Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Long Island Visit!

Recently, we went to Long Island for a few days to get out of our weird never ending winter and unmelting snow situation that we had here at home that seemed to last for months.  We forgot what grass felt like, and Long Island was ahead of us as far as snow melting went.  So we went in search of places to run!

We went for breakfast to Maureen's, and had so much fun!

I love this age when these 3 little snugglefaces can share one plate of pancakes.

Reilly had Reagan on her lap.  Reilly loves being big Sissy just as much as Reagan loves being the baby sissy.

This one blows me away, because I look at Reilly's face and I see Declan.  They are such little twinsies it's crazy.

Declan was laying on my hand everytime we said, "Aww".  He always gets so sleepy at snuggly at restaurants!

My little lover.  There is nothing like his hands around my neck.

This was Declan's first time on grass since last year!  I was so excited to see how he would react.  And he sat.  He sat in one spot, did not move and inch, for about 30 minutes while we played around him.  He would babble to us and whine if he wanted something.  But the little stinker didn't move from that spot! 
Girls getting ready to play "Red Light, Green Light"

Declan entertaining himself with his shoe. 

"Are we done with this yet? Can we go back inside now?"

(We had a few more occasions at home where he sat on a blanket, hated grass, and refused to move. But I have since got him accustomed to his surrounding and had a few talks with him regarding his outdoorsman/country boy roots, and now he is the dirtiest, muddiest, more curious little fellow outside!)
I felt I should include this photo, because we really couldn't stop laughing at Declan this day and his "when can we stop this outdoor nonsense" attitude. Look at his little smirk!

Giving Mama some side-eye.

Silly face girls!  And Declan's "Really?" face. 

My silly babies and I!

This trip we also went to Starbucks for Frappaccinos,  went to the mall to see the Easter Bunny, and went to the Long Island Fish Hatchery with our cousin Braeden! (Upon meeting the Easter Bunny, Reagan said, "He is vewy quiet. Just like Minnie Mouse at my Birday Pawty. She was vewy quiet too.") We also had a late night Yorgurt Crazy and Target shopping night with Aunt Mimi, where she did "Crazy Driving" with the cart and created a highlight of my children's life. :) 

Next time we go to Long Island...the return of the ICE CREAM MAN!

And now, we continue a months-long countdown to my big girl's birthday and birthday party :)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

 This Easter was so much fun, and there are some things that I want to remember from this day.  These baby ages are the best on these holidays, the kids are so amazed by everything.  Reilly, the night before Easter, was out of control excited.  Nevermind the weeks before, constantly asking how many days and having her countdowns.  The day before Easter, we went to the craft morning at Home Depot, and the Easter Bunny was there!  The girls were both so excited, and he had a giant paint bucket filled with candy. Declan was horrified, so he stayed close to Mommy.  I kind of agreed with Declan, he was a bit of a frightening bunny.  The girls said, "See you tonight!!"

Later that night, we colored eggs and put out carrots and candy for the Easter Bunny.  Reilly made sure that we washed AND dried the carrot, and picked out "Jesus stickers" to leave out for him because she was so thankful that he was coming and bringing treats.  Reagan said, "Why don't we just go bwing dis stuff to Home Depot for the Eastah Bunny?" :)

Declan's eggs were all blue, and spread out on the rug for him with cereal and "fishie crackers" inside.  He made a surprised face when he opened each one, and it was the cutest.

Reilly is on a princess Aurora kick lately, so Easter bunny brought Aurora dolls!! Reagan was only too excited to have matching with her Sissy.

Reagan could have had no toys, no Frozen bubble bath, no coloring books, and just chocolate bunnies (which she ate INSTANTLY), Cadbury eggs, and jelly beans in her basket.  Noted for next year: Reagan just wants chocolate.  Funny though, she actually threw away the last piece of her bunny when she saw how messy it was making her hands.  Girlfriend loves to be clean!
We went to church with the kiddies, and it was all kinds of adorable.  There was an Easter eggs hunt, we saw good friends, we sang together, and the pastor read the children a storybook about Jesus at the front.  Taking a few hours to celebrate with the kids about the joy that Jesus brings to our life, and all that He sacrificed in order for us to live such a life, was the most special part of the day.
 It brings me all kinds of mama joy to dress up the kiddies.  I know some people see it as a chore or a nuisance, but I just love it so much.  Everyone getting all spiffy and matching and celebrating, I just love it.  Speaking of loving it...this boy!  In his ties and suspenders and fancy coat!
 He was super mad that we put him down on this bench and tried to get a picture with his sisters on either side.  So much so, that he threw himself off the bench.   But Spider Daddy used his ninja skills and caught him inches away from the ground.  It was kind of amazing. 
 These girls were so happy to play with their new dolls all day!
(Fun fact: I have a matching dress to Reilly, but I'm waiting till summer to wear it.  Funner fact: my dress is from the girls department)
 Handsomest men in all the land!
 We went to brunch at our favorite place, and had the nicest meal with Uncle Blair!
And then it started snowing (SNOWING) and I tried my hardest to pretend it wasn't. Reilly kept saying, "How is it SNOWING on EASTER!"  My girl.
But we took some family pictures to remember the Winter That Never Ended.
 We came home and the little ones napped, and Mommy attempted to make a pork roast and we both decided there is a reason we never eat pork.  Haha.  Kind of a lot of effort, and at the end, we were like, eh?  Maybe next time I'll make lamb!
 Another memory, is Declan receiving his first basketball, which is the only thing he wanted.   He found a big garbage can full of basketball at the girl's gymnastics class, and crawled straight for them every time.  He laughs hysterically when he just sees a basketball.  He picks them up, throws them, and then crawls after them like a madman.  It's like he plays fetch with's his favorite thing to do.  So when he saw his Easter basket with a massive NBA-size ball in it, he freaked out.  He picked up the ball, and slammed it down on the ground, smashing a plastic egg to smithereens.  It was so funny, and so very Bruisy.
 Declan and Reagan loved Peeps, or as Reagan named them, "Dessert Birdies".  Reilly shared hers with Declan, which warmed my heart.
Also memorable was me deciding that we should have cinnamon rolls on Easter morning, and then deciding that they had to be homemade.  And why should I cut the recipe in half, when I could just freeze them?  So I just made 50 cinnamon rolls and used all of my pans (ALL. OF. THEM.) and now my whole freezer is full of cinnamon rolls.  But man are they good, and now I have a treat for when we have weekend visitors!  So who's coming??
In the morning, Hubby asked Reilly, "Hypothetically, how many cinnamon rolls do you think we need for 4.5 people?"  He was trying to tease Mommy, but little does he know I am raising a little mini-me. Reilly quickly answered, "42."  That's my girl.
Reagan had her buddies with her at church, as everywhere, and laid Buddy down on the pew while we sang.  My little snuggler.  ALSO, we had a big day!  Reagan said, "I have to go to the bathroom" in the restaurant, and went poopy in the potty!! She kept saying, "Do I get SO much dessert now?!"  She's a smart little chicken, that one.
 Sometimes these pictures where the girls are tending to their Declan boy are my favorite.
These smiles, and these faces.  It was such a wonderful Easter weekend.  So simple, and so wonderful.  It's funny, I remember being a child and celebrating these holidays so vividly.  SO vividly.  I remember the feeling coming down the hallway, and the anticipation the night before.  I remember the excitement of opening each egg and tasting the Cadbury eggs each year.  I was Reagan baby - I love the candy eating.  But I also remember thinking - gosh, I don't want to grow up.  Grown ups don't get baskets and candy!  Or hunt for eggs!  That's no fun at all. 

My parents would say, we like seeing you enjoy it. It makes us happy to see you kids happy.  I thought it was grown-up stuff you had to say.  But now, I know.  I know it's true.  This magic of seeing them excited, seeing that face light up, hearing those giggles.  I don't know how it's better, but it is.  Watching your heart, the extension of your soul, experiencing such joy and magic - it's even better than experiencing it yourself. There are many things that you truly cannot understand until you experience it...this is one of those things.  Until having children, I couldn't really understand the extent of joy that comes from just watching them. I am so grateful that I get the chance to Mommy these kids.  And being the Easter Bunny to them is a pretty cool perk, too.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reagan Kate's Minnie Party!

 For Reagan's 3rd Birthday, it was only fitting that we had a Minnie Mouse bash.  Babygirl is all about Minnie and Mickey, and bows, and pink.  Everything pink, all the time.  So, we delivered the pinkest, Minnie-est, day we possibly could!  Our sweet little angel had such a happy day, she asked for a week after if she could "go back to her Minnie Party".  I melted. 

 These pictures are in no particular order, and there is a lot of them, and naptime is short, and I have laundry to fold, so in a random order they will stay! 

Family pictures :)  My favorite kind!

Also, one thing about Reagan I don't want to forget: how she says some words.
Marshmallow = Shmashmallow
Woodloch = wookwok
Cinderella = Cindawewwa
Imagine that face saying these words, and you might understand why she is a completely irresistible little munchkinface.

 See how Buddy is on my shoulder? She lays him there as her "pillow" and then lays her head down on it.  She will lay Buddy on anything and create a place for herself to lay down when she is sleepy.  Many time she has laid it down on a chair, and laid down and closed her eyes while standing up.  Cracks me right up!

 Mima and Papa love a picture with the kiddies!

We had an extra special guest at Reagan's party...Minnie Mouse herself came to surprise us!!
The following is Reagan's reaction...

 (Reilly's arm around her shoudler = me in a puddle)

 HER FACE! <3 p="">

 The girls chatting about Minnie Mouse actually being here!

 "I have Minnie ears just like yours!"

 Sweet cousins, ugh I love them!

 This is pure happiness right here.  Playing Ring Around the Rosie with Minnie Mouse!

Our good friend and her beautiful baby bump were almost as popular as Minnie! ;)

 I painted Minnie shirts for the girls, and a Mickey one for our boy. :)

 We were sad to see her go!  So we quickly moved onto cake :)

Oh her big smile, it just fills me right up.

 My girl was ready for a nap, and was way to busy licking the cream cheese off her bagel to worry about cupcake eating. But, you know, birthday girl, so she does what she wants. :)

 This family shot with Daddy kissing his boy is my favorite one. <3 br="">

 This was set up crew!! Thank you girls!

 My little sleepy babygirl and I. 

 A peek at the food!  This was a roasted red pepper spread...yum!  There's a red pepper bow up there too!

 These sugar cookies were way too fun to make. A few days of naps and my freezer helped with these!

 Pretty in Pink fruit salad!  Tip: don't even attempt to buy watermelon until summer. Luckily I had plenty of other fruit, and got reimbursed. Rotten watermelon, not a fun day-before-the-party surprise!

 I also had "Hot Diggity Dogs" which were breakfast sausage wrapped in crescents, and little "Mini" egg cups. 

 This picture just about does me in.  I don't know if it's how she is clutching her Buddy, or clutching her Sissy's neck...but this speaks volumes about their special bond.

 Here is Reagan with her "Reagan and Buddy: A Love Story" sign. :)

 Buddy is in most of the picture of Reagan that were taken in 2014.  He is her little sidekick!
Our goal at these birthday parties, is to make the birthday girl or boy smile as much as they make us smile.  I want her to feel the happiness and joy that she brings to other people.  I want her to know how special she is and feel surrounded by love just for her.  I hope we did this for you, Reagan baby.
You are loved, you are loved, you are loved!