Thursday, September 14, 2017


We had the girls birthday party a little late this year since their birthdays fell on the same week as Easter.  Norah got to invite her entire pre-school class, which she was extra excited about
&, of course, our Navy family never disappoints!
But, go figure, we picked the coldest day of the spring.
Everyone showed up in winter coats or sweatshirts.
It was so cold, I wasn't sure we were still going to have their party since I didn't plan for an indoor event, but everyone was a trooper and made the girls feel extra special going into another year!  And boy were they spoiled with gifts!!!  We were up to our necks in tissue paper after unwrapping everything!
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for coming out and loving on our kiddos!!!


Norah went on her first field trip today with her preschool class.
This was her first bus ride, too!
She was sooooo excited to get to ride on the bus, but unfortunately, Piper and I had to follow along in the car.  We had one nervous girl on our hands when we dropped her off at school, but, luckily, she was placed on the same bus as her best friend and her teacher, which helped to calm her nerves.
Norah's class had worked so hard on making t-shirts using their hand prints for each of the animals at the zoo {it's one for the memory box}.
When we first arrived, the girls piled onto the train for a ride around the zoo.  It was my favorite part next to seeing the giraffe.  Norah, of course, loved the flamingos most!  They are her favorite animal of all time.
This zoo was the perfect size for the little legs of a preschool class.  They got their own presentation on different reptiles and had a scavenger hunt to find all of the animals in their booklet.
Norah LOVED this field trip.
She talked about riding on the bus for weeks, if not months.
It was a fun last big hoorah of the school year.


Easter was very low key this year.
Norah is quick to rise on special days which meant we were waking Daddy extra early over in Florida to watch the girls open their baskets.
The Easter Bunny filled their baskets with Troll themed candy and Peppa Pig & Play Doh.  The girls were thrilled!
The Easter Bunny even brought Daddy an egg sandwich maker for hotel living!
And, of course, it wouldn't be Easter without an Easter egg hunt in the back yard & some side walk chalk fun!

Friday, July 21, 2017


Piper turned 2 the day before Easter this year!!
Which meant nothing more than a day full of activities for the birthday girl!
Our neighborhood had their annual Easter Egg Hunt and festivities, so of course we met our neighbors and took part in all of the fun!

Piper woke up on her birthday with big smiles!
She has become a much happier kid in the past couple of months...
...they call them the terrible 2s, but 2 has been my favorite year for both of our kiddos.  Don't get me wrong... she's still super emotional and has her tough moments, but she seems to be learning a lot of coping skills lately.

It just so happened Piper's birthday was the day April the Giraffe was delivering her baby... remember April the Giraffe?  The famous giraffe that was pregnant for ages and everyone really wondered if she was pregnant or if the zoo just made it up to get everyone's mind off of difficult political times?!  Yeah, she had her baby... I didn't follow her throughout her pregnancy with the exception of friends posting on social media, but I was intrigued {for lack of a better term} by the actual delivery.  Her picture made the "hour-by-hour" photo project I did for each of the girls this year.

We ventured out, just the three of us, to the Easter Egg Hunt in the morning & since this is the first one Piper has had the chance to participate in, there was a slew of emotions for her.  It was a lot for her to handle.  She gets overwhelmed by big to dos, and quite honestly, so do I.  But, she made out like a champ!
Norah moved up a level this year and was the youngest of the older group.  There were a million eggs in front of her to grab, but for some reason she kept running towards the back with the rest of the crowd.  She was pretty disappointed in her collection, but she still made out.
The girls enjoyed getting their face painted and balloon bracelets.
Piper's day was all about flowers.
I didn't think she would take to having her face painted, so the woman suggested her arm.  Piper was so patient while she painted her art.  Is this my child??
We took the girls in to sit on the Easter Bunny's lap.
Piper was excited from afar, but once she was close, she showed every ounce of concern.  I was shocked to see Norah so open to being near him.  She, too, used to hate anything in a costume.  She's growing up so fast!

After a day of fun, we came home so Piper could nap and I could finish frosting her cake.
And then the real fun began!
Cake and presents while we Facetimed with Daddy!
Piper is a lover of all things Peppa Pig!
She could not withhold her excitement when she opened Grandpa Pig's boat.
I was curious to see how Norah handled it being Piper's day to open presents and, needless to say, it went a lot like last year.  Oh, the tough life of a 5 year old. :(

And, to close the night out, I had forgotten that Brad recorded a special birthday video for each of the girls while he was away, so I played it for Piper and she was all smiles!
She loves her Daddy!
She was so little when he left that I'm sure this entire trip has been so confusing for her, but when she does come around and realizes just how much she adores him, it is the sweetest moments full of making hearts with her hands and blowing kisses at the screen.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


This has been the busiest week for us since Christmas, I think.
Between the girls birthdays and all of the Easter festivities, I have never had to keep such a tight schedule to ensure everything got done to make the holidays go off without a hitch.

Today we dyed the Easter eggs.
This is always one of my favorite traditions with the girls.
I am so grateful for beautiful Texas weather so we can take everything outside and prevent a jumbo mess in the house.
Norah was always good at not splashing and spilling the dyes, but Piper... oh, I just knew dying eggs inside would be a recipe for disaster.  But, they actually did pretty well considering I wasn't stopping them from making a giant mess.
Green seemed to be the popular color this year.
We had an egg with a heart {which Norah drew} and one egg casualty this year.


Norah is growing up so much.
Looking at these photos, I can see all of the moments where things are more serious for her now.  Somewhere along the way I feel she's losing that toddler free spirit and she is now starting to contemplate more.  She doesn't share every thought with me anymore.  She keeps so much bundled up inside.
I have been noticing it a lot lately, and I thought it had so much to do with the move, but looking at these pictures it became apparent to me that she has been growing up right before my eyes and I was too distracted to notice.
I'm not ready to let go of my baby. :'(