Friday, June 8, 2012

Blue Bell Ice Cream Creamery

On one of our trips to Houston to visit gerson's family, we decided to treat the girls to a stop at the Blue Bell Creamery.  The creamery offers tours, free bowls of ice cream, great photo opps, and silly little hats!! It was a nice break from the car and who doesn't love ice cream?!?

Love the hats!

There were a few field trip groups at the creamery waiting for the next tour to start so we decided to skip the tour and went straight for the ice cream!!!!  Delicious!!!

Visiting bessie the cow!  I don't know if that is really her name, but its a perfect name for a cow!
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Think Pink!

Anyone with a little girl is all too familiar with Pinkalicious, a series of children's books where the main character loves pink and pink cupcakes and eventually turns pink!!!  Killeen's community theater put on a musical production of Pinkalicious.  We had a girl's night out and all went to the play.  The girls enjoyed it so much!  Sophie was devastated when it was over!!!  It was definitely worth it to see the joy and excitement of the girls!!

The Searls Girls ready to go!
Excitement before the show!!
Enjoying cupcakes during intermission
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Highlights from the night!

Highlights from Maggie's first year of school

Maggie's first year of school has come to an end.  She attended a private preschool this year that had a 3 day a week program.  I am amazed at how much she grew and learned over these past few months.  She has developed a love for art and is blossoming into a great reader.  She loved her school, friends and teachers, but is really looking forward to being in kindergarten this fall.  I just wanted to make sure that I documented some of the fun that she had while at school this year!

Maggie with her best friend, Isabel.
The school had a week of Olympics.  They kids helped make the tie-dyed shirts.
At the Family Picnic
They find so much joy in running!!!

Maggie participated in her first graduation ceremony!  They wore caps and gowns and the ceremony was followed by a reception for the families.  I am so proud of my little girl!
During the ceremony
Pictures with the grad!
Pictures with the family.  Maggie quickly grew tired of taking pics, so her and Scott made grumpy faces.
Her Preschool Teachers:  Mrs. Bickford and Mrs. Carthey
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Sophie's favorite picture face...

Sophie is in that phase where she has to make the same silly face every time someone gets the camera out!!!  She may be strange, but she sure is cute!!!

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Spring Break 2012

For spring break, we took a few days and went down to Marble Falls to enjoy some family time.  The girls were beyond excited!!!

The first stop was Sweet Berry Farms for a little strawberry picking!!  Maggie and Sophie really enjoyed picking the strawberries!  I had high hopes of doing something productive with the strawberries, but didn't.  We did get to eat a few, but no jam made this year...

Mom & Dad joined us at the farm...

This kids decided to ride the little "train", but Sophie started to get scared, so Daddy to the rescue.  Gerson was a good sport and sat with Sophie as they chugged around the farm....its a wonder he fit into that barrel!

A new addition to Sweet Berry farms is a huge trampoline...I don't know what it is about jumping,but the girls LOVE it! 

Later that day we headed to downtown Marble Falls to enjoy the scenes and take a few silly photos.  There were a lot of art sculptures along the strip.  Our favorite was to homage to feet!

Of course no trip is complete without delicious Blue Bell ice cream and Gerson trying to sneak a few licks from the girls' cones! 

I loved these pictures of the girls!  They were having so much fun and were in great moods!

Dinner on the lake with a beautiful sunset and a couple of beautiful little girls to match!
 The next day we headed to Inks Lake for some hiking and rock climbing.  I have many fond memories from my youth involving Inks Lake.  We took several family camping trips there and I wanted to carry on the tradition with my girls.  Unfortunately, my husband is completely against the idea of camping, so we just spent the day and got the girls really worn out!

Maggie LOVED the hiking and climbing!!

Sophie was ok with the idea, but ended up on Gerson's shoulders or my back for most of the hiking!

We rented a paddle boat and went around the lake a few times.  Thankfully no one fell in the lake on this trip!

Definitely a good time with some happy memories!

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This year marked the second year that Maggie played soccer.  We opted for the indoor option again this year.  Even though Maggie was technically too old to play in the little tykes league, Gerson had offered to coach and when you coach a bunch of crazy kids for free, you can pretty much do whatever you want!!!  Maggie was the oldest and tallest on her team, but she was very patient and did a great job sharing the ball.  Gerson was great with the kids and tried to teach them more than to just run after the ball.  He is anxiously awaiting the fall when he can put Maggie in the local city league, but she is requesting dance lessons instead of soccer (sounds vaguely familiar to last year...)

Here are a few highlights from the season in their BRIGHT yellow shirts:


Gerson handing out the trophies and posing with the team:

Sophie can't wait until next year when its her turn to play!! 
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Christmas in April..why not?

This past December was just as busy as any other, so busy, in fact, that I am seriously contemplating never trying to do this much ever again in a month!!  It is always a fun time, with lots of memories to be made, but by the end of the month I think I had gained 15 pounds and was so exhausted that I needed 2 additional weeks of vacation to recover!! 
December always means christmas parades!!  We joined Becca & Seth in Gatesville for their parade.  The girls were so excited about getting candy!!!  The Temple Parade is always at night, which makes it really neat with all the lights, but no candy is thrown and its usually fridgid cold that night!!  Of course we went to both parades and had a great time!!

Maggie is learning and growing so much!  She did such a good job on her letter to Santa this year.  She concentrated so hard and work very hard on making sure she wrote everything the best she could!  She was so proud when she had finished!!

Sophie on the other hand, spent her time eating candy and making silly faces.  I guess she knew Santa would still visit her even if she didnt write him a letter.

Next is cookies!!  Christmas cookies!!  Can't have Christmas without cookies and sugar cookies are the most fun because you can decorate them however you want!!  Personally, I would rather order a few dozen of Ms. Mary's cookies, whick taste way better and are a lot less work and mess.  If i would have done that than I wouldnt have been able to get these sweet pictures of the girls in their Christmas Aprons having a blast!! 

We were planning a trip to Kansas at the end of the month for a family wedding, so I had to get the girls a decent winter coat.  It is rarely cold enough for a big coat in Texas.  I think we had 1 or 2 nights when the big coats were needed!  The girls were so excited about being able to play in snow and wear their pretty winter coats!  The sad thing is that when we finally got to Kansas, almost all the snow had melted and the temperatures were warm enough that we didnt need our winter coats!!  Here are a few candid photos of the girls in their coats at home!

A Christmas Tradition that we inherited from Gerson involves us going down to the Valley to visit his family and attend Pasadas ( I am pretty sure I spelled that wrong).  This was our second year attending and our first year bringing the girls!  They had fun playing with cousins and hitting pinatas.  It was nice to get to know Gerson's extended family better.  While we were visiting, we went to light festival in a neighboring town.  The whole town participated.  The displays were so neat.  Some were historical, some were religious, and some were just strange!  We took a trolley ride through the town to see all of the displays.  It gave our local BLORA light fest a run for its money!!  Maggie and Sophie's favorite was Cinderella's carriage! Gerson's favorite was a lit verson of the Time Warner Cable Logo (which I failed to get a decent picture of).

  Despite the girls and I getting streph throat during our trip to the Valley, we were able to get into a clinic and get antibiotics early enough that none of us got super sick and we felt good enough to stop by Sea World on the way home for one last trip before the year ended. They really have a great section for the kids and the girls always have such a good time!!  Sophie and I even got to take pictures with the Sesame Street Characters!! Maggie was too scared to come up on stage!

There is a huge play ground area that could keep the girls busy for hours!! I must admit, Gerson and I had a pretty good time playing, too.

And  of course, there were plenty of photo opportunities, they even had them marked on the maps!

We spent Christmas Eve at my parents' house and mom made the cutest pillow case dresses for the girls!!  Because my children are MY children, it was very difficult to get a really good picture of them.  They are beyond silly and big hams for the camera, but they sure can be sweet when they get to open presents!!!

The girls got a new tea party set fron Santa on Christmas morning. We enjoyed a tea party complete with empanadas before we headed to church on Christmas morning. Gerson is well schooled on tea party etiquite!

Every year I enjoy getting the cute family picture Christmas cards from friends and family.  I think that maybe someday I might have myself organized early enough that we can do that kind of christmas card, but it has yet to happen.  Instead, we usually set up the timer on the camera and try to get a decent photo in our last minute try to be matchy-matchy outfits, this year was no exception. But with such beautiful little girls-the pictures turned out pretty good!   So here is the Christmas card that nobody got:

Merry Christmas from the Gutierrez Family!
December 2011
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