Thursday, March 5, 2015


Four four four.  She's four now!  I still have to pinch myself sometimes that she is mine.

A few things about my four year old: 

She's very social.  She loves kids, but can be shy at first.  

She's as sweet as candy.  Everyone warned me how bad age three was, but it was my favorite year yet.  (Don't worry, she gave me a run for my money at age one and two so I earned this!)  She really is a good girl and rarely gets in any trouble.  I lucked out with this one!

She is a picky eater, but I never have to worry about her not getting enough nutrients.  She LOVES bell peppers and apples.  She snacks on them all day, which makes me feel a bit better when she only has two bites of dinner sometimes.

She's a little goof and loves to make us laugh. 

She loves My Little Pony, Disney princesses, Shopkins, & can spend hours entertaining herself playing with them.  She has a creative mind and I love that.

She gets embarrassed sometimes and it reminds me how old she is getting.  

She is a complete Daddy's girl.  He told me to make sure I include that in her birthday post :)  They have such a special relationship.  I'm so grateful my girls have such a good dad. 

Since she has started Primary at church, she is ALWAYS talking about things she learned.  One day, Steve and I were talking to each other in the car and she thought we were fighting because we sounded serious, and she said, "The Holy Ghost says, STOP!".  We also heard a loud noise come from outside one day and she said, "Oh, the Holy Ghost is speaking to me."

Don't ask.  She said, "Take a picture of me sleeping.  I want to see what I look like."  Ok then!  Let me get some of those lips, Aubrey.

Kate is her best friend, and worst enemy sometimes too. :)  I constantly am hearing them giggle together and play…and yes, fight sometimes, too!  I must admit, watching their relationship grow makes me jealous I never had a sister!

We still do our own "school" thing a couple times a week, and she has learned to write all her letters and what sounds they make.  Lately we have been working on numbers/counting, and cutting with scissors and other dexterity activities. She will probably start preschool this Fall (not positive yet) and it makes me sad but excited for her!

She still loves games so much and we are constantly playing Old Maid, Candyland, Match, & Go Fish in this house.  She actually beats me more than I like to admit!

I can't wait to see what four brings our sweet Aubrey girl.  She's turning out to be one amazing little girl and I love getting to know her and more and more as she grows!  She made me a mama four years ago and I couldn't be more thankful for her. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

our love day.

Since Steve has the unconventional work schedule of working every Saturday, we celebrated a few nights early on Thursday.  He took me to our favorite restaurant, Sutter Street Steakhouse in Folsom.  BEST steak & shrimp of my life.  

I'll never forget our first Valentine's Day together.  Steve had gotten his wisdom teeth out the same day, but somehow he still managed to take me to our church's Valentine's Day dance, mouth full of gauze and all.  He's always known how much I love this silly holiday and done his best to make it special or me.  Love this man!

I stayed up late the night before playing Cupid for the girls.  They LOVED it all!

We started off the morning with a simple, festive breakfast.  Heart shaped pancakes, heart watermelon on a stick, & pink milk.  Excuse the awful lighting/color in these pictures - my girls get up at an ungodly hour where there is no natural light in the house!

Later in the day, we baked some strawberry cupcakes.  These little girls LOVE to bake with me.  They could be having a cranky day, and the second you mention baking to them they instantly perk up.  I love baking too - I love that there is exact measurements and hard to mess it up.  

We didn't do much the rest of the day besides play outside, (it was beautiful out) some Valentine making, & my parents came over for lunch.  We ended our day watching a movie while we waited for Daddy to get home.  We had a great, simple day celebrating love. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy valentines day.

Hope you all have a day filled with love!  I go all out on this holiday - it's one of my faves!  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

sunshine after the rain.

If nothing else, I'm good at coming up with lame titles.  Anyway, wow!  It's been a month since my last post. There really hasn't been too much to report - it's Steve's busy season at work, (which is such a blessing, but man do we miss him on his late nights) so we haven't been doing anything too crazy around here. A park trip here, a play date there.  My days look pretty similar to each other, and you'd think that would get old, but somehow, some way, I never tire of getting up every morning ready for a new day of filling up sippy cups, changing diapers, folding laundry, and playing a lot of Old Maid.  I'm constantly reminded how fast these little girls of mine are growing up, and I'm just enjoying these days of having nowhere to be, and just getting to run our own schedules and taking as much time as we need to get out of jammies and into real clothes.

We've had a pretty rainy week, (which California needs!  Desperately!) and one day after it rained all day long, the sun came out in the early evening, and Aubrey said, "Can we PLEASE play outside now?  It looks like Summer outside!"  Even though it was sopping wet outside, I couldn't say no to that poor girl who had been cooped up inside the house for days.

We spend a lot of time outside. (weather permitting)  Chalk, bubbles, and their train roller coaster is the recipe to their happiness!

A rare sight - Kate smiling and looking at the camera.  She's so cute I can hardly take it.

The puddles on the cement make a big splash as she came down her roller coaster.  She thought it was pretty awesome - like Splash Mountain at Disneyland.

Aubrey helping Kate wash her hands after getting wet chalk all over them.  My little mother hen.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


There was no stopping the Disney princess stage from hitting this house full of girls - and I don't mind one bit!   I love watching their creative juices flow when they pretend they are in a faraway land in their glittery dresses.  Not only do they love getting all fancy, but it's so darling to watch them try to act graceful and talk in a grown up princess voice.  If them dressing up in princess dresses inspires them to act a little more graceful, a little more kind, & makes them feel beautiful?  I'm all for it.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kate's Donut Party!

I told myself last year after Aubrey's mermaid wedding party, I would go easy on parties this year.  As much as I love all the planning and details, it really does take up a lot of time & energy that I don't always have.  A few weeks ago I decided to have a small party/get together for Kate's second birthday, and since the first word to comes to my mind to describe her is "sweet", we had a little donut party.  Easiest/CHEAPEST party ever.  So girly and cute, just like Miss Kate herself.

Happiest, sweetest, little girl ever.  She'll ALWAYS be my baby ;)

I kept the decor super simple.  I was going to order a felt donut banner on Etsy, but the cheapest one was SIXTY dollars.  So I made one myself… sure it kind of looks like a second grader made it, but I'm a whole heck of a lot richer because of it!  I think it turned out kinda cute.  

The spread.. just donuts and milk!  

Anything looks ten times prettier on a cake stand.

Just donuts on straws.  Totally practical..ha!

Okay…these painted donut balloons were WAY cuter on the tutorial online.  Story of my life!

Taking a little bite of her inflatable ice cream cone :)

Aubrey wanted to deliver Kate's birthday donut to her as we sang…probably wasn't the best idea.

As soon as that flame got near Kate, she freaked out!  Guess we should have saw that coming.  We are constantly warning her about how "owwie, hot!" candles/fire are!  She cried, but soon got over it once we handed her a donut to eat.  (like her third one that day)

Washin' down that sugar..

Ugh she's just so cute.

Prezzie time!  Who says birthdays right after Christmas have to be lame?

Aubrey was so sweet the whole day on Kate's birthday, trying to help her get into the excitement all day.  She is such a little mother hen and after Kate opened up her princess barbie dolls, she immediately took the shoes off the dolls.  We asked her why she did it and she just said nonchalantly: "I don't want Kate to choke!  The shoes are little, and she could choke!" Melt my heart.  

Her RELLA dress!