Birthday Brunch

September 1, 2018: The whole crew wanted to try a new breakfast place, so why not for my birthday? The big kids had crowns, and the adults had alcohol…perfect! 🙂 At the end I kicked a family off the bench for our group-shot…oops?  #sorrynotsorry  Afterwards Mom, Sister and I went shopping for the rest of the day…with Marlo…! I never would have tackled that with E at this age, but I fed/changed her in dressing rooms and she napped as we walked the stores! Such a trooper…

B 4th Birthday Party

July 8, 2018: E is at the age where parties are THE BEST THING EVER, so she was really excited to go to her cousin B’s house for his 4th Birthday! First she wanted to dress like her baby sister — or maybe that was me — either way, she loved it, and held her sister in the front yard for a few photos.

Then it was off to the party! We packed the slip’n’slide for B & C to try out, and I think the adults had as much fun watching the different personalities of these kids as they did playing. E is so crazy she goes right for it…C wasn’t too sure, and took a careful approach…B was wary at first, but then found his own way to have fun with the water!  There was a cookie cake, Toilet Trouble was the game of the year, and bubbles in the backyard made for a FUN party.  How are these kids getting so BIG!?


B-Day Party and Carnival

June 2, 2018:  Venturing out into the world with both kids definitely has a learning curve, but since I haven’t implemented a rigid schedule with M it feels a bit different!  Attainable for sure, and just praying for car/wrap-naps along the way. Preschool-mate and clients’ kid O was having a birthday party, so I knew there’d be an easy place to feed/change M when-needed. Plus E would be involved in the bounce-house, food and cake…win!

Once the party was over, I remembered that OSD Carnival was going on! So while I wore baby M (& couldn’t participate on the rides), E had a blast and didn’t want to leave.  It was a bit hot, but M rolled with most of the activities like a champ!  I’m writing this months after-the-fact, trying to recall if we were in the thick of being dairy-free to help her poor stomach?  Judging by the sleeping pics, perhaps we weren’t there yet… 🙂

GGPa 93rd Birthday!

May 26, 2018 | What an amazing man he is — my Grandpa, the littles’ Great-Grandpa — and how lucky we are to be celebrating his ninety-third birthday!  The kids were crazy, and loud, but we managed to wrangle them into a photo on the couch QUICKLY.  Ha!  Between the books, brain teasers and wine, he had all his favorites covered.  E also wrote his name on the gift bag…I just had to audibly spell it out and she wrote it on her own.  I was incredibly proud, so it needed a photo of its own!

C’s 2nd Birthday/Mother’s Day

May 13, 3018 | Little C LOVES Moana right now, so it was only fitting that her 2nd birthday party feature PINK and tropical themes!  You can tell that she really “gets” birthdays this year… 🙂  The kiddos loved throwing the balloons in the air, and the leis were a big hit for all.  I was SO pregnant that I only took photos from the couch…and thanks to A’s planning we were able to combine the party AND Mother’s Day because of my physical state.  I can’t do a whole lot (ie I missed the CF walk the day before)!

After finding out baby was breech, and planning on having the baby Tuesday, we took a few last photos.  WHOA that belly!!  That’s wearing compression tights AND a support band…eesh.

D Birthday

April 11, 2018 | Thanks to a photo-workshop on the ACTUAL day, I asked D if we could celebrate a day early with a dinner out. He chose BBQ, and we agreed that I would pick-up E and meet him there.  I remembered that it was PJ-day at preschool that day, and brought a change of clothes…but did E want them? NOPE! I didn’t have the energy to battle her on that — so I brushed her crazy hair, ran her to pick balloons and a cupcake, and walked into the restaurant exhausted. Ha! Around 34-weeks pregnant makes errands seem like running a 5K!  But one of the gifts was a book she wrote about all the things she loves to do with her Daddy.  The library, charging his car, etc…it’s adorable!

4th Birthday Party!

February 17, 2018 | Saturday morning my grand-plan was to only have to blow-up balloons with our helium tank…and it actually HAPPENED. Dave helped a ton since I’m feeling rather large these days, the casseroles were in the oven and way too much food was set out for our guests… 🙂  K brought in Big Horny Sara and I thought E’s heart was going to explode. This thing has been passed through multiple families since it’s original purchase 10-years ago, and it’s amazing! You ride/feed/pet Sara, and it was a huge hit at the party. In order for the adults to eat, I printed some coloring pages and bought boxes of crayons from the Dollar Tree. WIN! Once everyone had eaten it was game-time — Tricera-TOSS and the Punch-Game both went over really well, with candy/tiny dinos for prizes. Present time was a total whirlwind where E was opening/tossing presents faster than I could even process who gave what! We need to work on that for next year…ooof. Singing while this crazy candle was also playing music was hilarious, and our nephew Ryan had to take it out back and cut the wires to make it stop. Rainbow cake with rainbow sprinkles, and my favorite cookies on the planet were as much for ME as they were for E… 🙂

After everyone left and the party was picked-up, E negotiated her way out of an afternoon nap — which (I say) means we have to go out INTO THE WORLD. So despite the cold weather we thought a trip to the park would be nice, and that way I could get some photos of E with her leftover balloons AND a family photo (since we forgot at the party). Grandma did a great job grabbing that! After some climbing it was time to head home…it was really a BLAST, and worth all of the hard work!