So we are starting in day three with no power due to a freak ice storm (the one that no one hypes up so you are absolutely unprepared). I also haven’t updated this blog in quite some time so I figured I would share some Instagram favorites, it’s the least I can do from my phone.













Flying high

Cailee was so excited to get an invite to Allison’s birthday and even more excited to realize it was going to be the same format as last year – an hour in the tumble gym followed by princess time with cake & goodie bags. I mean, those are her two most favorite activities, in one party (and that was only one of two parties this weekend).

Cailee loves gymnastics and loves the trampoline most of all (as if you can’t tell by all the pictures). She was really flying high and having a blast.

Her princess gear was Anna from Frozen. She’s recently informed me that she now loves this movie as much as The Little Mermaid. This is a BIG deal, coming from the girl who cares nothing for any other princess by Ariel. And of course, someone informed us they had been to the movie twice and all of a sudden Cailee was on a kick to see the movie again (we had gone Thanksgiving eve). It was if she hadn’t thought of going twice to see the movie. So we went Friday night, we’ve been listening to the soundtrack and while I tried to get Elsa, her favorite princess, that was not to be (apparently it’s everyone’s, nationwide, favorite) so she settled for Anna and it turned out to be a hit. She was so thrilled to get the attention.

From snow to spring

Well I think the fact that I haven’t posted for the last thirty days was a pretty good indication of how my year has started. 99% of it was work related, however, the other 1% was DIY home projects (more on that later). But I did get to push the emergency stop button on life once this past week for our “snowstorm” and again today, when spring peeked at us from around the corner.

The highlight of the snow had to be Cailee and her snow angels. It was the first year (no snow last year) that she executed it and she was beyond excited. We also made some snow cream, attempted a snowman (I failed but she made a small mountain eventually and called that Olaf – the snowman from “Frozen”). Connor surprised me and went outside, fell down one time and wanted to come back inside. He tried it a few more times, same outcome. In his defense, it was one of those “feels like single digits” day

In other news, Connor has finally acknowledged Cailee by name. THIS IS BIG. It has only taken nearly 3 years for Connor to call Cailee by name. Introducing “KeyKey” (phonetic spelling of course) as Connor’s big sister. As well, Cailee’s room is officially known as KeyKey’s house.

Fast forward three days and it’s beautiful outside. It was warm enough for Mom to be without a coat – so that’s got to tell you something. While daddy worked inside all day (boo), we played trucks, soccer, sandbox, trampoline and more. The best part is watching Cailee and Connor play together. They spend more and more time together these days and sure, they annoy each other plenty, but they are also have a lot of fun together. Laughter all around.

From us to you!

So if you received this in the mail you didn’t get it til the 26th (oops – last time I rely on Tiny Prints to mail the cards for me). But it didn’t actually say Merry Christmas (another oversight on my part when I chose this design) so you can’t actually call it late since everyone received it in 2013. :)

I We (JJ made a valiant effort to entertain, conjole, and bribe as well) tried and tried to get a good single picture of the kids together but really couldn’t. (at least not one that this perfectionist loved).

Here’s what we were up against.

Can’t miss the love in these pictures

These pictures and that smile make it pretty obvious how much Cailee loves her Aunt Bethie.

Playin’ catch-up?

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