Sunday, June 10, 2012

Peter Pan Party

Jack turned 3 last week! It's crazy that my baby is 3!!!
I was all set to throw a circus party for him because I had one planned when Ethan turned 3 but he really wanted a cars party so I had to put it on the back burner. So about 2 months ago when I told Jack he was going to have a circus party he was on board for a week or two, and then announced he was having a Peter Pan party! So we went with that and one day I will just stop asking and throw my circus party :)

We got him a t-shirt with a money on it because he likes to make monkey noises all the time!

He also got a scooter that he rode around the house on his birthday because it rained all day.

I set a place for each kid at the table and it worked really well to give them each a place to sit and their own drink with lids and straws :)


My very talented friend made these cookies....isn't she amazing?!!









Carly shared this idea with me a few weeks ago. They were so easy to make and really looked cute, and somewhat healthy :)


One more look at those amazing pirate ships and crocodiles!


Mom's birthday



My mom celebrated her birthday last weekend and we threw her a little party. She doesn't often like us to make a big deal of her, but we went ahead without really asking her approval on this one and it turned out great. She's the type of person to really notice and appreciate all the little details, so it was fun to decorate a little :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

We're really doing it!

Today our profile was officially posted online for potential birth parents to see! For those of you who didn't know, Nate and I have been working through the paperwork for the adoption process and it's been months and months of appointments and paperwork and waiting. Now we just wait and hope... and pray!
Here's the address for our profile. Feel free to pass it on to anyone who might be looking into placing their baby for adoption :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

We hosted our annual Easter Egg hunt this year...Joie and I couldn't believe it's been 4 years since we first came up with the crazy idea of hosting our own egg hunt!
We were so lucky and enjoyed beautiful sunshine and the kids were able to play in the backyard the whole time. A fun addition to the party this year were week old chicks!  I really wanted baby bunnies hopping around the yard, but that idea wasn't feasible so plan B worked out pretty well.
The boys and I picked them up the day before so they got some extra playtime with them before the party on Saturday. Then about an hour after the party we met up with a lady I met through craigslist who raises chickens and we happily handed them off to her on our way over to my parent's for the weekend :)
We do our baskets Saturday morning before the egg hunt so that we can keep Easter Sunday focused on Christ.











Joie's mom made this adorable peep banner out of felt. It will be a fun addition to the party vault!

We found this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be really cute. They look more like carrots when they're grouped together so Joie put them in this cute basket.

I saw this idea also on Pinterest and it was really easy to make with my cricut.




The kids had an Easter story read to them while they waited for the eggs to be hidden.









A view of the orchard in my parent's backyard. They were racing back to the house and Ethan was in the lead, with Jack, cotton, and Grandpa following.

Easter morning we grabbed a quick picture before heading to church.


Carly hosted Easter lunch following church. She did such a cute job with all the place settings. The kids had drinks with  straws in their peeps. They each had a cute Easter coloring mat and their own set of crayons. Every spot also had a cute bag filled with some Easter candy.





Thursday, March 22, 2012

San Diego

We made our annual trek to San Diego a couple of weeks ago and had a great time. The weather was warm (for us!) and it was so relaxing to just sit on the beach and watch the boys play. 




I remember being Ethan's age and always playing in the water at the beach. Now I don't know how he can stand  the freezing water!
                 




Uncle Jeff burying Ethan in the sand.

The sun was really bright, so we tried to time it for Ethan to open  his eyes, but he was immediately blinded!