Brooklyn’s 1 Year Letter

Dear Brooklyn,

You are one!! How in the world did this year fly by so fast?! I feel like it was just the other day we were on our way to the hospital about to have you in the car haha. But I also feel like you’ve always been with us. Our family isn’t complete without you and we all love you so much!  We prayed for you for so long and having you is so special to us! We prayed for a little baby that felt like a baby (because your sissy always felt so grown up to us) and that’s exactly what we got! You are our petite, feisty, silly, independent, dancing, adorable, strong little girl!

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Homeschool Plan!

Growing up I wanted to be a mom and a teacher so homeschooling Avery is the best of both worlds! Avery does performing arts preschool 3 days a week for 3 hours each day and then we also do homeschooling throughout the week. It’s nothing major or time consuming it just gives Avery and I a chance to do something just the two of us while she learns more and more! Continue reading

Embracing Sleep (or the lack of!)

I am learning to embrace every season and day no matter what it looks like. Right now it feels like our days revolve around Brooklyn’s sleep (or the lack of it haha). When she was first born she would sleep ALL the time! It was so much different than what we went through with Avery and I thought hey maybe this one will be a great sleeper! Then she hit about 2 months old and would NOT sleep! Continue reading

Avery’s 4th birthday party!

I LOVED decorating and planning Avery’s birthday party this year! I love doing her parties every year but this year was the best so far! Avery is really into My Little Ponies right now and her favorite character is Rainbow Dash. So naturally she wanted a Rainbow Dash party. Whatever character she’s into that year is usually what her party is going to be. (2nd birthday was Bubble Guppies and 3rd birthday was a combination of Doc McStuffins and Phineas and Ferb). I got super excited with the thought of a rainbow party and adding in all the My Little Ponies! Whenever I plan her parties I usually start looking at Pinterest a few months before and go from there. I actually would love to start planning parties for other people as a job so after every party I do I take photos of everything to keep in a portfolio. And I decided to write this blog showing all the photos I took of her Rainbow Dash party because they are just too cute! So now here are the photos!


When the guests first walked up to the door they were greeted with a rainbow cloud sign and number 4s. Then to sort of block off the dining room we hung streamers (which backfired because all the kids just wanted to run through them haha). And then in the living room we had Rainbow Dash balloons, a happy birthday balloon sign and we used a few of her stuffed animals to decorate. Then on the gift table we added some coloring pages (that were a big hit!) and cut out My Little Ponies for her school bulletin board.

Now my favorite part! Decorating the food table. I was in love with this backdrop and so was Avery! (We kept it up for a few days afterward!) I think it’s always so fun to think of cute names for all the food. And Avery added a special touch by putting stickers on all the water bottles.


This cake was also soo cute!! Last year I made Avery’s birthday cake but this year I thought it might be easier with a baby always on my hip just to buy it and I was right. I’m very happy with the way it turned out!

For the games we gave all the kids My Little Pony masks and not pictured was a My Little Pony tattoo corner and guess the cutie mark game. For the cutie mark game we would hold up a photo of a cutie mark and then the kids had all the ponies on sticks and they would hold up the right Pony for that cutie mark. Avery loved this game because she was really good at it! And we did a piñata that was really fun! And the last 2 games were pin the tail on Rainbow Dash and toss the apples in Apple Jack’s basket.


And of course gift bags! That concludes her party! This was the best one to date and I can’t wait to see what she’s into next year for her 5th birthday. Actually I can wait because that means she is going to be FIVE! Hope you all enjoyed having a look into Avery’s Rainbow Dash party!

How we discipline

Discipline and handling kids being disobedient is a hard topic to discuss. There are a million different ways to discipline and every kid is different so you have to adjust accordingly. Who knows maybe what we are doing now for Avery won’t quite work for Brooklyn and we might have to make some changes. Luckily Josh and I feel the same about disciplining. Continue reading

Busiest Time of Year For Sure!!

This season brings a lot of things! Fun traditions, great memories and busyness! With a preschooler and newborn the busy season just got busier! Lately I’ve felt like I can’t catch my breath. I’m constantly doing something from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep 7 days a week. And even then I don’t accomplish everything I want to in a day. I’m trying to make the Christmas season fun and memorable for Avery all while I Continue reading

Being a mother of two!

Going from being a mom of just one to being a mom of two isn’t the easiest thing in the world! Sometimes tending to the needs of two kiddos is challenging. I knew leading up to Brooklyn being born things would be different but it hits you pretty hard that first day when you are exhausted from giving birth and can’t give all that you want to both kids. Continue reading