Wednesday, September 7, 2016

a frozen fourth

























amelia has been obsessed with all things frozen, so the theme of her birthday party was a no-brainer. it was so fun seeing her excitement as we prepared the details for her party. i was initially hesitant to feed this elsa/frozen "phase" and just hoped it would pass on. it's stuck-- amelia's been reading frozen books for about a year now, and still wants sparkles in her hair, to be elsa for halloween, anything that has frozen characters on it (i.e. the other day, we had a can of corn with elsa on the label.). anyways, i gave in and stepped into her frozen world for her birthday-- and i'm so glad i did!

the girls had so much fun, and amelia talked about her party for weeks after. she kept telling me her party was her favorite (you know, out of alllll the birthday parties she's been to...). boy, it's hard hosting a party, even if it was just 5 other girls! thank goodness for jeremy's mom, who came to help me. i hope i can always create magic for my babies! love my queen amelia!

xo

Friday, September 2, 2016

june 8th

I told millie she had to hold up a 4 for all her pictures on her 4th birthday. I'm so glad I did, because these pictures are priceless!

(love that scarlett wanted to be in the picture... with her bowl of food...)






 (of course we drove over to the splash pool, one of amelia's favorite activities)


 (prep for amelia's frozen-themed birthday party. the girls helped by laying on my cardboard)

 (favorite part of our day)


 (red robin for dinner, per millie's request. we were a little bummed that they didn't sing to her.)











(amelia with 2 of her great-grandmas)

we tried to fill amelia's birthday with all her favorite things-- and we concluded with a little party at the splash pad with her cousins and grandparents. it made me so happy to see her have so much fun with her cousins. I'm grateful that it was so low-key, that we just had root beer floats and cake and love to share, that I got to enjoy a party that I planned! (one of j's grandmas said to us, "you just do such a great job. you should have another!" and with distractions, I thought she was talking about the party, and I responded something really silly. I swear I'm always having awkward conversations.)

millie girl is kind and sweet, brilliant and silly, thoughtful, mature, quiet at times, a protector and isn't one to be bullied, loves to be the fastest. she reads at a 2nd grade level, writes all her upper and lowercase letters, numbers, family members' names, and takes 1st grade level spelling tests, can count to 200 by herself and adds 1's and 2's fluently, loves to do homework, has my phone number memorized, sings solos in primary, loves making cards for anyone and everyone, always changes into a dress with a belt, tights, and high heels for mommy+millie time, rides a bike without training wheels, always scores multiple goals in her soccer games, got moved up to the 5-7 year old dance and tumbling classes. she loves anything frozen-themed and she tells me her favorite color is pink (like mine), but always picks frozen-blue when she has a choice.

I love this girl more than words can express, I feel so blessed to be her mother. I can't believe it has been four whole years since I fell in love with my homemade best friend.

Monday, August 22, 2016

road trip to south dakota: day 4


jer and i decided to stay the last night so he could get some sleep to drive us home. scarlett and i slept in the car, which was decent, until she woke up at 4:30 in the morning. i entertained her with my eyes half-closed for another 2 hours, before waking up the other half of our quartet. loading up was quick and easy since we had packed the night before.

amelia not sure why i woke her up this early, but scarlett gave me a good blurry CHEEEEEEEZE!

these sleeping scarlett pictures kill me. i just want to yell OF COURSE YOU'RE TIRED. WHY WON'T YOU SLEEP REGULAR HOURS OF THE NIGHT SO WE CAN ALL BE MORE HAPPY???? but alas, this is motherhood. also, if you didn't already realize from pictures, scarlett is obsessed with her water/cups/bottles.


little america for lunch-- we were so happy to be almost home! such a long, trying trip, but we also had the time of our lives! it honestly was so much more fun and magical traveling with our children than it's ever been just by ourselves (okay, except for our cruise...). I'm excited to take a family vacation every year and make memories that they will hopefully be able to remember for years to come.

(end road trip to south dakota series.)