Monday, February 27, 2017

Olivia's Birthday Weekend

Whew.  What a weekend.  I was going to kick this post off with a summary of the Dierks Bentley concert that we went to on Thursday evening, but this post was already so long that I thought I would just give it its own post tomorrow. 

So.  Olivia’s birthday weekend.  We did all the things.  We have been going nonstop since Friday morning and it has just been the best weekend!

Friday B and I took the day off to spend with Olivia so she could have some one on one time with Mommy and Daddy while Jacob was at school.  She requested Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast, so that’s exactly what we did.  After we were done eating, we grabbed a dozen to go and brought them to my mom’s office to surprise her.  You may have noticed that Olivia has a little mark above her left eye (when we were at the concert Thursday night she fell out of her high chair – the tray wasn’t locked in place – and she hit her eye on the corner of the table), and I wanted my mom to check it out just to make sure that she didn’t think that she needed stitches.    We completely lucked out because it just so happened that a nurse was at my mom’s office when we were there so she looked at it and said it was fine.  No stiches needed.  Whew!  The craziest part about the whole accident is that Olivia never even sits in the high chair anymore.  As a matter of fact, we just sold it and we’re waiting for the person to come pick it up!

Anyway, the next stop was the playground, but we decided to swing by the Kmart that is closing since it was on the way, and I was so glad that we did because I found the absolute cutest cold shoulder tops for the summer for only $5!  They are Joe Boxer brand and they are so comfy!

After Kmart we made our way to the playground and Olivia played for about 15-20 minutes before announcing she had to potty.  The library is right next door, so the plan was to take her up there to potty and then maybe find a couple of books to check out, but when we got up there, we found out that they were doing a special Mardi Gras music time for the kiddos and they had a five piece jazz band there playing music!  All of the kids had shakers to they could jam out with them, and it was so much fun.  Two of my friends were there with their kids so we had an impromptu play date.  Afterward, the band let the kids see and touch the instruments. 

Olivia wanted Chick-Fil-A for lunch and who are we to say no to that?!  We headed over there for some nuggets and fruit, and then we let her play on the playground there as well.

After CFA we headed to Toys R Us to let her pick out a small toy, and then we headed to pick up her cakes from the bakery as well as Maui who was finally groomed, and then we headed home for nap time. 

I had to wake Olivia a little after 4 because she was still snoozing, and then we took her three year old chalkboard pictures while the lighting was good.

After that it was time to pick Jacob up from school, so we all headed over there, grabbed him, and then stopped at yet another playground to let the kids get their sillies out before dinner.  The weather was absolute perfection, so we couldn’t resist a little more outdoor time anyway.

We had Panera for dinner, and then headed home and called it a night.  My congestion was still out of control Friday evening, so I was ready to relax and use my beloved nasal spray.  Lol.  What would I do without it?!

Saturday was Olivia’s actual birthday, so we let her choose breakfast.  She wanted cinnamon rolls at Panera, so we headed out early and indulged in coffee and bagels, and cinnamon rolls for the babies. 

The day was going to be gorgeous, so we decided to take in some of the sights downtown.  There is a farmer’s market down there every Saturday morning, so we strolled through and looked to see what all of the vendors were selling.  There were people selling homegrown produce, funnel cakes, soap, jewelry, art, scarves, clothes, baked goods, lemonade… you name it!  I grabbed a couple more jars of local honey from my honey guy, and then we walked around some more. 

We headed home around lunch time to let the birthday girl open her presents.  Her favorite gift was (obviously) the eleven pack of princess dolls that we got for her.  She already had Elsa, Anna, and Moana, so she now has every single Disney Princess in Barbie form.  Lucky!  I would have died to have something like that when I was her age!  Although, I guess there were a whole lot fewer princesses back then, so the collection would have been twice as small.

We had sandwiches and fruit at home for lunch, put the babies down for naps and quiet time, and then when Olivia woke up, we headed to my father-in-law’s house for Brian and Olivia’s birthday dinner.  We had pizza from our favorite local place followed by a Reese’s Cup Blizzard Cake from DQ.  Y’all, we ate a lot of cake this weekend.

Sunday morning was lazy… I finally had a chance to put all of my letter board letters in my Walmart organizer (thanks again, Heather), and I cleaned up a few things around the house before getting ready to head to my mother-in-law’s house for lunch.

We had the first of Olivia’s two Beauty and the Beast cakes after lunch and it was perfect.  They could not have done a better job!  Olivia opened her gifts (spoiler alert – it was a lot of Disney princess stuff) and B also opened his.  We had celebrated Brian’s birthday with my family last week, but we had not yet had a chance to celebrate with his family.

It was another gorgeous day – a chilly start – but warming up to near 70 in the afternoon, so we spent the afternoon outside.  The kids jumped on the trampoline and ran until they could run no more.  We had to give them plenty of time to burn off all of the cake and frosting that they had consumed!  While we were outside, Jacob stopped and picked a flower and said, "Here Mommy, I picked a flower for you."  *Heart melt.*

Sunday evening was Olivia’s birthday celebration at my parents’ house.  My mom made spaghetti (Olivia’s favorite), we opened a bottle of wine, and then we enjoyed the second of Olivia’s Beauty and the Beast cakes.  This one was my favorite.  Just gorgeous.

She opened her presents (spoiler alert – even more princess stuff) and then we all hung out and watched The Oscars.  

Olivia started running a low-grade fever toward the end of the evening and she wasn't feeling well at all - she kept complaining of a sore throat and a tummy ache and kept saying that she was going to throw up.  We're not quite sure what's going on just yet, but we may be running her to the doc today to test for strep as it's been going around lately.

Aside from her impending sickness, this was such a great weekend and everything was just perfect – an extra day off, gorgeous weather, delicious food, and more family time than we could ever want.  

I’ll be back tomorrow to recap our date night Thursday night.  It was such. a. blast. 

Back to reality now!  Happy Monday!

*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.


  1. What a fun weekend full of cake! Sounds like the best one! I love that she's obsessed with the Disney princesses right now--so girly and fun!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. Such a fun birthday weekend!! Seeet girl loves some Disney princess and I love it! My nieces were the same way. Glad her cut didn't require stitches. Those cakes were darling and I'm sure so yummy!!

  3. Love that yellow cake! Happy birthday to Olivia!

  4. What an amazing weekend!! Her cakes are beautiful!!
    Hope she feels better soon!

  5. Aaaawwww what an amazing weekend to celebrate two very special people. I am swooning over those cakes, they turned out SO pretty. Glad you had some great weather too. Winter showed its ugly face all weekend here, bleck. I hope Monday is kind to you friend.

  6. What a perfect birthday weekend!! I love how much each kid gets spoiled for their birthday! That second cake, OMG gorgeous! I hope Olivia is feeling better!

  7. I have so many comments for you today!

    1. CHUG all the honey - you need it!
    2. Are there DQ cake leftovers? Feed me.
    3. I love the cakes! They did such a good job!
    4. Strep?! I hope you don't join the club, but if you do, welcome.
    5. I still wish the princesses were in stock when they went on sale. Such a great gift!

  8. Love the sign you made for her birthday so pretty! You guys really do it up big for their birthday's - love it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. Happy birthday sweet girl :) Love these pics Chelsea @

  10. Olivia such a precious princess! The picture of her laying there the length of all her new baby dollies is so so sweet!

    1. Haha. She was SO excited to get all of those babies!! I would have died to have all of those when I was her age!

  11. I love so much about this!
    1. I can't believe poor Olivia fell and has a little scrape on her pretty little face. Glad she didn't need stitches though.
    2. Those dolls...I would die if I were here age and into princesses!
    3. And those cakes...they are beautiful!

    So glad she was spoiled rotten -- she looks so happy!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  12. Sounds like a great birthday, other than the cut on the head and getting sick thing!

  13. Aww, her little eye! I am glad she’s okay and didn’t need stitches. Sounds like Olivia had a great birthday day. She looks so happy with her Princess dolls! Glad you guys had a good weekend celebrating your best girl.

  14. What a perfect weekend! I love how you guys take the day off to celebrate your kids individually so they each get time alone with you. We need to do that! I love the picture of Olivia with all the princesses. Back when you mentioned the deal you got on that set, I tried to find it, but had no luck - boo! All those cakes!! Yum!!! Enjoy your week, Lindsay!

  15. Such an amazing birthday weekend for Olivia, and she's such a brave girl! How sweet that you guys spent one on one time with her on Friday <3

    Green Fashionista

  16. I have never seen so many beautiful cakes in my life!! Holy moly! I want to be Olivia. :) Ha! Looks like the most perfect weekend!

  17. What a fun weekend aside from Olivia getting sick at the end. You got some super cute shots too, you will so treasure those! I love that she wore her special shirt a couple days in a row, my big girl would be the same way. Have a great Monday xoxo ERIN

  18. That sounds like this best birthday weekend ever, minus the sickies at the end. What a special time with your sweet girl! I'm loving her Belle shirt and that she wore it all weekend!

  19. YAYYY!!!! I was definitely stalking your IG page for Olivia Birthday updates. I seriously can't get over her with all of the Disney Princess dolls. I can't think of a better gift. I would love that so much. Even today, ha! And, the shirt turned out so perfect, the cakes were unreal and her smile says it all. Great job Momma!

  20. What a great birthday weekend! I just love how close you are with both of your families, it's so amazing. And those Beauty and the Beast cakes, AMAZING!!!! My daughter also got a bunch of Disney princess stuff for her birthday and Christmas...and now what does she want? The three Disney Princesses she didn't get...she wants those now...haha.

  21. What a perfect weekend! So glad she had such a special weekend. I'm sorry to hear about her eye boo boo and not feeling well. I hope she is back to herself soon! I love that picture of her laying down next to the dolls. So many fun pictures around too! Beautifully Candid

    1. Thank you, Sierra. We were so sad about her scrape because I knew it would be in her pictures with her chalkboard, but it's OK. Just one of the many boo boos that we won't ever forget!

  22. Well, I'd say that this was a birthday weekend for the books. :) What a lovely weekend celebrating your sweet girl. The cakes are beautiful! I love, love how Olivia's shirt turned out!

  23. Oh my word, that second cake. Love it!!! Sounds like you guys had the perfect birthday weekend for your little miss!

  24. Happy Birthday, sweet girl! It looks like she had such a fun time celebrating her birthday. I'm so glad her eye was okay! XOXO

  25. That picture of her laying with the princesses is too cute! How fun to spend the day alone with you guys. And girl...I know I've said it before but you have one gorgeous mom.


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