Wednesday, March 26, 2014


On Saturday I turned thirty. Crazy to think about... and it finally dawned on me that I will never get younger or be able to go back in time. I really don't think that my thirties will be much different from my twenties, life style wise considering I was married at 24 and then had 3 kids. But we are entering a new phase of life with them, which definitely makes me feel 30. 

My birthday was the best ever. Earlier in the week my parents came for Little Miss birthday party. So on Tuesday my dad watched the older two and my mom and I went shopping and she bought me some CUTE clothes. And gelato. While we were gone my dad cleaned out and washed my car. Hello my love language! That night Hubcap and I got to go to dinner with some of our friends and when we came home the kids and my parents suprised me and through me a little party. The kids decorated and made me brownies. So cute. 

On my actual birthday the weather was perfect .Sunny and 80 degrees. My other love language=sunshine. The kids and Hubcap took me to my favorite restaurant for breakfast. I go every year on my birthday and this was the first one without my mom coming to. Kind of weird, so I ordered what she would have ordered. :) Then we went to this huge nursery I have been wanting to go to and Hubcap bought me four pine trees for our back yard. We went and got coffee and then went to the park where we go creekwalking in the summer and took a walk on the trail. Then we came home where I sat in the sunshine and then we took the kids to my inlaws and Hubcap to me to a nice, fancy restaurant we have been wanting to try. It was a French restaurant, and it was so beautiful. The food was amazing and I got a little thing of cappuccino gelato and the waitress sang me Happy Birthday in French. Oh my goodness, so fun. Then Hubcap took me to Whole Foods and bought me daisies and then we went to Barnes and Nobles and I got a book I've been wanting and the movie Julie and Julia. We went next door to Old Navy and Hubcap bought me new pajamas and then we headed home. 
So you want to be 30 now too right? Best day ever. The night before I was saying Colton's prayers with him and usually he repeats after me, but out of no where he prayed, "And please help Mommy to have the best birthday every tomorrow." Sweetest boy.  And I did. 
So cheers to 30!    

(the magic of Macy's) 

Cinderella Party: Little Miss is 3!

My little Cinderella girl turned three this week. She is such a Fun, Fun girl and little lover of life. She is so silly, feisty and girly. For her birthday she wanted a Cinderella party and I had a fun time putting it all together. I was actually able to reuse most of the decor from Sis' 1st Birthday party, which was nice since their parties were 2 weeks apart. Next year = shared party. She had a few little friends over and they came dressed as princesses. We ate cake, decorated tiaras and they played in the backyard. Super simple but perfect I think for a 3 year old.  Here are some glimpses of her special day... 

mocha frap bottles I glued a doily and a silhouette... ( I just found a silhouette online, traced it and cut it out) 

Pallet art! 

Carriage from Papa Red and Gramsie! My mom and I saw this in San Francisco at Christmas and have been hiding it at my aunts house! 

More silhouette art.. 

Little castle for the princesses to walk through... I tried to make it look like the pink cloth and birds from Cinderella... it said Welcome. Ummmm. nice attempt. 

it was so windy!! Bummer... Everything kept falling and blowing but I was determined to have the party outside! 

aren't these carriages the cutest?!? I ordered them off E-bay and they came from China. I really wasn't expecting them to come. I put Cinderella stickers inside and then they each got a bag of Cinderella Jelly Bellies as their take home goody. Also I saved this pumpkin from October, I had two but this one is the only one that made it... 

Castle Cake

Little Snow White sister... 

Oh Mam, how I love you. Happy Birthday!! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring is here...


                 rainbow smoothies
                  rainbow garden
                  new pink playhouses
                grizzly bear toast
                 trips to Home Depot
                tulips emerging
                fun spring outfits ordered
              water table filled
              windows open, fresh air in
           later bedtime and later wake up           time
          patios being planned
          a big boy who now puts away his own laundry 
          can I get an Amen?!?! 
          frozen yogurt trips
         pink lemonade
          science lessons
          sun hats
         bare feet
        twinkle lights 
        baby naps in the sun
        park dates
new flower sneakers
        happiness all around 


Monday, March 3, 2014

On the Night You Were Born 1st Birthday Party..

My baby girl turns one this week... to say that was the fastest year ever would be the understatement of the century. Holy Toledo.. that was fast. I feel like I just left my 6 week checkup with the doctor, but say it aint so, I will be leaving Peanuts one year check up instead. 
So anyways anyone who knows me well knows I love a good party. With a good theme. And this one might be my most favorite yet. Anyone ever read the book On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman? Ok if you haven't you need to. With a box of Kleenex. Hands down sweetest book ever. Little Miss GK was born at night and it was such a magical, special, perfect time. And so I chose this as the theme of her party. The words of the book are the captions for the pictures... with little snippets in parenthesis with how I did it..etc) The book isn't super girly, and I wanted the party to definitely be girly so I added pink and instead of big music notes I chose to use book pages to give it a shabby chic vibe... So here you go... 

On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, "Life will never be the same." 

Because there had never been anyone like you... ever in the world.

So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name. 

It sailed through the farmland high on the breeze... who in the world is exactly like you, who, who who

Over the ocean... (Ocean water, Goose Juice)

And through the trees... 

Until everyone heard it and everyone knew of the one and only ever you.

Not once had there been such eyes, such a nose, such silly, wiggly wonderful toes. 

When the polar bears heard they danced until dawn

From faraway places the geese flew home

The moon stayed up until morning next day

And none of the lady bugs flew away. 

So whenever you doubt just how special you are and you wonder who loves you how much and how far.. 

Listen for geese honking high in the sky, (They're singing a song to remember you by)

Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo. (It's because they've been dancing all night for you!) 

Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind (Listen closely... it's whispering your name again!)

If the moon stays up until morning one day, or a lady bug lands and decides to stay, 

Or a little bird sits at your window awhile, 

It's because they're all hoping to see you smile... 

For never before in story or rhyme (not even once upon a time) has the world ever known a you, my friend, and it never will, not ever again.. 
(timeline of the night she was born)

Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born.


                                                               You are loved.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Kid's Say the Darndest Things..

Mister: Mom what is super green and super wet?
Me: I don't know, what?
Mister: I don't know either but it's on my bedroom floor.

Mister: That baby is so funny. (Sis) Only she knows what she is saying but I think she means to say that she misses your belly because it was awesome.

Hubcap: Why are you sitting at the head of the table?
Mister:because Little Miss is the heart, you are the ribs (pointing to the side chairs) and mom( pointing to the chair across from him) is the feet!

Mister: How sweet is mom? She is a five because five is my favorite number and she is my favorite lady. (Then he turns and gives me two thumbs up)

Me: Why do you have blue marker all over your face?
Mister: I was Smurf hunting.

Little Miss: Momma tell me the story of baby Sis in your belly.
Me: How about you tell me?
Little Miss: Baby Sis was in your belly and she came out and was tiny. Mister was in your belly. Then you ate ice cream and he came out and was huge. I was in your belly. There were tornadoes and butterflies and then I came out. And I was perfect.

Little Miss: I just can't wear these pants.
Me: Why not?
Little Miss: They aren't cute, its just not allowed.

Me: This is Sis. No cute quotes necessary.

Our Week in a List

Cookie Tree Cookies
bike rides
a lot of cooking in the play kitchen
sunny afternoon and back porch sitting
planning 1st birthday photo shoots
planning 1st birthdays without breakdowns.. shocker
chicken tortilla soup
back to preschool routine
long drives through the orchards
afternoon walks
afternoon cups of coffee
evening cups of decaf coffee
raspberry and lemon sorbet
valentine making
color book coloring
Cajun Chicken Pasta
green smoothies
bedroom makeovers
hairbow hair
breakfast dates with just the girls
 happy mail from the pediatricians cat
Crockpot lemon chicken
one personal watermelon splat on the grocery store floor
one water fountain play date
fresh flowers
Eloise reading
sugar cookie candles
promise of rain