, double shower, and a Jacuzzi tub right in the room! The girls thought this was the coolest feature when we Face-timed with them to show them the room.

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We had dinner at the steakhouse (where I ordered and ate my first actual whole steak). Seth was so proud of me. We spent the rest of the night walking around our resort and finding our spot on the beach where we would plant ourselves for the next three days.

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Scentsy with me and join me on our next trip!

Orange Beach – Grandkids edition

We have been nonstop lately! Finally getting around to posting about the girls’ trip to Orange Beach! Maw & Pappy took the oldest grandkids on the annual Orange Beach trip.

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The weather was cloudy and the gulf was rough, but it did not stop them from building those sandcastles they talked about for weeks.

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They told me their favorite place was The Track – full of rides/games/entertainment for kiddos. Jules was super excited that she was tall enough to drive the go kart this year! She didn’t have to be Kennedy’s passenger anymore!

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We missed them terribly – Easton was so confused! He kept telling me that Kennedy & Jules were on the school bus :)

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Thanks again, Maw & Pappy, for some memories made at the beach – the girls will always remember these trips!

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School’s OUT! (& Kindergarten Graduation)

On the last day of school, Kenn had a pizza party and Jules had an ice cream sundae party! Perfect treats to start their summer vacation. They sure have grown this year – I am so proud of the little ladies they are becoming. We are thankful to their teachers who guided them through this tough school year. Look out kindergarten and first grade!

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A couple of days later, everyone put on their best to attend Kennedy’s kindergarten graduation. They clean up well ;)

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I love to go back and look at pictures of Kennedy and cousin Luke. They were so tiny in PreK-3! I love watching them grow together at school – they will always watch out for each other.

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Since Kennedy lost her first tooth on the last day of school, she was not able to show any of her classmates. So the minute she saw anyone, she proudly showed the hole in her mouth – even on stage :)

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I had mixed feelings about this graduation. I was happy the kids are growing and doing so well in school…and excited for their new chapter in first grade. However, I still carry a heavy heart that there would be one less classmate to finish the year. DSC_0164

How do you pay tribute to a fallen classmate (in a room full of kindergarteners) without anyone getting scared or confused? The school, teachers, and staff handled it so beautifully. At the start of the ceremony, the class walked in with white roses to place at Samantha’s table. Her slideshow played in the background. It was the perfect, most simple and pure way to honor this angel. This class will never forget her precious face. They are all much stronger than I am…who could barely take pictures behind the tears. However, I know she gives them strength to handle whatever comes their way.

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Once on stage, Kennedy led the room in the opening prayer…The Hail Mary.

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The classes then performed “This Little Light of Mine” and “The Butterfly Song.” We then watched a slideshow of the cuties on stage.

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Kennedy received her certificate of completion signifying she was officially a FIRST GRADER!

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We had cake and lemonade afterwards, but Mr. Easton was not in a good mood….beast mode, actually. We stayed long enough for everyone to have cake, but then had to bring that man home to bed.

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Tough and emotional year, but this class pulled through. Now they will have an angel watching down from the best seat in class :) Congratulations to all!

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Dance Recital 2017 – Toys! Toys! Toys!

After our t-ball tournament the weekend before, Jules dusted off her tennis shoes to put on her dancing shoes! We pampered her all morning with hair and makeup – I barely recognized her without her curls!

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Big sis was playing momma herself…and had to put on makeup as well to watch from the audience this year! She ran to the dressing room with me after Jules’ performance to help change her to the next costume – she was a big help!

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Since only Jules danced this year, it was a lot easier on Mom! I only had one ballerina to dress, so I was able to enjoy a lot more of the show!

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It was a super cute performance where the toys we know and love came to life! There were army men, jumps ropes, legos, kites and porcelain dolls just to name a few! Jules’ first performance was BUBBLES. At first, she did not see me and kept looking and looking….but when she found me, she could not stop smiling!

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Next we put on her tap shoes for her performance in HULA HOOP! My favorite part of that entire day was watching Jules swing her hips like she was pretending to hula-hoop. That girl gave it her all in that one move. We could not help but smile at her determination in that step!

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Congrats to Jules on her 3rd dance recital! We love to watch her shine!

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SPC Family/Field Day 2017

Every year our school hosts a Family/Field day where parents can go and watch the kids play numerous games with their classmates. Lunch is offered, and the family can sit down and have a picnic on the playground! The girls were excited for me to bring Easton to school…and I think he was just as excited. He wanted to go play with them so bad!

Since each student stays with their class, I had to run back and forth with Easton to watch the girls at every game. I think I had just as much exercise as them on this day.

The first game was USE YOUR HEAD. They had to push a ball using only their head – Kennedy told me she was dizzy!

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Game 2 was GOLF RACE. They used a golf club to putt the ball down the aisle. Easton clapped each time it was Kennedy or Jules’ turn. Such a good little brother!

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Game 3 was a super cute activity called PIZZA DELIVERY. They had to deliver the pizza boxes (without dropping them) to the next person in line.

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PLUNGING TO THE FINISH was Game 4. Sitting on a roller scooter, they had to use toilet plungers to make it across! Easton thought this one was hilarious ;)

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Game 5 was another cute event – CARRY THE ARK. Using pool noodles as a base, they had to walk with a partner to “carry the ark” across the way. This one took a lot of balance!

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Game 6 was DELIVER THE ICE CREAM. Another balancing act to get the ball across using only a cone cup!

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My buddy wanted to go and play so bad. However, he was so good in that stroller and just watched everyone. I knew if I would let him out that would be a done deal – and he would never get back into the stroller. He waited so patiently until he was his turn.

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Last but not least, BALLOON RUN was Game 7. They jumped across the way with a balloon in between their knees!

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Daddy came meet us for lunch, and we had a picnic under the trees. It was a perfect weather day!

Easton was finally able to stretch those chubby legs and get on the playground. The girls kept brining him to each spot they play at recess. “Come see the slide, Easton! Easton, this is where I swing! Easton, come see this playhouse!” He didn’t know where to look first!

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The entire day was very well planned and organized – it ran so smoothly. Awesome job, SPC!

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PreK Field Trip – BR Zoo

Jules was super excited for me to attend her field trip to the zoo…she secretly loves being the only child for the day ;)

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The kids looked adorable in their animal shirts they made in class!

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Randomly, we would see some animals free to roam where they pleased – ducks, geese, peacocks, etc. Jules wanted to touch them so bad – this girl has no fear!

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I just love taking pictures of the animals at the zoo! Sometimes I think some of them are posing for me!

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As Jules and I were walking, we saw a peacock who looked like he was about to spread his feathers wide. We waited…and waited…and waited for that bad boy to open. When he finally did, it was BEAUTIFUL!!

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There is a “red bird” that lives outside of the PreK classroom at school – the kids always see him and wave to him. Jules was excited that “red bird” followed the bus all the way to the zoo!

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Jules’ favorite part was the petting zoo! She said she wished she could have pet ALL the animals – even the tiger!

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Out of everything in the souvenir shop, she chose her very own pair of binoculars. She looked out of those binoculars until she fell asleep in my lap :)

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I had a wonderful day hanging out with just my Julesy girl. She has the sweetest heart :)

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