Sunday, June 21, 2015

Turning 6-Party #1!

Avery's 6th Birthday is next weekend. She wanted a party with some of her classmates so we gave her a few options of where to have it.

Surprisingly, she chose a pool party at a local Rec center. We had never been there, but the place was pretty darn cool!

Lazy River
As you can see from the photos, there was a splash park, water slide and lazy river area. There was a larger pool as well (looked like for lap swimming) but we never went in it.

Avery ended up with 9 kids coming, which was the perfect amount! About half of the parents stayed too, which was helpful.
Avery and Cassie
We had the first hour as swim time and the kids really loved it.

Then it was up to the party room for food, cake and gifts. We did the party at an "off" time of day so all we did was snacks, which made it super easy!

Avery We decided this year that instead of gifts, we would have each kid bring a donation to a local animal shelter instead. She really doesn't need anymore toys and since she wanted a cat themed party, I thought this was a good idea. We had a lot of good feedback on it as well-the kids loved shopping for the animals!

After she opened gifts, we did cake!

Singing "Happy Birthday"

Make a wish!
Before they all left, we got a quick group photo!
And I found a woman locally who makes amazing cookies! She made us these for favors to give each kid! So freakin' adorable!
After we got home, I took a picture of Avery with all of the donations she collected! We'll be taking them to the animal shelter very soon! I'm so proud of her!
One party down, one to go next weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Long Overdue

Over the weekend, we took a long overdue trip to Buffalo.  We haven't been there in at least 2 months I'm guessing...which is a long time for us!

Megan and Renee and their kids stopped by for some fun!

Celebrating Noah's birthday a month late!
Cassandra loving up a "baby" (Sabrina-who's just as big as her!)!

As you can see, my friends have very tall kids....Sabrina is 20months old and Cassie is 3!
Leigha is only about 11wks older than Cassie!
Cassie and Leigha, Noah and Avery!
We had a nice, relaxing day! And at the end, my girls showed that they do love each other-well, at least Cassie loves her big sister! Haha!

No plans to go back yet, but hopefully now with summer vacation coming, we can go sooner rather than later. Although we do have a special birthday coming up which is interfering with our weekends!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday Dylan!

Yesterday we went and celebrated Dylan turning 2!

It was a great day-nice and sunny out and a little on the cool side. Perfect day for a party! We went to our friends' house around 4 to get things started!

The kids enjoyed playing some putt-putt on their putting greens they had set up!

Lots of playing on the swingset too! After some pizza and dinner, we had some delicious ice cream cake!
Dylan loves Mario Brothers so I think he was in awe of the cake!

After cake, it was time for presents! Yes, he stripped down for those!

After presents, we all went back outside to play some more. They started a fire in the firepit and we enjoyed that a bit. We left before the marshmallow roasting, which the kids were disappointed about, but we had to get them home!  It was a super fun party! Happy 2nd Birthday Dylan!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day

We had a nice Mother's Day yesterday.

For the past probably 6 years, we've done brunch at the local Hyatt hotel. It was always very nice and the kids always loved the kids area they had there. Last year, the buffet went downhill quite a bit from the years before so we really debated going back there this year. We decided to give them one more shot.  However, when my Father-in-Law called for reservations, he found out they were not having a brunch there this year!  So, we sort of scrambled to find a place to go!

We ended up at another hotel nearby called the Strathallen. Gabe and I did an overnight there back in February and it was very nice. The food at the restaurant was really good, so we hoped the buffet would be comparable.

And it was!

Before eating, we took a few photos...the Moms:
Me, my Mom, Aunt Pat, Camille, Molly, Ela

Gabe, Cassie, Avery and I
I took a few pics of the buffet, but didn't get the entire thing...

Seafood table
It was a pretty good spread. They had an omelet station and made on the spot eggs benedict. Also waffles, blueberry pancakes, bacon, sausage, pasta, vegetables, fried chicken. They had a carving station of salmon, ham, prime rib, pork. They had quite a seafood spread, which I didn't really look at. They also had a long table set up of bagels, croissants, pastries, yogurt, granola, and a salad bar. And of course, the crazy spread of desserts!  I think everyone really enjoyed it!
Group photo!
Once we got home, Cassie napped and we just lounged around most of the day. It rained out so it wasn't the nicest of days. It was nice to just spend time together and just chill. We don't get many of those days too often!

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tooth Fairy

We've had some excitement around here!

My big girl lost her first tooth!

On Monday, 4/13, Avery came home from school all excited that she had a wiggly tooth. I was in her classroom that morning and she never said anything about it. I guess in the afternoon, she was eating her apple for her snack and her tooth was hurting her. Sure enough, I tried moving it and it was a little loose!

Over the past 10 days, she spent time wiggling it here and there and trying to gross me out-I HATE loose teeth. We were anxious to see how long it would take it to come out.

 Thursday I was getting dinner ready. We were having cheeseburgers. The kids always have theirs cut up. Well for some reason, both of them wanted it on a roll! I thought it was strange especially for Avery because she's been avoiding biting into anything with her wiggly tooth. But, I asked several times, and each time they said they wanted it on a roll.

Avery starts eating it and says how great it is and is really chowing down. All of a sudden she screams and it bleeding in her mouth. I think the sight/taste of the blood scared her more than anything. Once we got her calmed down, we realized the tooth was quite loose at this point (and I stepped away from the table because I was so grossed out). Gabe cut up her cheeseburger and she slowly ate another piece.  Then she just sat there and finally said, "Daddy, pull it out."

I was on the other side of the room but just heard Gabe say, "Does this hurt? How about this? Ok, spit it out."  Apparently he had a hard time grabbing the tooth so he just bent it back and forth as hard as he could (EEK!) and out it came. It bled quite a bit but once it stopped, she was quite excited that the Tooth Fairy would be coming that night!
And her gap is huge! Someone asked if 2 teeth came out-nope!
After dinner, she wrote her letter to the Tooth Fairy-with no help from us!
Let me translate:
"Dear Tooth Fairy, I just lost my first tooth and Daddy pulled it out. Thank you Tooth Fairy! I love you Tooth Fairy! Avery"

Her tooth went into her special pillow we bought her for Christmas and went next to her head at bedtime. She woke up yesterday with a $5 bill and a chocolate gold coin!

One down.....way too many to go ;)

Thursday, April 23, 2015


We're both so proud of our big girl!

Avery's been rocking at kindergarten. She loves going to school and has really gotten into the routine of everything about it. She loves reading, loves doing homework, loves being with friends. So far, it's been a really great year for her.

And she got her first award the other day!

They had a program called "Reading Rockstars" and the kids had to set a daily and weekly reading goal that lasted about 6 weeks long. If the kid met their goal, they got an award. And Avery met her goal!

So the other night, I went with her to her award ceremony! I was very proud to hear them call her name and see her walk across the stage! My big girl's first school achievement!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Our Easter

Our Easter was very nice-it's hard to believe it's here and gone already!

Avery woke up just before 8am all excited to go and check things out. We kept her in our room until Cassandra woke up, which was around 9am!

They had received a note from the Easter Bunny that there were 35 eggs hidden along with their baskets. Once we got downstairs, the hunting began!

This one was stuffing her face with everything she found. No asking-just opened the egg and ate the candy! Until we caught on that is! Kid cracks me up!
We just lounged most of the morning. I made some muffins for breakfast and we just relaxed. Everyone found their basket and we just enjoyed the morning.

Cassie went down for a nap and it never fails....when we have somewhere to go, she sleeps forever. Avery and Gabe ended up leaving here around 4pm (Cassie fell asleep around 1:40 and is usually good for 2hrs). I even cracked her door open at 4 hoping it would wake her...nope! I finally went up around 4:40 and made enough noise to wake her up.

Needless to say, we got there right as they were serving dinner. Oh well....

Gabe's Mom had some egg shaped brownies for the kids to decorate and Cassie really enjoyed that!
After dinner, we sang "Happy Birthday" to Gabe's Mom and to me! We both have/had birthdays this week! And Cassie had a cupcake with a candle in it, because that's what happens when you're 3!
After dessert, it was egg hunt time! Since it SNOWED on Easter, we did the hunt inside. We love doing it outside, but you do what you gotta do! Here are the girls all lined up ready to go!
Cassie, Avery, Bianca
And they're off!

They each had 25 eggs to find and then got their baskets and Christmas Easter gifts.

Unfortunately, Avery had school the next day so we couldn't stay over there super late. It was a really great day though and the kids really had fun!

Hope you all had a Happy Easter!