Saturday, February 26, 2011


feeling like a princess
Tonight we had a princess on our hands...
Mimi took her for her dress and all the fixins last week
and today she had her mani/pedi
Papa ordered the corsage
and our girl
 was ready for her first "ball"
dolly dimple
The build up was heart thumping 
dimple bursting out 
crazy exciting
so excited
And that precious content smile that only the Dad-O can produce
melted my soul
sweet hug

I know this will be one of the few dances she attends
that I won't be filled with anxiety
because this time she had an escort
that is just as concerned with her happiness and well being
as I am

A Progression

Ben 1 week
one week

Ben 6 months
6 months

Ben 1
one year

Ben 2
two years

Ben 3

Ben 4

Ben 5

Friday, February 25, 2011


HOB slide

This year...{not on purpose}
I took very little photographs of B's actual party


we were all just having too much fun to 
stop and capture much
so here is a little peek
Thanks so much to all of our "village" for coming

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The cupcake tower

In place of a traditional cake, this year we had cupcakes to welcome the fifth year.
MiMi got these great cupcake holders and flags for our young Padawan. The Storm Trooper flagged vanilla cupcakes and Darth Vader flagged chocolate cupcakes.

cool cupcakes

Aunt K made this amazing buttercream frosting that Mommy frosted the cupcakes with too early. But, they tasted great and they were still pretty cool.

helping mommy

My {one} picture with the birthday boy!

Cupcake tower

Ben was very excited about his cool blue Star Wars cupcakes


And he looked WAY too old blowing that "5" candle out!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The BIG Gift

He may be five
and the box says you must be seven
but our precious little rule follower was more than willing to break the rules on this one
M and D gift
it will take hours on end to put this together with the help of Dad-O {and Mommy?}
and we have probably already lost many of the small pieces that belong to this ewok village
but THAT smile makes the investment of money on the front end
and time on the back end
worth every

Happy boy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sibling Giving

So proud of my sweet baby girl
who was beyond excited to give B his gift
she helped me choose the gift
we wrapped it together
she kept it a secret for almost two weeks
and as she handed it to B
she exclaimed
"its a yoda lunchbox with SW pjs inside!!!"
she was so close to keeping it a secret until he opened it
but even the give away of the secret
could not have taken from the sweet exchange between 
brother and sister
Thanks E

Oh how I love these two
and how they love each other

Monday, February 21, 2011

Birthday Traditions

Two simple traditions we have in our home for birthdays
You can never blow out candles too many times on your birthday
So we begin the day with a donut cake and a happy birthday song from our family of four
Donut Cake

And one must open the bedroom door when they wake
 to countless balloons 
to pop
and throw 
and play catch with 
and flick at your sister
until they are exhausted and deflated 

balloon am

a very good start to the day indeed

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Birthday My Sweet BOY!

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart

I can't believe you are FIVE today!!
I love you with everything I am
and simply cannot wait to see what you
 will do with this life.
You will always be 
this precious little bundle to me.

Monday, February 14, 2011


After two weeks off school
it was time to prep for the Valentine's Day Party
I am not a big fan of the competition amongst mommies to make perfect boxes 
for their kids to take to school
I take the opposite route
and give them ownership of their creation
I think it is just good practice
But I have seen many friend's blogs that do make the boxes
and just to make it clear, no judgement here...
just a difference of opinion
I made the valentines cards {see previous post} and got a box at the dollar store.
 Guess which ones they wanted to sign and give to their friends?

So off they went today
to celebrate with their school friends
all dressed in red
{a heartbreaker and love bug, respectively}

Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pioneer Woman Entries

Pioneer Woman is having a Photography Contest this week
the theme is LOVE
these are a few pictures that make me think of LOVE in my life....
{I think I have posted them all before}

and this one is just a fun "artistic" picture that I was playing with
what do you think?

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Our PINK meal
hot dog with pink sauce
pink yogurt with pink sprinkles
cherry 7up
pink m&m's for dessert

Not the healthiest meal I have every served, 
but a fun meal indeed!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The biggest icicle in all the land....

Right after this picture was taken, the kids took it straight to the bathtub to see how quickly it would melt under the water. I then had to bring in a shovel full of snow to show them how fast it would melt compared to ice. What fun, and such a simple thing they truly enjoyed!