Monday, May 18, 2015

My Sweet Girl Turns Three!!!

...As I type this post, three years ago today, we still didn't know for another couple hours if we were having a boy or a girl. Today, I can't imagine life without my daughter! After her birthday party on Saturday, the festivities didn't stop there. We went to dinner that night with Aunt Jo. AR got a free dessert and here she's showing off her duck lips... thanks H.
#ARturns3 dinner and dessert @54thstreet AR led our table in singing Happy Birthday!We were both exhausted after a long day but never too tired for silly faces!
Sunday we woke up bright and early to take Nanny to the airport. Then she did an end-of-year-program at her preschool church. THEN we went to Sophie's birthday party for more fun!
Happy 3rd birthday Sophie!!!
After the birthday party in Chesterfield, we drove out to Moscow Mills for Matt's cousin's graduation party then back home for the night. This child was still going strong and Momma was WORE out!
Lovin' with our Shadow before she went to bed as two-year-old one more time!
Today was her official birthday! I woke the birthday girl up bright and early. She had a yucky nose and felt warm, not to mention super clingy so I was a little worried. I left work to take her to final Time for Twos class at the library but when I got there, she was not sickly at all!
Got to take AR to her last Time for Twos class @youranswerplace on her birthday! #ARturns3 #lovemyAR #ARgraduates
We were kind of bummed that our regular teacher, Ms. Julie wasn't there, but they played the Color Game and AR was happy. They even made adorable flower wreaths!
She got a graduation certificate!
And Ms. Julie left her a birthday present. This is seriously one of the coolest books. If you haven't checked it out, you have to go get it!
I had a big night planned for us to celebrate as a family tonight but the birthday girl changed her mind and well, it's her birthday so she called the shots. We went to dinner at Chick-Fil-A because she wanted to play in the play area. Then we got snocones, came home, opened gifts (I got her a dollhouse but it wasn't put together so it was kind of a fail-boo!), and she wanted to play outside.
This time 3 years ago, we still didn't know if we were having a boy or girl. Tonight we're celebrating our amazing daughter's third birthday and there's nothing else I'd rather be doing. For all of those who prayed for us during our journey to parenthood,
I'm sure we'll be indulging in lots of snocones this summer!
Papa, TT, and the boys sent her three pink flowers. I think she liked them, check out that smile!
Every year I try to buy her a piece of jewelry to go with her party theme. It's just something fun to start her jewelry collection. She LOVED the Care Bear necklace I got her!
Sunday night I snuck into her room and hung up steamers from her fan and a Happy Birthday sign on the wall. She thought it was all pretty cool.... especially when the fan is on!
She still gets to celebrate at the sitter's tomorrow, preschool on Wednesday, with Matt's family this weekend, and my dad's family in two weekends. So technically the birthday celebration isn't over yet but isn't that the best kind?

My baby girl gets sweeter every day and I love being her mother. There's nothing better in the world than to hear my daughter tell me, "I love you, Mama!" I only hope that she knows how much I love her and that she'll always love her Mommy the way she does now. She has changed my life in so many ways and I love her more than she will ever know. My sweet AR, I hope your birthday was fantastic and that Mommy made it extra special for you. May all your birthday wishes come true, may you learn lots, grow stronger, and continue to be the kind, compassionate person you are. I love you!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bluetooth Talk n' Walk Headphones...

One thing that used to be the pits about working out on a treadmill was where to put the cord from your headphones. No worries with that now that I have these Bluetooth Talk n' Walk Headphones. All it takes is a little charging before you use them. It's dummy-proof to connect the headphones to your phone (or tablet or laptap). The sound was crisp and clear. I honestly think I have an odd shaped head so I typically hate wearing headbands/phones like these but these were comfy and not too tight. Now, I just have to keep them out of reach of my kiddo or I'll never see them again!

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    AR's Third Birthday Party!!!

    ...My sweet baby turns three on Monday and I just want to cry at how quickly time is going by but we'll save that post for her actual birthday. Today was her big birthday party! I totally went low key this year. The last two years, I went all out, being Ms. Pinterest hostess with the moistest, and then this year, I'm like, she doesn't care about banners and cutest food. The girl just wants to be with her friends and eat cake so that's exactly what we did!

    I was off work on Friday so Nanny, AR, and I got things ready for the big party. First we grabbed some lunch at R.T. Weiler's and AR got to eat her lunch out of a dog bowl!
    Lunch in a dog bowl! #ARturns3
    We booked a church that has an indoor playground, brought in a cake, punch, and some other snacks and let the fun begin. The theme was Care Bears so her cake had a rainbow on it and then I printed off some Care Bear toppers to go with the theme. Here's AR adding them to her cake.
    Let's talk about the cake for a moment. Costco cake, mmm love it! Super cheap, super delicious... I ordered the cake to be picked up at 10:30AM on Saturday. We had to be at her party place at 11:10AM. I get to Costco at 10:15AM, search the cakes, no AR's. Long story short, they couldn't find it!!! Luckily, they were able to whip one up real quick and even gave me a few bucks off. Even after sitting out for an hour, it was a little frozen in the middle but no one complained. Although they forgot, it was handled really well and I left happy, a few minutes behind schedule, but happy.
    She was so pumped to have all her friends play with her! Of course, getting them all to look at the camera at the same time=IMPOSSIBLE!

    My sis and H came and dropped off AR's big present at our house. I can't wait for her to open it on Monday!!!
    I tried to get a pic of AR with each of the her friends. This is a little boy from her class who wasn't too thrilled about having his picture taken unlike my little hambone!
    These are all the kids from the sitter's including the newest addition who will start in July! Beau wasn't too happy to leave though... most of the kids weren't. It was an awesome place!
    All the kiddos that came to celebrate AR turning three!
    OMW-she LOVED everyone singing to her, just look at that face!!!
    Making a wish!
    This thing was super tall and AR was all over it. She could have stayed there and played all day!!!
    "Hi, Mommy!"
    G-Fam Pic
    Mommy and AR... I love this girl more and more every day. She is the sweetest and nothing beats when she leans over at dinner and says, "Mommy, I love you!" I hope those things never change.
    AR is blessed to have such special people in her life. We loved being able to celebrate with all her friends and the family celebrations are still to happen. A big thanks to everyone who came, AR had a blast, and of course, we had to start playing with gifts the second we got home!
    Side note: I only let AR have water or milk. We had punch at her party and I let her have some. You would've thought I gave her a million dollars!!! It was such a special treat for her and she kept telling me how yummy it was. It's the little things...

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    KUKPO (TM) Manual Kitchen Can Opener...

    With technology changing everything these days, it's been years since we've had an actual manual can opener in our house. Once I realized that, I was suddenly in need of one all the time. I've gone through so many at that store that it's ridiculous. I love this KUKPO can opener because it's light weight, not huge and bulky, and best of all it cuts evenly, leaving smooth edges... even better than our electric one!

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    Maximum Muscular Protein Shaker...

    I have a whole tub of protein powder sitting at my desk and the main reason I haven't used it is because I can't find the perfect way to mix it. I had a small blender at my desk but the lid was awful and my co-workers didn't really appreciate me blending. I had another shaker but it was such bad quality that I ended up wearing more of the shake then drinking it. What I like about the Maximum Muscular Protein Shaker is that the plastic is thick and so is the lid. There is no protein shake leaking out of this unless you leave the cap wide open. I like how I can measure out the powder to store for lunch time. I use the extra compartment to put some fruit in then store it in the fridge until I'm ready to mix at lunch. I'm probably going to purchase another one to keep at home.

    LARGE CAPACITY; holds a whooping 20oz of liquid. Serious athletes will certainly have enough supplements or refreshments to last them an entire workout session. Forget about breaking for a juice refill.
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    Vibrant Craft Liquid Chalk Marker Pens...

    ...With the end of the school year coming up, it was time to pull out the chalkboard but I absolutely hate touching chalk. I feel like I can't ever get it off my hands. I was on the hunt for something else and came across these Vibrant Craft Liquid Chalk Pens. After a few shakes (which my three-year-old thought was hilarious and loved doing it!), the color flowed out easily and even. The side by side comparison of actual chalk vs these markers are amazing! It was an easy grip so my daughter even helped make the sign. I love the variety of colors, the brightness, and not having to actually touch chalk!!!

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    Foto Friday...

    ...I'm kind of in love with this new set of photos. On the cruise, AR would repeatedly ask if she could take pictures. This is proof that I let her... and that the camera weighed more than she did or else it would've been all boob shots! #lovemyAR