Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's been a while since I have linked up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea to share a few of my current favorites...

I shared a few of my Thanksgiving favorites yesterday. I love Christmas  but I have grown to love Thanksgiving so much as well. 

Also to start the week off I blogged about our trip to Silver Dollar City and our stop at the Wonders of Wildlife on our way home. I am still dreaming of all the Christmas fun. 

I am not big on #selfies but with a snapchat filter what do I have to lose? LOL! My MIL got me this AMAZING coffee mug. I have been using it on the daily now! Totally a new favorite of mine. 

I love children's artwork! Their little imaginations are so sweet. I snapped a picture of Sloane's work in the hallway this week. I can't wait to pull out some of Wyatt's art from K and look at their work together. Their little minds think so differently! 

This week Sloane and Wyatt both had an appt. around lunch time. I picked them up from school and we were able to have a fun lunch together...just like the old days. Ha ha!! #thesearethemoments 

I think maybe this should have been my first favorite but we have a first floor and we are so close to the second level being finished since this picture was taken. There aren't enough heart eyes for this picture. We have had so much fun watching this process  and have so much more time to watch! #schmitzhome2.0 

Yahoo for Fridays!!!
 (and a weekend with very LITTLE to do) 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving favorites...

Everyone is all about posting Christmas lists and while I love Christmas WAY MORE just as much as the next person I do love the start of the Holiday season with Thanksgiving. I think Mark would say Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. Because of him I have embraced it a little more over the past 10 years and it's growing on me. ;)

I wanted to share a few of the fun things we do during the "Thanksgiving time." Each year looks a little different but obviously the theme is the same every year. We are THANKFUL (though we talk about being thankful all year) for everything we have been blessed with...

(I thought this was actually kinda funny. LOL!) 

Bake- I love to bake! These Thanksgiving cookies are ones I sold in the past and I brought them back this year. If you need me the next few days I will be in the kitchen. ;) Sloane and I have baked pies together in the past and I think we are going to try to bake a few this year too! 

I have been stocking up on holiday books lately as well. Wyatt is becoming crazy awesome reader and it's fun to have these books just sitting around for him to read. In the car, to Sloane, etc. are just a few fun times we have enjoyed hearing him read aloud to us. 

I bought the Haunted house from Trader Joe's for Wyatt and Sloane and they had a BLAST so when I saw this last week I knew they would enjoy building this turkey. Sidenote: I purchased 2 houses but only 1 turkey. Less is more right....they will totally get along and agree on everything while putting this together. Ha ha!! 

The past few years we have been going to a movie Thanksgiving night. It's been the perfect way to close out Thanksgiving and get into the Christmas spirit! 

Bring on the turkey!!! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weekend fun continued...

Sunday morning on our way home we decided to stop by the Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield...worth. every. penny. There are 2 parts: Aquarium and the wildlife part. I thought for sure the wildlife part would be pretty lame. It actually wasn't and I am totally not the person who reads everything while walking through places like that...though I was traveling with people like that. #jerrymarkwyatt #butnotcallingthemout 

It was the perfect break in the hour into the 4 hour drive home. We were able to complete the entire place in a quick 3ish hours. ;) I know we could have spent more time there but we did have a deadline to get back to STL. 

We are pretty excited about making this a yearly trip and next year I will be packing our "Santa picture" clothes for next year. The Christmas decor was AMAZING as well as the Christmas/Santa area.Unfortunately we didn't have the correct attire so it totally couldn't have counted for our visit of 2017. #goahead #callmecrazy 

It was awesome to watch the introduction video that was narrated by John Morris (founder of Bass Pro) as he closed the video with a quote about the good man upstairs and if you are too busy to go fishing you are too busy...just great meaningful words.  #warmandfuzzy

It was a GREAT ending to our weekend before we made it bak home!! If you are looking for something else to do besides Silver $$ City this is the place to visit!! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekend Fun - Branson, Mo

Last weekend we spent some time away from good ol' STL and headed to Branson, MO. Neither I nor the kids had ever been to Silver Dollar City at Christmas time. (well, if I had I was a young child) 

There are over 6.5 million lights. I would totally be lying if I said I didn't tear up a few times from Christmas cheer. It's AMAZING!!! 

There is Christmas music playing ALL. DAY. LONG. #literllymyfav The train ride was Christmas themed and what for was nativity themed. I mean I got off the train thinking there are actually still good people left in the world. Kidding...kind of. ;) 

We ate our meals at Wagon House grill, Percy's Southwest grill, and Crossroads Pizza. None of them were a disappointment...the food was GREAT! 

We looked at lights, watched the parade, and even a few shows. The kids played carnival games and won stuffed animals...!?!?!? Like we need another more stuffed animals right? 

We are a coaster loving family (I am getting a little slower in my old age) so we had to max out the time riding rides for sure...

I am so thankful we had the strollers because the park is practically 4 big hills. I got my steps in without question! We treat this park like Disney as far as carrying a backpack goes. Mark usually wears one during the day with everything we need. The stroller because somewhat of a shopping cart as well as something to push the kids in crowded areas, nighttime, and when we need to move quick. LOL! 

Another helpful tip for Silver Dollar City is download their app. We used it the entire time we are in the park. It's a great way to see what's going throughout that day as well as the days to come. It has hours of operation, times of shows, ride times, etc. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween was such a fun day around here...Both Wyatt and Sloane both had parties at school. After school we came home to change and head over to Kyle and Shelly's for some more partying!

Holidays like these are only getting more fun as Wyatt and Sloane get older. Now bring on the Christmas season!!!! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Room Mama - Halloween Party

I have the honor of being Sloane's room mom this year! I didn't get the opportunity to do that last year for Wyatt so I am super excited to be able to fill the role this year. Part of the role of "room parent" is to organize the class parties. First up...Halloween Party!!!

About a month ago I sent an e-mail to the parent's letting them know the details of the party. (place, date, and time) I also let them know a few other school specific details that were important for the day of the party as well.

As the actual party date began to get closer I sent an e-mail to the parent's asking for treat bag donations. I mentioned small items other than candy would be GREAT. ;) Then I sent another e-mail to all the room mom's asking to each fill a role of the party. I broke it down as follows:

paper products
game #1
game #2 

I try hard to find a craft that can be a keepsake/decor item instead of a throw away item. ;) I will totally use these fun wooden pumpkins as decoration each year around the house. I will give each student one of these to paint with a small dixie cup of water. While they paint I will read a few of the Halloween books we have ordered through the book orders. This helps keep the chaos low and them working quietly. 

I grabbed some paper products from the $1 store to make it cheap, cute and easy. I only need plates and napkins. I asked that whoever brought the drinks bring something that's in an individual serving so we don't have open cups (and more trash). There are so many cute Halloween snacks out there to serve...I love the donut monsters

There are a lot of fun games HERE. They are even great for center activities for the teacher after the party you could leave the supplies. ;)

A few mom's are bringing fun games to play at the party as well. It's worked before to break them into groups but I have also played games such as BINGO with the entire class at one time. You may ask the teacher how the students work best to determine what game or types of games would keep the party running as smooth as possible.

The most important part is HAVE fun!!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

It's the last Wednesday of October....I can't believe it! Where in the world did Oct. go? Phew! I am linking up with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel to share what's up with us...

What we are eating: 

We have had a different week than normal with our after school activities. We have enjoyed the baked tacos pretty regular around here!! ;) 

What I am reminiscing about: 

We love going to the Boo at the Zoo every year. We are hoping to make some time for it before it's over next week! 

What I am loving:

Fun fall activities...
We were Boo'ed!!! 

What we have been up to: 

Soccer, dance, and lots of fun Fall activities...

 What I am dreading:

Nothing really right now...

What I am working on:

This guys b-day is approaching and we are attempting to celebrate with a fun filled weekend together...

And a friend and I are co-chairs for a fun holiday event at school so we have been busy in the planning mode for that as well....

And I can't forget about my post coming tomorrow...

What I am excited about: 

Halloween is next Tuesday! 

What I am watching/reading: 

Mark and I are a little late to the game with this one but are halfway through the first season. It's interesting, a little spooky, but entertaining for sure. 

I have read this a few times before but it's always such a refreshing read and encouraging book to read. 

What I am listening to: 


What I am wearing: 

lots of big sweaters and jeans...a new favorite place to shop- Brickwood
 (you can find them on Instagram. super cute clothes and GREAT quality) 

What I am doing this weekend: 

It's our favorite weekend of the year...
Sam A. Baker State Park with family!!!!! 
(it's a yearly tradition for over 30 years now...and it's still going strong) 

What I am looking forward to next month:

We have family pictures taken Thanksgiving Day with my family. It actually isn't stressful...we do it on my parent's property and a sweet family friend (who is growing an AWESOME photography business) comes and takes the photos. They always turn out so cute...

That's what's up with me on this Wednesday...hope you have a GREAT hump day! 

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