Our little Fireman turned 3


I know my baby will forever be my baby, but he sure doesn't feel like he is anymore!  Shane turned THREE on Sunday and it seriously feels like yesterday I was (not) enjoying my hospital Thanksgiving meal with my newborn in my arms. This cute Turkey of ours is totally and completely obsessed with all things Fireman related, so his choice for a party theme was beyond obvious.  What Shane didn't ... [ Read More ]

Monday Must-Haves: Party Edition

ikea wine glasses

Well I was going to write this post earlier today, but was still in a cookie party coma.  The sugar (alcohol) haze has lifted and I am excited to share some of my party staple must-haves. This is my 5th year in a row hosting a cookie and ornament exchange with my girlfriends.  I try to host 2-3 parties a year (kiddie parties not included), and have come up with some of my favorite items that are ... [ Read More ]

Oink Baa Moo Shane turns 2


If it ever goes quiet around here chances are I'm probably planning a party...and that's exactly where I have been (I like leaving everything to the last minute).  On Saturday the 23rd we celebrated our little Shaney turning TWO!  I now understand why parents always see their youngest as their babies.  In my eyes I refuse to believe my little guy is growing up, so he will forever be my ... [ Read More ]

Nathan’s Splash Bash!


With Nathan's birthday being right in the prime heat of the Summer, we thought a Splash Bash would be a fun way to keep the guests cool this year.  I had originally planned a big party at one of the local splash pads but as the date approached I just didn't think I could pull it off.  We have always had help in the past years, but this time I knew it would just be me and Greg trying to make 10 ... [ Read More ]

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

fruit rainbow

We celebrated yesterday with friends, family and neighbors!  I think I tried every version of corned beef and cabbage known to man, and had my first Irish Car-bomb since college!  This mama still has it (not really, not really at all!). I made this easy, fairly healthy, and festive rainbow fruit platter!  Within minutes it was attacked by all the kids, and I was happy to see they went for the ... [ Read More ]

Shane’s Sock Monkey 1st Birthday

Shane has always been our little monkey since the day he was born.  The first morning they met, his big brother Nathan had placed his gift of a sock monkey doll into Shane's isolate at the hospital, and we have loved those little iconic monkeys ever since.   We had so many cute photos  of Shane with his beloved sock monkey that it seemed to the be obvious choice for a theme for his first birthday ... [ Read More ]