Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Happy first day of fall!! Who else couldn't be happier that this day has finally arrived?! I wait for it all year long + I'm beyond excited to start seeing some cooler weather on the horizon. As well as pumpkin spice everything, crisp air, pretty leaves, cozy sweaters, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and hot apple cider to name a few! Thank goodness for Pinterest for fulfilling all my autumn dreams while I wait for AZ to cool down a bit...

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Of all the seasons, I think I LOVE fall most of all!! Who's with me?!


First Day of Preschool

Monday, September 19, 2016
It's official.... my baby girl is a preschooler! Last week was her first day + it's safe to say she was more than ready! Odette has been begging me to go to preschool all summer and couldn't wait to start. We read Albert Starts School + The Kissing Hand about a million times last week in preparation. As well as picked out the cutest outfit + unicorn backpack! A girl's gotta accessorize, doesn't she?!

With much anticipation the big day finally arrived + after a few too many pictures, we were on our way to school! I took her into her classroom and checked her in with her teacher before leaving. I didn't even get a goodbye since she was so excited! She ran over to the toys with the other kids and I overheard her telling everyone her favorite color is pink lol. Love my girly girl to pieces...

^^ The most adorable unicorn backpack EVER! #lovemypbk

When I picked her up, her teacher said she did great! She was super tired though, and took an amazing nap! Let's hope that continues :) We celebrated with daddy when he got home by going out to dinner + having a movie night. Followed by making THESE adorable pencil cookies the next morning...

The cutest + tastiest way to celebrate the beginning of preschool!

Even though it makes me a little sad to see my baby girl growing so fast, I'm so excited to see her grow + learn this year! I have a feeling my little bookwork will just love preschool! Let the adventure of learning begin!! 

Children's Museum

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Last weekend, we finally took Odette to the Children's Museum. She's been talking about it for the last month + she was so excited to finally go! First thing in the morning, she ran into wake up daddy asking him if he wanted to paint the castle with her lol. Mike + Odette went out for bagels, while I got dressed, and then we headed to the museum. There was so much playing to be done in the jungle gym, art studio, car wash, noodle forest, grocery store, and car races, that it's safe to say we all got in our cardio for the day...

We finally made it upstairs to the art studio! They change the painting sculpture every few years so instead of a castle, they had a robot the kids could paint. Odette didn't seem to be phased by the change + loved painting! Aside from painting the robot, she also managed to get paint all over the bottom of her shoes, shirt, and pants. I guess I could consider myself lucky, as the kids painting next to her had paint all in their hair. Yikes! The one time you pray the paint is washable, right?!

 ^^ Such concentration while crafting with daddy :) Love these two!

^^ The infamous CD wall!

^^ They have a cute pizza making station, complete with a pizza oven + plenty of toppings!

Odette loved the car races the most and we had to drag her away kicking + screaming when it was time for lunch. In fact, I think it's the first time EVER she didn't immediately want to go eat. That's when you know you're having fun! We stopped at Chipotle for lunch, per Odette's request, and she perked right up. All smiles, all the way home...

Hope you're all having a great week!

Friday Night Concert

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
It's finally September + that means music in the park nights are back! We look forward to these so much + Odette can't get enough of them. This time we went a little early to get in some splashin' at the pad. I know what you're thinking... how unusual of us, lol! Apparently, the word has gotten out about these nights because there were so many kiddos there compared to last year :) Odette is always quick to make friends lately and found a little girl to play with right off the bat. Footprints + handprints were made, as well as running over to check out the fish in the pond. Oh childhood, you gotta love it! The everyday details that we take for granted are magical to a child and it seriously makes you appreciate the little things that much more. This quote by Angela Schwindt couldn't be more true... while we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

 ^^ We didn't try of the food trucks this go around, but man did they smell good!

^^ The splash pad turns colors when the sun starts to set!

 ^^ Beautiful sunset + palms!

^^ Mesmerized when the lights turned on :)

Just before the band started to play, we walked over to our favorite little spot. Odette has the BEST time dancing to the music + rolling down the hill. It's seriously so hilarious watching her at these concerts! It was definitely worth it to let her stay up past her bedtime and we even got to see the first glimpses of weather under 100 degrees. Yippee!
Nice weather, I've missed you dearly :)