Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

She's Lucky #7!

So, sweet Lillianne turned SEVEN on Friday. Yep. Seven. I can't believe it! I vividly remember that morning in the hospital - her round face, head full of blonde hair - from first glance she captured my heart (and will forever make me so incredibly proud to be called her Momma!) 

Friday we celebrated as a family with dinner out at her favorite (Olive Garden for breadsticks and a side of pasta =) and an ice-cream cake for dessert! Top that off with presents and her very own AMERICAN GIRL DOLL and she was in heaven!! It was so fun watching her expression as she opened her special gift (mainly because this time last year I might of claimed that I would "never spend that kind of money on a doll!!") Ha! She's been playing with it ever since - and I believe I've added a new child in the family. I've been asked to dress, hold, and babysit Ellie several times in the last 24 hours...

She requested an "Anne of Green Gables" birthday party this year. 
So, Lillianne (with an "e") got her Anne party --- complete with Marilla's Raspberry Cordial (not to be confused!) and a luncheon that would make Dianna Berry giddy =) For dessert we served up an old fashion Red Velvet Cake and Carrot Cake in honor of the famous scene from the movie where she broke her slate over Gil's head for calling her "carrots"! 

She had such a good time with her cousins! They played with their dolls, checked out all the new craft supplies that she got for her birthday, watched a movie and colored. 

Thankful for another year to celebrate this precious child that the Lord has so richly blessed our family with! Looking forward to SEVEN and all that it brings...

We love you, Sweet Lillianne! 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fall Family Pictures

My friend, Liz, did it again! Somehow, she managed to capture some beautiful pictures of the family - as crazy as the kids were that afternoon I was wondering if we'd get ONE where everyone was looking/happy... 

I am SO happy with how they turned out =) 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Fun!

Today we combined our annual trip to Joe's and trick-or-treating with the family! 

As always, it was a great day together! Chili around the table, kids playing upstairs, hot apple cider, dipping caramel apples, cousins laughing, football on the TV, relaxing on the couch, and catching up on the latest news... all with some of my favorite people in the world! 

We ended the evening roaming the streets in our neighborhood (and loading in the back of the car) for a little trick-or-treating. This years theme: SIGNS! Deer XING, Baby on Board, Road Work Ahead and a Stop Light. And of course two precious cousins (Ariel and an angel!) 

Happy Halloween!