After driving my husband crazy about the fact that I haven't had pictures in a long time he put some up. For my grandma Peterson's 80th birthday all the families were asked to make a scrapbook page for her. I had no new pictures of our whole family together so he hurried and snapped a few. They for sure aren't my favorite, but for what we had to work with I will take them. One of these days we will have someone take our pictures for us. lol.
A few weeks ago it was my little niece Roxie's Birthday. We had so much fun. My sister had a sweet shoppe party. I had so much fun helping her with decorating it.(that's my gig for sure. lol) Roxie is such a sweet little girlie. We LOVE her so much.
Bella and Roxie are going to be the best little buddies. I love that these girls are only a month apart. I can't wait to watch them grow together. Bella really needed a sister, so I am glad that Roxie will help her out in that department.
Lovin the candy necklace.
Bella LOVES animals. I love the look on her face in these pictures.
haha the only picture of my other kids. lol. I feel like we only take pictures of Bella anymore, but the other kiddos are such little butts when it comes time to pictures. Hopefully we will get a few more good shoots of them next time. lol.
This Thanksgiving we went out to visit Lincoln's sister Heidi and her friend Jenn. The kids just adore both of them so they were so excited. We all stayed at her house and made huge messes everywhere we went, but I think Heidi survived us. lol.
We took the kids to the aquarium. They had the best time. The last time we went to Heidi's we took the kids there as well but Liam was only 5 months old and I knew he and Bella would love it, and I was right. They thought it was the neatest thing ever. I loved watching their faces.
Wouldn't be thanksgiving weekend with out a little football.
and of course we can't have pictures of London with out him doing a cool trick. lol. He is one animated dude.
We are so grateful to Heidi for letting us come and stay with her. She is an amazing sister in law and I am so grateful to her and everything she does for us. Thanks Heidi and Jenn we love you.
This year was so much fun. We had a lot of parties which I love (linc, not so much). Bella was our cute little pumpkin. I really wanted to make her a princess dress but I decided I would wait until she enjoys playing dress up.
Logan really wanted to be Link from Zelda. After I told him no a million times he finally talked me into making him the costume (I know, I'm a sucker). But he was so happy and LOVED it so much that it was so worth it.
London got a Optimus Prime costume from my mom for his birthday. He is always a hoot to take pictures of, if you can't tell.
Liam was our little cowboy riding his horse. We borrowed this from our friend. He was so funny to watch walk around. He was having the hardest time with that horse. Lots of laughs.
Bella's Birthday was october 20th but I decided to have her party on the 22nd so that more people would be able to make it. I had the best time planning her party and I knew I wanted it huge, really for a few different reasons. 1- this was going to be the last first birthday party I was ever going to get to throw and 2nd- this was the first little girl party I ever got to throw. lol. So you will have to excuse all the pink but to be honest, I can't get enough of all the Pink! Linc teases me all the time that we can get her other things that aren't pink but after all the blue I have gotten over the years pink is the way to go.
I had made Bella 2 different outfits for her party and decided to only use one. Just the little outfit she is wearing when she is eating her cake. I did make her, her bow for her polo outfit. My aunt kept teasing me that all her outfit changes were worse then a Kardashian wedding. lol.
I wanted a teired cake so badly but I also didn't want to pay for one. So I decided to give it a go. I did a pink dessert table. Everything had to be PINK. If I would have had more time things would have been decorated even more but I ran out of time right at the end. I also wanted a white backdrop behind all this but again, time was an issue. I am still pleased with the way it turned out.
Right as you walked in the door I had a table set up with Pens and note cards and asked everyone to write Bella a birthday wish or message. I have a little PINK scrapbook I made for her and I am going to put the messages people wrote with their photo booth pictures. I also had little fairy wands for all the kids. Boys loved them too! Although I think the hit with the kids were the Fake diamonds in the pen jar. lol. They loved them.
My dad and Bella
My sister Brooke, Jesse, Reese and Roxie
My cousin Kristin and Bobby
Randall and Carter
Aunt Dora and Coppelia
Coppelia, Shelby and Olivia
Rachel, Andrew and Gracie
Angie and Liam
Grandpa and Grandma Peterson
RaNae and Ray
Bella was so funny eating her smash cake. When she was finished I stood her up and she stepped right in her cake and was not happy at all to have cake all over her foot. I loved her faces. My favorite part.
My dad and of course all the kids. My dad is a kids magnet. No matter where we are or what we are dong kids flock to him. So funny.
Dave, emmy, D.j., Maddison, and abby
Bella and I's first girls night out ever together we went and saw Tangled. (really I watched and she slept, but it was still so special to me) I know we have all seen this movie and in the part where she is about to see the lanterns in the sky the lines go like this:
Rapunzel: I've been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it's not everything I dreamed it would be? Flynn Rider: It will be. Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then? Flynn Rider: Well,that's the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.
I started crying pretty good when I heard this, I had been dreaming of Bella my whole life and now she was mine and I've had the thought "now what" and I loved the quote " well, thats the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream". Watching the lantern in the movie float up to the sky and I knew at that moment that is how I wanted to celebrate Bella's birthday. She was my dream and dreams do come true. I still will hold her at night and cry, I can't believe how blessed I am to have her.
At church on sunday I was feeling very frustrated becuase as usual I was out in the hall with Bella running around like crazy and London came out and followed us. Bella had found the drinking fountain and London went over to help her out. As I sat there and watched them I started to cry, it was one of the most beautiful things, I wished I had movie camera at that moment and freeze time. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude towards my children that it is often hard to find the word and feeling to express them.
Happy Birthday Bella! I hope you will always know how much each and everyone one of us love you.