Monday, April 14, 2014

Five is Fabulous!

My Natalie has been SO excited about her birthday. She had several exceptions as to what the day would hold for her. I think we managed to make her dreams come true.
First, she keep inviting people to her "party". I hadn't really planned on doing a party then enter in 2 weeks of stomach flu at our house and it was definitely out of the question.  Instead we invited a bunch of friends to join us at the park for a play-date. (I suggested we bring the cake to share but that was out of the question. "The cake is for after dinner!")

We had a great time at the park. Such a nice day outside.

Natalie LOVES LOVES the movie Frozen and wanted Frozen things for her birthday. (Do you know how difficult they are to find?!) We ordered the DVD to give her. She really really wanted an Elsa dress-up. With the supply and demand issue I decided the only thing to do was to make one. (I'm a poor excuse for a seamstress but with my sister-in-law's help and a few phone calls to my sisters and Mom I was able to make it happen.)
It helps to have friends in a different state. My friend, Cathy, was able to find Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff dolls at her Target. (I checked online daily and made more then one trip to stores in search of these dolls to no avail.)
So excited about these dolls

 Counting her birthday money from Grandma and Grandpa

 It's an Elsa Dress!

 It was immediately put on.

 A Frozen book

I love how you can see her smile behind the crown
 This is so great

 Lizzy's  been pulling this face a lot lately....I love it!

 Birthday success!

Camille has requested an Elsa dress-up for her birthday now too. Looks like I've got four months to make it happen again. 

Of course, the cake had to be a Frozen cake. Natalie said she wanted a blue cake with white snow and Elsa and Anna on top. (Which got amended to just Anna because I could not find an Elsa) Natalie wanted to help put on the "snow" and "snowballs". We had fun decorating her cake together.

When getting her all tucked in for the night she told me what a great day she had. "Best birthday ever!"
You can watch here birthday interview by clicking here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Liz at 10 months

At 10 months Lizzy has 3 teeth (Now she has for but as of her 10 month birthday there were only three). She likes to wave hi and bye. She'll slap you five. She cruises the furniture and pushes our little red chair around while "walking" behind it.  She gives the best cuddles and like you to hand her whole bananas, not pieces. 

And apparently loves this tape.
"Hey that's my tape!"
"See, I need it."
"Where'd it go?"
"EHHH give it BACK!"

"That's better."

"You know just how to make me smile."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life of the fourth

When you have older siblings there's some things you have to put up with. (This coming some someone who has older siblings and IS an older sibling ☺.) Things like:

1. When your older sisters decide you need some extra fringe on your outfit.
 (We seriously love these Magiclip dolls.The dress are interchangeable on the dolls and work great on baby sisters.)

 2. When you're nine months old and its the first time Mom has busted out the heirloom jumper.
 (Which, of course, you love!)
3. They barricade you out of the room to save their farm animals. 

 4. They eat all the delicious maple coated cinnamon rolls at Maple fest.

 But these are all things you happily put up with because you love you big sisters!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nine Months

At nine month Liz is sporting two teeth,
pulls herself up into a standing position,
thinks she only needs one nap most days,
enjoys a variety of soft table foods,
likes looking through books,
and is into everything.
 Why would I sit when I could stand?
 I'll give you ONE sit and smile next to the kitty without touching the sign.
 This sign is very interesting
 Who exactly is this talking about?
 Oh me!

Okay, thanks for taking my picture Mom. I've got things to do now...
At her 9 month check-up she was 27 3/4 inches tall (58%) and 17 lbs 5 oz. (26%) The doctor deemed her a "peanut" but I feel like my little baby is just too big!

Thursday, February 27, 2014


We love our Emily Ann. The other day someone used the phase "three-nager" when we were discussing our kids and I have to say I think Ems might fit the description. She is cute and loveable and normally a good listener but its amazing how the wrong move will get you a crusty expression and/or a sour mood.

The day before her birthday we gave her hair it's first ever trim.
 For the past 10 or so months Emily has known EXACTLY what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday. (A lamby cake with a binky in it's mouth.)
I think I was able to make her vision come alive.

She said she was excited about her cake "betause it looks awesome".
Happy girls
 Silly girls
 Ready to blow out the candles
She was, of course, spoiled with presents
 She loves Sofia the First

SO EXCITED about her very own dishes (Thanks Cathy)
A video interview with the birthday girl can be found by clicking here.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brad's 34th

Brad said he wanted a German Chocolate cake for his birthday but that the girls could pick the shape. They decided on Olaf from Frozen. (They may be a little obsessed right now.)
I was torn because I knew Brad would want the yummy coconut pecan frosting that goes with German chocolate cake but that it was the wrong color if we were doing a snowman.
Then I had an epiphany! I used the coconut pecan frosting as the filling and frosted the outside white and covered it in coconut. 
(Mmm it was good. I made the coconut pecan frosting and I will always make it myself from now on. SO yummy.)
The inside of Olaf
 Olaf completed. He turned out pretty good I think.
 These people all approved.
 They couldn't wait to dig in.
 Giving warm hugs....because that's what Olaf likes.
 Then we really warmed him up...
Not everyday you see a snowman on fire.

Deck Jumping

I remember as a kid jumping off the back deck into the snow with my siblings. As I was shoveling the deck off on Valentine's day the girls were out playing in the snow, I decided I needed to teach them the fine art of deck jumping.

Camille loved it.


Natalie was a little nervous but still tried it.
 After a successful first jump she went again but ended up with a face full of snow. She decided she was done after that.