Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday: Birthday Week

Happy Friday!!!  Not sure about y'all.... but Birthday Week has worn me out.  Looking through old pictures, remembering sweet with my kiddos as newborns and (let's be honest) bawling my eyes out a couple of times is exhausting.  Party tomorrow and then none of my babies have to get any bigger until next April :)

1) Gwippin
If you follow me on Instagram (andrea2220) then you are probably familiar with my "Gwippin" posts highlighting the "unique" relationship between Mason and "Gwippin".  It's taken Mason a LOOOOOOONG time to warm up to his little sister, and on the eve of her first birthday (his third birthday!) I asked him to give her a kiss and unprompted he goes, "Love you, Gwippin!"

My heart about exploded and I bawled a little bit more.  It only took 364 days... but it was worth the wait!  Can't wait to see their friendship develop this coming year.

2) Masons Third Birthday
Mason's Third Birthday was on Wednesday and this kid HATED all the extra attention (hahahaha) NOT!!!

He sported his birthday shirt and worked on holding up three fingers... which apparently is quite the task.

He picked "birthday donuts" instead of cake.... and I totally approved of his choice.  Mason pretty much always does his own thing and I hope that this tradition sticks.

I may have been having an emotional moment on Wednesday night when he came up to me and told me he was going to "Cheer me on"  (that's Mason speak for cheer me up).  He grabbed my face and gave me a giant kiss.  Just what the doctor ordered.

3) Griffin's 1st Birthday
The boys, Dave and I serenaded G in her crib this morning to a horrible rendition of  "Happy Birthday" and then she say still for this one pic before I headed off to school.

After school we were ready to eat pizza and celebrate some birthdays with Gibi and Haha!

If she has to get big... at least she can look stinkin' adorable while doing it!

We ate pizza and brownies and G entertained us with some epic peek-a-boo...

4) Luke's Week
Exciting things going on in Luke's little world this week as well! The eggs that Mrs. Boese has been incubating for the past three weeks HATCHED on Monday!  We've been making daily visits to snuggle those sweet little babies. 

and today Luke got to bring his class down to the middle school science room to check them out!

Today was also Luke's egg hunt.  And yes... that's Luke and his bestie Lincoln holding hands :) hehehe

5) What I Wore
Here are a few outfits I wore this week...

Saturday G and I ran errands and I wore a Matilda Jane cardigan, the best jeans ever and my favorite Minnetonka moccasins. 

Griffin liked her Matilda Jane outfit and Jameson Monroe headband as well :) hehehe

Sunday night I had friends over and wore this Matilda Jane tunic top.  If you're wanting to place an order for anything Matilda Jane - shoot me an email at !!!

Monday I wore tights with my Toms wedges for the first time and I think I liked it! I added a heavier scarf and denim jacket since it was CHILLY!!!

Tuesday was a mustard sweater with Hippie Chick scarf...

... and a winter coat!  It was FREEZING!!!

Burlap wedges this day...

Wednesday I wore my favorite military jacket (CHECK OUT THE BACK!!!)

and I wore my Farmgirl Paints cuff. LOVE!!!

Yesterday I wore my favorite Gap drapey maxi dress (YES! It has pockets!!!.... I just ordered the stripe as well I love this one so much!)

and I paired it with THIS white denim jacket.  Y'all... this jacket is AMAZING!!!! I'm wearing the small and have plenty of room and it still feels "fitted".  It's awesome because I can wear it to work and it's a little more "professional" than it's traditional denim counterpart.  Ladies - I promise - you'd wear this ALL THE TIME!

My scarf is by Just Dawnelle on Etsy and I'm loving the pattern mixing!

Thank y'all so much for all the birthday love for my kiddos!!!  In case you missed it, you can find Luke's birthday HERE, Mason's letter HERE and Griffin's letter HERE.

Also - the linkups were so much fun this week!!!  Be sure to check out what everyone's watching HERE and get a peek into living rooms HERE!

Well... I'm off to make a banner, bake cupcakes, and prepare batches of monster slime :)  Wish me luck!!!  Have a fantastic Easter and I'll see y'all on Monday!!!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  1 Peter 1:3

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Birthday, Griffin Joy!!!

Dear Griffin,
You are a dream come true.  Literally.

 You were gooey, and new and squished up and from the very first moment I laid eyes on you I thought you were the most beautiful little girl in the world. 

You have shocked and surprised us around every turn - from the day we found out you would be joining our family, to the day we found out you were a boy girl :) hehehe

 We were surprised that you were bigger than both of your brothers (you had Mason by more than a pound!)...

... and surprised by your sweet little bald head.

What has come as no surprise though is how PERFECTLY you have fit into our family.

You are THE most laid back baby ever...

... except when it comes to your bottle.  You are super particular about the temperature and the way you're held while you take it.  Even the staff in the church nursery has had to get on the diva train when it comes to your bottle.

You have fabulous lashes...

... the sweetest nose...

... and your dimpled thighs and hiney are to die for.

You love your bed, your brothers and being a part of the action all. the. time.

You currently have two teeth (with a third ALMOST through), but your lack of teeth hasn't stopped you from being a VORACIOUS eater the past 12 months.  Enchiladas, every fruit under the sun, all noodles and even creamy horseradish to name a few.

You're a great sleeper now, although the first 4 months I didn't think I would EVER sleep again... unless sleeping meant laying in bed with you plastered to my chest.  OR sleeping standing up while you hung out nestled in the ERGO carrier.  You have been a snuggler from the get go.

You're sooooooooooo close to walking.... and honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if today was the day you started walking full time.

You babble CONSTANTLY and make great eye contact while telling us big stories.

You are the best little errand runner ever... except that running errands with you usually takes longer because you're crazy social and want to "talk" to all the customers, babble at the employees and shriek a lot just for fun.  You also think it's great fun to stare at yourself in the mirrors.

Last night I kissed your delicious baby-smelling head and held you extra tight.

Before I know it you'll be holding your backpack, car keys, diploma, wedding bouquet and your baby's hands. 

I can't wait to see the amazing woman you'll become...

.... and I can't wait to hold your hand through it all.

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

- EE Cummings

Happy Happy Happy Birthday, Griffin Joy!

I carry your heart, sweet girl.
I carry it in my heart.