Monday, November 30, 2015

Is Jesus In Your Heart?

This is a time with Lilly Belle that I never ever want to forget. The good, and the bad. Because, really, the bad isn't so bad at all and we are extremely blessed. This morning I was laying in bed at 6am with my sweet little girl all snuggled close to me and all I could think about was that I wish I could just bottle it all up. Then I realized that I really need to start blogging again. I loved having this blog as a place to bottle her all up when she was a baby and I wish I never stopped. I wish I didn't have such a big gap between her turning one, and now. This year has been incredible with her. She has so much spirit and is such a strong little girl. I never want to forget the adorable things she is saying or the things she does that make our hearts melt.

Her newest thing is to wake up every morning at 6am. We hear her crib squeak, and then her door creak. Then our door slowly swings open for us to see an adorable two year old little girl (so not a baby anymore) standing in our doorway with her new dinosaur blanket from Nana draped over her shoulders and her pillow dragging behind. Then she asks quietly while gently rubbing my face (still thinking I'm sleeping), "Mama, can I sleep in your bed?" I pull her up to snuggle in between us. Usually Matt is still sleeping and Lilly Belle just gets more and more awake with every passing minute. She'll say, "snuggle me mommy, snuggle me," as she tries her best to wrap my arms around her so she's all snuggled in close to me.

She usually ends up waking Matt with some story to tell or question to ask. This morning's question was absolutely adorable. She placed her hand on my chest. She tried to put her hand in my shirt. I thought she was trying to touch my breast like she did when she used to nurse so I said, "Lilly Belle, no, that's not okay, we don't put our hands in peoples shirts." She looked up at me and said, "No mommy, I'm trying to feel your heart." So she put her hand on my chest over my heart and then asked, "Is Jesus in there?" ...I told her, "yes baby, Jesus is in my heart. He's in your heart too. And Daddy's." So then she pushed Matt a bit to wake him up, and whispered to him, "Daddy, do you have Jesus in your heart? Let me check, okay." She then touched his chest where she believed his heart to be and leaned in close to listen.

It was such a sweet moment and one that I really never ever want to forget.

Our days are so incredibly busy. If we're not at Stroller Strides, we're at dance class, and if we're not at Stroller Strides or dance class, you can guarantee we are at Disney or the park. Our house is a constant tornado. I feel like I can never keep up.

But then, I remember moments like this morning, and wish I could just slow down with her for a bit. There is nothing glorious about busy. It's in the quiet morning hours that we have our most special time together. It might be 6am and I might be exhausted. And some mornings, once Matt gets up with her, I might fall back asleep until he has to get ready for work, but it is all so worth it. Lilly Belle makes everything in life so much better. I wouldn't trade being her mommy for anything in the world. She makes my heart so happy. She is such a special little girl. I cannot wait to see who she becomes and what she does in this world. Well... then again, I can. Time is going so fast. She's already made a difference in the world by just being here and just being her. She makes so many people happy.

I love you, my sweet Lilly Belle.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sunday Fun-Day!

The morning after Halloween, Lilly Belle was up super early because of Daylight Savings. Right away, we went to check if the Switch Witch had arrived, and Lilly Belle was thrilled to see that she had left her some Palace Pets toys under her witches hat in place of Lilly Belle's candy she set out the night before.

Animal Kingdom was also open early so...we decided to go with it! Parking is super easy at Animal Kingdom and she's obsessed with the Festival of the Lion King show so we were pretty excited about our morning.

When we got there we went straight for breakfast at Rainforest Café. Lilly Belle and I had the waffles which were surprisingly delicious. Usually we eat there knowing the food is just okay and that it's just fun to be in the atmosphere of it all. I was pretty pleased this time. We will do breakfast there again - it wasn't crowded and it was yummy.

After breakfast, it was time to head into the park. I'm getting so used to us going that I don't even take pictures every time...that's nuts!

We had an extra magical morning when Lilly Belle was chosen to dance around in the Festival of the Lion King! She's scared to go alone so I got to go with her. Matt got it all on video, and it was amazing! I was for sure more excited than she was.

After a few attractions/shows, it was time to go home for lunch and nap time. Lilly Belle got super cranky and tantrumed on our way out of the park - like major tantrum. She took a nap and I got some work done (always working on Sundays).

Matt and I then decided it was the perfect day to go mini golfing with her, so we headed to where we had our first date and played mini golf at Disney's Winter Summerland Mini Golf! She loved it so much!! We will for sure be going back to do that often. Most likely a bunch this winter when it's cooler out. We love mini golf because it reminds us of our first date. It was special to have her there with us where our family started.

We ended our Sunday Funday by going to Beaches & Cream for ice cream at Disney's Beach Club Resort. Another favorite of ours! We then came home for dinner and that was that :) Super fun day!! 

We love our life here!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Our Pink Triceratops - Halloween 2015

It makes me so sad that I haven't blogged on here in forever. We have been living in Florida now for 5 months and it has been the best 5 months of our entire relationship. We are so happy. Lilly Belle is so happy. We are right where we are supposed to be.

Last night was our first Halloween in Celebration and it did not disappoint. We went with our friends Brett, Holly, Aaron & Lindsay. Lilly Belle had all her little best friends with her and she was one happy little Pink Triceratops.

Her costume took a long time to make, but it was worth every second. She was so excited and was sure to correct everyone who thought she was anything other than a "pink triceratops".

It was such an amazing Halloween and the perfect first time Trick or Treating! Such fun memories for all of us...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lilly Belle is TWO!

Our sweet, Lilly Belle is now TWO years old! I cannot believe it. She is such an amazing little girl. I wish I had been blogging more this past year because she is just changing so quickly. She still loves to be social and will talk with anyone who will have a conversation with her. She is obsessed with technology; phones, the iPad, our laptops. I think it's because she loves to learn so much. Lilly Belle has been loving our new life in Florida and already has so many sweet friends here. If you ask her who her best friend is, she will tell you it's Lucas. Her favorite things right now are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, dinosaurs, Cinderella, her friends, chocolate milk, and to draw, play with stickers or paint. I need to start a journal of all the cute things she says. I'd literally need to carry it around everywhere with me because she is constantly saying hilarious things. She had an amazing birthday yesterday!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

So...We Moved to Florida!

Wow! I have not blogged in so long. That makes me so sad! Thank goodness for Instagram where I am a totally "overgrammer" and have all my sweet memories of Lilly Belle's days stored away ;)
So, big news...we moved to Florida! We made the decision in January, and have now been living here for 10 days. I purchased a FIT4MOM franchise and Matt is now working at Disney and Universal. Lilly Belle is just happy as can be with all of our new adventures.
We have made so many friends already and it feels like we are making more every single day. I know this will at one point come to a slow down, but for now, it's been so amazing feeling so surrounded by an amazing community.
I really want to start blogging again to journal all the amazing things we are doing. And Lilly Belle is growing up so fast, it's a little bit overwhelming trying to keep up with all of her changes. I keep wanting to write down all the things she says but literally I'd have to carry a pen around in my hand all day...So, I just take videos of her constantly.
Here are our adventures so far. We don't have our annual passes for Disney, Universal or SeaWorld yet, so we have just been doing as much as we can around here for free. It's pretty incredible how much there has been to do without even going to any of the parks. And we haven't even made it to the beach yet!

Here is a little preview of the past two weeks.
Matt and I were just talking and realized that two weeks ago, we were only on day 2 of our 5 day road trip here. It feels like we've been here for so long!

National Doughnut Day! Free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme

 Girlfriend has mastered the art of climbing - it's a little terrifying.

 Spent the morning resort hopping and riding the monorails.

 Checking out the farmers market in Celebration.

 We love our new sweet little town!

 Our new home! We're so in love!!

 Another morning of monorail riding ;)

 We had to get some ice cream from Beaches n Cream!

 The parks here are absolutely amazing!

Our splash pad!

We are so happy here and so happy with our decision!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lilly Belle's Princess Brunch Disney Side @ Home Celebration!

So much has been going on planning our big move to Disney...I mean, Florida!
We feel so thankful to have been chosen to host a Disney Side @ Home Celebration. Thanks to BSM Media and Disney Parks, we were able to put together the perfect princess brunch for Lilly Belle's friends and cousins!
Lilly Belle hosted her first party on Valentine's Day.
It was absolutely adorable! So many of her friends came and it was an absolute fun chaos!
Just the way we like it.

We made lots of yummy treats. The girls got to enjoy chocolate covered pretzels...Magic Wands.

Once her friends had arrived, I read them all a Sofia the First story.

This was the perfect time for her to have a party. I fear she may not see many of these friends for a long time now that we are moving 3,000 miles away... :(

I made the girls Princess Cupcakes :)

Of course, there was dancing!

We even had a special guest arrive! Rapunzel went to a new and exciting ball with Flynn Rider. It is called "PROM!" and he bought her a new dress!
The girls totally believed she was Rapunzel. Thank you so much, Autumn! We love you!

Matt spent the entire morning making Mickey Waffles for all the girls! So sweet :)

Lilly Belle loved her crown :)

We played Disney Parks Bingo and used chocolate chips as markers. Big mistake as the kids were all hyped up on fruit, sugar and raisins lol. Left the Cheerios at home by mistake - oops!

The girls got goody bags/boxes as well.
I had two Etsy shops also donate to our party. We are so thankful for the beautiful necklaces and the adorable Ariel apron!

Necklace: OliverandMay
This girl is on the move! So bummed that I couldn't a more clear picture of this adorable apron by EmeraldBelleDesigns on Etsy. Seriously go check out her shop! So so cute! I can't wait to get Lilly Belle more of these adorable aprons from her for our days at Disney...which will soon be often :) Yay!

Thank you so much to BSM Media and Disney Parks for the amazing party supplies. Thank you to OliverandMay on Etsy for these adorable necklaces, I can't wait to get some more for Lilly Belle! Thank you EmeraldBelleDesigns for Lilly Belle's adorable dress up apron. Lilly Belle still plays with her apron and necklace almost everyday and will most definitely be wearing them around Walt Disney World when we make our big move! :)
Thank you to my Sister in Law, Megan, for all of these pictures!! I of course took...2 photos. It was a bit of a crazy morning :)
I hope we get to do this again next time! We all had so much fun and I loved putting it together for these girls!!