Mercer is 2 years old today! This little guy is such a happy dude... mostly ;) He loves Sesame Street and Peppa Pig, Built to Spill and Modest Mouse (to Daddy's ultimate satisfaction), raspberries, macaroni and cheese and graham crackers, "helping" me in the kitchen, camping, being outside is always preferable to inside, as is the Target in Allen with cookies vs. the paltry bananas and oranges that McKinney has  on offer :)  Cars, trucks, trains, and Adelaide's Shopkins camper are among his favorite toys, and it doesn't get much better than riding with Daddy on the motorcycle or biking with me.  He gets into absolutely ev.ery.thing! His BFF in the entire world is Adelaide and he would definitely make her top 5 at least, lol! We love you x 1,000,000 little dude and I'm looking forward to continuing to watch you grow up and sharing many more adventures with you and your big sis!




So, yes. Adelaide's birthday was almost 3 months ago now. And yes, I had every intention of sharing these photos a solid 2 months ago. But hey, better late than never! As usual, I'll claim to be sharing tons of photos and not much else, and then get caught up in talking about too many of the photos which will then result in a super long post.... :) 

We started the birthday festivities the night before her birthday by building a huge fort in her room. According to Adelaide, Daddy promised they could make a fort and sleep in it. According to Daddy, something *might have been mentioned about a fort, but no such promise was made as to anyone, in particular, sleeping in said fort. Leave it to Mom to save the day, swooping in with my pillow and camp mat to take the place next to her ;) We took a photo of her last night as a 4-year-old, slept cozy as two bugs in a rug makeshift fort on the floor, and decided that this should definitely be a new birthday eve tradition. We are both excited for Mercer to be old enough to join in! I think we'll need a bigger fort for the 3 of us though!

Birthday breakfast was the traditional Happy Birthday donuts from Grandma which everyone loves. So yummy and fun!

And since party day was still a few days away, we finished off her actual birthday with an after-school trip to the park, dinner at her favorite restaurant - Nom Nom's (burritos) and an ice cream cake from DQ. 

For her party, she decided to go with a mermaid theme and of course, a bounce house. I'll tell you what, you really can't beat a bounce house for the amount of entertainment it provides for the price! Plus, it's always at our house for the entire second half of the day, so Adelaide and Mercer get it in so much bounce time! 



I had the highest hopes of some amazing face-painting at part of the party. Of course, I was going to do it myself, so I'm not sure where those high hopes came from.... false hope from YouTube I think. But the kids were pretty happy with what they got anyway I think. And now I know better :)

And she was completely spoiled and had a wonderful day.



 So far 5 seems the be the age of:

- Goofy/Silly A.K.A. Annoying to adults
- Legitimately helpful
- Craving independence and being so brave! (She recently went to the bathroom on an airplane totally on her own, of which I was immensely proud and one day she'll probably be very embarrassed that I just shared that information :)
- Finally genuinely befriending her brother
- MAJOR attitude
- A whole new Mama's girl phase

Jordan and I frequently talk about how lucky we feel to have gotten the two kids we got. They're good ones and we wouldn't trade them or their idiosyncrasies for anyone else!

Stay tuned for some NYC photos.... in a few months ;)

Happy almost Christmas!



14 years I've known this guy! And for 10 years I've been lucky enough to call him my husband (although I don't often do that, because, oddly enough, it still feels a little too grown up for me to be able to claim as true). Facts are facts though :) We've traveled across the country many times, on 4 wheels and on two, we've spent nights in tents in humid yuckiness (thanks for that Virginia Beach) and frozen our butts off until it seemed close enough to morning to call it quits (I believe credit is owed to Lander, WY on that one). We've sampled pizza from across the country, sought out the best pancakes (me)/breakfast burritos (him) every town has to offer, spoiled the most wonderful Frenchie to ever walk the Earth for 13 stinky and love filled-years (Love you Bowser a.k.a. Mr. Pickle) and grown our little family from 2 to 4 with the addition of the 2 most adorable kids we've ever laid eyes on (a biased opinion I suppose :) To say I'm lucky is the understatement of the century. I, like everyone, am prone to forgetting how many things I have to be grateful for from time to time, but today, on our 10 year anniversary, I'm filled to the brim with gratitude and love for this guy... man? Nah, that's another one of those too grown up nouns that I just can't wrap my head around. Happy anniversary Jordan! I'm already looking forward to reminiscing over the next 10 years!



^^ One Year Old ^^

 ^^ Two Years Old ^^

^^ Three Years Old ^^ 

^^ Four Years Old ^^
 ^^ Five Years Old ^^


 ^^ The difference between 2 and 5... makes me want need to go squeeze Mercer before he's grown up too! ^^

It's our sweet girl's 5th birthday! She's grown and changed so much over the years, but one thing remains the same, she's a beautiful girl inside and out. She is full of endless enthusiasm, confidence, individuality, creativity, and energy and I hope those never change. I've never known someone to make friends as effortlessly as her and am so proud of her outgoing and funloving nature. Getting to see her now as a big sister is such fun (most of the time.... or at least, say 38% of the time ;) 

The celebration started last night when she, Jordan and I built a fort in her room, which she and I slept in. I think this might be a fun new tradition for us, even though she woke me up 3 times between 5-6:15am! She then got to follow a string through the house, up, down and around to find her birthday present hidden in the pantry... a Boxy Girl! She also got her yearly "Happy Birthday Adelaide" donuts from Grandma, and even hitched a ride with Grandma to preschool! Nom Nom's awaits us for dinner, followed by a yummy looking Dairy Queen Oreo blizzard cake! Then Saturday, we party it up with a mermaid party and bounce house! 

If you haven't seen her 5th birthday interview yet, you can check it out here, as well as her other birthday interviews on my YouTube Channel.

Happy birthday Adelaide! We love you x1,000,000!


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