Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: September 19-21, 2014

Our weekend started out with a trip to Sweet Frog for some Frozen Yogurt. Most Fridays, I'm able to leave work early so I picked Mallory up and we went for a treat. And yes, Sophia had to join us for our Fro Yo date.

We had nothing planned this weekend. Nothing. We've had so much going on these past weekends that Brian and I were looking forward to not having anywhere to be. Friday night, we decided to do all the cleaning so we didn't have to do it all on Saturday on Sunday so Brian mowed outside and I cleaned inside. Mallory colored our walkway and played.


I think she played hard. She came in after being outside and had dirt all over her but as you can tell by the smile on her face, she had fun and that's all that matters.

Saturday morning, Brian and Mallory went on their usual Saturday morning breakfast date and I headed to Aspasians. Aspasians is a local art and craft fair that has booths that people can sell their creations and the money that the vendors pay for their spots goes to scholarships for students in our two high schools. It was held in the parking lot of our football stadium. I got there a little after 10:00 am and it was already hot so I didn't stay very long. I will save my money before I go next year because there were so many pretty wreaths, decorations and tons of little girl outfits that I wanted to buy!

Saturday evening, we headed to eat at our favorite restaurant, Texas Roadhouse. If you are looking for us on a Saturday night, we are usually there. We are creatures of habit and we enjoy it! And we love the cinnamon butter for the rolls.

We walked around Firewheel after dinner and Mallory had to ride the train. She was the only one on it and loved it!

Sunday morning, we headed to church. Sundays are my favorite days! I love worshiping with my family and then being with my 9th grade girls. I love talking with Mallory about what she's learned in Sunday School, too!

I've tried to get her to wear some more cute headbands. She likes them in the beginning but they usually come out a short time after but she wanted to wear her pink flower one yesterday and I thought it looked so cute! When she takes pictures, she doesn't know what to do with her hands so she just puts them on her hips and we get these poses most of the time :)

Sunday was Baby Dedication day at our church. I love baby dedication day!! Our friends, The Calhouns, dedicated Lydia and all the girls had matching dresses. They looked adorable! 

I think Mallory played hard Sunday morning at church because she was exhausted when we got home. Mallory took a very long nap and slept on my arm most of the time. My arm had fallen asleep halfway through but I didn't want to move to wake her up. I know many of my mom friends have all been in that situation and understand :)

We relaxed the rest of Sunday and enjoyed our time together before the work/school week begins again. I got this picture of these twins as they both relaxed on the bed with their iPads. I love them so much!

And that's a wrap!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Back Together

For most of this week, Brian was in Nevada for work. Mallory and I really miss Brian while he's away and I know it's not easy for him to be away but it's part of the job and he is so good at his job! I'm glad I get to see that everyday! Brian left early Monday morning and so while Daddy was away, we played!

Mallory got to stay at her favorite place Monday night - Nana and Papa's. My dad sent me this picture of Mallory's drawing of me. At first I thought she thinks I have a beard but my friends said it could be a red dress. Either way, I love it and if it is a beard she drew, please tell me when I need to shave!

Tuesday night, we headed to gymnastics. For some reason on this night, she just HAD to put on her sunglasses as we got out of the car and wear them inside.

After I picked Mallory up from school on Wednesday, we headed to Party City to get Mallory's Halloween costume. She has been saying for the past month that she wants to be Sofia the First so I figured since we had an evening with nothing planned, we would go ahead and head to get her dress. 

Party City has a full wall of pictures of costumes to choose from when you walk in so Mallory was overwhelmed when she started looking but we found Sofia and got her dress. They have a little dressing room to try them on so I let her go in to see if the dress would fit. I love her face as she looks in the mirror 

As we were leaving the store, she said "I want to be Elsa." Ha! Just like my friends said, indecisiveness is part of being a woman and being three.

Mallory and I headed for dinner together at On The Border and she was cracking me up. We had the best time.

When we got home, Mallory had to put her dress on and FaceTime with Brian. I caught her in mid pose showing her Daddy her new dress.

Brian loved his note that I spoke about earlier this week that Mallory showed him before left. We put it back for him to look at again when he got to his hotel.

Brian was supposed to come back home Thursday afternoon but I was so happy when he texted me early Thursday  morning to tell me he had caught a much earlier flight home. He went to pick Mallory up from school and she was so happy that he was there to pick her up. We are both so happy we are back together as a family! Distance does make the heart grow fonder. We are so thankful for all Brian does for our family! 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Tea Party

Sunday night, Mallory asked me to come to her tea party. It could have been considered more of a picnic with all of the food she brought out but a tea party it was! She had her doll and her baby (you can barely see her head poking out on the other side) already at the table and was waiting for me to sit with her. 

I'll be honest. I'm almost crying as I write this blog. Do you ever have those moments when you are just so overwhelmed by the love you have for your child? Mallory was so happy about her tea party she had invited me to and just seeing the sure joy on her face made my heart burst. She asked me "Do you want to come to my tea party Momma?" I said Yes and enjoyed that wonderful moment. I wanted to tell her that I will come to all of her tea parties and to please don't ever grow up and stop having tea parties :)

Her Smile. Her Joy. Be still my heart.

May I never forget these moments and the love we share. May I never forget how proud she was that she set the table for her tea party all by herself. May I never forget how she made sure we prayed before we "ate." And above all, may I never forget how our Heavenly Father loves us with more love than we could ever know and how we get the opportunity to share that love everyday.

Here's to many more tea parties to come!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: September 12-14, 2014

I'm actually starting this wrap-up on Thursday night. Caleb played a great game and led his team on the winning drive to score a touchdown! We were all so excited!

Friday night, we headed back to the football field to cheer the Varsity team on. I'm not going to lie - we were cold! I knew it would be chilly but it was pretty cold when the wind blew. Mallory kept looking for the Yellowjacket the whole time and then two cows from Chick-Fil-A came and she got even more excited to see them.

We cheered on the Yellowjackets until after halftime. We watched the Stingerettes and then Mallory and I headed home because she was exhausted from being out late the night before too. We are so happy the Yellowjackets won again!

Saturday morning, Mallory and I went shopping. Her foot has grown a full size since last cold season so we had to get some shoes that fit that weren't flip flops. I took some clothes that didn't fit anymore to Kid to Kid and was able to get some shoes and some cute clothes there. I was so happy with our finds! We hit up Old Navy for some tights and got a couple of things at Carters and Wal Mart. We had a great time together!

Mallory was happy to show off her finds. The Disney princess purse was $2 at Kid to Kid so that was her present for being good during all the shopping when I had to hold clothes up to her to see if they would fit. She and I both loved the dress with the rainbow bottom we found and she couldn't wait to wear it to Liesl's birthday party.

Saturday evening, we headed to celebrate Liesl turning One! I can't believe she's One! The theme was Liesl's First Fiesta and it was so much fun! The decorations and food were fantastic! The fellowship with friends was the best though! We are so blessed by the friendships we have!

Mallory loves Liesl so much ( we all do ) but Mallory always wants to see her and hold her. She's is so sweet to her and I love how much she likes to take care of her. Mallory and her friends all had fun playing and hitting the pinata to get all the candy. We all had a wonderful time! Liesl loved the cake and just stuck her mouth on it and starting eating. Greatness. Happy 1st Birthday Liesl! 

Sunday morning, we headed to church and after I got Mallory ready to go, she came in with her princess crown on wanting to wear it to church. I said no but bargained and she got to wear her necklace and bracelets. I pick my battles. 

I had a youth meeting after lunch and then when I got home, I cleaned out and organized Mallory's closet. I've been meaning to do it for a while so I finally conquered it. It took a awhile but I am happy now that you can open the door and actually see everything that is in there. I also tackled her play room and got it organized. It probably won't stay that way for long but I'm happy that it is all organized for this moment.

We usually order pizza on Sunday night so while Brian was gone to pick it up, Mallory and I made him a cake. He has to travel for work this week so we wanted to make something for him before he left. We also wrote a note to put in his suitcase so he would find it when he got to the hotel. We hid it in the suitcase but as soon as Brian got home, Mallory went to show it to him because she was so excited about it :) It was so sweet so I didn't stop her. And, of course the best part of making the cake was licking the beaters!

The Estes Fam

And in Estes Family football fun, we eat the pizza while watching Sunday Night Football. Mallory and I sing the opening song that Carrie Underwood sings together but last night, Mallory wanted to perform herself. Love her!

And after this, we turned it on to the Ms. America Pageant. Mallory and I loved it. Mallory would act out the walks and dancing. It was so fun!

And that my friends, is a wrap. Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rockwall Football at AT&T Stadium

Saturday afternoon, we got to go to AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play, to watch our football team play! We figured it would be the only way we could afford to see any game there. Caleb and Cade rode with Brian and I had a good time riding with Stephanie and Elesa

Everything is bigger in Texas and it still crazy to see that big screen when you walk in

One of my girls in my youth group got to be on the field while the boys ran out of the tunnel so it was fun to see her while we were there

All of us took up a whole row and were intently watching the game. Brian and Cade did a good job getting us seats on the 50 yard line

Rockwall started out with a big lead scoring on two big running plays.

I'm so sad I didn't get a picture of it but as the Jacket Flags were running across the field, one guy had made a sign on a flag that followed asking a girl to go to homecoming with him. It was a great idea! The girl he was asking was in the Stingerettes so after he ran across the field, he went to where the Stingerettes were and showed the flag again. I'm assuming she said yes!

And we were all excited when Amy's son, Jake got to play so we always watched for #7 to go on the field.

We didn't tell Mallory we were going because we all know she would be sad she missed the Stingerettes - her favorite!

It was a great time and the best part, Rockwall won!

Proof we were there together even though we sat at different ends of the row :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: September 5-7, 2014

What a fun weekend we had! It started off Friday night. After I picked Mallory up from school, we headed to eat at Chick-Fil-A and then we headed to Target to do a little shopping. Mallory doesn't have any pants or shoes that fit from last Fall so I figured that we needed some in case it starts to get a little cooler. Here's hoping it does start feeling like Fall sooner than later!

We had fun taking pictures together. She cracks me up! We had the best time!

Saturday was our very busy, so much fun day! We knew we would be going non-stop so we were ready! We started off at Brian's cousin's son Josiah's 2nd birthday party. It was a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party and Stephanie did a great job with everything! It was great!

Of course, Mallory loved the big Mickey they had and had to pose next to him

After Josiah's party, we took Mallory to my parent's house and then Brian and I headed to AT&T Stadium to watch the Yellowjackets play. I was really excited to get back and watch a game at where our Dallas Cowboys play. I rode with Stephanie and our friend, Elesa. We were ready to cheer them on!

I'll have more pics in future blog but the Yellowjackets won! Good times!

We left from Arlington and headed to my brother and sister-in-law's house to meet my parents and Mallory to celebrate our niece, Eva's 3rd birthday!

Love this little girl so much! She had a Toy Story themed party and all the decorations, games and food was wonderful!  Kate had Toy Story Bingo and pin the tail on Bullseye. The girls loved it!

Eva got a Barbie car for her birthday and she drove Mallory around in it. I love these pictures below - they have the biggest smiles on their face!

We headed home after the party and all crashed from all the fun.

Sunday morning, we headed to church and I let Mallory where her tap shoes to church. I know, I know. Those were the only shoes we had that fit and that matched her dress so I said sure. She got them from Grammy for her birthday and she loves to wear them. She was so excited!

Mallory came home and told us that she learned about Joseph in Sunday School. I'm so grateful for the teachers that put their time in to teach our kids. Mallory and I talked more about it when she got home and she told me how Joseph got thrown into the well. Then she illustrated how they threw him in - I love how she takes it all in! She also brought home her first self portrait. Apparently she thinks she has a long nose and a big mouth :)

Sunday afternoon, Mallory and I both took almost 3 hours naps. Our weekend on the go had caught up to us. It was so nice to rest and then it was time to watch the Cowboys play. Or we watched them on the TV - not sure what all they were doing. Let's hope the year gets better for them!

Mallory usually puts on a princess dress to play in the evenings and Mallory came out in her wedding dress and told me she wanted to get married. I just busted out laughing - I said not yet! And then she wanted her daddy to dance with her.

A great way to end the evening. Yes, that's more football on the TV. Mallory and I sang with Carrie Underwood singing "I've been waiting all day for Sunday night" for Sunday Night Football.

And that's a wrap! Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Football is back and we in the Estes household could not be happier!

Our nephew, Caleb, is the Freshman Quarterback so we headed to watch him play his first High School game on Thursday night.

Mallory and Auntie ready for the game!

No football game is complete without nachos!

Here we go #11!

Caleb played a really good game! We cheered loud and proud!

I love that Mallory now really gets into the games. She was tell us everytime a football player fell - which was often. She also loved watching the cheerleaders and mimicing their moves!

We are so proud of Caleb and his first High School game! Can't wait to cheer him on for the next 4 years!
We had so much fun Thursday night, we headed back for more football Friday night.

The head coach at Rockwall used to coach with my dad in Royse City as did a couple of the other coaches. My old high school basketball coach also now coaches for Rockwall and we get to cheer on Amy's son Jake as he plays too!

Mallory LOVED the drill team, The Stingerettes! She held the officer's pose for the longest time as she watched them.

She was even more excited when we went to see Brooke and the Stingerettes. Made her day!

It was a great game that Rockwall won and we are ready to continue to cheer the Yellowjackets on this year! I love Football!!