Saturday, November 26, 2011

More Great Deals from Tiny Prints

The great deals from Tiny Prints just keep coming!! They just let me know about a special holiday promotion they have going on right now.


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Thanks again to Tiny Prints for continuing to offer great products and great customer service!

Holiday Cards!

I have been debating what holiday card will be best for us to send out this year. I love the fun, but I love traditional. I think the card below kind of captures both. Traditional, but then you get the song stuck in your head....right?! (Or is that just me??) I think this card would also work well with the family pictures we had taken.


I'm getting excited for our first holiday cards to start arriving. We have a giant stocking with lots of pockets on the front that we can display all of our holiday cards. I love it, why can't every season of the year be this fun?! I am still "ooohing" and "aaahhing" over all the adorable cards holiday cards at Tiny Prints. How do you choose just one?

Tiny Prints site is so easy to use and they have adorable cards for every occassion. Soon I will have to start looking for birthday invitations for Bella's birthday!! If you haven't found your holiday cards yet, you should definitely check out Tiny Pritns!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holidays are Here!



I am so excited that the holidays are finally here. I wait all year for this and usually want to start playing Christmas music in October (ok ok, July but don't tell). We had some fabulous pictures taken by our dear friend and I can't wait to use them in our Christmas cards this year. It's so fun to send Christmas cards out to everyone, especially when they are gorgeous! Have you seen Tiny Prints cards? They are amazingly cute! They are also great to their customers! They are offering 50 free holiday cards for posting a blog about them. Just write about their fabulous company and they will contact you, what a great opportunity! And it makes it even easier that they have beautiful cards!! Look at how cute these are!







Saturday, November 5, 2011

Family Pictures

My wonderful friend Jenny took pictures of our family recently. She is a great photographer, she took our pictures last fall and wanted to take them again this year. We are so blessed to have such an awesome friend! Click this link to see our family pictures and I will be uploading many of them here soon as well!! Thanks again Jenny!!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Fun

We have been having so much fun this fall. As I mentioned in an earlier post we went up north to the pumpkin patch. I got the pictures Jenny took from the day, she got a bunch of cute ones! We also attended our church's "Trunk or Treat" and Bella went as Minnie Mouse. She is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and loves Minnie. She went as pink Minnie and Jenny had Maya be red Minnie so they were both Minnie and it was so cute. We made the girl's tutus and it was surprisingly easier than we expected, I'm sure we will be making many more tutus in our future.



Family picture at the pumpkin patch



Me and my sweet girl that for some reason wanted nothing to do with picking out pumpkins. I think she was getting hungry and grumpy (we picked pumpkins out last) so she only wanted to be carried.....as you can see, I was ok with that :-)


We rode this fun little train pulled by a tractor. I didn't think Bella would be into it at all (note for mom....don't ever assume anything about Bella), as soon as she saw it she immediately wanted to ride and loved every second of it, it cracked me up to hear her giggling hysterically as we bounced along.

All the girls riding the trains....the dad's had some trouble fitting in the train.....not exactly a ton of leg room :-)

Amazed that we even got a picture of the girls sitting

Love our sweet girls....besties :-)





I love my family



I can't even describe how much I love her (look at those cute tiny little pigtails! cutie pie!) See below for the full Minnie Mouse costume....she had ditched her ears by this point

She was having the time of her life

The girls didn't want to wear their Minnie Mouse ears anymore so we were happy to wear them for them

Everyone got in on the Minnie Mouse fun!! Even Grandpa!





Oh these girls just make me smile!! I love Bella's pink glitter converse, they are just awesome!






Maya had a snowcone.....I think Bella was ready to pounce


We made the girls skirts and ears, and the bow is even detachable....yes, I'm proud of our craftiness


Bella loves her sweets but she also loves the salty....let's just face facts....the girl already knows and loves junk food....yikes. She couldn't get enough of these nachos!


So blessed by this friendship!


I love our little junk food eating girls....so cute!


Three Minnie Mouses!!! Cutie Pies!


Bella loves her grandparents (we do too!) Most of the night she wanted to be carried by either Grandma or Grandpa


Had to include this even though it isn't the best picture. One of the few I had of her costume completely on and she is standing so you can see the whole thing


Bella and her Grandpa....she LOVES him!


Halloween 2011....have I mentioned how much I love my family!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A VERY Busy Weekend

We had a very busy fall weekend here. A use the word "fall" very loosely....it was like 90 degrees and super hot in the sun but hey, we can pretend with the best of them. We started on Friday taking some family pictures with the fabulous Jenny Spires, we don't have the pictures to post yet, but trust me, they will be awesome! On Saturday, we got up bright and early and headed to the zoo. We knew we wanted to get there early since we figured it would be busy and hot. We were right on both accounts and so glad we got there when it opened. They had decorated for fall and were feeding different animals pumpkins at scheduled times of the day. They had lots of stuff for kids and a petting zoo. I think we were more worn out than Bella at the end of it all but we had tons of fun!! Then, on Sunday, we met up with our good friends The Spires (aka....the aforementioned Jenny Spires, her husband Derrick and their adorable daughter Maya who is also Bella's bestie since birth). We got up early, got the girls all set in the car with snacks and Mickey Mouse on the dvd player and headed up to Prescott. We wanted to check out the recently reopened Youngs Farm....now called Mortimer Farm. Let's just say....Youngs Farm it was not. We definitely still had fun and the girls were none the wiser but it was a lot smaller and had a lot less of the fun fall stuff that Youngs Farm used to have. We had some fun, rode a little train, picked out our pumpkins and headed into downtown Prescott. We picked up some lunch and spread out our picnic blanket in the park and enjoyed some fallish weather. We all agreed we could have enjoyed a bit cooler temperature but there were huge trees that were turning color and leaves falling all over the ground and it was absolutely beautiful. The girls loved running around the park and it was a great end to the day. We packed back up and headed home. I'm sort of lacking in pictures of the pumpkin patch because I let Jenny take most of the pictures with her camera so I will have some more pictures to add when I get them from her. All in all, it was an incredibly busy weekend (Bella didn't even nap on Sunday....and was totally fine!) but we had such a fun weekend filled with lots of great memories.


My Dad and Bella checking out the ducks that were not at all shy. Bella was shy. She kept backing into my Dad and basically sat on his knee the whole time. She loves birds and was fascinated, but not at all interested in touching them :-)


"Petting" the goats.....or, as you can see, clinging to my Dad with all her strength!


Trying to get a picture in front of the giraffes


Fall 2011


Sweet girl modeling mom's sunglasses (this is how she wears sunglasses....goofball)



Such a cutie



We rode in the tiny train. I didn't really think Bella would be very into it but as soon as we got close she kept pointing to the train and saying "sit here, sit here, sit here!" We rode the VERY bumpy ride and she giggled the whole time and tried very hard to steer the train, it was adorable!


Eating a waffle with some peanut butter and a scrambled egg for dinner, she stole the spoon full of peanut butter and LOVED it! She kept asking for more!


And just because this picture makes me laugh out loud. I hate to even compare my sweet beautiful girl but....she sort of looks like she has a Hitler mustache made of peanut butter. Good thing she is so cute......and NOTHING like the above referenced dictator......we will just pretend I didn't make the above reference, ok thanks :-)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yeah.......Our kid is CUTE!

Sometimes you just have to call it like it is, and our kid is just CUTE! Don't get me wrong, there are some not so cute things she does (i.e. chucking my phone at the floor as hard as possible when I ask her to give it to me) but for the most part, she is just one big ball of CUTE! Some of her new cute phrases? "Bless you" (yes she says this when you sneeze, and yes, she is catching on to my fake sneezes), "Sit here" (she is a tiny dictator, she will tell you where to sit) Here are some pictures of recent adorableness overloads.....


I got out some fabric to make a skirt and she thought she was hilarious running around the house with it on her head


Doing a little art project for the play room, she loves to paint


Yes, all of her stuffed animals are wearing her shirts, yes, they all have specifically picked out socks by her (aka....I picked some for her dog and she rejected my suggestion in favor of the pink socks.....and yes, if you look near her dog, that is a real dog treat, because she needed to feed her "woof woof" (that's the dogs name) a treat.....adorable


My little maid....if we keep up with this training this is really going to pay off well for me in the near future.... ;-)


Oh so cute, I just want to squeeze her


This is her "more" face, accompanied by her saying more and signing it at the same time....she was asking for more flowers, which she loves to pick from our plants in our yard.....seriously, could do it for hours


On her way to pick some flowers......


Just a girl and her dog.....



Her face just cracks me up here, I'm pretty sure she was mad at the dog for trying to steal her raisins


Cutie patootie


Silly girl


I just love her smile, she is so adorable and such a sweet girl. What an amazing blessing she is to our lives!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

End of Summer Antics

We have been busy busy busy lately and Bella is a big reason for that! She is on the go and wants to be doing fun things all the time. We have been doing a lot of: cuddling with out favorite stuffed animals (white fluffy dog, teddy bear, Minnie Mouse), cuddling while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse....a favorite), playing with friends, splashing with water in the kitchen, playing outside whenever possible....it's still pretty hot, mall play areas, splash pads, and having a great time doing all of these things! Bella has also entered a very picky eating stage which can be a little frustrating....especially when you try 5 different things in one meal just to hopefully get her to eat something. Not my favorite, but hopefully if we keep offering good foods to her she will start happily eating her meals again. We are having so much fun with her, she is just adorable, saying a lot of words now. Bella being able to communicate some of her basic wants and needs now is really nice. However, any time she sees any kind of sweet, a cake, a cookie, anything like that, she is constantly signing "more" (the only sign language she learned). Some of her words right now: Hi, flower, doggie, pretty, that, this, shoe, please, bow, eye, nose, more, water, fall, Minnie, water, bye, bottle (baba), bowl, hot, sock, potty, dada, mama. She has really taken off with learning words lately which has been really fun. She is a great blessing to our lives!!



My sweet girl cuddling with her favorite, Minnie Mouse



Sometimes on hot sweaty days Bella just passes out in the car


Such a cute little face to see when I turn around in the car! She is obsessed with Mickey Mouse right now!


Our adorable little artist



Our friend Jenny put together a little craft for the kids to do together, they painted little figures of people and then we glued their faces on, they loved it, it was so cute!


Mischievous little smile, I have been occassionally letting Bella play with water in different bowls, containers, spoons, measuring cups, etc. in the kitchen on a bunch of towels. She seriously loves it, she moves the water from one container to another, overflows containers (which can be seen in the pictures above....lots of overflows) but she is pretty good about keeping it contained to our little area and she loves it and I can usually get some cooking done while she does it! Win/win!


Hard at work pouring water!


Look at those eyes, holy cow, those are the eyes that say "seriously, no more pictures mom!"


"Here mom, want some of my water I'm drinking with a measuring cup??!"


Watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with all her friends, her favorite white doggie (yes....wearing her socks....Bella has been insisting that her stuffed animals wear socks every day....and yes, she has specific color requests, I cannot put white socks on the white dog, apparently that is just not ok)



Putting mom's old glasses on her teddy bear


More cuddle time with Minnie Mouse


Snuggling with stuffed friends



Helping mom keep the house clean :-)


I just want to squeeze her in this little dress...she looks like a little prairie girl! It's basically a miracle any time I get a picture of her looking at the camera and sort of smiling!! Most of the time the second I take out the camera she begs to have it so she can play with it.



She loves the play area at the mall and loves these little flower cushion things on the ground, she quickly moves from one to the next to sit on them all, she seriously loves them...she tries to kiss them, we aren't sure why, it makes me gag, the whole place smells like feet.....oh kids!


She was helping fill up the water for everyone at the splash pad by dumping out her cup into the fountains....thanks Bella :-)


Splish splash


Playing at the neighborhood park, Dad helping Bella climb the stairs


Riding the slide


Just my two favorite people walking at the park and having a chat....so cute


Bella loves playing on the little slides at church, that's where she was heading after church nursery....Happy Sunday Everyone!