Sunday, May 10, 2015

Meet Soldier

Sable and Stella got a new BIG little brother this weekend...his name is Soldier!
We were all in love instantly and it's like he's been part of the family all along!
Soldier is a Great Dane and right now he's between 3 and 4 months old. I had a Dane when I was younger and have wanted another one for so long...we already have two dogs, though and Michael wasn't convinced about a 3rd dog in the beginning. But after lots of long talks and a lot of pleading he came around to welcome Soldier into our home. And now he's smitten!!! Just like I knew he would be! Just like the kids and I are, too!

The nickname for Great Danes is Gentle Giant and it's for good reason. Every Dane I've met is sweet and gentle and loving...and Soldier is all of that for sure. He is already attached to me at the hip. He's like a shy kid - he literally hides behind my legs! And if I get up and leave the room he's right there!!
Sable & Stella have welcomed him in as well - though Sable is definitely letting him know that she is the alpha dog in this house...and honestly, Soldier is fine to let her be, too! LOL! I have to admit I did bribe Sable a little bit & brought a very nice treat home for her before we picked up Solder!
Sable's in heaven - she got a treat as big as she is!! LOL ������
Sable can walk completely under Soldier right now he's so much bigger than her, but you wouldn't know - she acts like she is ten feet tall! Ha ha! Stella on the other hand is just happy for another playmate...this shaggy girl (who's going to have a spa day next week) didn't have a moment of pause accepting Soldier!!
Michael was out of town today so mother and I took the kids and Soldier to the park for a fun afternoon & a little leash work for Soldier! He did really well!
Our lunch was a picnic in the park, which is always fun!
We're so happy to have Soldier in our home!!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

3rd Annual JJ Watt Charity Classic

And these kiddos had a blast...
As did all these kiddos...

We got a lot of autographs, including JJ's again, and Emma is tenacious about it - she went after those autographs like a champ and filled up her book!!! Gonna have to do something special with them now for her! We got pictures with a few, too (not even gonna make apologies for whatever happened to Aaron's hair that day - his faux mohawk went into frizz overdrive!!).
And Aaron got his own little special photo shoot!! Feigning shyness...ha ha ha!
Back off ladies. He's my little sweetie...for several more years anyway!! :)

Aaron getting our new QB to sign daddy's hat!
And the man himself, the host of the evening, JJ - striding over to sign a few autographs for all his fans!
And we got Hopkins' autograph three times - here's Emma getting him to sign the football...
And Aaron got his autograph on his program...
And at some point Michael got his hat signed, but I missed that photo op!

Post game fireworks were also enjoyed!
And it was actually after all else was over that we got JJ's autograph...or rather Emma got it I should say! She was determined and she got it!

Look how proud she looks!!!
Yeah - Michael is beaming, too isn't he! I'll be surprised if he actually let's the ball (signed by Hopkins and JJ) go up in her room - but she did the work for it, so I think she has rights to it (even though it is really Aaron's ball).
What a great evening...and the JJWatt Foundation is a great cause, too! We've made two of the three of these events and I hope it becomes an annual event for the Kubeczkas, too!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

First Tball Season In The Books

So proud of this handsome man - he had a wonderful first season of tball!!
We had several rain outs and ended up finishing the season with a double header today. He was so excited to receive his first trophy...he even took it in when we went out for lunch!!
Yes - he held it up in front of his face for every picture, too! LOL
SEE?? LOL - they were all super proud of them!
Great season Rockies!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Well, it's raining again so that means Aaron's game this morning has been cancelled. :( It's been a hard season to get going. We did have a fun Friday before the storms rolled in, though. I took Emma to school and then Aaron and I picked up breakfast and took it to Geddo & Teta's. Then Teta, Aaron, and I headed over to the park for a little bit. It was muggy, but we walked almost all the way around the lake before it started raining and we had to head back to the car. Only got a few minutes in on the playground, too. I love storms, truly I do, but the rain has messed up a lot of playtime lately!

Trying to feel the water...
Anxious for nice weather to go back and finish our playtime...Teta and I did a little shopping afterwards, but Aaron opted to stay and play with Geddo instead. So we did our shopping and then picked up Emma from school...then it was time to drive down to Daddy's work for their annual crawfish boil. We had a good time and I was so proud of my big girl. Even though she was afraid, look what she did!! And she actually did it twice, because after she gave it a try she realized it was fun and had to do it again!!
I told her how proud I was because there were some grown men even too scared to give it a try! Always gotta try new things, because they just might turn out to be your favorite! That's our motto!

And in the spirit of the playoffs (Go Rockets!!!) there was some slam dunks happening...
And some pinatas were busted...
And back to the playoffs...we did make it home in time to watch the end of a nail biter!
Got very intense in our living room needless to say!

So, I'll leave you with this beauty! Emma got her Spring pictures yesterday, too - I think these are my favorite school pics so far!! She looks so beautiful and so...grown up. Yes, she does and it makes me sad, but I'm so proud of this amazing little girl!! My brilliant and brave little lady!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Guess Who Won the Game Ball

Yes - my baby did!!! His first T-Ball game and he was the winner of the game ball! 

Daddy was gleaming, too...

Geddo & Teta with our little MVP!

I have to say I was one proud mommy, too.
People in the stands people were commenting on how good he was and when they said, "Who is that boy?" I didn't hesitate to let them know that it was my son!!
What a way to start off his season.
The team all played very well and had fun!
And I have to admit I thought they were all pretty cute, too!

Opening prayer...

Waiting on his turn to bat...

Up to bat (my first time I'll know where to position myself for the best view for shots!)

Giving daddy a high five at first base...

Big stride over home plate...

And if the game didn't make for a great evening - we headed to Chick-fil-A for dinner and look who was there!

Both kiddos got autographs from Orbit!! We didn't even know he was going to be there, but it was a perfect ending to our baseball evening! 

Cannot wait till his next game...and will have to remember to pack extra shoes for weeknight games b/c my heels were sinking in the dirt since I came straight from work! LOL

Way to go baby!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up...and Wind Down

It was a nice three day weekend for me and the fam. Friday was my Friday off and after I took the kids to school I took in a lot of "me" time. I had a nice leisurely breakfast at Panera where I sat for a long while and Pinned all kinds of original plan to was to go get a pedicure after, but instead ended up going on a pamper shopping spree after visiting some great pins about hair and beauty! LOL
Pinterest is dangerous y'all!!
Took a few different stops to find all my loot, but after I got home I spent time playing with all my goodies and trying out different fun hairstyles.

Friday night was family date night. Emma had already been to see Home with her friend, but we went again as a family and she did not mind going again at all! It was such a cute, fun movie, too!
Saturday morning was supposed to be Aaron's first t-ball game; however, b/c of all the rain we've had the games were was also picture day so they went ahead with that. They were all so cute in their little uniforms. I have to say the picture people were so great in keeping them all together and getting the pictures quick before they all wanted to run off! LOL
I can't wait to see how they all come out! I was sad their first game was cancelled, but the next one will be here soon!!
After we left we spent some time in Old Town Spring - mostly just checking out all the shops, but it turned out to be such a nice day we really just enjoyed walking around!
Kids loved the cool toy store that's there...
They would've loved to bring home this cool tent!
"Mom, take our picture" - that's something they don't have to tell me twice!
When we finished with our visit and I had a few new purchases we opted for a snow cone run! One of our favorite spots! She read out the menu for her little brother!
Don't forget to tip!
What's your favorite flavor?
When we were all finished we headed back to the house - Emma had a birthday party Saturday afternoon. Yes, it was a full day Saturday!

These three have been together since Kindergarten...and actually Emma and Carley (the one on the left) were together before that in daycare!

Every Sunday after church we have brunch together and today afterwards on the way home I got incredibly sleepy. Don't know if it's the insomnia I've been fighting for a while now or what, but when we got home I didn't even get my church clothes off before I was laying down on the bed and fast asleep.

I took a nap!!!

I don't remember the last time I did that...and I actually woke up feeling pretty good. Usually after a nap I feel groggy - not today. Guess my body was trying to tell me something. Let's see how well I can sleep tonight after that!

So, remember the crawfish boil we had a few weeks ago...well afterwards we peeled the leftovers we had and into the freezer they went. Tonight we pulled them out and had a great dinner with our friends/neighbors. I made a big pot of gumbo, one family made the etouffe, and the other made the rice and dessert!
It was a great evening with great friends! The kids all had a blast playing and the adults all had a great time visiting and laughing! And I have to add that I was very happy with how my gumbo turned out. I cooked it a little differently this time and was a little worried about how it was going to turn out, but it was delicious!!!

Everything is picked up and put up again now and it's time to chill for a while...The Blind Side is on and I think Michael and I are going to lay up and watch it. I love this movie, but can't help but cry through most of it!!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Kubeczka Lawn Service

My two littles helped water Teta's plants tonight while daddy and I took care of mowing for them while they're on vacation.
 Of course, as soon as Aaron got his little hands on the water hose, his sister ended up drenched! Go figure!! See that mischievous look on his face???
Daddy maneuvered the weed-eater while I pushed the mower!
Mom and dad were in Cologne day before yesterday, yesterday it was Heidelberg, today I think they were in Strasburg today. Next stop will be Breisach, Germany before ending up in Basel, Switzerland - from there they will hop a train to Zurich to spend the rest of their vacation with my cousin and his family. Yeah, must admit I'm a little jelly - would have loved to have made this latest trip with them! Another close family friend and his wife are with them up until they get on the train for Zurich!

This was the pic we got from Cologne! 
They're having so much fun - love to see them enjoy life so!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter

We had a nice quiet Easter Sunday in the Kubeczka household parents are out the country on vacation so we didn't get to see them and yesterday we went to Michael's parents' house, so today it was just our family of four. Our babies were up early to see what the Easter Bunny brought for them!
Easter Sunday also means flowers on the cross at our church. This morning we took white roses. They made me think of my Grannie. This is the first Easter she has been gone...she loved Easter. I wish she could have been here with me.

We each put three flowers on the cross this morning going into church. 
And then a picture in front of the cross followed, of course...
The rest of the day we had fun in the backyard, riding our bikes and just being together as a family. I love the bubble that circled Aaron so perfectly! 
and of course pilfering through the Easter baskets for the best candy! :)

I hope you are as rich in your home as we are in ours. I'm so blessed and thank God everyday for the things he has done for me and I thank him every minute for my wonderful babies.

I hope your family had a wonderful Easter!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Celebrating Easter

This afternoon we went over to Michael's parents' house to celebrate Easter with the family.

I made a new dessert for dinner - well, a new twist on an old dessert. Michael loves dirt cake when our neighbor makes it, so I made one for today, but instead of a bucket and pail and worms it had candy grass and bunnies (peeps) and eggs (jelly beans).
I think it went over quite well!
Last peeps standing!

And there were bubbles...lots of bubbles! I love bubbles, always have. I've always wanted to buy a good quality bubble machine to use at parties, but never have. I remember making our own bubbles when we were kids and we would use string to make them - they were gigantic and lasted much better than the bubbles we buy these days. Though, I bought Gazillion Bubbles this time and I have to say, they were pretty awesome! I just think bubbles are fun and they are fun to take pictures of, too!!
The kids had about a dozen Easter Egg hunts while we were there, too. First we hid for the kids - twice! Then the kids decided to hide eggs for the parents. Then the boys hid for the girls. Then the girls hid for the boys. I think Grandpa & Grandma are most probably going to be finding Easter Eggs for about another week or so! LOL - lucky for them we hid plastic and not boiled eggs!!
And because they're pretty awesome kids, they sat down after to evenly divide out their candy!! ;)
Mine are passed out now - too much fun and candy today!! And they're anxious to see what the Easter Bunny will bring them tonight, too. We will have to get up pretty early tomorrow, too - for the Easter Bunny and then to make it to church on time and we have to stop and get flowers for the cross on the way to church, too.

Mommy is pretty exhausted, too. Allergies are still wreaking havoc on me and have wiped me out today.Waiting on some sudaphed to kick in and bring me some relief so maybe I can sleep good tonight. 

Happy Easter from all the Kubeczka Kids!