Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bring on the Bling

I am a bit late on compiling this post - but better late than never right?
This is one that I have been so excited to do but just haven't found the time to sort through all the pics. I think we took a total of 190 pictures that day. It was such an exciting and magical day. We wanted Mattea to feel extra special on her "Golden Birthday." Our first born turned 6 on Feb. 6th. Happy Birthday Miss Mattea.

I decided to throw Mattea a princess tea party this year. And I also made the executive decision to have someone else do all the work - mommy was going to relax and enjoy the fun for once. So at a place called '2 B a Kid' we went. The above pictures are of the girls before all the glitz and glam began.

Quick shot of the girls before the guests arrived. Each little girl was allowed to pick out a fancy dress to be worn throughout the entire party.

Mattea, of course, was the first to get her hair done. The lady did a fantastic job of making the girls' hair look extra spectacular.

While each girl got a chance to get their hair and make up done, the remaining girls worked on a project. The project we chose was making a book. Mattea and Paloma are obsessed with making books these days, so they were allowed to design their very own hard cover book.

Aren't my girls gorgeous?

I couldn't help but capture a side view of Paloma. I thought she looked absolutely adorable that day. I have never been able to manage her hair like this lady did. It was amazing.

Paloma taking her turn getting her nails done. Needless to say she bit the polish off the next day. Oh well.

Quick shot with my beauty before the princess came.

And there she is. Our very own guest appearance with Cinderella. Mattea was so surprised. Cinderella made her way in, greeted the girls and then took them upstairs for games and story time.

Story time....Cinderella story of course.

Capturing Mattea amongst all the excitement.

Then it was back to the party room for "tea and cake."

The girls were served "tea" which was more like a fruit punch concoction with whipped creme and sprinkles on top. It was a big hit.

It went over really well with the birthday girl.

All of the beautiful princesses enjoying an afternoon of tea an fellowship.

There is my darling new 6 year old. My time has flown by....

As the party started to wind down, the clock struck 3 and the pretty dresses, shoes, and accessories started to disappear. But the company of good friends did not.

And that wrapped up an absolutely amazing afternoon. I do hope Mattea will remember how much fun we had. I know I couldn't possibly forget.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Father/Daughter Ball - 2011

Well, it is February. What a great month. During this month of "love" our family celebrates Mattea's birthday, David's birthday, Valentines Day, and of course the Father/Daughter Ball. My girls look forward to this very special night for almost an entire year. And this past Friday marked the unforgettable night.

Paloma was feeling a bit under the weather but she thought she could muster enough energy to get dressed up and head out with daddy and sister for a night of dancing, crafts, and a big chocolate fountain.

A little sisterly love.

Of course, a dance with daddy.

The girls once again had a memorable night out with their father. I am so lucky to have a man in my life who is committed to being in their lives. All of the research suggests the presence of a father in the home is monumental in the outcome of healthy, strong girls/women. Dave and I have talked at length about that. If my girls continue to feel the love of both their heavenly father and their earthly father, we are hoping that is enough to satisfy them. May they always know how much they are loved.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Our Golden Birthday - 6 on the 6th!

February 6th was a big day at our house. My little Matty Moo turned 6 years old. Nothing like a reason to celebrate. What birthday is bigger than your golden birthday? I wanted so badly to make this year special for her.

Mattea posing with her daddy and her new doll Sydney. She hasn't let that doll out of her site since opening her.

Let the gift giving frenzy begin. Some of Mattea's gifts included her Sydney doll, a pair of pajamas, some dress up accessories and a game from Aunt Kim, a Barbie scooter, a doll carriage, her ears pierced, and a scattering of other wonderful things. Thank you all for loving all over my sweet girl.

As I said, the gift giving frenzy just seemed to keep on going. And this would be why we request no gifts at the girls' birthday parties. They are in need of nothing.

And to top off the celebration - a birthday song and sundae at Red Robin where our family enjoyed a nice dinner out with our birthday girl. Happy Happy Birthday Sweetheart. You are an amazing girl.

BUT, the celebrations have only just begun. Stay tuned as next week Mattea hosts her own very fancy tea party at 2 B A Kid with a few of her friends. Should be one fancy good time.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

We Did It!

I have been throwing around the idea for awhile and finally after talking with quite a few moms, I decided it was time to let Mattea get her ears pierced. And what better time that her 6th birthday.

It was a surprise to her today but she has been talking to all her friends about it for quite some time. They have all told her how much it hurts in the beginning but the "stinging" goes away. I was prepared for tears - but to no avail - my baby didn't even flinch. We were all astonished. She kind of just sat there shell shocked for a moment.

She chose a sparkly pair of pink flowers. She loves looking in the mirror in adoration. I love that she loves them. Happy early birthday present love bug.

Show Me Your Team Spirit

Today was yet another game for our squad. It was team picture day so everyone was looking top notch.

The girls did great and even performed a few new cheers. Upward is a great program and we are so glad Mattea can be a part of it. I think all the girls look absolutely adorable.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Days

There are days when the sun is out
there are days the clouds overshadow.

There are days when I wake up on time
there are days that I simply don't even acknowledge the alarm clock.

There are days when I cook a super nutritious breakfast
there are days when a pop tart is all that I can conjure up.

There are days when I brew a pot of coffee and sit down with my Bible to read
there are days that I read from the kids Bible for nap time and call it good.

There are days when I meet the day with a smile
there are days in which I don't even remember how to smile.

There are days where I am showered, shaved, clothed, and presentable by 7 am
there are days that I don't shower at all.

There are days in which I play with my kids from sun up to sun down
there are days in which Dora plays with my kids from sun up to sun down.

There are days when I am happy
there are days when I am sad.

There are days when I am motivated to prepare a great meal for my family
there are days when Ronald McDonald does it for me.

There are days when I am productive
there are days where I seem to sit around and do absolutely nothing.

There are days when I am positive
there are days when I am negative.

There are days when I am a good wife
there are days where I am a bad wife.

There are days I never want to forget
there are days I would rather erase.

The wonderful and amazing thing, though, is no matter what kind of day I'm having - Jesus is by my side from the moment I awake to the moment I resign. He supports me through the good and comforts me through the bad. He sees my smile and wipes my tears. He watches over me and loves me through it all.

As for today - it was a good day!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Guess Who's "Toofless"

The day FINALLY arrived. After being informed of her very first tooth being loose almost 6 weeks ago, we were finally able to yank it out the other night. I say "we" but really mean "Dave." I hate wiggly, bloody, half rooted teeth. This is the one area of child rearing that I'm using my "Get Out of Jail Free" card. In fact, Dave tried to extract it a couple of weeks ago and it made him sick to his stomach. But, I told him (in a very nice way of course) to man up and yank the sucker out so the Tooth Fairy can come and the anticipation can finally end.

Both are still smiling after the incident so it couldn't have been that bad. I ran to the other room.....

and grabbed my photo later. It was a big day and there was a lot of excitement. I tried so hard to be excited for her but felt very bad about lying to her about some tiny little fairy flying around delivering treasure for a bloody old tooth. We have not lied about a jolly old guy delivering gifts or a giant bunny hopping around delivering eggs. But we are choosing to down right lie about the tooth fairy. I feel blatantly bad about breaking one of the ten commandments but there has to be a clause when it comes to your kids right??? Round 2 will be occurring soon as that very night, Mattea discovered another loose tooth located right next to the new hole. Great.