Bammy’s Disney Birthday

For my mom’s 60th birthday, my parents took my whole family to Disney World over the week of Thanksgiving.  After we had the most magical time last year, we were so excited to have the opportunity to go back so soon!  And this time, with Bammy, PaDaddy, Uncle Ramsey, Aunt Beth, and cousins Sally Kate and William!  And we knew that just like last year, we wanted to SURPRISE the kids! *Yes, we wanted to surprise them to see the excitement in[Read more]

Disney Bound! #BammysDisneyBirthday

We are ready for a trip two years in the making!  Even before we planned our first Disney Trip, we were planning Bammy’s Disney Birthday Trip.  My mom told me two years ago that she wanted to take the whole family to Disney for her 60th birthday, and here we are, headed to Orlando with a truck full of excited kiddos!!  We surprised the kids again- they have been thinking this whole time that we are just headed to Bammy[Read more]

Brantley and Grayson’s Spa Slumber Party

On Friday night, we hosted sixteen 7, 8, and 9-year-old girls for a spa slumber party to celebrate Brantley and Grayson’s birthdays.  Since their birthdays are less than a month apart, they’ve been sharing a birthday party- their choice- for years!  The girls were really excited about their spa theme, and I was just interested in keeping it as simple and low maintenance as possible, ha! I found the invitations and printables on etsy, and was able to customize them myself[Read more]

Happy Birthday, Brantley Girl!

Nine years ago today, we were blessed beyond belief as Miss Brantley Parrish entered this world and made me a mother.  She has grown and changed and challenges me daily, and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of her.  She is a natural born leader and a first-born through and through.  She is smart, loyal, helpful, creative, brave, independent, athletic, head-strong, respectful, stubborn, and challenging, and 100% just. like. me.  She makes crazy some days, but when I think about her[Read more]

Happy Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Seven years ago today, we were blessed with our sweet little six-pound Grayson Caroline.  She is a free-spirit, the sweetest little soul, a wild card, a nurturer and lover, a natural caregiver, a doting sister, and happiness embodied in child form.  Over the last seven years, we’ve learned so much from our second born, and I thought I’d just share some of the highlights today.  Happy Birthday, my girl, you have filled our lives with sunshine and shopkins and we have[Read more]

Five-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

One of my favorite birthday traditions that we have in our family is that I always make the birthday kid (or adult :)) a homemade birthday cake on their big day.  While I have no problem outsourcing a cake or cupcakes for school or their birthday party, I like to keep their actual cake on their actual birthday an in-house creation.  And the kids love it.  I’ve made several strawberry cakes with strawberry frosting (for the girls, and PS- Paula Deen’s recipe is REALLY good),[Read more]

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  And WHEW, what a weekend!  The kids were gone to Aiken visiting Nana and Pop and all their Luton cousins Thursday through Sunday, but we had so much going on, I stayed so busy!  Here’s a peek at what we did: I took the kids to meet my in-laws Thursday afternoon, and Scott headed out of town for a Friday work event.  I was totally on my own for the night!!  So I did a little solo shopping,[Read more]

Brantley & Grayson’s Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

On Saturday, we were so happy to celebrate Brantley and Grayson’s birthdays at our very favorite little local bookstore, The Story Shop in Monroe. I’ve talked about their store before, and how it is just a child’s daydream come to life.  And yes, their shop is wonderful, but their event space… …it’s incredible!  We decided to have an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for the girls’ birthday.  Since their birthdays are less than a month apart (May 17 and[Read more]

Hilton Head Birthday Weekend Recap

What a weekend!!  If you read my last post, you might know that I celebrated my 35th birthday on Friday.  And not just all Friday, but all weekend long!  My awesome mom and I scooted off to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a girls beach weekend, just she and I!  It wouldn’t have been possible without Scott being such a trooper and managing the kids and taking them to Aiken for a fun weekend with Nana and Pop.  Cliche as[Read more]

35 Quotes for 35 Years

I mean, other than Christmas, is there a busier time of year than the last few weeks of the school year?!  I have just not had enough hours in the day to get everything done, hence the fewer posts this week.  But with 1/3 of the crew finished with school (and only next week to go!), we ought to be back to it next week! But TODAY…is my birthday!  I am 35 today, and I do feel a little bit[Read more]

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