Saturday, January 14, 2017

Loving sisters







I love that they are starting to play together so much.  And also fight, too.  But I guess playing and fighting just go along with each other.  I love these girls!!  They love to dance in the kitchen with me while I'm doing the dishes.  Also I made them go stand by the wall and hug.  But they totally played along with it.  And it was super cute.

Rub a dub dub
















I think it's pretty clear that Annalise thinks her big sister is the best thing ever. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Last of the birthday pics




She had such a fun birthday!  And I'm finally done sharing birthday pics.  So that's a great accomplishment :)

Also that last gift is a magic carpet.  Which is pretty cool. 

And also in the second picture Brice had just read the card from Auntie Lisa and Lucas and it said, "we love you"  and she turned to Lucas and said in amazement, "YOU LOVE ME?!"  It was cute. 

Today I am totally dragging around.  The girls and I went back to preschool after three weeks off and I am feeling tired.  Maybe from playing with 8 one year olds all morning, or maybe because I didn't get enough sleep last night.  Or maybe because the cloudy gray skies outside are the perfect color for curling up in a little ball and sleeping all afternoon.  And Leesie is napping and Liv is watching a movie and I so am fighting the urge to take a nap.  But I took a little thirty minute snooze yesterday around the same time, when the girls were both napping and then I was totally useless the rest of the afternoon.

Oh I am so tired.   But I must power through.  Perhaps I'll go drink a Diet Coke. 

More singing






Her little face is so cute and happy.




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Her cake and funny face





So for her family birthday I made this cake.  And she loved it.  And I love all her funny faces.  Also the cake was not hard to make, just annoying because icing makes cakes crumble and fall apart.  But Emily told me that freezing the cakes helps, so next time I will definitely try that.  

Birthday at Granny's






Liv's actual birthday was Wednesday and it worked out good to have her friend party then.  And we had her family party Friday night.  Granny pulled out some of the decorations they used to Aunt Emily's wedding and it was perfect for this little princess!  

Happy Birthday to you!


Snacks, cupcake, and singing time!  Brice and I are not extravagant people. And we're cheap.  And that's mostly why we hardly ever have parties for the kids, aside from with family.  But I told Brice I would keep the party under forty bucks and that we wouldn't have to buy a gift for her, since the party would be the gift.  And I think I spent like 35.  So yay!  We had goldfish, marshmallows, and animal cookies for snacks.  Little funfetti cupcakes and dollar store jewelry party favors.  Plus my friend Amber had the crowns for something she was gonna do a couple years ago and then never did.  Thanks Amber!

Liv was so funny as we started getting ready to sing to her.  She kept saying, "Only I blow the candles out.  Only me." 

You might think she was being kind of a brat, but really she's just used to her brothers getting right up in her face and then blowing out the candles for her and not giving her a chance to do them.  But not this time!






After cupcakes Liv opened her presents.  She loved all of them!  Also three of her little friends are cousins.  Their moms are all good friends of mine too so we hang out with them a lot.  And we love them and they are so sweet.  Lee, Abby, and Tori (the three sisters) decided to go in on a present for Liv and got her a Hatchimal.  Liv was so surprised and beyond excited.  She loved it!  We we loved watching her reaction.  Again, I really feel so thankful for our good friends.

Today I was actually thinking about how much harder postpartum was for me when Liv was born than when Annalise was born.  It wasn't like it was super hard and i didn't really struggle with it, but I do remember one super huge breakdown that happened on the day of the church Easter egg hunt.  I couldn't stop sobbing for like three hours.

But with Annalise it seemed like I never went through any postpartum stuff, and I think some of it has to do with the group of friends I have now.  I didn't really have many people that I socialized with when Liv was born, and the boys were both home all day and it was winter and it was rough.  But with Annalise we were out playing with friends as soon as I felt good enough to leave the house.  Plus it was summer.  And it was just easier. 

Anyway.  Just some random thoughts about how mom friends really make a huge difference.

And also I love this girl and I loved throwing this little party for her!  Happy birthday, Olivia Rose!!