Friday, August 22, 2014

My Baby Isn't A Little Baby Any More

How is it that today my little bouncing baby boy turns twelve? Where did the time go? How can I turn back the clock? Anyone? Bueller?

At least he's still my lovable guy. He still likes to kiss and hug his momma (except in public). He still likes to hangout with me and have long discussions about life. When/if that changes I might cry.

Last night I made him strawberry cupcakes with chocolate icing (his favorite). I stuck one in his lunchbox this morning along with a little note wishing him a "happy birthday". I won't get to see him until Sunday (he goes to his Dad's for the weekend), so I hope he has a great day.

Next weekend we'll be celebrating his birthday. We're having a small party at the house and then going to the drive-in to see the new Ninja Turtle movie (cowabunga dude). It will be the first time he's been to the drive-in. I'm happy there are still small firsts in his life to celebrate and get excited about.

I love you, Preston! I hope you have a very happy birthday!!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

PS. Here is last year's birthday post, for your pure enjoyment.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. Our BBQ was a giant success and I have a really simple game to show all of you. First off you must have a Dollar Store or Deals close by. They have some really awesome glow sticks for just a buck! We bought ours at Deals this weekend, but I got a tube of 20 at the Dollar Store a month ago. When it comes to decorations and game items, I always go cheap. In fact I'll be doing a Dollar Store wedding decoration post here soon.

Here's what you need for the game:

One extra large wand glow stick for each child/person (try to find the thick ones)
2-4 long glow sticks
4-6 medium glow sticks
6-8 small glow sticks

Make them all into rings with the attachments, except the large wand glow sticks. The long ones will make a really big ring, those are worth one point each. The medium ones will make guessed it...medium ring, those are worth three points. The small ones make teeny tiny rings and those are worth five points each.

Now if you have a deck, have the person throwing the rings stand up there. The other people stand down below with the wands. They have to try and catch as many rings as possible with their wands. The one who catches the most points wins! 

I know this picture is dark, but, hey it gets dark at night. They were getting ready to start the game. We had a lot of fun.

On Sunday, I went to another Wedding Convention with a neighbor of mine. She's getting married too. We were there probably five minutes and decided to leave. We went to David's Bridal instead, to try and find me a wedding dress. Which we did....

I haven't made it official or anything yet, but I did try it on. You don't get to see those pictures though because...holy back fat batman...this woman needs to tone that upper body! I also don't want to post them, just in case Jeremy cheats and reads this blog. He's begging me to show him what it looks like. NOT ALLOWED UNTIL OUR WEDDING DAY!

So, what do you all think?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Friday

My kids had a wonderful first day of school yesterday. In fact, they were so excited to tell me about it that they rushed to the car as soon as I pulled into the driveway. We always play "rose and thorn" at the dinner table. Rose meaning what was the best part of your day and thorn meaning what was the worst part. There were no thorns in their day, I can only hope that it stays that way for awhile.

This weekend we will be having our last BBQ of the season. It makes me a little sad, but soon it will be cold enough to make chili and soup. I'm drooling just thinking about it. Fall is my all time favorite season. Anytime it is cold enough to wear a hoodie, jeans, and boots is alright with me! I just love cuddling on the couch with a warm blanket and watching movies too (I do this anyway only without the blanket).

(How could this not be anyone's favorite season?!)

I also have to go wedding dress shopping looking with the girls this weekend. I'm wanting something short and under $100. They have a lot of choices online, but I think going in the store would be more fun. I know it's blurry, but the thumbnail was just too small. What do you think?

Can you believe August is almost over?! Where did the time go? I haven't even gotten anything on my list done yet!

I'll be posting a giveaway next week, as promised. It's a good one! Then, every two weeks for the next month I'll be posting another giveaway for a total of THREE giveaways! Am I the only one excited about this?

Hope you all have an absolutely glorious weekend.

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Day of School Prep

What a smooth and wonderful first morning back to school we had today. It was so nice having everything organized the night before, all I really had to do was just enjoy my excited kiddos as they headed off to school. Why didn't I start this planning and organizing seven years ago?!

Here are four tips for avoiding hectic school mornings:

1. Make their lunches the night before! This seriously saves so much time!

Last night I made ham and cheese ranch wraps, carrots and celery with ranch dip, and strawberries for their lunches.

I just put everything in their lunch boxes and stuck them in the fridge, that way they're ready to go in the morning. I did, however, forget to add their lunch box joke and special note for the first day. So, I had to do that this morning. No biggie, I had already written them so all I had to do was stick them with their lunches.

2. Have them pick out their clothes the night before. This is a big one if, like me, you have girls who try to wear clothes that are not appropriate or don't match or all the clean clothes are still in baskets in the laundry room unfolded. I'd rather fight and search for clothes the night before than the morning of school.

3. Make sure their supplies/homework/planners are ready to go the night before. This is also a big thing in our house. We are rushed in the mornings as is without having to check papers, sign planners, and make sure their homework is done. 

4. Prep breakfast the night before. We probably won't do this everyday, but last night I wanted to make them something special for the first day of school. So I had a breakfast casserole waiting in the fridge to be warmed up the next morning. With all the protein packed into that casserole, they are sure to stay full until lunch time.

I pre-cooked the hashbrowns, eggs, sausage, and country gravy. Then, I just piled it all in a cooking pan, topped it with cheese, and put it in the fridge. The next morning I stuck it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

My excited kiddos. Jeremy took Chey-Ann to school really early (she's a freshman this year), so I didn't get a chance to take her picture.

Luke was so happy to have his own school supplies and lunch. He starts preschool with his babysitter this year.

Waiting for the bus, that was running extremely late.

My middle school kid. Where has the time gone? Quit making me feel old!

No tears for this momma. I get excited right along with them. So, how was your kids' first day back to school?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings
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