Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sisters Birthday Celebration

Sisters :)
 Larkyn turned 1 on July 1st, and Summer will be turning 5 on August 3rd, so we decided to combine their family birthday parties into one big sisters celebration.  Summer loves Elsa (from the Disney movie Frozen) right now, so it seemed quite appropriate to do a "sister" theme birthday party with sisters Elsa and Anna, whose "true sister love" for each other was the theme of the movie Frozen.  Summer had Elsa decorations (the older sister from the movie) and Larkyn had Anna decorations (the younger sister from the movie), and we had quite a bit of fun picking out decor, cupcakes, and paper goods to go with the sister theme.

 Our family was QUITE generous, and showered both girls with many lovely things.

Summer got a new, bigger bike, complete with pom-poms on the handles, a glitter jewel attached purse filled with jewelry, and very pink bike bell.  Perfect!  She has already ridden it several times and loves it!

She also got Olaf and Kristoff to go with her Elsa and Anna dolls.

She got a personalized piano book bag, which is all packed and ready to go for tomorrow's lesson!

A pink journal, complete with lip stick pen for our little girl who goes through journals and paper faster than ever!

A wedding set for her doll house

A massive box of card making/ art supplies (which she got to work on right away)

And lots of accessories, including glasses, sunglasses, hair things, a tiara, a rainbow colored Twins hat, dresses, and a gift card to her favorite store, Claires!

Reading her card
 Thank you to all who so generously blessed our favorite 5 year old.  You can tell these gifts were all picked out specifically with Summer in mind!!!!!

Then it was Larkyn's turn to open gifts.  She opened a few on her own, but big brother Colton was a super helper!

She loved the donut wrapping paper best!

Inside this one was a ball popper, which has already added quite constant volume and fun to our home ;)

I love this sibling shot of Larkyn opening her ducky!

She loved the cards!  Especially one with a puppy on it :)

When family asked for ideas for Larkyn, we decided that because she had so many toys from brother and sister, we would start collecting items for her big girl room!  We are doing a pastel colored owl theme in her big girl room after she outgrows her crib, and she opened so many adorable owl themed gifts.


I am in love with owl comforter Larkyn is climbing on top of ;)  Isn't this growth chart adorable?!

Such a sweet clock for our sweet girl
Super cute hooks!
Thank you to everyone for all the sweet things for Larkyn!

Because both our girls LOVE breakfast, our birthday meal theme was "breakfast for dinner".   We had:

Waffles made by the most handsome waffle maker...;)

Complete with a "waffle bar" assortment of toppings including peanut butter, nutella, cinnamon, strawberries, blueberries, whip cream, butter, and syrup.  Also note the gynormous fruit salad my mom brought!  Summer LOVES fruit and would eat it until it came out her ears ;).

It was fun to see how everyone decorated their waffles - everybody's plates all looked different, and so yummy!

We also had a hashbrown/sausage/cheese egg bake (awesome crock pot recipe, btw!)
And one of my favorite spinach/cheese quiche dishes

And SMOOTHIES!  We made a mixed berry (red) version and a tropical fruit (orange) version and intermixed the table with the two kinds.
  The smoothies were perfect, as it was a VERY hot and humid day!
We set a record for our kitchen - 17 people!  It was so great to have Uncle Jordan and Auntie Madison join us this year, as they just moved from Colorado last month.  We are SO blessed to have such wonderful family join us!  I was so excited EVERYONE could make it!
We sang to both girls and Summer giggled as she blew out her candle.  Larkyn was deathly afraid of the cupcake!  At each successive interaction with "the cupcake" she is quicker to tear up and now will start to pout even if someone ELSE is eating one!  Too funny. Silly girl.

After a few calming hugs from Mommy, she realized the cupcake wouldn't get her ;) , and she settled down to enjoy some ice cream :-)
Happy Birthday Sweet Girls!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Larkyn 1 Year Stats

Little Larky had her 1 year dr. appt today.  THREE shots :(  Poor baby!  Got tylenol in her right away this time and she is currently napping :).  Here are her stats!

Height: 28.5 inches (23rd percentile)
Weight: 18 lbs 9 oz (29th percentile)
Head: 18 in (71st percentile)

It surprised me a bit how little she weighs because of how MUCH she eats!  I don't know where she puts it all!!  Yesterday she had eggs, yogurt, and cereal (for breakfast), an entire grilled cheese and apple sauce (for lunch), apple sauce (for snack), a whole barbeque chicken sandwhich, veggies, and crackers (for dinner) along with milk at each meal!
The big kids did a great job entertaining themselves with books throughout the entire appointment

I love my little peanut!

Colton Soccer

It's Colton's turn!  Colton has been waiting so patiently for his turn to play soccer - it's finally here!  Colton is playing soccer through the YMCA and he is in the Tuesday night 3 year old league.  He has such a sweet and energetic coach, Nicki, whose daughter Laney is also on Colton's team.  Here are a few pictures from his first practice...

Colton was very serious during the drills and tried to do exactly what Coach said.  You could see he was disappointed in himself when he couldn't do it perfectly the first time.  He is such a perfectionist!  I was really proud of him not bursting into tears when he couldn't do something, like fast alternate foot toe taps on the ball.  He just waited and followed the next direction.  Good job buddy!

He did a great job following directions and was one of the fastest dribblers during practice.

So focused :)

Ready to scrimmage the yellow team

While Colton has no problem tackling his sister to take the soccer ball from her when they play in the backyard, he was a little more timid with players he didn't know.  He actually reminded me of Summer on her first practice.  Paul and I laugh about how we spend the kids' whole life teaching them not to take things from other people, but then tell them to "go take the ball away from the yellow team!" 

So excited it is HIS turn to play!

My big 3 year old.  Love him :)