Thursday, May 26, 2011


So we had to say goodbye to Mormor... :(

She came to my rescue with the hubs away for just under a week. But sadly she had to go back home, my dad missed her and stuff. :)

We love you Mormor and are so thankful for you coming and being with us and all the things you help me get done around here!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lesson Learned....

Appearances shouldn't matter.
Be yourself.
You're still suffering from pregnancy brain.
Yesterday we had some impromptu visitors. I LOVE having people over but...
If you come to my house announced you will see that my clean home is a sham.
I struggle lots with wanting to appear one way, when truly I'm another.
I try to keep a clean home but with 3 littles, let's face it, it's hard. So if you come over unannounced you will probably be entering a not so clean home. :)
So yesterday when friends decided to come play after school, I quickly ZOOMED home and threw things out of sight.
That night I had a reminder that it doesn't matter what you're house looks like, just that it is welcoming, which we always strive for it to be.
That night I preheated the oven for dinner. After it was warmed up, I went to put in the food and inside was one of the items I had quickly shoved out of sight.
So I'm thankful for the reminder and thankful I didn't burn our house down. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Princess Band-Aid....

The other day we were out and the hubs sliced his finger. I carry band-aids with me, but typically its for the girls. So they're princess. :)
But since the hubs was quite bloody, he took my band-aid offer.
Once he put it on, Bella piped up from the back seat and said,
"Dad, I'm gonna tell all my friends at school my daddy has a princess band-aid on."
Ha, secret's out folks! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The girls, in a year.

I wanted to share the slide shows I made for their party too. :)
This slideshow is the one I played during our cake eating time. Made for them, their last year in pics.

This one I had playing as their friends arrived for the party, pics of their friends over the year.

Monday, May 16, 2011

One SWEET Birthday Party!

Well this post is WAY over due (and super long sorry!)!
When trying to plan the girls' birthday party I was thinking they would want it at a gym, or a bouncy house, or Chuck E. Cheese, etc. So I asked Bella what kind of party she would like, her response?
"I want it at church and I want to play Candyland." :)
She could literally play Candyland ALL DAY.
After hearing a speaker at MOPS talk about kids' elaborate birthday parties these days, and her asking us to think about who are we really throwing the crazy parties for, and how the kids would be perfectly happy doing just about anything while being the center of attention, I was really convicted about it. Here I was thinking Chuck E. Cheese or at our local gymnastics gym and all Bella wanted to do was play Candyland. :)
So that's what we did!
We reserved a room at our church again since we needed the space, like we did last year, and my mom and I began planning a Candyland party!
Here are the invitations that my wonderful momma made!

We just went for colorful for the decorations. And I ordered the paper goods and a few decorations from Birthday Express.

My crazy talented mom worked hard a couple of days leading up to the big event to create an awesome cake for the girls!

Here are the pics from the girls Candyland Birthday party.
10-10:30- Kids arrive, Candyland coloring sheets out on tables, each kid grabs a color coded name tag which splits them into 6 groups of about 5 to 6 kids

10:45- Gathered the kids and read my edited version of the Candyland story and explained the stations, then assign a different color to each station

10:45-11:30- Enjoy our fun Candyland stations:
1: Rainbow Path: We had a food for each color of the rainbow, had the kids put hats on (worried that blindfolds would bother the kids) over their eyes, and they tasted them and guessed what is was and their color. Red:Strawberries, Orange:Carrots, Yellow:Bananas, Green:Kiwi, Blue:Blueberries, Purple: Grapes
Didn't quite get she was suppose to cover her eyes with the hat. :)

2: Gumdrop pass: I had a small glass filled with gumdrops, talked with the kids about whether they thought there was a lot or a little, had them make guesses and then we counted them all, and then discussed our finds afterwards.
3: Peppermint Forest: The kids raced round peppermints on spoons down a long hallway and back in a relay race, forward and then backward if needed more of a challenge

4: Lord Licorice: We got string licorice and fruit loops and the kids made bracelets
5: Gramma Nut: We took heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter and had the kids race to see who could finish it first (had a sucker for our little one with peanut allergies)

6: Gloppy: Put chocolate pudding in gallon sized ziploc bags and had kids write letters, shapes, their names, etc. in the pudding

After all the stations are cleared, our missing princesses are finally saved and we crowned the princesses to the song, 'Happy Birthday Princess!'

11:30-12: Enjoy the awesome cake my wonderful mom made and slide show I made

As a goody bag I had a dear friend, who is oober talented and starting her own bake shop, make cookies for the kids to take home. There were two wrapped in cute baggies with ribbon around them. They were as delicious and they look!
If you're local and interested in having something made for any occasion, you MUST check out her Facebook page, she's amazing!
Afterwards we went to lunch with a few of our guests and then quickly got home cause the girls were anxious to open gifts. :)
Look at what they girls got! How perfect are these?! They come with little matching blankets inside too!
Trying on some dress up jewelry.
Got a lot of fun new Littlest Petshop and My Little Pony things.
And tickled pink with their Rapunzel dolls!
Later we also had them close their eyes to reveal bikes our close group of friends had gotten them. Which is funny because they totally saw them at their party but they were still thrilled none the less. :)

Happy Birthday to our two big girls, its was a sweet party!

Friday, May 13, 2011


It has finally been warm enough around here to get out and do this....

Little one is loving her first chance to get some block on and soak up some rays! :)
Its actually been, almost, record breaking hot. We seem to just skip over transitional seasons like spring and fall around here. :)
That's okay, we'll take the warmth!

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