Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Whirlwind Weekend: Graduation, Birthday + More!


Today is Knox's third birthday! I can't believe my baby boy is already three! Where has the time gone?! 


(C) Liz Haas Photography 

We are celebrating with his favorite lunch today, Chick-fil-A (because, of course!) and lots of play time. It seems like yesterday this was him; it's true what they say: "The days are long but the years are short." 


(C) Liz Haas Photography 

We did lots of celebrating this weekend -- for both boys! 

Thursday was the last day of school; I couldn't believe it! This school year seemed to practically fly by and I cannot believe we'll have a Kindergartener in August. 


The boys' shirts are here

Our letter board is here 


Walker graduated from Pre-K on Thursday evening (all the tears!) and then we had a family dinner following for his guests. The graduation was so sweet and of course, they played two of the saddest songs ever during the video slideshow ("Don't Blink" and "You're Gonna Miss This") that had both my mom and me in a pile of ugly tears. But it was so sweet and Walker was so proud -- and I loved seeing how happy and excited he was. 





My shirt is here 


On Friday, we held Knox's third birthday party at our house: a popsicles, pool and pizza party! And, the party wasn't complete until the ice cream truck made a stop by our house! I was so glad I booked Texas Ice Cream Trucks to come by; it made the dessert aspect of the party so easy and the kids (and adults!) loved it. 

Knox loves popsicles and ice cream, so when I found popsicle chalk at Dollar Tree, it set off my theme! And thanks to Oriental Trading, Target, Walmart and Dollar Tree, we had a pretty cute little party! 


Popsicle Banner
"Happy Birthday" balloon garland 

Popsicle napkins
Popsicle plates
Galvanized metal container
Paper straws 

Metal bucket -- Target Dollar Aisle
Popsicle chalk (Dollar Tree) -- similar here
"Thanks for Popping By" sign
Thank you tags 











Knox's rash guard and swimsuit 




So as you can see, we had loads of celebrating over the weekend! We can't wait to continue to celebrate Knox today! He requested my meatloaf for supper and Funfetti cupcakes (with Funetti icing, natch!) for dessert, so I'll be making those today for him! 

Enjoy your day! 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday, friends! We have had (and continue to have today) a crazy busy week, but such is May, right?! Brandon was gone Monday-Thursday for a trade show; it was Teacher Appreciation Week at preschool; Walker graduated Pre-K Thursday evening (followed by a family dinner); and Knox's birthday party is tonight! Whew! 



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This week was Teacher Appreciation Week at the boys' preschool. They do it a week later than public school, which I love, to give parents with kids in grade school a bit of a break. Anyway, I got to sub in Knox's class while the teachers had their lunch in the lounge and I loved getting to hang with my little guy! I asked the parents in the boys' classes to bring a gift card for the teachers as a special "thank you," and I sure hope they felt loved. 

My friend Laura made these adorable cards to hold a Chick-fil-A gift card for their teachers and I just thought they were so precious! 



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Walker graduated from Pre-K last night and y'all, I was a big ball of emotions. I know it's just Pre-K, but this means he's going to Kindergarten in August and my heart is having a really hard time with it. He's so ready and so excited, and while I'm happy and excited for him on the outside, my mind just replays memories of him as a little tiny baby and toddler and I just keep thinking how fast it all went. Why do they have to grow up?! 


(C) Caroline Jurgensen Photography


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Knox's 3rd birthday is Wednesday, so we're celebrating tonight with a pizza, pool and popsicles party! And again, why do they have to grow up!? It feels like he was just born. Sigh. 

(This is one of my favorite pictures ever of Knox -- I even used it on his party invite, ha!) 




(C) Liz Haas Photography 

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It was such an eventful week this week that I was pretty boring on the Amazon front, only ordering the bare necessities! I ordered more shampoo + conditioner that I was out of, some new kitchen scissors after mine went missing, and a new ultrasonic cleaner for our retainers after ours bit the dust. Clearly we are super fun and major adults. 






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My first article for the Fort Worth Moms Blog was published on Sunday, and I'm so excited to share it with y'all. It was a letter to the woman who raised me, my stepmom, on Mother's Day. You can read it here! Please follow along with the FWMB here, on Instagram here and on Facebook here



Have great weekends, all! 


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Mother's Day Rewind

I had a wonderful Mother's Day and was most definitely spoiled by Brandon and the boys! 

They surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of roses on Friday, and we had a super easy Friday night of frozen pizzas and a few episodes of "Imposters" once the boys were in bed. 


Saturday morning, we had brunch at one of my favorite local places, FnG Eats. (I love their pot roast eggs benedict and of course, mimosas!) We followed up brunch with a trip to our local Ace Hardware for a dew things we needed, and while we were there, the boys partook in their little essential oils bath salts station they had set up for little ones to do for their moms. It was so precious! (And I used them that night and can attest that they were amazing!) 








Saturday was a rainy, gross day, so we spent the majority of it inside. I popped some popcorn (with M&M's in it, of course -- my favorite combination!) and we introduced the boys to "The Little Mermaid," which was my favorite movie as a little girl, along with "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty!" 


We got a break in the rain on Saturday evening, so we made a trip to a local farmer's market and I got to pick out a Meyer lemon tree and a pot for Mother's Day! I'm so excited about it and hope to get some fruit from it. 

Sunday, we went to church + Sunday School, and then came home and spent the entirety of the afternoon/evening by the pool. It was a gorgeous day and I loved getting pampered and waited on hand and foot! :) 


I hope y'all had great days, too! 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday! 



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It's Mother's Day Weekend, and I have no idea what any plans are around here except that I hopefully get to sleep in tomorrow. ;) But truly, being Walker and Knox's mom is truly the best gift I've ever been given. Yes, they drive me mad, but there are no two children I would rather parent than these two boys -- and I'm so thankful God entrusted me with their little lives. Always thankful they call me "Mommy." 



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Speaking of Mother's Day, we had a double-whammy with back-to-back Mother's Day Teas at preschool on Tuesday. These will forever be my favorite and I love how proud the boys are getting to have me in their classrooms, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks with me. And I feel so special being on the receiving end of all of it! 

Walker answered on the questionnaire that his "Mommy likes to drink...wine." #dead 





But Knox thankfully redeemed me (ha!) and said that his "Mommy looks pretty when...she wears a dress and gets married." #precious


My shirt is here and earrings are here



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KiwiCo. was so amazing to send us two of their STEAM-inspired monthly subscription crates: a Kiwi Crate for Walker (for ages 5-8) and a Koala Crate for Knox (for ages 3-4). These things are so precious! 



If you've never heard of them, they're a monthly subscription crate (think HelloFresh or similar) that comes filled with age-appropriate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) projects to encourage hands-on learning and experience-based play. Each crate explores a different theme designed to spark creativity, thinking and learning. They have various types of crates: Tadpole (ages 0-36 months); Koala (ages 3-4); Kiwi (ages 5-8); Atlas (ages 6-11); Doodle (ages 9-16+ -- art & design techniques); Tinker (ages 9-16+ -- science & engineering); and Eureka (ages 14-104). 

Let me just tell y'all that the boys loved them! Walker loved his spy kit-themed box (especially writing notes in invisible ink and then learning how you can see it with UV light) and Knox -- my animal lover -- thought the turtle keepsake box was awesome and already has some rocks, acorns and coins in it for safekeeping. ;) 







I personally think these would make great birthday or Christmas gifts for children of all ages -- especially those like mine who have a January birthday. This would be perfect for grandparents to send because, as Cousin Eddie said in "Christmas Vacation," "It's the gift that keeps on giving...!" But truly, it is. They'll be tired of a toy tomorrow, but this is a great activity that brings parents and children together (sans screens) and helps kids learn. What can be better?! 

KiwiCo. has been so gracious to offer my readers their first month of a KiwiCo. subscription for free! All you have to pay is $4.95 for shipping (in the U.S.) or $9.95 for shipping (internationally). Here is the link to get you that free first month! 

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Most of my Amazon purchases were boring this week (sunscreen, more glass Tupperware, more white hangers for the boys), but I did have one fun item: these earrings! I wore them to the boys' Mother's Day Teas on Tuesday and received a lot of compliments on them -- and they're less than $12! 



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Okay, how excited are we about the newest Royal Baby?! I'm not crazy about his name; I wish they would have given a little nod to Princes Philip and Charles in there somewhere...but they didn't ask me. ;) 

Y'all know I'm pretty #TeamBoth and think that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do some things I love and some things I don't necessarily love. But regardless, I'm so excited for Harry and Meghan and can't wait to see Archie grow up! (Hopefully they won't shield him too much from us!) 


Hope everyone has a great weekend, and Happy Mother's Day to those of you mamas out there! 


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