Happy 7th Birthday, Bean!

Happy 7th Birthday, Bean!

Last Wednesday, Bean turned seven years old. SEVEN. As in, the number between six and eight. As in, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?! On his birthday, we sprung him out of school and went to Universal for the day. My inner teacher self was totally opposed to this idea, for the record. But I was overruled by my family. And I’m so glad I was because we had such a fun day! Chris’s best friend was in town for the week from New York, so Justin came long, which was great…

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Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Happy Easter, friends!  A better blogger would have scheduled an Easter recap on Easter Sunday instead of a birthday recap.  But… half-assed.  So instead, let me just tell you that we had a lovely Easter here at our house.  My mom came to church with us in the morning, and in the afternoon we had a big lunch with friends of ours.  It was relaxed, casual, and focused on what mattered.  Just the way I like to spend holidays. Easter was actually the ending of a really busy weekend at…

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Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

We have been counting down for this birthday since the day after she turned four.  Tomorrow, Gracie Girl turns five years old!  “A WHOLE HAND!” as she has reminded us for at least the past six months.  I interviewed Gracie last night about the excitement of her birthday, and I love this video because you can see so much of her personality in it.  Plus, I love to watch her talk.  It never gets old to me.  I could listen to her talk for hours.  That girl cracks me up….

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A Pampered Princess Party

A Pampered Princess Party

This weekend, we had Gracie’s fourth birthday party. And, it might have been my favorite party we’ve thrown yet. We sent out invitations to just ten of Gracie’s girlfriends from school, and asked them to come dressed as their favorite princess. Gracie (along with about 90% of the other little girls) was Elsa. We had the party at Sparkled Pink, a salon just for girls  about ages 3-13. It was the CUTEST!!!! Each of the princesses would get a manicure, pedicure, and a little glitter make up and lip gloss….

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I Knew She’d Be My Girl

I Knew She’d Be My Girl

When I found out I was having a baby girl, I pictured Gracie. Before I knew her name.  Before I saw my first ultrasound.  Before I heard her speak.  I pictured Gracie. I pictured a strong-willed girl, like her momma.  Someone who had her own ideas, her own sense of self.  A girl who argued because she believed that strongly, and listened because she loved that much. I pictured a feisty, fiery girl with a head full of knowledge and information, and a heart bursting with happiness and laughter. Gracie will…

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Pre-Gaming for Princesses

Pre-Gaming for Princesses

Gracie’s birthday is coming up. Oh, you didn’t know? Then you must not have heard her the first 3,623 times she has reminded the entire world that her birthday is coming soon.  She is beyond excited.  I finally had to make a paper chain for her to count down the days until the Big Day so that she would quit asking me every single morning when she wakes up and then every single night when she goes to bed. Last year, we had a big party for Gracie.  It was…

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Celebrating a Five Year Old in Style!

Celebrating a Five Year Old in Style!

Michael turned FIVE last SUNDAY, people. FIVE YEARS OLD! How did this HAPPEN!?!? My womb is saddened by this news.  She feels old and useless.  And old.  And empty.  But mostly old. We had a hard time figuring out what to get him for his birthday this year.  We thought about a scooter, like Gracie got for her birthday, but he didn’t really want one of those.  We asked if he wanted a new bike since he is getting so tall for his, but he wasn’t too excited about that…

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The Festival of Gracie

The Festival of Gracie

The term “birthday” is so misleading. “Birthday” (singluar) would seem to imply that the celebration lasts a single day. Our family is either doing them so right or totally wrong because birthday celebrations around here last about a week. And – whew! – are they some kind of exhausting excitement! On Tuesday, sweet Gracie Girl turned three-years old. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Her birthday celebrations began last Sunday when we had her official birthday party. This was the first one that we’ve had for Gracie that was for her…

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