Monday, June 16, 2014

Last Day of School!

This past Tuesday (06/10/14) was Natalee's last day of speech at school. She has been going to speech once a week for a few months now and we are already seeing so much improvement. She is easily putting three and four words together now, and the best part is that we are able to understand what she is saying. I could always understand what she wanted and needed, but anyone else would have a very hard time. Now though, she is really sounding out words easily and repeating what we say a lot more. I am so thankful for early intervention!!!

Here is my big girl in front of her school! She kept saying, "no more school" all day! :) And we brought her teacher a potted flower to thank her for helping Natalee "blossom". ;)

Photo: Natalee's last day of school!! :) My pretty little girl!

She will resume speech in the fall when school starts, when hopefully all the girls will be going to school for half a day, everyday! Oh the happiness.... :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our Backyard!

We've been spending a lot of time in our backyard! Finally, we are able to enjoy the hot weather around here. The girls are loving their pool that Nana bought them, sandbox, all their outdoor toys and of course Anna loves swinging and watching her sisters. And I will say, it's not to bad to sit out there and get some morning sun with my little ladies!

We have gone to the "big" pool once so far this summer and the girls had soo much fun! Emily is such a good swimmer already! 

We also put in a vegetable garden this year with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. I wanted squash and zucchini too but the garden just wasn't big enough this year. Next year though, it will need an upgrade to be bigger! These girls eat A LOT of fruit and veggies!

Anyway, here are some photos of our backyard summer days so far....





Anna loves her thumb and she is so cute!

This has to be one of my new favorite photos of my Anabelle!

This little girl is growing up too fast!!!

If we don't answer the phone or the door, most likely because we are outside! :)

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Strawberry Picking!

Last week I managed to get out and go strawberry picking twice with the triplets, once with Grandma and once with Nana! The girls had so much fun and were very good at picking strawberries...and of course eating them. Every time I asked Maddy where her strawberries were, she would say, "in my mouth"...opps! Oh well, they had a lot of fun and that's all that matters.

My three cute helpers!

Grandma and her girls!

With our first batch, we ate a lot of them plain, since they were so sweet and then made two big strawberry pies! And with our second batch, I made 8 jars of jam/fruit topping for ice-cream, pancakes, crepes and/or waffles!

Photo: Yum! Strawberry Jam!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Party Day Anna!!!!!

This past weekend we had Anna's 1st Birthday Party! This was by far my favorite theme I've done for a birthday party so far because it was so girly, pretty and NOT in the winter! :)

I had a blast panning my decorations and looking through pinterest for hours upon hours once everyone was sleeping. I decided on a garden-type theme, but with magenta, green, white and orange.

For the menu we decided on chicken salad on croissants, pasta salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, sweet bologna and cream cheese, pretzels, pita chips, ring bologna and cheese, veggies and ranch dip, fruit salad, and cake.

About 30 people came and it wound up being all little girls, a perfect group for a sweet little girl's first birthday!

Lemonade and Water; Juice boxes for the littles

This turned out perfect!!!!!!

We made this with Anna a few nights before her birthday. I love it.

Waiting for her cake!

Time to sing!

Love this, mom are you sure this is for me!?
Natalee helping to blow out the candle!
 Anna very much enjoyed her piece of cake! She had no problem eating every morsel of it!

Papa and Anna

Aunt Bonnie and Cousin Lily

Sweet Gracie!
 After a quick bath by Daddy, Anna opened her presents with lots of help from her big sisters and friends! She got lots of beautiful outfits, headbands and some great new toys!

Anna always has her feet crossed!

Emme checking out a gift for the "big sisters" from Grandma and Papa! Mermaid tattoos!

We then headed for a walk to our local park to let the kids run and play. After all the sugar and being inside, it was SUCH a beautiful evening to be outside and play! They girls had a blast playing with their cousin and friends.

Happy Birthday Anna!