Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Happy Easter friends!!  He is Risen!!  We've had a great Easter, and it was an absolutely beautiful day.  We've had a low key day at home, just the 3 of us.  
My beautiful girl in her Easter dress.
 
We started the day with an excellent church service.  Ya'll, our church is AWESOME!!  Seriously!!  If you're local in NWA, come check out First Christian Church in Fayetteville.  You won't be disappointed!  Anyway, we had a great turn out in contemporary service, the bell choir played in traditional service, and today was my day to teach children's church during our traditional service.  This is what Sara Kate took away from the lesson:
"Baby Jesus is alive!  The good witch, I mean the angel, rolled the rock away from the tomb and Baby Jesus was gone.  He's alive!"
Melt this mama's heart!!

After church we had to come home to see if the Easter bunny had visited!  In our house, the Easter bunny comes while we're at church.  He fills Sara Kate's basket with goodies and hides the eggs we dyed on Saturday.  She was so excited to see what he left!  She actually said the Easter bunny is a big purple bunny and it's a girl.  Haha.  And let me preface the following pictures with Sara Kate and her tacky looking Easter basket by saying, her basket is mine from when I was a kid, which I love.  But the bow was looking kind of rough from years in the closet.  So I had my mom make a new bow for it last year but that bow got mega smashed in the closet (go figure) and I don't make bows!  So it just kind of looks blahh this year.  But Sara Kate doesn't care so it doesn't really matter.  The Easter bunny also leaves her basket outside the front door.
 
 
 
 
 
 The Easter bunny obviously shops at Target. :-)
 
 Ready to hunt for eggs!!
 
 
  There's a story behind this egg.  When I post our egg dyeing pictures, I'll explain!
 
 
 
Once all the eggs were found, we had one happy girl!
 Love her!
We've spent a relaxing afternoon at home, doing a whole lot of nothing except playing outside and playing with new toys.  Sara Kate made a "princess" (haha) with the new Play-Doh and painted a lovely picture of Ariel, which then ended up covered in spilt water.  Oh well.
We even cooked an Easter-ish meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and I made deviled eggs.
Overall we had a great Easter and we are so thankful that we worship a risen Savior!  Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!  Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mommy & Sara Kate Weekend

Sara Kate and I had a busy but fun weekend!  For the most part it was just the 2 of us, as Chris was in Dallas for a school event.
 
It was a beautiful spring weekend so we spent ALOT of time outside. 
I was so happy to see this beautiful, smiling face after school on Friday.
Her teacher fixed her hair in a top knot and it was freaking adorable!!!
I had a fun evening planned for us.  It was gorgeous and warm so we headed to the park for a picnic and play time.  The park was packed and there were no picnic tables available so we found a rock to sit on.  As Sara Kate stood by this rail eating her chicken, she watched kids flying kites, dogs chasing balls, and people running by, and I couldn't help but think how big she looks!
After she ate all her food we took some things back to the car and headed to play.  The park/playground might just be her favorite place ever.  Her face fills with joy when you mention that park.  She loves to run around, slide on all the fun slides, and swing.  She had a great time.
I kinda love this picture...such a happy smile and crazy static hair!!
 
 Me and my Type A personality hate the sandbox but she loves it.  I was sitting beside her, as she dug her feet in the sand, and I looked up and she was doing this...yep, pouring sand into her hair.  Ughhh!!
She was one happy, tired, DIRTY girl when we left!!  We came home, had baths, calm time, and bedtime.

Saturday morning came bright at early.  6:00...good morning mommy!  Ughh!  She watched the iPad, painted, and played Play-Doh before we had to head to gymnastics.  Meme was kind enough to take her because I had to be at the church for a rehearsal at the same time.  Meme was also kind enough to fix her hair.  Sara Kate loves having her hair in braids, which I suck at, and Meme did 2 french braids, which I can't do at all...so adorable!  And she was so proud of it!
I picked her up from gymnastics and we went back to church for our church's annual Easter egg hunt!!  I had one excited little girl!  She got to run around with her friends, sing songs with our preacher, have lunch, and head outside to hunt for eggs!
On your mark...get set...GO!!
 
 
 All done!
After the Easter egg hunt, we made a quick run to Old Navy before heading home for nap time.  We had to get a quick nap in before going to our sweet friend Landry's 3rd birthday party!!  It was at the park, and Sara Kate was so excited to go back.  She had a great time at the party and we were so happy to celebrate this sweet girl's birthday!  Happy birthday Landry!!
We made a quick stop by the grocery store before heading home for bath and bedtime.  Another fun, tiring, and dirty night!

Sunday morning we headed to church to celebrate Palm Sunday.  We were happy to have daddy back home, and we enjoyed a beautiful church service.  Since it was Palm Sunday, the kids brought in the palm fronds.  This was Sara Kate's first time and she was so excited! 
 "Mommy!  Look at my palm branch!"
After church she showed me a picture that she drew and we had a conversation that went like this.  
Mommy: What did you draw?
Sara Kate: A donkey.
Mommy: Who rode in on a donkey?
Sara Kate: Baby Jesus (we laughed...everything is 'baby Jesus.').
Mommy: What were the people waving when Jesus rode in on the donkey?
Sara Kate: Leaves.
Mommy:  What did the people say?
Sara Kate: (throws her hands in the air) Hosanna!

I love that she picked all that up at Sunday school!

We had lunch, we ALL had naps, and we played some more...inside and outside.
And right after that happy smile we had major tears, as Sara Kate fell out of her swing for the first time while I was pushing her.  She was fine, but it scared her and scared me.  As I held her close and while she cried big crocodile tears, she looked at me and says, "Mommy, why didn't you catch me?"  Oh, dagger in my heart!  I tried to catch her, but as usual, it all happened so fast.

We had a fun weekend, and I had a great time with Sara Kate.  She's my constant shadow, which can be exhausting (Shower?  There she is.  Bathroom? There she is.  Throw something in the recycling?  There she is.  Etc.), but she's my girl!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FOUR

Four years ago at 11:57 am, a little 7 lb., 2 oz. baby girl came into the world, arriving 2 weeks and 1 day early.  She was tiny and precious and innocent and pure.  And so loved.
 
 
 
The past 4 years have flown by...I can't believe my baby is 4!!
We had a big day today celebrating Sara Kate's birthday.  We woke her up this morning and took her to Rick's Bakery for breakfast.  We let her pick out what she wanted and to my surprise, she picked out a baked cinnamon roll.  She's normally a donut girl but she loves sharing Poppa's cinnamon roll!  She was so proud to take it to a table and sit there and eat.
After breakfast I took her to Sam's Club to pick out cupcakes for her class at school.  She was really excited and picked out some cute little spring decorated cupcakes, with pastel frosting and flower rings.
Also while at Sam's Club, they had 'Frozen' playing on one of the big TV's.  And this is what she did.  The girl has been watching 'Frozen' non-stop since she got it for her birthday Saturday night and I'm pretty sure she thought this was playing just for her!  Took me forever to convince her we had to go...only the threat of leaving without cupcakes got her to move away from the movie.  Haha.  Mommy's so mean!
She had a great day at school and her teacher, Ms. Julie, sent me this picture when it was time for cupcakes after nap time.  I'm so glad she sent it to me!  She looks so big and so happy!
I picked Sara Kate up from school and took her to dance, but after dance she had her presents from us waiting for her.  And her main present was a new big girl bicycle!!  She was so excited!
We had her favorite food for dinner, pizza, and we had left over cupcakes for dessert.  She also got to talk to several family members through FaceTime (I love technology!!) before bath and bedtime.  I hope Sara Kate had a great birthday...I think she did.
There have definitely been hard times but I have loved every second of the last 4 years.  She's mommy's girl and I love her more than words can say.  I look forward to seeing what year 4 brings!!  Happy birthday to my big girl!