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Life Lately


How is your week going? Ours is…going.

Here’s a bit of our life…lately.

The kids had a big Friday night! They went to the 7th grade dance. Hadley was counting down the days, and we were all shocked that Hayden contemplated going. 😆

I’m not sure what their school did before Covid, but last year there weren’t any dances/mixers. This year, the PTSA has done an awesome job organizing something for every grade level. They had a school wide mixer (dance/game night) one Saturday evening in January, then the 6th graders had a casual after school dance in early February. The 7th graders had the Valentine’s Day dance on Friday night, and then the 8th graders have a more “formal” dance in the spring.

It’s been so nice to see the kids and their friends have these opportunities.

Here they are all dressed up and ready to go.

One of the moms organized a pre-dance get together with appetizers for the kids at a local restaurant. The moms stayed as well, so that we could then get them to the dance. So, from 5:15-6:45, the kids hung out, ate, and we talked them in to a few photos before they headed to the dance from 7-9.

This really is such a great group of kids. I’ve said it before, but Hayden and Hadley have held on to their close elementary friendships and the new friends they made last year have been such an added bonus. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the parents too.

Hayden rode with friends, and I got to drop these lovely ladies off at school.

Hayden texted about a half hour in to the dance asking when it was over. 😂Some of my friends were chaperones and reported back that both kids were having fun. Hadley gave us all the details when she got home, and Hayden actually said he had a good time.

This was such a nice “rite of passage” for them, and I loved seeing every moment.

Go Chiefs!

On Saturday, my mom decorated Chiefs cookies with the kids. I was impressed.

Sunday night was game time.

I picked up some balloons and a cookie cake. We’d ordered pizza the two previous play off games, so we continued that tradition too. Everyone was up late for the big win! We were all so excited.

Valentine’s Day

I think the kids had a pretty good Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, I’ve been sick this week, so I wasn’t up to make a special breakfast. I did put out a couple of decorations once I got up…

After school, we gave them a few gifts.

I got the kids some candy and donuts. Then, they both got a new alarm clock/sound machine. They both have the same sound machine from when they were babies (seriously – their sound machines are now 13 years old!), and Hayden’s is kind of glitchy. I’m going to put Hadley’s old one in my suitcase, so we always have it on hand for travel. I’ve decided the kids need to start setting an alarm in the morning, so that combined with the sound machine was a good little gift that they “needed.”

A couple of months ago, I picked up a heart necklace for Hadley when Shay had her collaboration with Victoria Emerson.

For Hayden, I also got him this running calendar and Toughness by Jay Bilas. (*I may end up reading it too!) 😉

Then, for dinner, we had heart shaped chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. An easy and delicious dinner made us all happy.

The past couple of years, I’ve made a special weekend Valentine’s Day lunch, but with our already hectic weekend and then V-Day falling on a Tuesday, we made the most of it. Travis and I hope to go out to dinner this weekend.

Have a great Wednesday,

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11 thoughts on “Life Lately

  1. Love that they got to experience a dance and that Haydent went and had a good time. It’s time to get back to all the normalcy and rites of passage and I’m happy to say that my school is back in full swing and there may be even more activities than ever before!
    A perfect weekday V Day, I think.
    I’m so sorry you are under the weather. I took lots of showers and used my Neti pot and Vick’s Vapo Rub and it helped. I also put the Vick’s on my feet and covered it with socks because someone reminded me it is supposed to help with coughing. I slept great the night I did that.

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    1. Yes! This school year has felt so normal. That’s funny you mentioned Vick’s . My mom was just telling hadley about that. I’m definitely feeling better compared to Sunday / Monday. Just taking it easy.


  2. Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. My middle son is the only one of my 3 boys that ever went to a school dance… and he’s only ever been to 1 of them! LOL. I did think it was funny to hear him talk about his school dance versus how ours use to be; since so many kids stream music and have curated play lists and different tastes him and his friends didn’t know ANY of the songs being played. I explained that back in my day we all listened to the radio and we only had a few local stations to pick from so every kid knew ALL the songs.

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    1. Well, hayden may never go again. Who knows haha. I knew he’d have fun with friends…even if he’s not much of a dancer. It’s also why we did the get together beforehand…get those kids some food, and jitters out haha


  3. I’m so glad they got to have a dance at school. It is weird for me to hear that they didn’t have those school events last year since the schools here in Texas have been pretty much normal since Spring 2021. Hope you are feeling better soon!

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  4. Sounds like so much fun! Love hearing about the middle school mixers. Wow. That just brought back alllllll the memories. I distinctly remember the girls being in the cafeteria with the dj dancing and all of the boys in the gym shooting basketballs. Every once in awhile, you’d sneak into the gym to casually watch the boys play. 😂😂😂 And also, how ‘bout those CHIEFS!!!! 🎉🎉🎉


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