Four Years Old! Tea Party Birthday

Be prepared for a birthday bash overload.

Today is my little lovers 4th birthday! They are such absolute blessings and I am so grateful to have been entrusted with them for the last 4 years. They are so smart, kind, beautiful, and polite. True little angles!!!

We celebrated this weekend with both sets of grandparents. A sweet little tea party: hats, gloves, tea sandwiches, & cake!

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O Christmas Tree….

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To say that I love Christmas would be an understatement. Everything about Christmas makes me happy. I love family, good food, festive drinks, Christmas lights, Jesus…..and decorating. So naturally we have an undisclosed amount of Christmas trees in our home this year. With that being said, I thought I’d share a few tips on decorating a tree.

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Let’s start at the top. You can literally use anything for a tree topper. I love the traditional angles or stars and I also love the crazy glitter picks sticking out every which way, but for this tree in particular I went with something alittle simpler and more natural.  Twig bells with a few green leafs and berries made a perfect topper.

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As for ornaments, I went with soft felt ones that matched my color scheme (rustic, traditional). Notice also that there are several little knit stockings that work great as ornaments on this tree do the size.

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I also made several pinecone ornaments by simply gluing a ribbon hook and festive bow on.

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Depending on the size of the tree, you can also use regular sized stockings as embellishments. To add interests I used some ornament that there are only on or two the same on the whole tree.  ( wooden sleigh and white fur snow ball). This helps draw and catch attention.

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Ribbon is a great way to fill your tree and add more fullness. This tree has several different widths and styles of ribbon woven in. Also, as you can see pictured, there are several different “ribbon bundles” that are a combination of three different ribbons bundled together and then tied deep in the tree to look as though they are coming from within.  When choosing ribbon for this, make sure to choose different widths, colors and styles to make it unique. Also try making each bundle unique in how you combine the ribbons.

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Garlands are a great addition to a tree. I like using floral garlands as well as other more traditional ones like the felt balls.

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When you get to the bottom of the tree, remember that it’s not just for presents, Make it cozy and inviting. We have a basket with a warm down blanket, a lantern. some festive pinecones. On the other side with have a little chair with a basket full of some Christmas toys of the girls. As far as a tree skirt goes….you can use anything. I had several pieces of scrap burlap in read and a dark tan. I just draped them around the bottom of the tree and Ta-Da! A tree skirt!

Just remember, when decorating a tree, every one is different.  They all have a unique style and should reflect your personal style and liking. These are just a few tips I used for our main tree. I am always working on them. I will probable add something more or rearrange several more times before Christmas….but that is all part of the fun!!!

Merry Christmas!

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Holiday Fun!

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We went to see Santa and Mrs. Clause year and the girls just loved it. They jumped right into their laps and started telling them everything they wanted.

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After visiting Santa out Elfs, Zizzy and Ella, showed up. The girls are so fun to watch. They talk to the elfs and are so excited to see where they show up in the morning.

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 Bostyn was a big help with putting up the pink tree this year. I wasn’t sure I was going to bother putting it up, but decided to go ahead and I’m so glad I did. She was mesmerized by the pretty ornaments, especially the pink fairy. Blakely helped me with the garland outside.. I think she liked being outside when it was cold so she could wear her hat. ha

 

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My mother has been spoiling the girls with the 33 days of Christmas gifts. No…there is no such thing…but apparently she got so much stuff she wrapped it all up and gave it to us over Thanksgiving. So the girls have been going crazy about opening a gift everyday and seeing what they got. Christmas Toe Socks and Slippers & My Little Pony Ornaments.( Pictured above)

Other than that we have definitely been getting in the Christmas spirit. Mansfield put on a great Christmas parade and lighting of the tree with a firework show afterward. I Love everything about Christmas and it is so much fun seeing the girls truly be excited about Christmas and …Baby Jesus.

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Growing Up

The past few weeks have been……crazy busy!!! With golf tournaments and another move we have not had much normalcy.  The girls have handled it like champs. They love to travel and are excited to go stay different places (especially if they can do a little swimming). They are also loving the new house!!! The space is great and they have more than enough room to play with all of their things. We also have plenty of room for company, so we are excited to start entertaining and hosting company!!!

Anyway….. here are a few pic of the girls over the past week!

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4th of July Cuties!!!

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Ice cream in the car….questionable choice on my part…but nothing a few baby wipes cant clean up!

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Dinner at one of our favorite burger place in Amarillo- Blue Sky

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New Aprons- since they are my little helpers when it comes to cooking!

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Summer Fun

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Wow!!! It sure got hot quick here. Summer may not be officially here, but I’m saying it arrived early. The last couple weeks have been mid 90s…

So naturally, the girls and I have been spending ALOT of time at the pool. Quite honestly the only way to be outside in this heat.

We also visited a small fair at a local church close to us. The girls had a blast riding some of the kiddy rides. Corey and I reminisced about the good ole days when we didn’t get sick just looking at the crazy, spin-you-around-until-you-puke, rides!

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Catching Up!

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One benefit of living in the DFW area is there are always lots of things to do. We have been traveling a lot, but when we are here for a weekend, we’ve definitely been taking advantage of the fun things to do.

Horse races, zoo, choo choo trains, and a bunch more. Here are some pics I wanted to catch up on!

 

 

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12 Hours

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Coffee & Catching Up

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Sleeping Beauties Wake Up

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Breakfast & Getting Ready

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Walking the Pup

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Play Time

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Lunch

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Laundry & Baking

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Outfit Planning

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Editing

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Snacks!

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Bubbles & Painting

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Trampoline Park Fun

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Dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse!

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April 2nd-Autism Awareness-We Wear Blue!!!

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For those of you who do not know, April is Autism Awareness Month.  Today specifically, April 2nd, we are to wear blue in support and to spread awareness about Autism.  I know many people, friends, family and acquaintances, that are blessed with children with autism.

Our family has been blessed with Jack, my cousin. He is a joy and is thankfully a very happy little boy,….growing young man. I am so proud of his parents, who love him so dearly and provide such excellent care and therapy for him. But most of all, I am selfishly thankful for his blessing in our family. He, unknowingly, has taught us all so much.  Patience, tender love, acceptance, consideration for others, and compassion.  I feel honored that Jesus would bless our family with the gift of Jack.

Today WE wear blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birthday Babies

 

Three Years Old!!!

I can’t believe my little ladies are so big. I still remember them teenie tiny in the hospital, and buying them doll dresses to wear for their first pictures. Now, they are growing into the sweetest, kindest, most fun, loving spirited beauties.

My heart is overflown with love form them, couldn’t even imagine my days without gentle hugs and sugary kisses from them both.  I am so blessed to be their momma and will try my best to be the tender, nurturing mother they need.

Here’s their special weekend in a nutshell.

(Birthday Pancakes, Burger King, Playground Playing, Dressing Up, Cupcake Cupcakes, Chalk Artists, Minnie Mouse B-Day Cupcake Party)

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Growing Girls

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Sometimes I forget,…take for granted the opportunity that I have to be able to stay home with these little helpers. They are growing so fast and I’m just so thankful to be with them so much.

So today, I’m sharing few snap shots of my sweet little beauties!

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Tea Party Pictures

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My Happy Little Valentines!

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I don’t know how I ended up so truly blessed with these 3 valentines. Seriously the best husband I never knew I even wanted!!! Plus he’s an awesome person, everyone loves him, super sexy, and those EYES. Yep, he’s mine and I’m pretty blessed.

The 2 other little blue eye beauties are just icing on the cake. Little lovers with the sweetest souls.

If people ever looked at me and thought I had a perfect life….I’d have to say they’re right. Closest to perfect I’ve ever known. Completely in LOVE!

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Happy Father’s Day 2014

Happy Father’s Day to some of the best guys I know.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a fabulous Father’s Day.

We had a great time celebrating our daddy’s.

Corey is such a great father to our girls. I feel so blessed to have fallen in love with such a wonderful husband that just so happens to be a terrific father.

My daddy is so wonderful and I’m thankful that God blessed me with the perfect father for me!

Here are a few pics of the weekend!

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Babes & Pancakes

I was looking through my camera and came across these pics of the sweet babes, so I thought I’d share!

Bostyn woke up early and helped me make breakfast. Blakely woke up really early and went back to sleep in mom and dads bed.

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A Wonderful Weekend!

What a wonderful weekend!!!

I love spending time with my family so this weekend was no exception.  Corey’s parents came to town and our dads and Corey played golf on Saturday morning and our moms, my sister and nieces, and the girls and I went to Pei Wei for lunch. We all met back up at the house for a great BBQ and enjoyed a absolutely beautiful day outside.  We also had some wonderful, much needed rain. I just love thunderstorms!

Here are a few pics of the weekend:

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Mother’s Day! 2014

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I hope everyone had a fabulous Mother’s Day!

Mine was definitely a great one. Corey and I went to a music festival with the girls on Saturday afternoon/evening. It was so much fun watching the girls dance around and play with the other little kids. Corey and I had a fun time to, enjoying Easton Corbin and a few drinks. We stayed the night in a Hotel with the girls, so my Mother’s Day started by waking up with both my sweet little baby girls in the bed with me.

We made the short trip back home and then had a relaxing afternoon at home. I snagged a 2 hour nap while the girls were napping which was a good gift on it’s own.

The pictures above are of the evening spent with my parents, sister, and nieces.

The girls ate pizza topless to ensure clean shirts for pictures later in the evening.  We went all out with the fancy newspaper table clothe! Lucky for me, my family is pretty content eating of newspaper as long as you through some crab legs on it. So that’s exactly what we did. Crab legs, green beans, fried okra (Corey’s request), French bread, with a few pieces of fish and steak from the grill.

We ended our feast with chocolate buttercream filled puff pastries with whipped cream and strawberries.

As you can see from the pictures, the girls had a great time playing together. You can probably also tell that trying to get all the mommas and kids in one picture, smiling is close to impossible.

It was a beautiful day. I am so thankful for my amazing mother who has shown me how to be a mother to my sweet little babies. I am more than beyond blessed to have had many wonderful women in my life that have been a Godly example of what a mother means.

Thank you Lord for Mothers….my Momma, and entrusting me with your two little angel babies to be a mother to. Please make me who you want me to be, more of You…less of me. I pray that I will keep my priorities as a mother in line with what you want, to point them to you.

Amen- and Amen!

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A Baby Update!

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Since it’s been a little while since I’ve done a update on the girls. I thought I’d use these snapshots I took of the girls as a good excuse to fill you in.

They are absolutely loving the new house!

More room to run and play = happy little girls.

They are getting so big and into everything. But, they are so fun to watch. They are both so sweet to each other and then the next second they’re fighting over something. Typical siblings!

Bostyn is really talking well. She asks “What this Momma?” about 100 times a day. Luckily, she is also really good at saying “I lub you” , which makes up for all the questions.

Blakely is the fastest little runner and highest jumper. She loves to dance and is super entertaining. It melts me to hear her sing in the back seat….she may be famous someday!

It’s pretty awesome being a momma.

In fact, I was in the mall waiting in line to get the girls a pretzel. There were tons of teenage kids in line in front of me. I was not paying much attention to them, but did overhear a girl walk up to the group in front of me and say , ” I was over there in the other line and I felt like a mom!”. Not quite sure what the whole conversation was, ….but they all looked at me and then at each other and were noticeably embarrassed. I ignored it and acted like I didn’t hear them.

Inside I wanted to tell them, I remember being a teenager. It was pretty great, not much responsibility, lots of fun and a great social life. Staying out late on the weekends and not having to get up early the next day. Chasing boys, lots of girl talk, tons of fun! Yep, I remember those days. But trust me, as good as my high school/ college life was, it’s still pretty awesome NOW.

I love being a wife to an awesome husband and a momma to two fun 2 year olds. It’s crazy, hard, exhausting, trying and FABULOUS… I wouldn’t trade it to go back to high school.

So, teenage girls in front of me in line at the pretzel place, don’t feel embarrassed because you said you felt like a mom, …like that might offend me. It makes me smile  (and giggle a bit inside), because I was you. AND I know someday you will know that it is pretty amazing to be where I am now!

 

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Our Easter Weekend!

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I hope everyone had a very blessed Easter!

We had a great weekend with our MiMi and PaPa, who came in on Friday.

The girls enjoyed lots of time with them as well as several Easter egg hunts.

Easter happened to fall on April 20th this year, which is a day in our family that is  somewhat emotional and hard.  I hate that anyone, especially the ones I love the most have to feel any kind of pain, especially that of losing a child. But to both the sweet family’s who had to endure, let there be HOPE (that Easter itself reminds us of), that we will all be together again very soon.

On top of April 20th being several birthdays in our family. It is also the day that Corey and I got to bring the girls home from the hospital after a very long stay in the NICU. We became MOM & DAD on the 20th two years ago.

So, I thought I would share the last three Easter pics of the girls and one of them on the day we brought them home. So very thankful for what the Lord has given to us. We should all be reminded to kiss our little ones as much as we can and teach them about Jesus. They are entrusted to us for an unknown amount of time, so make it count!

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