Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I love that I have some pictures of all 4 of my girls in the same outfit.  It's fun to see how they look alike or different, and it's especially fun to see some similarities in Chantzlyn even though she has different DNA.  It's also interesting to see how different they all are-- even if some share the same DNA! Ha!

These were all taken when the girls were around 3 months old.  Some maybe a tad sooner and some maybe a tad later, but roughly all about 3 months old. Some of the pictures are out of birth order, but you'll get the idea.  And there is different coloring to the pictures & some backgrounds are different, but again- you get the gist.

This next set shows a blue dress that I had when I was a baby:

The next one I don't have one of Kennedie in this dress, but it was mine when I was a baby also:

The next set is really special, because I have a picture of myself in the dress when I was a baby, and now one of all four of my girls sporting it:

Pretty fun!  Love all 4 of my girls & each of their unique features!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sawyer's Puppy Party

We got to celebrate Sawyer turning 4 about two months ago now.  It was so much fun!  She requested a "puppy party" and so it was fun playing it up for sure!  And no, she did not get a puppy.   The party was all things puppy, but there was no puppy.  I know... we will not win parents of the year award, but it's completely okay-- she had a great time.

This was such a fun party to really play up the theme!  Since last year she had a "Going on a Bear Hunt" party and it wasn't super girlie- I decided this year to play on a more girl-ier aspect of all things puppy.  It was awesome to see Sawyer's face light up as the decor started going up.  She really did love it and of course, that made me love it!

Get ready for a picture overload for sure!

First things first, my amazingly talented friend Natalie over at Topsy Turvy Print Shop designed the PERFECT invite to set the tone for this fun party.  She also created all the other cute prints you'll see in the pictures (the food tents, the favor bag toppers, the birthday sign, the cute framed signs). Here is the adorable invite:

Sawyer could not stop talking about her party all week long!  She was so excited she got up super early... which was kind of disastrous, because she was a bit tired which made her a little grumpy and super shy.  But we did the best we could and I think even through the exhaustion I know she had a fun time!

Here are some family pictures pre-party. Note the fun puppy ears we were all sporting for the pictures.  Each kid at the party got to take a pair home.  Thanks Pinterest for the idea.  Just plastic headbands, glue and felt.  I made several different colors.  For Sawyer's party shirt I just bought a pink shirt from Walmart and added a puppy appliqué from Hobby Lobby.  The whole thing was less than $7.  She wanted to add her necklace and bracelets to complete her party look!

We had the party at lunch and had fun with the food.  Here is the main food spread:

(I made these from ready made refrigerated bread sticks, just rolled them out and tied knots on the ends.  Spread butter and garlic powder on the top and baked in the oven.)

(Just pretzel sticks & Reeses cereal)

Here is the party table that housed all the sweets & treats {Sawyer's favorite!}

Some close ups of the yummy treats:

"Pupcakes"- Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting & French Toast cupcakes with maple syrup buttercream frosting

Chews sticks- the kids loved these- pink marshmallows & bubble tape gum

I made this chocolate cake to look like dog food in a dog bowl.  It's just chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and whopper candy. 

Scooby Snacks were perfect little dog biscuits. 

"Bark" -- super yummy! 

Poodle Fluff was just cotton candy 

Here are a few pictures of some of the decor:

Guests got to take home little dog bone sugar cookies that I made, and I also had out little "doggie bags" that people could fill with treats from the party. 

My favorite part was when we played the song, "Who Let the Dogs Out," and the kids danced to it. We listened to it over and over all week and Sawyer danced and danced.  Of course though, the day of the party she didn't want to dance at all.  It was still super cute with the other kids dancing with their little puppy ears on.  I didn't take a picture of it, but I have a video.  Here is Sawyer sitting in Lantz's lap (not dancing with her friends):

We were blessed by some sweet neighbors to let us use their bounce house that they have.  It was a great addition to the party.  All the kids had a fun time on it!

Everyone ate, drank, and were merry:

Of course when we sang to my sweet Sawyer, she had a bit of a melt down from being so tired.  She especially didn't like the extra attention. Poor thing:

But after the singing there were plenty of sweets and that kinda made up for it:

Then there were plenty of presents to open: 

Again, it was such a fun party and we are so thankful for friends and family who came to help celebrate our Sawyer Sue!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Preslee Ray is 2 Years Old!

I can't believe my fun and sassy little Preslee Ray is already TWO years old today!  We got to celebrate her birthday last Saturday, but we celebrate her every day for her unique and fun personality!  This fun girl keeps us on our toes and helps us smile all day long.  It all goes by so fast, but I'm so thankful for every minute with her. Here is a little about our girls this month:


- The funniest thing this month is that whenever anyone asks you your name you ALWAYS reply, "Abby."  Plain as day, no question about it. You tell anyone and everyone who asks you your name.  You don't skip a beat.  It's, "Abby."  {I don't know where you came up with it.  Papa and Nana's dog's name is Abby.  Sometimes you will play babies with your big sisters and they will come up with play names for each other and their babies, so maybe one day your play name was "Abby."  Whatever the case, you think your name is "Abby."} You will still answer to Preslee, and I know that you know that is your name, but you tell anyone who asks that it's, "Abby."  You also tell anyone who asks you how old you are, that you "4."  Again, you don't skip a beat, you always answer "4."  I will correct you and sometimes you'll then say, "2," but most of the time you continue to say, "4."  Oh it's so funny!  I love my little "4 year old Abby!"
- With that being said, you are so vocal. I can't even keep up with what you can say these days, because you pretty much say it all.
- You occasionally still throw a fit at nap time or bed time, but mostly you go down pretty easy.
- You are wearing size 2T clothes and size 6-7 shoes.
- You love all things outside-- from bubbles, to walks, to bugs, to swings, to slides, you love it all!
- Speaking of outside, lately when we go on family walks, you would much rather be out of the stroller walking then riding these days.
- You are still using the potty at your own whim.  I've just been too lazy to stick to a week of just letting you wear panties and helping you potty. Anytime I sit you down on the potty you will go, but you don't like stoping playing to go.  Sometimes you will tell me when you need to potty, but if I'm not asking then you are pretty much not telling because you've got too many things to do and play with to stop and go potty.  Yesterday you actually told me that you needed to "poopy"and so I sat you on the potty and you pooped.  It was a big celebration! I told you, "Way to go Idaho!" {A line from Toy Story.} And all day you kept saying, "Way a go I-aho!"  It was so cute!
-You have officially entered the "I do it" phase.  You want to do try to do everything yourself and Mommy has to have an extra dose of patience.
- You are still so outgoing and friendly.  You like to everyone and say "hi."
- You are still our early riser.  You tend to be the first Howard girl out of bed in the morning.  Not all mornings, but most.
- You really enjoy saying the prayer before a meal.  Seems like most of the times you will volunteer to say it, or if someone else says it then you will ask to say one too after the first person is done.
- You like to try to say the memory Bible verse like your sisters.  You are really good at it and it's so cute!!
- If it gets too quiet in the house I know to try to find YOU first (as opposed to your sisters), because that most likely means you are definitely into something that you are not supposed to be in.

My fun-loving, wild thing, Preslee Ray, you are such a joy to have as a daughter.  You keep me on my toes every day and always make me laugh!  You are such a little ham and do anything you can to get a laugh or a smile out of us.  You are two today, but I think in your head you've been two (or older) for awhile now.  You try so hard to keep up with your big sisters, but you also want to be held like your baby sister.  You are such a free spirit and go with flow most days.  You like to jump high, to run fast, and dance with joy!  You make me so happy and so proud to be your Mommy!  I love you more than words could ever express.  My heart has grown exponentially being your mother and I'm so grateful that I'm the one you call, "Mommy."  You are still my ray of sunshine every day.  I love you so much! 

From your bunny party last week!

You were so excited about your party!

Birthday donut this morning. You picked a ladybug!

All done with the ladybug donut!  The aftermath!