August 15, 2014

2nd grader in da house

Yesterday was Kiera's first day of 2nd grade.  Cra-zy.  I didn't cry thankgoodness.  I think I am past that stage now, past the crying as she goes off to school, not the past crying part.  I am still a big ole bag of emotions.  I am not even going to look back at her other school pictures right now.  There is a whole lot of fake smiling going on in these pictures.  I ought to start getting creative on ways to make her truly laugh to get that genuine smile out of her. 

Her cat pose.  I can't tell you the last time she hasn't done this.  It happens daily.

When I was picking her up from her Papa's house I asked how her first day of school went.  She immediately told me she got in trouble.  Apparently there was confusion between she and a classmate as to where they were supposed to go.  Kiera told him they were supposed to go back to the classroom and he said they were supposed to go to the cafeteria.  They ended up going to the cafeteria instead of the classroom where they were supposed to go.  I don't think that they got in big trouble for it but she likes her teacher and enjoyed the rest of the day. 

August 12, 2014

Kiera's 7th Birthday

For Kiera's birthday this year we decided to camp out at the river.  We invited other people but no one came out besides Jimmy's dad, his aunt and two cousins.  I had a conversation with Kiera that her friends couldn't make it and luckily she was OK with it.  We went up to camp on Thursday evening since Jimmy and I both took off work on Friday. 
Friday we were going to take Kiera to the big blue slide but it was closed.  We headed on into Tahlequah and took her to a park to play for a little while.  After that we headed on over to Del Rancho for some lunch.  Jimmy and I used to eat at Del Rancho after being on the lake with friends all day during the first few years we were together.  Good times, good times.  They have the best steak sandwiches EVER, and their Indian Taco's are pretty awesome too.  Kiera had a grilled cheese  sandwich. 


After lunch we decided to head back up to camp  and we first let Kiera open her Lego present from us which she loves. 

We also made Snoopy snow cones with the thing she got from Jimmy's mom.  It is definitely something we will be making outside. 
Then we decided to go down and swim for a bit. There were some clouds to the north of us which wasn't enough make us leave but once we saw lightening we decided that was our cue to bolt (ha! pun intended).     

Jimmy and I were working on setting up the tent for when his aunt and cousins would arrive when the rain came.  We could hear it coming in the trees and had to scoop everything up and put it under the canopy which we did  just in time.  It rained hard for an hour and a half.  How hard you ask?  Jimmy's dad said "it reminds me of the monsoon season in Vietnam".  Lovely.  There were a lot of lightning strikes around our area and the thunder was cracking right over head.  The rain eventually stopped and left everything soaked but it was all good. 
Saturday we went on a 6 mile raft float (minus Jimmy's dad).  It went by fairly quick since the river was up about 5 feet from all the rain.  Just before we got back to camp it started to rain again!  Kiera, Alyana and myself were in the back of the truck getting pelted by the rain.  It stings when it hits you at 20 miles an hour.   Everyone eventually piled into the camper and I decorated Kiera's Unikitty cake for her party.  I am not proud of the way it turned out because 1. I was doing it in the camper and 2. the humidity in the air was not helping the icing at all!  I took a picture of it but I will not be sharing it.  The rain was the same monsoon type that it was on Friday, but it eventually cleared and we made our was down to the clubhouse to have the party.

I love the view in the clubhouse, walls full of windows overlooking the river.  I could definitely live in there, sitting on the deck drinking coffee in the mornings.


Kiera said she had fun but wished there were more activities.  Uh, I though I did pretty good.  Unikitty coloring pages,  unicorn horns, pin the horn on Unikitty, party horns and poppers.  I guess that's what she gets for telling me to do what I want!  However, I am so very thankful for everyone participating in the activities and really making it a special day for our girl. 

August 7, 2014

For Mimi and Pappy

Ohmygoddness, a post two days in a row?  Don't get used to it.  I won't be back posting until next week.  We have a birthday in the house for this little lady tomorrow and we are going to be camping out at the river for a few nights.  This here is for her Mimi and Pappy (aka my parents). 
She got a card in the mail from my parents on Tuesday which had some cash and a $10 Kohl's cash coupon.  I told her she had to wait until after her birthday to see what kind of toys she got before she could spend the cash but we could use the Kohl's coupon since it expired yesterday.  So last night (at 9pm, which is truly an awesome time to shop if you really want to get out that late) we went to Kohl's so she could pick something out.  I always explain to her she can either get a few things or one big item to equal whatever dollar amount she has to spend.  We looked at jewelry, clothes, all the little junk they have in the girls section (purses, kid jewelry, lip gloss, etc.).  For some odd reason she always wants things that she already has at home so I have to remind her she already has that.  For that reason I don't completely let her pick whatever she wants, I always try to have her think about what she has and what she will actually use.  We don't buy things just to buy them.  In the end she picked out the cat shirt, press on Disney Princess nails, and some gold shimmery polish. 
And I apologize for the craptastic photo.  Night time plus iPhone camera equals no bueno. 

August 6, 2014

She is teaching ME

One day last week I worked a half day and took Kiera to the dollar movies afterward to watch Rio 2.  While we were there I gave her a few quarters to buy some junk out of one of those little machines.  She got a little bow necklace and the mustache.  After the movie we went to see my friend Michelle so I could get my hair cut and brows waxed.  I told Kiera she needed to put the mustache on and ask Michelle if she could wax her mustache.  She did and Michelle though it was pretty darn funny.
After we left, Kiera kept the mustache on even when we stopped by the grocery store.  I was slightly cringing on the inside because of the attention it would draw.  Because if people are looking at her, people are looking at me.  I really don't like to be the center of attention.  I like to blend in.  But I let her do it anyway because it isn't about me, it's about her. 
She so very proudly walked through the grocery store and when the cashier told Kiera "I like your caterpillar" she politely replies "It is a mustache".  Just smile Ashley, just smile.  She forces me to be in what I feel are uncomfortable situations and I just have deal with it.  It isn't the first time and I know it won't be the last.  She doesn't even know it but she is teaching ME. 
I guess it all fits in our grand scheme of raising her to be a certain type of person, which is somewhere between the very best parts of Jimmy and me, and hopefully very few of our worst.  So far so good I think... 
And because I am not a completely boring mom, I did put it on at the theater (along with some bunny ears) just long enough to take a picture.  It got some laughs out of my girl which totally overrides any other feeling and replaces it with complete and utter joy. 

July 21, 2014

4th of July weekend

This year for the 4th of July weekend we (and Jimmy's dad!) headed out to the river to camp.  4 nights and I wasn't ready to come back to town yet.  I don't think I have mentioned this before but we got a new camper  a few weeks ago.  It's absolutely awesome.  Jimmy and I both agree that we could definitely live in it for quite a while, though we wouldn't since that would take the fun out of camping for us.  We are definitely planning on some long RV traveling when we get older.  We have both had our fair share of tent camping and are definitely at the point we prefer some comfort... and air conditioning.  Anyway we got there Wednesday evening and Jimmy's cousin Jackie, her husband Brian and their son arrived at the same time stayed a couple nights in their pop up.

You can't by bottle rockets in Oklahoma so Jimmy and I took a quick drive into Arkansas to pick some up.  Kiera spent the night setting those off.  This is one of those things that I know some parents would freak out about.  We are not the type of parent that is going to stick a sparkler in a red solo cup to keep her from getting burned.  How else are do we learn?  By getting hurt and learning things the hard way.  Besides the only person to get injured was me when she wasn't watching were her punk was and burned my leg.    

Jimmy let his inner geek shine and set up an projector and sheet to watch movies on. 
My father in laws new puppy is the sweetest little thing.  He is a daschund/terrier mix of some sort.  We are pretty convinced I am his 2nd favorite person.    He did great around the fireworks.  Berkley was another story.  He went off and hid in the woods somewhere for over an hour covered in cockleburs and sand. 

On the 4th we did a 6 mile canoe trip with Jackie and Brian and got to visit with another cousin Destre for a little bit that wasn't able go with us.  At least we all got a picture together!

Who cares that 2 of them aren't looking at the camera?  I don't! 

Of course that evening we blew up a massive amount of fireworks and documented Kiera's yearly picture with them.

Girls trying to play football with the boys.  Too stinking cute.

Saturday we went on another 6 mile float trip in a raft with some friends that we met up with.  That was a long day on the river but so wonderful.  Jimmy injured his face shallow diving (which he has done 100 times before and never got hurt he will tell you), but I will spare him and not show the picture of his black eye and cut upper lip. 
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