Monday, September 1, 2014

Hooper Tomato Days Little Miss Pink Tomato 2014

On Saturday I took Skyeley to participate in the Little Miss Pink Tomato contest in Hooper. It was so much fun and she was so cute to have her in it. They did a luau theme this year and allowed all the kids to be in swimming suits and to have hair bow in their hair. In years passed, all the kids under 3 were in a diaper and no hair bows of any kind were allowed. I of course didn't take a swimming suit for Skyeley so as soon as my mom and her husband got there I hurried home to get Skyeley a swimming suit. I was so afraid I was going to miss her age group, because I left right when the contest started and of course there is construction on the way to my house, so I called my mom and told her if I missed it to please take lots of pictures for me. Luckily I made it back in plenty of time and had a few minutes to snap some shots of her in her swimming suit.

When it was our turn, I took Skyeley up on the stage and had her wave at the judges and say, "Hi." She was very friendly with the judges, but she wanted to get down and dance to the music. I tried to have her dance on the table and she didn't want anything to do with it.
We were pleased to find out she won best dressed beach babe and ended up with a lei medal and bag full of goodies for her winnings. She was very proud of herself and couldn't wait to show her daddy the pictures on the camera when we got home of, "Skye."


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Build A Bear Adventure

Before the party started on Saturday Mike and I decided to take the girls to spend their chore money at build a bear. We also thought this would be perfect so Skyeley could have a new baby for her new crib she got on her birthday. Brinley and Kenzley have been to Build A Bear a few times in their life, but this was Skyeley's first time. Brinley choose a Disney palace pet Bear that she named Sparkle, Kenzley decided to wait and go to Wal-Mart and get more Monster High dolls to add to her collection, and Skyeley choose a Minnie Mouse bear. Brinley was excited to step on the pedal to fill her bear just right, Skyeley on the other hand was not so fond of the sound. Skyeley did like choosing at a heart and giving it a kiss though.

They even gave Skyeley a special name badge that said she was there celebrating her 2nd birthday, thanks to Kenzley for making everyone aware. After their bears were stuffed it was time to go give them a bath so they could get dressed. Skyeley also did not like the bath, so she had her dad do it for her.

Build A Bear happened to be having a sale on clothes and accessories the day we went and so Brinley decided to shop off of the sale rack so she could get 2 outfits for her pair. Skyeley was stuck on the Minnie Mouse clothes for her Minnie Mouse bear.
We had a great day out with the girls and they seemed to have a great day too. Skyeley knew her bear was in the box and she refused to let anyone help her carry it to the car. The box was as big as she was, but it was still cute to watch her be so independent.
After such a fun filled day of Build A Bear and her Minnie Mouse party, Skyeley finally crashed while eating dinner. I would say her 2nd birthday celebration was a complete success.

Minnie Mouse party for Skyeley's 2nd birthday

Last Saturday was Skyeley's 2 year old birthday party and we decided to go with a Minnie Mouse theme. She really loves Minnie and has since she was little, so we thought it would be appropriate to do a Minnie party now that she is old enough to understand. I started by going to my favorite go to party place, Etsy, and found this adorable invitation.
I also had decided to do a photo booth and found cute photo booth printable off of Etsy. I love to have a fun photo opportunity at any of my parties so my girls can remember who came. Our photo booth did not disappoint any of us, and even the 2 year olds that came, got the concept of holding the props for a picture. They turned out very cute.

Since Skyeley's friends were so young I knew we wouldn't be able to hold their attention for very long. We played pin the bow on Minnie. My mother in law made me a Minnie Mouse head out of vinyl and we stuck it to the wall, and then had someone from Etsy make the cute bows to stick on. I did have the older kids blindfolded, but for the little girls I just let them stick it on.
After we were done stick the bows on, I gave the girls their goodie bags so they had a bag to put their candy in from their piñata. The goodie bags included, Minnie Mouse ears, a Minnie Mouse notebook with crayons, a Minnie Mouse bow, and a bracelet. Each girl picked their goodie bag based on the color of the ears they wanted.
 Then it was time to go outside for the piñata. I let each of the girls take a turn swinging the bat 3 times and then they all grabbed a string, pulled, and it started raining candy.

Then we came inside and did cake and ice cream. The girl I normally have do our cakes is pregnant and so I didn't ask her to do our cake this time. I ordered a cupcake cake from walmart and was pleased with how it turned out, minus the part where they put, "Happy Birthday Skyeler." I even went to the store in person and ordered the cake and spelled out her name for them. Oh well, it makes it more memorable.

After everyone was done with cake and ice cream, Skyeley opened her presents.
She got a baby and some candy from Kacey, Al, and Kynlee
She got a tutu, fairy wings, necklaces, bracelets, and candy from Kole
She got a Minnie Mouse backpack full of baby necessities inside from her Nana and Grandpa Autie.
Thanks to everyone who came and supported us. You really never know how much I really do appreciate the love and support you show to my family and me. It means so much to me that you would come during your busy days to help celebrate my girls and making them feel special.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Skyeley

This little sunshine turned 2 on August 19. We have truly been blessed by Skyeley and her happy little spirit in our home. She is such a happy girl, she loves to make people laugh, especially her sisters, and is so kind and cares about everyone. For her birthday we went up to my inlaws for her birthday dinner and had cake and ice cream at their house. I can't believe she is growing up so fast and I must admit that it is hard for me as her mom to watch her grow so fast. She is the baby of our family and she is turning into a big girl quicker than I had hoped. I am glad she was sent to us to complete our family and I couldn't have picked a better little girl to end on. We love you most Skyeley Mikell and hope you had a wonderful birthday.

First Day of School 2014

The girls started school on Thursday August 14 this year. It seems like our summer went by so quickly. I remember when I was in school feeling like summer went on forever and now it doesn't seem like summer is here long enough. The girls were so excited for school to start and they were excited for their new teachers. Both girls got the teachers they really wanted. Kenzley has Mrs. Dunmeyer, and Brinley has Mrs. Hancock. I can't believe I have a 1st and 2nd grader but I'm so glad they love school and go to school together.

It has been quite the adjustment in the morning but I secretly love every minute of it. I get to get Kenzley up and get her ready for school before I have to leave to take Skyeley to my mom. Steve drops Brinley off at our house in the morning and Mike takes both girls to school. Kenzley has opted to take her lunch to school everyday and is still learning to eat quickly so she has enough time in the lunch room to finish all her food. Brinley is a pro at all of this by now and loves being able to see Kenzley in the morning, at recess, and go home with her at night. I love the bond that these two have and I hope they always remain close. Kenzley's teacher also took a first day of school pic of them and I was sad to see that by the time Kenzley had her picture taken she had taken her hair out of the braid.

Our final lateover for the summer

After our pictures I told the girls they could have a friend come over for a lateover. Brinley choose her BFF Sage, and Kenzley choose her BFF Sadie. We had a nice dinner and the girls watched frozen, dressed up, and put on a show for us. I'm so glad my girls have great friends that they love to spend time with. Since we moved to our new neighborhood we have had a hard time making friends and feeling accepted, but I'm glad that my girls are still willing to try to make and keep friends. I think as we get older it gets harder to put ourselves out there for people to get to know, but I'm hoping that Mike and I can follow our kids' example and try a little harder to make new friends and to get to know people better.

Family pictures part 1

A couple of months ago my mom asked me to sell some things for her on facebook and so I did. On one of the items my mom had listed for sale, a lady asked if my mom would be interested in trading a session of family pictures for the items my mom had listed. My mom looked at the woman's photography work and went ahead with the trade. The lady gave my mom a gift certificate to her business and then told my mom she could contact her anytime she was ready to do the pictures. My mom decided she wanted to do a big family picture with all her kids, their spouses, grandkids, and all of her husbands kids, their spouses, and grandkids. It was really hard trying to get us all together for pictures as we all work full time jobs, and two of us share custody of kids so we had to make sure pictures fell on the right weekend. My mom was really set on doing the pictures at Beus pond, but I personally didn't want to do them there. My mom's husbands kids didn't show up for pictures so it ended up just being my mom's kids and their spouses and grandkids. I was very disappointed in the photographer. She didn't have any original ideas and didn't pose any of us. This cute one of my girls I posed them myself, needless to say I was so upset with how they turned out, but I thought my kids looked cute anyway. Lesson learned for the future.