Ian had a play at school recently called "The Hall of Presidents". Each kid picked a president's name out of a hat. They then had to write a short speech about their President and then say the speech while dressed up like their President. Ian got Abraham Lincoln.


Their speech had to have their name, which President they were, their home state and a fact about them.

This is video of his speech.

My name is Abraham Lincoln. I was the 16th President of the United States. My home state is Illinois. I freed the slaves and saved the Union.








{Splash Mountain without the Splash}

On our recent trip to Disney at the end of February, one of our favorite rides, Splash Mountain was closed for refurbishment. It's always a bummer when a favorite ride is closed down. Lisa and I got a pleasant surprise when we walked by though.


You could see so much cool stuf while there wasn't any water on the ride. You could see the tracks, see people on different parts of the attraction working and you could stand there and really look without fear of getting soaked.


Have any of your favorite rides been closed when you visited?


{Insta-Friday 3/21}

These are from the last few weeks.  Just simple pics from my phone.

#latergram of us. #lollipop

His "silly" face always looks a bit dead.  lol.
His silly face is always dead.  ???  #latergram

We went to lunch with my dad last weekend.  I got this happy accidental picture of him.  Love it.
We went to lunch with my dad yesterday.  Xoxo #latergram

My sweet baby girl.  Such pretty eyes.
My pretty lady. Xoxo

He has the best lashes ever.
He's got the best lashes.  Xoxo #latergram

Bailey brought home the fake baby through Health class last weekend.  He had to take care of him from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.  This was a happy mistake at lunch.  He was actually scratching his face but it captured his frustration through this project.
This was accidental and he was just scratching his face, but it's priceless.  Xoxo #latergram #fakebaby

Olive Garden makes a surprisingly delicious cappuccino.
Olive Garden cappuccino. Surprisingly very good.  #latergram

He was very excited at the beginning of the project.  Not so much at the end.
Bailey has the fake baby for the weekend. They dressed him in old Ian clothes cause the school doesn't have anything.

I love this shirt.  Ian dressed up as Abe for a school project.  I think he needs this.
Ian need this shirt.  Hahahaha!

And that's it.  Trying to get back into the blogging swing of things.

life rearranged


{Princess 5K]

in the books. done.


Someday I'll write about it. Hopefully soon. Trying to get back to this thing called blogging. But I will say it was awesome, fulfilling and totally worth it.


{The day Ian met Willow}

Ian has been begging us for an American Girl Doll since last Christmas when Chloe got one from us.  We told him that he too could have one the Christmas before he turned eight.  It wasn't because we didn't want him to have a doll.  It was because we thought it was important to wait until this age because that's how long we made Chloe wait and they are mega expensive and with age comes responsibility, right?  Anyways we decided that we would get him an "Our Generation" doll from Target for his birthday.  It's kind of a knock of AGD.  He was very upset at first but I explained to him that AGD are very very expensive and that he would in fact get one for Christmas if he wanted it.

So as his birthday approached we talked about his new doll.  I asked him if he would like to go pick her out or if we should do it.  He wanted us to pick her out.  I had been looking for weeks and hated all the dolls we had at my store.  And to top it off, we waited until the very last minute.  We had just gone to Disney to run my race and I ran into Target on our way home for his cake to grab a doll.  I walked down the aisle and saw that we had gotten new dolls.  I was so excited.  I looked at each of them and decided on Willow.


Willow has long dark curly hair and came with a pajama party set.  Total cuteness.

It wasn't a surprise, he knew he was getting a doll. But when he opened that wrapping paper, priceless. Look at that smile.




Happiness. Pure happiness.


He was smitten with her right away.

He asked my sister for a new dress for her and used some of his Christmas money for another dress for Willow.  He's building up her wardrobe.  ;)




I can't believe our sweet boy is seven.  SEVEN.

Seriously, where does the time go?  Ian Matthew you are the kindest, sweetest most loving little boy.  Please don't ever lose that.