Lyla Nicole Turns 3 Years Old!

I can’t believe Lyla is already three years old! Just typing that makes me want to cry! I’ve adored raising her the last three years, I feel so lucky that she is my daughter and I have the privilege of watching her grow up! She is such an amazing person! She has had the most fiery personality from the time she was an itty bitty baby! She may be the youngest but she is definitely a leader!

For birthdays lately I’ve been taking my kids to Chuck E. Cheese but since Lyla is still pretty young I decided to go to the mall and let the kids ride the carousel instead. It has been a while since we did that and I thought it would be fun to do it again!

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Speaking of carousels, threw this together for fun because I’m a sentimental, nostalgic mama. haha

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I think all of those are from when we lived in Arizona from 2009 to 2012. There was a cool carousel at the mall and one at the Bass Pro Shops during the Christmas season.

We ate food after the carousel. The older three kids had chinese food and the younger three had grilled cheese and fries.

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And then we had a very non-birthday activity to attend: Payson’s dentist appointment!

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After the dentist it was time for the rest of the birthday celebration! Woo hoo!

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I had wanted to get Dora decorations since Lyla loves Dora. Or anything kitty related. But Party City had neither 🙁

Lyla also really loves beanie boos, especially the mini ones, so I settled on those and hoped she’d like them! She was sleeping in my arms as we shopped.

Well, when she woke up and saw everything she was THRILLED! She immediately pointed out the beanie babies on her balloons and said, “aww, babies!” Then it was time to open presents!

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Lyla loves loves loves loves Calico Critters so I got her a few new sets. She opened the each set and said, “Awww, baby. Awwww, mommy daddy. Awww, Payson Ember Sierra…” etc. etc. She names all her toys after our family.

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Everett picked out this toy controller for Lyla.

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More Calico Critters!

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Brooklyn was filming at the time!

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Cake time!

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One of Lyla’s presents was a new baby stroller and after cake and presents we went outside so she could push it around in more space as well as I could snap a couple of birthday portraits of her with her balloons!

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I couldn’t believe she actually let me take some pictures! She loved her balloons. She loved the whole day! She had this small, shy smile on her face the entire day and every time there was some new birthday thing and we said, “Lyla it’s your birthday cake/presents/lunch/carousel!” she’d raise her shoulders and shyly smile at us. It was so dang cute! She loved her birthday!

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Sierra snapped a couple pictures of Lyla with me 🙂442efbblog

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Lyla went back to walking around the apartment playground. I loved the sight of her walking behind her balloon bouquet ♥

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Those were all the pictures I took on Lyla’s birthday!

 

 

 

 

Payson’s 11th Birthday!

Payson’s 11th birthday fell on the same day as his very last day of school and his wax museum project at school! WHAT A DAY! It was hectic. I got the kids up extra early and they watched something while I made breakfast and lunches.

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We got to go to his wax museum presentation and we were all SO excited. He had to say his speech so many times for all the different kids and parents there and he nailed it each time! I was so freaking impressed and proud of him!

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Someone got a hold of her brother’s hat!

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I love Payson! He worked his butt of this school year! He made huge improvements and learn so, so much and is really excited for 6th grade. 6th grade!!! He’s growing up SO fast!

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The kids got to pick up all their art and projects and bring them home.

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After school he got to open presents and have cake before we left for Chuck E. Cheese!

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Ember made him a gift and birthday card ♥

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Presents!

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So I had wanted to get him a skateboard or a scooter, something he could ride on or be active with but WalMart had neither but then I spotted rollerblades in the right size! Yes! I bought them and hoped he’d like them but really thought it might be his least favorite gift. Guess what! They turned out to be his most favorite gift!! He wanted to put them on and try them out immediately. It was super hard getting him to come back inside to finish his birthday!

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Lyla kept holding onto Payson and saying, “It’s okay, I help you Payson!”

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Here was his cake. The top half was gluten free and the bottom was regular gluten cake.

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After presents and cake we went to Chuck E. Cheese!