Birthday Fun

Birthday Fun

You totally get to draw your birthday celebrations out. And for Remi that means lots of things.

 

First, it means getting birthday gifts in the mail, like this awesome book from Auntie Paula!

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And then other fun, like this Paw Patrol tent and sleeping bag from great Aunt Tracey, which was delivered along with some fun from her other little cousins.

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It means momma makes you Paw Patrol cupcakes on a Saturday morning. (They may look like a Pinterest fail, but she LOVED them!)

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And then you get a special birthday shirt on the actual day and pose again with your big balloon!

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And then after school, you get more presents (pajamas which she immediately layered on!) and a cupcake after dinner.

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I can’t believe you’re 3, big girl! I hope you felt celebrated and loved beyond belief, because you are!


3 Years Old!

3 Years Old!

This year zoomed by so fast! It’s not been without challenges of steering a toddler, but it’s been more joyful and fun than we could have ever imagined.

Remington is funny, compassionate, bull-headed, strong, adventurous but also cautious. She’s full of love for people and animals. She’s creative. She’s just the best.

Here are some updates to remember:

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She’s now 35 inches and around 28 lbs (well-child checkup is in a couple of weeks), wearing size 2T in most things, moving up to some 3T in a few things that are more fitted. Can still wear some baby-sized dresses. She wears size 6 shoes. Still a petite girl! 25% for weight and 10% for height.

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She LOVES being active. Playing outside, gymnastics, dance (she’s doing tap and ballet at school this year!), running and racing.

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Still a fabulous sleeper. She goes down pretty easily for naps and nighttime. She sleeps from 8ish until 6 a.m. on school days. On the weekends, she will sleep until 6:30ish. She takes a 2 hour nap every day.  Her bedtime routine is a couple books, praying, and a song. She sometimes asks to “snuggle” where we lay sort of on her bed with her or to rock and sing. She’s not at all attached to a particular blanket, but she still sleeps with her lovey. She occasionally asks for different stuffies to be in bed with her. Poppy from Trolls and Dory have been in there for a while (gifts from our friend Lillian).

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She’s hit and miss with teeth brushing. Some nights she fusses that she has to do it, but when it’s time to do it, she’s good. We use an electric toothbrush mostly, and she likes to floss. She still loves bath, but we have to bribe her to wash her hair without crying.

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She is still a HUGE helper. She loves to help me cook, help feed the dogs, help clean up her trash and take her plate to the sink after meals. She’s a good girl (most of the time).

She still is social and loves people, but occasionally she will act shy. She still likes to hug, give high fives, talk to people. She is compassionate- when she hears or sees someone crying she wants to go hug them.

She also LOVES mascots and people in costumes. She loves to dress up, but if she sees a mascot, we GOTTA go say hi.

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Some of her favorite toys are pretending and building. She LOVES Play Doh and making things with her blocks. She loves to figure something out and do it herself. She is very imaginative- Play Doh becomes pizza dough and blocks quickly become robots. She also loves to pretend with her babies and her play kitchen. She’s always cooking up something. She’s also SUPER into storytelling play with her Paw Patrol pups.

 

She likes to play games, but sometimes loses patience. But cooperative games are her jam (we aren’t into competition yet). We like to play this silly little dance game and our Snug as a Bug game. We also make up our own games a lot- especially outside with the sidewalk chalk. We make up sort of little relay games. She also LOVES to paint.

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She’s still a fantastic eater. Not picky. Prefers veggies over most things (we hear a LOT when we’re out because she will finish her green beans first and ignore fries!). She still loves soup. Now, don’t let her love of veggies fool you- she prefers a hot dog over just about anything. And she loves blue colored foods (Popsicles, cake, etc.) but she’s not picky and will eat most things I give her. Breakfast still isn’t her fave, but if I give her snacky foods (like carrots and a cheese stick) she usually does better than a typical breakfast food. Some of her favorite foods are cherry tomatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes, supreme pizza (“pizza wiff all the tings!”) and lunchables (she takes lunch to school on Fridays and she LOVES a lunchable).

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She is mostly drinking water and 1% milk. She isn’t big on drinking, so when it’s hot we have to push. She likes to supplement with popsicles and homemade slushes in the summer.

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She can fully dress herself (sometimes needing help with shirts/dresses) but she likes to choose her clothes some days (most days she doesn’t care). But I usually offer her a few choices and let her pick. The funniest change has been in her pajamas. Some nights she wants typical night dresses or PJS and some nights she asks for just a T-shirt. Whatever.

Her favorite foot wear is crocs. Thanks, dad.

You can bribe her pretty well these days with Paw Patrol videos on my phone (though she prefers to watch people playing with Paw Patrol toys, not the actual show). She also likes to watch Blippi and some Kids Bop. She gets the phone halfway through our drive to/from school (I make her have conversation first!). She hardly ever gets it other times, maybe if we are waiting at the doctor…but we don’t do it eating out or anything.

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Her hair is SO LONG and she likes it up most days now. When it’s down, she usually wants a blue bow.

 

She often tells us what a good job we are doing. “Good job making dinner, mom.” “Good job putting on your shoes, dad”

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She is BUSY. Hardly ever stops. Even if we are watching a movie, she’s usually playing in the living room.

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She still loves her family. From us and her grandmas to her cousins, she LOVES being with family. She is also obsessed with her dogs. She LOVES them and Pippin is great with her. Mikey loves her too, but he’s a bit more skiddish when she’s loud and crazy. Both dogs will sneak into her room at night and lay with her.

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She loves to experience new things, but sometimes she has to warm up to them. She needs to watch and see first. She can be cautious. She’s adventurous when it comes to things she’s doing herself (jumping/climbing/etc.) but can be scared of things like rides at the fair or SDC. But she’s trying to be brave.

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She is a pretty positive, easy going kid. And our biggest struggle at the moment is defiance. A mix of toddler normal and her strong-willed self. But we’re working on making better choices.

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Remington, this year, you’ve grown more and learned more and become such your own little person. It may exhaust me some days to figure you out, but I love seeing your preferences, your spirit and your personality. You have a big imagination, are so creative and spunky. You are so smart. Your vocabulary and thoughts can be so big. I know sometimes because of that, we expect a lot out of you. But I hope you know that we love you so much and are so proud of you. You’re amazing, little girl. Here’s to a wonderful year together!


Remi’s 3rd Birthday Party!

Remi’s 3rd Birthday Party!

We had Remi’s 3rd birthday party a little early (due to some family conflicts the weekends around her birthday). But it was PERFECTION.

We had it at a place nearby called Tiny Tumblers, and they did almost everything. They decorated according to our theme, had toys and tables set out, made goodie bags, and I just had to bring food.

We brought a cake (which, side story: Remi THE DAY I PICKED UP THE CAKE started saying she wanted the Paw Patrol “telescope” (aka periscope) on her cake, and she was disappointed that the tower/telescope wasn’t on her cake….so we had to go find a toy at Walmart to go on top to help with the disappointment. She wasn’t being bratty or anything, she legit said “I really wanted the telescope on my cake, mom. But it does have blue!” So I wanted to help. Super Zumba to the rescue!)

We also cut a big block of cheese into slices and then cut those into bones with a cookie cutter (from Amazon).

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Plates and napkins from Oriental Trading, and the venue made water bottle labels.

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I used dog bowls from the Dollar Tree to hold Cheetos and Scooby Snack graham cracker bones, and served fruit and corn dogs (baked frozen corndogs, held warm in my crockpot)

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The room looked so cute! We set plates, napkins, forks and their bone cups (with added Paw Patrol stickers- both from Oriental Trading) at each kid’s spot.

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Some details from her decorations! I loved them (and loved that I didn’t have to do it!)

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Up by the front gift table was this cute little photo area. Had to get one of the birthday girl! (Shirt from Amazon. What would I do without Amazon?!)

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I bought these felt Paw Patrol masks on Amazon and the kids sort of passed them around and would wear and then throw them down. ha! I wasn’t sure if these would be photo props or favors, but turns out that just playing with them was a hit. Remi loved the Ryder mask!

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Tiny Tumblers had 4 different play areas- and we had it all to ourselves! Remi and Wyatt are great buds at school, and they loved the ball pit!

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Lots of slides, a bouncy house, ride ons, and more fun all around. (for our memory book, that’s Grace and Levi in this pic, and Wyatt in the back)

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There was also gymnastics equipment to play on! (Connor and Wyatt watching close)

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So many exciting things to jump on! (with Amelia and Tristan)

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This big horse was a hit! James loved it!

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About 50 minutes in, we gathered the kids for snacks. (Avery, Grace, Remi, Wyatt, Levi and James)

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Our other table of friends- Tristan, Avery, Connor and Amelia!

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Remi was having a blast. Mask, sunglasses (also a favor), and a corndog.

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We did cake and she was THE CUTEST and the most excited when we sang to her!

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Then we played more! There was a room with kitchen stuff, baby doll stuff and a play house.

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We opened presents (while most of the kids played) and Levi was very interested in helping. 🙂 She got a ton of Paw Patrol toys, some Play Doh toys and games, and loved them all.

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The pogo stick from Nene was a hit with all the kids.

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She had to be persuaded, but we took a few pics with friends.

Sweet Wyatt…

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Avery, our long distance bestie.

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With Gigi

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And we had to grab one with baby cousin Hattie!

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The mommas got in on the fun – me and Alden loved the masks!

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And with Mimi!

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And our birthday girl (before she was begging to go back and play! ha!)

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When we got home, she dove into her gifts after nap. She loved her new Paw Patrol watch and was speaking to it like she was Ryder “To the lookout tower pups!”

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And she kept wearing masks and playing all evening.

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I can’t believe she’s 3! Where does time go?!


Birthday Celebration

Birthday Celebration

I had THE BEST time celebrating my birthday with friends.

Earlier in the day, I had brunch with my bestie Brandy (though we were busy eating and talking and I didn’t take any pictures).

Then that evening, “the circle” and our husbands got together for fun at Uncorked. It’s the best place to just hang with your friends- and these friends brought some fun party decorations and leis and noise makers for me! So fun!

Before we settled in to eat and drink, we took some pictures. LOVE these girls.

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And I love these husbands and how they put up with us (Vini wasn’t off work yet…so he missed the husband pic).

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They got me a cute little glass that I used for my water all night.

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There was lots of selfies and snap chatting happening.

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Sweet Tyler. He’s exhausted from working like 180 hours over 2 weeks, but he came out and was a great sport.

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They told them it was my birthday and Uncorked brought me a brownie with a HUGE sparkler! I was so excited!

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We played What Do You Meme and laughed and laughed. At some point, Rachel’s shirt ripped, Tara broke a wine glass….it was shenanigans all around.

At the end of the night, we were all just so happy to have had so much fun together.

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It is honestly an answered prayer to have such sweet friends, and I’m honored that they celebrated me and our friendship. Here’s to 32!