Monday, February 20, 2012

Baby Claire is ONE!

Claire, you are ONE-derful! Happy Birthday! We love you so very much! I can't believe a whole year has gone by since we first held you in our arms! You are uniquely you, but you remind us a lot of your big sister and brother! You seem to have a calmer personality than they did, probably because you're constantly watching everyone's every move (probably learning what "not" to do--ha!) You are an amazing baby, just a joy to have in our lives...we are so thankful for you, baby Nugget!
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Thursday, February 16, 2012


I have been crafting like a crazy person to get ready for Claire's first birthday!  Just wanted to share some of her decorations, will post more of her big day!  All of these ideas were inspired by ideas on Pinterest which I am so, so, so hooked on!

Owl's with M&M's in their belly!

I made a little trio of paper lantern owls, this is the baby!

Owl beanbags for a beanbag toss game!

Owl Treat Bags!

A few of the goodies all together, can't wait to see it all together for her special day!


Valentine's Day!

We had a "sweet" Valentine's Day, complete with sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies and chocolate!  Kris made reservations for us at a local steak house, it was so good, and the little break was so needed!  It was so nice to sneak away for a little date night!  I feel so blessed to have all four of my beautiful Valentine's...Kris, Katie, Asher, and Sweet Claire, I love you all so very much!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Scents that remind me of things...

Weird title, I guess...but I wanted to write these down so I don't forget...I just used the last teeny tiny little bit of my Bath and Body Works Black Amythyst, which is the scent that my sister got me for my time in the hospital of having Claire, almost a year ago.  Forever and ever, that scent will remind me of her birth, that amazing day, how beautiful and perfect she was, how blessed we felt to have THREE children! 

With Asher, his Bath and Body Works scent was Peach, that Jill and Megan brought to me in the hospital when he was born.  He was such a sweet baby boy, so much smaller than our girls, all bundled in his fresh baby blue.  That scent will remind me of his sweet little tiny fresh from God.

And Katie...well...hers is a story...her scent is Mandarin, also from Bath and Body Works.  With Katie being our first child, and our plan to be induced (because she was 9 days late and already weighed 9lb 2oz!), I had planned in my head that we would have a nice relaxing period of time in the hospital before she was born...ha!  I had bought everything in that line of fragrance, from lotions to foot products, thinking Kris could rub my feet, give me massages, etc while we waited on our precious bundle.  From the moment we walked in to the hospital, it was just a flurry of activity, and then constant labor after the cervadil was given, so the idea of using all of that relaxing stuff was out the window!  I still have beautiful memories of that day, though, and the scent of mandarin takes me right back to the moment of holding our first beautiful child for the first time.

These might be silly stories, but they are so important, I just don't want to forget them.