Our Boy is Six

Evan…

It is your day. Your six day. Six! 

Six years of silly smiles and songs. Six years of guessing games and coloring. Six years of baseball blanket. Six years of those eyes. 

You are a fast learner and are doing awesome at school. You love Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, and Avengers. You love playing soccer and want to be a soccer player when you grow up. You’re fiercely proud of your sisters and are a good helper. 

You have a crazy good love for Jesus and He’s set your soul on fire. You love being part of Rangers and have become good friends with the boys in it, partying with them today even. 

Evan, we hope that you enjoy every day of being six. Keep making us proud, Bubby!

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream

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It’s going to be super hard to switch right back to “normal life” after yesterday’s post, but I am so thankful to you all for the love and support. It’s helping me get back to normal, like celebrating everything with all the kids. We’ll be doing so when we go to the event described below. Thanks and love! 

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream

Coming to Pittsburgh this week is Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. It will be a “show of royal proportions” and a great way to get your family in the mood to celebrate.

Rapunzel

Information on the show from Feld Entertainment:

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney’s most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment’s newest ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.

Audiences begin their magical, musical voyage in New Orleans celebrating the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, and then escape into the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The trip continues to Cinderella’s kingdom in her search for true love and follows Rapunzel as she discovers the world beyond her tower on her quest to see the floating lanterns. The Disney Princesses then come together for the first time on ice during the finale, to welcome Rapunzel into their royal court in the ultimate princess experience.

Tiana

Not going to lie, I was super excited to meet Rapunzel and Tiana when I was last at Disney, so I’m kinda geeking out over here. (We’ll be going to opening night on Friday – let us know if you’re going, too!)

Showtimes: 

Friday, December 9: 7 PM
Saturday, December 10:  11 AM, 3 PM, 7PM
Sunday, December 11 – 12 PM, 4 PM

THROUGH TODAY you can save $5 off on select tickets and performances when you use code MOM16 through their ticket site. (Restrictions, exclusions, and additional fees may apply. Tickets will still be available after this offer expires on 12/4, but are going fast!)

Here are some fun PDFs you can download and print to have some of the Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream fun at home. Enjoy!

Activity Sheet

Minnie Ears

Mickey Ears

If you could be a Disney character, which would you be and why?

The Hats We Wear

​Our church put on an adorable tea party for the ladies and girls of the church. Arianna and I attended, wearing our hats. Afterwards, I headed out for some quick girl time with my cousin before Greg had guy time. The busyness of the day made me grateful for the hats we wear. 

fancy hats

The morning started off with a small bang, the bang of a child at our door at all too early o’clock. Arianna lost her fifth tooth, a bottom left. She had to show us and alert us her mouth was bleeding. Sleeping in is a thing of the past as a parent, but that’s one of the hats we wear.

Soon after, Evan came in while Greg and I were trying to fall back to sleep. He needed good breakfast, but settled for a pop tart because neither of us moved (and it was still crazy early for our first non soccer Saturday). Being a chef is one of the hats we wear.

Clearly, it was time to wake up and face the day. As I showered, Greg got the girls their breakfast and set up the man loft for a day of football. He got Arianna’s hair brushed. Beautician is one of the hats we wear.

Arianna and I headed to the tea, late as we do. We had a very nice time and got to know the ladies at our table better. I told a few the story of our hats – they were my Grandma’s – and I remembered her and my Great Grandma as both would have loved the event with the church, the hats, and the China. Remembering is a hat we wear.

After the tea, I got some girl time. It involved prep for a trip coming up this week which meant trying on gala worthy dresses. It was good to be with my cousin, even if shorter than we would have liked. Being family is another hat we wear.

I was left to shop for family stuff – exchanging too big snow boots and too small jeans, getting gas, banking, and dog food. Caring for the family is another hat we wear.

Trying to rush home to let Greg free, I got all.too upset about the time I took. Being a caring wife who tries to do too much is a hat I wear.

Finally, I ended the evening playing with the kids in the living room. I watched a dance show and tried to take big kid toys off Isla. Ava showed me how to clean up with the 20 or so baby wipes she had pulled from the package when I wasn’t looking. We laughed and hugged lots before bedtime. Being the mama bear is another hat I wear.

The hats I wear are always changing and aren’t the same as the hats Greg wears or you wear. They’re all fancy and beautiful and important, though. For these hats we wear, I am thankful. 

Eight years Old

Wishing our biggest Big a very happy birthday today. I know I can’t believe she is eight years old, can you? 

Daddy’s Biggest Fan

I’d seriously love to know where the time has gone. When I woke Greg up early this morning eight years old, neither of us had a clue how she’d change our lives. 

Our littlest biggest decision is what started this amazing family. We celebrate that with her today and all days. She made time stand still. Greg and I learned true love through her. We both fell in love with this little girl sent to save us both. 

Arianna continues to be my biggest challenge, my biggest blessing, and my mini me. Something tells me this isn’t going to change any time soon…and that is quite alright. 

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. Can’t wait to celebrate with you when I’m back home. Daddy, spoil our sweetie lots today! Xoxo.

Twin Tuesday: On the Move

The twins are seriously on the move, sometimes to the point it is scary. 


Isla. She has no fear. Climbing on top of piled up toys? Check. Toddling around in the rain at the park? No problem. Grabbing the big kids’ pointy toys (like drumsticks) and running with them. Right up there with staring at outlets to see who is watching. Sigh. 

Ava. Her fear is yet to really be tested, but she’s had her moments, too. Crawling out of the man loft after the big kids. Trying to back down the stairs. Face planting when she’s mad. Poking the bear, aka Isla. 

Our hands are full. But man, our hearts.