Mother/Daughter Date Night

Hailey and I do spend a lot of time together, but we decided to do an official Mother/Daughter Date Night this last Friday.  We have been taking a mother/daughter bible study called Raising Little Women of God.  The books we are following suggested doing a special date night, so that’s what we did!

I actually took Friday afternoon off from the bank because I had an appointment at the college I attend with the Assistant Dean.  I picked Hailey up a half hour early from school so she could come with me.  More about that appointment later!

After the appointment Hailey and I headed to our favorite restaraunt, The Olive Garden.  We love going there and I have been taking Hailey to eat there since she was 3 years old.  We don’t go too often because it’s kinda pricey, so we knew this was the place to go for our special dinner!

After eating way too much for delicious dinner we headed back home.  Hailey put on a little show for me singing and dancing.

After the entertainment portion of the evening, we snuggled into our comfy clothes and cuddled up on the couch to watch one of our favorite shows, Bewitched.  This show has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember and I am happy that Hailey is into it now too!  Normally I do not allow Jackson on the couch, but sometimes he wiggles his way up and cuddles so quickly and by the time I see him he is too darn cute!

Hailey wanted to make us a special snack.  She made healthy yogurt parfaits.  My sister came to teach our girl scout troop about nutrition and she showed the girls how to make these.  Hailey loves to make these at home now all the time!

After watching a few episodes, eating some delicious home made popcorn sprinkled with garlic salt, and lots of snuggling with Jacksy and Marley, we called it a night!

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A few neat ideas!

This last weekend my girl scout troop went to the nature center for an Earth Day Celebration.

They had different stations set up for the girls to participate in.

There was a healthy snack session.  Some older girl scouts talked briefly about nutrition and showed the girls how to make a delicious healthy snack all by themselves.

I felt like my Grandma Betty when I asked if I could take all of the banana peels home for my compost bin! Hailey and I just started it and we are short on the greens that need to be added! More about that later.

Another station was making a birdfeeder.  A local bagel shop donated day old bagels that otherwise would have been thrown out.  The girls simply spread peanut butter on one side and dipped it in bird seed.  A piece of yarn tied to it allows you to hang it from a tree.

My favorite session was using an old T-shirt to make a bag!  No sewing at all, just cutting!  This was totally up my alley – – I don’t sew!

First you cut the sleeves and the neck off of the shirt.

Turn the shirt inside out and then lay down a piece of some magical tape that I was told I could find in the sewing section in between the bottom pieces of the shirt and iron it to create a seam without sewing!

Turn the shirt right side out and do a little trimming and voila! A groovy recycled bag!

We ended the fun day with a hike around the pond.  I snapped this pic of my beautiful baby.

Friday Evening

So after a long, long, loooong day working at the bank, I am finally able to relax.  Working on figuring out how this blog thing works and watching Alvin and the Chipmunks Shipwrecked with Hailey and her little friend Grace.  Here they are chillin on the couch.

Jackson is pretty happy too. I am not sure why he thinks it is ok to curl up on my snuggy though!

So we are all settled in for a quiet Friday night.  Grace is spending the night – one of the things I love is when Hailey has her little friends over.  I love to hear them playing and talking!  I get to know my daughter in a different way when I see her interacting with her peers!

Well the first movie is done.  I think I will take advantage of some time and clean up a little bit.  I have been so busy this week and coming and going so things just sort of get dropped when we get in the door.  With our tiny cozy house everything needs to be put in its place otherwise a little disorder leads to a massive mess!  I don’t think I’ll post a pic of what my kitchen table looks like now!

Happy Friday the 13th!