Thursday, July 23, 2015

4 year Interview

So we're a month late, but here is Olivia's 4 year old interview. You can find her 3 year old interview here if interested.  She's actually wearing some of the same clothes in the pictures--because she's barely grown!

Sweet, funny, and full of joy!

What is your name? Olivia Grace Sellers
How old are you? 4
What is your favorite color? purple
What is your favorite animal? zebra... no! elephant and giraffe

a homemade (by her) Wonder Woman outfit

What is your favorite book? Disney ones
What is your favorite show? Ariel and Rapunzel
What is your favorite movie? Ariel

skirt comes off... socks go on. Trend setter!

Who do you sleep with? Ariel
What is your favorite inside toy? Princess Barbies
What is your favorite outside toy? water table

crazy face

What is your favorite breakfast food? pancakes and cereal
What is your favorite snack? Cheezits and pirate's booty and gold fish
What is your favorite food? treats!

What is your favorite thing to do with Boppa? EVERYTHING!
What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? EVERYTHING!.
What makes you happy? playing with everybody
What is something scary? monsters and ghosts! Ahh!

Winter hat in July? Why not?!
What is something you are good at? playing legos with Boppa
Who is your best friend? Everyone
What is your favorite song? Ariel

Where is your favorite place to go? The mall
What is your favorite drink? strawberry milk
What do you want to be when you grow up? a plane flyer (pilot)

She loves being creative--in dramatic play, dress up, arts and crafts, or by baking.  She likes planning and executing "parties" for family members.  She's a talker, but can be introverted at times.  She loves to read books and tell stories.  She is a rule follower and a people pleaser who does not like getting in trouble.  Her mouth/sassiness will be her biggest issue.  What can I say? She's just a little mini me and I love her to pieces!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Olivia's Birthday; The Party

We decided to just have a few friends over for Olivia's birthday this year.  I have friends from MOPS and Michael has friends from work, but we have two families who we are all friends with--Michael's high school friend John and his family, and Wil and Alycia and their girls.  So that is who we had over.  My mom also flew down to celebrate Olivia and spend a week with the kids.

Olivia had been saying she wanted a Little Mermaid birthday for nearly the entire year.  I had looked at cakes on Pinterest and planned a very simple theme.  Then at the last minute she changed her mind.  We went to the party store and she said she wanted an "all princess birthday".  We did a princess birthday last year, and I knew it would be a slippery slope of I want this princess to be this decoration and on and on.  Thankfully, I showed her some Strawberry Shortcake decorations and she ended up choosing that.

We really did keep it pretty simple.  We bought the banner, the table cloth, some plates and napkins, a few things to hang from the ceiling and some confetti.

We had pirate's booty, strawberries, strawberry applesauce, and chips.  We also got a tray of nuggets from Chick-fil-a (not pictured, but we put it to the right).  Some of the kids have food allergies, so the nuggets were a perfect thing for everyone!  I got the cake from Market Street.  It's strawberry too--Olivia's request.

Drinks--Raspberry Lemonade, juice boxes, and water

The bakery was going to charge me an extra $15 to make a decorative 4, so I skipped that part and just shoved a doll in the cake instead. ;)

I just bought a few bubble wands as favors.  Like I said, we kept it simple!

Logan was a BIG fan of the balloons!

Trying to get a good picture of these two is nearly impossible!

The best I could do.

Michael picked up the nuggets right around when the party was suppose to start.  So we ate right at the beginning so that they were still warm.

After dinner the kids played with the doll house, had a dance party, and ran around having a blast.

Alison and Jordyn!

It was finally time for cake.  I replaced the doll with a pack of Strawberry Shortcake candles. The pack came with 4. Perfect!

Being sung too

Blowing out the candles!

Logan sort of got the crumblings from cutting the cake.  But he didn't eat too much of it, actually.  He was zoned out!


And sweet Charlotte

Avery, Jordyn and Olivia back at the Lego table

 The present opening turned out to be a big blur--literally.  But the Carrillo's got her a princess play doh set that she and my mom played with every morning while my mom was here.  The Vorlicky's got her an Anna doll where you do the hair.  Olivia has been asking for a way to listen to music in her room.  So my mom bought her a CD player and the Frozen soundtrack.

Jace, Jordyn, Logan, Olivia, Avery, and Camdyn (Charlotte was in mommy's arms)

It was the perfect little celebration for our girl.  Michael made a comment afterwards that it was just the right amount of people for our house.  I think it was also the right amount of people for our sweet girl who can sometimes get overwhelmed.  She stated that this was the best birthday ever, so I think it was a win!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Olivia's 4th Birthday, Part 1

Olivia's birthday was last week, and we made sure to celebrate our little girl!

I was out of town for 4 days.  I went back to Ohio for my friend Laurie's wedding.  Since Michael had to take off some time while I was gone, we just went ahead and extended it into the next week so that we could have a fun day for Olivia's birthday (and have less crowds doing so)!

We hung streamers on her door (which, by the way, she remembered we did last year and asked the night before if we were going to do again!!), and covered the floor outside of her room with balloons.  She was thrilled!

She always comes into our room in the morning to wake me up, and she did that day as well.  Michael immediately left to get her special birthday breakfast, so she just hung out in my bed with me for a bit.
As soon as Michael got home, we let her go into the living room to see her presents.  She had already got a glimpse and couldn't wait!

 Her bedroom is right off of the living room and we didn't want her seeing her gifts before we were there to document her reaction... so we covered them up!

We got her one gift.  A doll house.  I'm pretty sure she screamed something about it being just what she always wanted!  She plays with her princess Barbies every day.  She sets up little rooms and vignettes all over the house, so it just made sense.  Plus, when we went to walk around Toys R Us to check out bikes (our original idea) she passed three different doll houses and asked for them.  Barbies was my all time favorite toy when I was growing up.  It's really one of the only toys I played with.  I would have loved a house for them, and I know that this gift is going to be used for years and years to come!

She was delighted that it came with a birthday cake just for her. ;)

She has almost all of the princess Barbies, but she really wanted Tiana.  Logan got her Tiana and a princess sticker book.

I knew my dad would send money, so we planned ahead and made her a Lego table from Grandpa.  It was covered with a blanket too, but the unveiling picture didn't turn out as well.  It's an IKEA table ($7!) with a Lego plate glued on with liquid nails.  The tote that rolls under it is also from IKEA and it's on casters so it rolls in and out easily!  Then she got two sets of Legos from Grandma Pryor (Michael's mom).

The doll house is also on casters.  It's double sided and has 10 rooms.  It is amazing!

 She insisted I take a picture of her making crazy faces... because, well, she's crazy! ;)

She's working hard to master Michael's one eye brown up/one eye brow down "crazy face".

Then it was time for her special breakfast.  Aren't these donuts amazing!?  This is when being on the McKinney Moms Facebook page pays off!  They were yummy too!

After breakfast we got ready and headed to the Sea Life Aquarium at Grapevine Mills.

In the tunnel--surrounded by water and sea life.  She wore the "Birthday Girl" badge and got lots of well wishes.

 We left the aquarium and walked over to eat lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.  Another fun treat!

Olivia loved being surrounded by the animals.  She enjoyed a yummy lunch, and they sang to her when we were all done.

We headed home for naps, and had a relaxing rest of the day at the house.  She requested a reindeer peanut butter and jelly sandwich (from our Advent calendar ideas), so that's what she got. We watched a movie together as a family, and she got a special ice cream treat to end the evening.

I think the day turned out pretty great.  She loved it all, felt loved and special, and Michael and I enjoyed the extra family time.  I can't believe our sweet girl is 4!