Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Springtime fun--catching up!

Life is busy, fun and full these days.

Jay is 3-and-a-half and Lizzy's 2--life is nonstop.

Spring has sprung all around us and while I hardly have time to complete a thought, let alone a blog post, I'm making myself sit down to make note of how much we've been doing lately and what we're up to.

SO here we go--spring so far....

I finally decided to use my sewing machine for the first time! Eight years after getting it for Christmas, I made two pillows!

We celebrated at Davis' Super Hero themed birthday.

I completed my second sewing project-capes for Jay and Lizzy.

Lizzy ran around saying "Super-Lizzy!!!" and "ZZZZOOOOMM!" and Jay actually wore his which was a pleasant surprise!

We celebrated Lizzy's 2nd birthday then kept Kelsey with us for the week. Jay had preschool, so we did a few girl things like picked out new nail polishes and gave ourselves late-night manis and pedis...and enjoyed a day at the zoo and played in the mud while Jay wasn't at school.

Lizzy and Jay both loved having Kelsey here.

Then we took off to Nashville to return our house guest and stayed the weekend with Mimi.

We checked out the Nashville Zoo this time with Mimi, CJ and KarKar in addition to Kelsey and the West kiddies.


Yes, that goat brush did eventually wind up in Lizzy's hair, despite every attempt to avoid the inevitable, it was in fact, inevitable. Yuck.

 A visit to church and Nanny and Cece's rounded out our weekend.

Then it was back home. Silly kids. Happy to be out of the car!

We had Davis over for his first sleepover at our house. It was fun for everyone and a tad surprising that it went so smoothly.

I really think that Jay and Davis played so much all day long that they were totally worn out by bedtime and had no choice other than go down for the count.

(Did I mention that Joseph was out of town for this part??)

We've spent lots of time outside and enjoying the adventures of our yard, the creek and the treehouse.

We've also worked in the kitchen a lot. Since Jay gave up his nap at the beginning of February he and I are working together to explore every inch of our property and he's learning to help me cook dinner and bake. He's really learned lots over the past several weeks.

Just this week we made some simple sugar cookies, but I noticed that he can mix and add ingredients without making a total mess of things, which is real progress from where we started.

Lizzy is still such a joy. She is quite independent these days and wants to do everything Jay does. She is really a bit of a daredevil and you have to keep a keen eye and ear out at all times as she explores her boundaries. Its not uncommon to find her making a break for the treehouse the first chance she gets or to look up and find she's more than halfway up the ladder unassisted. It scares the stuffing out of me, but I am glad to see that she is able to hold her own.

Sweet Lizzy talks and sings all the time. She knows every word to every scene of Frozen and has started to play pretend. You'll find her taking care of babies and saying "I Miss Phiw-wips" (Jay's teacher) when she's in the playroom while Jay is at school.

And tonight we celebrated Weston's birthday by all going out to dinner at a local pizza place.

The kids had fun and may or may not have spent a zillion quarters in the game room!

Happy Spring from the West girls!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lizzy's 2nd Birthday

We celebrated Lizzy's 2nd Birthday last weekend with family and a few friends! 

We had a fun little day celebrating a super sweet (and somewhat sleepy) Lizzy Lou!

 We didn't have a set "theme" for the party. I used our pink and yellow Moderntone dishes here and there, did a few labels to match her invitations. We served barbecue for lunch and with Miss Daisy's Frozen Cherry Salad, chips and a strawberry Southern Lady cake from Edgar's. I also made strawberry cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Now that this is my 5th kid's party I have learned kids LOVE cupcakes, regardless of how delicious your "big cake" is-- a party isn't a party without cupcakes. 

I also spent a total of $7 on flowers on this party thanks to the abundance of daffodils we inherited when we bought the original house here. They bloomed just a week before the party so the timing was perfect. 

 My favorite part of my kid's parties--the singing!

 Lizzy loved her back pack. She also loved the 7 swim suits she got! Nothing like a Spring Break birthday to get you ready for fun in the sun!

 It rained all day. Jay spent a good portion of party time peeking outside and lobbying to go play in the mud. (I did finally give in once Lizzy went to sleep around 3:30, there are no pictures but the cousins along with Edy all had a ball in the mud. Party clothes be darned.)

 End of party pics and the guest of honor was all tuckered out. 

We started her big day with a doughnut breakfast and Lizzy doing what Lizzy does. 

And after a brief, but much needed nap Lizzy got to play in the mud with Kelsey and Jay. 
We kept Kelsey for the week so these three got to play with all of the new toys. 

I can't forget that Friday we celebrated the start of her birthday weekend!

Daddy and Jay surprised Lizzy with an ice cream cake on Friday night to start things off right. 
She blew out those candles like a pro!