Family BBQ

Today we enjoyed Lepik Palooza where we celebrated our house warming, my birthday, Josh’s birthday and our anniversary and I have to say I had a grand time!!! This was the first party that Josh decided that he wanted to be in charge of so I temporarily denied my party OCD instincts and gave him the reigns.
He had the invitations designed 6 months in advance I kept thinking that I created another OCD party monster (I was so proud). But after giving my hubby 3 friendly reminders to get the invitations printed and mailed out at 8, 6 & 4 weeks then me freaking out because he hadn’t mailed out the invitations much less printed them (remember I DID say temporarily) then since I hit my 3 strikes rule I no longer mentioned the invitations…and then about a week before the party my darlin hubby sent me a text that he asked me to forward as the party invite to my family & friends list (I was thinking that we were definitely NOT going to have much of a turn out) but boy was I wrong!
We had about 50 close friends and family show up today to enjoy the day with us. My mom got Lyss a pool that ALL of the kids enjoyed with Beach Balls and Floaties. We hung out and enjoyed our time with our amazing extended family, so thank you ma famille for a wonderful day!!!
I love you all so very much 🙂

March of Dimes

Yesterday was our March of Dimes walk and as usual it was so much fun! This year Josh and I decided to bring Alyssa since she is big enough to make it through the walk now and after all we want our daughter to experience these great events and to help others.
The morning started extra early but in good spirits (well Josh had to use some magic to bring Lyss up to a good mood as she wanted to stay in bed with her teddy bear…she is NOT a morning person lol)

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But after daddy worked his magic and we mention her friend Ari would be there she was ready to go!

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I was so proud of the girls…even though Lyss hikes with us there is usually more distractions on a hike and with the walk they seemed to realize how long we were truly walking. About half way done Lyss & Ari started asking for a piggyback ride…I prolonged them riding it out by telling them as soon as we get to the street they could have a ride (sneaky mommie…we never crossed a street…he he he) but in the last stretch the art of distraction faltered and they realized that they still didn’t get their piggyback ride so I saddled up and started giving Lyss a ride but the moment that Josh offered to give Ari a ride Lyss almost jump off my back and became very protective & kinda got in a “hey that’s MY daddy” attitude (hate to see the jealously when she gets older lol) and even though I offered to carry Ari, Josh just laughed at the girls both wanting him to carry them and offered to carry them both which was pretty darn cute to watch my wonderful hubby be superman and make the girls giggle with delight that they were both getting carried by Lyssa’s awesome, goofball of a dad.

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After we got done with the walk we hung out and let the girls get their faces painted

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Then they play on the bounce house and slide (weird their legs were no longer tired lol)

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And finally Ari & Lyss rode the ponies, which was so cool because this was Ari’s first pony ride…she was SOOOO excited!

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I am looking forward to continuing to raise money for the babies and for next years walk with my family.
For 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped babies get a healthy start in life. March for Babies makes this work possible. The money raised will support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and will fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.

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Alyssa Hope (1 Day old)