Friday, February 17, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!
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I ordered Avery an Elsa dress for our upcoming Pretty Princess Ball a week from tomorrow! It's going to be so much fun and we are both so excited! I also ordered a blue skirt to go with my Anna-Inspired outfit. It's going to be so much fun!

 
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Jake had these pretty tulips sent to my work on Valentines Day and I'm loving having this beautiful pop of Spring color on my desk! Makes me so happy!

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This weekend is supposed to be amazing weather and I'm so happy to have this Spring-like weather in February!

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Jackson and Avery had Pajama Day at school yesterday and they both had so much fun. They got to wear their jammies and bring a stuffed animal and their classes made homemade pancakes. :-) Jackson's class even asked them to bring sleeping bags and pillows. It was so cute. Jackson did say that they didn't have to go to sleep though, ha.

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I saved the best for last! I found out last night, I'm going to be an aunt again!! My sister is pregnant with baby number 4 and I'm so excited!! After calling us last night, they posted this cute picture on Facebook!!



Have a great Weekend!!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

The kids had their Valentines Day parties at school today, so I took the morning off so I could join them at school. They were so cute and had so much fun!

 Jackson's party was first. Each child passed out their valentines 2 kids at a time. So it was quite the process but so cute to watch. Jackson had dinosaur valentines and an Avengers bucket to collect valentines in. :-)

Avery's party was at the end of class. They got to decorate sugar cookies. Most of the kids were just eating the icing right our of the container, Avery included. They should all have a nice sugar high. Ha! Avery's class also played a few games and had a couple little crafts. It was a super cute party. Avery had Frozen valentines and a Frozen mailbox to collect her valentines in. :-)

They both got a ton of cute valentines!

Later tonight we're grilling steaks for us and I plan to make heart shaped grilled cheese for the kids (per Jackson's request.) Should be a fun evening.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!




Monday, February 13, 2017

This and That

Here's just a random post to catch you up on what we've been up to lately.

We had a wonderful time in Arizona a week ago. I'll write a more detailed post soon, but here's a family picture of us at the Grand Canyon!

Last week we had a spruce tree cut down from our back yard that was growing into our power lines and the large oak tree in our front yard trimmed up. We also had several stumps removed from our yard. Last year, the main focus was on renovating the inside of our "new-to-us" house and this year the focus is on the outside. We have so much work that needs to be done, and we're excited to be starting on it. The main focus will be on getting the pool open in late Spring. We have some bids coming in on the work we want to do to the pool and I'm so excited to get that project started! I'll try and keep the blog updated through-out the process. It will surely be quite the transformation.
(It was amazing to watch them take this tree down. They had it down in less than 15 minutes!)

The weather has been seasonably warm lately and especially this past Saturday. It was 73 degrees and such a beautiful day. The kids in the neighborhood all played outside together and I took my mom and sister out for their birthdays (finally)! Their birthdays are in December but we've all been so busy that we finally were able to get together this past weekend. I took them shopping and to lunch! It was so much fun to have a girls day out!

While I was shopping Saturday, I bought Avery a super cute pair of boots for only $10. She looked so adorable for church on Sunday, I just had to get a picture of her.

The kids are all excited for their valentines day parties at school tomorrow!! Jackson has dinosaur valentines and Avery has Frozen valentines! It should be a fun day for them! We also plan to grill steaks for dinner tomorrow night and have a fun little love-themed family dinner.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!
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I set up a little impromptu Valentines Day photo session for the kiddos last week and I'm so happy I did. It's always a lot of work to do these little sessions. My kids are not the most cooperative when it comes to being in front of the camera, but with bribery, I can usually get them to cooperate for about 5 seconds, Ha! Regardless, I was able to get some keepers so it was a success.



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We took a little road trip last weekend to Indianapolis to visit their amazing Children's Museum. We had so much fun, despite the ice storm that was hitting St. Louis as we were leaving Friday. We debated back and forth on whether we should even go, but ended up going for it and I'm really glad we did. The roads were fine and we had a great time.

We left Friday, got to the hotel, ordered pizza, swam in the indoor pool and headed to bed. Saturday we got up and spent the whole day at the museum. We basically went because Disney Jr. has a Doc McStuffins exhibit that is traveling to different states and I think it's safe to say that Avery is obsessed with Doc McStuffins. The first place that the exhibit was at was The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and it happens to be the closest place that the exhibit will be to us. It was great because there were 5 floors of fun for the kids to experience, so it wasn't just all for Avery, there was plenty to do for Jackson there too. If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend this museum. The museum was open from 10:00 to 5:00 and we were there from open til around 4:00 when the kids started getting beyond crabby. Avery was so beat that she was practically asleep before we got out of the parking garage. Ha.


We spent the rest of the evening eating dinner and swimming in the indoor pool again. The kids loved being able to swim. We got up the next morning, had breakfast and then headed home. It was such a fun little trip.


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Avery had her first dentist appointment last week and we tried a new dentist for the kids. Jackson had only been one other time and it was to our dentist, which didn't go so well. So I searched for a good pediatric dentist and found one somewhat close to home. It is a really nice office and both of the kids did great.


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I finally finished up decorating my dining room buffet for Valentines Day. This is such a fun space to decorate for each holiday. Some of the things I had already, but a lot is new and I love the way it turned out. The banner, "LOVE" and candy dishes are new from Target, the runner is also from Target, but I got it several years ago. The white frames I picked up from Walmart and the candle holders are all things I already had. The valentines day printable in the left frame was found here.


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One week from tomorrow we'll be leaving on a jet plane for a week of fun in the sun in Arizona. I can't wait. This will be our third trip to visit our family friend, Jim, who lives in Phoenix. Jake's mom is going with us again and this will be Avery's first trip there and her first plane ride. We always go on a little road trip while we're there. The first year we visited Tombstone and the second year we drove out to California to visit Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier. Last year we didn't get to go because we were getting ready to move into our house, so we're excited to go back this year. This time around our little road trip will be to visit the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and The Four Corners! It should be a great trip and we're all really looking forward to it!


Have a Great Weekend!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!
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I recently signed up for ipsy and I'm anxiously awaiting my first bag. I have been using the same old make-up for years now and am ready for a change. I have no idea even where to start though, so I thought I'd sign up for ipsy and try out some new products. :-) You can check out ipsy by clicking here.


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I got tickets for Avery and I to go to an event that's coming to St. Louis in February called the Fairytale Ball. Basically it's all the Disney Princesses in one place and we'll be able to meet them all, dance with them, do different crafts and just have a really awesome girls day together. I haven't told her about it yet. I think I'll just wait and tell her the day of. I don't know which one of us will have more fun. She's really gotten in to the movie Frozen and the first hour of the event is for VIP (which of course we had to pay extra for) and it's a whole hour with Elsa and Anna! I can't wait to see Avery's face when we get there and she sees all the princesses!!


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I recently ordered a new canvas of our latest family picture and I love it. It's from Easy Canvas Prints. They have such great deals and I think I got it for 85% off!!!


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I never got around to sharing this picture of the kiddos before Christmas, so I thought I'd share it now since I love it so much! #allthehearteyes


Five
I made these Apple Pie Taquitos for our Christmas Eve get-to-gether with family and they were really good and so easy to make!


Have a great weekend!




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

16 in 2016

I thought I'd do a little 2016 recap, because we had a pretty great year.

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The kids and I enjoyed playing in the first snow of the season.

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We finally moved to our new house after 6 long months of renovating. It still wasn't finished on 2/6/16, but it was finished enough for us to move in and we have been finishing up the rest a little bit at a time!! We love our new house and our new neighborhood.

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We celebrated Easter!

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Jake and I traveled to Costa Rica in April with friends and it was such a beautiful and relaxing trip.

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We enjoyed watching Jackson play T-Ball and Soccer in the Spring!


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We celebrated Avery's 2nd birthday with a Peppa Pig Party at the park!

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Avery had her very first haircut.

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We went on several adventures around the city, including visits to the Zoo, Magic House, Busch Stadium for a Cardinals Game, Castlewood State Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Suson Park, the Science Center, Sky Zone and Forest Park to name a few.

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We celebrated Independence Day

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The Kids started their new Pre-School!

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The kids and I went to a beautiful 9/11 memorial on Art Hill in Forest Park. This was one of my favorite pictures of the year.

Twelve
We took an amazing Family Vacation to Disney World!! (Probably the highlight of the year for me.)

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We celebrated Jackson's 5th birthday with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party at the park!

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We celebrated Halloween!

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We hosted our first Thanksgiving in the new house with Jake's side of the family!

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We celebrated our First Christmas in our new home!

Like I said, 2016 was pretty good to us and we are already looking forward to a lot of great things to come in 2017. We are going on a family trip later this month to Phoenix, AZ which will include Avery's first plane ride and a visit to the Grand Canyon, Jake and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in July, we plan to open our pool this summer and Jackson will start Kindergarten in the Fall!! 




Friday, December 16, 2016

Five on Friday: Christmas Edition

 


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


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We have our Christmas Tree up and a majority of our presents wrapped (though not all the presents are shown in this picture). We went to the Kirkwood Farmer's Market for our tree this year. We got a Frasier Fir and it looks so pretty in our living room.



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This past Tuesday evening, Jake and I, our moms and the kiddos went on a wagon ride through Santa's Magical Kingdom to see the lights! It was so much fun.


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While we were at Santa's Magical Kingdom, we also met Santa and had our picture taken with him. He was a great Santa. Originally the picture was just supposed to be of Santa and the kids, but Avery wouldn't take a picture with him if we weren't in it with her. She talked to Santa, told him that she wanted Doc McStuffins toys for Christmas and she even gave him a high five, but she would not sit or stand by him for a picture. Jackson did great. He told Santa that he wanted Dinosaurs and Space toys for Christmas and stood right by him for the picture, but Avery wasn't having it. So for the 2nd year in a row, we got a family picture with Santa!


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I mailed out our Christmas Cards yesterday. I went with a buffalo plaid theme since it matched our pictures. I'm really happy with the way they turned out!



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We're gearing up for Christmas festivities starting tomorrow. Our festivities are all spread out and I love it! I love having it all spread out and not all in one day! Tomorrow we have Jake's family celebration, Jackson has his school party on Tuesday (Avery's was yesterday), Christmas Eve is spent with my Mom's side of the family (her dad and brother and his family) and then we go to church that evening. We are spending Christmas Day at home! This is our 4th year in a row to just spend the day at home and we love it! I'm so excited to watch the kids open their gifts, sip some coffee by the fire and stay in my pajamas all day long!! Then the Monday after Christmas we'll be hosting my immediate family (my parents, sister and her family). So we have a lot to look forward to this week!



I hope you all have the Merriest of Christmases and a Wonderful New Year!