Trick or Treat, 2011

8:33 PM

Starring, Olivia as.....Raggedy Ann!

And Avery, as Pippi Longstocking!

oh my, was Avery's costume a labor of love! I made her wig (could have done a lot better job, I see), and everything on her body except her boots, were handmade! Torn apart old lady clothes from back in the 50's, scarfs for was months and months in the making!

the neighboor girl caught up with us and walked around with the girls and Daddy and I...

the girls were awfully cold after an hour of door-to door ringing, and all that walking! Our neighborhood has gotten a lot bigger this past year, so it took a bit longer!

the girls were so excited to go to Brittany's house...she works at Applebee's, and the girls think she is the bestest!

One of our highlights of the night, was when Avery's best friend Kylie and her siblings drove over and rang our doorbell! :) So fun to see them!!!

Thankful for the fun family night, and even more thankful that we don't have to do this for 365 more days! :)

our weekend

11:20 PM

Olivia came out to me and said that she had something to show me in her room...

"Olivia loves(heart) i Mom"...I'll take it! :)

Friday and Saturday I worked on a tree skirt for Christmas! Lots of cutting, and sewing, but I'm so pleased how it turned out!

Saturday, I realized that I never took pictures of the girls' room that I painted blue this summer! We were cleaning up that day, so I figured I'd get a picture of it when it's semi clean! :)

The girls wore their pumpkin outfits to church today! The pants look a bit long in this picture, but with their boots on, they were just the perfect length! :)

Emah is all ready for trick or treating tomorrow night!

So are the are 2 clues as to what Avery will be!

Olivia turns 5!

8:20 PM

Olivia woke up this morning bright and early and ready to celebrate her 5th birthday!

She took birthday cupcakes to school today and got to be the snack helper!

Little did she know that Mommy had a HUGE surprise for her after school today!

I picked her up, and told her that I was going to take her out to eat. So, we went to Applebees, and I told her we were going to wait because someone was joining us.

And, look who just happened to be meeting us for lunch today.....
Olivia's old speech teacher, Rachel! She was in town visiting her family, and we had arranged to surprise Liv for lunch! Olivia was beyond shocked, and SO excited to see her!

Rachel was so nice to bring a present for Liv. Earrings and fun flavored chap stick! :) How nice!
It was such a wonderful lunch! When we got in the car, Olivia immediately said, "Thank you SO much! Thank you SO much!"

Olivia got to open up her last gift after Avery got home today!

I would say she had the happiest of birthdays yet! :)

Olivia's 5th Birthday Celebration!

8:54 PM

Our sweet baby girl is turning 5...we just can't believe it!

Olivia helped mommy make her Cinderella cake! By helping, I really mean licking the batter! :)

Licking the spoon wasn't enough though....she couldn't let the batter just go to waste!

Sunday, after church, Olivia picked one of her (our) favorite restaurants to go to! Nana Dianne, Uncle Jon, Bapa Ron, and Nana Judy were also here for her special day!

This is what her face looked like when the waiters came out singing to her....she got all shy, and turned red! :) At least she didn't cry like her sister did when she was 5!

She was a good sport and even got some yummy ice cream out of the deal!

Back home to celebrate! :) Nana Dianne frosted up this Cinderella cake just as Olivia asked!

Time for presents! :) Liv got SOOOO excited while opening! Glad Uncle Jon caught some on video so we can remember this sweet time!

Our Aunt Holly (Uncle Jon's wife) is stationed in Abu Dahbi right now, and here below, Olivia is opening up a gift that she sent her from there! She sent Olivia and Avery some gifts that girls in Abu Dahbi play with! Camels are a big thing there, and our girls thought they were all so neat! It was also nice to be able to touch these gifts, knowing that Aunt Holly just was touching them herself....we can't wait to see her in December! :)

More presents, and Olivia had a growing affection for Uncle Jon this visit! :) Must be giving him extra love since she can't give it to Holly!

During half time of the Vikings game, we came back upstairs and did the birthday cake/song stuff!

This year, Liv managed to NOT catch her hair on fire with her candle! :) She said the cake mommy made was good, so I guess I didn't do too terribly....

Last picture of the day....snuggled up with Uncle Jon...

Olivia's actual birthday is on Monday, and there is a super special surprise up mommy's sleeve that she doesn't know a THING about! :) Can't wait to share!!!

Birthday dress...

3:20 PM

Olivia's birthday is NEXT Monday! I can't believe that she will be 5 years old!

I forgot about her needing a "birthday dress", so I've been stressing a bit about that. Then, I remembered...I KNOW HOW TO SEW!

I whipped her up this fun peasant dress today (tutorial here), with matching hair flower and a fun belt with flower! She loves it, can you tell?

It's Fall Y'All!

4:31 PM

I have been busy finishing up on some fall clothes for the girls!


and decorating more outside! our friends let us cut down some corn stalks at their house, and I just LOVE the look of it for fall!

Avery's school pictures....ugh. She sure is cute, and they turned out cute, but there is a white glare on her glasses, so we had to do retakes....sigh....

Mommy has been having a hankering for chocolate shakes a lot, and Olivia finally decided to try some! She decided....she LOVES THEM! :) Now I have a shake buddy!

And, Daddy has been having a lot of wrist pain lately, and he's been wearing his brace a lot. The girls think it's fun to put it on!

such silly girls!


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