Saturday, July 20, 2013

I started a new blog called Insane In The Pre-K Brain . I wanted separate my family posts from my school posts and I think this will keep things less jumbled and help me be more organized when it comes to blogging. I will link back and forth between the blogs so no one misses out on any of the crazy excitement going on! 

For now I leave you with a picture of the wild child last weekend at her future husband's Ninja Turtle birthday party! This kid has so much personality in that tiny body of hers!

3 more weeks until school starts! Guess I better get my August meal plan started! I am planning a whole month of Gracious Pantry recipes. I contacted Tiffany and asked her if it would be ok for me to post about her recipes and she said I could!! I was just so darn excited she actually answered me back! I can't wait for her cookbook to come out! 

Clean eating here we come!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Birthday #2

I don't really like talking about it because I get all weepy and sad, but I am just so darn excited about planning another party that I am making myself.

Last year I went a little over the top with birthday #1, and like everyone said it was all for me and she would never remember it, but I loved it and wouldn't have done a thing different if I had to do it all over again.

Even though it was a lot of work it was perfect even if the cake was the wrong color (love you Yaya!)

This year we are going for an Elmo motif even though the girl might or might not love Ernie a little more then Elmo these days. I guess you could really say we are doing a Sesame Street motif. 

So far all I have accomplished is purchasing and having my dad print them out. I finally bought stamps today so they should go out tomorrow morning. I guess 2 weeks is plenty of time.

1. For decorations my mother-in-law and are making most of the Sesame Streetcharacters out of tissue paper pom poms. 
2. Food will be very simple with fish bowls of Goldfish crackers, fruits and veggies, etc.
3. I think I will make an Elmo wreath to go on the front door with a big number 2 added on for fun.
4. I will be making 2 little felt Elmo clips to go in the pig tails I plan on creating for the big day.
5. Mckinley's big present (already purchased months ago) will be set out for the little ones to play in that day.
6. The main dish for the party will be a create your own sandwich bar with pb&j, cold cuts, and chicken salad.
7. I origionally ordered a dress with an Elmo and a cute chevron pattern on it, but I have had some trouble contacting the company I ordered it from adn we are currently working with Pay Pal filing a dispute to find out if it has shipped or getting a full refund. In the meantime I found a super cute red and white chevron bubble that I actually like better and I will be picking that up on Wednesday.
8. For the cake I am going simple and easy. I will be making a cake, icing it white, and covering it in sprinkles except for a giant #2 in the middle.
9. A very nice friend gifted us the giant Elmo and Big Bird full bodied balloons and a Happy Birthday banner and I believe that will be the extent of my decorating besides using Mckinley's stuffed animals on the food/cake table.
10. If we have time we might also make some Elmo cupcakes, but if these don't happen I won't be too sad.
11. And last, but not least are the invitations that will hopefully be going out tomorrow. Once I found these I knew we were set.

So that's the plan and I guess I need to get to work and start making some of this stuff. Last year I started months in advance, but I had so many things I wanted to do plus I was so worried about getting her 1 year pics done for the invitations. We won't even be doing her 2 year pics until August this year so you can see I am much more layed back this year about the whole thing.

Hopefully this Wednesday when the Lil Lady goes to Mrs. Julie's I can get the majority of my checklist completed. 

I still can't believe I will have a 2 year old in 19 days!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Fun

I hope someday to get back to regular blogging, but we have just been having too much fun this summer!
I can honestly say 2 or I guess almost 2 is a blast! Definitely my favorite age so far!

I have a ton of pictures to load from my phone of all of our pool, 4th, and other adventures, but for now here is a little taste. 

This girl has turned into a fish! Sadly I have no swimming pics because I am always in with her. 

We have been trying to stay pretty healthy and we couldn't let and entire half of a watermelon go to waste so we made fresh watermelon pops. They are delicious!

Yaya took us to the Garden Playground and Papa didn't want to miss out on all of the fun. I can't begin to tell you how much this picture melts my heart!

Getting rid of a little energy with some crib trampolining.

We have also been doing a lot of potty training these past few weeks. We got brave and have been going pants off dance off style and my girl has become quite the nudist. The Little Lady has been doing awesome and goes without even being prompted. Sadly when she has pants on that is a whole other story. I think the security of having something on makes her forget to run to the potty, but she is getting really good at controlling it. I think we are at ahead of the game since the monkey isn't even 2 yet so I am not to worried.

I hope everyone else is enjoying their summer as much as we are. 

I just realized Baby Girl is wearing the same brown Elephant or Epelant as she calls them tank in almost every picture and yes these were all taken on different days. This has become one of our favorite summer tops and we are so thankful to the French clan to passing us down some awesome stuff. This is also our go to potty top. Some part of her body has to be covered if her bum is gonna be out all day long!