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Monday, September 27, 2010

Potty Talk

So our now potty-trained (YEAH! SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS!) JJ says to me when he's trying to "get his poopies out" and he just "toots" (significantly):

JJ: It's the Raspberry Forrest!

(from Veggie Tales "the Lord of the Beans" when the trees give "raspberries"...the ones from your mouth)

As I say "wow! that's right JJ, sounds like raspberries" and have a good laugh to myself:)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Susie’s Chick-fil-A Party

Susie was definitely “under the weather” and didn’t want me to let her go, so I held her the whole time with her blankie…it was sad that she wasn’t herself, but I felt very loved and like a mommy:)

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Notice my butterfly necklace…Susie’s party had a butterfly theme…it was sweet:)

Susie's Party, home, etc 026  I did cupcake towers for this party with butterflies on them. My friend, Anita, had some butterfly gummies that I used.  But most of them were gummy slices cut lengthwise in half and then I put antlers and a spine in the middle with icing. (if this is what they are called)

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The kids went back and forth and played in the play area…we were able to get tables right by it, not right away, so we did a little shuffling, but, as always, IT ALL WORKED OUT:)

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We ordered a nugget tray and sweet tea and lemonade.  If you click on the bottom right pic you will laugh at my face which shows that the lemonade was TART-er than I was expecting:)

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Happy times…everyone LOVES Chick-fil-A chicken! 

(the cows told us to;)

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also, if you notice, JJ is surrounded by “girlfriends”…he doesn’t seem to mind:) Susie's Party, home, etc 028 Susie's Party, home, etc 029 Susie was very happy to chomp on fries…

Ha! Who are those young kids—are they old enough to have a baby??!!

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Susie's Party, home, etc 038Calista is one of Susie’s best little friends…they don’t get to see each other often enough… Susie's Party, home, etc 039 Susie's Party, home, etc 040Everyone is getting ready for cupcakes!Susie's Party, home, etc 041 Everyone picked theirs out right away…Susie's Party, home, etc 042 And Gracie ate her gummy right away:)Susie's Party, home, etc 043 Susie's Party, home, etc 044 Susie's Party, home, etc 045 Susie's Party, home, etc 046 JJ, again surrounded by girls and eating his butterfly cupcake…doesn’t seem to mind a bit!

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Opening presents…some “My Little Pony” books, a “bath doll” that goes in the bath with you and has bath toys and a hoodie towel for when she comes out.

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Susie's Party, home, etc 057 “That’s not my dolly” touch and feel book.  I know the boy version of this series, but hadn’t seen any in the girl series.  Thanks Carrie!Susie's Party, home, etc 058  She’s doing zerberts…one of her favorite things right now.  I love her sense of humor…it reminds me of my mom’s who she is named after.

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Another blessed day…

Susanne Elizabeth…you are a Gift from God and we CAN’T tell you this enough.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Celebrating Susie…Her Birthday Weekend

She loves colors like her Mama:) so she wore her “rainbow outfit” for her birthday…and preferred to pull herself up on the TV stand with her brother and watch his new favorite: Auto-B-Good.

This is also your first look at Susie’s birthday present to herself—a “shiner”…she was crawling on the bed at bedtime and when she got to the edge, she slipped and smacked below her eye. She was crying so hard, but I didn’t see where she was hurt until the next morning…tough girl.  She went right for the same place the next chance she had!

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We didn’t have her cake until the next day so our good friends and neighbors could be with us.  We sang to her and put a candle in Mango ice cream…she LOVED it!

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  These are the decorating tools


and the pink, gray and white icing that helped me make…

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A pink and white puppy:) 

I made it modeled after a lovie Susie has…

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This one.

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She loved it and the pink icing helped:) Susie's Birthday, etc 048 “MMMM…this looks very interesting and fun…”

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Thank you. I will take these two, please!”

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“Yum, Yum.  I like.”

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These pictures miss the 4 sets of tiny hands that were all trying to open for Susie.

Also (bottom right)…I have no idea, but my face was funny enough…I just HAD to include it!

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Princess dinnerware set:) and a “Sweet Pea Beauty…songs for Little Girls” from Veggie Tales—thanks friends!

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And we ended in the back yard with some swinging…

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“Whoa Susie…here she comes.”

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Up, Up and Away!Susie's Birthday, etc 094 Love Abby’s smile below and Jared’s face in the next two—he didn’t know I was taking his picture…but he’s still so cute:)Susie's Birthday, etc 095 And so are the “bubs”…Love you kiddos and again,

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Sweet Susie:)