Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy 14th Birthday Jaina

And in a blink of an eye, my baby girl turns fourteen.

And can I just say... do tweens and teens even go through an awkward stage anymore? I certainly didn't look this put together when I was 14. Of course, there wasn't YouTube makeup tutorials back then.

After an epic birthday bash last year, Jaina has decided to forgo a party this year in lieu of receiving money instead. Yep, that's how you know you're kids have grown up. They start asking for money and clothes (or money for clothes) instead of toys and games.

I'm feeling nostalgic, so a trip down memory lane is mandatory.

Jaina at 6 months:

We still have that pink blanket and 4 out of the 5 teddy bears. We co-slept off and on for 5 years since her birth but I remember her sleeping fine in her crib during this period.

Jaina: 18 months
This was taken at Chimney Rock State Park. And I paid way too much for that Gymboree Sweater.  

Jaina at age 3:
With MY old cabbage patch doll :) And wearing a Cinderella nightgown because all things Disney Princess were in back then.

Jaina age 4:
We still have this stuffed Wired Hair Fox Terrier as well. She couldn't wait to turn four and get her ears pierced.

Jaina age 7:
Look at those missing teeth!

Jaina at age 9:
I believe this was at the Atlanta Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa

Jaina: Age 11

And just like that, right before my eyes, she's 8 years away from a career. 4 years away from graduating high school. 2 years away from driving.

I may not be ready for it, but it's happening anyway! Happy Birthday Jaina!

Friday, May 20, 2016

May 2016: Part One

Too much to blog, too little time. Story of my life!

So, for posterity's sake, I'm posting these pictures so I won't forget these events. I don't know if I can properly blame my aneurysm or the 3 kids I have, but my memory is pretty shot and if I don't take pictures and blog, I forget what happened yesterday. After talking to a bunch of my mommy friends, it actually seems kind of normal :)

Here we go...

May The Fourth Be With You:

May 7th-9th:

Jaina competed in the Sunburst Beauty State Pageant in Charlotte, NC. We had a hotel room for the first night and then stayed with friends the second night.

She received 4th runner up in her age division, which wasn't what she hoped for. It was a good learning experience for her.

 Back at home...
It was hotter than blazes so we broke out the sprinkler, sunscreen, and beach towels.

My Mother's Day roses from Jocelyn:

Jocelyn discovered the self-timer on my camera and had a blast!

May 12th:
Jaina's final middle school chorus concert. She had a duet with her friend Abby.

May 17th:
Last day of preschool for Jocelyn!

She was a scared little 3 year old when she started in August. Now she's a confident 4 year old!

May 18th:
Strawberry picking!

This kitten was so cute and followed us around the farm!

Whew! Busy, busy! Like every other mother and teacher around these parts, I'm counting down until the end of school, dance, baseball, etc. And counting down until our beach vacation!!

Come on Summer!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Super Smash Bros WiiU

With a husband that suffers from some sort of DSM-V diagnosis (love ya babe!), we tend not to have kid birthday parties in our house. Too messy, too loud, too chaotic.

 But this year Jayce only wanted to play Super Smash Brothers Wii U with a couple of his friends, so we said yes. It's not like you can rent a place just to play video games. Hmm... what an interesting idea!

So a Super Smash Brothers party it was!

Why, oh why, can my kids never pick birthday party themes that are easy? It's not like you can waltz down to Party City and pick up SSB paper plates. Sigh.

Grandma to the rescue, of course! She found some SSB fabric and made a table cloth. Our good friend Dodi custom made the cake. And I found an idea on Etsy... SSB Bingo cards!

Jayce invited two sets of brothers who all happen to like playing the game as much as he does. Because we all love playing the Wii, we had enough remotes for everyone, including Jocelyn. Yep, even the 4 year old likes to play. Her favorite character is Jiggly Puff.

Jayce's friends gave him Amibos, which can be used to enhance characters in the game.

Bingo was a big hit!

John kept winning :P

Jordan and Hayden have a standing playdate every Wednesday afternoon. I'm so glad they were able to come on a weekend this time!

I can't believe Jayce is 11! He drives us insane on a daily basis, but we love the little guy anyway! :P