Monday, August 3, 2015

Kennedie's Student of the Week

A few weeks before school got out, our sweet little girl was chosen for the Student of the Week award.  This was the second time this school year that she was chosen, and to say we were proud would be a bit of an understatement.

The last time Kennedie was chosen for the award it was a little bit of a rough go.  The students have to go on stage in front of the entire school (KR- high school), teachers, and parents.  She had a melt down last time and got so embarrassed that she didn't even want to go on the stage.  She cried the whole time and I had to go up on stage with her.

This time our little girl was a ROCK STAR!  She did so awesome and we were so proud!  She walked right up on the stage with all the other recipients and stood up there {with no tears} just like she was supposed to.  Of course I was the paparazzi the whole time! Ha!









She did great and we are so proud!  Here was one of all the girls with Daddy:

WAY TO GO KENNEDIE!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Preslee Ray's Drop of Golden Sun Party




I can't believe that it's almost August and I'm just now getting around to blogging about my sweet Preslee's first birthday party. Oh well... we've been a bit tied up.  Our crazy summer schedule along with adoption paper work has kept us very busy.

I decided that I would do a play on Preslee's name for her birthday party.... Preslee "Ray a drop of golden sun." With the movie "Sound of Music" playing in our house frequently it just kinda came up naturally.  Since her middle name is from my dad, we kept the same spelling instead of changing it to the girlier version, Rae.  So, it seemed easy to just tie in a bit of a sunshine theme.  I didn't want a bold in your face sunshine theme though.  I really love the vintage-type feeling parties.  I have a lot on hand that is easy to use.

So.. I knew I wanted a sunshine party, but I couldn't quit put my finger on what I was envisioning.  Then, I saw a cute little outfit on Zullily that inspired me.  It helped me bring all that was in my head into a clear picture.  Something earthy, sweet, a touch of yellow, with a flair of fun.  I almost bought it for her for her one year pictures and the party, but it was more than what I wanted to spend.  I showed it to my mom, and asked if she could do something similar.

Here was my party inspiration and my Mom's outfit inspiration:

To say my mom delivered, would be an understatement!!! Y'all, I loved it ten times more than what I saw on Zulily.  Here is what my mom ended up making for my sweet girl:

She made it out of muslin so it's super soft and it gave it that perfect earthy feel.   The crochet yellow lace added the vintage inspired feel I wanted.  It really is beautiful-- one of my favorite pieces my mom has made!

Next up was setting up the theme with the invites.  That's where my crazy talented friend Natalie, at Topsy Turvy Design Shop, came in to save the day with her beautiful design work.  I told her my vision and she worked with me to create again, one of my favorite invites to date.  Here is the beautiful front:
 Isn't it the cutest thing EVER?! And then the back was just my little sweetie pie sporting her new outfit:

If you have a party or event or need birth announcements, graduation announcements, or Christmas cards then there is no one better to work with than Natalie!  Click HERE to go to her Etsy shop or click HERE to go to her Facebook page.  Seriously, y'all- she is that good!

The party turned out pretty cute, but very similar to Sawyer's first party.  Sawyer's party was more browns and creams with hearts.  Click HERE to see Sawyer's vintage first birthday party.

Here is my sweet girl all ready to party!  {I know she's not smiling, but that was the best picture we got.  She really was in a great mood for the party!}


So you already got a good look at the main table up above.

Food wise, we decided to go ahead and do breakfast again.  That seems to work well for our party schedule & allows people to still have a majority of their day.  We served biscuits with lots of different jellies, honey or gravy.  We also served sausage, and strawberries.  (The gravy went in the empty white bowl in the picture below. We kept it warming on the stove until we were ready to eat.)

We also had fruit squeezer pouches for the little ones and puffs in adorable little candy cups that I covered with burlap and yellow detail. For dessert we had rice crispy treats, lemon cupcakes and french toast cupcakes with maple syrup buttercream frosting.  Preslee's smash cake was a naked lemon cake.  Y'all I actually did all the baking myself for this party!  It all turned out yummy- even if it wasn't the prettiest!

Drinks were water, orange juice, fancy lemonade, and chocolate milk served on a vintage drink cart from Lantz's grandmother's house:

Some of my favorite decor was chicken coop on the table, the paper doily bunting hanging from the ceiling, the polka dot streamers behind the smash cake area, the fabric bunting hanging from the doors,  and the little yellow Billy Ball flowers.  I'll just let the pictures do the talking from here:







I blew up one of her first year pictures to put on the fireplace & put all of her monthly pictures on a bunting in front of a white fabric strip bunting.  This is where guests put her presents.

Here were the "Thank You" favors.  I made lemon muddy buddies.  They were so yummy the night before when I made them, but to my surprise I ate some after the guests left, and they were gross and stale.  Note to self...serve immediately and don't make beforehand.

Preslee's cake smash was awesome! Unlike my other two girls, this little Miss went straight in... there was no holding her back!  She dug in almost immediately & was all smiles & excited the whole time!

Here we are with our party girl:




And the party girl having fun:

Family with the party girl:







She was loving the chocolate milk:

A few present pictures:



Overall, it was such a fun party!  We were so thankful to celebrate our little Ray of sunshine with sweet friends and family.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Preslee is 15 Months Old



It seems strange that this precious girl of mine is just checking off the months left and right.... 15 months already!  Last week this little one hit this mile marker & in so many ways I can't believe that she is already this old, and in other ways, I can't believe that she is so young because I feel as though she is so advanced.

Little Sister,

- You are our little firecracker of a personality!  You like to be the center of attention & will always be sure to let us know that you are around.  You will "shake it" with your dance moves, or talk, or scream.
-Speaking of talking... you will just get going sometimes.  You will hold up your little finger and jibber-jabber away about who knows what.  It's like you know exactly what you are talking about even if the rest of us have no idea.
- You develop more of an opinion daily about what you eat.  You seem very persistent about wanting your plate to look just like everyone else's.  You don't understand why yours has to be cut up so small when no one else's is cut.
- You are still breastfeeding 5 times a day.
- You still take two naps a day.  About an hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.  You are so easy to lay down.  We hold you and let you cuddle with your little bunny and blanket, and we sing David Crowder's song, "Oh how He loves us," and sway and within about a minute you reach down for your bed and we lay you right down.  Lights off and sound machine on and you are good to go.  Occasionally you'll cry for a few minutes, but normally you just zonk right out. Love that it's so easy!
- You love Music and Movement class at the library.  You will just run around the room like you own the place.  You love to "shake it."
- You completely understand the word "no."  Now, that doesn't mean you actually listen. You tend to pause when we tell you no and it's like you think about what choice you will make.  Sometimes you listen, and sometimes you don't.
- You have at least 12 teeth, but you may have more... it's hard for me to get a good look in your mouth.  I love that you still have a little bit of a snaggle tooth smile.
-  You are wearing 12 month & some 18 month clothing now.
- You are wearing size 5 and a few size 6 shoes.
- You still think it is so funny to throw your sister's panties in the trash.  I always have to double check the trash before we throw it out to make sure you haven't thrown away panties without me knowing. Little stinker.
- Speaking of trash, you completely understand what it is and  if we ask you to throw something away or put it in the "trash," you will walk right over and toss it. Such a big helper.
- You have started climbing on everything lately!  You have turned into a little bit of an adventurer!  You will climb on the toy room chairs and table and then use those to climb on the toy room bed.  You climb on your black dress up box and then climb or almost jump onto Kennedie's bed.  You climb up on the couch and on the rocking chair and on the dining room chairs.  You try to climb up the ladder on the play set in the back yard.  You climb onto everything!
- If it's just the two of us at home you want to be held constantly, but if your sisters or Daddy are around then you are fine walking around and checking in on everyone.
- You have definitely started warming up to familiar faces and it's so cute to see you laugh and smile and "talk" to people you know!
- It's so hard to take pictures of you now.  Most of them are blurry or of the back of your head because you are on the go and won't sit still for half a second!
- You will say, "Ahhhhh" and lean in for a hug or kiss.... one of the best things  ever.

Sweet Preslee Ray baby, I can't believe how big you are getting!  You are growing into such a sweet and lively little girl! You have a big personality that is so fun to be around.  My heart feels like it could explode with the love that I have for you.  Your smile is to die for and your little kisses and hugs are the most precious things ever.  I am so thankful that out of all the Mommies in the world God picked me to be yours!  You are such a joy sweet girl!  I love you so much. 

On the go!

First visit to the splash pad!  You LOVED it!




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Preslee's One Year Pictures

I have shared a few of Preslee's one year pictures here and there, but these are the "official" ones.  I realize that she is almost 15 months now, but these are too precious not to share.   {My mom made her outfit for her pictures & party.}

This was my rocking chair when I was a little girl:







I mean... I love this little snuggle tooth grin here:





And of course I had to grab a few with my sweet girl: