Easter Photo Shoot

Before heading to our Easter Extravaganza, we decided to take their Easter holiday picture with Harley. These pictures get much easier now that they are trained :) We will have to train Brother to be just as cooperative ;)

My girls are getting too big too fast for their poor mamma. I can’t keep up with them!

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Ahh the poses. If you say “smile!” for a picture, the hands and body language immediately go into pose mode.

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Monkey-see, monkey-do, of course. Sweet Jules caught on real quick.

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After our little photo shoot, we went sit by the pond to keep Dad company while he did a little maintenance. The poses followed us there :) Harley loves to come to the pond, too – surprisingly, he hasn’t jumped in yet.

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After a fun filled day, Momma worked her magic to get our 2015 Easter picture. Next Easter we will have an extra little bunny in there!

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Annual Neighborhood Easter Fun

Every year our neighbor, Aunt Connie/Gran, sets up an Easter party for the kiddos. She does an awesome job, and the kids look forward to it every year. Crafts, prizes, an Easter egg hunt, and of course, The Easter Bunny all make this party an annual treat for some well deserving kids.

Aunt Connie dressed the kids in their Easter aprons first…with our neighborhood quickly growing, we will have to order some more for next year!

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Next, she took us inside where all the kids had a bucket waiting at their seat. The bucket was filled with goodies and crafts for everyone to complete. The kids decorated their bucket, then made an Easter crown.

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We then went outside to get ready to dye some eggs!

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The idea of putting a boiled egg into a whisk before dying it is genius. Usually we have stained fingers and clothes after this activity, but not this year! Mommas approved!

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Next, the special guest arrived – The Easter Bunny! “She” (notice the pink bow) came hopping down the driveway to meet all the kids.

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The Easter Bunny must have hopped one too many times, because her tail just fell to the ground – I mean it flopped right on the driveway in front of all the kids. I think this is my favorite picture from the day…Kennedy staring the Easter Bunny’s poor detached tail.

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The adults just looked at each other, “What do we do?” The Easter Bunny played it off so well…as she began to act embarrassed and cry. The kids hugged her to make her feel better, then all was well in Easter World again.

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We then took individual and family photos with The Easter Bunny. My big girls sure have grown since the first year we started this tradition.

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Next the Easter Bunny had a dance party with the kids – they were cracking up laughing!

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Aunt Connie then took the kids to play “Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny.” Most of the kids surprisingly pinned the tail exactly where it needed to go…this picture I took of Kennedy with her blindfold on sure tells us why :)

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Next activity on the list was the big Easter Egg Hunt! I love watching the excitement on those little faces!

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Now the really fun part – opening all the eggs to see what surprises they got inside!

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We had an awesome time, and all the kids (big and small) really enjoyed themselves. It is so sweet of Aunt Connie to do this for the neighborhood kids every year – I know they appreciate it! I know these kinds of activities won’t last forever and one day they will be “too big” to do it all, so it’s so nice to have memories like this to share with them when they are older.

Milestones

I feel like my little girls have grown up so fast in the past two weeks!

Milestone #1 – Jules is finally potty trained! We kept trying and asking for weeks, but my girl was just ready when she was ready. Sometimes she comes and tells me when she needs to “go”, and other times I just find her in the bathroom doing her thing all on her own! I’m so proud of my baby girl!

Milestone #2 – Kennedy has been sleeping in her bed BY HERSELF all night! She has not been in Mom & Dad’s bed in two weeks! This is HUGE!

With baby brother on the way, we had to start moving the girls into one bedroom to make room for a nursery. Kennedy and Jules will share a room, and Baby will have his own nursery. After finally getting twin beds for their “big girl room” (room reveal blog post to come), we made it clear that the girls would need to sleep in their own room.

I secretly liked sleeping and cuddling with the girls in my bed; however, they are really getting too old to still be sleeping with us…not to mention too big! There was just not enough space anymore, and mamma is not getting any smaller these days…

I figured the first night in their big girl room would be a disaster. I figured it would be a cry out method kind of night. However, only Jules needed Mom. Kennedy didn’t need me at all. She is so big! I went lay with Jules in her bed about 3 different times that night. She has her good days and bad days…sometimes she will go all night without getting up…other times she will call me to go sleep with her a couple times. HOWEVER, it’s not in Mom & Dad’s bed…and that’s a big milestone! Jules will get it just like big sis…she just needs a little more practice.

So proud of these big sisters!

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SPC Festival & Fair

Kennedy’s school organizes a fair every year, and this was our first year attending. It is open to the public, so some of their cousins tagged along :)

This was both of our girls first fair ever, so they were pretty excited! I think that morning was the fastest they have ever gotten dressed.

We started off on a little car ride that went in circles somewhat like a carousel.

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Next, they rode a motorbike ride which they loved. The front of the motorbike went up and down as if it was doing a “wheelie” – they were cracking up!

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Of course we had to ride the carousel!

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We then headed to the Bunny Bash which was located in the school gymnasium. It was a super cute Easter Extravaganza complete with crafts, snacks, games, and of course, the Easter Bunny!

First, the girls made bunny whiskers…

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Next they saw the Easter Bunny and took a picture – they were all smiles :)

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The next game was so cute! It was a small Easter egg hunt, but instead of the eggs being hidden in grass…they were hidden in balloons! The girls had a blast moving/kicking the balloons out of the way to find the eggs. Poor Jules opened every egg looking for candy. My girl loves chocolate like her mamma!

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Next up was the Ferris Wheel. All week when we would pass by the setup, Kennedy would tell me, “I am not going on that Ferris Wheel! I am afraid of heights!” I told her she was full of baloney…she never had a problem with heights! Just like I said, she was full of it…she went on that Ferris Wheel and LOVED it!

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The “Berry-Go-Round” was next on the agenda. It was a gigantic strawberry which the kids sat in, and there was a “wheel” in the center which was used to rotate the strawberry (similar to the teacups in Disneyworld). I barely snapped pictures on this ride, because we could never catch the strawberry when it was facing our way!

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Ahh the Fun Slide! The slide that all the kids wanted to climb up and slide down over and over again…including my little daredevil Jules. Jules was about one inche too short to go on the slide; however, she just started walking up the tall staircase with no care in the world! The worker told me that she was too short, but if I wanted to let her go then it was fine. Of course I let her go – that girl has no fear.

She made it to the top of the stairs, and her cousin, Dayton, helped her put her little carpet down to slide. I barely got any pictures of her, because she went THAT fast. Her bottom literally came off of the slide about three times, and she ended up on the slide next to her! After that I figured she would not want to go again, but my girl jumped up and yelled, “I wanna do it again!” One time was enough for Mom, though. She is too brave for me sometimes! (I did go to bed laughing that night thinking about the way my girl came down that slide so fast)

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Kennedy and Luke truly love being cousins – they look out for each other anywhere they go and take care of one another. I caught this picture as they headed to the Ferris Wheel (again).

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After lunch we played some games under the huge tent. Jules won a 2 liter Sprite (ring toss), and Kennedy won two fish! Jules was obsessed with the fish. She kept squeezing them and kissing them…I don’t know how those little suckers made it home in one piece.

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It was such a fun day for the kids, and the weather held out despite the threat of rain. It turned out to be a beautiful day! We are so thankful that the school can coordinate this type of event for local families – it’s a ton of work! We can’t wait until next year!

It’s A…

You know those days when you get a wild hair to go do something…and you just have to get it done because it’s just eating away at you? That was my Friday.

We had no plans to find out our baby’s gender this early. We were planning on waiting until our OBGYN 20 week ultrasound to let our doctor tell us the news. However, last Friday I just randomly thought, “I need to know my baby’s gender today.” So, I called Angel Prints Ultrasounds and by some miracle they were able to take me that exact day. Coincidence? I think not.

Up to that point, Seth had mentioned he may have wanted to wait and be surprised to find out the gender on delivery day. I told him he was nuts, and that I had to know. What’s the fun in planning a nursery, going clothes shopping, etc. if you don’t know to buy pink or blue!? There is enough excitement on delivery day as it is…finding out the gender early is just as exciting.

So, he agreed to find out early, but he wanted to wait and be surprised when I got home with the balloons. Deal.

My mom and I headed to the ultrasound smiling the entire way. It is just an exciting moment to finally know…boy or girl! Everyone kept asking me what my “feeling” was for this baby. I felt like I was having a boy this time around, but I also just KNEW that Jules was a boy too. So obviously my intuition is not very accurate, so I did not know what to think.

The ultrasound tech put the device on my belly, and literally within five seconds she said, “Well, I know what you are having, but let me try and get a good picture.” When she said that, I figured it was a boy. I bet if it were a girl she would have searched a little longer ;)

The minute this picture came up I said, “Is that a boy!?” She said, “Yep! That’s a boy!” My mom and I started clapping, and we could not stop smiling. It was an awesome moment!

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She kept trying to get a good picture of his face, but he kept his arm in front of his face the entire time. I told her my husband would not be worried about face pictures in this ultrasound…he will want to see the good stuff :)

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The minute the ultrasound ended, I called our flower shop to let them know to add BLUE balloons to the box! The girls were SO excited to open this mystery box.
(Excuse Jules’ high water pants…she had an accident at school, and apparently I need to update her change of clothes)

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I had plans on videoing, but everything happened so fast. The minute I got home, Kennedy, Jules, AND Daddy were so anxious to open the box. It was just the four of us in the room, so it was nice sharing that surprise with our little family.

We let the girls open the box by themselves – we want them to be involved as much as possible with anything relating to the new baby. I definitely don’t want them to feel left out at any moment.

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I could not snap a picture of Seth, but he was beaming. He just kept smiling – that’s all he could do! It was awesome.

I can’t wait to meet our little man. I wonder if he will look like his daddy and Kennedy. I wonder if he will have curly hair like Jules. I wonder if he will be a ball player like his dad, or a hunter, or a fisherman. Whatever he decides to do, we cannot be more thrilled with this little miracle that will be joining our family.

Dad says he gets to name his little boy since Mom named the two girls :)
I could not help myself and already bought one outfit. Nana bought 3 sleepers, and Aunt Beth bought a blue crucifix for his room. Who said boys can’t be fun!?

Dad doesn’t know yet that they make brother and sister matching outfits…