My Big Girl is Two

Ahh finally,  yes I am finally posting pictures of her birthday party! Almost 4 months behind I know, but better late then never πŸ™‚

We had a birthday party planned for her the evening of her birthday, but as you know her little brother decided it was time to be born that very evening so we had to postpone the party for a few days! What’s better then getting a brother for your birthday gift anyway?!? πŸ™‚

It was just too hard to pick photos to post so I finally settled on the ones below, there’s a bunch so hopefully you won’t get bored!


Its still kind of hard to believe we already have a 2 year old!

We always like to give her the birthday gifts from us before everyone else shows up at the party because then there’s soo many gifts and we don’t really have the satisfaction of seeing her reaction to what we picked out for her! We gave them to her the morning of her birthday, so technically she did have a ‘little’ party on her special day.

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Her huge doll from Mommy and Daddy! Its bigger then a newborn but very lightweight! This was an awesome deal at a Kids Consignment Sale for $3 and there was just no way I could pass it up even tho she really didn’t ‘need’ another doll!! But seriously, can a little girl have too many dolls? πŸ˜‰ She was thrilled!

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Writing and drawing are some of her favorite pastimes, the one side is a chalk board and the other side is a dry erase board. She has spent countless hours playing with it.

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And… Her pink Camo recliner πŸ™‚ Daddy picked it out for her and it has been well used! 

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“I can sit on my chair and write on the white board all at the same time”

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This is her adorable Princess Cake decorated by Aunt Julia! We were soo pleased with how it turned out.

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 All dressed up and ready for the party.

Kitten blanket collage

I didn’t take the time to post pictures of all the gifts she got, there were a bunch! But the expressions we captured when she saw her kitty blanket were just too good to resist! Kittens are her favorite animal and she was beside herself with joy when she saw the blanket! She had to run over and kiss it πŸ™‚

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 This is probably been her most played with birthday gift! From her cousin Amy, it says some Spanish words and recently she walks around saying, Ola, Ola πŸ™‚         (Hello)

Eating cake

Enjoying the cake πŸ™‚

 photoshoot looking at books

Julia got to have a photo shoot with her on her birthday and she cooperates so much better for pictures if she’s alone with Julia. I was so happy with the results πŸ™‚ Books and Kitties, who wouldn’t be happy πŸ™‚

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Ahh yes, melt my heart! That adorable lil girly I get to call my own! She is such a burst of energy (and emotions) but I truly cannot imagine life without her! Thank you Jesus for allowing us the privilege of caring for one of your sweet children.

Petting Zoo

We have been wanting to take Shania to a Zoo this summer and we kept pushing it off until finally we decided to take the chance on the way home from Missouri a few weeks ago. We had planned to stop in at Grant’s Farm in St Louis but when we got there they had 45 min to 1 hr wait (in the sun) and this pregnant lady was not in the mood for that πŸ™ so we decided to just head on home and try later. Once we left there we checked out google πŸ˜‰ and found Lazy L Safari Park in Cape Girardeau and it was really close to the interstate anyway so we decided to stop in and check it out. They don’t have alot of animals but it was enough to satisfy Shania and give us a little break from traveling!

(1) editedThey had lots of deer, this one came walking right up to us!

(3) editedThe Camels were kinda ugly! It looked like they were in the middle of shedding πŸ™

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 Watching all the deer…

(6) editedMany different kinds of goats. Riding on Daddys shoulders was of course the best view!

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They were having quite the time of it!

(24) editedWe actually got her convinced to let a goat lick her hand! She still talks about it to this day πŸ™‚

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So many beautiful birds! 

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 They even had a few Zebras!


Tea Party and Recipe Exchange

Who doesn’t love a good tea party with your lady friends?! Recently I hosted a tea party for the ladies from church and had so much fun getting everything ready for it that I thought I would share some of the pictures so you could see what fun we had πŸ™‚ 

I am not very good at this party decorating thing as you can easily see, and wasn’t even really planning to decorate (we just needed to get out of the house and spend some time together) but as I was preparing food I started looking around my kitchen and noticing all the sunflower decor I already had setting out and thought, why not use that?! So here is a little of what I came up with πŸ™‚

1 063 editedI wanted to have a veggie tray but wanted something different then the normal – lay all the veggies in a straight line on a tray- so Pinterest here I come πŸ™‚ Found this idea and just dug around till I found enough glass jars-containers to suit my fancy!

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Some more of the little details… The last picture is priceless! Poor Wyatt getting attacked by Shania, don’t worry, we do teach her to be kind to other kids, I just thought his expression was too good to pass up!

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 Some delicious Artisan Bread made by my friend Sarah. She has a special knack for making everything look adorable!

She has the recipe for this bread over on her blog at Sara Jess Memories

and here is the direct link to her Rustic Crusty Bread! Be sure to check out all the other interesting things while you are there! 



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 And last but not least, here is a picture of the Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake I made, with my like new Bundt pan that I got at Salvation Army! (Score!) Love finding deals like that!

I will be sharing the recipe for this delicious cake shortly so stay tuned πŸ™‚ 

 I asked each of the ladies to bring a favorite recipe of theirs along and then we each ended up being able to take 7 new recipes home!


What kind of Tea Parties do you like? Do you prefer to have activities or just chat and catch up with each others lives?

10 Months

Have you ever noticed that the older you get, the faster the years fly by? Seems like every year the year is shorter. Especially since Shania has been born it seems like I can’t keep up with her growing spurts! A few weeks ago she turned 10 months old and so I decided to share some of my favorite photos of her with you.

10 month CollageThese were taken on the day she turned 10 months old! The puppy kept being a distraction so we finally just included her in the picture. She loves her Daddy so much. Her baby doll is her favorite toy and if we tell her to put her baby to sleep she will sit there hugging the baby and rocking back and forth. Its so adorable!

Baby chicksGrandma Hostetler got baby chicks so one day we went to see them. This was Shanias first experience with live chicks and it caused quite a few laughs. She just wanted to squeeze the poor things and was so enthralled by them πŸ™‚ 

10 month Shania CollageAunt Julia got the camera and Shania and went for a photo shoot πŸ™‚ I love having a photograghery (is that even a word?!) sister πŸ™‚ Makes that I get alot of pictures and get reminded to take alot.

Shania collageThese were snapped while she was waiting on Julia and I to be done with taking some pictures! She loves anything that moves and so the kitty picture was just too perfect. Everything goes into her mouth now too so ya gotta stay on your toes for that! Even got a lil heartbroken picture! πŸ™‚ Her favorite thing right now is clapping and getting all excited when she gets praised for something. Got to love how praise makes a little child (and even adults) just glow.

So there’s my baby… πŸ™‚ She’s almost 1 already Surprised

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Photoshoot (3 month)

We had a relaxing weekend and I’m not feeling the greatest today so I am having a lazy Monday too! Finally getting the pictures uploaded from the photoshoot we had with Shania for her 3 month birthday. Did I mention lately she’s amazing?!

She is growing so fast and just last week she started this rocking thing on my lap. She’ll sit there and just rock back and forth and this morning it just hit me how much trust she has in me, she knows I will catch her and keep her from toppling off my lap! Why do I find it so hard to have that kind of trust in God? He is right there and won’t let me down ever! Wow.

So when we were done with the photoshoot Julia had over 300 pictures so I am just showing you a few of the best ones here…

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Her chubby lil toes are so adorable!

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This one should be put in a photo contest πŸ™‚

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Am I really letting them take so many pictures and change my outfit so much?!?!

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Bubbles <3

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Fat lil belly

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πŸ™‚ so adorable
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January 2013 349Ahh, I’m in love πŸ™‚ Seriously why can’t photo contests be free to enter?! Please let me know if you know of any free ones.

Have an blessed day!



We went to a motel in Jefferson City for our Anniversary on December 3rd and Owen had ordered this bouquet for me and had it in our room! The biggest bouquet i ‘ever’ got in my life πŸ™‚ Needless to say i was very happy!!