Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep. – Ruth Hamilton

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Princess Avery Turns Three

Dear Princess Avery,
(If anyone refers to you as anyone or thing else you are quick to remind them it's princess Avery!)

Three years ago mommy and daddy were heading to a regular doctors visit-you weren't due for another three weeks, but mommy was swelling up HUGE!  After about ten minutes into the appointment we learned we were having our baby girl that day or the next!  On our way to the hospital (it's across the street) we called all our family and let them know it was happening.  After many test they let us wait until the next day.  We started the process early in the morning and by 5:55 p.m. you were born.  We had never seen such an amazing beautiful little girl!  You were and still are everything we have ever wanted!!!  HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY!

Here is a photo gallery of your special day-which included your first day of preschool:

Breakfast with your best bud!  He was so sad to see you go.

We got to drive to work together.  Then you got to hang out in mommy's classroom-you weren't sure what was really going on.

Still happy...

Life is good with both mom and dad

You knew where your cubby was


You were starting to figure out what was about to happen.  At this point mommy and daddy left and you flipped out!  You made it for a few hours until...

your two grandmas rescued you!  Not many little girls have BOTH their grandmas with them on their first day of school!

You opened some presents and ate lunch with them.
 And took a little ride on the swing!

When mommy and daddy got home from work we put together your HUGE princess bed!  (must get pictures of that later) Then we opened more presents.

Nanny stopped by and had dinner with us and brought more presents!

Then it was cupcake time!

 So cheers to you for three years of life!  We love you and can't wait for many many more birthdays!
Mom and Dad

Monday, August 20, 2012

Just a Little More Sibling Love

Happy Random Picture Day!
What can you do with a box?  This one lasted two days...until Mack jumped on it and ripped it!

Always watching the action

We got a bike trailer...this is MACK!

Sometimes Cooper can be so cute!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!

It came and it went...

This Saturday we celebrated Mack and Avery's birthday with close friends and family.  This was the last year we could have their parties together, so we went big.  I picked the theme Cat in The Hat because they love to watch this show on PBS and it is very fun the have a theme in mind.  Since they are 12 months apart I consider them to be like twins and Thing one and Thing two's actions kind of sums up how they play together:)

  I started planning a few months ago (or maybe earlier) and with the help of both our families we pulled it off!  Luckily we have family close to us because Jane (nanny) came over in the morning so I could get the cleaning done and helped with last minute projects (thank you) and then my parents came in the afternoon to help set everything up and brought a ton of "supplies" (thank you). 

When Mack and Avery woke up from their naps this is what they found...
Hats for everyone to decorate
Of course they found all the chips and candy first

This is the teacher in me!

The Cat always makes a mess, so there was painting.

What's a party without a snow cone machine?  Mark even borrowed an ice trailer!

This was from Pintrest and so easy to make.  Oreos, red gummy life savors, and white frosting!

I made shirts for all three of them

I ordered these labels from Etsy and Mark worked to have them printed.

This year I was NOT going to try and make a cake or have my wonderful sister-in-law Sarah make one.  Last year (Monster Party) she spent so much time creating amazing pieces and then they were gone in a split second.

So we ordered them.

Lincoln's shirt says, "My Sister Turns 3 and Brother Turns 2."

The painting was a hit!

I love these pictures.

Since they are two separate people they both had their own Happy Birthday songs.  It was cute because Avery knew when it was her turn and when it was his.

Thank you to my mom and sister-in-law Sarah, we had Pin the Hat on the Cat!

Since Avery calls Princess Aurora Princess Avery she was showered with princess gifts

Mack was a little out of sorts at this point...two snow cones, cake, candy...and who knows what else, so he opened all his cool toys this morning and has been playing all day.  In the background you can see the trunk my mom made!  It is like every little girls dream-I will get better pictures of it later and maybe have her type about how she made it.
This is everyone circled around her as she opened her princess trunk.

I just can't believe after all that planning it's over.  We had a blast and so did they.  Tomorrow will be Avery's real birthday (and first day of preschool) and Mack's is on Friday.  So the celebrations have only begun!  Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate with us!  We LOVED seeing everyone and LOVED having you there!!!!