She is two, she is two, she is two!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I've finally made my way back to Norah's birthday party! If I don't jump back and work on this stuff every once in a while, there's no telling how far behind I'll get this fall.

Well over a month ago, we threw that double birthday party weekend and wound up having Norah's party on her actual birthday, August 2nd.

It's a little surreal that she's already 2. I mean, it feels like CLAIRE was just 2. How is my littlest baby there already?! She's a walking, talking, smiley, sometimes sassy pants and we love her.

Since she was turning 2 on the 2nd, that's known (apparently only to us people who hail from the northern states) as a "golden birthday". Thus, I added quite a bit of gold to the mix. The other half of the theme came from her lovie, a random purple elephant gifted to her from "Grandma K". It's believed to be a Kohls Cares for Kids Horton, so that's why I threw in the Horton elements.

She is still talking about her "Ellie Party" and I just love how it all came together. People said I was crazy for doing two parties in one weekend (and I was), but with a little planning and sticking to the simpler things, we pulled it off pretty good, I think.

The Horton Elephant Cake was made by Tasty Cakes and it was AMAZING. The snicker doodle layer was declared as Ryan's favorite cake, EVER. So that's saying something. She made my half-ass sketch come to life perfectly and I loved it. For those who have been around a bit, you know that I once made all these cakes myself and you keep asking why I'm NOT making them anymore. Truth be told, I'm not all that excited about spending 6-8 hours on cakes anymore. At least not these more intricate ones. It's probably the number one reason why I was able to pull off these parties in the same weekend. I did make everything else (invites, banner, signs, tags, etc. etc. And a big thank you to Target for having the most perfectly timed Horton bags and goodies in their dollar spot section. That helped too :)

Anyway, our baby is two. She's a toddler. Of course she will always be the forever baby, but time doesn't seem to want to slow down. She gets mama all to herself for 3 days a week now while Claire goes to preschool. It's definitely weird having just one kid around for a few brief hours of the week, but I'm going to try and soak it all up as much as I can.


The second time around isn't any easier. Claire Bear goes to pre-k.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
4 years. This one has been lucky enough to hang out with me for the entirety of her almost 4 years.

Henry going to preschool was hard. He cried bloody murder for a bit and it hurt this mama's heart. I have a feeling this one will cry too, but she tends to save that for the second or third time around, so tomorrow might be ok (for her).

Henry's a summer birthday and he went to preschool immediately after turning 3. And he spent his first two years in daycare while I worked. So this time it's a little different.

Claire has known nothing but being at home with me. And for 4 years. But since she's now that "older" October birthday, it's definitely time for her to go. It's time for her to grow her social skills with kids her age, make friends, and have a routine away from mama. Even though it seems like yesterday we moved down here and she was barely over 1 year old. Time, please slow down. We all keep saying that, but it never seems to work. Moments keep passing us by too quick regardless. 

Preschools are so different down here. I never knew of an "all day" preschool in Minnesota (maybe they have them, but I don't know) but that's pretty much all it is around here. So for those not local, it's a big deal. She'll be gone from 9am-2pm for 3 days a week. That's a huge jump from nothing.

I've thought I've been ready for a while, but of course, I lost it taking these pictures, culling/editing these pictures, hanging out in her new classroom today, and reading her the book pictured below (genius purchase, Jenna. Genius. What did you think would happen!!?) So maybe I'm not ready to let my first baby girl go.

We spent our day doing the stuff she loves: sidewalk chalk, playdough, board games, a quick Target run and of course, "chocolate" (Nutella) sandwiches for lunch.

I can't wait to watch you grow this year, baby girl. I hope you'll be a good friend, lead with good examples, show off that big personality in the best ways possible, and listen well to those sweet teachers.

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Everything is Awesome! Henry turns six!

Friday, August 28, 2015
I promised myself I wouldn't get so far behind that Henry would be close to 7 before turning these pictures up on the ol' interweb. Thankfully, I had a free moment yesterday and whipped these up.

Henry is six. My first born is creeping up on age and I can't stop it. And it means I'm getting old too. His toddler waddling, squishy baby face days become a more distant memory every day. He reads (duh), still has the memory of an elephant, ties his own shoes, has lost his two bottom teeth, and is basically swimming. I also learned he knows what it means to be a "cool boy" yesterday, is skeptical of giving us girls kisses in front of the bus in the morning, and is already becoming "embarrassed" at the talk of girls.

Thankfully, he's still a mama's boy at heart. And sensitive. Boy, is he our sensitive and sentimental kid. No idea where he gets that from! :)  He might be getting a little sassy these days, and some days, admittedly, are REALLY trying in terms of his listening skills, but at the end of the day? All he wants is his mama snuggles. So I'll soak it up for as long as I've got it.  

Onto the party. The kid is also really indecisive. Sometimes, every day decisions are really hard for him to make. Like the decision to have a shark party or a Lego party. So if y'all are aware of his love for sharks, that's coming next year. He already has it mapped out. I may have been jumping up and down inside when he did finally settle on Legos since the basic theme  would be super easy to design.

As always, I created everything with the exception of the cake. The banners, tags, favor bags, invitations, lego candy, cupcakes, signs, etc. I have the Silhouette Cameo and that pretty much cranks out these parties of mine. And photoshop. That too.

The fabulous cake was made by Tasty Cakes (or see here: ). It was exactly as I had envisioned and I just added on the Lego candy pieces (which, let me tell you, were a total PITA to get right. Not as easy as melting some candy, that's for sure).

The bulk of the party fun was run by Bricks 4 Kidz. For what I thought was a super reasonable fee, they came for an hour and a half or so and helped the kids build two separate kits. One was a zip line and the other was a motor for the color spin thing you'll see below. She also busted out a HUGE bag of Legos that the kids just got to free play with at the start. It was great and all the kids loved it. I heard more than once "This is the BEST party ever!". #momwin

We had Henry's favorite Jet's Pizza, blew out our candles and opened up some fabulous presents. Two of my favorite moments were when Henry sat at the fireplace and told his friends jokes from his new joke book and while we sang Happy Birthday, he sang it too, to himself, being all silly and making crazy faces that Uncle Adam captured on camera. Henry hams it up lately and I'm so proud of the progress he's made being social. 3 or even 2 years ago, the kid wouldn't have even talked to other kids.

Onto the photos!

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