2.28.2017

A Visit from the Toothfairy times TWO!

Over the weekend, Shelby lost BOTH of her front two teeth!!!




Those two teeth have been loose for the longest time! I took the girls to the dentist about three weeks ago, and they had the hardest time getting Shelby's x-rays because ever time they asked her to bite down her teeth would move. By the time her exam was done, her front teeth were bleeding and they even sent her home with a special little container b/c they didn't think her teeth would make it through the day. They have been so loose, but they just didn't want to come out. Finally, Derek pulled the looser of the two on Saturday afternoon.



After the first one was gone, the second was practically hanging on by a thread. So Derek pulled that one before we left for church on Sunday morning.


Shelby was just thrilled to no end to be able to walk into church without her two front teeth! And then again on Monday morning when we went to school! It's pretty exciting to lose both of your front two teeth at almost the same time!! It simultaneously makes her seem so big yet so little to me. I feel like we have to take an insane amount of pictures of her while her front teeth are still missing--it seems like such a milestone!

2.26.2017

Auntie Em's Visit

We are so glad that my sister was willing to make the long trip to Las Vegas to spend her February break with us! Highlights of her visit included our family trip to the High Roller, surprising Shelby-girl at lunch, Emi marathon reading Mercy Watson books to Hadley, Hadley loving hanging out in the bathroom with Auntie Em while she was getting ready & doing make-up, Auntie Em introducing the Smiths to SnapChat {I guess Derek & I are officially old!}, & sister shopping trips!




 
{Brady sporting his new outfit from Auntie Em!}


 

 
 
Now we're counting down until we get to see Auntie Em & the rest of our fam this summer!!

2.22.2017

What's Up Wednesday!


I'm on a roll--two months in a row with my What's Up Wednesday posts!! I'm linking up with The Larson Lingo, Mix & Match Mama, & Sheaffer Told Me To today to let you know what's up with us! :)


What we're eating this week...
My sister is in town this week (hooray!!), so we don't have our usual week of meals planned out. Today we took Auntie Em to the High Roller after picking Shelby up from school & had Panera on the way home.

What I'm reminiscing about...


With Hadley's fourth birthday less than a month away, we've been thinking about that a lot lately! How she is almost four?! When I think of Shelby's fourth birthday, she seemed so "big" to us at that point. But Hadley still seems so little to us in comparison--will it always feel that way b/c she isn't the oldest kiddo? Below is a picture from Hadley's first birthday! Hard to believe there will be FOUR candles on the cupcake this year!

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What I'm loving....
After four years in Biloxi & two years in San Antonio, I think we forgot what having seasons felt like!! We're currently enjoying our first real spring in six years, and it is delightful!!! We've been taking advantage of the pleasant temps & playing outside more! We even had our very first roly poly sightings since we've moved to Las Vegas--it was pretty exciting!!


 




What we've been up to....
Enjoying our time with Auntie Em!!



What I'm dreading...
Hmmm, nothing really!

What I'm working on...
Not so much what I have been working on, but Derek has recently decided to take on the role of travel agent for our family & he has been busy planning trips for us! We just booked our hotels for Spring Break & Memorial Day weekend! We'll be going to San Diego for a few days over Shelby's Spring Break in April & then to Tucson over Memorial Day to visit Bret & Jenny-we're so, so excited!!

What I'm excited about...
All of our upcoming trips!! :)  It's so fun having things to look forward to!

What I'm watching/reading....
I just finished Here's to Us by Elin Hildebrand, and I just started reading A Hundred Summers.
 


We also watched two new-to-us movies recently--13 Hours (so intense and hard to watch, but so good!) & Trolls with the girls.

What I'm listening to...
Speaking of Trolls, we recently discovered the Trolls soundtrack was available on Amazon Prime, so we've been enjoying listening to that!!


What I'm wearing...

For my birthday, I got new slippers & rain boots from Nordstrom. I'm thoroughly enjoying them both!!!




What I'm doing this weekend...
We'll be saying our goodbyes to Emi on Friday (waaaaahh!), but other than that I don't know what we'll be up to this weekend. Hopefully something fun! :)

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Hadley's 4th birthday!!

What else is new...
Not much else is new! 

2.16.2017

Valentine's Day 2017

This pic popped up on TimeHop for both Angela & me on Valentine's Day. Those cheeks! The pigtails! The tutu! I just can't even. It's so cliché, but WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?!


We were both reminiscing about that Valentine's Day a short five years ago. It was such a blessing to be in the same phase of young motherhood with our friends at Keesler. We can both remember so vividly planning that Valentine's Day playdate with our friends so we'd have something Valentine-ish to do with our little ones that day. After our playdate, we all walked home, fed our kiddos lunch, and put them down for naps. Ahh, the days of only having one kid!!! We blinked, and now Angela & I are both COVERED UP in Valentine parties.

Shelby's school was hosting Muffins for Moms on the morning of Valentine's Day. Shelby opted to forgo the school event & have a Mommy-daughter breakfast date at our fave donut shop! We were so thankful that Derek was able to take the morning off to make this happen!!


The moms were all invited to spend the first 30 minutes of the day in their kiddos' classrooms. I think this was my favorite part of Valentine's Day! I volunteer in Shelby's classroom every week so I get to see her interact in her class on a regular basis, but this was extra-special. Her teacher had a fun math game set up for the kids to play with their moms, and then when we finished Shelby read to me for a few minutes. My friend Crystal snapped this picture of us without me realizing it, and I'm so glad she did! It was such a fun morning with my Shelby-girl!


Then it was time to take this girl to her VERY FIRST Valentine Exchange at preschool! She was super pumped about it!!!


12:00-2:30 was madness for us! I picked up Hadley from preschool at 12, and we walked in the door at 12:24. We had exactly 36 minutes for me to nurse Brady, get lunch made, eat lunch, and get to Shelby's class for her party starting at 1:00. Thankfully, we made it without any trouble & lots of fun was had!



Valentine's Day wore poor Brady out! When we got home from Shelby's party, he took a 3 hour nap!! And if I'm being honest, it wore me out too! Ha!

And since there aren't any pictures of sweet Brady in this post, I'll leave you with this video of him belling laughing the other night before bed. We randomly discovered that he thinks the /s/ sound is hysterical, ha!


2.12.2017

Life Lately

I was clearing out pictures on my phone, so here's a few snapshots of our life lately...enjoy! :)

First up, the girls' New Year's resolutions they made at school that I totally forgot to share! I couldn't possibly love their resolutions more!



 

Below is a note that Shelby left me one morning before she left for school. I particularly loved that she signed the note with her first and last name. ;)


We recently started our spring garden! But in the days leading up to the planting, we just let the girls have at the dirt...they loved every minute of it! I let Hadley play out there one morning by herself while Shelby was at school & Brady was napping...it was delightful! I even snuck in a little reading time while she played! :)





Hadley went to the dentist for the first time last June before we moved. It didn't go so well. ;)  Thankfully, she was all smiles this time around!





We got to school to pick up Shelby early one afternoon & her class was outside for recess. The sisters snuck a quick kiss through the fence before Shelby went back to playing with her friends.




Below is reason #372 of why kids don't need lots of expensive toys. I took the girls to play outside on Friday after school. Nothing held their attention for too long--they were bouncing around from riding their scooters and playing with bubbles & chalk. But then they start playing with dirt in the cracks of the driveway, and they had a whole elaborate storyline going on with the dirt. I literally had to drag them away from the cracks to come in for dinner.


I can't even with the cuteness of these two. The girls love climbing in Brady's crib with him!!



Hadley made herself a pallet on the floor to do her reading. ;)

 
 
And last but not least, Derek's finished product!!