Wednesday, October 26, 2016


I still need to post about Emmy being four, but I wanted to post about our recent trip to Disneyland while it was still fresh on my mind!

I have been planning this trip for months because I knew Emmy would be at the perfect, magical age for the trip. We also knew we were going to leave Holden at home because he is deathly afraid of characters, so Disneyland seemed more doable for a short (three day) trip!

I didn't tell Emmy we were going ahead of time, so I woke her up on Wednesday morning with the surprise that we were going to Disney! She was SOOOO excited. She absolutely loves to travel and was perfect on the plane!

When we got to Anaheim, we checked into our hotel, ate lunch and then hit the park. First stop:
As luck would have it, Nick Lachey happened to be walking in the back entrance as we were walking out. He was really friendly when I told him he had cute kids ;).

Our next stop was the big mouse himself, rode a roller coaster, went to all of the houses in toon town, then we ran into Goofy on our way to It's a Small World.

We took a little break for a Dole Whip and the Soundsational Parade:

And if that wasn't enough, we went over to Disney California Adventure for the Disney Jr. show! She was an awesome trooper and did great! We went to bed at 7 CA time (9:00 our time).

The next morning began at, no lie, 4:30 CA time. This time didn't get any later during the trip, unfortunately. Luckily, she really was enthralled in the Disney Magic, so it didn't affect her mood at all (until we got home...but that's a story for another day :)).

We started the morning at Disneyland during their Extra Magic Hour. Now, if I were to do it all over again, I would have taken the advice from all of my planning blogs and done the other park on the Magic Morning even though we had been up for HOURS and would have had to wait another hour, but apparently I don't listen well. It was crowded, but Emmy still had fun. Her favorite rides with the Carousel and Dumbo.

We hopped over to Disney California Adventure and spent most of the day there. It was HOT, so we rode Soarin, went to the Frozen show, went on Mosters, Inc., met Olaf, met Elsa (Anna must have had a cold), and then watched the Pixar Parade.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Emmy Turns Four!

Emmy has been saying for months now that she wants a Hello Kitty birthday party with a bouncy castle (that is likely thanks to Peppa Pig). Luckily, my gym has a great facility that is insanely cheap to rent and includes a bouncy castle! Yay!

And mom fail. I didn't get a pic of the bouncy castle, but I swear it was there! The party was at 10:00 a.m., so I had some fruit, cupcakes, popcorn and a chick-fil-a tray (not pictured). It was surprisingly all gone by the end of the party!

Sugarheart Bakeshop did the cake!

Emmy really wanted to decorate cupcakes again like we did at her 3rd birthday, which I apparently failed to get a picture of as well. (I apparently needed a professional there!)

As favors, I thought it would be fun if the kids could bring home their own paintings. I had these black and white coloring pages printed onto foam core board. The kids all had a blast!

My other favors were the Hello Kitty Suckers I found online and had them do double duty as a centerpiece:

The Hello Kitty die cuts I ordered off of Etsy. They are actually note cards, so they also did double duty as our thank you notes!

We had a great time celebrating our best girl!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

American Girl Doll Dream!!!

Soooo since I was 11 I wanted an American Girl Doll. But my mom said I was a little old (she was probably right), but I seriously pined for one until I was 33...until my aunt and uncle surprised me with one. It was really one of those best surprises of my life. Even when I was pregnant with Emmy, I would get catalogs and dream of going. Well, it finally happened.

Allison had been planning to take Finley for her 7th birthday, so I jumped on that bandwagon and said we were going too.

If you are have any interest in going to the Dallas location, we booked the Marriott Quorum by the Galleria. If you click on deals, find the American Girl package.  The room rate for that night was $129, but the American Girl package was $149. With it we got an American Girl bed, doll slippers and robe and a $25 gift card. We also were greeted in our room with milk (chocolate, strawberry and regular) and cookies!

Poor little Holden was also subjected to this excitement. Stinker. He didn't hate it, though!

We went to the store the night before our dinner so that Finley could pick out her doll before our lunch. 

And Samantha got a makeover! The before. (She got her hair done while we were at lunch.)

Isn't this just too sweet?

I loved this. When we went to pick up Samantha, they asked Emmy to sign for her.

Heart melting!

And after!

Some excited girls (and dolls)!

Now, I don't know if we caught them on an off day, but lunch took FOREVER. Seriously, an hour and 45 minutes. Have you ever been with a two toddlers at an hour and 45 minute lunch? I can think of things I would rather do. I would maybe do the ice cream counter next time. I think it would be the same experience with a lot less waiting.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dave & Buster's Mommy Blogger Event & Giveaway!

My first time to Dave & Buster's was visiting my high school friend Mindy in Chicago. We had an absolute blast and I was so excited when they built one here. (I could play skee ball for hours.) We have been to the Tulsa Dave & Buster's several times for birthdays (mostly adult), date nights and brought my nephew for his birthday a few years ago.

When I got the invitation to bring Emmy and a friend to the Tulsa Mommy Blogger Birthday event at Dave & Buster's, I was excited to attend since I hadn't brought Emmy yet!

First, I had no idea Dave & Buster's had a huge party room. They have several different room options that you can reserve, from a smaller room to a large party room ranging in price from $50 - $100 for 3 hours. The fun thing is that you can do this for corporate events too.

For kid parties, they have different pricing options that include food/drinks, player cards and tickets for the birthday child. The food is obviously very kid friendly. (And there is even something green on that plate!)

We got to bring my sister and her girls. All of the girls had a blast, but Finley (7) was at the perfect age for enjoying everything.

Since I hadn't taken littler kids (Tatum - 4 and Emmy -3), I was surprised at how much they could play!   

This little game the kids could make their own blizzard. 

Playing a giant piano!

The kids also got thissss close to getting a stuffed animal from the crane machine.

Not pictured was Emmy's delight when she got to pick out a Hello Kitty doll from the gift shop with her ticket money!

Dave & Buster's was kind of enough to give me a $50 gift card to give to one of my readers! Just leave a comment with your favorite Dave & Buster's activity!

*I was given a gift card and dinner in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Holden 21 months (now 22, but who's counting)

Holden turned 21 months....a month ago.  We will just say he keeps us busy!

So, let's see. We had a good summer. Holden had absolutely zero interest in  wearing a puddle jumper, but finally decided that he would deal with a life jacket. He stuck to me like glue in the water, but by the end of the summer liked going into the pools with beach entry and playing on his own.

We went to Big Cedar Lodge by Branson for our summer vacation. I had no idea what to expect (I was thinking it was going to be like a huge Bass Pro shop), but it was amazingly nice and exceeded every expectation. We loved and it would love to go back! Holden and Emmy both loved swimming, seeing the animals and going on the golf cart tour.  It took Holden about 4 of our 6 nights there to get used to sleeping in the pack and play and he woke by 6 every morning. (It was like a mini Emmy - haaaa!) But he loved the beach and the pools and was a great car traveler! I was also thinking he might like riding rides at Silver Dollar City (Emmy LOVES them), but notsomuch. He did a few, but wanted to sit on my lap the whole time, which wouldn't work...he wasn't too thrilled!

The past three (four) months Holden went from the most easy going baby to a toddler. He is still sweet, but will straight-up throw a toddler fit if he doesn't get his way. And apparently that is a lot. Good thing he is cute!

Holden also sprang three of his two-year maybe that has something to do with the meltdowns.

It is so funny because he is so different than Emmy - really cautious, won't eat a vegetable to save his life and a just naturally into things like balls, cars, and trains. He is really athletic (for a one year old) and can ride a scooter like a pro. It is seriously adorable. He also has a sweet heart for animals and LOVES puppies.

Other likes include:
- Popsicles
- Any sweet
- Any tv show (parents of the year) but mostly Bubble Guppies, Peppa and Paw Patrol
- Cars that go by themselves on a track and any truck or tractor
- Dipping food into any kind of sauce (salsa, ketchup, mustard, ranch, etc....)
- Coloring
- Playing with my nephew Luke

Holden had his arm pulled out of socket again...this time by Tommy when I was out of town at a funeral. He was in pain until Tommy's uncle popped it back in.

Oh, and he HATES for me to hold my sister's new baby Collins. Haaaaa! He won't let me or Tommy's mom around her if she is around. Little stinker.

I love seeing his and Emmy's relationship form. He is totally monkey see, monkey do and she will be really sweet with him...for the most part.  They love to play chase, color and go on their scooters together.

He is talking up a storm and says two and three word sentences.  It is just so cute. He will say "what's that noise?" to anything that he hears. If I ask him his age, he will put up one finger and yell "twooooo." Haaaa! He also says his favorite color is purple green.  Lol. We love our little guy and can't believe he will be two soon!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blog Book

So for the past 3.5 years I have always blogged with the intention of putting all of my posts into a blog book for Emmy.  I tried all of the blog publishers - Blog 2 Print, Blurb Books, etc., but I didn't like how they formatted the blog book.  So I kept researching (as I love to do) and came across Lulu, which is a service for you to self publish your own book.  While I am sure the intent is self-publish best sellers, people like you or I can use it to publish one (or a few books for family and friends) for very little.

It was super easy to use. I just copied and pasted all of my blog posts into Word, formatted as I saw fit, turned into a pdf (they tell you how if you don't have Adobe on your computer) and then you just upload it. For a 285 page hard back book it only cost me $60ish with a coupon code they sent.

I ordered Emmy's book first, but was so impressed with the quality that I went ahead and ordered one for Holden.  He will just get another one someday :).  

The interior quality of the book reminds me of a text book. The pages are somewhat glossy and have a good page feel. I did notice that the images are a little dark printed, but that could because the majority of them are from my phone. 

As I mentioned, Lulu isn't just for people who have had a blog. You could easily publish anything you can put into Word - like photos and a journal from a trip, etc. I would say that this is better served for when you have something to say vs a photo book by itself, those are definitely higher quality paper.  This isn't a paid ad. Just thought I would let you all know what worked for me. 

I know my kids will love looking back on these as they get older! And, truth be told, I have loved looking at them too! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Holden 18 Months

The past three months have been huge for Holden’s verbal developments.  He is a talker and sometimes I am the only one who can understand him, but it is so fun to watch his little mind work!  He loves to point at things and tell us what they are (airplane, lawn mower) or tell us what he wants to eat (cracker, chicken, CAKE – boy loves himself a sweet). When he doesn’t get his way, he throws a solid fit.  Ha!

He and Emmy are interacting more and he is totally monkey see, monkey do. At dinner the other night, she coughed, he coughed, she wanted a drink, he did. Ha! He is also really, really into dipping his food into a sauce. He loves salsa, too! As far as eating, Holden isn’t as good of an eater as Emmy. He loves himself some carbs, meat and fruit, but won’t really touch any veggies. He also loves “popsicles” (which are really just frozen yogurt sticks) and will go to the freezer about 5 times a day and scream “op ick le” until you get him one. He isn’t spoiled at all. Ha.

Some of his favorite things are Bubble Guppies, Peppa and Paw Patrol (sadly he LOVES tv, but I do limit it to 1-2 shows a day or he would totally be a couch potato), playing with balls/balloons, coloring/playing with chalk (this must be because of Emmy because she had zero interest at this age),  racing Emmy and reading.  He used to let me just put him in bed at night, but now he makes me read him a story before bed. HE also has taken to a puppy and wants it wherever he goes. He needs both his pappy (pacifier) and puppy. He also hikes his little puppy up under his arm and it is just the cutest thing.
Another cute thing he does is give kisses. He will lean in and stick his little tongue out for his kiss and is a total mama’s boy. I love it!
He absolutely REFUSES to wear any kind of flotation device in the water, so that will make for a long summer.
We love our precious guy so much!
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