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!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sara Kate's Princess Party

Yesterday we celebrated Sara Kate's 4th birthday with a precious little princess party.  We had lots of sweet friends and our families.  How did I arrive at the princess party theme?  Back in the fall Sara Kate got the princess obsession that I'd say all little girls get.  Then in January she started telling random people, like the eye doctor, that she was having a princess party for her birthday.  Well ok then!!  We'll have a princess party!  But where??  I tossed around several ideas in my head and finally decided to copy my friend Elizabeth, who threw her daughter an adorable princess party last summer at a local bakery...Briar Rose Bakery in Farmington, AR.  This place has the best little 'cottage' feel, perfect for little princesses. 
 And how cute is this?!  There is even a little door for little girls and boys!
I searched Etsy for the perfect simple princess invitation, and I found it at this shop.  The owners were amazing to work with.  They were very quick getting back with me when I ordered, and they were so accommodating in making edits.  I highly recommend them.
Pardon the smudge at the bottom...I edited out my phone number for the blog. :-)
The last couple of weeks I've been talking to Sara Kate about her party, asking her what princess she wanted to be.  She's given me a different answer each time, but in the last week she said Cinderella every time.  It's a good thing because Cinderella is what we have!  Chris and I left early to go to Farmington to set up and Chris' mom came over and she and my mom got Sara Kate ready and brought her to the party.
She was BEYOND excited when they got there!!
Her friends started showing up and it was so so so adorable seeing them all dressed up!!
We had the kids sit at the tables and decorate little crowns.  We bought crowns, foam stickers, and stick on jewels from Amazon, along with markers that write on foam from Hobby Lobby.  While they decorated crowns, they enjoyed fresh fruit cups and lemonade.
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the same time, Chris had a photo booth set up with props, but as you can tell from some of the pictures above, it turned into a big game of dress up!  Not exactly what we had in mind, but they are 3 and 4 years old so we just had to monitor and adjust! They all shared the wings, boas, necklaces, crowns, etc. very well, and Chris did manage to get some really silly, cute little pictures.
I LOVE the next 2 pictures.  School besties and church besties.  Silly and sweet.  Totally frame worthy!
 
 And for your viewing pleasure, mommy and daddy got in on the photo booth fun, ha!! :-)
 
I found a little game similar to 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey,' except it was 'Pin the Lips on the Frog.'  I found it on princess party games link on the internet that linked it to eBay, but then Chris found it on Amazon.  It was cute, went with the theme, and passed some time.
To finish out the party, we took the kids into the main bakery area and they decorated crown cookies.  We didn't do cupcakes since they were decorating cookies and I think that worked out just fine.
 
 
Since we didn't do cupcakes, Chris took an extra cookie, piled it with frosting, and put candles in it so they kids could sing to Sara Kate and she could blow out candles.  I love that beaming smile!
 
Sara Kate was very thankful to everyone who came to her party, and I hope everyone had a good time.  We had pink princess goody bags for the girls and red Cars goody bags for the boys.  I don't have a pictures but everything came from Wal-Mart.
It was an easy party for me to put together.  All I did was reserve the room, bring the crown decorating stuff, the game, and we brought the photo booth/dress up stuff.  The wonderful staff at the bakery took care of the rest.  And as you can see from pictures, I didn't decorate, as I thought the decor at the bakery spoke for itself.  All in all, I think Sara Kate's princess party turned out great and I highly recommend Briar Rose.  It was amazing for me see the joy in her eyes and to see her interact with all her precious friends.  Can't believe my baby is turning 4!!!!
 
 We love you, our pretty princess!