Sunday, May 17, 2015

Raya's Birthday Eve

I blinked---and then she was 6

After what seems like weeks of celebrating, Raya is turning 6 years old TOMORROW! Seriously, where'd my baby go?!

When my girls were little I always did things like stats, etc. on their birthday posts lol...but I really have no idea for Raya! I do know she has slimmed down so much this last year...she's wearing all the same clothes from last year and is wearing a lot of size 6x right now, which is probably the first time ever in her life that her clothing size will match her real age! ;-)

Raya continues to be an extremely easy going kid. Pretty much the only times she is "naughty" is if she's overly tired or sick! A funny story is that recently my mom implemented some time out spots at her house for the grandkids (primarily for Miss Brielle lol...but all the kids got a spot!) My mom said she was explaining to the kids that she would give them a warning, and then if they didn't listen they'd be sent to their time out spot. To which Raya replied "but grandma, if you tell me to stop doing something I'll just stop---I don't need to go to time out!" LOL...she couldn't figure out why a kid would not listen to the warning and actually have to go to the time out spot <3

In school Raya is doing great. She's a great friend and tries so hard. She's made a lot of progress in her reading and math this year and loves finding books she can actually read herself. We plan to keep working on this a lot this summer! She only has 3.5 school days left this year and then she's on her way to first grade!!!!

Raya is a total Mama's girl still. If given the choice of doing anything she wants she will usually choose to have a girls day with me---shopping, hitting the bookstore and drinking Frappuccino's, etc. hehe. She's obsessed with stuffed animals, "American Girl" dolls, loves watching movies in the theatre (and eating popcorn!), is lately a big fan of maxi dresses, always wants her fingernails painted in "patterums" (aka patterns), and loves doing photoshoots---as long as she gets to pick her own poses!

Yesterday it was kind of dreary out in the morning so we did a quick birthday photoshoot in the back yard. Later this summer I'll do a real shoot with her---but she had fun with this :-) First year without a real birthday outfit, but after 5 years of birthday number shirts/etc. I was a little burnt out haha.


And daddy bought her a real bow for her birthday:
Shawna Feldman Hufendick's photo.

In case you don't follow me on Instagram, last weekend we had a family birthday out at the campground. We actually bought a brand new 2016 camper this year and are planning to go camping most weekends, and last weekend we broke it in! :-) Raya had a great time, and there was a family with 3 little girls camping next to us who joined the party hehe. My brother had his girlfriend's two boys as well and the oldest stayed for the cousin sleepover, so that's who the new faces are <3

Shawna Feldman Hufendick's photo.

Shawna Feldman Hufendick's photo.

Then the cousins changed and went fishing! (Brielle was pouting)

Uncle John! He got her a pogo stick


I better wrap this up haha---but as you can see, a great time! And I only have 8 work days left before I'm done with work until mid August, so I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time with my SIX YEAR OLD this summer! :-)

Raya Marie, I love you the mostest ever in the whole world infinity! <3 <3 <3  Happy Birthday sweet girl.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I'm still alive!

Oops, guess I haven't posted here since January! lol.

Question, does anyone actually read this blog who *doesn't* follow me on instagram? Because I post over there daily and I'm not sure how much anyone really cares if I post here too :-P

*but* in case you are someone who hasn't seen pictures from me in awhile, wanna see how cute the girls have gotten since January? :-)

Every week I take a sister picture, and this year I'm doing a quotes theme ....I think they are turning out cute, even if I have forgotten a couple times!

Let's go in reverse, shall we? Here is this weekend's picture, week 18

Week 17

Week 16 (forgot)

Week 15

Week 14 (forgot)

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 9

Week 8

Week 7

Week 6 (forgot)

Week 5

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

Hope you enjoyed the (quick) update! My last day of work for the school year is June 2nd---then I'm off for 2.5 months and will perhaps update here a bit more! :-)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday Brielle!

I've ever met a kid who was so intensely adorable, loving, and sweet---while also being incredibly sassy, stubborn, and difficult! lol :-) We love you so much Miss Brielle--can't wait to see what this year brings ! <3

Brielle chose a Cinderella theme for her birthday---which I admire. In the face of the Frozen frenzy she walked right by the giant Frozen party supply section and found the little Cinderella section haha. Again, always trying to be different and do her own thing! :-)

Brielle is so funny---definitely a quirky sense of humor. She loves to call people "eyeballs" and laugh hysterically haha. She likes to insert random weird noises and funny faces into the middle of conversations to get a laugh. She is incredibly loving and loves to cuddle. My favorite is that she gives "nuzzles" and rubs her little nose on mine.

I haven't made her 4 year check up appt. yet but based on my own measurements yesterday she's 33lbs (32nd%ile) and 37.5inches (8th%ile)...still my little shorty!

Now that she's 4 she is very excited to start having *2* gummy vitamins a day instead of one. She's also very excited that her and cousin Harper are the same age again. She will stay in the same daycare and preschool room because they don't switch until summer, which is great---she loves her teachers and friends there, and she still looks so little (short) in that room! She's getting better at letter names, but it's not something we really work on much. She can write her name quite well though! We are always amazed by some of the things she knows though and will say randomly. Like the other day Lee was doing some brainquest cards with Raya and Brielle knew that the weekend had 2 days, whales are the largest ocean animal, etc. ...she's also great at those pictures where you need to "find what's different" in the pictures, and she is AMAZING at puzzles.

She still loves to have me sing "you are my sunshine" every night before bed---but she just loves to sing in general as well. Her current favorite songs are "shake it off" by Taylor Swift (but again, to be different, she fights with Raya about how the song on the cd after shake it off is really her favorite...and she will even stay in the car listening to that song when we get home to prove her point :-P)---she also loves the new Annie movie songs (I bought her the soundtrack for her birthday)

Her favorite shows are Dora and Friends into the city, Ella elephant, Peppa Pig, Sophia the First, amount others. Her favorite foods are peanut butter sandwiches and goldfish crackers. Her favorite clothes are dresses and "comfy boots" (aka knock off uggs).

I'm convinced she will never have hair--hence the sad looking "bun" on her head lol. Her hair is still baby fine and wispy! She still has those amazing blue eyes and that snaggle tooth/missing tooth smile. She has the cutest little voice and I love hearing her say she's going to "tuddle wit the titties" hehe

This past year has had some big changes with me going back to work and her starting school and daycare, but I feel like it was really good for her. She loves her teachers and all of her friends, and her and I don't butt heads nearly as much now that we get a break from each other during the day lol.

Brielle, I can't believe that 4 years ago this morning I was starting my induction, and that by afternoon I was holding your tiny 6lb self. I was so excited to have a 2nd baby girl and you were soooo adorable. Grandma Donna still to this day calls you her pretty, pretty, baby because you really are <3 You make the perfect caboose for our family and I can't wait to see how far your sass and spunk takes you in life. I hope you have the best year yet--love you so much!!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas 2014 --- Epic post! :-)

Who's ready for an epic rundown of holiday festivities?! I am kid and husband free and postponing my house cleaning, so I thought I'd do a big post :-)

Heading to Papa and Grandma Donna's house! As though they haven't gotten enough presents today already lol ;-) MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The girls on Christmas Day. These H&M sweatshirts are freaking ADORBS :-)
Ok, so first let's take it back to the days right before Christmas. Brielle and Harper had their preschool Christmas concert and were looking cute! Harper covered her face and pouted most of the time on stage LOL...Brielle sang but was pretty reserved!
Cousins ready for the LECC holiday concert! :-)

Then we went and visited our friends in IL and the girls got to play with Brynley! We weren't sure we were going to go because Brielle was a little sick, but they ended up telling us to come and Brielle was fine once we got to their house. They played lots of dress up, we went and jumped and Monkey Joes, etc.

Playing hard this morning! ♡

Jumping at Monkey Joes ♡

By the time we left everyone was exhausted!!
#exhausted Lol

Snuggle bug #oversharingtoday #sorrynotsorry

And then as we were driving home we heard Brynley had started puking. And then right when I got home *I* started puking. And then Raya started puking a day or so after that. And basically we all had the stomach flu lol.

How adorable was Raya sick on the couch though? The only girl I know who chooses to get dressed in a maxi skirt for a sick day lol.
Someone is feeling better! I was wrapping presents and raya called out "I went and got dressed mama!" ...The only girl I know who wears a maxi skirt to lay on the couch sick haha

And then luckily by the 23rd Brielle and I were both 100%. So that day I picked up Sawyer and for his Xmas present I redid his bedroom at my brother's house. We went for a robot theme! :-)

I am redoing Sawyers bedroom for his Xmas present he's helping me robot-ify! :-)

Art station
His new art display station!

And then that night we had Christmas on my dad's side. Raya still was a little sick so her and Lee stayed home. Harper was grumpy so this is the picture we ended up with LOL
At the Feldman xmas! Raya stayed home and Harper is you get this lol ;-)

With my dad's mom
Picture with great grandma!

Christmas Eve we had a lazy day...some last minute shopping and then Santa baths ;-)
Christmas eve baths #hohoho

The girls sat out cookies and milk, reindeer food on the lawn, and in bed super excited about Santa!

And then Santa came!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This year Santa brought two cardboard playhouses that you decorate/color (from Amazon) and a bunch of dress up clothes (Brielle's were from Zulily, and Raya is too big for a lot of dress up clothes so hers ended up coming from regular stores...I just bought gaudy church dress type things in big sizes on clearance and she uses them for dress up!). The princess sleeping bags Lee got on black Friday. And then the only thing Raya asked for from Santa was the "earring doll" which she LOVES. Brielle got a Barbie that plays music and lights up.

At our house Santa doesn't wrap. Growing up he did, but I just think it makes more sense that Santa doesn't wrap...the elves build it and right into the sleigh it goes! lol. Plus, I hate wrapping ;-)

However, Mama *does* wrap. And Mama spoils them :-P Daddy bought a few things too! (Although he leaves most the shopping to me haha)

The girls were very excited when they woke up and saw everything!

(Raya's eyes were still looking droopy from being sick lol...but she loved her doll!)

Some gorgeous dress up hehe

My girls are VERY girlie. So their gifts from us included makeup, hair chalk, fingernail polish, lipgloss, hair clips, etc. etc. I had gotten this hair chalk at Justice and also some brushes that had their initials on them, and Frozen tattoos. I don't buy Justice clothing as of yet but the girls are loving the glitzy accessories and products there already haha.

Raya really loves "American Girls" (although we own nothing that's actually American Girl haha. I actually think the target stuff is cuter :-P). So I got her this kitchen for her dolls from Target (it's sooo cute and comes with tons of food and accessories!)

And then I also got her this doll wardrobe and tons of clothes (all from Target as well). The wardrobe is soooo nice! Well made and huge.

Another huge hit was this musical Elsa watch  (I bought from Kohls and it was much cheaper). Both girls have not taken it off! And it plays a long chunk of let it go, which Lee is going to kill me for haha. This morning Brielle was going potty and suddenly from the bathroom I hear "Let it go!!!!!!!!!!!"  ....jamming to her watch on the potty hehe. It's also great for Raya practicing her numbers. She's still practicing how to say double digit numbers so telling me the time is great practice for her!

They also got Frozen sheets, Frozen necklaces, and then from my parents they got Frozen nightgowns (from Target) and frozen stuffed dolls (from Costco). Last night I posted this picture on instagram lol
If anything Frozen exists in the world that we *don't* own, don't tell her! Lol
If anything Frozen exists in the world that we *don't* own, don't tell her! Lol

We also got the girls lots of games for Christmas but we haven't played them yet . One was this Fancy Nancy game, one was Cinderella game, one was this Dora game ....and I forget the others lol.

Oh, one more thing that was a surprise hit...Brielle LOVED this Barbie!

Raya in Brielle's dress up dress hehe
Squeezing into Brielle's costumes hehe

Ok, now on to Christmas Day at my parents' house. The cousins are too cute, as always!

Just a tiny bit spoiled lol

We also had an extra cutie...My brother's girlfriend moved in with him awhile back...she has two little boys, ages 1 and 3. The 3 year old was with his dad on Christmas but the 1 year old joined us...he's adorable!

I had gotten this shirt for John hehe

Everything is purchased in 3's for the little girls pretty much...less fighting that way! lol

John got me and Shaleia matching zebra footie pjs LOL

My mom got Brielle this Cinderella outfit and she's OBSESSED! Her favorite gift of the entire Christmas was these clip on earrings hehe. She walked around feeling very regal :-P

Harper and Raya got these queen costumes because my mom found them for $5.

And then the king---King Sawyer

Some other favorite toys from Christmas at my parents included a hair styling station for Raya's dolls, a Dora and Friends microphone for Brielle, and rollerskates for Brielle from Uncle John and an Olaf waffle maker from Uncle John for Raya.

So phew! Made it through that epic post haha. Another awesome Christmas in the books! And I don't go back to work until January 5th so I'm going to be enjoying my vacation (and also doing a lot of photography clients---need to build up my money stash again after Christmas haha).