Easter’s On It’s Way!

 

The day before Easter, we had some fun activities going on at Nana & Grampi’s house. The kids had an Easter egg hunt, did sack races, and dyed eggs!

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Pappy picked some fresh carrots from his garden, so that is what we left for The Easter Bunny that night! He ate every single carrot and left the stems!

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The girls received DVDs and some fun stuff for the pool this summer. Easton received his favorite – balls! He also got a train whistle! Every time someone would blow it he would make this face:

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We got dressed to go visit our family in Choupic. The girls looked so lovely.

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I could not even handle Easton in his bow tie. He LOVED it. He did not take it off all day – he is such a ham!

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We then headed to see our family in Choupic – always such a good time over there!

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In typical Jules fashion, she managed to get her pretty dress filthy. When I asked her what happened she nonchalantly said, “I fell in the ditch”….and then just continued playing. HOT MESS!

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The rain held out this year for a wonderfully spent Easter. He is risen!

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Porch Posing

Before the rain headed our way this weekend, the girls were playing outside while I was swinging on our front porch. I decided to get my good ole camera out for some impromptu shots. Easton and Daddy were fishing in the pond, so we will have to get some good ones of him soon!

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My favorites are of them being their silly selves – one of them would hide behind me and try to make the other one laugh.

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This little photoshoot lasted literally about 2 minutes…until they ditched me to go fishing with the boys!

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Put Your Hands Up! SPC Festival

After a devastating two weeks, our school festival was the perfect event to try and lift everyone’s spirits. The kids look forward to this every year. We had rain everyday; however, it was spotty. We enjoyed the food and company, and of course, the kids enjoyed the rides and games!

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On every single ride, the girls would yell, “put your hands up!” They are little thrill seekers!

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We came home with three more goldfish (last year they won four). We were so kind to let them swim free into the pond with their family :) We have enough living things under our roof!

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Easton enjoyed watching the rides and listening to the sounds. He was able to ride the carousel (which he LOVED), and the car merry go round! Next year, he will be putting his hands up, too!

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We attended our first parade of the season this weekend! This was Easton’s very first parade (last year we left him at home with a cough). He just stared at everything going on around him, and he loved to watch the floats, bands, and excitement.

The girls had a blast playing with their friends, eating too much cotton candy, and dancing to the music in the street!

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This was the first year Kennedy did not ask to be held during the parade to get closer to the float – my big girl wanted to stay standing with her friends and catch beads and throws on her own. When did she grow up :(

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Happy Mardi Gras, everybody! Laissez les bon temps rouler!!

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R-A-M-S

We have two official cheerleaders! The girls have been working hard at their cheers, and finally were able to show them off at the first football game this weekend.

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Both girls are so excited that they “finally” learned how to spell RAMS :)

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It was MUDDY. It was HOT…..really HOT.

I was miserable in the stands, so I know they were miserable on the cheering grounds. Their brand new white shoes were miserable too :( Hopefully the cooler weather starts coming through soon!

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Overall, they were champs and finished all of their cheers. Even though it was hot and muddy, they stuck it out and finished what they started! I was so proud of them. During a water break, I snapped my favorite picture of the day – this is how I felt too!!  GO RAMS!

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Easton’s First Birthday – Puppy Pawty

I had so much fun planning and decorating Easton’s puppy paw-ty. He loves dogs, so I thought this theme was super cute for a boy. Snips & snails & puppy dog tails, right!?

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Of course I had to throw in some themed food – served in dog bowls. The puppy suckers (Oriental Trading) were a hit – I also loved the sign on the bathroom door ;)

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One of my favorite decorations were the dog face balloons. A little construction paper and a permanent marker can turn any balloon into the cutest puppy decoration! For favors, the girls helped me paint paw prints on white frisbees.

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We spent all morning setting up everything outside on the patio where we planned for the party to take place. Mother Nature reminded us not to plan TOO far ahead….about an hour before the party began, the heavens opened up and gave us a torrential downpour.

We spent the next hour moving the entire party inside our house. It was crazy & loud, but turned out fine – the birthday boy had a great time and that’s all that matters. Wonderful memories made – no matter where you are :)

Yes my house was a mess afterwards, but messes can be cleaned – it reminds me of a quote my mom used to have in our house growing up…”Excuse the mess, the children are making memories.”

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I made everything except the Happy Birthday banner and the highchair banner. Those beauties came from Make My Day.

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I ordered some doggie ears for the kiddos, and I painted their faces like little pups. They were too cute!

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The cake was made by Sugarcoated by Michelle. It was so doggone cute – of course after I took the “official” cake picture, I noticed one of the puppies stuck their little paws in the cake…I have a good guess of who that was (*cough* JULES *cough*)

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I thought for sure my boy would be in Heaven eating his cake, but it turned out he did not like the crowd or attention. He was overwhelmed and just wanted to eat in peace!

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He enjoyed opening his presents (with his sisters help of course) – he now has a ton of “boy toys” to play with!

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Despite the weather, his party turned out great… he was exhausted by the end! He could not keep his eyes open.

I hope you had a wonderful first birthday, my man! We love you so much!

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Jules’ 4th Birthday – The Wizard of Oz

The day before Jules’ birthday, we decided to give her the “big” present since we weren’t bringing it to the actual party. She is so excited to ride a big bike now!

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Whenever we are riding in the car, the girls take turns picking what movie is playing in the back seat. Whenever it is Jules’ turn to pick, she always chooses The Wizard of Oz. When it was time to plan a birthday party for her, she told me she wanted a “Dorothy party.” IMG_5146

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We had her party at Party Palooza which is a party venue complete with tons of stuff for the kids to do. There are different areas setup…dollhouse, dressup, kitchen, construction, etc. There are also two bouncy houses!

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I did the food, and Party Palooza did the décor and cake. It was all so precious!

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We sang Happy Birthday and opened presents. I love to watch Jules open presents, because she truly is surprised and loves everything she gets.

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Now that Jules is four, she says she is taller and can jump higher! Hope you had a good birthday, baby girl!

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