Saturday, April 30, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday, Cece!

Cece turned five today! One whole hand! Just months away from starting kindergarten and one more year closer to being able to vote. It's no exaggeration that they grow up so fast. Five is going to be a fantastic year from her, I can feel it! 

We celebrated the occasion  by having a family party at Chuck E. Cheese per her request.


She ended up being kind of unsure of this Chuck E. fellow though. I don't blame her, I  was a little wary of him myself. He's lost an alarming amount of weight since the 90s when I was a kid. And speak of change, there are no more tokens! All of your ride/game points go on a reloadable card. What in the world...

 

Rosie had no qualms. No surprise there.


Cece said her favorite part of the party was being inside of the ticket machine. She even snagged the golden ticket by following Joe's advice and stomping on it. With her 1,000 points, she chose hair chalk as a prize which, you should know, will not come out with just one shampoo. But she thinks it's fab!




 And Cece said her other favorite part of the day was cake. Which makes me feel good since I baked it. (If there's one thing I'm quite talented at, it's following directions on box cake mix.)

 Thank you so much to Cece's cousins, grandparents, great grandparents, and aunts and uncles for celebrating with us today! It meant a lot to Cece  and us having you all there. Below are a few more pics of all the party that people shared from phones.







Happy Birthday, Cece! It has been such blessing to be your mama these past five years!


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Life Lately via iPhone

Hello! April has been a crazy up and down month in terms of weather and also schedule-wise. Does it ever slow down? Haha, no. A lot has been going on and it's been tough to find time to post the fun stuff! That being said, here's some of my favorite pics from my phone from the last half of March/first half of April.

A few notable happenings: We celebrated Joe's birthday with homemade cake, some small gifts, and of course, a trip to Kyoto (in Eagan, not Japan). Also, while I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago, I got to visit sweet baby Evelyn and got a couple pics with her. The girls and I have been enjoying play dates, cozy time at home when the weather hasn't been good or my motivation level hasn't been high, and also solid outdoors time.



As you can see, we have been enjoying the weather this week as much as possible, averaging about two playgrounds a day, plus another activity, and then just hanging out in our yard. This spring weather has not arrived a moment too soon. It's amazing how good it feels inhale the fresh air and feel the springtime sunshine (and wrestling resistant kids into jackets and hats!).

Even if you're feeling like things are crazy too, I hope all of this fresh air and sunshine is helping you to also feel energized and refreshed and ready to tackle life. I'm also hoping my next post won't be quite so far away! ; )


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Showering Robbyn & Jay!






The wedding festivities have officially been kicked off! This weekend I traveled (solo!) to Illinois to help throw a classy Mexican beach themed shower for my sister and her fiance. Thank you all so much to everyone who came and helped celebrate such a silly, special, (and ridiculously good-looking) couple. I know deep in my heart that their love for each other will never fail or waver (and neither will their love of Mexican food or a well-deserved vacation).


 




 We had a fantastic turnout. Nearly everyone who was invited attended!


Mad Libs once again proves itself a timeless and hilarious party game.



And we loved grilling the couple with questions. 
(What's Robbyn's favorite drink? Hint, not "decafe")








Thank you Laura for getting a whole bunch of fantastic shots of gift-opening! Isn't Robbyn having the best hair day? It's almost as good as Jay's. I can't wait to stay at their place next so I can use/enjoy everything that was gifted ; )



Such a treat to get our families together!


Lastly, I also cannot say enough good things about Robbyn's bridesmaids. This a group of such generous, talented, beautiful, and FUN ladies. From providing the venue, to making all the food, to whipping up an incredible cake and desserts, to creating gorgeous centerpieces and more, these girls literally had everything covered and it all came together seamlessly. The out-of-state-maid-of-honor- appreciates all of you immensely!

Robbyn and Jay, there are so many people who love you guys and can't wait to celebrate more! Til next time!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Visiting the Easter Bunny!


Happy belated Easter from our family! I never got around to posting our pics from our encounter with the Easter Bunny, so here they are before they get lost in our computer and I don't find them until next year.




Rosie loved meeting and high-fiving the bunny but had no interest in sitting on his lap.


Cece had no qualms.


And Rosie was appreciative of the bracelet Rosie recived from the Easter Bunny's entourage. Easter itself was spent in St. Cloud with cousins and candy. The day was chilly and soggy, but didn't deter any kids from egg-hunting. I admire their perseverance and I thanked them for even finding my egg out in the yard. I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday! Also hoping to be posting more frequently again... once things are a little less busy!

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