Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This Crazy Life

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. Between Easter, Sarah's birthday, Sarah's party, and all the everyday errands in between; life has been going in super speed. But we've been enjoying it!

Finally we had a break in the cold weather and were able to enjoy some time outside. The kids LOVED being able to play with chalk, dirt and leaves. After months of being stuck inside, it was really refreshing to be outdoors.

Picnic on the porch

Sidewalk chalk

Then we had Easter which was tons of fun and full of family, good food, church services, and candy! My only regret is that we weren't able to get a picture of the kids together or a family photo. But hey life with toddlers doesn't mean you have an easy time with pictures. In fact we had to bribe Sarah with Sprite and candy to take most of the pictures at all! But Andrew had a ton of fun with his first real Easter egg hunt and Sarah had a blast "helping" him. (She picked up his eggs and put them in his basket. We color coded the plastic eggs and gave each toddler a color to hunt.) 

Then two days after Easter, was sweet Sarah's 3rd birthday. Last year I had such a hard time with her turning two. But this year it wasn't "sad" for me. I realized that we were leaving the baby phase behind, but that there was so much fun and discovery to be had in the toddler and preschool years. So we took her to Build-A-Bear to make a pony and she had a blast!

Family photo on her birthday!

The awesome cake that Daddy made for Sarah.
Present Time

Happy birthday! 

And then lastly, we finished out our crazy couple of weeks with Sarah's birthday party. Of course we had to do a My Little Pony theme. And lucky for me, Wal-Mart came out with a bunch of decorations, cards, and gift wraps, at the end of February. So I didn't have to look far when it came time to plan the party. We celebrated with friends and family and she really had a great time. So did we. It's always fun to see your kids being happy and laughing with their friends.

Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash cupcakes

opening gifts

After getting her dress up trunk gift, she insisted on changing clothes.

Cupcake tower

Letting baby Pinkie Pie look through the "eye a scope"

Birthday Princess

Finally getting a chance to use the play set in the backyard!

Brother swinging at the party

LOVE this picture. Childhood fun at its finest.

Not only were the last couple of weeks busy, but they have inspired some future blog posts as well. Like how I thought it would be a great and brilliant idea to try and do yard work (for the first time since we moved in) before Sarah's party. Yeah, it was way more work than I had envisioned and well, it will be a blog post all on its own. Or about Sarah's obsession with the "Funny Guys" AKA One Direction. Yep life sure has given me some fun and funny things to talk about lately, but for now I leave you with the pictures of our crazy life!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sarah is 3!

My baby girl is officially three today. To be honest, I feel like the last year flew by so fast. It was full of growing, change, and new adventures. But it also had a lot of love and some challenges too.

When I look at Sarah's face now, it's harder to see the "baby" there. Sometimes when she makes certain facial expressions or turns her head a certain way, you can still see slight traces. But more often than not when I look at her, I can't help but think "When did she get so big?" The good thing is, I don't feel an overwhelming sense of sadness over leaving the baby years behind us. I am so excited to see what is waiting for us in the years to come.

This girl is definitely on her way to change the world, or at least to make a major difference somewhere. Her energy is boundless, and she constantly amazes me with how smart she is. Her passion for life and her sensitive nature are going to be huge assets to her when she finds what it is she wants to do as an adult.

And while she may be a "big girl" now, I know she still needs Mama for things. And I'm determined to live in the moment with her and soak up the last of her little years before she is too big to snuggle me or give me kisses whenever or wherever she is. 

So happy birthday sweet, sassy girl. And many more to come!
Family photo!

In her "funny guys" or One Direction night gown. She loves them thanks to Aunt Codie!