Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Doc is in So Let the Party Begin!

We had Avery's 3rd birthday party at the park on Sunday, April 30th and it was so much fun. It rained all weekend so we were really nervous that having it at the park wouldn't be a possibility after-all, but it stopped raining just in time for the party and the sun even came out to help dry things out a little bit. :-)

Avery has been Doc McStuffins obsessed for quite some time now. Frozen is quickly becoming a new favorite though so I thought we better go with the Doc theme while we could because I have a feeling we'll be having a Frozen or Princess themed party next year. ;-)

I searched around on Pinterest for some cute invitation inspiration and ended up making this one using this png file from Etsy. 

Party Details:
We had grilled hamburgers and hot-dogs for food, along with chips and a pickle tray. We also had sweet tea and "Lambie's Pink Lemonade" to drink. I ordered the cupcakes from Walmart and they turned out really cute. Then we filled a cooler full of frozen popsicles which was a big hit with the kiddos.

As far as decorations go, I pretty much got everything at Walmart. They had a nice selection of Doc McStuffins party d├ęcor. I tried to keep it simple with it being at the park. My mother-in-law helped quite a bit in getting things ready. She got all of the serving bowls and trays from the Dollar Tree as well as the heart-shaped glass bowls for the centerpieces filled with Hershey Kisses. She also made the pink lemonade as well. I made little favors for each friend to take home but forgot to get a picture of them. :-( They were little snack size baggies filled with 2 band-aids and some Hershey Kisses. The tag said: "Band-Aids for your boo-boos and a few kisses too, Thanks for coming to my party, it was so good to see you!" I got Avery's cute Doc t-shirt from the Disney Store online, which unfortunately I don't see there anymore. :-(

We invited all of our close friends and family and I think everyone had a really great time. The playground was right next to the pavilion, which made it convenient for the kids to play. Avery was spoiled with so many cute toys and clothes.

Here are a few pictures from the party!

Singing Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl!

She was so excited to open her presents and was so cute with each present. She "read" her cards and said they were to Avery Rose Smith. ;-) She'd open a present and say, "Oh my Gosh!". She was so excited about each gift.

I can't believe she's 3 already! Time flies when you're having fun and we are certainly having fun with our sweet Avery!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!
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My sister had an elective ultrasound last Friday night and found out that baby #4 is a GIRL!!! We are so excited. She has 3 adorable boys and was hoping this baby would be a girl. Needless to say everyone is beyond excited!

Last week, while going through some things in our garage to prepare for our neighborhood garage sale, I ran across my box of Barbies from when I was a little girl. I got them down and let Avery see them. When I opened the box and she saw all the dolls she said, "Oh my gosh!" It was so cute and she was so excited. So I let her bring a couple of them in to play with. :-) It was so cute listening to and watching her play with them. :-)

My mom got me this super cute initial bracelet from Alex and Ani for my birthday last month and I love it. Next I want to get an April birthstone bracelet and an October birthstone bracelet to represent each of my kiddos. :-)

Avery got several new Frozen dolls for her birthday and she loves them. The other night she had to have all of her new Frozen dollies in her bed with her. :-)

It has been raining here for days and days. We did have one nice day here on Tuesday, but otherwise it's been raining. Raining so much that we've had historical flooding. So much flooding that our schools have been closed since Wednesday, roads and highways have been shut down for days and homes and businesses have been flooded. People haven't been able to get to and from work, it's just been awful. We are supposed to have a nice weekend, so I'm happy about that and I'm hoping and praying that will help the flood waters to recede. Please keep everyone who has been affected by this flooding in your prayers.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fun at Monkey Joe's

I was off work Monday and it was pretty chilly and misty outside, so I decided to take the kids to Monkey Joe's and they had a blast! We stayed there for almost 3 hours. Jackson made a couple little friends and both kids had a wonderful time. It wasn't crowded which made it nice and easy for me to keep an eye on the kiddos without having to follow them around. I hadn't taken the kids there since Avery was just a newborn, so it is something we might have to do more often now that we live so close to one. :-)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Avery's Big Girl Room

For Avery's 3rd birthday, and as a prize for potty-training, we got her a "Big-Girl" bed. We decided to go the toddler bed route for now and then eventually transition her into a twin or full size bed in a couple years. We asked her what kind of bed she would like to have and she picked Frozen. So when I saw this Frozen Canopy Bed, I knew this would be perfect.

So on Thursday night, the night before her birthday, we surprised her with the bed along with new bedding to match and a new rug. It's all so cute and it seems as though she has a little more floor-space in her room now, which is great.

She has done absolutely amazing in her new bed. She loves it and has gone to bed easier now since we got it and has slept through the night every night we've had it. I was a little worried about the transition, but she's done great. I know it could still go downhill, but so far it's been great. She still calls for us if she needs something or when she wakes up in the morning, just like she did when she was in her crib. She's such a big girl and we're so proud of her.

Here are a few more pictures of her room as I re-organized it a little with the bed swap and replaced the prints in her 4 white frames with new Frozen themed prints. :-) Soon I'd like to replace the valance with curtains that match her bedding and replace the bunting above her bed with one that matches her new bedding. I will also be taking the rocking chair out as soon as I'm more sure that we won't be needing it anymore. Thankfully her walls are a color that matches the theme well enough to where we won't have to re-paint. :-)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Avery!

Happy Birthday to my most favorite little girl! I can't believe 3 years have passed so quickly.

You are such a precious gift from God and I am so proud to be your mommy. You have grown so much over this last year! You started your first year of preschool and have been doing so great! You also just recently potty-trained, which I am so proud of you for.

You are sweet and spunky and bring so much joy to our lives. You are my little side-kick and definitely a mommy's girl. You still love for me to rock you in the rocking chair before bed and you love for me to read you stories. You always want me to carry you around even though you're starting to get a little heavy. You say "I wanna hold you" and reach your arms up to me for me to hold you.

 You love your big brother and you get along great, for the most part. You guys are best buddies, which makes me so happy. You love to play outside with the neighbors and you love spending time with your cousins any chance you get. You love going to Grandma's house and you love going shopping with Maw Maw. You love helping Papa with the latest house project and you're Daddy's Sugar all the way.

You love to play with dolls, play with play-doh and color. You love to go to the park and swing and you love jumping on the trampoline in the back-yard. You love watching Doc McStuffins, Frozen and Finding Dory and you love to dress up in your princess gowns or in your Doc McStuffins doctor's coat. You love candy and junk food, but you also like yogurt and vegetables so I can't complain too much.

You are very polite and always say please and thank you.  You love to sing and dance and I absolutely love to hear you sing. You're very much a girly girl, but you definitely don't mind getting dirty!

You are such a fun loving and silly girl. You make me laugh all the time and say the funniest things. You're so smart too and are so very independent. You want to do everything for yourself and often say "I want to do it first!" Your favorite color is pink (again, such a girly girl). You say you want to be a doctor when you grow up, and though you're very young to decide that now, I do think you have the determination to be whatever you want to be.

I absolutely love watching you grow, and though I miss the tiny baby God gave me 3 years ago, I adore the little girl you are today. I can't wait to see what this next year brings and the many years to come. You'll always be my sweet baby girl. I love you to the moon and back! Happiest of birthdays to you!

Love, Mommy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mixbook Photo Books

Let me start by saying, Mixbook did not contact me to write this post, I just really love Mixbook and wanted to share my books with you all.

I can't say enough great things about Mixbook. I just love them. Their website is so user friendly and they give you full rein when creating your books. They have so many different styles to choose from and they are so much fun to make. They are by far my favorite company to work with when it comes to making scrapbooks. I've used them every year since Jackson was born. I make a book a year for each of my kids and they are always so fun to look back at.

I try to start a new book after each of their birthdays and then add to it throughout the year as not to get overwhelmed making it all at once. I just finished up Avery's latest book, just in time for all our friends and family to see at her birthday party. So I thought I'd share it here for you all to take a look at as well. I'm also sharing Jackson's latest book because I never shared it before.

If you're ever interested in ordering from Mixbook, I have a $20 off discout for your first order. Just click here! Believe me, you'll be happy you did.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jackson's Mini Creek Photo Session

I was off work this past Monday and decided to take advantage of the nice weather we had that evening to get a few updated pictures of Jackson in the creek at the park near our house. Thankfully, he was willing and I think they turned out so cute!