Monday, July 31, 2017

Minnie & Daisy Super Splash-tastic 2nd Birthday Party!

Hey hey hey! I made it through Chloe's 2nd birthday and party! Oddly enough I didn't shed a tear on her birthday. It's probably because I was so busy. I spent all day Friday cleaning and prepping. Then Saturday cleaning again and getting all set up! Her birthday was Saturday, so I had to have her party on the actual day. But oh my goodness, I forgot how overwhelming throwing a birthday party can be. {If you want a flashback, here is Chloe's 1st birthday party post!}

Let's take a look at the big day! Prepare for less words and lots of pictures!

The Decorations

Since Chloe is absolutely obsessed with Minnie and Daisy, we had to do a Minnie and Daisy themed birthday party! I was able to stock up on tons of pink and purple decorations at my favorite giant party store in downtown Houston, Arne's!

Just like last year, I printed out over 100 pictures of Chloe over the last year and scattered them throughout the house. I finally bought an album for year one and two! I hope to keep this up as a fun way to showcase our girl on her day.

Cupcakes as always are from Crave Cupcakes in Houston. Crave is 100% my go to cupcakery! I buy minis from them for every special occasion: birthdays, baby showers, gender reveal, you name it! If you live in Houston, you have to give them a try. You won't regret it.

Since it's July in Houston, I knew that we would have to have water if we wanted to be outside. It turned out that Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far. Luckily, we rented this super awesome waterslide bounce house! Best decision ever.

The Party

We had so many friends and family members show up to celebrate Chloe! She doesn't even know how loved she is.

 When we sang "Happy Birthday" Chloe wasn't too sure about it. She kept saying Momma at every pause in the song. It was kind of adorable and my sister managed to get it on video! Apparently Chloe doesn't like being the center of attention like her momma...yet!

Later in the afternoon, the grown ups hit the waterslide! We had so much fun. Possibly more fun than the little kiddos did! We found different ways to go down the slide and shoot ourselves off at take off. Let's just say that this was the best purchase for the party and I fully intend to get one of these guys again!

The Presents

Getting a two year old to open presents is quite a feat. She gets distracted super easily and is ready to play with most of the toys as soon as she opens them! 

She loves to yank the tissue paper out of the bags. It's funny because it's almost an angry rip out of the bag.

This picture below cracks me up even though it's blurry. For starters, JP and my faces are hilarious. My eyeballs in particular. Second, even though Chloe is out of focus, she's so cute! She brought her new Minnie Mouse light up shoes to Auntie Emmy and is asking her to put them on her. Of course Auntie Emmy stopped what she was doing to help the princess.

Girlfriend was totally and completely spoiled by our friends and family. The love everyone showers on our girl is beyond appreciated. When Chloe was born, I knew that she would be loved, but I never expected to have so many people go above and beyond in our lives. It brings tears to my eyes to see the love poured out for our baby girl. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. Thank you to everyone who had other obligations, but still took the time to send love and messages. Thank you to everyone who plays a positive roll in my daughter's life. You all mean so much to us! So here is to another year in the life of Chloe Grace. It's hard to believe my baby is two!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Chloe Grace: Two Years Old

And just like that my bitty baby is two years old. 

I'm not going to lie, I've gone back through my birth story and all of her monthly updates over the past couple of days. I've laughed, gotten teary eyed, had baby fever and felt pure joy. How could the last two years of my life been filled with more joy and laughter? They couldn't. It's been amazing and I wouldn't have it any other way. But this post is not about me and my feelings. It's about my big girl and all of her accomplishments!

Year two of Chloe's life has been a blast! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed being a mommy to a bitty baby, but watching her grow, learn and become her own person the last year has been amazing.

Chloe has so much personality! She is sassy and oh so strong willed. She is constantly testing her boundaries and pushing my buttons. It can be frustrating, but I'm also very thankful for it. I know that it will continue to be her most frustrating and admirable quality just as my mom has said the same for me. The funny thing is that she is definitely a mix between JP and me. Not only is she strong willed, but she can also be incredibly easy going. Her daddy is very laid back and go with the flow, and she can be as well! Chloe travels and adjusts to new surroundings shockingly well for a toddler. I think it helps that we started taking her so many places at a young age. Watching her grow into the person she is becoming is amazing. I love getting to know my favorite tiny human as she becomes her own person!

Chloe is very vocal. She isn't afraid to tell you no that's for sure! She jibber jabbers all the time, but is also speaking some small sentences. Some of her current favorites are "I do it." "Hold you momma." "I jump more." "Oh no, I boo boo!" along with several others along those lines. She is currently my little parrot! She copies what we're saying these days, so we've started trying to watch what we say around her. I'm pretty sure she is learning a new word every day at this point. They aren't always said perfectly and she may not know exactly what she's saying, but she's doing it!

Even though Chloe is a happy go lucky, traveling the world kind of little girl, she has another side as well. She's actually pretty serious and kind of a home body! When she sets her mind to something, she has a very serious sort of determination. Also when we're just relaxing at home and she's in her own little world, she likes to be left there until she invites you in. We've also entered a stage where she just wants to be at home. She loves playing in her game room, her backyard and her front yard. Going on walks is also acceptable according to Chloe. Some days I'll ask her if she wants to go to xyz or stay home and she'll say home most of the time! I try to keep her home for the majority of the day at least 2-3 week days to give her the down time she needs at home!

Our little girl is so full of joy. She loves to..

  • swim! All day every day if she had the chance.
  • pretend to cough until someone asks if she okay.
  • jump on the couch.
  • walk down the stairs yelling "I do it!" so no one helps her.
  • go in and out of her princess tent in the game room.
  • splash in her water table.
  • go on walks in her stroller, on her bike or in her new wagon.
  • drink water out of the faucet in the bathtub when we turn it down to a trickle.
  • just be at home some days.
  • watch Mickey & the Roadster Racers while snuggling on the couch before bed.
  • eat popsicles while swinging on the porch.
  • dress up in her Anna and Elsa dresses whenever momma will let her!

There you have it my newborn turned into a baby and then a toddler before me eyes. I love watching her grow and learn, and I can't wait to see where the next year together leads us. Big changes are coming her way shortly with 3 weeks overseas and then she starts Mother's Day Out a couple of days after we return!

Happy happy birthday baby girl! Momma and Daddy love you more than you know!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

What's in Chloe's Bag?

Last week {okay, the week before last because I went missing last week} I posted about my summer purse/diaper/gym bag. I always find it fascinating the different things that women carry in their bags. Everyone seems to be different. It makes sense. We all have different needs and values, so our purses have all sorts of different things in them. Since I've transitioned away from the diaper bag, I've been using my Longchamp tote for all of mine and Chloe's necessities. You can check out mine here if you missed it, but today we're going to talk about what all Chloe has in our bag! This week is all about Chloe after all! {Only 2 more days until my baby is 2!}

For starters, you can see that the majority of what I have in my bag is for this little girl! Tiny humans need a lot of stuff! Luckily toddlers need a little less than babies, so for now, I can carry my normal bag. Let's dive in.

Diapers & wipes because obviously girlfriend is not potty trained yet. We're not quite ready to jump on that train until after all of our traveling is done the next couple of months. An extra change of clothes because you never really know what's going to happen. Chloe loves the water so much that she's been known to get soaked given the opportunity. Also blow outs. They don't happen as often, but you don't want to be left in poopy clothes if it does! Lately I've also had to carry sunglasses because Chloe wants to be like mommy! She got these fabulous white rhinestone ones from her great Auntie Liz and Uncle Joe. She's kind of obsessed.

Snacks. All of the snacks. I need a few snacks in my part of the bag for my hangries, but Chloe needs ALL the snacks. Multiple options must be available in case of emergency. She may love something on day and hate it the next. How dare I offer her bunny grams? Those are so not fetch today. I usually keep an apple sauce, bunny grams, goldfish, raisins, a kids Cliff bar and in case of emergency gummies aka the g word. She's so obsessed with gummies, but I try not to give them to her very often. If I need to whip them out to make a situation better though, you better believe I'm not above bribery! If I know we'll be out and about for a while, I may also add some grapes, strawberries or other fruit and a string cheese! I usually keep her snacks in a quart size baggie to contain them in my purse. Otherwise, I would have snacks everywhere!

In her little "makeup bag" I keep a variety of things that we may not use every day, but I don't want to be caught without. Tylenol and syringe for teething, sunscreen for sunshine, diaper cream for rashes, bug spray for bugs, a comb for crazy hair and Boogie wipes for runny noses. {I should really use the bug spray in there, but I always forget!} As you can see, we have a necklace and a pony, in case of emergency of course. Those were Chloe additions. I also started carrying crayons and a small book for Chloe to color. She's started enjoying coloring lately, and it's a great time passer if we're out and about. Plus, it doesn't take up much space.

As you can see, girlfriend doesn't exactly pack lightly. I never want to get caught wishing I had something and be left empty handed. Sometimes I put Chloe's stuff into her giraffe backpack in the picture above! Then I'll just throw my keys and wallet in there. It just depends on the day and the situation. Also, pictured above, it looks like so much! Luckily, it condenses quite nicely. A lot of the stuff goes into Chloe's makeup bag and her snacks are all bagged together too. The clothes roll up nicely and fall snuggly into a corner of the bag. What I'm saying is that it all fits comfortably, even with my things, in my Longchamp Le Pilage tote!

There you have it folks! All the things that Chloe and I both deem necessary to travel along places with us. It's much less than when she was a bitty baby that's for sure.

I'm always fascinated with what's in other people's bags. So now the important question...what are the top three things you can't live without in your bag? Is it all for you or for your kiddos?
Top three for me are snacks, diapers and chapstick! Snacks for both, diapers for Chloe and chapstick for me!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Chloe Lately!

It's Chloe's birth week, so this week is ALL about Chloe! I thought it would be fun to do a Chloe lately post so y'all can see what's she up to, what makes her happy and what adventures life has in store for her!

Lately Chloe has been...

...reading How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, Happy Birthday Baby {Dr. Seuss}, All Better, Everyone Poops, I'm a Dirty Dinosaur and Brown Bear, Brown Bear {and all the other similar books in this series!} This little girl loves books just like her momma!

...listening to Frozen and Moana soundtracks plus some Barney song when we're in the car!

...watching Zootopia, Finding Dory, Frozen, Moana, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Barney. We pretty much rotate between these movies. I've tried adding others, but she's not having it right now!

...thinking about how to push back bedtime a little longer each night! She gets to watch one "yacer" or racer which is Mickey and the Roadster Racers after she takes a bath. Each night she yells "One more! One more!" Not happening kiddo.

...looking forward to her trip to Norway of course! Just kidding, she has no clue what I'm talking about when I mention it. She is however, looking forward to staying home with mommy all day today after a crazy, busy last week and a half. It's the little things y'all.

...working on her forward roll. She's almost got it, if only she would just lean over once she assumes the roll position!

...wishing she could be a mermaid. Seriously this child is obsessed with the water and loves swimming! I think she would just live in my parents' pool if we would let her.

...ready for her birthday party this Saturday!

...happy that she has a mommy and daddy who love her so very much! At least I'm pretty sure that she's happy about that. And if she isn't, she should be :)

There you have it, a little piece of Chloe lately. I asked her what her answers to these prompts and most of the time she just said, "Hi Momma!" If not that, she would count, say some colors, talk about her puppies or name the characters from Mickey Mouse. That's my girl! I really do feel like these would be her answers though!

It's hard to believe my girl is growing up so fast! I'm loving every stage of life with her. I think it just keeps getting better and better! Well I'm off to play tea party now with her new set from her great Uncle Bruce and Auntie Bonnie. It's all about Chloe after all...

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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Pre-Birthday Celebration!

Oh my goodness y'all, it's already Monday. I feel like my last week and weekend were a complete whirlwind. Things have been pretty crazy around here. In case you didn't see the one and only short post I put up last week, I was at VBS! I was the Bible Discovery Room co-leader with my friend Chelsea. It was a blast, but totally and completely exhausting. {I forgot what it was like to work full time and come home to my baby girl. You working mommas seriously are rockstars!}

Aside from being busy with VBS and every day life, we've been busy preparing for our baby girl's 2nd birthday! I can't believe that She's going to be 2 in just five days. That's it. On Saturday, I'll no longer have a one year old, I'll have a full fledged TWO year old! It's crazy.

This Saturday we had a pre-birthday celebration with her grandparents, great grandmother, great auntie/uncles and cousins on JP's side! JP's parents and aunt and uncle are going on an Alaskan cruise and they actually leave today! Since they won't be here for her birthday this coming weekend, we thought it would be fun to have a family party. This way everyone would get much more time with the birthday princess.

She was totally spoiled rotten! I think the toy store just came straight to our house. Despite the attitude on her face in the picture below, I promise she had a great time opening her presents. She actually made us open up the toys as she opened the presents!

She got an easel with all the art supplies she could possible want, a Melissa and Doug cake cutting set and steep & sip tea set, adorable clothes, books and sunglasses, magnets, animals and more! She's kind of obsessed with all of them. It's really fun to watch her play with her new toys. I haven't really gotten her anything new the past couple of months besides her goodies from Disneyland since her birthday is coming up. I forgot how fascinating new toys are and how fixated she gets with them!

I made her a fun little cake and I'm already ready to make it again. It was a simple funfetti cake from a box split into two nine inch round pans. Then I put a layer of whipped cream and sliced strawberries in the middle and iced the top layer with chocolate frosting. Naturally I topped it with sprinkles! It turned out to be delicious!

Remember that Melissa and Doug steep and sip tea set I mentioned she received? Take a look at just how cute it is...

Y'all it had little tea bags that you can put into the tea cups and even a little sheet that tells you how to make tea! I mean my girl has been to London after all. Now she'll be ready when she goes back some day!

Most of the other pictures were taken on everyone else's phones and cameras. I was so busy getting lunch situated and helping her open presents that taking pictures got pushed to the wayside. But I know there are some cute ones with our family members in them! It was a wonderful celebration and I'm so thankful we have so many people in our lives that love our girl so much!

Since it's Chloe's birth week, it'll be all about Chloe here! Stay tuned...

On a totally unrelated note before I go, anyone watch Game of Thrones last night? I won't give away any spoilers, but oh my goodness. My two thoughts. (1) Littlefinger may be one of the rapiest characters. He totally creeps me out. (2) The ending scenes totally had me all WTF? Am I right?

Happy Monday y'all!

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