Monday, October 5, 2015

My Family

I'm so grateful for my family
and the way they motivate me to better myself.
 I strive to be the wife 
and mother my family deserves.
We totally bribed the kids with homemade pumpkin bread for cooperating.
Sugar brings out the crazy in K!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Belle Dress

It was one of those lazy Saturdays where I didn't want it to end without feeling productive.
So I asked my brand new kindergartner if she wanted to go on a date with me.
K was elated and gleefully buckled herself into her booster seat.
With the sunroof open, and kid tunes blasting, we zoomed up to the middle of town.  
We fueled up with Chugz's chicken strips and fries and then
entered one of my favorite stores, TJMaxx, for some back to school shopping.
Still wanting to be my "baby girl," K insisted on sitting in the cart.
I pushed that cart back to the little girl section.  
My eyes caught sight of something I didn't want K to see, so I sped up my push.  
Or so I thought.  
"MOOOOM!  Look!  Let's go look at those costumes!"  
"Ooooh!  I want this dress.  It's a Belle dress."
I, not planning on buying this newfound must-have dress, 
hesitantly let K get a closer look at the coveted dress.
Hearing her gush over every last detail of the dress, the jewels, the sparkles, the glitter, 
I knew what I had to do.  I let her try on this "most beautiful Belle dress."
My baby girl lucked out with the largest dressing for a princess.
K had me help her zip up the dress and perfectly place the glittery veiled headpiece.
The anticipation had built up for what probably seemed like an eternity for a 5 year old.
It was time for the FIRST LOOK.  
"Wow!  Turn around and look at yourself in the mirror!" I exclaimed.
Both K's eyes and smile grew bigger than ever.
She twirled and said, "Ohlala!  I feel like a princess."
With a smirky smile that never left her face, 
K stared at herself in the mirror and examined every last detail of the dress.
Completely satisfied, K giggled and said, "I want this Belle dress for Halloween."
And I, who originally was not a fan of the color, the lavishness,
nor the price of the dress, completely had a change of heart.   
K had me at the FIRST LOOK. 
I completely melted into a puddle when I saw the way she looked at herself in the mirror.
Every girl deserves to feel like a princess.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nikolai & Noah's 1st Birthday

Nikolai and Noah recently celebrated their 1st birthday!  
Their sweet momma came prepared with with the balloons, the basket, and lollipops!
Oh, and the twins' daddy is a very talented artist.
Check out this chalkboard art:
Babies and balloons... the best combo ever!
We had such a fun time during this evening photoshoot.
Okay... now time to show of some of my personal favorites from our time together.
Check out those curls!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Totally Two

Look who is totally two!

Post Picnic Park Playdate

Most kids put their shoes on when they go to the park.  
But this girl, well, she prefers being barefoot.
She is quite the adventurous two year old.
K is taking J out for a spin in her "space ship."
The view is amazing!
 What are those "creatures" down there?
 Let's go down J's "space ship slide."
 Sisters who play together...
 stay together.

Picnics at the Park

Lately, we've had a lot of picnics after picking up K from kindergarten.  
Today, we headed west to this empty park.  
K helped unpack our meal.  
So did J.
J was super excited to eat this salad...
until K had a meltdown because she wanted the same salad!!!
K has had atleast one big meltdown every day since school started.
I don't blame her.  She's had a lot of changes: earlier wake up time, new school, new teacher, 
new friends, homework to complete.  Whew!