Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birthday party with the Springer's

Saturday night we had B's family over for a birthday celebration for both kids.  We had a delicious chicken parmesan dinner and cake/ice cream.  The kids love having family over to our house.  They got spoiled with gifts and had a great time.

He loved his Lego set he got from Uncle A

Huge bubble set from Uncle A

A ton of clothes and gift cards from Grammy & Papa and gift cards from Aunt Rochelle.  They are excited to pick some stuff out at the store.

Happy Birthday to Peyton & Olivia!

I'm lucky they don't mind (yet anyway) sharing a party.

Best friends!


Olivia just finished a session of swimming lessons.  She did ok, but didn't seem to connect with her teacher. She was reluctant for the first half of the lessons and wouldn't swim with her unless she had a paddle board.  But she turned around during the last few classes.  I think a lot of it had to do with the time of the lesson..right at dinner time when she is usually the most cranky/tired.  She of course loved meeting new friends and was a little social butterfly.

Finally trusting her teacher to do a back float.

Chatting with her friend while they did their kicks. 


I'm not sure where the time is going but my baby girl is 4! I feel like her first four years went by so much faster than Peyton's.  I'm sure it's due to being more busy and a different work schedule, but dang I wish time would slow down!

I just cannot get enough of Olivia.  She is the perfect combo of sweet, kind, sassy, cuddly, smart, stubborn and funny.  Her and Peyt are so similar but also very different. 

She hasn't had her well-child check yet so I'm not sure what her height/weight stats are yet.  She is scheduled for surgery in a couple days to have her adenoids removed so I'll post an update about that.  Prayers/good thoughts about that are welcomed! She's pretty nervous about it.

Here are some tidbits about Olivia at 4 years old:

Olivia goes to preschool 2 mornings a week and she absolutely LOVES it.  She never had an issue with starting school which was the complete opposite of Peyton.  She had zero anxiety, is very eager to learn and really is doing well.  She writes well and knows how to spell/write her first and last name.  We started reading BOB books and she does pretty well reading one syllable words.  She counts to about 40 before she gets bored. She is always excited about school and wishes she could go everyday.  Next year for her 2nd year of preschool, she will go everyday, ALL day which they just started offering.  She has lots of friends that she's been around for a long time as they also have older siblings at the school.  I love the thought that she will develop these long-term friendships from Preschool through 8th grade. 

Here's her most recent report card...


Preschool picture

~Favorite Activities: She loves coloring, Playdoh, Lego friends, riding her bike, hitting wiffle balls, Subway Surfers/Temple Run on my iPhone, playing dress-up, puzzles, staying home with mom on my days off, and most of all-doing anything with her brother.  They fight like crazy, but have their moments of totally enjoying time together playing.

~Favorite Foods: Olivia is not as great of a eater as Peyton is.  She is THE slowest eater and really doesn't eat much.  Her faves are PBJ, red/yellow/orange peppers, spaghetti, tacos, cucumbers, grapes, apples, pears, crackers w/laughing cow cheese, yogurt, almonds, and of course any sweet treat she can get her hands on.  And her all-time favorite=GUM.  Oh boy this girl loves to chew gum.

~Personality: Olivia continues to be pretty laid back and just goes with the flow.  She is used to tagging along for all of Peyton's sports and other school activities.  She can for sure have her moments of being tired and WHINEY.  She hits a wall at about 4:30.  Part of this I think has to do with her not getting deep sleep at night due to her snoring/breathing.  We are praying this upcoming surgery will correct this.  She is completely hilarious and has the best sense of humor. 

~She is still sucking her thumb when she is bored or tired.  She is always tired so hopefully the surgery will help with that as well.  I'm really hoping once she is in school full-time that she will stop.    

On her actual birthday, we had to work, and Peyton had basketball practice, so we didn't get to do anything that day.  We did have her open a couple gifts from us.

Taylor Swift CD!


Then a couple days later we took her to Chuck E. Cheese.  We told her she could go anywhere she wanted for dinner and she somehow knew about Chuck E. Cheese.  She must have saw a commercial on TV or something? Anyway, I wasn't too excited about it, remembering what that place was like as a kid-not the cleanest and a complete zoo.  But we were pleasantly surprised! It wasn't busy at all on a weeknight and it was pretty clean.  It's been totally remodeled and there was NO ball pit thank goodness.  :)  The kids had a blast.

Some iPhone pics:

Playing a giant Fruit Ninja game


Peyton loved it too!

Air hockey with her bro

It was a fun night out with just the 4 of us.

I can't believe how fast my baby has grown! We love you SO much Olivia Sandra, happy birthday pumpkin!

My beautiful girl.  <3 td="">

Friday, January 2, 2015

NYE/2014 Reflection

I  had to work until 9pm this NYE so we didn't do anything this year to celebrate.  I wasn't going to do my annual reflection..but I think it will be nice to have in the future to look back on.  This is hard to do as I get older, the years go by so fast and I can't remember which year I did what.  Let's see how 2014 was.....  

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Started a beauty blog.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year's:
~Get back in great running shape, I'm finding that running is the easiest way for me to stay in shape.  I also want to lift more weights to tone up a bit. This did not happen.  I injured by back lifting weights.  I am in the worst shape I've ever been in my life. 
~Be more financially responsible and be ready for those unexpected expenses, i.e. a new transmission for one of the Volvos that's now in the shop.  UGH. Still working on this.  Life always brings something fun to the table financially.  

This year's goals: 
~Get back into running and get strong.  I just finished chiropractic treatment and my back feels so much better.  I'm slowly starting to lift again and I started running last week.  
~Have more patience.  Life is so busy and stressful and I let it get the best of me.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My Pancho.  :( I miss him so much.

5. What countries did you visit? None.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? Energy.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 11/23/14, when Pancho passed away in my arms. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I got a promotion at work and ran a successful Jog-a-thon for Peyton's school.

9. What was your biggest failure? Getting way out of shape.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Back strain.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Makeup...it makes me happy.

12. Where did most of your money go? House mortgage, daycare/school tuition.

13. What did you get really excited about? Steph's wedding and Wickiup

14. What song will always remind you of 2014? Turn Down For What by Lil'John and Fancy by Iggy Azaela.  My kids and I have dance parties to those songs regularly.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Same

– thinner or fatter? Same weight, but unhealthier. 

– richer or poorer? Richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Running, more quality time with the kids, more cleaning/organizing.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry/stressing...I had a lot on my plate this year.

18. How did you spend Christmas? With family.

19. What was your favorite TV program? Parenthood, I am currently in season 4 and LOVE it.  

20. What were your favorite books of the year? I'm finding I have less and less time devoted to reading.  My favorite was probably The Fault in my Stars.

21. What was your favorite music from this year? Beyonce!

22. What were your favorite films of the year? I honestly can't answer this question.  I didn't see anything that sticks out in my mind.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I worked. I turned 34.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Having my mom here, as always.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? I don't have any sort of "concept," but I wore a lot of neutrals.   

26. What kept you sane? B.  He supports me in all I do.  

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014: The grief of losing someone never goes away, you just figure out a way to live without someone.  Or don't figure it out.  Our family will never be the same.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas at the Springer's 2014

Since I had to work Christmas Eve late, we celebrated Christmas with B's side of the family the weekend after Christmas.  We had a delicious prime rib dinner and they completely spoiled us with gifts! 
Tootsie came with us. She is awfully lonely without Pancho.  She's mellowed out a ton since he passed away.  :(

New books from Uncle A.. Peyt got a Beverly Cleary set..I loved those books as a kid!

Big boy Bruiser 

Watching Grammy open her gift


They gave us a Keurig! So spoiled..but I absolutely love it!

The kids got their own Nabi tablets.  Definitely their favorite gift!

Love him. 

Christmas w/the Prazeau's 2014

The afternoon of Christmas we headed over to my dad's house for a celebration with my side of the family.  It was chaos as per usual with dysfunction (doesn't every family have that?) but in the end it was a good time and the kids got so much great stuff from their huge family.  I really missed my mom this Christmas, it is pretty clear that we still very much need her. Miss you Mama..
The kids opening their stockings

Rissa's last year opening her stocking as a "kid" (Isn't she so gorgeous?!)

This year we had the kids open all their gifts at once separately to cut down on chaos (and so people could get pics).  Liv went first.

Oh Peyt

Then Austin opened.

Jennica, Liv, and Amy

Peyton is really into science, so he got some really cool kits.

And a couple art sets that he loves.

Lexa and Marissa...beauties

Brandon and Sully 

Liv  playing with Sully...and sporting her high heels.  

Peyt was all over the Wii, dancing the night away


Liv showing me her Anthropologie 'Olivia' ostrich she got from Jennica

This here is Hughy dancing to his favorite Nicki Minaj song.  Don't ask..

Sully is just the snuggliest, happy kid! Here he was giving everyone hugs.

Daddy loves

Mommy loves

Sully loves!

Just me being a weirdo as per youje (it was unopened)

Dad opening his loot.