August 28, 2014

'Donut' you know it's my birthday?!

How do you measure the success of a 2nd birthday party?  Well if it happens to be by 'number of donuts consumed by the guest of honor', then I'd say Arden's party was the best little shindig of all time!!!!  I'm not kidding when I say the girl ate her weight in pastries...but isn't that what birthdays are about, after all?!

The big day started off with an early-morning donut pickup (thanks Chris!)...and of course, balloons in bed. Pure joy for the birthday girl!!!

The joy continued as Arden finally got to put on the donut dress she'd been admiring in her closet for weeks.  Lately wardrobe and diaper changes have been a struggle at our house...but when I asked her if she was ready to change into her donut dress--she couldn't get up the stairs fast enough!

Can you really blame her for loving it though?

I have to say, a donut-themed party has to be one of the easiest to pull off...ever.  All you need are donuts, fruit, and some really crafty friends :)

I owe all of the amazing party decor to Morgan and her Etsy shop, Pink Antlers.  She truly saved the day with all of these adorable paper creations.  I think they completely pulled the party together and gave it a little extra sparkle!  So a huge thanks to Morgan for making me look like I had my act together!!! Ha!

I may never take this banner down...

banner: pink antlers

cake topper: pink antlers
 Funny story about the balloons.  When I went to pick them up at the grocery store on Friday afternoon, I told the woman working that I was there for the "TWO" balloons.  She was so relieved and said, "oh good, I did it right! I was hoping it was TWO, not TOM!"  Ha!  Now that would've made for some pretty amazing party pics!

balloons: bargain balloons
cake topper: pink antlers

cake toppers: pink antlers

We set up picnic tables for all of the little guests, which included some darling placemat favors made by my sweet and talented friend, Emily, at Dear Owen & Co.   I just love them!!!

Oh and recognize that picnic table?  It was a birthday gift from Arden's grandma and grandpa...that we put to use immediately!

source: dear owen & co

Emily was so sweet to customize the placemats for the party guests...and she even included a "build your own cake" activity on the backside, which went perfectly with the other part of the favors--"Arden's donut dough".

And just so everyone knew they were in the right place... :)  

Someone couldn't wait for the guests to arrive...those powdered donuts were WAY too tempting.

Finally, here are some party pics from the donut shop fun!

Evie & Arden...buds!

Excuse me, Evie, while I stuff this donut hole in my mouth!

Arden's biggest cousin (aka soul sister), Maren, had to come a little late because of soccer practice.  I just wish I'd gotten a video of Arden's reaction when she arrived!  The love these two have for each other is unreal!

I'm not sure if she's thinking about the candle or just contemplating which bite she's going to take first ;)

"We did it!"

Presents galore...

There were lots of "wows" and "oh my goodnesses" from the birthday girl as she opened all of her awesome gifts!

There were some serious moments too. 
(Oh hey, Olaf)

It's safe to say, our little two-year old was feeling the love on her big day.

And just because I'm obsessed with this picture.
Jack is pumped, Will is not impressed...and oh, there's Olaf again :)

It was such a *sweet* day at Arden's donut shop!  A fun and simple celebration for our favorite little two-year-old.  ( < --- I suppose I have to start calling her that now?!?)

And now I think it's time for a sugar-detox :)

August 23, 2014

A note to my TWO year old

Sweet Arden,

Three years ago your dad and I were on our knees praying for you.
Two years ago I was holding you for the first awe of God's perfect gift.
And now, here you are--a walking, talking, hilarious little person--that somehow I love even more than the years passed.

I thought I knew what love was before you came along...but it turns out I had no idea.  My heart is fuller than ever before, and I'm just so incredibly thankful that the Lord chose me to be your mom.  
You are our little miracle...a miracle that was most definitely worth the wait.  I hope you know that you were, are, and always will be so wanted.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!


August 22, 2014


Happy Friday, friends!  I'm linking up with Karli for OHF and sharing a few highlights from our fun and busy week!


So this happened on Tuesday...

It was only a 2 hour "get acquainted" day, but I still managed to get a little sappy about it.  Arden, on the other hand, walked right in like she'd done it every day of her life...and came out with the biggest smile ever!  She told me she played on the playground and ate Cheezits.  Sounds pretty sweet to me!

And in case you were wondering, she didn't go to school barefoot...although she was pretty close at one point!  Being the awesome mom I am, I put her in shoes that were apparently too small (but reallllly cute) for church on Sunday--and she came out with a little blister that has rocked our world all week.  Needless to say, the close-toed shoe rule at school brought on some drama...but she ended up wearing socks under her crocs.
And for her sake, I didn't document that nerdiness...


We did a 3D ultrasound this week, and all I can say is that I'm so IN LOVE.  I just can't stop staring at this picture...even if it does look like he's carved out of a block of cheese ;)

9.5 more weeks!


In other baby news, we (and by we I mean Chris...he likes to paint for some strange reason) finished the nursery walls.  Hooray for navy!!!  I'm so happy with the way it turned out.

We also set up the crib and moved in some tubs of my nephew's old clothes, which I think made Hazel realize that something was going on.

"Oh please...not another one!"


On Monday I got a call saying our kitchen chairs, which we'd been waiting on for a month, were now backordered until January.  JANUARY!!!!  The sales person tried to talk me into coming back in to make another selection, but I just couldn't let go of the I decided to search for new chairs instead.  

Now that was Monday...and on Thursday, 6 of these beauties were delivered.

Wayyy better than waiting until January...and I actually like them more than the originals!  I think they give the table a whole new look and keep it from being too matchy-matchy. 

My chair model seems to be a fan too...

A special thanks to my dear friend Darci, who dealt with all of my crazy chair emails/texts and helped me to pick out the right color for our house.  Thank goodness for that girl and her impeccable taste!


Tomorrow is the big day.  My baby turns TWO.

Oh my. It seems like we went from this...

to this... the blink of an eye.

So while there's much to do, and a party to goal this weekend is to slow down and take it all in...and just enjoy our sweet two-year-old.
And let her eat as many donut holes as her little heart desires :)

Hope you enjoy your weekend too!