Tuesday, February 20, 2018

President's Day Weekend

We had a great long weekend! Travis was unfortunately out of town for work, so my mom came to Charlotte to help me parent while he was away! 

Friday afternoon, it was so nice out, we took the kids to the airport overlook to watch the planes!

Lucas was so excited that he was shaking!!! He stared at the planes with this much intensity the whole time!

My mom has an obsession with Dunkin Donuts coffee, so we all went there for breakfast Saturday morning!

Both kids were super excited about their donuts! #breakfastofchampions

Saturday afternoon, we had Mary Scott's birthday party!

Ella wasted no time getting her face painted and a balloon made!

Then Minnie Mouse arrived!! Good news, she and Ella are still best friends (if you remember our trip to Disney World, Ella only smiled in the pictures with Minnie), and Lucas even got brave enough to give her a high 5!

...But most of the time, he just watched her from a safe distance. 

Ella had so much fun dancing with Minnie! 

Oh, and Mickey Mouse was there too!! 

Of course Lucas was so sad (along with his 4 girlfriends) when Minnie and Mickey had to leave! 

On Sunday, we went to the mall. Our Pottery Barn Kids is closing (tear!) so everything was marked down 60%!!! I definitely got some good deals in there! But also in PBK...Lucas lost his shoe. 

Oh just look at him. He knows what he did!! (anyone else think of this when you read that?! ha!)
 I was so irate...1. because he lost not just any shoe but one of his $55 Sperrys that he wears pretty much every day, and 2. this is the second time we have been at the mall and this child has lost ONE shoe. I would rather him lose both shoes, because what the heck am I going to do with one shoe?!

Luckily, I found these at Gap that happened to be on they work for the time being! 

{Oh and (2 days later), I found the missing Sperry!!! I was taking the stroller out of my trunk and the shoe somehow fell out with it! No clue how that happened or how I did not see it before...but yay!!! Lucas has 2 Sperrys again!}

After that mall adventure, we said goodbye to my mom and made a sign for Trav after nap! (Ella's idea!)

Yesterday, Ella didn't have preschool so we met up with one of her friends for some bowling!

It was super cute! We went to Sports Connection, and did the "mini bowling." They use a smaller ball and only play 5 frames...which was perfect for my kids' attention span! Plus it was only $3, so yay! 

Lucas decided he didn't want to wait for the ball to reach the pins...he would just go down there and knock those pins down himself!

He did this about 3 times, so of course rather than yelling at him, I pulled out my phone to take pictures! Because it was kind of funny...and also I was glad we didn't get in trouble. 

Ella loved it! And please notice Lucas behind her, throwing all of the bowling balls on the ground. 

And there you have it...a fun long weekend with my favorite little people! Of course we missed Trav, but big thanks to my mom for coming and keeping us entertained!!! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!! I feel like this has been the longest week ever, anyone else?!

1. We had a great Valentine’s Day! You know we had to have a little photo shoot!

{felt board is from here}

2. April was sweet enough to have some of us girls over Tuesday night for a Galentines night! 

We had lots of fun trying on all of her LipSense products...I am not a lipstick person whatsoever, but I got hooked and bought some! I got Carmel Apple...I’ll take a pic of it on my face at some point, but here’s what it looks like on April!

3. Valentine’s Day was also the start of Lent, and I always like to something for Lent each year. Last year I did an act of kindness each day. This year, I decided I really needed to reign in my buying clothes for kids. I have a serious addiction to the Facebook resale groups, so I figured I’d give those up for lent. After thinking about it a little more, I realized I don’t use Facebook for much else besides those b/s/t groups, so I just decided to deactivate my account so I wouldn’t even be tempted to look! 

It’s been liberating so far. Although, I’ve already had people text me like, “I tried to tag you on a post with some clothes and it wasn’t working!” How sad is that?!?! Haha! 

4. Now that I’m not spending 1848 hours a day on Facebook (only a slight exaggeration), I have more time to read! Since my last update I’ve finished the following books:

This was recommended by the girl who leads our bible study and it was a really interesting read. It was a bit redundant and got a little preachy from time to time, I did enjoy reading about her life in Uganda. I just wish she had written a few more stories about her experience. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. 

This is the 3rd book by Liane Moriarty I’ve read now and all of them are just so good! This one wasn’t as page-turning as The Husband's Secret but it still held my attention for all 480+ pages. It was a story that I won’t forget and made me think about my own life. I gave it 5 stars. 

Oh Emily Ley, I just love you. I had to breeze through this since it was due back to the library just 4 days after I started it but luckily it was a quick read. There was nothing earth shattering in this book, but good reminders of how to hold yourself to a standard of grace, not perfection. I gave it 3.5 stars. 

5. Can we talk for a second about the weather yesterday?! It was 77° and absolutely gorgeous!! We played outside as much as possible...we are ready whenever you are, spring!! Too bad it’s supposed to go back to being cold again by like, tomorrow.

We have a fun little weekend mom is in town and we have a birthday party tomorrow afternoon! Have a fun weekend! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday friends!!! 

It’s been a whirlwind week since my best girl turned 4 last Saturday, but here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to!

1. Last Friday, we got a jump start on Ella’s birthday celebrations by meeting Belle and Marshall at the cupcake shop! 

It was definitely worth waiting in the freezing cold, although Lucas didn’t think so (he was terrified of Marshall!).

2. We had Ella’s 4 year old check up yesterday, and if you saw my instastory, you already know how traumatic it was! Homegirl does NOT like shots...and she had to get 2 yesterday! So she was freaking out just a bit. 

Thankfully we all survived!

3. We have been slowly but surely breaking in Ella’s birthday presents and a surprise favorite of mine is the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

It is so cute, and is great for practicing fine motor skills (you have to use these cute little squirrel tweezers to pick up the acorns)! Highly recommend for the 3-5 age group!

4. We celebrated National Fro Yo Day (yes, it’s really a thing!) this past Tuesday with Kathryn and baby Norah! Because nothing is more appropriate than getting some fro yo in winter coats when it’s 40° out, right?! 

But it was free!! Which is good because Lucas decided he didn’t like fro yo and ate zero of his. I think it was too cold for him? Good thing my “picky eater” Ella had no problem finishing off hers and his.

5. This is a total first world problem, but y’all! So many things to watch on tv right now! 

First, the Olympics! I’m not going to lie, I def like the Summer Olympics better, but hey, I’ll still watch the winter ones. Then, the Bachelor is starting a Winter Games version next week. Big Brother also decided to do a celebrity version this winter for the first time ever, and that started this past week. (yes Trav and I are the only people in America who still watch Big Brother. And it is on like 3 times a week...such a  commitment!) And then there’s all of my regular Bravo shows! I just don’t even know how I am going to fit in all of these things to watch! See, told ya first world problems! 

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ella's Rainbow Birthday Party!

Ella specifically requested a "rainbow art party" for her 4th birthday...well, ask and you shall receive! 
I definitely did not want to have a bunch of preschoolers over to our house to do art projects, so we had the party at Noah's Art, which was a perfect location! 

I did basically nothing for this party, which was every bit as amazing as I knew it would be. I made the cupcakes myself and didn't even bother to take them out of the pans for a pretty display!

{all printable are from Lilacs & Charcoal on Etsy}

The kids also had "creative juice" aka apple juice!

For their favor bags, I made a rainbow on plain white bags using dot markers.

Inside the bags, I put crayons, a little watercolor set, stickers and a little sketchbook (I found the stickers and books in the $1 spot at Target!). 

As soon as we got there, the art projects started! 
First, Ella got a rainbow painted on her hand!

{Ella's dress is from OmiJo}

They also had a station set up where the kids could color a big birthday banner for Ella...

...and at the third station, they made bead bracelets!

They also set out play dough for Lucas and Penelope!

{Lucas's shirt is from Hanna Andersson}

After all of Ella's friends arrived, the kids put on aprons and got to paint!

The next project was doing watercolors. There were hidden objects on their picture that were revealed when they painted!

While this was going on, the boys wanted to do a little painting ;) 

I'll also add that Lucas became obsessed with washing his hands and washed them no fewer than 15 times during the party. Thanks for keeping him occupied, Trav, Mom and Dad!

The last project was making rainbows with pipe cleaners!

(Not sure why Ella decided to "smile" like this in every picture.)

Then it was time for her birthday march! They put on music and Ella paraded through the art studio to their big birthday wall! She got to pick out the color she wanted and put her handprint on the wall, all while her little friends cheered her on! 

Next up: singing "Happy Birthday" and cupcakes!

Then it was time to say goodbye to all of the friends! Baby Norah was the youngest guest by a long shot :)

After nap, we had our families over to continue the birthday celebration, so I put up some decorations...because this is me and you know I love some decorations! 

That giant 4 is still up in our dining room...and will prob be up until Lucas's birthday in May.

Time to open presents!

Ella is obsessed with the sleep Skye she got, as well as her new Minnie watch!

My parents gifted her my old dollhouse that my grandpa built for me when I was a little girl. They also got her new furniture (since mine was outdated and kind of fragile), and she has been having fun "decorating" the house! 

What a day celebrating this 4 year old!!!! She was super tired out!