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 molars....so 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!!!
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