Thursday, December 18, 2014

{birthday party for the 4 year old}!!!!

Of course we had a Frozen birthday party for our four year most little girls her age ;) She is really into all things princess-y and Frozen and Rapunzel are her favorite at this time so we went with the easier, more popular one...Frozen.  And she loved it and had a complete blast! My mom bought her a beautiful Elsa dress for the party day and she still wears it just about everyday! We asked her friends to dress up in either princess costumes or some form of a Disney character since we were also inviting some boys over too.  My sweet friend (who owns her own bakery shop) helped me frost her cute little cake and we partied the day away...Frozen style that is ;)  I just love watching her excitement and just feel giddy inside thinking of the fun she had and how much her little party meant to her.  She told us it was "the best birthday party ever" and that "Elsa cake is her favorite"!!  I know its not all about the party and presents and cake but it is about celebrating my girl and the wonderful four years the Lord has blessed us with and looking forward to the many, many more years we will share together.  And the special memories we will/can create and little moments like these are some pretty great ones!
Anyway, we were so happy she could celebrate with so many friends and my sister and mom were able to come too!  She was one happy little Elsa princess for sure!

I loved her cake- got the idea straight off Pinterest 

Peter Pan was there too...he wasn't sure what to think of it all

besties ;)

she loved those balloons!

do you wanna build a snowman....;)



And singing happy birthday to the birthday girl...I love all her expressions...


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

my baby is four!!!

Say it ain't baby is four years old!!!! The little girl that made me a momma...I can still remember the moment the nurse put her on my chest for the very first time and literally, she was breathtaking to me.  All the emotions, all the anticipation and prayers and waiting...this was it.  I was a momma for the first time and I was in love all over again.  She had my heart from that very moment and hasn't given it back since.  But that's okay.  I know she'll always have a huge piece of it for sure.
I've learned so much from my girl over these past four years.  As hard as parenting can be, there is nothing else as rewarding and worth it.  I know I will look back and long for these crazy, hard days again.  I will miss them.  They are fleeting and when the days seem just about impossible to continue on, I try to constantly remind myself of this.  I will miss all the little things she currently, the way she loves to dress up and even put multiple princess dresses or tutus on...all the time! And how she loves to get "tickles" at night and how she loves to dance with her daddy (she will always be a daddy's girl) and how she loves anything pink and princess-y and loves "banilla" ice- cream the most and loves Christmas time and decorating the tree over and over and putting candy canes on it.  The way she loves to hug her little brother and pester him at the same time.  How she loves to do "Ella and Issie baby" after baths with daddy holding them both in their towels.  And she really wants a baby sister and even has gotten out her own newborn shoes she found in the closet and set them out for "baby sister to wear to church when she comes home".  She says that we don't need another baby brother ;)  I want to remember how when I tell her I love her, she says "I love you for the most" and then I'll say "I love you the most" and she'll say "I love you forever"...she is so precious to us and we are so thankful for her.  So undeserving of the sweet gift she is yet she is so cherished.
So, happy fourth birthday sweet girl!  We love you so very much and look forward to all the Lord has in store for you as you continue to grow into the beautiful, sweet and loving little girl you are.

And pictures...just because.

i love how they love each other. such a good big sister!

daddy's girl through and through

my sweet four year old!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

hilton head 2014

(this post is out of order..ugh! i like for them to be in order but i don't know what blogger is doin-this trip was from the summer in August)

We made our annual summer beach trip this year to Hilton Head.  We love it there and Nana was able to come with us too.  This was also Isaac's first beach trip so many memories were made with the fam- fun ones and stressful ones ;)  I guess I had forgotten how it can be stressful at times with a baby at the beach- needing to nap etc.  Thankfully, Nana would stay back some and let Isaac nap while we hit the beach for the majority of the day.  Nana also let Russ and I have a date night on our 8th anniversary!
Some things I want to remember about our first family of four (and Nana) beach trip:  the way Isaac loved to play in the sand but mostly would just want to eat it.  He would put it in his mouth by the handful so we had to watch him closely, the way Ella loved to build sandcastles and wanted her pink shovel, the way they both love to swim in the water and how Ella did so good with her swimming in the pool- she loves to go under the water and is constantly putting her head under and swimming to whoever is nearest to her, the way she loved going to the ocean but then got swept under by a little wave (right by the shore...I was right next to her ;)) and then became scared of the waves so she wouldn't go in the water after that and how when I was out in the ocean, she was so concerned about the "baby in mommy's belly" and that it would get hurt by the waves and not be able to "sleep" sensitive and thoughtful she is!  Of course I took a bazillion pictures of our time in Hilton Head...

at the pool with daddy

first time at the beach- pretty excited!

collecting sand for her sandcastles 

my two beach babes ;)

they had fun with their nana

we attempted a family photo in the water...

and some walking with daddy

celebrated eight years together out to dinner and to a movie...first time we'd been to a movie in over five years!! so thankful for this man in our lives! 

a little one-on-one time with this cutie early in the morning due to some fussiness and waking up too early every morning we were there...but then daddy would go and bring back some donuts and coffee. that little smile and those yummies wasn't too bad after all ;)

we did a lot more playing at the beach and building sandcastles

apparently it looked really yummy to a certain someone...

we liked to take pictures together in our "matching" hats

this silly boy was all about climbing in and out of that chair- so funny to watch!

here he is after climbing in by himself and looking so proud

went to one of our favorite seafood restaurants one night

she was all about smiling for the camera...she picked that spot for a picture

made it to the lighthouse one night. or as ella would say "lightening house"

of course, family pic in front of it

isaac had fun pushing sissy in the stroller ;)

me and my sweet girl...i will always treasure these times i have with my family! love them so!