Monday, September 27, 2010

Emily's Baby Shower - Welcome Baby Brannon!!!

This past Saturday my Mom and dear friend Elaine and I hosted a baby shower at my house for our best friend, Emily. Here we are with the guest of honor. She is due Nov 2nd, and chose not to find out what she is having. So in a few short weeks we will be welcoming a Baby Jay or Baby Lily. CAN'T WAIT!!! I thought I would share some pictures of the shower. We had SO much fun putting this together! I live for this stuff. I also had to share pictures, because this will officially be the last party I host in my house (tear).
Here is Emily with (from left) her Sister, Niece, Mom, and Mother-In-Law
Buffet Table - Roast Beef Sandwiches w/Mustard Horseradish Sauce, Salad w/Apples, Candied Pecans, and Goat Cheese, Gazpacho w/Shrimp, Parmesan Breadsticks, Strawberries w/Chocolate or Cream Cheese Dip
Iced Tea, Cranberry Lemon-Lime Punch, and Water
Place Setting w/Sugar Cookie Favor made by friend Robin (who I am amazed by!!!) She free hand decorated these cookies! They were just BEAUTIFUL!! I had her make a boy outfit...
and a girl outfit
Baby tree with vintage baby cards, pacifiers, ribbon, and initials for Jay and Lily
The weather turned out to be PERFECT Saturday (Thank you, Lord). We sat outside on the porch. It was so nice!

Wes's Aunt Debra made a quilt for each of the girls when they were born. She is so gifted. I thought they would work perfect as decoration on the table - because they were so pretty and she used all sorts of soft beautiful fabrics that worked great for a gender neutral shower.
Some of the flowers - I found some vintage baby flower vases on ebay, and bought the flowers from Sam's Club
I also found these wire baby carriages online

Dessert Table
More BEAUTIFUL cookies from Robin. She made baby carriages, monogram cookies, and baby bottles in addition to the outfits.
Diaper Cake on the dessert table
Baby Lily Cake
Baby Jay Cake

And, then I had to share this picture...couldn't resist. Wednesday is the girl's Mother's Day Out day, and they are ALWAYS so tired when they come home. I usually feed the twins dinner before Wes and I eat because they usually can't wait until he gets home. So, when we eat dinner, they sit in their exersaucer for a few minutes and watch a video. Well, Ella loves to treat the twins like her little babies, and she apparently gave Molly a pillow...this is what I found. My Molly sweetness....tired baby.

Hope you had a wonderful FALL weekend!!
Keep the Faith,

Monday, September 6, 2010

Accidents Happen Even On Good Days

We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend in our house! The weather couldn't have been nicer and my parents came to visit. The girls usually go to MDO on Wednesday, but I was able to take the twins on Friday because there were some openings due to the holiday weekend. Ella got to tag along with me and Neena. We had lunch and then went to Gap Kids to look for some new shoes...and of course left with more than we came for : ). I bought Ella two pairs of sneakers for the Summer in hot pink and white and we wore them out, but they were great because they were slip ons and looked cute with about anything. So, I was looking for something similar in Fall colors - these are the shoes we bought...
I thought these would be perfect for everyday Fall
And these were just the CUTEST shoes I've ever seen! When I put them on Ella, she said "Momma, these are so cute!!". Uh-oh!! I think I'm creating a monster much like myself : ). They also had them in Hot Pink and Purple which were REALLY REALLY cute, but for practical reasons, I thought she would be able to wear these with more...thanks Neena!

Another highlight of our weekend was the JUMP-O-LENE. I bought the jump-o-lene to take on our trip to Texas this Summer. It came in very handy while staying at my grandparent's house that isn't so kid friendly. We put it up when we got home from our trip, and pulled it out this weekend because the weather was so nice. Since the girls, especially Ella, hadn't seen it in like 3 months, it was like a brand new toy to her. Have I ever mentioned that I am a big advocate of hiding or rotating toys : ). Anyway, all of the girls had such a fun time jumping, playing in the sand box, and swinging in the back yard.

And then, as if we needed any more excitement, we had yet ANOTHER accident in our house. While I was cleaning up after dinner and Wes was literally 2 feet away tending to Molly and Ruby, Ella took a tumble of some sort and smacked into a piece of furniture in the foyer. I heard a LARGE thud, and then 2 seconds later, the sound no mother EVER wants to here...horrible screaming. I ran to see what happened and there was blood gushing from her mouth. As you can imagine, I suffered a mini heart attack, because at that moment I didn't know exactly what occurred...if she had knocked a tooth out, etc, etc. So as I was assessing the damage and she is gushing blood, I'm thinking, I need to take her to the hospital. BUT, my "eagle scout" husband who manages to remain calm in about EVERY situation, convinced me that there was no need for stitches, and that she just split her lip, yadda, yadda. So, we have survived yet another "boo-boo". However, she looks rather rough with a purple lip and bruised chin...
Pictures taken 2 hours after traumatic event - subject seems to be in good spirits ; ).
So, it was a rather eventful ending to a rather eventful LONG wonderful weekend...I'm coming to realize that anything but, is just out of the ordinary!

Hope you had a great Labor Day!

Keep the Faith,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pony Ride, Headband, and Dessert

This weekend we went to something called the Frisco Fest where we live. They have it every August and it's kind of like a mini fair that takes place downtown. There are lots of activities for children, live music, food, and merchant booths...and I was surprised how much bigger and better it was this year. We walked there Saturday morning and did a round, it was a little warm so we came back home. After dinner, we normally always take a walk, and we decided to do another round and I am so glad we did. It was much cooler and we were able to enjoy the sights. As we were heading back to come home, we happened upon a pony corral, and I asked Ella if she wanted to ride a pony. Well, she did, and she LOVED it. We kind of had a mini-meltdown when we had to leave. Her pony's name was Banjo.
We had a full day Saturday with two trips to the Frisco Fest, a side walk coloring extravaganza, and a trip to the Academy that just opened in our area. Wes was really happy to hear we were getting an Academy. I have a feeling that it will become one of our weekend outings.

I have to share a funny from Ella. A couple weeks ago, she scratched her finger doing something, and ran to me crying that she had a boo-boo. So, of course I kissed it to make it better and this was our conversation
Ella - "Mama, I need a headband"
Me - "A headband?, I don't think a headband will make it feel better"
Ella - "Yes, Mama!!! I NEED a headband!!!"
I'm a little puzzled at this point, so I go to the medicine cabinet and pull out a band-aid.
Ella - "YES, YES, YES, a headband!!!"
Me - "Ooookkkkk, a headband" with a big smile on my face I wrapped her finger in a band-aid

About 5 minutes later Ella came to me and said "Mama, thank you so much for the headband, I feel sooooo much better!!"


Yesterday as I was cooking dinner, I had just finished feeding the twins and as "dessert" I usually give them pudding or also buys me a few minutes because they love "eating" with their spoons and love pudding or yogurt. Not long after I got them all set up, I hear "Ahhhhh, ahhhh, ahhhh!!!" from Molly (yep, by now I can decipher the crying and whining). So I go to check on them and I find the problem. Ruby has decided she would eat BOTH bowls of dessert. This is becoming a common problem. So, I think I will be separating them from now on. : )
Hope you have a wonderful LONG weekend!

Keep the Faith,