Sunday, February 21, 2016

Love is in the air

We had a special visitor Valentine's day weekend....M&M man....he got to go to Photo's, a Buffalo Grove basketball game....and then

 BOWLING!  Brayden was invited to a mom-son bowling night...and of course we brought Marshall along too.  The kids had such a blast bowling...I am looking forward to going again soon!  And of course my score was amazing....with the bumpers!



The kids were excited to celebrate Valentine's day....this year Marshall's preschool had a party but did not exchange valentines :( so we made teacher ones....and then Brayden not only got to make Lego valentines...he also got to celebrate with Wonka Fest!!!


Marshall and Hadley are my little kitchen helpers and taste testers....here they are helping make valentines days cookies

The finished product...all 3 kiddos helped frost and decorate them...and of course eat them!

Captain Heartbreak...ready to celebrate at school.....

And of course if I take a picture of Marshall...she needs one too!


Here is Brayden on the day of Wonka Fest!!!  His class read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...and he LOVED it!!  Everyday he would tell me about the chapters they read that day....oh it was so fun to see him so excited about reading....and as a kid that was my FAVORITE movie!!!!  He wanted a shirt....so we made him one (I am sure in his teens he will be embarrassed that I puffy painted him a shirt....but as a 6year old he thought it was pretty great).  He is holding his golden ticket to get into the factory....


Lucky for me, I got to go volunteer for the morning and help with activities.  It was amazing...over the top fun...the kids got to do SO many activities related to the book----guess the flavor of gum, lickable wallpaper, chocolate measuring and weighing....I mean the planning was insane...and the kids loved it!!



                                     


This little lady is all about the princesses.....and her new favorite accessory...heels....




Happy Valentines Day....

we got the kids a little gift for the day...the boys have been wanting robes (thanks Home Alone) so that is what they got and Miss Haddie got some cut and bake cookies for her kitchen




Marshall helped me make heart shaped pizza for diner that night....


Not much of a chef....he was busy putting a puzzler together while we were making dinner

 The weather here is crazy...one day it is cold and snowy and the next it is 60 degrees with 50mph winds....so here was a night that was fair out and we had snow....so I even took part in playing in the snow










 The boys finished up a basketball class they took...somehow only our family and one other family signed up...so this was their class....

They had a great time!  And got lots of attention :)


Brayden was off school on Presidents Day....it was nice to not have to run everyone to different places and have them all home.  We played legos....
And went to the Barrington Library with our neighbors...

 
On a good day....Haddie naps....look how sweet she is

And while she naps, Marshall and I get to have some quality time together....playing games and he all time favorite---CAR WASH!


 
One night after dinner, Haddie set up her own dinner party for her babies.  She put them all on chairs and was talking to them...telling them to eat and drink their bottles...it was too cute!!!





Her favorite time of the night...Bath time!


Today we went to a cute 1st birthday party....Oh the places you will go....me and my little girl in a hot air ballon :)   Marshall was too busy popping all the balloons with random tacs to be in the picture

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Two in pictures....and catch up from Jan and Feb!

We are back up and running!!!!!  We got a new computer---which is amazing...and what a difference it makes to have a new computer that works super fast and smooth.  My hope is that I now blog more...since I can do it quicker :)
So...without any further ado....here is Miss Haddie's birthday celebrations and a few other fun memories...

In true Haddie fashion...she requested a "princess party".  Yep she is talking in almost complete sentences...and she walked around talking about her princess party....so that is what we did!  We had over a few great friends....and we celebrated the princess turning TWO!

Here she is helping  me make her crown cookies...








Somehow during the mixing, baking, and decorating....this happened...yep Marshall and Haddie really team up together to make the best messes....this one was almost a roll and a half over toilet paper all over the bathroom...amazing!


Here she is on the eve of turning two...reading The Night that You Were Born...I still get teary each time I read it...



In the morning she woke up to this....
And right away her brothers wanted her to open gifts...and of course they wanted to help







Our birthday tradition is only complete with cinnamon rolls...



She got extra help blowing out the candles



That afternoon,  we had her party.  It was fun to have the party on her actual birthday and worked out to be a Saturday.  I have started to try to get creative and make the kids' cakes...so for the princess party...we made a princess dress out of cupcakes.  Pretty cute...and super tasty



Here are just a few pictures from the setup...






Grandma and Grandpa Jefford were able come in and celebrate with us....she was lucky to get a princess dress and book!!!



Getting some love


TWO!

We made birthday crowns and fire-breathing dragons









And then finally cake time....




Pretty Sweet...





And opening gifts...


The world's sparkliest Cinderella does...I love it!

We had such a wonderful time celebrating with our family, neighbors and dear friends....there is no better way to celebrate such a special day



Somehow this girl has grown sooooo much hair......


Turning two also allowed us to sign up for Itty Bitty Dance...we are having fun together...this was before her first class



Of course two year olds need 2 birthday celebrations...so my mom, grandpa and sister came the following weekend and we got to celebrate again....


Another reason to have cake...sounds good to me!
Grandma, Beans and Hadley





More crowns for the lady!





And princess....

This girl is always accesorized


Happy Birthday Sweet Hadley



How many cooks can fit in the kitchen...I know Marshall was in there....but I sure can't see him



Brayden has been bringing home books to read...lucky grandpa got to hear one

Playing....the life of a child....I love it...




On Feb 3, Brayden celebrated being in kindergarten 100 days....he chose to make a 100 eyed monster for his project....


He also wanted a shirt

And this hat, they made at school


More to come soon...promise!!!!