Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cassidy's Three Year Old Interview

I was excited to start this annual tradition with Cassidy this year, and her answers did not disappoint :) Enjoy!


How old are you: Two? Four? (Side note, she's convinced she's skipping three and going straight to 4)
What's your favorite color: I like pink.
What's your favorite toy to play with: Baby dolls
What is your favorite thing to watch on iPad: Princess
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch: Grapes
What is your favorite thing to wear: This dress
What is your favorite thing to play: With Troy
What is your favorite project to make: Pictures for Gramma
What is your favorite animal: Pig
What is your favorite song: ABCDEFG
What is your favorite thing to do outside: Catch frogs
Who is your best friend: Kaden
What is your favorite drink: Orange juice
What is your favorite holiday: Ummmm, they're not for my birthday Mommy!
What is your favorite thing to take to bed: Anna
What do you want to be when you grow up: Anna
What is your favorite thing about your brother: He's stylish (***my favorite answer***)
What do you love about yourself: I'm beautiful (***another favorite answer***)
What do you pray about: Claire
What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy: Play with Dada
What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy: Do makeup

Troy's Drawings - October

I love the projects Troy is coming up with these days. Here are a few that come home from "free choice" time at school.

And here's one we worked on together at home. Its a race track. Check out the Troy flag (black) and he asked me how to spell different words that he named his cars : )

Five Year Old Basketball In A Nutshell

I sent this to Grampa after basketball and said this pretty well summed up five year old basketball! They're all trying to actually play... just piecing it all together. Good job, kiddos!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cassidy's Birthday Party

We ended up with quite the party for Cassidy turning THREE this year as we decided to meet between here and Chicago for a party to celebrate her! Our entire family drove down to the Brickstone Brewery for a meal, cake and presents. It couldn't have turned out to be a better day!

Below, she's got her party skirt on. Though as my mom pointed out, EVERY DAY is a good day for a party skirt when you're Cassidy.

My son looks like a teenager here.

We walked in at the same time as Gramma, Grampa, Daddy, Uncle Andy, Auntie Daria and Beema. And Cassidy wasted no time getting straight into presents. She was giddy!

We weren't there very long before our group of 14 (?) or so was invited to move to the private party room. This was AWESOME so we spread out and had some more room to roam without disrupting the rest of the restaurant. Winning! Below, playing princesses with Gramma and Emmy.

Opening some more presents with Aunti Patti.

Love this pic of the kids with Gramma and Grampa. Both Troy and Gramma had colds, but you couldn't even tell by looking at Gramma. Poor Troy on the other hand looks a little out of it all day :(


She was *supposed to* be eating here but instead she was organizing her gifts on her own. You know, just to see :)

Group hug for Gramma while we waited to take a group pic.

And the group pic! From left, me, Auntie Daria, Uncle Andy, Beema, Gramma (front), Aunti Patti (back), cousin Emily, Uncle Jeff, Grampa (front), Aunt Sue (back), Uncle Danny, Mike, Uncle Ed, Eddie (in front of him) and Nathan hiding behind him :)

Of course there was cake!


Troy had a hard time saying goodbye to Gramma that day. My kids are so blessed to have their grandparents and so many other wonderful family members in their lives!

After a nap on the ride home, Cassidy was ready to get down to business. Busy with the sparkly princess play-doh below.

Aunti Patti said these pajamas would be good summer ones for next year. Cassidy obviously had other plans and they immediately came into the rotation.

Huge thanks to our whole family for taking the day to come out and celebrate Cassidy! I know it was a special day for her and for all of us, too :) 

Lazy Morning

These days, nothing is more perfect in my mind than squishing onto the small couch (of course) with one or both of my kids with some coffee for me and iPad for them. This particular Saturday morning I got BOTH of them, one on either side. And I was one happy mama!

God Decorates Our House for Halloween

Or something to that effect. Thanks, spiders, for weaving quite the creations on our front porch these nights!

The Making of the Birthday Cake

Making a cake "with" kids sounds fun but I was quickly reminded why I usually do this during naptime/bedtime. Take note for December, Amy :)

This part WAS fun. Mixing the cakes up together.

Auntie Daria and I thought it would be funny for Uncle Andy to get his own princess cake for his birthday this year since we were celebrating together. Enter, the matching Frozen cakes.

They turned out cute! Not my most creative cakes, but certainly much loved by my girly. She thanked me profusely before we left for the party!