Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Party Girl...

I walked into the dining room and found 
Angelina with a party hat on her head,
watching the kids playing outside...
When this girl smiles and giggles 
and it's like she fills the whole room with sunshine!
Her smiles is contagious...

For Daddy's birthday this year,
the kids wanted to have a little 
birthday party for him...
so we had grandparents and aunties over
for cake.
And not just any ol' cake...
ice-cream cake from the Dairy Queen...
Jon's birthday is the only time of the year 
that we allow gluten and dairy
in the house...
so he splurged this year!

Happy Birthday Daddy...
{even though Angelina thought everyone came to 
watch her!}

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

St. Patrick's day is a 
huge thing around here...
for one, we are a mostly Irish bunch
and for another...
its a perfect excuse for a parade in the 
middle of winter!

{wordless post, just because!}

Monday, April 28, 2014

Baby Mama...

This little one is quite the 
little mommy...
She loves her baby 
and loves to feed her baby lots and lots!
She loves to make her cry and 
say "mama" constantly...
and she rocks her baby and lovingly 
gives her baby a bottle.
She is particular about which doll she chooses too...
she prefers Elsie's 
American Girl Bitty Baby...
but if she can't have that one,
she always chooses either the doll Elsie gave 
her for her birthday or Elsie's Ethiopia baby.
We are trying to talk Daddy into 
buying Angelina her own 
Bitty Baby for her birthday...
I think she would love it!
Such a good little Mama...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Boy at Play

Winter was too long and too cold this year...
and a certain little boy had 
far, far 
too much energy!
So one day we took a trip to the 
local Dollar Store and found some 
dried peas and lentils...
and this little guy
{and his sisters!}
played with the dried food
and little cars all 
Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my 
head around boy things...
when Elsie gets bored I tell her to 
pull out the craft stuff or the dolls or paint her nails...
and boys just don't get into stuff like that!
Boys need to keep busy...
they need to get wore out physically and mentally.
James loves to be building,
hauling, destroying...
he never just plays...
in his mind he is truly working,
doing big important man jobs!
He is an awesome boy...
I love the way his little brain works!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Big Brother, Little Sister...

My kids have an incredible bond...
They have a deep love for each other...
don't get me wrong,
they can fight like they really might 
kill one another,
but their deep bond and love is always there
in the tender little moments...
James and Angelina have a 
very special and unique bond...
he lives up to his role as 
Big Brother...
Angelina views him as her 
I hope that never changes!
James hates Angelina's nap time...
more that once he has snuck in the
bedroom to wake her up because he says 
he gets lonely without all three of them together!

I think I have the 
sweetest little kids around...

Craft Wall

I have slowly been working on 
re-decorating the house.
I have always been drawn to the 
more country/cozy look
with the deep red, black and yellow.
But suddenly that just seemed too dark 
and just didn't fit our family anymore...
so we {ahem, Jon}
painted every room in the house,
So open, so clean, so fresh...
I am totally in love with white!
I am pretty much just using black as an accent colour...
and keeping things simple and stream line.
Our only wall decor consists of 
black boards or 
children's artwork.
My favorite spot in the house is the 
Craft Wall.
We have a huge cork board that 
takes up most of a wall in the living room...
and the whole thing is covered in
the kids art work!
Soon we will be putting our house on the market
again with hopes of it selling this summer...
but part of me will be so sad to leave
our perfect little house!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Phone Girl

This girl is quite the little character.
Love seeing her little personality develop and 
shine through a little more each day.
She thinks everything is funny...
she always has a smile that lights up
her whole face...
and a little giggle that can be heard a room
or two away.
One of her favorite things to do is hide from us 
by crawling up on the bed 
and nestling way back in all the pillows
on the bed...
she blends in quite well...
sometimes if it wasn't for her little giggle,
I would keep on looking else where for her!
Chances are,
if she is hiding,
it's because she stole my phone.
She truly thinks that phone is hers!
She knows just what buttons to push to 
make the phone turn on
or make Siri talk to her...
it really is amazing to me...
she is only one and a half, for gosh sakes!
As soon as the phone rings or makes 
a notification sound,
she looks up with big eyes and says,
and insists you must take the phone!
What I find even more amazing,
is she never ever hands the wrong person the phone...
she even knows my sisters boyfriend's phone...
and everyone in the family has the same type 
of iPhone!
Most of the time when she has my phone,
she requests music...
so we turn Pandora on for her...
her favorite is
Selina Gomez station.
If Taylor Swift comes on,
she shoves the phone at me and whines
until we skip to the next song!
This girl knows what she likes!
And then she dances for awhile...
If she is sitting, 
she just wiggles her upper body and 
moves her hands around over her head...
I have seriously never seen a baby 
move the way she does!
And when she is done listening to the music,
its back to hiding among the pillows!
Love that girl...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Love Party...

Better late than never...
Well over a month late,
Our Valentine Party pictures!
We had cupcakes, rice krispie bars,
candy hearts, popcorn,
red soda, Jello...
all the important sugary foods needed for a party!
We decorated all fancy this year...
we maybe went a little crazy with the balloons and 
but that's the kind of things that good memories are 
made of!

Angelina and her two little friends 
sat at their own little table...
they devoured their cupcakes,
smeared frosting all over 
and maybe forgot all manners and 
ate of each other plates even...
it was adorable! 

Little boys and Valentines parties 
don't always go so well together...
so they would run to the table for a bite or two,
then back to the living room to play...
because that's just the way boys are!
It was a loud party...
probable due to having 4 little boys under 3!
The house was trashed,
toys and popcorn everywhere,
kids had sugar highs going on,
but they had a blast...
they dropped into bed exhausted!
And most importantly,
they have even more awesome memories...
and those awesome memories are really the 
only thing that matter...

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