Josie’s 1st Sleepover

We’ve always told Josie that when she turned 10, she could start having sleepovers. We’ve always just done “till bedtime” playdates instead of full blown sleepovers at our house (and she has only spent the night at one person’s house that wasn’t family). So, for her 10th birthday party, she decided to have her 1st sleepover! We let her invite 3 friends to spend the night. They got here around dinner time on Thursday, and left after lunch on Friday. They had a BLAST. I don’t plan a lot of activities for playdates. I provide favorite foods, and leave the kids to their own devices to come up with how they want to play…and they always MORE than fill their time with fun! 

(washing their feet)

We had chili and baked potatoes for dinner, at Josie’s request, and a hot fudge pudding cake with ice-cream for dessert. 

I had frozen strawberries to put in their pink lemonade….they thought that was SO special! (it doesn’t take much to impress kids…LOL)

They played “spa” and did foot baths with a “make your own bath bomb” kit one of the girls gave her.  Then they did mani/pedis on each other and did each other’s makeup and hair. 🙂

I had them turn lights out at midnight, and then they were up bright and early at 6:15 in the morning, of course. 🙂 They watched a movie, and spent the rest of the day playing hard. 

She was happy with how it went, and I was too- she has sweet friends. 🙂

ACCS Conference

I don’t talk a lot about my work on here. For those of you who don’t know, I am a fourth grade teacher. I taught at a public school for 8 years, and then 4 years ago I made the switch to a private, classical, Christian school. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It has been a wonderful choice for me and my family. I love my school, and I love the people I work with. 

Last week I had the opportunity to go to the ACCS (Association of Classical Christian Schools) conference in Frisco, TX with several of my colleagues. It is a always a great conference, very encouraging, and I always learn a lot. It was also great to get to just hang out with the people I work with and get to know them better. It is so much easier to get to know people when you are basically living with them for 4 days than when you are teaching in your separate classrooms. I had a wonderful time, and I am very grateful for our headmaster who makes it possible for us to have such great opportunities like this….and always feeds us SO well when we are there!  I am also very grateful to my sweet husband, who took on the solo parenting role for the week so I could go. 🙂 

My first TopGolf experience- it was fun! 

Korean ice cream

Lindsey and I introduced Gene to our Hamilton obsession on the plane ride back….if you haven’t listened to the Broadway recording of Hamilton- go do it now! 

Josie’s B-day Festivities

Saturday was all about the birthday girl. 

After she slept late (she was worn out from camp!), we followed our yearly tradition and went to the Donut Palace and let her pick out her donuts for breakfast. Then we came back home and had a donut feast, complete with candles. 🙂

That afternoon we took our art-loving girl to the Frist for the first time. She was so excited! 

She loved all the art pieces that were on display! We already have plans to go back to when the displays change. 

The ArtQuest area of the museum was a hit with both kiddos. Josie was absolutely enthralled by these stop motion machines they had to play with! 

Jack loved all of it! He wanted to stay longer, and is already asking to go back. 

After the museum, we hit up Chuy’s for an early dinner, because the girl wanted shrimp. 🙂

After that, she wanted to go shopping, so we went to Academy to look at all the things, and she bought herself a bow and arrow. 🙂

We made a quickish stop by Grammy and Pappy’s, so they could give her their present, and then headed to get Mexican popsicles. 

She chose bubblegum, of course. 🙂

We ended the day by staying up way to late to watch “Wonder,” a movie she’s been wanting to watch since she finished the book. It was really good! We all enjoyed it. 

It was a great day, celebrating this precious girl.