Thursday, February 20, 2014

Girls Night!

My good friend, Cassi, is due with her second baby girl in  a few weeks.  Since she is having another little girl, we decided to have a girls night in her honor as a sort of "un baby shower". 
I decided to do an ice cream bar for the refreshments. I dipped some strawberry wafers in white chocolate and did some strawberries as well.  I had fun making them and Elise had fun sneaking them!

Close up of the wafers.  Thanks for the easy and yummy idea, pinterest!
Here's a look at the final spread.  Yummy....
Instead of bringing gifts for the baby I had everyone bring a small pampering gift to give to Cassi.  It was filled with things like a loofah, nail polish, body wash, lotion, face mask, socks, etc.  I hope she'll enjoy it after the baby comes and she needs something for herself!
Elise helping out on quality control!
Here's a few of the girls who were able to come. 
L to R: Katie, Me, Chelsey, Cassi, Diana and Jenn. 
Thanks to everyone who was able to come and hang out!  It was a blast!

Valentine's Day!

We had a great time celebrating Valentine's day this year!  I mentioned earlier that I got Elise a necklace from Etsy.  I also ordered her a cute skirt to go with it.  Here she is wearing her new outfit!

She loves this necklace and asked for it the other day by saying, "Mom, can I have the special necklace you and daddy got for me?"  So sweet. 
Here are my two little Valentine's ready to go play!
That afternoon we went to a playgroup with some friends at our church.  We all brought some pot luck treats and the kids had a blast!  They made froot loop necklaces for their moms, decorated a bag for their valentines, got their pictures take and even had some Valentine's stories read to them. 

I forgot to take pictures of all the fun we were having but fortunately we did manage to get some at the photobooth.  My talented friend, Courtney, took pictures for everyone there. Here is a cute one she took of Elise and James.
Later that day, Zack came home early (!) and surprised me with these beauties-
And I worked hard making these delicious little bites-
These are called Sweetie Pie Pops!  You can find the recipe here.
We also were spoiled from our family back home. We got lots of fun packages.  Thanks to everyone who thought of us! 
Thanks Ryan and Becky for all the loot!  Elise loved the whistle lips! 
And thanks Nicole and Justin for the sweet cards and candy!  Elise loved it all and felt truly loved, just as you should on this fun holiday!

Tosa Fire Station

A few weeks ago our playgroup met up at the Tosa fire station to take a tour!  Elise had a blast and loved exploring a new place and getting to see all of the gear, trucks and fire poles! 

Our fire fighter showed us all their gear like their face masks and even the blood pressure cuff.  Elise was thrilled (and very attentive) that she was chosen as the model.

She thought it was the coolest that they get to slide down the pole! 
They let them all walk through the big fire truck and see all the gadgets inside.
Group shot of all the kids we went with!  A rare photo where Elise is looking at the camera and smiling!  Win!
At the end, they were all given a souvenir fire hat!  Elise wore it the whole way home, she loved it!  Now any big red truck she sees is, of course, a firetruck!  We had so much fun exploring new things!