Friday, April 17, 2015

5 on Friday

I'm linking up with Darci, Natasha, April and Christina for Five on Friday!

 Avery got to go for her first real wagon ride yesterday. Jake took Jackson and Avery up to the park yesterday in the wagon. They had so much fun!

Jake offered to let me pick out a new watch for my birthday and I'm trying to decide whether to go with silver or gold. I have white gold rings and most of my other jewelry is silver, but I love all the gold right now, so I'm torn. Here are a few of the watches I like.

I'm excited to have 2 photo sessions this weekend. In fact I have 2 photo sessions every weekend for the next 3 weekends!! :-) It's about to get really busy and I love it! A couple of them are even repeat clients, which is such a huge compliment for me. I love seeing clients come back again!

 Last Friday was National Siblings Day and I didn't even realize it until later in the day. I posted this picture of my sister and I and thought I'd share it here as well. :-) It can double as a Flash Back Friday picture. ;-)

Target has buy one dress get one 50% off right now. So as I was browsing online I bought a couple that I liked and thought would be great for this Summer.

Have a Great Weekend!!

I'm also linking up here this week.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

52 Project 2015: Week 15

"A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Jackson: Playing a game with Daddy in the kitchen! He was so excited!

 Avery: We traveled to Kansas City this past weekend for Jake's Grandma's funeral, so I thought it was a great time for Avery to wear the little Royals outfit that Jake's Mom had gotten for Jackson at this age. She looked so cute in it that I had to get a picture. Jackson had his cardinals shirt on and I wanted to get a picture of them together, but he wouldn't cooperate... as usual. ;-)

Friday, April 10, 2015

5 on Friday

I'm linking up with Darci, Natasha, April and Christina for Five on Friday!

 I ordered this adorable crown headband for Avery's first birthday from Sassy Sweet Pea Designs!! I can't wait to see her wearing it. It's just perfect.

When I got home from work on Wednesday evening, I noticed one of my tulips had bloomed and several more have buds that look like they'll bloom soon. I got a couple pictures of my lonely tulip and thought I'd share. I love Spring!

This Sunday is my birthday! So Jake and I are going to have a date day after church. We are going to go to lunch and then go to the Science Center to see Humpback Whales at the Omnimax! I love Dolphins and Whales so I'm super excited to see this. Then we are going to get new iphone 6's. Yay! Should be a fun birthday!

One of Jackson's Easter Basket goodies was a pack of army men. My husband used to play a game with his brothers where they would each set up their army men and then use a car to knock each others men down. Jake thought this would be a fun game he could play with Jackson. So one night this week, Jake showed Jackson the game and they had a lot of fun with it. Jackson loved it and was super excited to play a new game with Daddy. ♥

Have a great weekend!! It's supposed to be a nice, sunny weekend here and I'm so happy!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter 2015: Part 2

Easter day was kind of a whirlwind of a day, but in a fun way. 

We got up and got ready for church. Before heading out the door, the kids saw their Easter Baskets waiting for them in the living room that the Easter Bunny had brought the night before.

After seeing their baskets, we headed to church for a beautiful service. After service they had an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.

I have to make mention of Avery's dress and bonnet because they are so important to me. My mom and I each wore a similar dress and bonnet for our first Easters. I'm not sure if this was necessarily planned, but nonetheless, very cool. After finding the pictures a few years back, I realized how cool it was that we had such similar outfits on for our first Easter. So when I started looking for Easter dresses for Avery, I knew I wanted something similar to what my mom and I had wore for our first Easters. I found this dress online and fell in love with it. It was perfect! Then I asked my sweet sister if she could make Avery a matching bonnet and of course, she agreed. :-) Her little dress and matching bonnet couldn't have been any cuter!! Here is a comparison of all three of us.

After the egg hunt, we went back inside to get a few family pictures.

Our family picture tradition continues... my parents, my sister and her family and me and my family. This is a tradition that we do every.single.year and I love it!

After church, my family went to visit Grammy's grave, as we have every year since she passed. She is missed so much.

Then we went back to my parent's house for BBQ! Yum.

A little later, we headed over to Jake's Mom's house for dinner with his family and another Easter Egg Hunt. She made a very tasty ham for dinner, but before that we had the Easter Egg Hunt at the same park that we had it at last year. The kids had a blast with the hunt and playing on the playground. Jake and his brother even played tag with all the kids. :-)

And one more comparison, just because I love them so much... This is a picture of Jake pushing Jackson on the swings at this same park last year on Easter, and again this year on Easter! Jackson has grown so much in a year. :-(

It was such a great Easter. One of the best yet! We celebrated the resurrection of our wonderful Savior and got to spend the day with our wonderful family. It just doesn't get much better than that!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter 2015: Part 1

**Before I get into my post for today, I want to remind you that the Sassy Sweet Pea Designs 5 piece Spring Headband Giveaway ends tonight at midnight. Today is your last day so click here and enter before it's too late!!**

The Friday night before Easter, my mom had my sister and I and the kids over for an Easter egg scavenger hunt and to dye eggs and decorate sugar cookies. The kids had SO much fun!! We usually do this every year, but Jackson and Mason were finally old enough to really have fun with it. 

First, we had our scavenger hunt. My sister found the idea online a couple years ago and we've just changed it up a little each year to make it somewhat different. She hid the clues in Easter Eggs and the last clue led them to their treat. :-)

Then we dyed Easter Eggs. My mom found these dye-able fake eggs this year and thought they would be fun because you wouldn't have to worry about them breaking, however, they float!! So dyeing them was not very easy, as you can imagine. But we made the best of it and the kids still had fun.

And lastly, we decorated sugar cookies! :-) We all had a lot of fun with this.

There was also a little ipad/play time and before we all left, my mom requested a picture with all the grand-kids!! :-)

We had such a fun night!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Avery's 11th Month


On March 28th you turned 11 months old!! I can't believe you are less than a month away from turning one!! It just seems unbelievable that you're almost one.

You have really become a "big girl" this last month in so many ways. First up, you are walking like crazy now! Last month you were walking from one person to another and cruising all the furniture, but still not really letting go and walking on your own yet. But at 10 months old you started letting go and walking all over the place. There's no stopping you now!

You have not wanted much to do with your baby food this month now that you've been eating more and more regular food. You've actually cut back on eating altogether. I think you might just be too busy to eat now that you're walking. You still take a bottle of formula before bed and another during the night or first thing in the morning. 

You are wearing mostly 18 month clothes, size 4 diapers and a mixture of size 3 and 4 shoes!

You've mastered the sippy cup this month too! You often steal drinks out of Jackson's if you see it laying around. ;-) So I got you a few of your own and you love them! You know how to tip it up for yourself, but sometimes you'll bring it over and practically throw it at us to make us hold it up for you to get a drink... little stinker.

You also got a big girl car seat this month! You were getting far to heavy to carry around in the infant car seat, so we decided it was time to get you a big girl seat and you're loving it. :-) We went with this Graco MySize 65 Convertible Car Seat!

You started patting your baby dolls, and sometimes us, on the back now when you are giving love! It's the sweetest thing ever! You also lay your head on us and say "awe"... it's so sweet! You aren't all sugar and spice and everything nice these days though, you have a little temper when you don't get what you want. You throw a fit and stiffen up and it drives mommy crazy! You are impossible to diaper change and get dressed these days because standing still just isn't something you want to do.

You celebrated your first St. Patrick's Day this month and looked so adorable in your green and gold!

You got to go to your first Easter Egg Hunt and meet the Easter Bunny for the first time this month! 

You also got to go to several parks, since the weather has been so nice lately. :-)

And go on a couple of walks in the stroller.

We also started putting your hair in a tiny little pony-tail! It's the cutest!

You dance now on command and it is seriously the cutest thing ever!! You rock your head back and forth and bounce up and down! I love it.

We are planning your first birthday party for May 9th!! It is going to be a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme and I found the cutest little gold polka dot tutu and we have some gold shoes for you to wear. I also ordered you a birthday shirt, which should be arriving next week! I can't wait to get started on buying decorations! It's going to be such a cute party!
Our party inspiration!

So I think that just about covers it miss Avery! 
We love you more than words can say and have had so much fun with you this month. You are getting so big and growing so fast. It's happening in the blink of an eye. I love this age you are at as you have become a little more independent and we're starting to see more and more of your personality. I love it! You are such a beautiful and happy girl!

Mommy - xoxo