{Insta Friday}

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday night I went out with my friend Trisha, we enjoyed dinner, downtown shopping and some hot drinks together! It was a perfect night!

ready to dig into her pancake at her birthday breakfast Saturday morning!

transforming the house into winter onederland!

Such a great night celebrating our little one year old!

3 munchkins before the Christmas program

ready to cheer Grayden on in his Jingle Jog!

good thing grandpa is the boss or this little monkey might have gotten kicked out when we went to visit daddy one day!

a little comparison of two little girls I know 1 year pictures
me and jovie

making peppermint food scrub for teacher gifts

snuggles in watching the Polar Express 

there's been a lot of sickness floating around in Grayden's school. I've been generously applying essential oils to boost the kids' immunity. Praying we all stay healthy!

pink, polka dots, tutus and Christmas, does it get more adorable?

Picking out a book from Mrs. Walters at his Happy Birthday Jesus party at school on Wednesday!

He has always been my little medical advocate, making sure I'm always taken care of!

how cute is this little nativity set Grayden made at school?

little cutie

this morning I was talking to Sadler about the Christmas story while he played with the interactive nativity set and I asked him "Sadler, what did the angel say to Mary?" He said "to cut his hair!" so cute, not the right Bible story but adorable anyways!

She and Sadler had lots of fun by grandma's house while I helped in Grayden's class during their Christmas party. 
my sweet boy and I at his Kindergarten Christmas party!

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Holiday Happenings

Thursday, December 18, 2014

First of all, it looks a little different around here but you are in the right place! It was time for a much needed update, and my blog designer did a great job updating the look!

I can't believe it's only a week until Christmas! We've been in full force holiday mode around here!

On Sunday the boys were in our church's Christmas program! They did such a great job! I am so proud of them!!

Sadler with the Promised Land class of 3 and 4 year olds! He's the cute on the front row with the brown sweater and burgundy pants!

And Grayden with the Sonbeamer and Joyful Sounds Choirs. K-5th graders. 
He's the handsome boy in the front in the brown shirt and white collar. 

It was such a cute program!

On Monday Grayden participated in the Jingle Jog at school. He ran for 12 minutes and personally raised $60 for their sister school in the Philippines. He was such a good runner!
So proud of him and his classmates!
They wore their pjs all day and watched the Polar Express and drank hot chocolate in the afternoon!

Wednesday night was pj and movie night at Kids Club at our church!

Needless to say it's already been a busy season, and it can be a challenge for  us to keep in mind the reason we do all these things this time of year. 
Let's keep our focus on Jesus' birth this holiday season as we spend time celebrating and doing special things!

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Jovie Breann, you are 12 months old!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wow, girly! 1 year old! I can not believe it!

You are such a sweetie pie! More often than not you are perfectly content just sitting on my lab when we play. You love to be near me, and I love your morning hugs and the pure joy on your face when I walk into your room! Needless to say, you are a mommy's girl. 

You like to jabber and sing! You also whisper when you talk, silly girl. You aren't saying any words yet but you sure make noise and have a little mind of your own. 

You have 6 teeth, 2 on the bottom and 4 on top. 

You eat anything and everything and are now on milk, bye bye bottles!

You weigh 20 lbs 11oz in the 50th percentile and are 28.5" long in the 25th percentile.

You stand alone like a pro, and can crawl to the middle of a room and stand up, but no steps yet.

You love baby dolls and stuffed animals. You are such a lover and give them big squeezes!

It's been such an amazing year with you in our family, Jovie! We all adore you to pieces!

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{Jovie's 1 year photo shoot}

Monday, December 15, 2014

Photos taken by: thousand words photography

They turned out so cute! 
Here are some of my faves:

She didn't really eat much of her cake, shockingly, but she did destroy it!

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*Jovie's Winter ONEderland*

Sunday, December 14, 2014

We had such a great time celebrating Jovie's 1st birthday yesterday at her Winter ONEderland party!

I really enjoy planning the boys' birthday parties and was looking forward to throwing my first party for my little girl! 

This was her invite:
go figure...we had no snow outside :)

The details:
My mom made this wreath to put on the door with some tulle I bought after Valentine's Day last year!

We served chili and a baked potato bar. For the fixings we had out butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon crumbles, green onions, jalapenos, hot sauce and oyster crackers. 
We also did a hot chocolate bar with cake for dessert. 

and of course the star of the party..the beautiful birthday girl!!

The party:

yes, we are all wearing pink, I'm all about the theme! However, I don't think I'll get away with that for much longer, Sadler wasn't too impressed with his pink shirt...he did look handsome in it though!

ready to open gifts! 
We moved downstairs for the gift opening so there would be more room to spread out with the tree up on the main floor. 

She got so many cute gifts, a talking tea set, a pink piano, new shoes, a singing Minnie Mouse, some bath toys, a pink kitchen, some play food, new books, a pretty new dress, a dress up princess outfit, and  more! I think the biggest hit with her was a little water mermaid baby that Grayden picked out for her when we were shopping a few weeks ago! So sweet!

Cake time:

For the hot chocolate bar we made hot chocolate in the crockpot and let everyone add in their own goodies, crushed peppermint sticks, marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, caramel sauce and whipped cream. 

It was such a joy to celebrate our sweet girl! 

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