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Grace Turns Four! (A Disney Frozen Party)

July 7th, 2014

On July 3rd our sweet Grace turned four!  I cannot believe that my tiny dark-haired newborn is now a full-fledged kid.  No traces of baby anymore.  Well, except for the blankie and finger sucking :)  We had a day-o-fun on her actual birthday followed by a Disney Frozen Party a few days later.  So much fun!

On the 3rd, we woke up and had chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.  She was so excited about them, but one bite in and she wanted plain.  What kid turns down a sugar fueled breakfast for plain?!  Mine apparently :)

breakfast time

I think this was the bite that prompted her to ask for a plain pancake! Lol I brought up a plate that I made in Kindergarten and she was thrilled that I “made it for her” so I didn’t have the heart to tell her I had no idea my future four year old daughter would ultimately inherit the plate when I made it back in 1985. Ha! Next we opened her much anticipated birthday gift…a musical magic Elsa doll!

surprise

elsa

My mom had already gotten her the musical magic Anna doll, so the pair was complete and Grace was happier than a pig in mud!

anna and elsa

After breakfast Grace and Avery played and then Andy and Grace went for a long bike ride.  They wanted to see the horses at the local country club, but alas the horses must have been napping.  Grace had fun spending alone time with Daddy though. Surprisingly the weather was very cool on the 3rd.  It felt more like September than July, so our plans to visit the splash pad had to be changed.  Grace requested a trip to the mall, so after lunch and nap time we packed up and headed to Somerset Mall. A stop at the candy store was in order and Grace picked yogurt covered animal crackers, runts and mini mint nonpareils.  Andy and I couldn’t resist a small bag of sour patch kids :)

candy store

grace with candy

We browsed the Disney Store and made it out unscathed!  Just a couple pics in the castle :)

me and grace in castle

andy and grace in castle

Although not a part of the original plan, we ended up at Build-A-Bear and Grace was thrilled to choose a soft brown puppy that she named “Fluffy”.  Thanks to a coupon it only set us back about $7 which I’d say is a miracle!

make a wish

bath time

Avery noshed on goldfish crackers while waiting for Grace to finish making and bathing her puppy.

avery stroller

We ate dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and had TCBY frozen yogurt for dessert.  I barely kept my eyes open after the day-o-fun! We snapped this pic of Grace with her first ever Build-A-Bear and her newest one :)

puppies

Along with the Anna doll, my mom gifted Grace a set of Jamberry nail wraps and we applied them the day after her birthday.  The gingham and watermelons are so fun!

jamberry toes

We had a nice Fourth of July weekend that ended with a little Frozen party for Grace and her girlfriends.  We kept it simple as a snack and cake party after lunch and before dinner which I highly recommend!  The little girls had fun running around and the moms had fun chatting.

anna lemonade

water

candy

cups and napkins

ice blocks

kabobs

olaf snack

The snacks were a hit!  Particularly the candy and marshmallows :)

picnic

snowman

Grace’s older cousin got creative and made her own little snowman from the snacks! My pretty friend Karen got in on the fun too :)

karen

The three of us were childhood friends and it’s positively surreal to have daughters of our own who play together!  Such wonderful friends are a true blessing.

friends

Everyone was so generous and Grace received some really fun presents!

opening gifts

story set present

Avery enjoyed looting the Kristoff Ice Cubes (aka monterey jack cheese cubes) after the party settled down!

avery mouthful

My friend Ashleigh made the most incredible Frozen birthday cake!! It was blue inside too and was as delicious as it was pretty.  Thanks so much Ashleigh!!

cake

cake time

blowing out candles

Grace had a wonderful time and was all smiles until she started melting down from sugar and exhaustion :)

happy face

silly face

We enjoyed celebrating our little princess and my gears are already turning for how to make Avery’s 2nd birthday just as special!

Disney Frozen Birthday Party


I Scream You Scream

June 26th, 2014

Early last week we visited an ice cream shop near our beach house.  The girls loved every drop of their frozen treats and I had fun snapping a few pictures of them enjoying themselves :)

ice cream cutout 1

avery ice cream lips

ice cream cone

avery drip chin

grace side eye

 

grace ice cream lick

 

grace ice cream

 

avery spoonful 1

avery ice cream 1

 


Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig

June 25th, 2014

We spent last week in sunny Litchfield, South Carolina, and it was wonderful.

Having Andy around all the time, spending each day at pool and beach, eating delicious food, getting dozens of hot Krispy Kreme donuts, reading book upon book and soaking up all of the warm southern weather and hospitality were just what the doctor ordered.

It’s like a little taste of heaven on earth down there.

It might even be one of my favorite places ever.

And if you know how much I love New York City, that’s really saying something :)

We talk about how we should probably branch out and vacation other places…see new towns and beaches.  But Litchfield has a piece of our hearts and we just want to go back there year after year.

I’d love for my girls to have memories upon memories of summers spent there playing on the soft sandy beaches and doing all the traditional things we do.  Eating crispy hushpuppies at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, getting a dozen hot donuts after spending the evening at Broadway at the Beach, browsing around the Hammock shops, picking out an annual family Christmas ornament, dining at the Island Deli, walking on the boardwalk by the Lazy Gator, looking for sharks teeth along the beach, having breakfast at Eggs Up Grill.

I’m sure we’ll have plenty of time to see other places, but this is one that I want to revisit year after year for sure.

Vacation is always weird for me. It makes me want to change my whole life around.  Come home and repaint the whole house, get rid of everything and downsize, take more day adventures with the girls, spend more time exploring the pretty places in Michigan, disconnect forever from social media and quiet my life down.

It’s like being somewhere else opens my mind up to all these options that I forget exist when I’m tucked away inside my little house everyday.  It makes me feel like more is possible than I realize and the limitations I place on myself and my schedule aren’t really real.  I can’t even explain it, but I feel exhilarated by it.

I’m glad to be married to a man who can keep me grounded but who is also up for the idea of repainting the whole house ;)

We’re not repainting by the way.

On our very long car ride I thought a lot about the blog.  Trying to figure out why I don’t feel inspired to write much these days.  I still love writing, I still love cooking and I still love taking pictures.  I just don’t feel like blogging it out.

And this is SO WEIRD because I’ve been passionate about blogging for nearly a decade.  I’ve loved the creative element of it, I’ve loved the connection with other people and I’ve loved the documentation of my life.

But lately I’m all, “Who really cares? Why am I doing this? What kind of blog is this anyway? Do I want to be a food blogger?  A faith blogger?  A mommy blogger? Am I afraid of leaving it behind?  Am I afraid of moving it forward?”

I really don’t have answers to any of it.

I’m still wrestling with the shift that occurred a few weeks ago.  From feeling alive and purposeful everyday to wondering what the heck happened to all that and feeling ambivalent and frustrated instead.

I choose to believe that God has just as much purpose for me when things are feeling awesome as when they feel murky as all get out.  I know He has good plans for me and that this time and space isn’t wrong it’s just different.  I’m trying to stay open-minded and more importantly open-hearted.

I’ve been wanting to listen more than I talk to Him.  I’ve wanted to be more open and willing than stubborn and self-assured.

But boy is it uncomfortable not knowing.

This week I’ll keep thinking and praying and maybe even journaling to see if there’s anything that is stuck that needs to come out.  Writing does that for me which I love.

I’ll also replay the sweet memories of last week over and over in my mind.  It was such a sweet reprieve from the regular grind.

landscape

leaf

matching

dock

beach

girls

avery silly face

andy

grace and me

grace with makeup

avery grump

avery smile

grace running

avery

 

grace in hat

andrew

rebecca

grace ellen

avery jane

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