Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Madeline's 11th Birthday Party & Growing Up!

This post is super-duper late.  I've had part of the pictures uploaded for a while, but am now getting around to this birthday post (over a month late)!  Better late than never, right?!?  Some of the pictures are out of order, but at least they're here!  
Madeline celebrated her 11th birthday on March 20th.  We had a small family birthday party with dinner at Pizza Inn and then came back home for cake and presents.  This year she requested a simple oreo special character or theme.  And she lit her own candles! Our baby is growing up!

A few days after her birthday she had a sleepover party with a few of her friends.  Here they are eating pizza.

Striking a pose!

They made slime.  This was Madeline's idea for a craft and they all loved it.

Settling in for the night.  They were very well behaved and we only had a few that tried to stay up all night.  
Madeline loved making slime!

Madeline is still such a little mama to Margo.  She loves to teach her things.  I think Margo will be very well prepared for Kindgergarten!

With her BFF, Reagan, at a Hurricanes Hockey game (the night after her birthday).

Margo and I took Madeline lunch from Pizza Hut (requested) on her birthday at school.  

Me and my 1st baby girl on her birthday.  

OK.  Now on to the growing up stuff.  Madeline had her LAST elementary school performance at PTA last week.  All of a sudden, it hit me like a ton of bricks!
Look how grown up she looks!  She is starting to take a lot more interest in clothes, hair and makeup.  It's starting!  Eeeek!  Although, I must say, she does a good job of picking out cute outfits and has learned how to use a curling iron.

Singing "Lean on Me" at the PTA performance.

Her Spring school picture.  

Last night we went to the Middle School for a parent meeting and tour of the 6th grade classrooms.  Madeline is very excited.  I'm excited for her too and know that she will do well.  BUT my heart is just not quite ready.  I'll just take it one day at a time.  I was saying last night that I am more anxious about her starting middle school than Margo starting Kindergarten.  Margo is SO ready for Kindergarten and I'm ready for her to go. And I know what to expect from Kindergarten.  I was telling Grandma and Grandpa this and Grandpa said, "Well just think how you'll feel when it's Margo going to Middle School!"  Well--that got me thinking.  That means that Madeline will be a Senior in High School.  All in just six short years.  
WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  Where are the tissues?!?!?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lydia's Red Carpet Hollywood Birthday Bash

Lydia's birthday was on March 15th and she had a Red Carpet Hollywood themed party.  This was all her idea!  Lydia was very excited because this year was the first time since she was one that she didn't have a combo party with Madeline.  She got her very own party and was thrilled about it. (Madeline was also thrilled about not having to share her party with Lydia)  I did get a lot of cute ideas from Pinterest for this party.  Here are some of the girls posing on the Red Carpet.

I bought a lot of the decorations from Party City a few weeks before the Oscars. They had all sorts of Hollywood themed decorations which tied in perfectly with our theme.

Posing on the Red Carpet with my sweet Lydi-Bug!

Here is the cake that I made for her birthday.  She wanted it to be like a star on the Hollywood walk of fame! 

We had cupcakes too.

Our living room was transformed to the Red Carpet and picture posing area.

Another pose of the girls.

Opening presents!  She got an iPod touch and was very excited about that.  Lydia always gets very excited about her birthday and presents!  There were lots of shrill screams during gift opening.

The sparkler candle added a special touch to the cake.  Look at all those candles!

Blowing out the candles on her cake.

The dress-up trunk with all kinds of accessories for the girls.

Grandma and Grandpa posing with Lydia on the Red Carpet.

Lydia's cousins even came by for a little while to visit and make their debut on the Red Carpet.  Aren't they cute???

Cheers!  Let's get this party started.

Action shot outside.

Oh, to be nine again!!!

Back inside for crafts.  Notice how little sister Margo is right in the middle of it all!

Signing autograph books!

Lydia surrounded by all her friends.  They had a great time!

Lydia took turns walking town the red carpet and posing with each girl.  I think she really loved this part the most.

There was a conga line and a little dance party too.

Lydia with Faith and Lauren--friends since they were babies.  All three born within just a few months of each other.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Easter 2013

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!  Here are the girls on Easter morning at church.  And boy, did we need to be in church!  You can't tell from this picture, but things were very chaotic at home before we got to church!  Sunday mornings are rough for us, but we always manage to pull everything together!  Anybody else feel that way?!?!?

Earlier in the week, Margo had an Easter Egg hunt with her preschool class.

It was at her preschool teacher's house which is within walking distance to the preschool.  And it was the perfect place for an egg hunt.

Margo's class after finding all the eggs.

Margo and her best bud, Addison!

We had another egg hunt the day before Easter hosted by Aunt Leslie.  


Our church sanctuary on Easter morning.

Mama and her Easter darlings.  This was after a 30 minute temper tantrum by a certain 4 year-old.  If you look closely or enlarge this picture, you can probably see her splotchy face.  I really wanted a family picture.  David was DONE by this point and had already changed out of his church clothes and agreed to be the photographer... Oh, well.  It is what it is!

Even though she was mad, I still had to get a picture of her in her Easter dress and hat!

Happy Spring Break!  We don't have big plans.  I hope to switch out winter clothes for spring ones if warm weather will decide to show up.  I also hope to update the blog with pictures from the girls' birthday parties!