The Sweetest Thing

A sweet treat for my sweetie.

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I’ll do anything for that smile.

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Turning Two, Part 2

A 2-year-old balloon-themed birthday party with family, told in photos.  Of course there was lots of smiling, fun, snuggling, kisses, thoughtful presents, and spoiling of children all around.  The fun speaks for itself!



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The only blemish on an otherwise glorious day was that Em was too sick to be there, and Daddy was with her at the ER so they missed the party.  But we sent lots of videos and lots of love!

Thank you to all our family and friends for making both her birthday celebrations days to remember!

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Happy Birthday Little H!

Nothing sappy in this post (I wrote that one already).  Just a sweet remembrance of how Little H spent her second birthday, with balloons, pancakes, jumping on the bed, balloons, friends, Paw Patrol, pizza, and more balloons.  A perfect day for my girl.

My favorite part of the day was when she came downstairs and saw all the paper lantern “balloons” hanging from the ceiling.  She gasped and whispered, “Awesome….”  Where did she even learn that!?


Daddy had a business meeting that night so we opened gifts in the morning.  The big kids were happy to help with that.

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Nothing too fancy–coloring books, a board game, a small toy and some books.  Then of course Daddy’s signature birthday pancakes!


Later that morning I put her in her cute little cupcake romper and took some I’m Two! photos in my bedroom.  Still way too much snow and mud to take photos outside.  She didn’t care; she loves climbing on mama’s bed!

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Then we ran some errands, had a Panera snack and I bought her the greatest balloon ever, which I thought was indestructible.  Balloons make her crazy happy.


But then it popped when we went to pick the big kids up at school.  I let her carry it around and she was so happy everyone was wishing her happy birthday.  We went outside and it popped on a stray tree branch.  I was so worried she’d be devastated, but she knew we were going to Pizza Chef to celebrate.  She kept saying, “Balloon pop.  Mr. Nick fix it.”  She sure has faith in our friends!

Even though Mr. Nick could not “fix it,” he did give her a new balloon and Auntie Jenny pulled out the big guns with the best balloon gift of all time!  Hot diggity dog!


It was the perfect day for our little girl, no longer a baby.  I loved making it special just for her.

Happy Birthday sweet Little H!

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The reality is that this is happening right now, and I am doing absolutely nothing to stop it.

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Happy Monday!

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Painting With Cars To Welcome Spring!

Spring is finally here!  Time to paint the house colorful, in an unusual way.

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Yes, I know that just because spring has officially sprung, it doesn’t mean that the sun will immediately come out and melt all our mounds of snow away.  But even if I only hear the birds chirping in my mad dash from my warm house to my warm car, I can still make it feel more festive and colorful inside!

In an attempt to change things up (and hopefully keep their attention longer), the girls and I pilfered some of Jax’s matchbox cars while he was at school and got ready to create some colorful art. We’ve done this before and it was a huge hit!  I got one car for every paint color and spread the paint out on butcher paper so the girls could drive the vehicles from the paint to the paper with very little reach and fuss.

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The trickiest part is encouraging the kids to keep the paint separate so that you don’t end up with a brown muddy blob.  Then let them pick a color, drive their car through its matching paint blob, and drive a rainbow to their heart’s content!

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With all these color choices at her fingertips, it was no surprise what Em decided to paint.

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Little H was a little more abstract and mostly just thrilled to get her hands dirty.

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Even Mommy made one. I couldn’t resist!

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And don’t forget about the added bonus–they get to wash the cars when all the artwork is done, taking this springtime craft to a fabulous new level!  Your house has new art, the mess is cleaned up, and everyone has had a ton of fun.  It’s spring!  Let’s celebrate!

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Bathtub Beauty

Someone is feeling better.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that!  These past few days have been exhausting, and I love to see Em back to her vibrant, silly self!

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Love every inch of this girl.


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Exploring An Ice Castle

JDubbs and I took our big kids to a very special place last month, someplace that would resonate with Em’s inner Elsa and that would be a gigantic frozen playground for my outdoorsman Jax.  There are a few manmade ice castles popping up over the country, and I just knew that finding the one nearest us would be worth the trip.

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We went with friends to Stratton, Vermont, and got there early enough so that it wouldn’t be too freezing and the kids could explore all the amazing nooks and crannies a life-sized ice castle provides.  There were underground tunnels, towers with viewing platforms, a wishing well and an ice luge just perfect for sliding.

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I was fascinated by the structures and formations within the castle–little walkways and archways connecting this area to that.  Lots of places for the kids to run and hide, and not surprisingly, an excellent game of hide-and-seek ensued, and we did lose one kid for a short amount of time.  But like all big adventures with young children, they will always add a bit of excitement when you least expect (or want) it!  This parenthood thing is not for the faint of heart, or the thin-blooded!


As always, the kids seemed impervious to the cold, and the adults were ready to head inside for some warm food and a cold beer before they were ready to call it quits.


We were finally able to call it a day once the sun set and the light show began (which was worth the wait), all set to childhood favorite songs such as “Let It Go.”  Of course.

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It was great to get the big kids to ourselves and they were really good sports about the long drive and the even longer wait for dinner.  I am thankful we took a family day over February break–I think it needs to be a family tradition!  Making memories and exploring icy new terrains–just another day in the life in Vermont!

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