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The Girls Unicorn & Donut Birthday

By on April 6, 2017

Better late than never right? We did a joint party again for the girls this year. Originally I thought I wouldn’t get around to doing one because things had been so crazy but Ashlyn kept talking about having a birthday party so I threw one together last minute. I called my best friend Kat and told her to come help me (because I don’t do parties without her) and she was more than happy to help with the festivities. I planned it during her girls Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day. So perfect! 

 
I wanted to do an early party because that is when my kids are at their best. This also made food easier and more difficult because it wasn’t really breakfast or lunch time. We decided on donuts, muffins, cupcakes, confetti popcorn and fruit. Drinks we easy since we had water and juice. 
  
 Since we have a large front yard on a cul de sac we put everything out front for the kids. 
I wanted to have a bunch of activities for them to do so I knew for sure we would have our Little Tikes bounce house out (seriously best purchase we ever made when Ace was a toddler). I also bought a bunch of crayons from Amazon, this bubble machine, sidewalk chalk and a big unicorn coloring poster. 
  
Kat and her oldest daughter made the cupcakes. I bought little unicorns from Target’s dollar spot. They worked out perfect as little toppers.  I also got the favors from there too. They had wood unicorn and robot painting kits. Seriously, I love Target’s dollar spot. I also got unicorn stamps and sunglasses for the girls there. 
I picked out these dresses in purple and aqua for the girls to wear for the party. Then she put on this dress and then Everly decided it wasn’t happening so she wear some random pair of shorts and t-shirt. I finally got her to agree to put her dress on for cake pictures and she put a Mickey zip up on over it. Such a stinker. I also realized I didn’t get any great pictures of the girls together but I did at school for Everly’s actual birthday so you get what you get, right? 

Everly’s Dress

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This picture cracks me up. They were waiting for us to sing to them and were like hurry up!

Bubble Machine / Ashlyn’s Dress

Bounce House

 


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The Girls’ 2nd Tutu Birthday Party!

By on March 30, 2016

Since the girls are still young I really wanted to do a party for them together. They share everything and honestly doing two parties I feel like can be a bit much when they all have the same friends and family members and they are literally like twins at this age. Same size clothes, same toys, same room, pretty much on the same level learning wise. The age gap has pretty much closed so why not just do it till they want them separate? 

 
 So of course since there is 2 of them turning 2 I had to do a TuTu theme party. My best friend Kat did all the desserts because she is truly amazing and we kept it fairly simple. 

We set up our bounce house outside.
Had a dress up station.
And a piñata, which I will never do again, at least not the ones where you hit it. I was traumatized. 
And of course had the girls favorite character come, Elsa! Ashlyn was in Heaven! Everly was scared of her so she didn’t go near her. This is when we realized she isn’t into characters at all. Well, she likes them from a far but up close is a no go. 




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Everly is 2!

By on March 29, 2016

Everly,

You are officially 2 years old! It feels like you have been 2 forever though. You have always been advanced for your age and I swear you were never truly a baby or at least never wanted to be. 
You have truly come into your own and are such a happy go luck girl. You smile constantly and are very silly. 
You talk up a storm, count to 10, sing your ABC’s and any other song you know. You love coloring and singing. You also are really into doing flips with Mommy’s help. You are just like I was in that department. I used to walk up my brother’s legs and he’d hold my hands and I would flip, you do the same thing minus walking up my legs since I just pick you up and you do it. It’s hilarious because you just do it over and over again. 
You are still obsessed with baby dolls, it’s actually boarding on an addiction. 

The carwash is terrifying

You take your time warming up to people. You hate being leg in church daycare making it really hard to go. You literally scream till they come and get me. You are very sensitive to new places and people just like I was when I was little. You are very much a clone of me in a lot of ways. 
I also love that you are my little helper. You love to clean up and put things away. 
We will also begin potty training you soon! You now tell us when you need a diaper change. 
A not so fun thing you are doing now is getting up super early. You also started climbing out of your crib so you are now in a “toddler bed” which is just the side off of your crib. Tonight is the first night we will be trying this out. 
We love you so much little Gertie (yes, we still call you that!). 
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Ashlyn is TWO!

By on October 18, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLYN!

You are just the sweetest little thing. Your smile brightens my days and I love you so much. 

Your personality is so funny to me. You are a mix of sweetness and stubbornness. You listen so well yet you will do something you aren’t supposed to and if you get caught you walk away like it wasn’t you. It’s so funny. 

You are starting to talk more and more. You and Everly have your own language so at times it’s very frustrating to get you to say words that actually make sense to us. Slowly but surely though! 

You are a very picky eater. You don’t really like meat, which I am fine with as long as you eat other forms of protein. You love to read books, cuddle and watch movies. I can see you being the kid who is very introspective like your cousin Brianna. You remind me so much of her it’s crazy. 
You are obsessed with your Minnies and anything Frozen (books, movie, microphone). You love dressing up and coloring. 
You love being outside and playing with sidewalk chalk. I think your favorite thing ever is being in the pool. You see the pool and just point to it and ask over and over “pool?”. You are a total water baby like I was! You learned to swim very early. I think you were about 18 months. You were our earliest swimmer by far. 
I can’t wait to see how much you learn this year. I know it’s going to be a big one for talking for you. You are trying to hard. I love you so much my little angel baby!
2 Year Old Stats
Clothing Size: some 18M, Mostly 24M-2t
Diaper Size: 5.5 moving up to 6
Height: 32 inches
Weight: 26.6lbs
Favorite toy: Minnie
Favorite book: Cinderella or Frozen
Favorite Movie: Frozen
Read More: Ashlyn’s Birth Story, First Birthday Pictures and First Birthday Party
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Ace’s Super Hero Birthday Party

By on July 30, 2015

This year I decided I wanted to keep Ace’s party easy.  He has been talking about having an Avengers party for forever so we knew the theme would be Super Heroes. 


Since his birthday is in the Summer we always plan an indoor party because every year (except this year of course) it has rained on his party day. It is also disgustingly hot and humid here so no one enjoys outdoor parties unless they are water related in the Summer. 

I finally decided a movie theme would be perfect. Ace has really gotten into going to the movies so we borrowed my friends projector and popcorn maker for an authentic movie night! 

Basket: Similar

Branden Mcgyver’d up a screen on the wall where our TV usually sits and we threw a bunch of pillows and blankets on the floor to make it extra cozy. I bought these chairs and my friend passed down her daughter’s to my girls so we had extra seating with those as well. 

Chalk Sign / Popcorn Maker

I wanted to keep food simple too so I made Buffalo Chicken Dip, ordered pizza and made up a Popcorn bar. I just bought a bunch of candies from the grocery store so the kids could throw them in their bags of popcorn. They loved it! 

I ordered cupcakes from the grocery store as well. I asked them to spray two colors on each cupcake; purple and green for the Hulk, red and yellow for Iron Man and of course Red, White and Blue for Captain America. I used puffy stickers I got at Walmart as the toppers. I just taped them to toothpicks. Super easy. 

For favors I bought a bunch of Super Hero capes when we were doing Everly’s party. They were a huge hit. My girls are more obsessed with these than Ace. They are incredibly cute running around in them. 
I also had goodie bags with Avengers ritz, gummies and rice crispy treats. 

Overall we had a blast hanging out with friends on a Friday night and loved celebrating this sweet boy! 
And I had to get this picture of Ace and my cousin Brian. They have an awesome bond. The first one is from Ace’s 2nd birthday and obviously the second one is his 4th. 


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Ace’s 4 Year Old Interview

By on July 23, 2015

Last year I started a little birthday tradition with Ace. Well, two birthday traditions. The first one is a donut “cake” the morning of his birthday. We sing Happy Birthday and have a yummy breakfast. I also do a little interview with him and it’s really fun to see how his answers have changed since last year
1. What is your name? Ace
2. How old are you? Four
3.What is your favorite thing to do? Play round and round on my bikes. 
4. What do you want to be when you grow up? Spiderman
5. What is your favorite food? chicken and broccoli 
6. Who do you like to spend time with? Kayla and Ti Ti
7. What do you do really well? Play on my iPad.
8. What makes you laugh? When my Daddy…(does some weird monster walk)
9. What is the best time of day? Going to Disney is the best world of the day.
10. What are you afraid of? Nothing when I am 4. Last time when I turned 3 my bedroom. 
11. Who is your best friend? Brielle, Ashleen, Gavin, Brody. I just love to do something with my Dad. I love to paint with him. I love to help him paint on my house. I love to play in the garden. Help my Dad grow flowers and I want to play with everything. (We don’t have a garden)
12. What do you like to do with your family? Paint a picture.
13. What do you love to learn about? ABC’s and learning alphabets
14. Where do you like to go? I like to go to Ti Ti’s house and I love to go camping and I love to play at my house. (He’s never been camping)
15. What is your favorite book? Tigers one.
16. If you had one wish what would it be? A racing one. 
17. What is your favorite color? Pink 
18. What is your favorite animals? Cheetah 
19. What is your favorite song? The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round
20. What is your favorite snack? Crackers 
21. What is your favorite holiday? HALLOWEEN! 
22. What did you do on your birthday? We to the Kerris wheel (carousel), went went in the cars, and we just forgot to go on the train. We didn’t go on the train. 



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Everly’s Cinderella First Birthday Party

By on April 1, 2015

Last week was Ace’s Spring Break and Everly’s first birthday. To say we were busy is an understatement. Get ready for picture overload. 
Friday my best friend Kat, her Mom and her girls came down to stay with us and help with Everly’s party prep. I wanted to do a dessert theme party so Kat made all these cute desserts. We did a Cinderella theme so everything was girly and princess-y. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect party for her. 

I decided that instead of goody bags I wanted to give the kids crowns, tutus, wands, shields and princess beach balls. I figured it was more fun for them to dress up and play pretend then have a bunch of junky toys that their parents will just throw away when they get home (I am totally guilty of this). 

We also had a Cinderella come to entertain the children. I had the hardest time finding a company that had really nice looking princesses for a good price and fun activities for the party. The majority just had really poor looking princesses but when I saw Princess Party Productions site I was floored with how gorgeous the costumes and princesses were! No straggly hair and skimpy dresses (yes, there were Elsa’s with skimpy dresses out there). They also offered simple face painting for no extra charge. Since we had a bunch of 3 year olds they were so excited and didn’t care it was crazy face painting options. My favorite was the butterfly.
After she did face painting she read the story of Cinderella, my kids love books so this was a must, then she sang a couple songs. After that it was time to do cake so she stuck around and sang Happy Birthday to Everly. She was very sweet to all the children and made sure to take pictures with anyone who wanted to. And can we talk about her voice?! I was blown away. 
After Cinderella left we tried to have Everly do her smash cake. She had taken a good nap so when she started crying I was surprised. Then my sister noticed Everly was getting her first tooth!! There was a big white bump and sure enough a tooth popped through the next day or two. Poor girl. We gave her some pain medicine and she was happy after that. All the kids played in the backyard and the adults just hung out. It was a pretty laid back party. 
After everyone had left we decided to try Everly’s smash cake and she went to town!!! It was seriously so funny watching her eat it. She would try to pick the whole cake up, not to shove it in her mouth mind you, she just wanted to pick it up. After she was done she started walking around the backyard and saw our neighbors in the pool a couple houses down and started “talking” to them. I don’t know what it was about that moment but it was just so funny to me. She just has the silliest personality. 
Party Details
Cake & Treats made by my best friend Kat and her Mom
Crown on cake made by my sister
Everly’s headband: Similar
Everly’s crown: Love Crush Bowtique
Party Favors Wands & Crowns: Oriental Trading
Ashlyn’s yellow tutu: sold out, similar in pink
Ashlyn’s Snow White Vogue Tank homemade by my friends mother in law
Ashlyn’s Headband: Similar
Everly’s outfit: Homemade by Kat
Cute blue skirts here and here
Pink & Blue Skirt on Dress Form: Zulily, similar here
Dress Form: Similar here and here
My Bippidi Boppidi Boo top: Lauren Conrad
Happily Everly After sign made by Kat
“E” made by me
Birdcage around “E” borrowed from my sister
Check out my Cinderella Birthday Pinterest board where I got most of the decoration ideas.

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Everly’s First Birthday Plans!

By on February 12, 2015

I have been planning Everly’s First Birthday party for about a month or two now and I am getting so excited about it.
We are going with a Cinderella theme to tie in Happily Everly After. I have been pinning things like crazy and have already been busy ordering things to make it perfect.
I feel like since this is my last baby’s first birthday I want to give her as much of a special birthday as her siblings. Ace had a fun Carnival/Circus theme and Ashlyn’s was a Halloween dress up party. I love planning their birthdays but I know the older they get the less I will get to decide on. They will start having their own opinions and ideas of what they want. Ace is already planning his 4th birthday party which apparently will be super hero theme. 
So far for her birthday we have a Cinderella coming to sing songs and tell a story and I ordered tutus, crowns and super hero capes for the kids to dress up in. I figured that was more fun than goodie bags. I also bought princess beach balls for the babies to play with. This is what I did for Ace’s party and the babies loved it. I failed on that one for Ashlyn’s. 
My best friend is awesome and wants to make Everly’s birthday cake! Oh and it will also be a dessert party since it will be at an in between time for eating. Probably not the best idea to do before dinner, sorry everyone!
I still have to figure out decorations but I have lots of ideas! 
I still can’t believe in just over a month my last baby will be One Year Old!


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Ashlyn’s First Birthday Party

By on October 20, 2014

Ashlyn’s birthday party was Friday night. 
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We decided to do a costume theme since it’s so close to Halloween. 

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How cool are these soda covers? Party City has them!

 
Branden and I had planned on being Alice and the Mad Hatter but I couldn’t find a good Alice costume and then we decided to make the whole family characters from Alice. Since it was Ashlyn’s birthday she got to be Alice instead of me. 

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My friend Alyssa made us the cutest Alice and Queen of heart apron’s for our costumes. I figured the apron would be cute for dress up too. photo 10434315_10205008794120773_1471421843384362580_n_zpsefc7d0f8.jpg

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Ace and Everly were Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and we just made up their costumes ourselves. When I saw Ace dressed up I almost died over how cute it turned out.
Bran bought his costume online and he looked awesome. 
Ok so back to her party. We had some friends and family come over to celebrate and everyone dressed up in such awesome costumes. My friend Christel was Anna from Frozen and Ace called her Anna the entire night, so cute!

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Her beautiful cake done by Barb’s Cakes of Miramar


We got Ashlyn a little cupcake for her smash cake and she was not into it. She was so tired by that point though so I think that was probably why. 
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Overall her party was fun and I really loved all the costumes. I have a feeling she is going to have a lot of Halloween theme parties. 


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Happy Birthday, Ashlyn!

By on October 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ashlyn!!! 
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You are 1 year old today. 
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I still can not believe one year ago we were in California watching you come into this world. I got to cut your umbilical cord and see your cute chubby face for the first time.
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There are no words to describe how incredible you are to us. 
You are such a sweet, loving baby and I love that about you. 
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As my friend Andreina says, you are an old soul. You are an observer and do things at your own pace. 
 
You can walk to us from the couch and “talk” but mostly your words are a bunch of gibberish. You will mimic some things we say like ugh oh, mama, bop and shhh. 
You can sign all done, more and milk but you rarely do any signs. You just don’t care to do them.
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You also can also take about 10 steps and getting more and more steady but you prefer crawling. 
You are very clingy and do not like when Mommy walks away from you. You love to be rocked before going to sleep, which I love too. It’s probably my favorite time to just sit and be with you. 
Everyone loves you and you are just the cutest little thing. We can’t wait to see what your next year brings!!

All photos done by my incredibly talented friend Lindsay Lago!

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