Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oh yeah, Thanksgiving!

How on earth is it already December 9th?
Good grief.

So. Um.
Thanksgiving was a decade ago, apparently.
But it was super fun, with some Pinterest inspiration thrown in by Grammy.
It was hard to get any true photos during the festivities because Aunt Mel and I were wrangling our wild turkeys the majority of the time...

 But the day was certainly filled with lots of love, gratitude, and delicious food.

Which is exactly what makes Thanksgiving so wonderful!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Flower Girls (and a Tooth Fairy + Elsa)

This year's Halloween was a bit different for the girls.

Aubrey wrote about it at school when the teacher asked the class to draw a picture of what they were going to be for Halloween...

"I will be a tooth fairy. Too bad that I can't come to Halloween. I am going to Atlanta to be a flower girl. I am excited."

(See the end of this post for her custom-made costume she wore to a Halloween party. :))

So instead of trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st, the girls were practicing their flower girl skills before Uncle Jacob's wedding the next day.

And let me just say, I cannot wait see the professional photographer's photos!
I know I'm biased, but goodness gracious. These two make my heart swell!

Despite the massive temperature drop and 25+ mph wind, the day was absolutely beautiful!

I even snagged a photo with the best man!
(This guy was made to wear formal attire. Swoon!)

And what's a wedding without dancing?
Daniel captured this gem of a video while I stepped out to help Aubrey bandage her skinned knee.
I'm pretty sure I've watched this a gazillion times...

It was such a great weekend!
Congrats Jacob and Brandy!
Thanks for letting us share in your special day!

Even though the girls didn't get to go trick-or-treating this year, Aubrey came up with her own costume as the Tooth Fairy for a Halloween party at a friend's house, and Mina has been in non-stop Elsa mode. The girl can seriously NOT let it go.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spider Cake, Face Paint, "Paw"ty, and a Bonfire

Life is full right now.
Lots of things going on, lots of celebrating, and lots of just good stuff.

Aubrey's school had a Fall Festival / Carnival on Friday.
When I was in elementary school, my mom made a chocolate cake and added spooky spiders on top for my Fall Festival's Cake Walk. I thought it would be fun to recreate it for Aubrey's school's "Sweet Walk" this year. Only I found out the day of that you're not supposed to bring a cake (my first clue should have been that it's not called a "Cake" Walk...). Oops. Newbie mistake. Apparently parents are supposed to just make little treats for the kids to pick out. Luckily the PTO thought the spider cake was great, and ended up adding it to the school auction! 

The girls had a blast at the carnival that night. Racing from room to room playing games, getting their face painted, and stuffing their face with food food food!

And speaking of food! This sweet boy got his first taste of cake on his FIRST birthday!
Oh how this cutie-pie is LOVED. It was a wonderful Saturday getting to celebrate this precious one!
His Mama threw THE cutest puppy party for him...

The weather was beyond perfect on Saturday. 
We decided that evening to have a little bonfire out at Zubie's farm. It was so wonderful!
At one point Aubrey stated, "Oh, I just LOVE this day!" :)

Sweet memories were made, and I kept finding myself thanking God this weekend.
This stage in our family's life right now is so full of blessings. It's not always perfect, but there are certainly moments where I feel overwhelmed with gratitude.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Best Friends Forever.

I am getting misty eyed just uploading the pictures to this post.

The sweetest friends you could ever hope to have took time out of their Fall Break to come visit us.

If you've read this blog for any time, you know about Aubrey's BFF Lauren.
The two of them met at a Gymboree class in Oklahoma before they turned one-year old and have been two peas in a pod ever since. 

It had been over a year and a half year since the girls had seen each other.
They've written letters, sent little packages, and texted (via their Mamas' phones).
And when they finally met up again this past weekend, it was as if no time had lapsed since their last playdate.

It wasn't just Aubrey who was able to spend time with her bestie. Words cannot begin to describe the hole in my heart not having Keri 5 miles down the road.  She is absolutely wonderful -- a genuine friend and an incredible mom. Everyone needs a Keri in their life. I miss mine SO much!

Time went by way too fast, but it was such a sweet weekend getting to be back together again -- the "Original 4"!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skater Girls

Before Fall Break ended, I took the girls rollerskating for the first time.
It. was. hilarious.

And crazy cute.

Oh Aubrey...dear, sweet Aubrey.
Those legs.
It was like watching a cute baby giraffe on wheels...

This baby girl rolled her skates over my toes at least 86 times.
But boy was she cute doing it! 
Go, Mina, Go!

Then Aubrey's girlfriends showed up, and they all rolled out onto the rink like it was nothing.

They all fell multiple times before even getting to the first turn -- giggling the whole time!

I'm just thankful we concluded Fall Break and didn't FALL and BREAK any bones!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Break

We took a little trip last weekend to visit family and kickstart the girls' Fall Break.

Lots of fun going to the apple orchard, riding ponies, feeding the animals, corn mazes, rubber duck races, Aubrey going "deering" with Pop Pop, and just enjoying this amazing FALL weather all together. It was such a great start to Fall Break...