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. :'(


Today, Norah's school hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids who attend the school.  I dropped Norah off & Piper & I went out for lunch with the BFFs.  I didn't tell Norah we were coming back to see her search the field for eggs, so to say she was surprised to see me & Piper standing there, is an understatement.
She came running right up for hugs.

All of the kids brought in Easter eggs for the hunt.
Of course Norah picked out Troll themed eggs.
When she was searching, she was so excited to come across one of her Troll eggs.  I mean, look at that face!!!

I love this stage!
Norah is always so excited by all of the events that her school does.  They really go above and beyond to make the first year so much fun for these kids.  If I could pick this school up and move it with us, I would.  Her teachers are just the sweetest and Norah adores them!

Monday, June 26, 2017


Today we celebrate 5 years with this cutie!
She is our calm, relaxed, and happy baby.
She is always quick to be my voice of reason when I'm stressed out or rushed whether she's telling me I just have to be patient in traffic or to tell me it's going to be "OK."
She is wise beyond her years, for sure!

Today we had a busy day planned for her.
A few months ago a Hurts Donuts opened in Frisco.
The line was over 2 hours long.
I joked with Norah and told her maybe we could go by her birthday..., we woke up and headed straight over and there was no wait to be seen!
Norah picked out a bubble gum donut, Piper wanted the pinkest one in the case, and I had a carrot cake one for Brad since he couldn't be with us to celebrate this year.

I never head in the direction of Frisco anymore with the amount of construction & traffic, so I figured while we were down there we could make a trip to Ikea to pick up some new kid plates.
I love this store & it was very clear if I had an extra set of hands, we could have spent all day there.  The girls had a blast!

Norah had school in the afternoon, so I made a special trip to get her favorite meal {Happy Meals} and Piper and I joined her for lunch.  Her teachers surprised her with balloons and streamers in her locker & showered her with bubbles at lunch.
Today was bubble day at school, so Norah got to demonstrate her science experiment with me and then we treated her class to Trolls cupcakes.  They sang "Happy Birthday" to her & made her feel like the most special girl in the world!
I love Norah's school &  her teachers!

When we got home, Norah's best friend, Charlotte, and her family joined us in wishing her a Happy Birthday.
I am so glad to have them in our lives!
They have been such a rock for me with Brad being gone at school.
I really couldn't ask for better people in our lives & the fact that they drop everything for our girls to make them feel loved on their birthdays means the world to me.
It is so difficult for Norah to be away from Brad every day... she is such a Daddy's girl.  Mandy knew just how far this little gesture would go for us to not have to celebrate her day alone!  Sometimes it takes a village.  I'm so glad they're our village.

When I was lighting candles for her cake, Norah specifically requested 4 candles because she wasn't ready to grow up, yet.
So, 4 candles she got because, quite honestly, I'm not ready for her to grow up, either.

She loved all of her gifts, but boy oh boy, the bubble machine was a HUGE hit!  She shrieked so loud!
It doesn't take much to impress this one! :D

After getting the girls in bed, I went downstairs and decided to go through Norah's backpack to see if any crafts were sent home.
To my surprise, there was a large envelope with Norah's Kindergarten registration information inside.
It's official... my baby is becoming a little girl.
This mamma cried all of the tears that night.