Thursday, May 31, 2012


I keep thinking about starting out different posts.  I open the screen, type a few sentances, erase them and stare at the blank box and blinking cursor for a minute.  Finally, I x out of the screen and vow to come back and finish.  Yet, I don't.

Life just seems so busy lately.  I always think that next week, or the week after will slow down.  I should've figured that out by now, that life is always busy.  And, I suppose that's a good thing. :)

Yesterday we said goodbye to one of Eric's good friends, along with his friend's mother.  It just shakes you a bit to realize how your life can be turned upside down in a split second.  With everything going on, and rushing to complete one task after another to get through the day, it makes me realize how blessed we are.  I already felt that, but events like that really bring it back into focus.

Tomorrow we'll be leaving for one of my best friend's weddings.  I am BEYOND excited for her and cannot wait to watch how her life unfolds, and to see her feel the joy of a growing family {hopefully sooner than later. lol}  Kendall will be the flower girl, but just don't tell her that.  She got in her head that flower girls are for babies, so she prefers to be called the princess.  Oh my.  3.5 years old and already a diva.  I have a feeling by the time the girls are out of their teen years, Eric will have perfected his golf game.

Then, next Thursday my baby turns two.  What the heck happened to the last 2 years??  Next Saturday will be her luau birthday party, and I can't wait.  I'd be a little more excited if I had everything ready for it, but that's what Friday night is for, right?  Spoken like a true procrastinator. ;)

I hope to update with some pictures of the wedding, and for sure the party soon after.  Until then, here is a cell pic of the kiddos playing dress up at Grandma's.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Story Time

As I was cleaning up the kitchen, I could overhear Kendall reading books to Sydney.  I grabbed my phone and had to laugh. Think we've read the three little pigs more than once??
Up next Kendall read about become a big sister.  All while Sydney said, "Hi Pig!" to ever page of the book.

Monday, May 14, 2012

one lump or two?

This weekend was amazing.  The weather was absolute perfection and we had nothing to do but hang out.  Saturday the girls and I went to this field right by our house and they had a little tea party.  
 I should keep a tally on how many times a day Kendall is loving on her little sister.  She told me, "Mommy, I love my little sisser, so I will always take good care of her."  <3
This smile does me in.
 Of course, as luck would have it, I think they set  up a little pact to never both look at the camera at the same time.
Sunday we got out for a couple of walks.  Kendall is so thrilled to have mastered riding her bike, so with the gorgeous weather, I let her talk me into a few trips.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Eric wasn't home yet when we were eating dinner, so we decided to play around while eating and take pictures.
Piggy Tails!
I have a swivel display screen on my camera.  I turned it so Kendall could see herself when taking a picture.  What was she doing???  ha ha
Last night we had some gorgeous weather, so I grabbed the wagon and the girls and I headed out to the trail.  Sydney's birthday is coming up (*sob*) and I wanted to check out this big field to try out some birthday pictures.    
doubling up on the shades
these two are the definition of sweetness
I can't tell you how many times I heard, "Look! Look! Birdie!!"
Kendall told me, "Mommy, I will pick you a lot of flowers for Mother's Day!"  
Sydney insisted on pulling the wagon the entire time.  For such a runt she sure is strong.  Even when Kendall got tired of walking, Sydney pulled her.
The last stretch they both hopped in and decided to go night night.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

let them eat cake...twice

I'm finally catching up on getting some pictures up from the gatherings we've had.  A few weeks ago we had a get together with some of my old coworkers.  There were 7 kids under 3, so they had a blast.  
Sydney and Ella are only about a month apart.  They quickly became buddies and were holding hands as they walked.  Too cute!
Kendall has been OBSESSED with birthday parties lately.  Every day she asks me who's birthday is next and when she gets cake.  As we were driving to the play date, she kept asking about cake.  Imagine her happiness (and mine!) when she found that someone did indeed bring cake.  Now it's a party!
 After we got home and took a quick nap, we got to go to another birthday party for their friend and daycare buddy.  You'd think going to a party at the same house that they go to every day for daycare would be no big deal.  For some reason playing there outside of normal hours is so exciting for them!
I wish I could keep it that these were the only cars they'll ever drive.
Kendall and Blake decided to take their cake up to the playhouse to eat.
Sydney shares her sister's love of cupcakes!
 Make sure to get every last bit of frosting! 
Cake twice in one day.  Does it get any better than that?  Not in my world.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Buckle Up.

I have been seriously lacking in blogging lately.  I figured I'd do a quick recap post through cell pics to show what we've all been up to.  We have had something every.single.weekend for the last month or so (and coming up)  It's fun, but it sure is tiring. :)

We started out with a play date.  A bunch of friends/old coworkers all had babies around the same time, so we figured we'd get them all together.  7 kids under 3.  One word - LOUD! 
That night we had a 1st birthday party.  Sydney still thinks she's the baby, apparently.
The next morning I went down to St. Paul with a friend for a photography class at the zoo/botanical gardens.
And of course we couldn't go back home without a little shoe shopping.  I mean, let's be real here.
I think I've found a kid's favorite toy.  The facetime camera on an iPhone.  Time for some photobooth fun with Sydney.
 That week, my bestie had her baby!! I was so excited to meet this handsome little dude, and it definitely wasn't helping my baby fever.  I was lucky enough to get to play around and try some newbie pics.  I'm still trying to get them edited and finished, but I'll try to post them when I'm done.
Also during this time I was busy prepping for another great friend's bridal shower.  I am so happy for her, and the shower was proof that the big day will be here soon.  Less than a month in fact!!  I get to be a bridesmaid and Miss Kendall was honored with being a flower girl, so we are super excited.
During the shower, Kendall was playing with my phone and I found another long stream of self pics.
Now, everyone knows you can't have a bridal shower without a bachelorette party.  See more pictures of the events here
The girls were at my mother in laws for the night, so I got to pick them up the next morning, where they were busy cruising in their ride.  Sydney was in charge of the radio while Kendall toured them around.  
And more facetime fun
What night is complete without a little dance party?

 Last weekend we had another wedding.  I didn't bring my camera, and my cell died about 20 minutes into it.  :(  Luckily I got a couple of quick snaps in.
 We got back from out of town for the wedding Sunday morning, and almost immediately left for a 2nd birthday party for our nephew Emmett.  But, not without stopping at Target!  Diapers are a necessity. :/
Sydney was getting pretty tuckered out after missing a nap and the excitement of the party.
 About 2 minutes after we left, we found her out cold.
  I checked on the girls one night while making dinner, and found them watching cartoons like this.  Seriously, don't they make your heart melt?
 Tuesday night led to the crazy hail storm (see pics of the aftermath here)  That meant Wednesday was trick or treating from contractors.  I'm not kidding, all you could see in the neighborhood were trucks lined up and salesmen going door to door for siding and roofing.  I am sure we've had more than 10 stop by already.  My favorite line was from one that was 4 hours away, but said their business isn't storm chasers like some others.  Really, our house was in your neighborhood?  lol
 We were getting sick of the doorbell ringing so we thought we'd head out on the trail so Kendall could show off her newly learned pedaling skills.  She is so proud of herself! 
 And, Sydney was just enjoying being along for the ride.

Whew.  I think that covers it.  I'm tired just going through it again. :)  Coming up over the next month we have a dual birthday party, a dual baby shower, Mother's Day, a possible 5k, a wedding weekend and then Sydney's birthday party.  Wish me luck!