Monday, February 26, 2018

Olivia's Birthday Weekend

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We’re coming off of a three-day weekend filled with cake, family, fun times, and more cake!

Brian took the day off Friday and he and I spent the day with our girl… she had Mommy and Daddy all to herself!  We let her call the shots and it ended up being a great day!  We started the day at Krispy Kreme for donuts, spent some time on the playground, and went to a local indoor arcade for some games.  She ended up with almost 400 tickets so she was able to redeem them for a light-up wand, a tiny dog figurine, a Ring Pop, and then she also picked out a little sticky-hand man that “walks” down the wall for Jacob.  She missed him so much while he was in school and I think she asked us no less than ten times when we could go pick him up. 

Chick-Fil-A was for lunch and she also played on their playground.  Grandpa joined us for lunch and then we headed to Toys R Us to let her pick out a gift.  We have been doing this every year with the kids and it’s fun to let them pick out something for themselves sometimes!  She chose a PJ Masks Owelette Glider and she also picked out a Catboy (also from PJ Masks) figurine for Jacob. 

We ran to Old Navy and Gap while we were in the area, and then it was time to pick up Jacob in the car line.  The weather was gorgeous Friday so we headed to our third playground of the day so Jacob could partake in some of the fun.  B and I sat on a bench and chatted while the kids ran wild for a good hour.  And it was HOT!! 

We headed home after that and decided to stay in for dinner since we had been gone all day.  B and I cracked open a couple of his birthday beers (this one was AMAZING!  I love hints of orange in my beer!) and I made some grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. 

We popped some popcorn and settled in for a viewing of Cars 3 after dinner, and then it was off to bed for the kiddos and B and I finished season one of Friends from College.  I’m SO ready for season two already and I don’t want to wait any longer!

Saturday morning the kids requested homemade waffles as they pretty much always do, so I fancied them up with some leftover Valentine’s Day sprinkles, and then I set out to clean out and organize Olivia’s room.  Ever since Jacob’s room was cleaned out and reorganized last weekend, Olivia has been asking when I was going to do hers, and since our morning was free, we decided to go ahead and do it. 

I ended up getting rid of two huge plastic bins of clothes, baby stuff, and other junk, and I rearranged some things in her drawers for maximum functionality.  I also hung this closet extender in her closet and she can now reach all of her own clothes.  YAAAASSSS!  When I was all done she asked me where her new bed was.  Lol.  I had to explain to her that we didn’t have her full-size mattresses yet, but I’m guessing we’ll have to do that soon.  She has been begging for the last week ever since we pushed Jacob’s bed up against his windows and rearranged his room.


During the purge

Closet Before


We all got ready, snapped some chalkboard pictures for Olivia’s birthday letter, and then headed out to my father-in-law’s house Saturday afternoon.  My Sister-in-law and her family were here in town so we spent some time hanging out with them, eating pizza, having cake, and opening gifts.  Olivia had requested an M&M Dairy Queen Blizzard cake and it was delicious as always!

Since that was the eve of her actual birthday, that evening the whole time we were getting ready for bed she kept telling me that she could already feel herself growing since she was about to be four the next day.  Apparently she thinks that you grow overnight when your age changes on your birthday.  Haha.

Sunday morning that little stinker was up bright and early… like sometime just after 5 AM, maybe?  And B and I told her it was still the middle of the night and to go back to sleep.  Haha.  I’m not sure if she ever did, but I know I sure did!  That is entirely too early to start the day!

We finally got up just before 8 and the birthday girl ran around shouting, “I’M FOUR, I’M FOUR!”  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her get so excited to add another year to her age!  She requested donuts again, and we rarely say no to donuts (especially on special occasions), so B ran to Krispy Kreme and grabbed a dozen to kick off her actual birthday. 

She opened her gifts from us after that and then she played with them all morning until it was time to go to Nana and Poppie’s for lunch.  My MIL and step-FIL grilled some chicken and cooked a huge Sunday feast and we opened gifts and ate Olivia’s main birthday cake.  She had requested an Owlette cake and she wanted the cake to be strawberry, so it was a nice change of pace from the traditional birthday cakes and Blizzard cakes we typically have.  It was soooo good.  The day was rainy so we weren’t able to play outside, but she did get a lot of play time with her new gifts!  She got a Fingerling and I think I love it just as much as she does!  Haha.

Sunday evening we headed to my parents’ house for Sunday dinner.  We hadn’t yet celebrated Brian’s birthday with my family, so we did a combination celebration for Brian and Olivia.  Brian had requested my mom’s meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and roasted carrots and I was excited, too, because my mom makes THE BEST meatloaf and I always request that for my birthday meal as well. 

After dinner they both opened gifts and then we had more cake.  I had baked a Funfetti cake Sunday morning and the kids helped me adorn it with loads of sprinkles, so we had that as well as some of the leftover strawberry Owlette cake from lunch.

It was the very best weekend celebrating our girl, and we are so thankful for that little stinker of ours!  I posted her birthday letter yesterday so you can read it here if you missed it. 

Happy Monday!

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  1. So glad Olivia had a fun weekend celebrating her!! Love all the cakes and doughnuts!

  2. I love the tradition you guys have of spending the day with the kids on their actual birthday! You can tell they have the best time ever!! Such a fun filled weekend! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  3. What a sweet weekend!! I love that you let her pick out what she wanted to do on Friday, and love that y'all had lots of cake!!!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  4. What a whirlwind birthday weekend! So much fun!! And can she really put in a pony tail!? Impressed! I've been trying to teach Ella but she hasn't gotten it yet

  5. What a great Friday with mommy and daddy! Olivia looks so happy and to top it off with mom’s meatloaf....yay!

  6. What a fun birthday weekend. Happy birthday to Olivia!

  7. What a fun weekend! Olivia's PJ mask cake turned out so cute. And her room looks awesome!

  8. What an awesome weekend!!! I just LOVE how much Olivia loves Jacob. So sweet how she always thinks of him! You are killing it with your purges these past few weekends - I have to tell you I was cracking up throughout that part of the post because all I could think about was that movie 'The Purge'!

  9. What a fun weekend of birthday celebrations!! I love her little tea cart she got, she looked so cute all dressed up. Hope she had the best birthday!

  10. What a great weekend. Funfetti is my favorite cake and I LOVE a good meatloaf dinner. Moms always make them the best. I can't believe you have a 4 year old!!

  11. What a cake! Nice beer and do-nuts too! I have TAGGED you in a post - hope you get chance to do it, Kristin at Pugs and Pearls tagged me and I am excited to pass it on! Joanne x

  12. What a special weekend for a sweet little girl! I love that she thought she would grow overnight! I haven't had meatloaf in ages, I need to make some soon!

  13. What a fun birthday weekend full of cake - sounds perfect to me :). Love your special birthday date tradition you have with each kiddo! I love that she ran around yelling I am four, so cute.

  14. eeeek! SO much fun! Happy Birthday little one!!

  15. Love how special you made her birthday! The waffles with the Valentine's sprinkles are adorable!


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