Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quick trip to Florida

 Emery pulling her big girl suitcase that she got
for her birthday.
She thought she was so big at the airport.
 We made it to Florida.
Only had to fly SLC to Denver,
Denver to Memphis,
and Memphis to Tampa.
Whew!
 The next day after we got there Linda gave us a
Starbucks gift card, we made it a date while going
to pick up pizza for lunch.
Cake pops, and Starbucks, with no kids
sounds like a date to me.
 Hilarious!
I honestly came around the corner to see this.
I told all the kids it was teeth time.
They were in line "Duggar Style"
 Lunch at Island Outpost
{not as good as last time we ate here}
 Ellie, Shaelyn and Emery.
 We did not pick a good beach day.
It was overcast and started to storm.
So from lunch we just went to the causeway.
Kids got to dig for a minute before the weather forced us
to leave. 
 Catching us with "the kids"
 Joelle, Brinna and Me.
I was really hoping to come home with a tan.
No such luck.
 Kids had fun though.
 Basically the reason we came was for Chuck's 
birthday bash.
{Jeremy's friend}
On Friday night they had a family night at Chuck's 
house with food and swimming.
 Jeremy got in with all the kids for some night swimming.
The day we went to the causeway we were going
to go to Clearwater Beach, but due to weather stayed 
closer.  So Saturday we got to see the beach,
unfortunately not for tanning or swimming,
this is where all Jeremy's friends were for the adult
part of the Birthday Bash. 
  At least we got to see the beach at all.
 We hopped around to a few spots,
but landed at this rooftop area with ocean views and
a nice breeze.
It was beautiful.
 So glad some of the kids came out with us.
We don't get to see everyone that often.
 From the rooftop we got to see the sun setting.  
It was so pretty.
 On the way down we got a "suitcase situation".
Ellie was sad her suitcase was smaller than Emery's.
So guess what was one of our very first stops?
Yup Target to get Ellie a new one.
No fighting over one rolling suitcase.
Worth every penny.
I do have to say they are the BEST little
travelers though.
Three legs down to Florida,
two coming home and leaving to the airport from
Florida at 5:20 am.
They are good little troopers and love to
go visit Grandma Linda.

Jeremy mentioned going to Florida for Chuck's birthday party,
Hmmm, Florida in hot-icky-humid July,
didn't sound real fun. But we actually lucked out with weather,
it was kinda rainy and overcast for part of the time so we
lucked out that way.  We flew down Wed and left early Sunday.
We always leave early they are the only flights that are open.
We had lots of fun with Jeremy's family, and the girls
loved playing with their cousins Braden and Shaelyn.
Now Grandma gets to come in a few short weeks so we can all
go to Yellowstone.
We can't wait!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Royal Affair- Elliette turns 5

 Ellie's Princess Party Invitation.
She picked the theme this year and was very
involved with the planning.
 She woke up to streamers from her door
on her Birthday which was Sunday.
 Let the princess party begin!
  Our little princess partied in style.
 Waffle bar,

 Lazy Susan with fruit toppings
and cheesecake whipped cream.
 We had lots of toppings to choose from.
Princess Elliette even suggested her favorite waffle creation. 

 Fit for a Princess.
 Lemonade bar with toppings.
 We had regular lemonade and sparkling pink lemonade.
It was yummy with the peach syrup and fresh raspberries in it.
Refreshing!

 The crowd.
We ended up with great cooler weather.
While setting up I was sweating my butt off,
so we lucked out.
 Can't believe our Princess is 5!
My husband looking hot in his fedora.
 Now she is not allowed to get any bigger
so her 5th birthday might be her last. 
 We made gumball necklaces.
 Everyone got involved.
Not goona lie, really cute but kinda a pain.
 Thanks to Jess and Krista for helping. 
 Baby Aspyn!
 The enchanted cake.
Fit for a Princess.
 Blew out every single one in one try.
 Sniff Sniff.
Our baby is growing up waaaay too fast.
 My Mom nails the cake every time.
They taste amazing too.
 Pink and purple ombre layers.
 Crew in his gumball necklace.
This picture cracks me up.
 Present from Emery.
 My favorite moment of all night.
Hugs from little sis.
She was so excited for her big sister's big day.
 Peeking from around the present.
 A soccer ball!!!
 Presents from Grandma Linda. 
 "A doll just like me, with brown hair
and blue eyes,"
 The cutest dress-up ever,
a wedding dress with bouquet and veil too.
{even though she is not allowed to date ever}
 Princess and Princes.
 Party favor time.
Nope not fireworks in the sky,
just watching my Dad let off his balloons with notes 
attached to them.
He lets them go every party with a note: if found to call him.
No one has called.  Ever.
So funny.

Ellie waited and waited for her party.
Then waited and waited the whole day for it to be time.
It's tough to be 5.
She wanted a princess party this year,
with pink and purple, her favorite colors.
It's always fun for me to find all the coordinating things.
I think the food is the hardest part to decide on.
The waffle bar was fun, and people always love picking out
what toppings to put on things.  I had to do a trial run to see if
I could make them ahead of time and keep them warm
{you can at 200 degrees on a cookie sheet in the oven}
The lemonade bar was fun and refreshing too.
Elllie loved her party, the kids had fun making the gumball 
necklaces and running around.
I think it was a Royal Affair!
Love you our sweet, timid, loving, caring, fun,
responsible, silly, rule-obeying little princess.