Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: Grownup Parties

It's Show and Tell Tuesday and I'm joining Andrea to talk about Grownup Parties.  I love a good party, and all the better if there is a theme!  Here's a peek at a few of the grownup parties I've thrown or helped put on over the last several years.

To see my favorite kids' parties, click HERE.

My besties and I threw a bridal shower for our favorite girl Keira back in 2011.  It was a Pampered Chef shower so a consultant was there to help Keira demo some products and guests got to "shop" right at the shower for Pampered Chef gifts.  I interviewed Keira's fiancรฉ prior to the shower so we could play the Almost Newlywed Game with Keira.  I remember laughing a lot during this shower.  It was so much fun!

We also threw Keira a children's book themed baby shower in 2013 that was so adorable!  All of the food went along with different children's books we gifted Keira.  I made a cloth diaper cake that turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰  The mama-to-be looked stunning!!  Three of my besties were all pregnant then and had babies in October, November and December!

I planned a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law Heather in 2014.  My aunt Beth hosted and several others pitched in to pull it off.  Their wedding colors were blue and green so that's what we went with for the shower as well.  I interviewed my brother Billy on video so we could play the Almost Newlywed Game.  It was so fun to be able to ask Heather a question and then hit play to see if Billy's answer lined up.  And I love how the cake turned out!  I also remember a rousing game of pass the presents!  Love my family!

We gathered again in 2015 to celebrate the birth of my niece Haddie Jo with a baby shower for Heather.  I was in charge of invites and making the decorations and my mom headed up games and food, with lots of help from my aunts.  The shower was held on November 7, 2015 which would have been my sweet Grandpa's 100th birthday.  I got the most beautiful pictures of Haddie and my 98-year-old Grandma.  After the shower my mom, Grandma, aunt Elizabeth, Clara and I brought the flowers I picked out for the shower/Grandpa's birthday to my Grandpa's grave and sang him happy birthday.  What a sweet memory.  I plan to visit this year again to sing happy birthday to my Grandma on what would have been her 100th birthday.  This is making me cry...  As if this day wasn't special enough, my niece Avery ended up being born this day as well, on my Grandpa's 100th birthday.

We celebrated my mother-in-law Sandra's 60th birthday in 2015 as well.  I was in charge of decorations and made paper fans for the first time.  We went out to eat and then came back to the house to celebrate with family and friends.  It was a great party!

I'm so excited to hop around and check out everyone's parties!  So fun!  Have a great day everyone!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Workin' It Wednesdays: Spring Cleaning

Today is Workin' It Wednesday and I'm joining Shay and Erika to talk about spring cleaning!  

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately.  I've been going through our home cleaning, organizing, and donating unneeded items for the past several weeks, and it feels amazing!  I've been able to let go of some things that I would have normally held onto in the past, and I haven't missed a single thing.  It is easier to keep our home in order when we have less stuff to manage.

Last month I listened to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on Audible and it had some great tips.  I want to surround my family with things that bring us joy.  Things that we don't really love or need can go.  Buh-bye.  With every category that I can think of (clothes, shoes, home decor, books, and on and on), I'd rather have a few items that I love than a lot that I'm rather indifferent about.  

Unstuffed is another book on my list that I'm wanting to read.  The subtitle is Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul.  I'm assuming this books goes more in depth on decluttering your mind and soul, but it's amazing how just decluttering our home gives peace to my mind and soul and helps me to think and breathe a little easier.  Looking forward to reading this one.

Of course we can't talk about spring cleaning without talking about Norwex!!!  I have been using Norwex products to clean my whole home for almost seven years now.  And Norwex has so many must have personal care items as well.  What drew me to Norwex is that their products are safe for my family and the environment AND they work!!  It is so simple and quick to clean with Norwex!

To check out the Norwex catalog, click HERE!  And to place an order, click HERE!  Please email me at ellingson.angela@gmail.com with any questions!

Happy spring everyone!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Parks & Palm Sunday

We made strawberry & lemon yogurt popsicles last week and Davey ate them for breakfast every day till they were gone.  And now he's requesting more.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

This little preschooler asked me to take a picture of him with his designs.

My sweet hubby came home with my favorite pink tulips the other day just because. ๐Ÿ˜  And then he put the in my sweet grandmother's vase.

out for a walk/bike ride with my crew

Emma played in the sand at our park for the first time.  She loves being a big girl.

Clara helped run interference on Emma actually eating the sand.

Clara got her costume at dance class last week!  We're looking forward to her recital next month!

We got Clara (here) and Davey (here but in red) our favorite summer shoes at Scheels.  We love that we can buy Keens big to make them last two years, but they can still walk and run in them just fine now.  The boys were given tokens for the ferris wheel (Clara didn't want to ride it), so of course we had to do that.  Davey is waving to Emma. :)

enjoying the sunshine with our sunshine

my big (read: baby) girl loving her push walker

Emma has been standing on her own for weeks and weeks and I finally took a picture!  I'm usually so good at documenting all. the. things. but kept forgetting to snap a picture of her standing.  Adorable!

We got Clara new streamers for her bike!

Davey wanted to try on Daddy's Calvary Stetson he got when he was in the army.

The highlight of the weekend for me was this family bike ride.  Davey hung out in the bike trailer with Emma for her first ride and Clara rode her bike.  We biked to the park and around the trails and Clara was just zooming.  Most of me totally wants to freeze time and keep these three little, but each stage is so fun.

Swinging, swinging!  She was just giggling away!

Palm Sunday at church

Emma waving and saying "buh-bye" to the cars driving by.  She is so precious.  She waves and says hi to everyone she sees.  Such a joy.

And a random supper picture just because I can't get enough of her and her cuteness.

Michael and I cleaned out one of our closets yesterday.  Emma makes sitting on the shelf look fun!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fire Station, Bikes and Ladies' Night

Last weekend was such a great weekend!!  

Friday morning we met our Little Explorers friends at a fire station and the kiddos loved it.  The firemen were all so great with the kids.  Such an honor for them to take time out of their day for us.  Heroes.

Davey wasn't afraid to ask questions. ๐Ÿ˜Š

They got to check out the inside of a fire truck!

That afternoon Michael took Clara's training wheels off!  She's been asking for awhile and we've been waiting for it to get nice out.

Daddy ran back and forth down the sidewalk with her. ๐Ÿ’•  She did not want him to let go though.

The next morning I had a training for Norwex and Michael sent me a video of Clara riding all by herself!  I could hardly believe it.  I thought there would be lots more practicing up and down the sidewalk, but I guess she really was ready!

It was so fun to get home and watch her go!  She was so proud and happy.  Heart full.

I asked her how in the world had we just taken her training wheels off yesterday and today you're already riding on your own?!  She immediately said, "it's because Daddy told me he believes in me."  I mean.  Heart explosion.

Saturday night some of my favorite girls Brandi and Jessica and me when to Ladies' Night at a local church.  It was so much fun!

Loved meeting up with my aunt and cousins!

And my friend Karin, too!

Comedian John Crist was hilarious!!!  Seriously so funny!

I loved getting to hear Lysa Terkeurst speak!  I'm reading her newest book Uninvited right now and it's so good!

We got Davey a bike after church on Sunday!  We headed straight to the park!

This is Davey's first big boy bike and I'd say he loves it!  Don't you remember that feeling of riding a bike as a kid?  It's like you're flying!  So fun.

 It was a pretty windy day so I kept this little sweet pea snuggled up with mama in our ring sling.

Sunday evening Emma took her first solo steps behind the push walker.

Big sister Clara was there to spot her.  This baby is so loved!

Sunday night I met up with these beautiful friends to celebrate Melissa's birthday!  Talking and laughing with friends is so good for my soul!  So thankful to know these amazing ladies!