Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

Why yes... I'm not 4 weeks late on a post for once! :)  I plan to come back to some other things I skipped... in time!

Today was Valentine's Day!
We started it off with cheesy gifts to the hubs... i.e. "You're all that and a bag of chips" taped to a bag of twisted Fritos, and maybe a tag tied to a Sobe' beverage that said "I will SO BE you're Valentine." 

I can't help myself.

The kiddos slept a bit later than normal, but Burke was the first to awake. 
He was thrilled to find a new Fly Guy book and none other than a stuffed Fly Guy for his very own keeping. :)
Currently he is sleeping with him, in a make-shift sock sleeping bag. So cute!

Sister also received a book and a "una-corn" stuffed animal. :) 
Love at first sight.

Heart shaped doughnuts for the win with pink milk!

We then got ready for the Fairytale Ball!

B's school does this every year on Valentines Day. This year I feel like it was so good... all we had to do was send in 5$ instead of making or bringing party food and decor! It was perfectly done.

Burke requested to be a knight.

He also refused to use the matching shield that came with the set... I pick my battles these days. :)

Haha... sister wanted to be a part too!

Onto the ball!

(A forced slow dance.... )

Sister was really eyeing all the pretty girls in their dresses. 

She soon found her way in. lol

Loving every minute with the big girls!

She also made a really cute little girlfriend and I saw a glimpse of middle school. #toosoon

Burke lasted for about an hour and then he was danced out. :)

His sweet class (plus one's sister :)

And Hylan Marie found a precious little buddy.

They were basically inseparable. lol Sometimes you just get each other, you know?

I learned that Burke likes choreography more than free style. :) 

He adored the Cupid Shuffle. :) 

After it was said and done... He basically hung out with some snacks or chased people around with his shield (good thing Mrs. Meade took up his sword. lol)

My Valentines!

HM and her new friend!

Love it!

This year has been wonderful with Mrs. Meade!

Love my boy!

When Ryan got home, he hand delivered 12 long stemmed roses and a Valentine for his little girl too. :)

We headed to church for Ash Wednesday. It was a great service and reminder of what the season on Lent is about.
A funny... upon talking with Burke about Lent and what it was about, I shared with him what I was going to be "giving up" in order to make me reflect daily about what God sacrificed for us... well, at first he thought I was fixing to ask him to give up something... like his toys. Once I explained mine (giving up my phone in the evening hours between 5-9pm), and Ryan explained his (no cokes), he thought for a minute... and said "I've got it! I will give up school for 40 days! Yes! That's it!" hahaha!

Good try, buddy. 

I hope everyone felt loved yesterday!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hylan Marie turns THREE

Oh my goodness, how did three years go by so quickly?!

I barely can understand how the sleepless nights passed, diapers no longer take up my purse, and this little human can not only walk and talk... but can make me double over in laughter at the funny facial expressions she can throw and speed at which she can chase her big brother. :)

Since Hylan Marie's birthday is in January, we struggle in the birthday party department. Our current house is not big enough to hold many people inside, and that's what has to happen in January. Her first birthday (here) we kept it small with a family meal inside. For her second (here) we had a tea party... and oh how fun that was... and for this one, we decided to have a destination birthday. hahaha... to none other than The American Girl Store and Hotel in Georgia. She has a deep love for dolls and so we decided to just have a small family party the day of and then head out to the weekend to have our first American Girl Experience with a sweet friend from MMO! Leesl and Hylan Marie are only a few days apart and have become fast friends. It was a blast celebrating our girls together! 

This was her last night of being a two year old!

The next day, we woke up and sang to our little girl.
She kept trying to blow the candles out from the top instead of the side... and kept saying ouch, hot! Bless! She finally got it. :)

We went to McWane with friends! Got to love those season passes!

And it's always good when daddy can hop over from the office and give some birthday sugar!

She slept on the way home and it gave me time to set up a little celebration. Burke even did a little birthday prep. :) Sweet thing put the balloons we blew up inside the helium tank box and wrapped it in no other than ... Toomer's Toilet paper that we kept from the AL/AU game. :) You know you're special when....HA!

And she loved her flowers from her daddy too, Swoon.

Daddy picked up the cake I ordered from Publix on his way home from work. All she wanted was a "doll-doll cake" and the only thing that I could find that wasn't completely odd, was this Barbie cake. Well... it was a huge hit. lol
Publix y'all!

Ree and Papa!



That weekend we headed to North Georgia... but not before taking a quick hike to put out corn. :)

We arrived and oh my word. It was adorable. 

So adorable, that Burke decided he would sleep in the closet. haha
He refused to sleep on all that pink. lol
He came around... don't worry. :)


This one "checked-in" as a VIG (Very Important Girl) and was treated like royalty.

The check-in was PRICELESS I tell you. They staff was so kind... she wasn't up to it when we first got to the hotel (super groggy from the ride), and just told us to come back whenever she wanted. She was ready after we unpacked and were making our way to the AG store.

Next pic is possibly my most favorite from the trip, :) That smile!

We then met our friends at the AG store!

Ok, so bringing a three year old into this store isn't that bad... I got out really good. She didn't really ask for anything, but a pet and it's cage (carrot the bunny... sooo cute!) to go with her current doll, Ashlyn, a Welliwisher. And got to spend her bday money from Uncle Jon, Aunt Magan, and Claire on a cute little guitar accessory kit she had to have! I was pleased. :) She and Leesl mostly wanted to play in the Welliwisher house and play with the strollers and dolls they had out in the store. So thankful! ha!

So fun that Mary Grace could join us too!


While we shopped, the boys went to Dave and Buster's... where Burke apparently had the time of his life and decided he indeed does love the 'Doll-doll hotel" just so he can come back to that arcade. ha!

That night we had pizza and cupcakes by the pool!
It was cold, but Ryan made me get in. :) His words- "We didn't come all this way to have a pizza and pool party, only not to swim. GET IN." lol
I was glad he made me... we had a ball.

This is where we stayed most the time...haha. Just today, Hylan Marie asked if we could get in a hot tub. lol I WISH!

The mommas!

The next day, we had a scrumptious breakfast and headed home!

 It was a great trip. One I will always remember! I kind of hope we keep the destination birthday for January a little tradition. :)

Click here to check out the Marriott in North Georgia where we stayed! Make sure you request the American Girl Experience when booking! (This is not an affiliate post, nor we were compinstated. Experience and review strictly my own.)