Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Semi-Formal Edition

I loved all of your favorite accessories yesterday!!!  I see some online shopping in my future!

I forgot to post these on Friday, but look how SWEET Griffin was looking on Thursday morning!


And speaking of sweet...

This kid is BEGGING to skate with his big brother :)


And then on Friday morning...



EEEEK!!!  She looks so big in this pic!!!


And Dave sent me this picture and I cracked up.  :)  She wanted to stand with him and Mason wasn't feeling it.


Friday we were having CRAZY rain and flash flooding, so after my staff meeting we rushed home in between rain storms to get Jack Bauer outside for a bit. 


Friday evening Dave's mom stopped by to drop off one of Griffin's birthday presents that hadn't made it in time for our Family Fiesta last weekend.  The stroller that Santa brought her bit the dust a while ago and she was SO excited for this one!



She got baby settled in, wiped her face and then she was off!


Friday night the boys and I watched The Lorax in my bed and ate way too much popcorn.  Saturday morning we headed up to the Country Club to check out the room where the Semi-Formal was going to be that night.  I've hosted LOTS of events in this space, but they just removed the fireplace and essentially made the one room into two and so I wanted to get my bearings before that night.  (We were actually the first event in the new room! SO FUN!)

We picked up donuts and had a donut/dance floor picnic (and yes.... the dance floor was freshly cleaned. hahaha)




We broke it down like nobody's business! :) hehehe


After the dance party we headed out to the balcony to watch some early-morning golfers.


hahahaha :)


Typical!


Then the boys ran some stairs before we headed home :)


Saturday afternoon we played outside and then G watched some Frozen before nap time.


I've done Student Government at school for nine years and have planned DOZENS of dances and events.  I used to plan all of high school and middle school events, but the past three years I've just done Middle School.  I looooooooove middle school for so many reasons, one of which is that middle schoolers don't take themselves too seriously.  They are fun and energetic and impulsive and my absolute favorite age.  They're not too cool to do the cupid shuffle, still need a hug sometimes when they're having a crappy day and laugh at my corny jokes :)  I am so lucky to teach at a small, Christian school where I get to build amazing relationships with my students beyond the classroom.  I go to their games, incorporate their hobbies and interests into my exams and have the unique opportunity to watch them grow and mature through high school.  I get to travel with my students, pray with (and for!) my students and serve in our community with my students.  It's not a typical teacher/student experience and I am soooooooo grateful for that.  One of our history teachers wore his baby blue tux to the dance, another busted some SERIOUS moves during a dance off and we all get dragged into the photo booth and onto the dance floor during The Wobble by our students.  So when I decided to make a fashion statement of my own Saturday night I knew they'd eat it up :)


Shabby Apple got in touch with me about a month ago about reviewing one of their tulle skirts and I immediately knew where I'd be wearing it to.  It's full and fun and so so so pink!!!


I kissed my kiddos and loaded myself and my giant skirt into my minivan.  That was a sentence I never thought I would type :) 


Yes, Kroger patrons... I am wearing a bright pink tulle skirt and buying bags and bags of marshmallows.  #sowhat :)

It would be a TOTAL shame for this awesome skirt to hang in my closet, just dreaming of getting out and bringing a smile to someone's face... so in the spirit of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" I want to pass it along to one of y'all!  Maybe you want to wear it in fun photos with your little girl, maybe you think it would be presh with a fitted white tee and denim jacket for an impromptu date night or maybe you think it would bring a smile to your kiddos faces for a kitchen dance party.  Whatever the reason, shoot me an email, tell me how you (or a friend!) would want to wear the skirt to brighten your (or someone else's!) day and I'll ship it out to you this week!  My email address is dave-and-andrea@hotmail.com and to make it easy for me to keep track of please make the subject "Traveling Tutu" and your name :)

Party time!!!  


PS - Stonebridge is going through a face lift and the two rooms upstairs just became one!  Here is what it looked like when I hosted the boys pirate party...

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and now!  It's HUGE!!!  And light and bright and, did I mention, HUGE! hahaha  They're doing new chairs and window treatments and all of that as well - the events here are going to be gorgeous!


My student government reps picked a "red carpet" theme and I was happy to oblige!




I try to keep the decor pretty minimal for middle school events, and usually go with balloons for the big impact and minimal cost.





We had a chocolate fountain which the kids LOVED!


And a super fun green screen photo booth...




There was lots of awkward slow dancing, lots of mass exoduses to the bathroom and a teeny bit of drama... so pretty much a great night :)  I got home around midnight and crashed around 1 a.m.   Sunday morning came EARLY, but we made it to church on time (amen!) and then took my parents out to brunch at Stonebridge for their birthdays.

Fun fact... my Dad's birthday was on Friday and was Mason's due date and my Mom's birthday was on Saturday which was Griffin's due date! (and yes... Mason and Griffin were due one day apart on both of my parents' birthdays and ended up coming (completely on their own!) 8 days early and ended up with their own birthdays a day apart!  Crazy, right???)


We're so thankful to live down the street from my parents and for the awesome relationships with my kids that experience fosters.



Sunday afternoon I worked on lesson plans and grading and then caught up on Grey's Anatomy.  


I was SHOCKED!! SHOCKED!!! at last weeks' episode and my head is spinning with questions.  It may take me a while to process. :)  In the meantime, I'll be watching old episodes on Netflix and reliving the glory days of Greys.

Don't forget that tomorrow is Recipe Club!  Round up one (or two!) of your best recipes and get ready to share.  

Happy Tuesday, Friends!!!

42 comments:

  1. I know! I feel your pain. Why, Shonda, why?!

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    1. Right?!?!? The whole situation is super confusing and unnecessary. Bring back McDreamy!!!

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  2. My very favorite part of this entire post? You, the tulle skirt, and the mini van. Hilarious!!! You rocked that skirt girl!! Gorgeous!!

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  3. You have got to be the BEST teacher there ever was!!

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    1. You're so sweet! I loooooooove what I do and who I get to spend my days with :)

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  4. I have like 8 things to say! First, G looks so big in the grey dress!! I was happy to see her snuggly with her paci and babies later because she was starting to look too big for words! I also love your fun pink skirt! Your students are so lucky to have such a fun and energetic teacher like YOU! And happy birthday to your sweet parents!! xoxo

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    1. Right?? I'm not sure what it was about that outfit, but she looked so old!!!

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  5. Oh wow, the decor especially on the tables of the formal is perfect!!! In Aus we call our 'Proms'..Formals it's cool to see you guys use it too :):)

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    1. So fun! Our high school uses Prom, but at middle school we use formal :) And thank you!!!

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  6. Middle school was my favorite age to teach (band)!

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  7. Love the skirt. It's fabulous! You looked adorable. And griffin is looking very much like a big girl these days 😭

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  8. What a great weekend!! :) your middle schoolers are lucky to have you as a teacher!! The dance looked great!!!

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    1. Thanks, girly! And did you notice... no "cat background" for the photobooth. hahahaha

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    1. So fun! I'm going to pick the winner tomorrow night :)

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  10. I just love your blog! And you pink tulle skirt!

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  11. I was also SHOCKED at Greys on Thursday!!! I may have also started the series over on Netflix because I was so sad! #glorydaysforlife

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    1. I'm in the middle of Gossip Girl, but Greys from the beginning is next on my list :)

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  12. That tulle skirt is precious!!! and I love the minivan picture!

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  13. I love that tulle skirt! Grey's SHOCKED! I ugly cried, I admit it...I'm still not over it! Sigh, with all those flashbacks, I knew he was a goner, but really, really, really wanted him to wake up when she was saying his name before they turned everything off. How can I be so sad?! Love the pink tulle skirt and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, emailing you now :)

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    1. I thought it was all going to be a dream or something and then BAM!!! I ugly cried too... it was s rough night :)

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  14. You have the sweetest family - really. Your kids are adorable! And I love your tulle skirt.
    Have a great day!
    The Busy Brunette
    http://thebusybrunette.blogspot.com/

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  15. I just love that skirt! P.S. My oldest is just now venturing into middle school and I SO wish he had you for a teacher!

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    1. Awwwww! Good luck! Middle school is an adventure!

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  16. I am totally loving the pink tutu!!! And yes, I want it because it would be crazy fun to do a photo shoot with my three girls and us all wearing pink tutu's!

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  17. What a fun dance! And I am still feeling a little traumatized by last week's Grey's!

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    1. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to watch it going forward I'm so upset. hahaha

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  18. Great weekend! I am so not a pink girl, but I would love to rock that skirt!!! I think I would immediately turn into a little girl and just twirl around :)

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  19. Grey's did me in! So so sad! Glad you had a great time at the formal - you looked adorable!

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  20. The birthday situation in your family is very cool! We have a similar story. My husband and I were born 4 hours apart in the same hospital. Our birth announcements were published in the local newspaper on the same day, with his announcement directly above mine because both our last names began with a C. Also, our firstborn and our third baby were born on the exact same day, 10 years apart. My oldest is not crazy about sharing a b day with his baby sis, haha! Also, I loved the tulle skirt, way too cute!

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    1. That is CRAZY!!! I can't believe your announcements were above each other!!! What an awesome story!

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  21. What a wonderful teacher you are! Blessed children for sure that has a PINK wearing TUTU skirt! Um...AWEsome!

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