Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wee-Ones Wednesday: American Girls






My Mom and I took the girls to the American Girl store at the Grove last weekend. Lilly and Iris have been wanting these dolls ever since they saw their first catalogue, and watched their cousin play with them. I was really torn about buying them because they are sooo expensive and I couldn't understand the appeal. We decided that the girls would spend their own money on the dolls, and and and I would help with the extras. I did my research and decided if we were going to do this, we were going to do it right, so I made reservations at the café.
Words can not express how sweet the girls were the entire day. They were appreciative. They were excited. They were grateful. They did not fight once. They picked out their dolls first. We paid for them, then shopped for outfits and accessories. There was even a place to set your doll in the bathroom. The luncheon was magical; our dolls sat with us and had special little pink lemonade cups. Our waiter told jokes, riddles, and asked us questions. We were served a perfect 4 course meal that was simply beautiful. We were there from 10am until 3pm, and the hours just slipped by.
At bedtime, they asked me to make their dolls pajamas, and every night and morning since, they have changed their dolls clothes. Lilly named her doll Lillian, and Iris named hers Lucy. I truly believe this was a day they will never forget.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wee-Ones Wednesday: Dads, Dolls, and Diamonds

to say lilly was excited for her father-daughter dance would be an understatement.

dan pretended like he didn't want to go, but I know he was happy.

so gorgeous!
she can't wait for her turn.
official photo, gotta love the corsage.

i was quite jealous of those nachos.

the marshmallows and chocolate fountain were pretty popular, I hear.

...and they even danced!

I'm so grateful to Acacia Elementary for doing this for the girls, and couldn't help getting a bit weepy. She will always remember that her daddy took her to her first dance. Take that, prom date!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Misc. Monday: Grammy



Grammy turned 70 in March. Abby, Ryan and the kids came down to celebrate. We BBQ'd, broke open a piñata, sang, and opened presents. She was happy!
The next day, her friends surprised her with a birthday party. She was surprised! Hugs abounded, food was devoured, and she played along, reminding us that turning 21 again wasn't that bad. We love you, Grammy!!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wee Ones Wednesday: FIVE

make a wish.
sisterly love.

dance party.
more presents.

gift love.

only you would ask for party games.

beautiful, birthday girl.

      Dear Iris,
It's hard to believe you are already five! You have grown up so much this year, from a preschooler to a little lady. You are such a joy to be around. Your smile lights up the room. Your eyelashes go on for days, and your kind heart makes everyone want to be your friend. And you're funny... witty, smart funny! You have the ability to find things that go missing, and follow directions like a pro. Your teachers say you are quiet, yet strong; helpful and focused (and you are beginning to show your silly side).
When I tell you that I think you're tired because you are getting weepy, you reply "I many different feelings, Mom!" When you tell me you love me, you often say, "but I love Jesus more!" and I couldn't be more proud. I pray that you always love Jesus with faith like a child. We love you more than you can comprehend, and are proud to call you our daughter.
     Hugs and Kisses,


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sew Crafty Saturday: Easter Has Arrived!


We Love Easter. When you think about it, it really is the most important holiday. Without the miracle of the Resurrection, Christmas would just be another little boy's birthday! I have gotten in the habit of decorating for every holiday and event, and my girls have gotten in the habit of asking me what comes next as soon as one celebration is over, so when the birthday party was put away, out came Easter. This year, I gave up Candy Crush for the Lent season. I don't always follow that tradition, but it really spoke to me this year, and even though it is silly, I felt like I was playing a little too much. I'm not going to lie, I miss it, but every time I think about playing, I thank Jesus for what he did on the cross. It's a simple reminder of the most beautiful thing!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wee-Ones Wednesday: Build- A-Bear Tradition


Dan has taken the girls to Build-a-Bear for every birthday since their first birthday, and this year was no different. Iris was ready, and Dan got to be that special dad yet again. He told me he put the "princess pal's" dress on backwards and the sweet girl working there kindly fixed it for him. The fact that he is willing to do something a bit out of his comfort zone for his little girls makes us all love him a little more!