Thursday, April 25, 2019

Happy Birthday Will Holden

My baby boy is FOUR !!!! He always says he “wants to get big like a brother”. Which I tell him he IS a brother but I think he is thinking of his sisters who are big. He has to start every morning with chocolate milk and snuggles with mom. He’s never met a stranger. He makes everyone we see his friend. I get tickled at how kids everywhere yell “WILL HOLDEN” in their little voices at him. He dances all over the aisles of Walmart while I try to shop. He’s obsessed with robots. He loves going to school or church or anywhere he can be around people. He adores his sisters and one of them sleeps with him every night. He is full of energy and NEVER stops talking. I can’t imagine life without him. Well I imagine it might be a lot easier but it wouldn’t be near as much fun. I love you Will Holden - you are my best boy forever.

He had a great birthday yesterday.  He went to school and was excited to go despite his face here! 

I always think back to the day the kids were born on their birthdays.  Will Holden's birth day was one of the best of my life.  I love this first picture of my three babies all together.  What gifts they are to me! 

Will Holden got to go on his very first field trip today.  They walked downtown and had ice cream cones.  They wore tie dyed shirts they made recently.  

Will Holden wanted a chocolate cake.  He wasn't having a big party this year - just our family so I picked up one up walmart.  I should have had them personalize it but I thought maybe I could just do it.  The candles on the cake were already there.  I know.  I know.  I'm probably not going into cake decorating any time soon.  But he loved the cake so I guess that's all that matters.  

Will Holden wanted to go to Chuck E Cheese for his birthday.  Instead of a party this year - we decided to just go as a family.  The girls may have had as much fun as he did.  He also wanted to eat pizza but I didn't want CEC pizza so we went to a different place beforehand.  

I actually really like CEC.  Especially on a week night.  It  wasn't busy and they have a great deal now - instead of tokens or cards that you get a set amount of games - you can buy cards for a time frame.  We bought 2 cards that each had 45 min on them and we shared them.  We could do all the games we wanted and 45 minutes was PLENTY of time.  

Will Holden had the best time! He was a happy boy! 

Our cards ran out literally the minute Chuck E came out.  Will Holden danced with him and then we cashed in our tickets for those high dollar prizes! ha! 

We came home and he opened his presents.  He was thrilled with what he got! 

And then he ate his fancy cake. He told me "I've had a good day".   

When he was born I was a little nervous about going through baby and toddler days again.  Those are not my favorite years.  I kept thinking "if I can just get him to four.........".  I feel like 4 is a game changing year.  And he really has reached a good place.  And it really did come quickly.  He's a sweet, loving little boy and I'm so glad he's mine! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

What I shop for the girls

I always get a lot of questions about where I shop for the girls - especially Harper.  She wears a bigger size but is only 10 so finding age appropriate clothes that are cute and stylish and not crop tops can be tough.  So I thought I would share some places that I have found that work out great for us - especially if you have a tween girl or girl that needs bigger sizes.

One of my newest favorites is Hayden Girls.  They have REALLY cute clothes from about size 6-14. They tend to run a little on the small side so keep that in mind.  They often have sales and are fairly reasonably priced.  

One of my favorite places to shop for myself is Zara.  And they have really great clothes for girls sizes 5-14.  (and younger and also boys).  I have found they run TTS and we have had a lot of luck with their line! 

I love Dillards for girls 6-14.  My two favorite Brands are GB and Chelsea and Violet.  I think Chelsea & Violet is adorable but it runs small.  

The Crown & Ivy brand at Belk is super cute.  It has a Lily Pulitzer/J Crew vibe and runs on sale a lot.  It's for sizes 7-16.  And seems to run TTS.  

Roolee has cute clothes for women but also for girls! I haven't ordered anything from them but I love the styles! 

I love J Crew Crew Cuts.  They have cute clothes - and they are always having sales.  These shorts are $20 on sale and so cute! and they go up to size 16! 

Old Navy and Gap are always good standards too! 

I love Cat & Jack from Target! It runs TTS and they have such cute stuff! 

And who would I be if I didn't say that Walmart actually has cute kid clothes too? The new Wonder Nation brand is really great! They not only have cute clothes but also cute shoes for kids! I've been real impressed! And it's super cheap! 

Another thing we have had a lot of luck with is Stitch Fix for kids.  They send 8-10 things and there is always at least one thing that works great for us.  And the prices are pretty good! You can set the price points.  And sometimes if nothing works for Harper - something works for Hollis instead - like the jumper/romper she loved! 

These are just a few of the places that have worked for us! I also love hitting up resale shops for the kids! I hope this gives you some ideas!! 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter 2019

Our Easter weekend kicked off on Friday.  Our schools don't get out for Good Friday.  I guess most places do - but we don't.  Our preschool does so Will Holden was home and Scott had the day off.  Harper had the stomach virus most of last week so I kept her home on Friday just to keep her germs away.  She was totally fine thankfully.  

Hollis had a fun field trip on Friday.  They got to go to a lot of businesses downtown and hear about what they do and meet the mayor.  She loved it.  

Mean while the rest of us went to lunch and to Cabela's.  This was me at Cabela's.  I had to sit down while the others looked.  I can only look so much at hunting and fishing gear. ha! 

We picked up Hollis from school and went to see Dumbo.  I loved it.  I have heard people saying it was sad but I didn't really think it was.  I didn't cry.  It was kind of sweet sad but just well done.  

We are spoiled by the theatre with recliners - you can't get us to go to any other theaters anymore.  

Hollis always wants to be my "movie partner" and sit by me and I will always take her up on that! 

Our church had Good Friday services but we decided not to go because Will Holden would have never sat still during it and it didn't start until 7 and would have just been a disaster with him.  

Saturday was a GORGEOUS day.  It was sunny and warm.  We got out and went on a family walk.  Then we got ready and went over to our friends' house.  They always have a big dinner and Easter egg hunt the Saturday of Easter weekend.  

The kids have so much fun hunting eggs and playing with each other. 

We were missing two of our regular families this year but we had the best time! 

We had the best dinner and it was the perfect night to eat outside.  My friend Marci lives on a hill on land and it's GORGEOUS.  

And they have a heated pool so after dinner, the kids swam for hours. They had the BEST time! And we parents just sat around the pool and got to visit.  

Every Easter that I can remember has been cold and rainy but this year God just showed off! It was 82 on Sunday and Sunny and beautiful.  

We went to the early service yesterday.  And then we headed over to the Ormon house for our traditional KFC lunch.  

Happy Easter from Laurie and Frisco (Krsiten was hiding thank goodness).  

After lunch - they all lined up and played video games.  Laurie and Steve are getting new floors and new furniture this week so we were sitting on kitchen chairs.  Laurie also said we could throw down anything we wanted on the carpet but we resisted.  ha! 

We have spent every Easter lunch with the Ormons for the last 13-14 years.  It's a tradition I love.  It's so hard to believe that we once had these tiny girls on our couch.  

Back when the heads were full of big bows. 

And more bows.  

Somehow they coordinated this year.  Emily is a teenager and Will Holden is the sole boy but he runs the place.  I'm so thankful for this FRAMILY.  And I'm thankful for a risen Saviour.  

I hope you had a good Easter!