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JJ Watt

Anyone who knows Gabby knows she is a crazy cat baby and that is no exaggeration.  She believes she can speak cat, chooses clothing with cats on them, calls her cat, Lila, her sister, wants to be a cat babysitter when she grows up, and literally has at least 100 toys that are cats.  This girl is obsessed and has been since she was two.  Any time we ask her what she wants as a gift her answer is always a cat.

Well her dream came true one day recently.  I kept dropping not so subtle hints that cats were only $5 at the SPCA.  One day Michael said lets go look at kittens. I literally thought he was just thinking Gabby would be in kitty heaven and we were going to look, but when we arrived Michael kept saying things as though we had decided to get a kitten. So after a very long wait we went and looked at hundreds of cats and kittens, but little JJ Watt stole her heart the moment she saw him and that was it we had found our newest family member.

The name JJ Watt was purely Gabby's de…

Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day was a relaxing day.  Michael has been working extremely hard building things at the escape room.  We decided to spend the day with his best friend.  It was a fun and relaxing day enjoying the kids and cooking burgers.  I think these pictures depict our day:

I think Gabby knows that she is so blessed to have such a loving, caring, involved fun Daddy.  I know that I am lucky to have such an amazing partner sharing this crazy life of parenting and making memories.  We love you Michael and we both feel so blessed for the ways you choose to so your love.  You make our lives amazing.  Love you.

Deep In the Heart of Texas!

Gabby's dance recital theme this year was "Texas."  Gabby's tap and jazz class chose "Deep In the Heart of Texas!"  Gabby worked extremely hard to learn her dance over the past two months and I must say she did amazing! I loved watching her put on a big smile and shake her hips in her tutu while pumping her heart in the dance.  She did very well and seemed so confident while performing on stage (although that wasn't truly the case).

Yesterday at the dress rehearsal Gabby heard people laughing (because her dance is so stinking adorable) and Gabby was very upset that people were laughing at her.  I calmed her down after ensuring her everyone loved their dance and were just being interactive because they were enjoying singing along \the song and clapping when while singing.  They ran through their dance twice on stage and did amazing the second time, but I think the fact that they ran through their dance twice made Gabby feel like they weren't doing i…


Easter was a very quiet event this year, just the three of us.  We really made the most of our family day since Michael closed the office Sunday in honor of Easter.  On Saturday before work we dyed Easter eggs as a family.  It was a fun activity that we cherish doing as a family.  Gabby loves any sort of crafting.

On the night before Easter Gabby insisted she must sleep in the living room in her tee pee like she did last year.  We obliged to this request and got her all tucked in with tons of fluffy blankets.  Michael arrived home around midnight and quietly walked to our room as to not wake her or possibly scare off the Easter Bunny.  He enjoyed looking at the carrots and whipped cream Gabby left out for the Easter Bunny to enjoy.

Around 2:00 a.m. Gabby came into our room and decided it was more comfortable to sleep with us.  So in the morning when she awoke she went directly into the living room and opened her entire Easter Basket without us! She even hunted the eggs the Easter Bu…

A Good Friday!

There was no school on Good Friday so we made the most of this family day.  Since Daddy had to work in the evening we took advantage and woke up early and went to the park.  Gabby decided she wanted to try to learn to ride her bike without training wheels. I am excited to say it was a quick success! We started off by having her try on the hard grass and she got the hang of it in no time.  The entire time we practiced she only fell twice and they were skilled falls.

Once her confidence built, she wanted to try riding on the concrete because we explained a smooth surface is much easier.  She instantly was able to do it, but still needed help with starting off.  Before I even finished the sentence of saying that once she could push of on her own we would buy her a new bike, she did it with no encouragement needed! She was so proud so we sat on a bench and cheered her on.  It was so exciting seeing her be a natural on a bike. I think it was also a confidence booster, which is always a pl…

Tooth Fairy Time!

"All it took was a pizza Lunchable!"

Those were the first words Gabby excitedly told Mommy and Daddy when she got off of the bus after school today while proudly showing us her tooth necklace.  Gabby finally lost her first tooth today!  She has been waiting for about two years for this day.  Her adult teeth were actually already halfway through and she was supposed to go to the dentist for help with her teeth.
She is so excited for the tooth fairy to come tonight and take her tooth.  Luckily Grandma made her a Tooth Fairy pillow years ago that has been patiently hanging on her closet door handle waiting for the day it would be needed. I only wonder what does a tooth fairy bring these days? I guess only time will tell. Hopefully the other tooth that needs to be pulled will follow suit and fall out soon as well.
An added bonus to wiggly teeth in our home is that Daddy HATES seeing a tooth move or even the mention of a wiggly tooth.  Gabby enjoys torturing Daddy with this know…

100 Days of Reading

Gabby has been working extremely hard to improve her reading skills this year, which has really been a struggle for her.  So we worked extra at least 4 days a week doing reading lessons.  She decided she wanted to earn a trip to Great Wolf Lodge for completing the program.  We were so excited the morning of our trip because she had finished all of the intensive and challenging reading lessons and was officially able to read at a 2nd grad reading level.  However, things didn't go quite as planned.  Michael woke up that morning extremely sick to his stomach and was not able to join us to all of our dismay.

We had previously looked into inviting Emma and Brody since they live close by but it was going to double our cost to invite them and they were going to have to miss a day of school so Gabby and I invited Nanny and Corbin to join us.  Even though they were in the middle of a move and taking care of Grandma who just had surgery, they literally dropped everything and packed in 10 …

Rock Star Party

Gabby's party was everything she imagined it.  The 22 girls enjoyed getting their hair and make up done.  Then they all put on their head set microphone and then headed onto stage and enjoyed performing their favorite songs.  The girls seemed to really like the party that Gabby planned.  After cake and gifts the girls went back to the stage for an encore (or 5).  A few of the moms at the party even attempted to escape from one of our escape rooms.  Gabby seemed to love having the run of Escape Artist and showing off the rooms to all of her friends.  It is amazing how many people love and care for Gabby.  We are so grateful for all of the friends and fun that was had at her party!