A Magical Unicorn 4th Birthday Party

Monday, April 3, 2017
Happy Monday friends! I'm finally posting about Saidey's birthday party! It was a super fun day and my lack of pictures shows that. Some of the pictures aren't the best but the joy and happiness shows through. =) 

 The birthday girl is ready for her guests to arrive! 

Sophia and cousin Skyla 

Sisters 

Saidey wouldn't smile so let's see if a little tickling will help?

 This amazing unicorn cake is by Molly's Cupcakes in East Village, Des Moines 

 Beautiful details! 


Getting ready to blow out her candles! 

It took a few tries to blow out the candle! 

Not only did it look good, it tasted pretty darn good too! 

Saidey and her friend, Quinn enjoying cake! I think they approve! 

A little blurry but a little excited (and the sugar high!) 

 Present time! 

Big sister helping her read her card



Unicorn party was a SUCCESS 

The next day was Saidey's actual birthday

If the birthday girl wants to wear her Elena costume to church, so be it! =)

Celebrated her birthday in Sunday school! 

 Finally talked her into actual clothes for a birthday dinner out! 

Ended the night with a little frozen yogurt at Menchie's! 

And just like that our girl is now FOUR! 

A HUGE thank you to all of our family and friends who traveled near and far to celebrate our little lady's special day. 



Happy 4th Birthday Saidey Bug

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Saidey,

Today, you turn another year older. I just wanted to share a few things about you that I hope you will love to read about when you're older. I'm sure you may roll your eyes too, when I say that I just can't believe you are FOUR YEARS old. The last four years have FLOWN by and while my mama heart is so sad to see those baby years fly by, I know there are still SO many exciting firsts for you. Because, with every year you grow older, comes new firsts. First day of school, first loose tooth, first time you ride your bike without training wheels, first time you go to a sleepover all by yourself... I could go on and on. So, I will remember that as we celebrate your birthday this weekend.

You, my girl are a ball of fire. That hasn't changed through your four years with us. You are a girl with spit fire determination and by golly, you don't let anyone stand in your way. Your favorite place to be is tucked right into my right side, with my arm draped around you. If you have your blanket and thumb (which by the way, can we work on that this year, my girl?) you're set to go! If your favorite place is by my side, your second favorite place is right with your big sister. You love her oh so much and you have a such a special relationship with her that makes me almost double over in infinite joy. And your daddy? Even though you may prefer Mama some days, there is nothing better than seeing you curled up on the couch with your dad and then chasing each other when he brings out the "claw." You adore him and the time you spend together.

You do everything big. You love big, you cry big and you are a force to be reckoned with. You are made for warm weather and I'm not sure where life will take us but I imagine you living it up in someplace warm when you get older. You are wild and free, curly hair flowing, barefoot and living life to its fullest.

Thank you so much for making me your mama and I am so lucky to learn so much from you everyday.

Love,

Mama








Saidey's 4th Birthday Interview 

What is your favorite color? Purple

What is your favorite toy? Magnatiles


What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries

What is your favorite TV show? Elena of Avalor

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? chips

What is your favorite outfit? Pink flower dress

What is your favorite game? Magnatiles

What is your favorite snack? Swedish Fish

What is your favorite animal? Giraffe

What is your favorite song? Moana

What is your favorite book? Llama Llama books

Who is your best friend? Amy

What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swing sticks (bahaha)

What is your favorite drink? White milk

What is your favorite holiday? Purple Holiday Me: What holiday is that? Saidey: *shrugs*

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Pinky

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chicken

What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor

And now, I leave you with this video that I share on both girls' birthdays. Enjoy and I dare you to not sniffle a little! =) 


We're looking forward to a fabulous weekend with family and friends to celebrate our little lady! 

Happy Friday! 

Three Things

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I thought it would be a good time to do another "Three Things" post. I've been slacking on the blog lately, guys. I just haven't been feeling like coming up with posts, writing the posts, taking pictures for the posts, and then actually creating the posts- so I haven't. I read a blog post from another blogger a few weeks ago about the direction of blogging and my new philosophy is that I will listen to my gut and do what I want to do regardless if that means I skip a week, or a month. ANYWAY, I felt the itch to do this post, so here I am! I got this post idea from Andrea at Momfessionals- one of the blogs I check out every day! 






Saidey is all about bodily functions right now. Much to my dismay, she asks loudly, in public and otherwise, "Who tooted?" And then laughs hysterically. More often than not, no one actually tooted, she just finds joy in asking the question and then laughing.

Saidey has always been a mama's girl slightly but it seems in the last few weeks, this has really amped up. Everything from helping her get ready for bed to taking her to school- it's all mama, mama, mama. Poor WM. But really, poor mama, too. I love the girl but it would be nice to not hear her crying for me when she is supposed to be getting ready for bed and WM is trying to help her....But, this too shall pass, right?

It's starting to get warm here and that's a good thing because this girl is made to live in WARM weather. We have a fight almost every morning on what she is going to wear, even though we pick her clothes out together in the evenings. She doesn't want to wear sleeves, pants or socks. I am SO ready for warm weather when I don't have to fight her on this anymore.


This girl has made a HUGE jump in her reading. She's always been on target with her reading but it seems in the last few months- it all just clicked for her and she is reading every box, sign, and label there is. Her fluency and flow in reading has also grown tremendously and her confidence with reading has increased so much in the last two months. 

She also loves writing (does she take after her mama, or what?!) and her teacher has noticed that she loves writing stories and completing her journal entries. 

Her teacher also said that she has seen Sophia take a lead in the class and helps people get along. She told us that she helps her classmates work well together during group projects and that she is getting more confident to share her ideas and thoughts in a group setting. Mama heart bursting. 


Will is thisclose to graduating from his graduate program and we are planning a little getaway somewhere, soon

My private practice is off to a s l o o o o o w start but that's ok. I'm trying not to get discouraged but with insurance companies, etc. it just hasn't taken off. I have gotten several calls about possible clients but the follow through has been poor. I'm thankful that I knew going in that it might be slow and knowing that I still have a FT job does give me some peace. But paying rent at a place that I'm not making money at is a little nerve wracking. So, send me your best wishes! =)

We ordered outdoor furniture last weekend and it should be here end of the week! It felt a little ironic to be ordering outdoor furniture as snow fell outside, but hey, you'll have that in Iowa! We ordered a picnic style table and a four piece set that includes a loveseat, two chairs and a table. We are so excited to get it put together in time for the weather to start getting warm (hopefully, you never know Iowa weather!) We anticipate spending lots of time outdoors this Summer!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Wednesday! 

Weekend Recap

Monday, February 20, 2017
Hey, hey friends! I hope Monday is off to a great start for you! We woke up to thunderstorms and rain but highs in  the 60's! Can't beat that in February! It was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL this weekend. High's in the 70's in Iowa, in February- almost unheard of. We took full advantage of the weather and spent A LOT of time outside! 

Friday night, we went to a local pizza place and celebrated my sister's and mom's birthdays. We ate till we were stuffed and headed home to get the girls in bed. 



On Saturday, I made this for breakfast. It was a mix between monkey bread and donut holes and it was so easy! 



One can refrigerator biscuits (I used the big can but any amount works)
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
4 TBS butter

Preheat oven to 350
Grease a shallow baking pan 
Melt butter, put in small bowl
Mix sugar and cinnamon together 
Cut biscuits into 4 pieces
Take each piece and roll in a small ball
Take each ball and dip in melted butter
Roll butter covered ball into sugar/cinnamon mixture
Place them into baking dish

They can all touch, just move them around until they all fit! 
Bake 18-20 minutes.

Some of our inner pieces didn't cook and needed more time. I'm guessing if you use less and pack them in there less then you might not have that problem. We just cut around the less done parts because we were too lazy to put them back in the oven. We gave the girls the outer pieces as they were done to perfection! =)

The girls gobbled it up and then we got ready for the day. Sophia and I headed to her first piano lesson- she was SO excited and had been counting down the days. I got to sit in the room while she had her lessons and I was so surprised at how fast she picked it up. The first lesson was mostly getting acquainted with the piano, learning about the finger positions and beginning to learn about the keys. She has homework every week to complete as well as practice. We don't have a piano but it's something that we'll need to look into if she continues with lessons. When we left, she exclaimed, "I liked that! I like Dr. Grant!" And let's be honest- seeing her sitting at a piano was just about the cutest thing ever!


After piano lessons, they're only a half hour, we headed home to scoop up WM and Saidey to head to my aunt's house. It was so nice to sit out on the deck and hang out with family. The girls played outside pretty much the entire time we were there. With the sun glaring, I can't believe I'm going to say this but it actually felt HOT! 

Fresh air does a girl good



We ran to my mom's quick so that WM could help her with her TV set up and then we headed home and had a little quiet time. The girls were quite tired and so we had a little later dinner. It was a quiet evening in. 

Sunday morning was church and then we stopped at the Hyvee Market Grille for brunch. After some bacon and pancakes, we ran home and the girls played outside while I started cleaning and working on laundry. Our day consisted of mostly playing outside, cleaning and laundry. The windows were open and the dog and girls were going in and out from the deck and it was exactly what Sundays are made of. 

This adorable set was included in Saidey's Mac and Mia box. It will be a perfect addition to her magical unicorn birthday party next month!


Sunday afternoon, I went to a movie with a friend and caught up on life. It was so good to see her and after an afternoon of cleaning, felt well deserved. =) 

I got home in time to help with baths, books and bed. The girls rested well and I think we're all ready to start the week! 

Also, I'm over on Des Moines Moms Blog today with a post about mental health. Don't forget to check it out!


Hope you all had a great weekend!

xoxo




Show and Tell Tuesday: My Loves

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day friends! Whether you celebrate this day or not, it's hard not to get a little into all the hearts, red, and pink, is it not?! I absolutely love celebrating a holiday and Valentine's Day is no exception! I am linking up with Momfessionals today to re-introduce to you all my loves of my life. 



First up

The guy behind the blog. He doesn't have a big presence on this blog or on my social media accounts but he is the guy behind it all. He is a HUGE support and my biggest cheerleader. Without him, I might literally lose my head. He brings out the very best in me but also gives me the extra "oof" I need when I lose it myself. He is the first to call me out when I'm second guessing myself and knows just what to say when I'm in a funk. 



You can read our love story here and a fun post here about all the ways he wins my heart all over each day! 

Sophia
This girl. Where do I start? There are so many reasons why I love just love her so. Not only did she make me "mom" she also makes me wanna be the best mama I can be. She is one of the most kind hearted kiddos I know. Her personality is so unique and it has been an absolute joy to see it unfold. She loves her girlfriends and is a rule follower. Her favorite place to be is snuggled right up by me and she is definitely mom's side kick. She has a sassy fashion sense and loves putting her own outfits together. 


Saidey
Oh my baby. She is something fierce, that one. She came out ready to go and lives life that way, always. She is adventurous, strong willed and the life of the party. She jumps with both feet before looking, (which is kinda scary in parking lots) and in all our six years of parenting, if we end up in the ER, it will be because of this one. She is a problem solver and always has been. Can't reach something? No problem- she will find a way. One minute she is karate chopping me and the next moment, crawling into my lap for snuggles. She is definitely the definition of sugar and spice. 


Odin
Well, I guess this can't be a post about my loves without mentioning this fur ball, Odin. He is two years old and a ball of energy. Sort of like Saidey, he is feisty and energetic but loves him some cuddles. As soon as one of us goes to sit on the couch, you know that he will be joining you. He loves snuggling up in blankets and then running to the living room to bark at a motorcycle passing by. He has brought so much joy to our family and as much as some days I want to accidentally let him outside and run away, life just wouldn't be the same without him. 


So, there you have it- my greatest loves. 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

xoxo

Weekend Recap

Monday, February 13, 2017
I've somehow fallen off the blogging train and my weekend recaps happen less and less. So, I thought what the heck and threw one together at last minute. 

Our weekend was nice and slow without any real plans. The next few weekends that will change so we're soaking it up for right now. 

We got home Friday night, ready to settle in and have Friday night pizza night and watch the Trolls. We realized that we left Saidey's blanket at daycare. Oh the horror. Seriously guys. This was her face when she finally grasped that we left it at school and could not get it until Monday. I know it was probably mean to take a picture when her world was ending but I just couldn't stop myself. All was well when we headed upstairs to find a suitable replacement. But she did not forget the entire weekend that we forgot her blanket. #momfail


We watched Trolls and the girls had pepperoni pizza and Will and I had taco pizza from Casey's- YUMMO! 

The girls thought it would be a good idea to wake up at the wee crack of dawn (ok, 6:30) and so we let them watch cartoons while we tried to get a little more rest. 

Once we arose from our slumber, we headed downstairs for breakfast and MORE TROLLS. We had an Office Depot and DSW run to do and so we got ready to go! 

She has been LOVING getting her dolls dressed and today- TWINNING! 

Saturday's weather was GLORIOUS! Is it really only February!? At any rate, a trip to Starbucks was in order! 

 Strawberry refresher with almond milk! My go to drink! 


We ran to my mom's and hung out for a bit and then stopped at an awesome BBQ place that's a little hole in the wall. Their mac and cheese? So good and creamy! And the BEST cornbread topped with honey.. Yes MA'AM! 


We had a quiet rest of the day, ending the night with Walking Dead. Have you guys seen it? For some reason, we are just now getting into it and started Season 3 this weekend. 

On Sunday we played hooky from church and we all slept in. (Oops). We got ready after sending Will on a donut run and then got ready for a Target run.



Ready for TARGET! 

Once we got home, we started working on Valentine's! 





Meanwhile....

And then the girls spent the rest of the afternoon playing

Sophia loves her Lego's too. We have a permanent spot set up in our dining room of a table for just Lego's. We set it up one weekend and haven't taken it down. 

I'm not sure why we thought we needed to move- the girls have their own bedrooms now and a playroom in the basement and still seem to play in anywhere BUT those areas. 

Will had to go into work for a few hours so it was just the girls and me. We cleaned out the fridge for dinner and ran to Dairy Queen for a treat. We ran home and it was baths, books and bed. I settled in for the night and watched the Grammy's. By 10:30 though, I had to hit the sack. 


We have a fun week- tomorrow, of course is Valentine's Day- I took the afternoon off to help at Sophia's party and then we're going to have a special family Valentine's dinner. On Saturday, Sophia starts piano lessons and is so excited! I can't wait for her to begin learning and playing! 

Happy Monday all! 

xoxo



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