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


  1. Andrea...your posts this week about your kids' birthdays has just melted my heart and torn it out at the same time. Sob! I loved them all! I cannot believe your babies are 1 and 3. Just cannot believe it! Love all five of you!

  2. Griffin' s first birthday outfit and headband are so adorable!!
    And I love the photo of Luke with the chicky!
    Fave outfit=your maxi dress, white jacket, and scarf.
    Enjoy that monster of a party!!

  3. So glad you survived birthday week AND you looked FABULOUS doing it!! Ready to party tomorrow!!

  4. Oh Andrea! Your blog always makes me smile! I have 3 kiddos as well and I love seeing your babies grow! And all of your awesome fashion sense!i want to get my act together and email pics for your "yes mom" thing! Talk about fashion sense, just wait til you see what my kids out together!

  5. I swear I say this all the time, but I just can't get enough of your little family! Those photos of Griffin and Mason are just too much! Holy Cuteness!

    And you are super cute too in all of your outfits!

    Hope the party goes well and you have a wonderful Easter!

  6. What a busy week! Have fun this weekend!! Happy Easter
    x Dani

  7. Loved your post today and all of them this week...what a great week you all had!!! Have a great time celebrating your sweet kiddos tomorrow and Happy Easter to you and your family!!!

  8. So glad you survived this week-and you did it in style, sister!!! Love that white jacket!! Happy Friday!!

  9. The white Kut from Kloth, I love it too! I actually found it half off at TJ Maxx! Happy birthday to all of your sweet kiddos, and thanks for doing the link ups. They're great!