Monday, October 13, 2014

A Frozen and Fishy party!

Backed up ... again :(  Sigh...  

Last Monday was Lila's birthday and we had our typical small gathering
of a few grandparents, an auntie and uncle, and a good friend join us to 
celebrate her special day!
She got her choice of chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, and then got
to spend her birthday at school on a field trip to the Apple Orchard!
That evening our guests came over to join us!
We had dinner, opened some presents, sang and had cake and ice cream!
She received a bunch of really great gifts and went to sleep that night
a very happy girl!
(Her little sister, however, was not quite as thrilled.  Not getting a fish in your
room when Big Sister got 3 is quite traumatic apparently)

Ellie could't wait to give Lila her gift... a snuggly soft leopard print blanket!  Not exactly my style, but Lila LOVED it! 
Her Leaning Tower of Frozen cake.... I didn't do a great job balancing the tiers, oops.
Getting a fish from Grandma and Grandpa... and my expression showing I had no idea they got her the
same thing we did!!! Hahaha!
Getting a look at the fishies and tank we give her! 
A 6year old, her cake, and her fish!

This is Brighty.  Yep.  Brighty. 
This is Bubbles, Goldy, and Patrick the Blue snail.
And this is the face of a very happy 6 year old in her new jammies with her new pets!
It was a great day!  We love you Lila!  To the moon, stars, sun, and back!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Our Golden Girl ~ 6years on the 6th

Our sweet golden girl celebrated her golden 6th Birthday on Monday!

Lila is the most beautiful, creative, enthusiastic 6year old I can imagine!
Always making art projects and creating masterpieces, she is usually covered
in marker and other various stickers or bits of tape and paper.
Her fashion style is, like the rest of her, Creative, and she loves bright colors
and patterns.
She loves being outdoors and for as "girly" as she is... she is constantly scavenging
rocks, sticks, feathers, leaves, and an array of bugs and worms.

She adores her little sister (usually) and loves spending time each night reading
and snuggling with Mom or Dad.  She prefers to read to us, but on occasion still
lets us read a story to her!

We are blessed to have this bright light in our life! I can't believe how quickly
6 years have flown by and every day am amazed watching her grow and learn!
Lila, you are a gift and we treasure you each day!
We love you so much!!

~Here are some photos I took on a special little trip we took to the park~ 
(Photos from her actual birthday to come later)

Showing me her sassy side!

I can hardly stand how old she looks in this!  Ack... where does time go?
One of my very most favorites of my girl... the light in her hair, her sweet profile... melts my heart!
Quick stop for a swing break :)

Goofy kid!

This is the "Mom... please tell me we're done!" look!  And yes, all done sweetie!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Anniversary # 8!!!

Pretty setting
Check, check, and check!!

Tuesday marked 8 years of marriage for Ry and I!

My mother in law was kind to help us out and take the girls to dance for me.

Ryan made me a cheesecake (our wedding dessert) from scratch, and then had
bought some sushi and wine, and took me to Thomas Lake Park where we had
our wedding photos taken!  

Although it was pretty chilly, the sun was out and we found a perfect little bench on
a dock overlooking the lake.  We sat and enjoyed our food and drink, had a quiet hour
to talk and enjoy each others company, then home for a steak and another glass (or two)
of vino!! 

What a wonderful way to celebrate 8 years of love and friendship!
Ryan, I love you so damn much!

Thank you for all you are and all you have helped me become!

LITTLE bit too much Wasabi!!!

Wine in plastic cups... yes, we're very classy!!!

8 Years Ago... Looking ahead to many years to come

Monday, September 22, 2014

Celebrating Him

My love turned 35 this weekend.
It was a good weekend celebrating him and he was well loved by all his girls!

I think he was happy!

Ryan, we love you more than anything!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dancing, Galas, and New Trees, Oh My!

Kinda some fun stuff in the last week or two!
Had to share, and I'm super proud of myself for actually posting
something within reasonable time frame!  Go Me!

So, after dragging my feet for a long time, now that we are closer
to civilization, the girls finally pestered me enough to enroll them in 
dance class.  They asked for WEEKS before it started when they were
going to finally get to wear their outfits and new shoes!!

Last Tuesday was their very first day, and they couldn't have been more giddy!
I, unfortunatley had to work, so Daddy was the lucky guy to brave the gaggle of
little girls and women on their first day of dance class!!!  He was happy the girls
enjoyed it, but I think it's safe to say that unless I'm working... it will be my job
to take the girls to and from their classes! Haha!

On Friday, Ryan and I were invited to join our neighbors at a special event.  
The Be The Match Foundation hosted their annual gala and let me tell you... It was lovely!!
If you aren't familiar with this organization, check it out... really amazing! 
The gala itself was wonderful all around.  Great food, cool music, beautiful decor, and most importantly a great cause!  
That night alone raised $362,000 for the organization!!!
After, the four of us went and had cocktails, some interesting conversation, and a great time!  
It was so fun getting to know our neighbors better and I foresee plenty of good times ahead!  
Katie Liz and Bryan... You guys Rock! Thanks again for the invitation!!!

Our hosts for the evening!
Ryan was pretty excited to meet Motorcross Legend Jeremy McGrath.  His wife was the recipient of a marrow
donation, and met her donor for the first time that night!  Very humble and nice man!

Ryan was the lucky winner of a custom piece of jewelry that night... good thing he knows a girl ;)

Out for cocktails after the event!  So much Fun!!!
Saturday, we decided we needed to get a tree for our yard.  There is an open space where one was taken down before we moved in, and I liked the idea of putting one in the year we moved here.  Something that can grow with us!  We settled on a Norwegian Red Maple and the girls were very excited to help us pick out just the right one!
Sunday they "helped" Ryan plant it and made sure we took lots of photos!  
Finding just the right one!
Just a wee baby tree

Not really a pertinent photo... I just like to admire my hubby!
First photo with our new tree! :)

Now, nap time for mommy, as it's a work night tonight!