Sunday, February 20, 2011

day 3

day 3 has to wait til day 4.

day 3 was too full of rainbows and birthday giggles to worry about day 3.

In the mean time…

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one of my all time favorite photos – a few weeks after we met. yes, met.
I always just knew.

Birthday Party Part 1!

We celebrated Olivia’s birthday with family yesterday! She had a blast! I cant believe that my baby is 3! She has been into colors lately and always asks me what color things are. I thought that best idea was to throw her a color party! I used the rainbow and went from there! I think it turned out fantastic!! Every time I walked into the kitchen I smiled, I love bright colors. Um.. a word of advice, don’t look up rainbow party without Google safe search on :)

I made the pom-poms on the window using the grade school technique of making tissue flowers for your mom for mothers day.. did anyone do that?! apparently, I’m the ONLY ONE. Way to hate on your mama’s… I bought trays at the dollar tree (bless you, dollar tree) and did the colors of the rainbow in fruit. SO EASY! And it was so healthy and Olivia munched on blueberries all day even though there was candy on the table. Parenting WIN! I also purchased bright candy and put them in more dollar tree vases/cups.


My favorite part was the cake. I know everyone has seen the rainbow cake. I looked for different tutorials on how to make it. Meg had THE BEST one! I want to give that lady a prize.. or just a hug? I think, both! She used cake mix (!) Nothing fancy. That is why I love her!! I don’t have time to sift flour. The cake was AWESOME! It turned out better than I thought! The colors were bright and fun. I loved this cake. I think we should eat rainbow cake everyday. It’s true. I do.




Olivia got a bike with a baby seat, and a new baby to put in the seat and some new jammies! She loved everything!





She covered her ears when we sang to her. Apparently, we suck at singing :(  And she blew out the candles all by herself!



This is a real, 100% Olivia smile. It made everything SO worth it. She had an amazing time!



Saturday, February 19, 2011

day 2

Today I was suppose to do something nice for him… They gave the suggestion of cleaning up the house, or going out of my way to do something…. but I always do that! In fact, I have taken on all the house work for the last 6 months so that he wouldn’t have to worry about it. I work maybe 12 hours a week and he works 40. He shouldn’t have to worry about the kitchen being clean. He does help when I need him too or when he thinks that I’m too stressed out. So today, while I was at the Dollar Tree buying party supplies, I grabbed him some mini cow tails. I know he loves those and I wanted him to see that I was thinking about him. I didn’t pick myself up any candy, I didn’t want it to seem like just another candy run. That seems really silly since I just typed it out… oops! Either way, he loved them and was excited when I handed them to him.

I’m also keeping up with not saying anything bad or negative to or about him… It’s working. You know, it actually makes me heart feel lighter? Isn’t that amazing. I cant believe how much weight negativity puts on you. I’m curious to know if he has even noticed? I definitely encourage you to try it. Even if you don’t think that you say anything bad to your partner, you will be surprised how many slips you let go.


22 What a person desires is unfailing love[b];
   better to be poor than a liar.

Proverbs 19:22

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 1

I didn’t think it would be that hard. “Avoid saying anything negative to your significant other” Well, duh! Okay, I can do that.. Then you realize that throughout the day, we have gotten into a routine that includes poking fun at each other. THAT is what we do. So yesterday, I really had to think about what I was saying. I actually chose my words carefully. It really worked. I avoided our usual snips at each other and I just let it be. He isn’t watching what he is saying to me, but I think just nipping all the sassy and somewhat hurtful things in the bud, really helped.

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“19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”
James 1:19

*I thought adding pictures of Mike an I when we first met, might make everything worth while. So young and careless.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011