Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day is an awesome day, isn't it? Although it's a day that fills our homes and hearts with happiness and love, it also can be a day of remembrance and/or pain for others. Some have lost their mothers, some are yearning to be mothers and some just don't have a relationship with their mother. Being a mom is a choice. It's a sacrifice. It's the most worrisome, most stressful, most imperfect, lowest paying salaried job a woman can have. But at the same time it can be the most rewarding, most fulfilling life achievement. At one point in my life I didn't think my mom knew anything, now I know she knew everything. It's looking at my children and appreciating what my mother did and what her mother did. Understanding that life isn't perfect and there will be storms but that mothers can provide the shelter we need to get through those storms. Motherhood is messy, sticky and beautiful. 

I always like to treat mom on Mother's Day, she deserves it! My mother-in-law too! Without these two ladies our family would be most incomplete. 

I wanted to do something easy so that we could all enjoy the day without having a lot of planning to do so I decided on a flatbread pizza party! I asked my girls what we should have to eat and they said, 'pizza!'(definitely my children with that answer). I thought, we could easily pull that off! 

We gathered all of our favorite toppings and daddy and Laila took orders and made pizzas!



We had a Mom-osa bar with sparkling, raspberry mimosa's! 


The table was set with little photo frames filled with photos from our Mother's Day photo shoot; a gift given by my hubby. 



I took the day off from baking to enjoy some family time but that didn't mean we didn't have dessert! Thanks to Nothing Bundt Cakes we enjoyed a magnificently, tasty strawberries and cream bundt cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert! I had to dress it up a bit with flowers to match our centerpiece, of course. 


However you spent your Mother's Day, I hope that you had a little bit of peace and an over abundance of happiness and love fill your heart, as I did. 


Thank you mom for being the strongest, most loving and most supportive mom a girl could ask for. You prepared me to be a mom and I continue to look up to you and strive to be more like you every day. Maybe someday.


Thank you hubby for always making me feel so special. I will treasure these memories forever. 


"As a mother my job is take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible." 
~Ruth Bell Graham


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ATTENTION SHOPPERS! Laila turned 5!


In the blink of an eye, we have a 5 year old! And she's loving every minute of it. It was her coldest birthday to date but we didn't let that slow us down one bit!





Laila was set on a Shopkins theme for her birthday this year. What exactly ARE these things? Cute, little, rubbery, plastic grocery store items with eyes and personalities and they're strung from one end of my house to the other; that's all I know.
They're the craze, the rage, the coolest and you must collect them all!!

We had all of Laila's favorite things...

Cheese Pizza! 

Mom's Cookies!


And Coloring! 

We also had chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing - of course! And two kinds of cheddar 'poppy corn'. 






Laila helped put together a cup full of Shopkins goodies for each of her friends. They contained markers, a notepad, a pencil, an eraser and tattoos! They had fun sharing and using the markers. 



We had to break out the pinata! It was super fun for kids this age so I would highly recommend it at your next kiddo party. All of the kids LOVED hitting it and it's funny how serious and determined children can be when they know there is candy involved! Hilarious!



We used Shopkins photo props so that Laila could take pictures with some of her friends!  Aren't they adorable?



These two are so cute! 



And these two couldn't have been more excited!



Laila loves purple so I threw together mostly purple flowers with a pop of yellow and placed them in little shopping baskets on the tables. We were ignoring the 29 degree weather! 


It was a great day and Laila had tons of fun spending her birthday and making memories with friends and family that she loves. She's becoming a little lady that loves to read and color and she has a creative imagination and a love for dance. She's polite and dare I say, wise beyond her years. Kindergarten registration is scheduled so let the fun (and tears) begin! I know she's going to kill it. 

Happy Birthday to my very first everything!
 I'm definitely the lucky one.