Sunday, February 11, 2018

Are You Kitten Me? Norah's Cat themed 2nd Birthday.

Today we had a small family birthday lunch for our (almost) 2 year old!

This girl is obsessed with kitties so the theme of her party was, "Are You Kitten Me? Norah is Two!"

She loved her kitten party dress and ears!

With the exception of some store bought paper goods, I made the decorations for the "pawty" ;)

I had so much fun making this cake!

She partied so hard she passed out on the couch at 5:30!

Kitten Dress: H&M
Paper Plates, Table Cloth & Cat Bunting: Party City
Cat Ears, Cake, and Centerpieces: DIY

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Sweetest Outcome

       "I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now"

I saw this quote on Instagram recently and I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

How often do we pray fiercely for something our heart desires and when we get it, we forget and can take those things for granted. 

On this day 3 years ago I wrote in my prayer journal..

"Lord, Thank You for our many blessings. Health, Family, Friends, and Each other.
I pray, if it is Your will, that You bless us with a child of our own. I so desperately want to be a mother. Lord, help me to trust in YOUR timing"

Well, we all know how that ended up!

             I highly recommend journaling your prayers so you can look back on them and see how 
God has worked in your life. It's usually not how or when you'd like it, but once the storm has settled, you see that there may have been a reason for it and my outcome was pretty darn sweet.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Toddlers: Big Drama in a Little Body

Today has been one of those days. 

The type where the minute you open your eyes your toddler is just being all toddler-y and the sun isn’t even up. Before 10 am she’s already thrown several tantrums in public all because she wants to wear another moms Ugg’s at her gym class or I won’t let her type on the cash register at Target. 

The type of day you so look forward to the plans you have while she naps like making Toddler muffins before that banana you’ve been saving grows mold and maybe watch that show that’s been recorded and waiting for you.

But toddlers usually have different plans. Like screaming until they finally fall asleep in your arms and every time you try to make the transfer, it’s met with a blood curdling scream. 

So I gave up.
 It’s okay if she doesn’t nap today and the muffins aren’t baked. It’s okay if I eat a handful of chocolate chips even if I had been so successful on my diet. 

It’s okay because “His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning” . Thank goodness for that!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Highlight Reel

I didn't realize how fast this year flew by until I looked back through my photos and saw how much we did and how much Norah changed!

We celebrated Norah turning the big Wild One!

These two finally became buds

First Pigtails

First Selfie



First time on the jumbotron

Discovered the Ipad and Youtube

Easter Egg Hunt in our neighborhood

Celebrated Grandpas birthday with a BBQ and fun games

 Beach Days

Swim Lessons

First Bike

First trip on a plane to the East Coast

First Girls Trip to Washington

Orange County Fair

Palm Springs birthday trip

Discovered the awkward smile

First beach bonfire

Zion sister trip

Disneyland with Cousins

First time at the dentist

Discovered Beauty and The Beast and became "Beast" obsessed

Pumpkin Picking


VIP experience at the Kings game

Spent lots of time playing at Gram and Grandpas

New York

 First Thanksgiving in our home

Last Disney day before our passes expired

Said, "Ho Ho Ho" whenever she saw anything Santa

Took about 600 Christmas card photos and got about 4 decent ones

Introduced the potty

Lots of park days

And totally became a real live, talking, joking, ridiculously silly little girl.

 What a difference a year makes!