Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I had a great birthday this year.

It started off with a nice, relaxing (and lonnnnng overdue) manicure and pedicure. And then I took one of my furry babies for a little maintenance as well. I don't think she enjoyed it quite as much as me, though.

Can you believe this is the same dog? We've been getting her a summer cut the last couple of years now and each time I'm so surprised how different she looks. She's 12 years old but when her hair is short people actually ask us if she's still a puppy.

When I got home from the groomers I had pretty much the best surprise ever waiting for me. We'll just pretend that she was a surprise and that my husband didn't totally, 100% spill the beans. :) Tienna had been scheming with him behind my back for over a month about her surprise visit and I was SO excited to find her (whether it was actually a surprise or not). She came down for 4 days and it was great to spend time together because it doesn't get to happen often enough. She's turning 30 in a few months and I'm stalking the internet looking at flights so I can go visit her! 

If you can't tell, she's kind of a fun chick and my kids kind of like their Aunt Tienna:


After lunch we went to my mom's house so the kids could have a little "party" and eat a cupcake. Then we took them to an easter egg hunt in my mom's neighborhood.

Later that night was the "big kid" party. I had such a great time. The pictures aren't great (okay, they're really bad) but that's what I get for asking a man to be the photographer for the evening, right? ;)  It also didn't help that my good camera died so we had to rely on iphone pictures.

Stacie & my mom

My mom even made favor bags for everybody (but I won't show you a close-up because it's a really embarrassing picture of me, ha!)

eating in peace because all the kids were with sitters :)

my uncle Steve and bro (Rick should go professional with his photography skills, am I right?)

I stole some off of my mom's facebook, too.

if I had more time I'd link up to all of her recipes because everything tasted amazing
more food. yummmm

Jon, Stacie, Trina, Brandy (3 of 5 close girlfriends who either have newborns or are pregnant)
and here's another one :)
Candi and Jeff looking at something funny, apparently

Tienna, Stephanie, & Mary

I really did have a fun night. I don't get the chance to chat with my friends very often without the constant distractions of having kids around. My mom did such a great job with all of the party details. She is a planner (it's in our genes) and she actually started working on the decorations last summer when she was off (she's a teacher). She's even more of an overachiever than I am. :) 

And being a mom, I guess she felt compelled to embarrass her daughter with the floodgate of childhood pictures. I will say, though, that I got lots of comments on how much my kids look like me (which I don't really hear that often) so it was worth it. (Not sure my friends feel the same way though, ha!) Here's the slideshow; give me your opinion -- do they look like me or not? If nothing else, it's quite obvious where they got their fat baby cheeks from.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Movie Monday {earth day PSA}

Apparently Harrison really enjoys watching the documentary on his Leap Pad about trash trucks and landfills because he's been spouting off all kinds of facts and statistics to us lately. Like, factories and cars make smog, and that isn't good for our lungs, Mommy. And as you're about to be informed, about 5 gallons of running water can be wasted if the water is left on when you brush. And don't you dare let him catch you trying to throw paper in the trash because PAPER, PLASTIC, GLASS, AND "ALUNIMUM" CAN BE RECYCLED, FOR THE LOVE! Oh well, I guess it's good that he's getting brainwashed at an early age. :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Easter 2013

 I got back from my Canton trip the Saturday afternoon before Easter. There is nothing better than walking into a house and being greeted with such genuine excitement from your family. I got a taste of what Rick must feel coming home from work every day and boy it was good for my heart. I enjoyed my kid-free getaway but I was definitely ready to see them again.

Later that evening we headed up to our church to have Easter portraits taken. Let's just say that Harper was not very interested.

Who is this dude telling me to smile? I guess he didn't get the memo that I think strangers are the devil.

And let's also just say that Harrison, as usual, was totally hamming it up.

One kid that doesn't like to be serious and another kid who won't crack a smile doesn't really make for the "best" family picture...but if you ask me, I personally love the keepin' it real factor. :)

Easter morning began with the last day of the advent calendar and then their baskets and an egg hunt around the house.

It's amazing how much focus and attention they give me when they know they are about to get a jelly bean :)

And on a side note, Harrison kind of reinforced our hesitation to jump on board the Easter Bunny train -- when we were wrapping up our Easter advent calendar (which I seriously love, btw. It's a 3 in 1 calendar with a 12-day countdown for Christmas, Easter, & Thanksgiving. When I went to link it up I saw that it's on sale half off so if you are interested you should go check it out) one of the summary questions asked what the story of Easter was. He fired back how Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the grave and then asked us, so then what do chicks and bunny rabbits and eggs have to do with Easter? Ummm, good question, son. Ha! I didn't really know what to say so we just said something along the lines that celebrating what Jesus has done for us makes us we celebrate with fun things like chicks and bunnies and eggs and candy. Obviously I'm not really sure how to tie it all together just yet. I don't want to take all of the fun out of the holidays but I am still trying to find the right balance. To do the Easter Bunny or not to do the Easter Bunny: such an epic dilemma, right? Lol. Part of me wants to skip right over him and part of me wants to break out the baby powder and make bunny footprints all over the house. Clearly I am really decisive. :)

Then it was time for church. They were being so sweet and looking so cute. The kisses were plentiful.

sibling love
Brody & Harrison
If you can't tell, these two are buds :)

After church we went to my mom & step-dad's house for lunch.

Harrison set the table all by himself.
family pic
candy time!

Speaking of candy, my mom broke out the big guns this year. She bought each of them a chocolate bunny to eat after lunch and it was quite entertaining. I really should have video taped it because it was almost like a funny science experiment: how many seconds before Harrison gets completely cracked out on sugar? I'd guess about 20. :) He was strapped in to the high chair and we were all just sitting there laughing at the crazy things coming out of his mouth and how "delicately" he "nibbled" on his bunny. HA!

Harper was pretty entertaining, too. She isn't affected by sugar like her brother but it was hilarious to watch her get upset when her bunny's ear came off and face caved in. It was almost enough emotional trauma to stop her from consuming the chocolately goodness. Almost.

Then it was time to hunt for eggs.


After the hunt, we came back in and played.

While others napped. :)

When we got back to our house we did a little egg decorating.

And then we got cleaned up and piled onto the couch and watched what I am certain is the cheesiest, lowest-budget Easter movie that we found on Netflix. It included a dog dressed up as the Easter Bunny and a mystery about a stolen gem of some sort. But the kids liked it and the couch snuggles were worth it.

It was a great Easter.

Easter 2013

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