Friday, April 30, 2010

Emerson’s 2nd Birthday Party

First of all, I can’t believe my baby turned 2 last week. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that I went from being ticked at her for being 11 days late to elated that I was able to birth her naturally. I’ll always cherish the moment that she came out. It was seriously one of the highlights of my life, and she has been an enormous blessing ever since. I’ll be honest that I’m a little concerned about what her 2nd year will be like. She has an ornery side that is starting to come out, but we’re praying that the sweet heart that she has deep inside will prevail! I was just looking at her tonight as we put her to bed and thinking how beautiful she is – not just externally, although she is that. But she’s just got a beautiful little spirit that I think will be really amazing to watch as it matures.

We did a polka dot theme for her party, and we had a lot of fun with it. Here’s what we did:

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We borrowed the lanterns from my good friend Brittney, and James and I spent 3 weeks cutting all those circles on the wall out of poster board.

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All of the food was round. We made sandwiches and cut them into circles, grapes, chips and salsa, M&Ms, Oreos and of course the centerpiece which was the cake balls.

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We did a full polka dot wall in the dining room for photos, and here’s the girls before the party. Birthday girl refused to smile, but how precious is her outfit?!

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We cut out a lot of dots. :)

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Look closely – birthday girl is ready for her friends to arrive!

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Crouchburger and Quinn worked on their Twister skills.

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All of the kids were instructed to come in solid color shirts. Emerson and Ellie used garage sale dots to “dot” them upon arrival. Ellie was the dot police and made sure everyone had the correct color. We had the kids sit down so that sweet Kendall and Emery could be included in the photos without adults, so look closely to see their little dots! You can see that we did not succeed in getting everyone to smile, but I still think they’re all adorable. Quinn and his ladies!

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We had each child pick a dot on the Twister mat, and Dad spun the wheel to see who would give Emma her next present. It turned out to be a fun little way to keep the kids from getting bored while Emma opened her presents.

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Emerson did a great job of sitting in her chair and opening her gifts. The video below shows how excited she was at each gift. It was pretty cute.

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And just two days later it was James’ birthday. Look how cute our brown polka dotted girls were.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl! We love you to pieces!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring Sing

Ellie had a cute little program at her Preschool a couple of weeks ago. She did a great job singing all the songs and doing all the motions. Here’s a little photo and a quick video for you.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Dance Class

We put Ellie in a little dance class at our gym. She LOVED it and was always so excited to go. We’ll have to do it again soon. (And here you are Aunt Jocie – sorry for the delay!)

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Easter 2010

Yes, I know this is really late. Let’s just say that Easter Sunday in our house had a few hitches, but we still celebrated the resurrection of Jesus! He is risen! Here are some photos of our sweet girls.

We had an Easter Eggstravaganza at church the day before Easter:

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Even Daddy had some fun:

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She wanted to be a blue bunny. :)

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See how happy we were? At least they were cute.

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