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Party Planning

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If you don’t know, our babies that just turned 3 were born two hours apart on June 18th. Gage, my son’s (Nicole) birthday is June 30th. Since we have been so busy this year, we decided to have a big combination birthday party for all the kids. It went so well, we might just have to do it year after year (or until they get “too big”).

To begin planning we picked a Pirate Theme. We knew we were going to rent our water park in our hometown for part of the birthday so whatever theme we chose needed to go along with water. We both had beach theme birthdays in the past so we thought this would be fun and colorful as well. We went with black, red, and turquoise (pink and green came into the play later on).

On one of Jenna’s trips to the city, she found cute treasure map plates and tablecloths, red and turquoise cups, black and red polka dot napkins, and a treasure chest piñata. Locally, I found red, black, and turquoise striped dinner plates, serving dishes and table cloths.

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Yee Haw!

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My three year old Spencer loves anything  to do with farm animals, so when the rodeo came to town we knew he would love it! We put our boots on and Spencer put on his straw hat with the turkey feather in the side. Then we had Stella go over to her CiCi and Poppy’s house because taking her along would have been a rodeo in itself- she is a busy little thing! We got there early because Stanton (my husband) had some kids from his school working the concession stand and he had to supervise, but Spencer thought the trucks and tractors prepping the arena were pretty cool too! From the opening ceremonies to the last ride of the night my little cowboy was in hog heaven- singing the National Anthem, cheering, oohing and ahhhing, and soaking up every single moment of the rodeo. Someone even brought their horse up from the trailer for Spence to ride; talk about pure excitement! At the end of the night Spencer looked up at me and asked “Can we come to the rodeo in morrow morning?”, and he was disappointed when I told him it was over. We buckled up our buckaroo and no more than a mile away from the arena he was fast asleep, dreaming about bulls and broncs I’m sure!  Ha!We will definitely be going to the rodeo next year y’all!

Choo Choo!

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All aboard! Every fall and spring a group of train enthusiasts gather in our area to share their love of trans. We were lucky enough to join in on the fun and take the kids for a train ride in the country! These aren’t your typical trains, they are mini replicas that run on a tiny track. They have miles of this tiny railroad winding around the fields with wildflowers, through live oaks, over bridges, and through tunnels- it is amazing! The kiddos absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back in the fall! It is in moments like these that we realize how great it really is to slow down, relax, and enjoy our small little place in this world :) The train ride lasted about 45 minutes and the boys (Gage 6, Spencer 2) lived every minute of it! Stella is miss independent (just turned one and she is really loving the freedom of walking!) and we weren’t sure she would enjoy being along for the entire journey, so she stayed behind with her CiCi! Gracie relaxed so much sitting in her daddy’s lap on the train that she slept for 1/2 of the ride! We are thankful to this group of people were willing to share their love of trains with us and allow us to spend some great quality time with our little ones!

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Over Packers Anonymous

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We have issues. Nicole and I are both over packers and we are not afraid to admit it. I have a fear going somewhere and not having everything I need. Why didn’t I bring those coral shoes?!

For a four day trip we have both packed a large suitcase (which we weighed in with fingers crossed, lol!), a small “rolley”, and a “purse”.  All busting at the seams and bulging, we envy those who breeze into the airport with one dainty rolley thinking, “How do they do it?!?!?!”. The trip for Aspen has been particularly tricky because we have been told the weather is about 75 during the day and 45 at night, so that basically means we need 2 outfits a day! Not to mention the mind changing routine that leaves you with clothes strewn out everywhere, or is that just us? We are going to be on the road a lot, so we would LOVE to hear your tips and tricks for packing light! Thanks y’all!!!