Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baby Girl's Shower

A couple of weekends ago my sweet mother went ALL OUT and threw me and my sweet baby girl a shower. I mean, she did not leave any detail unturned. It was amazing. 

I was very resistant to having a shower because first of all I just had a baby... and had PLENTY of baby showers with the boys. And I didn't want to seem gift grabby, tacky, and wanting attention... but after some convincing from many friends and my mom... I conceded. And I must say I'm so glad I did! Baby Girl was completely spoiled rotten with gifts and she is set. I am very lucky to have such sweet family and friends willing to come to my shower and spoil us. So blessed. 

Unfortunately I got too wrapped up in the gifts, guests, food and fun to take any pictures during the shower. Dang. But I got some pictures of the before shots. 

I didn't even mind that it was PINK overload! :) 

The dessert spread. Mmmm.... 

 The cute favor boxes made to look like cake.

 The AWESOME diaper cake. I still haven't brought myself to take it down. Its just so cute! 

 Those "Cupcakes" are made out of onesies! So fun!

Diaper wreath... Did I mention my mom went CRAZY!? 

The yummy food spread. 

 Owen enjoyed the decorations and the "after party" to indulge in leftovers! He went around the house calling himself the 'Balloon Monster.' Love this little boy! He is very excited to meet Baby Sister.  

And finally... This is me in all my 38 week glory. H.U.G.E. And so very ready for her to get here! Every morning I pray that this is the day I go into labor. **Sigh** I am dilated to a 3 and contracting ALL the time. She is such a tease! Although, after my last Doc's Appointment I just conceded to the fact that it will probably be another couple weeks... And I just need to enjoy my time with my two sweet little boys. I can't believe Nathan isn't going to be my baby anymore!!!  

Come soon, little one! We are ready to meet you! Now... all we need is your name!!! ;) (Suggestions welcome!) 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Photo Friday

A Friday tradition. A single photo from the week, a single sweet moment. A moment to savor, cherish, and remember.

Drawing pictures of Baby Sister... we are all ANXIOUSLY awaiting her big debut!!! (Please let her come soon!) 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Easter Sweets & Treats

We had a wonderful Easter weekend! It was perfect. The weather cooperated perfectly...it was gorgeous out! And the boys were so cute with all the Easter fun. I love these kind of Holidays with the kiddos.

I'm not a huge fan of neighborhood Easter Egg Hunts, especially for this young age. When the kiddos are so little I think a backyard hunt is just perfect! 
We started our Easter weekend with an Easter Egg Hunt at my parents. I filled a fair few eggs for the boys and set them loose. My mom also hid some special surprises in the yard as well. It was a hit! 

Our attempts to get a before shot. The sun was bright!

Nathan was adorable! He got the concept much better than Owen did at his age. 

Finding special surprises from Grandma and Grandpa! 

Owen was a pro! 

Nathan had a little help from Grandma. 

"Can I put a pinecone in my basket?"

Look at that haul! 

The best after picture we could get! 

And... our attempt at a family photo! HA!

After a fun hunt, and a yummy BBQ (Did I mention the weather was PERFECT!?) we headed home for naps. 

While Nathan napped a little bit longer, we decided to bust out the hard boiled eggs and get to dying! Oh man, this was a HUGE hit!! Owen loved, loved, loved it! So cute. 

Look at that concentration: 

Look at those beauties! Owen did great at being patient and waiting for them to color. 

Owen faces... 

He loved them. He even gave them kisses! 

The final product! Silly, handsome boys!

On Easter Sunday we dressed in our Sunday best and headed to church. The boys wore matching shirts, and I didn't get any pictures of all of us. With church being so early, getting us all dressed and ready for church is totally chaotic! 
Even my attempts at pictures of the boys are not so good... What's with those faces?! 

Finally a smile... Annnnnd, its blurry! Dang. 

After church Shad took the boys to the park and for a quick walk. (While the Easter Bunny left his surprises). When they came home from the park, the Easter Bunny had left them a special surprise! Up to their room they raced... 

...to find a note the Easter Bunny had left. Leaving them special clues to find their Easter baskets! Owen squealed with delight "We're going on a Easter Hunt!"

The first clue led them to Mommy and Daddy's closet... 

The second to the bath... 

The third to the pantry... 

The fourth to baby sister's room... 

I love this picture. Nathan is like 'No, not another clue!?'

The fifth clue led them to the TV... 

And FINALLY in the garage in Mommy and Daddy's red car were thier special surprises and easter baskets. (Although Owen would have been happier with another clue... he absolutely loved the scavenger hunt!) 

We brought them in and they discovered what was inside: Matching PJs, Playdoh, a book for Nathan, trains for Owen, new shirts for Owen, and lots of sweets and TREATS for both! Yummm... 

After an exciting day and playing with the new surprises we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's for a yummy Easter dinner together. 

It was a pretty special weekend together. We tried to teach Owen about Jesus and his resurrection, but it still was a little hard for him to understand. But he did express his love for Jesus in his prayer and I knew that he does have a sweet testimony of the gospel. 

I am so grateful for my Savior and the beautiful sacrifice he made for me. And I'm grateful for daily reminders of his love for me and my little family. 

Happy Easter!