Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Josie

We have now recovered (well, mostly) from our birthday bash this weekend. We were very blessed to celebrate Josie's second birthday with friends, family, and Blue!! Josie has been obsessed with Blue's Clues for months now, so the obvious choice for her b-day theme was the Blue dog herself. We think she enjoyed it even though she took a quick nap on Bamps before the cake was cut and was ready to leave as soon as the last present was opened.

Ready to party!!

Ben was the first guest to arrive and
was more than happy to sport a party hat!

Even though Aunt Stephanie had a horrid migraine,
she was brave enough to come to a party with a
bunch of 2-6 year olds– much to Josie's excitement.

Many budding composers were hard at work on the piano.

Party games!!! Yay!

Such a Daddy's girl.

After a quick snooze, it was cake time.
(Abby helped with the candle part!)

Yummo! Blue's Clues Cake!!

After presents, Josie was ready to head home.
Time to get good hugs from Atticus. . .

And Aunt TeeTee!

Though not quite ready for Pinterest, I had fun designing
and making unique hats for the party. . .

And name "collars" for the treat bags.

The cake took forever. . . to decide which one to
order from eBay. :D

Abby helped make the poster. . .
she painted and picked the colors too.

The party girl the morning of her actual b-day!

After dropping Abby off at school, Josie and I
scooted over to Build-A-Bear (or in our case, a Monkey).

She loves her monkey named Unkie.

A celebratory 3 hour birthday nap was
definitely called for. ;)

That evening, we let the girls decorate their own

They were both really good at it!


Yay! Another Blue!

And an oven set from Kahki and Randall!!

We could not have asked for more smiles than Josie has brought to us in the last two years. She has been full of surprises, but that is great with us. (Keeps us on our toes.) So, we hope you had a wonderful birthday, Sweet Josie Girl!

Monday, January 9, 2012


I have missed blogging. I have missed documenting how much the girls are growing. It is truly out of control. I have resolved to make time for blogging... not sure how this will happen, but I'm going to try. Here is a quick update on the little ladies you are here to read about.


She's 4 going on 14. She is in full time, half day preschool and is very successful. She complains almost daily that I named her Abby rather than Rainbow. Rainbows are her favorite. The more colorful, the better. It matches her personality. Her imagination is very active and she loves weird stuff. Weird stuff and tiny stuff. Polly pockets and Squinkies are the current fave. She is a wonderful and doting big sister who loves to teach Josie all she knows, good and maybe not so good. :P

She is in tap and jazz dance class and loves going to Awanas at our new church. Kindergarten registration starts next month, which breaks my heart in a million ways. We are in awe at how much she has grown.


Josie turns two in a couple of weeks and will not slow down no matter how much I try. (I haven't tried, but I have thought about it.) There is very little that she will not try. She is Miss Personality. The mischievous smile gives her away every time. She has her usual toddler trials, such as the potty; however, she can hang with the big girls at the playground. She is OBSESSED with Blue's Clues. We have taught her a little bit of sign language because she didn't say a whole lot for a long time. (We joke that she couldn't get a word in edgewise with Abby around.) However, she is talking in short sentences now. It's a little hard to understand her since she doesn't say the first sound of a word that starts with a consonant. (Quirky, but fun) She is growing fast (finally), and we are enjoying every moment with this funny, sweet little girl!!

As we begin to pass on our "baby items," such as high chairs and bouncy seats, we are realizing that a chapter in our lives are coming to a close. While my heartbreaks, I am reminded that it means that there is a wonderful chapter beginning. As any mother, I could go on and on about my girls, but I will spare you and just hit the highlights for now. I will try to keep you up to date with the fun here at the White house while playing catch up (as best I can on the last year).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Just Beachy

Well, there never is enough time in a day (or energy in this mom) to blog any more. However, I find myself with a rare chance to do a quick post. I want to catch up on everything, but there is sooo much. Hopefully, before the girls graduate college, I will get caught up on Josie's first year.

The latest news is that we just returned from the beach with Mimi and Bamps. We were able to go back to Holden Beach, NC. It is one of our favorite beaches to just hangout and relax. Abby was a waterbug this year and was old enough to really ride the waves. Josie took a page from Abby's book and slept a good portion of the time we were on the beach. By week's end, she had made friends with the ocean and was pulling Bamps and Daddy to the waves. We returned fairly sunburn free. Here's how the whole thing went down:

Watch out, Waves! Here she comes!

"Anyone know where a girl can get some
water around here?"

"I dunno, Bamps, they say there's
some water for my sandcastle this way."

Anyone up for some fun?

Bamps is awesome at riding the waves.

Our happy family-- after a beach nap!

She totally did not want me to take this picture– she
might miss a wave.

Diggin' the tidal pools... quite literally.

Josie and Bamps B.F.F.

Josie napping (as usual) on a
sunny day at the beach.

This one just makes my heart happy.

My favorite of our gals.

Approx. 30 seconds after she made friends with
the ocean.

The sunset view from atop the causeway leading
to the island.

Sunset over the marsh. (Love it)

Beach Baby!!

I'm pretty sure she'd be a
mermaid if given the chance.

The gals playing while Bamps and Daddy
set up our cabana.

Playing chase with enough room
do do it up right!!

Abby hanging out while waiting
for a table at our favorite restaurant,
The Provision Company.

Josie says she will have hers
steamed w/ a little butter, please.

Abby is combing the area for crabs and
jellyfish. (The latter made their presence
known this year.)

The giggles say it all!!!

Our view from the back porch. It's rough,
but someone has to stare at it for hours. :D

Fun time in Daddy's socks.

Sisters. :D

One Happy Beach Bum!!

Love the look in this one!!

Proud Papa!!

She is saying "good-bye" to the ocean.

A wonderful trip all the way around.