Friday, April 21, 2017

Vienna Turns 7!

Even though I'm still trying to catch up from November of 2016, I really wanted to document Vienna's 7th B-day while still in April. I am feeling the daunting task of trying to catch up is scaring me and so baby steps are better than nothing. This year is friend party year! We are going to alternate.

On April 2nd our sweet little one and only lady turned 7!!!!
I'm not sure why but 7 seems so much older and more mature than 6. It's killing both Mike and I as we think back on those days when she thought she was a princess and dressed like one everyday. Carried around her mini princesses everywhere and blew kisses to the princesses in the parade like they were truly Repunzel or Belle or Elsa & Anna. We are SO grateful for our sweet girl and she is still VERY MUCH a girly girl with wanting to be fancy and wearing a skirt or dress to school everyday, its still different. She hasn't even noticed that I packed up her mini prioresses for her to one day give to her little girl or her other little girl items I just can't part with. She is now watching Harry Potter and writing stories. I love all the growing up stages, but I want them to last longer. It's hard to imagine we won't have another little princess...we do however have many super heroes to come!

For her party we did a Sundae Bar with lots of toppings and then a mother daughter, evening Pajama SPArty. It was such a blast! Here are some pictures!

We started with pedicures then makeovers and ended with facials, we each did it on each other and the Mom's would do it first to kind of teach the kids along the way, what to do.
She did my makeup great, the facials were my favorite, that last picture is our zombie face, lol.
Their Spa Baskets
Putting on the avocado mud mask was so fun!
I just love this picture and there was beautiful spa music playing and the Mommy's all looked the same but were on the couches.

She was lucky to get some fun gifts
Then she used her spa mask to go to sleep that night!

The next day, on her actual Birthday, Steve and Tiki were in town with their kids for a Spring break visit and came over for lunch and some play time! They hung out the day before and went to the Mobius Children's Museum, while I got the house ready for the party. They were kind enough to give her a bike basket and bell, which has been an absolute must on all our bike rides. It was so fun for her to see her cousins and then to top it off, Grandma and Grandpa showed up shortly after Stiki and kids left. From them she got a rice krispie bouquet of flowers, some piano books and 2 barbie dolls of Pocahontas and Mulan. We had a fun visit with them and got to go on a bike ride with them to show off her new wheels. 

 because we didn't do cake with her friends, her Daddy wanted to do a cake for her and asked her what she wanted. She drew a picture of a 4 level cake that was purple with red flowers and I think her Daddy did a great job, for not being a baker. It was delcious and layered vanilla, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate.

 She woke up to this, Sunday morning after her Birthday.

her new helmet 
 Mobius kids - I love these pictures!! Thank you Tiki!
We were grateful to celebrate her, especially w/o celebrating Easter at the same time, as we will always share her with General Conference, it helps when its not all 3 in the same day!

We love you to pieces Vienna!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Halloween 2016 stuff

HALLOWEEN is such a fun and extremely strange holiday, but we love getting into it. Even with a newborn we still managed to muster up some fun!
We were invited to an adult only party and loved every tiring minute of it!

Carving pumpkins is always a blast and a disaster, but the memories are worth it...right???

The finished products!

preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch and to pick apples. It was a delirious time for me, but I remember it being fun for the boys! and luckily Grandma was there to help, otherwise I couldn't have done it.
Making these cute faces on the pumpkins is a much cleaner and kid friendly activity.

 These were my cuties in their costumes! Lincoln had lots of fun being a skeleton.
 These two cuties dancing at the ward party. Sienna and Vienna born 3 days apart. 

My adorable nerdy, but coold hubby and his 2 witches!
Of course we had to do our mummy meatloaf, its a hit with the kids, so that is always a bonus!

Our neighborhood was amazing to trick or treat in, which is great! 

Most of OCTOBER (not including Halloween stuff)...I'll catch up someday

I realize I'm only 6 months behind, but someday I will be all caught up and able to stay on top of things and my children will appreciate my contribution to our family history. Despite having 4 small children, a new business and living in a new place, we are keeping it together and chugging away. Yes my house is a disaster and I can't keep on top of it no matter what, and I've had to let that go. Yes my kids have gotten sick this winter, yes there is 100 times more laundry than there use to be, yes I still have to unpack boxes, and yes my couches are falling apart, but I can also say, yes my kids have very few health problems, yes there is lots of love, yes I am learning patience, yes we have dance parties, play uno/go fish and candy land, yes we have family home evening and strive to have scripture study and prayer daily, yes we can see moments of testimony, yes we go on walks and many other wonderful things that make our lives full. We are blessed.
Man do we have lots of boys!
We had a groupon about to expire so why not use it after our family photo shoot! It was a blast!
We sure are Disney fans and so we had to go watch the show. It was awesome and the kids did great!
Despite having a 2 week old and it being a bit brisk we were able to capture our family for which I am very grateful for!

So blessed to have my Mom and Dad come to help out, wish Oaks would have arrived sooner so they could have helped us more. So grateful for their continual support.

cute Papa and Oaks moment!
Trying to do my own Newborns sucked! I sure missed my sister, but we tried!

We even tried JC Penney's and it was a nightmare! He is still adorable no matter what!

E-man loves to hold his little brother
Wow what adorable boys!
I don't think anyone loves to hold and give Oaks attention as much a Lincoln though, He is so good with him and just adores him. I love watching them interact.
Here is our gang! We sure adore them and look forward to watching them grow and develop their gifts and talents. We learn so much from them.

It was like he was famous and I had many interested fans/helpers!

post bath cozy-ness with the heater blowing right on him

We went to Tri-Cities and got to see our good friends.

Bree and I got to have a date! Loved it!
Oaks got to meet and be loved on by his cousins, which was a blast. Vedder didn't want to let him go and was very comfortable with him. Remy and Willa, not as much.

Vienna got to see the most amazing teacher in the whole wide world! We sure miss her and treasure the time she had with her! If only I could have her for all my kiddos!

baby acne is the best...not. It wasn't too bad, but still there. He would fall asleep in front of the heater in seconds. It looked like he was dead sometimes. Too funny!
starting to lose his baby dark hair and then it usually comes back in light.

Our sweet kiddos all being calm at the same time..what?? Holding the baby is the only thing that keeps Lincoln still. It's my secret trick to get him to be still. :)
Big blue eyes...I hope they stick around!
Big sister snuggles. Awe!
cute little church boy!
still a scrawny little new born. too cute!
Snuggling with Daddy (I like snuggling with him too, look at that handsome man!)
Meeting Grandma for the first time and its her last Grandbaby. sniff, sniff.

So at the hospital Lincoln was very inquisitive and asked lots of questions about Oaks and looked at him. He was very curious about his umbilical cord and somewhat concerned, well about a week later he noticed it and said...
It was so adorable and made us all laugh quite hard. 

Sexy man got himself some new (second hand) shades

how precious...

and how darling...this was her first grade photo. ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY SWEET PRINCESS! Im so grateful to have her!