A Colorful Personality

There is a new habit forming when my two girls are together and suddenly they are very quiet, interspersed with guilty giggles.

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Em LOVES coloring on her sister. She writes her name on Little H’s belly, she takes requests as far as tattoos and encourages Little H to take the artistic expression to new levels.PicMonkey Collage

Needless to say, bathtime is getting a little more….colorful!

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But no one really seems to mind.  Even me!  After all, I shouldn’t squelch freedom of expression–that is, until she gets her hands on something other than washable markers!

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Em’s Mermaid Birthday Party

Live in the sunshine, Swim in the sea, Drink the wild air. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those word were the idea behind Em’s mermaid-themed 5th birthday party.  When she said she wanted a mermaid party, I knew it wasn’t going to be all about Ariel.  There’s a lot of great things living under the sea, and we celebrated all of them!

Mermaid parties are delightful to plan because there are so many treasures to be found!  We started with the food and decor, with seashell cupcakes, rock candy coral, rice cake sand dollars and hard cheese shark teeth.  We had popcorn sea foam and don’t forget literal fish and chips!

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And of course, don’t forget the Dinglehoppers!

When Em’s girlfriends got to our house, we made under the sea necklaces and watched The Little Mermaid.  The girls chatted, snacked, sorted their jewelry and sang along to their favorite Ariel tune.  It was super sweet!

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Then I took those little mermaids-in-training to the local aquatic center so they could flip their fins and be part of Ariel’s world!  We had tons of fun there–not the least of which was Jax losing his first tooth!

We left the decorations up for her family party that weekend, and added a few more just for fun, like a balloon octopus floating on the ceiling, jellyfish made from half a paper lantern, balloon air bubbles, and streamer seaweed.  Our living room felt really tropical!

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To keep the kids from getting too antsy, we made jellyfish out of egg carton segments and beads, as found here.  They were super cute; even Little H loved it!

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Afterward we played some games–a little Wonder Ball, pin the seashell under the sea–then Auntie Amanda was enlisted to help assemble the oh-so-loved Lego Ice Castle.

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What a delightful, wonderful, love-filled few days, celebrating our girl.  We even had another small celebration on her actual birthday that included an amazing scavenger hunt coordinated by Nana and Papa.  Such a lucky girl to have so many exciting days of celebration!

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We love you, Em!

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Tooth Fairy

It’s official.  The door to the magical world of fairies has been unlocked, and with it went not one but two of Jax’s baby teeth.

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Em invited a couple of friends to the local pool for a mermaid birthday celebration, and of course Jax was invited to come along.  While he was there, he banged his mouth against the side of the pool and POP!  Out came one of the two very wiggly bottom teeth that he has been working on for weeks!

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That night we put his baby tooth in the special tooth fairy pillow we ordered from Etsy, and when he woke up, there was a silver dollar in its place! Such a special treat from our thoughtful Tooth Fairy.

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And wouldn’t you know it, the next morning the other one fell out as well!  Two visits from the Tooth Fairy in two nights!  Jax is pretty certain he is the luckiest kid on the planet.

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I think he’s right!

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Paradise

Becky, where have you been?  The blog has seemed a bit…empty.  Well, there’s a good reason I haven’t been around, and it especially has to do with the fact that I left my computer and big camera at home as I traveled a couple thousand miles away with JDubbs and a group of core girlfriends that I’ve had the pleasure to know for the last three decades.  Basically, we stole a few days in paradise, also known as the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

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We spent an evening in Old San Juan and had lots of yummy food, made some great memories and a bit of mischievous fun.

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The days were spent soaking up the sunshine, swaying in hammocks or floating in a pool with music playing, drinks flowing, and such great company.

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And then, the main event.  The amazing, wondrous, remarkably memorable wedding of our dear friends Jess and Ryan.  To say the bride was beautiful, the groom so happy, the guests thrilled, and the setting spectacular would be understatements.

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We were so happy for our friends, and so happy we were able to celebrate with them on that special day, in such an incredible setting!

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And with a surprise visit from a live band, some Moscow Mules and a little bit of Dirty Dancing, it was a night, a weekend, and a trip we will all never forget!

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Here’s to paradise!

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Easter Blessings

Oh my goodness, Easter was so long ago!  How did I forget to document all the blessings (literal and spiritual) of such a wonderful day?

We spent the night before Easter at Auntie Amanda and Uncle Chris’s house, and the kids were beyond thrilled that the Easter bunny was able to find us there!

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I think there was more than one Easter bunny hopping around that morning!

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Once they checked out their loot, the kids were content for quite a while.  That bunny sure knows what they love!

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After a wonderful morning and their first game of Monopoly, we headed over to my hometown where we could celebrate with extended family.  The girls looked just perfect in their matching Easter dresses.  These photos just speak to my heart about family, tradition, and sisterhood.

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Of course we took a few minutes to get some family photos…

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…and the kids explored a little while the grown-ups hid the eggs for the hunt.

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Then we let my three and their big cousins Christian and Erika battle for as many money-filled plastic eggs as they could find, as my sisters, my cousins and I did throughout our childhood!

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Oh, so blessed, so happy to continue wonderful traditions, and so thrilled to spend a sunshiney day with my family!  Grateful for each and every one of these memories.  A really lovely day.

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Welcome, Baby F!

Look what I get to do for work.

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I get to meet these little bundles of heaven and watch as their parents get to know them, cherish them, and love on them like crazy.

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The babies are pretty fond of their mommies and daddies, too.

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Oh, days like this I count my blessings that my life has worked out to be full of joy in every aspect.  With clients like these, “work” doesn’t feel like work at all!

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Peaches and Cream

My darling Em is such a lovely little girl inside and out, but sometimes the outside just gets me more often than usual.  Usually it has to do with the light, and if she let me brush her hair that day, and what’s she’s wearing.  But when the stars all align, everything about her is just peaches and cream to me.

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This girl is just naturally sweet, with a touch of sass of course.  When I step back and observe her as she is playing quietly or engaged in something she really enjoys, more often than not, I can’t believe I am lucky enough to call her mine.  Her little smile gets me every time.

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Love this little peach of mine.

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