Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lila's 2nd Birthday Party: Minnie Mouse style

This past Saturday, January 28th, we celebrated Lila's 2nd birthday with a Minnie Mouse party. She loves Minnie Mouse (almost as much as Winnie the Pooh), so I thought it would be a perfect (and adorable) theme! I loved all of the pink, white, and black decor since those are my favorite colors...I know it was Lila's party and not mine :) but I enjoyed it just as much as she did!
Both sets of Lila's grandparents flew in the day before so that they could join in the festivities, and it was so special to have them here. The weather could not have been more perfect, and we were so excited to be outside in January feeling very comfortable, even a little warm, in short sleeves!  Chick-Fil-A delivered nugget trays as well as trays of their chicken wraps and chicken salad sandwiches (yes, they deliver!!).  We also had fruit, chips, and the cutest cake that I've ever ordered (if I do say so myself)! I combined two designs that I found on Pintrest, and Fiona's Bakery in League City made it look so adorable and really tasty too! We also had cookies and cream cupcakes from Delesandri's in Kemah, and Lila got her very own with two pink candles on top to blow out (although the wind blew it out before Lila got a chance to, but she didn't know the difference!)
delicious food
Lila digging into the chip bowl
 Capri Suns: Lila's new favorite drink
We rented a bouncy house from Party Connection LLC, and they were so nice to work with. They set up our house about an hour before the party and were going to pick it up that evening, but my mom couldn't bear for Lila to wake up from her nap to find it gone, so she extended the rental an extra day. I think the grandparents had just as much fun bouncing as all of the kids! I thought that Lila might have been too little to enjoy it, but she was so excited watching it being set up that she couldn't get out there fast enough. She was able to climb in and out with no trouble at all, and all the kids had fun jumping and throwing around balloons inside. My dad was the "security guard" of the bouncy house during the party (which I really think was his excuse to spend the entire party in the house!). The kids loved playing with him as well as with each other, and everyone got along so well!
having fun in the princess bouncy house
playing with friends
opening her presents
We had so much fun celebrating Lila's birthday with our friends and family! We are so blessed and grateful to have met such wonderful people, with wonderful kids as well, here in Texas. It was definitely a great day had by all!
Cake Time!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Celebrating Lila's Birth

We celebrated Lila's 2nd birthday today with a Minnie Mouse party at our house here in Texas today. I still have to go through about 500 pictures from my camera to put in a big birthday party post, but here are a few iPhone pictures that we took today before and after the party. It was such a great time with Chick-Fil-A catering, yummy cake, and a fun bouncy house that we enjoyed even well after the guests left (Grammy also extended the rental another day so that Lila didn't have to wake up from her nap to see it gone). We are so thankful and blessed to have such great friends and family to celebrate with!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


...That's what it's been like in our house this past week! It's only Wednesday night, yet it feels like it should be a month from now, we've gotten so much accomplished. Josh and I are both taking a college class this semester and it's been challenging taking turns doing schoolwork and taking care of the girls. These are both pretty time consuming classes, so we've been going non-stop since they began the beginning of January. Plus, we are busy getting ready for family to come in town and Lila's 2nd birthday party this Saturday! We're pretty much all ready to go, except the last minute things (oh, and yard work-since it has rained for the past few days). We are excited for all of ours and Lila's friends to come over to celebrate with us!

I can't write a post with no pictures, so here are some from a couple Sundays ago.
 Lila didn't want to share the iPad with her sister

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shirley's Party

This is a busy time for birthdays, and we have at least one party every weekend for the next three weeks (the next one being Lila's!!). The first of the bunch was Lila's playgroup friend who had her 4th birthday party yesterday. It was a princess theme, and all of the girls wore their princess dresses. It was decorated so cute and the cake was amazing! Lila had the best time kicking around the balloons that were on the floor for decoration. She enjoyed eating the yummy cake also!  We had a great time! (I didn't have my camera with me, so you'll have to settle for iPhone pictures)
 Rapunzel cake
 working her way down the stairs to watch Shirley open her presents
 I loved her decorations!
 opening presents
 "any leftover cake up there??"
 trying to do a self-portrait of all three of us
 Alli watching some tv before the party
 A little snack before the party

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Late Christmas in Atlanta

I can't believe it's taken me over two weeks to write this post, but with graduate school starting back for me, the blog has been put on the back-burner. The first week of this year, we took a trip to visit our family in Atlanta to celebrate a late Christmas since we weren't able to be there the actual week of Christmas.  We stayed at Grammy and Grandaddy's house, and Santa even made a special late visit to the girls there. We were busy all week visiting the girls' great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, wedding dress shopping for Kimberly, and even had some time to visit some friends. As always, our visit was too short to see everyone that we wanted to, but the girls and I will be back in February!

Here are some pictures from our visit:
Santa came to Grammy and Granddaddy's
Visiting with Great-Grandmama
Wedding dress shopping with Kimberly
Visiting with Mamu, Big Pop, cousins, Great-Grandparents, Nana, and Pop
 Dinner with the girls
 Tubbys at Grammy and Granddaddy's house
 All dressed up and ready to go visit Mamu, Big Pop, Vickie, Bill, Sara, and Charlotte

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2-year and 6-month portraits

While we were in Atlanta earlier this month, we had Laura Negri (who photographed our wedding) take portraits of the girls for their respective milestones. It was a pretty chilly morning, and Lila was not in the mood for pictures, but you'd never know it from her sweet faces!

Here is the link to the slideshow set to music:

Here's a link to some of her favorites on her blog:


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