Monday, April 28, 2014

A Hoppening Easter

We had a great Easter! Actually, we had a great Easter weekend. Full of fun activities, family, friends and awesomeness. On Saturday we met up with our friends at our local park for the Easter egg hunt and to see the bunny. Logan and Charlie were in the same group at the hunt for ages 1-5. It was chaos and lasted all of about a whole minute. They did not get very many eggs but were happy to run through the fields finding them. Dominic was too old for the hunt (it only went up to 2nd grade) and he had a date with his girlfriend during the same time.

Then we went to see the bunny and Charlie only said hi from afar. She is still not too sure about characters dressed up getting too close to her. The kids got their goody bag with some candy, snacks and a drink. The sat down in the picnic area and had their snack then went to play at the playground. Dylan was not into playing on the swings and slides so Logan went for a walk in the woods with him and the Dads. Soon it was time to leave and finish up some projects and errands before dying our eggs that night. The kids decided playing with our neighbors was better than dying our eggs so I have zero pictures since it was a quick ordeal.

On Easter morning, the kids woke up and searched for their baskets. Not one child found their own basket! And Charlie found both boys for them.

Then we went to my father in laws for a little bit before heading to my moms for an egg hunt and dinner.

When we got to my moms, the kids immediately opened their baskets and went out for an egg hunt.

The kids had fun with their cousin, Aunt and my mom playing outside with their new Easter toys. We talked with family, had dinner and dove into dessert. Before long, it was time to leave and we decided to stop by my mother in laws to say hi.

We crashed Diana's dinner, saw family for a few minutes and then headed to our friend Stef's! They had decided to forgo driving from house to house and just have dinner there. We had plans for dinner but wanted to see our friends so we stopped by for a awhile in the evening.

Our kids played with their friends, the moms chatted in the living room and the husbands hung out in the game room downstairs.

This Easter was busy, fun and full of everything we love: Family and Friends!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Charlie Bear!

Dear Charlie -

Today you turned 3 years old! You woke up, ran out of the bedroom and climbed into my lap. Your brothers started singing/shouting Happy Birthday and Logan was dancing around. You looked up at me and said "I am Three!"

Yes, yes you are baby girl. How this happened is beyond me. I swear that I just left the hospital with you in a carrier in a tiny white dress with a pink cardigan, size 0-3 months. You were deliciously squishy with a head full of dark hair with glorious golden highlights. Making squeaky noises and holding onto my finger as we drove home in the back seat of Daddy's brand new car. I can still feel the pain in my stomach from my tubal, the hugeness of my boobs that were not fitting well into my bra and the excitement to get home and see the boys interact with their baby sister. Yet, all of this was 3 years ago. Time flies they say. It really does, faster with each child!

Today we are having a play date with your girl friends at Burger King. You are very excited to play and eat a cupcake. Then tonight we are going to Chuck E Cheese as a family for dinner to play and celebrate you. The little girl who has complete us as a family. A fun filled day! Mommy is happy that I have your birthday off, it does not happen very often. Your birthday party is not for another week so we get to continue the celebration!

One Year Old
Two Years Old

Three Years Old

Charlie's Questions:
1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3. What is your favorite fruit? Bananas
4. What is your favorite TV show? Yo Gabba Gabba
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Gogurt and Cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? Pink shoes and a dress
7. What is your favorite game? Yo Gabba Gabba
8. What is your favorite snack? Cheese Stick
9. What is your favorite animal? Doggy
10. What is your favorite song? Please don't stop the music
11. What is your favorite book? The Wheels on the Bus or as she says it Round and Round!
12. Who is your best friend? Lily
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? animals
15. What is your favorite drink? water pop
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Animals and Libby dog and blankey
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? French Toast Sticks
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
20. What would you wish for if you were granted any 3 wishes? Pool, 2 pools, A squish part
Bonus Question: What do you want to be when you grow up? I wanna be a Lily like Lily do, I like Lily.  (bwahaha!)

We love you to the moon and back baby girl! I look forward to seeing what this year brings and am hoping that the threenager I see emerging stays at bay a bit. We love you!

Friday, April 18, 2014

JBF - Just Between Friends Spring Sale

Are you shopper who loves a great deal? Do you love brand names for less? Have you ever heard of Just Between Friends consignment sale? 

If the answer is yes to the first two but no to the third then you are missing out on one of the biggest and best consignment sales in Pittsburgh! 

Check out some of my deals from the fall and you can see why I love this sale. 75-90% off retail is something to cheer about in this house. I love a good deal. 

I am working with Amy and doing a giveaway for 2 free passes to JBF for Thursday April 24th as early as 2pm! This is the pre-sale so you get to go and shop before it is even open to the public, which is only available to members, 1st time parents, consignors, foster parents, military families and teachers.  How awesome is that?!

What: JBF Pittsburgh North Children's & Maternity Spring/Summer Sale
When: Fri., April 25 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., April 26 - 8am-5pm (NEW Merchandise!) & Sun., April 27 - 8am-5pm (Many items 50% off).
Where: RMU Island Sports Center Golf Dome, 7600 Grand Ave, Neville Island 15225
Admission: $3 on Friday (under 18 is free - or print your FREE admission pass located to the right side of my blog). Admission is free Saturday & Sunday.

Want to turn YOUR clutter into CA$H at the Spring Sale?  It's not too late to sign up to sell any new and gently used items your family has outgrown at the JBF event. 

Consignors prepare and price their own items using an easy, online bar code system. They earn 60% of their sales or if they sign up as a team member and help out at the event, 70% of their sales. Anyone interested in consigning can sign up for the Pittsburgh event on the website(click here).
Team Members are an important part of our JBF event. Our JBF Team Members shop FIRST and earn 70% on their consigned items.  Anyone who consigns is welcome to help out at the event.  You can register as a team member for a short 4-hour shift to guarantee early admission at the pre-sale event!
We hope to see you all there at the sale! 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Annual Easter Party and Egg Hunt

We had our fun filled day with our friends. We started having an annual Easter party many years ago. We split the kids into a toddler group and the bigger kids.

First up was the egg hunt:

The toddlers went pretty quickly and with less chaos than the older kids. After all the eggs were found, the kids dug into their baskets. Then they played outside while we did some photos with the babies. Sweet Violet was not in the mood to play in the eggs. Amelia and Liam took their turns and they looked adorable.

And is there anything cuter than little baby hands or feet playing in the eggs? I think NOT.

Then we all went inside for an easy dinner of sandwiches, chips, pasta salad and brownies. After dinner the kids dyed Easter eggs and it was as fun as it sounds. A dozen kids (since the babies are not old enough) is a lot of kids dying eggs. So much noise and dye and glitter and crayons. Whoa boy!

We stayed up late talking and holding the babies. The toddlers crashed on the couches and the big kids played some board games in the game room. It was a perfect day!

Birthday Fun with friends

In February Victory turned 3!

We had a fun time celebrating her Doc McStuffins themed party. There was lots of yummy food, good friends, and fun.

After leaving V's party, we drove over to Stef's to celebrate Lexie turning 7!

Lexie had a glamorous birthday party and everyone dressed to impress. The kids continued to play while we continued to hang out with out friends. It was a fun day filled with laughter and great conversation. We adore our friends.

Happy birthday to these 2 sweet little girls!