Sweet 16 x 2

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

We spent last weekend in Atlanta.  A big-kids-only getaway to celebrate our twins turning sweet-16!  We told them to pack a bag and kidnapped Tristan and Abi for two days of fun at a teenage playground – Six Flags over Georgia!

These two are team players and being the oldest siblings means they get asked to help out….a lot.
We had the best time getting to do a little mini vacay at their pace.  Say yes to their every whim.  No little peoples naps to work around or schedule to keep.  We played hard, stayed up late, laughed a lot, screamed our heads off and hit as many dizzying rides as we could!!

Chad and I realized somewhere standing in line for the iconic Scream Machine, that we were at least 15 years older than everyone else there.  We may be cool parents, but we are not as young as we once were, evidenced by the fact that I ended up sick in the bathroom after one too many high thrill adrenaline charged loop-de-loop roller coasters!

Here’s to these two who made us parents!  I will never, ever, ever forget the moment 6 months into our pregnancy, finding out in the middle of an ultrasound that there was not one, but two little babies swimming around inside of me!  Ive got these two to thank for stretch marks after being a self-contained minivan for 40+ weeks, but this wild ride of parenting has been one-million times worth it!

Happy Birthday to our twins!  We are so honored to get to parent you and blessed by the integrity we see characterizing your lives as you both seek to grow in your pursuit of Christ!
We love you!!


7th Spa & Slumber Party

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The heart-felt blogging thing has moved from a rolling boil to a back-burner simmer as of late, but fortunately, there is always a family birthday to keep us from getting too tepid.   And we are in the throes of birthday season around here!!

March, April, May, June & July…family planning fail! 🙂

We’re nearly buried under boxes around here ( T-minus 5 days till moving day!), but Gigi’s Sweet 7th Spa and Slumber Party was a welcomed diversion.  This momma will always gladly opt for painting nails and curling hair and flipping pancakes over packing boxes!!

In addition to first grade gifting her the most precious teacher in the world, and the joy of learning to read, Gigi has made the sweetest little friends at school this year.  Our social butterfly walked into 1st grade and never looked back!  She came home the first day and said “I made two new best friends”.
When I asked her what their names were, she said “I dont know yet, but they have big hair bows like me!”

Gigi’s got the sweetest “ladies in waiting”.   Big sisters are the best!!  They let her pick out their outfits (little sis has opinions about everything) and they literally “waited on her hand and foot”, painting nails for her and all her guests.  We served breakfast for dinner and watched a movie after spa treatments.  And when I say “slumber party”, what I mean is,

Wear your pjs and slippers too
To do the things I love to do
Breakfast for dinner and of course cake
Paint our nails and stay up late
And when its time to go to bed
We’ll all go HOME and sleep instead!

Happy Birthday to our girly-girl Gigi!

Revving up for the twos!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Our lil’ bookend boy had a big weekend and rang in the “terrible twos” with family and out of town grandparents who came to visit and celebrate the birthday boy!

Get your party on with customizable banners from She and Co. 

Although Eden was born on the other side of the globe and has lived over half of his life in Asia, our “fairest of them all,” all-American boy has quickly adapted life in the USA and loves trucks, tractors, fast cars and everything with wheels (and minions and cheezits and shoes and soccer among other things!)

His “dump truck” inspired party was executed by big sisters Abi and Britain who pretty much singlehandedly pinned, planned and prepared the celebration for our little guy.  Its been a long time since we’ve had a birthday party that didn’t revolve around “pink” and “princesses”!!  Super fun to be “doing” a little boy again!!

Way to go Britain!  You nailed it!

Eden, you have brought so much joy to this family and give us reasons to laugh every day!  You live up to your name meaning…”pleasant”, “delight”, “perfection”.  We’re so glad God saw fit to give us YOU!

Sweet southern jonjon custom made by our friends at  Soda City Sewing

-You’re all boy and we all get a giggle because you get this mischievous smile of satisfaction and say “beeeep” every time you have gas or burp!
-You are potty training yourself.  (maybe before mommy is ready!)
-Your favorite thing to do is bring your book bin into bed on Saturday mornings and read together!
-You’ve been our slowest to wean and still love nursing to sleep at bedtime and nap time.
-You totally dont sleep through the night because you’d rather come to our bed and snuggle…and thats ok!
-Daddy has a big soft spot for you.  And your long hair matches daddy’s!  (and you may have some OCD tendencies just like daddy too!)
-Your matchbox car collection (that used to be Tristan’s) entertains you for hours!  Your favorite thing to do is play “crash” and shove them as fast as you can across the big coffee table glass top into each other!
-You insist on having socks on and blanket off when you sleep!
-Your stuffed minion “Lala” is your lovey.
-Tristan is your favorite person in the world.  Whenever he finishes school each day, you take him by the hand and beg him to take you outside to kick the soccer ball around.  (I think he kinda likes you too)!
-Your soccer skills are ridiculous for a 2 year old!  (child-prodigy in the making!)

How adorable are these cookies our friend Helen made?  Check out Cakey Bakey’s facebook page!

Happy birthday to our bear cub.
Our sometimes rough-n-tumble, sometimes cuddle bug.
Blue-eyed, crazy-curly tow-headed, petite prince.
Light of everyone’s life around here. Trouble-maker and entertainment.
No matter how many birthdays and how old you get, you will always be baby-Smith!
We love you bubby!