May 20, 2015

Gracie turns the BIG 5!

I was up the other night, like ALL night loooong, with nausea and contractions, which I thought for sure meant that our babe would make her grand entrance into the world, but nope-- false alarm! You would think by baby #5 that I would be an expert in this whole going into labor thing, but that would be a big fat no-- still a beginner. So instead of birthing, I thought I would put one in the archives for da blog.

Grace turned 5 at the beginning of this month! And we celebrated in style for the little princess that she is.
The night before breakfast set up! 
Big bro wanted a pic with bday girl. 
As much as she is a mommas girl, she is really all dad's. 

Siblings :). 

Bday lunch after preschool at Panara Bread. 

Feather clips from the dollar section at Target take the pie in gifts. 
Off to see Cinderella with friends! 

Birthday cake at Jaja's and Grammy's. 

What else could you want!!

Gracie girl, you make our family so complete. Your love for Hopie, your brothers, and the baby in my belly inspires me to love more. Fresh flowers, mac and cheese, painting your nails, putting on make up, coloring pictures for Jesus and daddy, shopping with Aunt Maggie, going to Panara Bread with Grammy and playing moms are all some of your favorite activities as a 4 year old. I can only imagine all the things that year 5 will bring and I feel so blessed to be able to spend each day with you. You are the best oldest daughter and sister that I could ask for. Love you!!

May 3, 2015


Isaiah, our oldest son, received his First Holy Communion today! What a blessed and love-filled day. It was so fun to witness Isaiah bubbling with so much joy and peace. One of my favorite moments was when we were praying a decade of the rosary in our car on the way to Church and Isaiah said: "When I woke up today the first thing I did was pray a decade and dedicate this day to Mary!" 
Isaiah after receiving Jesus for the first time. 
One of my favorite pictures, because (like always) eyes are always on Hope! 

Uncle Mark
Grammy and Jaja.
It must be noted that my parents have been helping us move for over a week now and somehow my mom managed to host Isaiah's First Communion party AND to cook all of the delicious food for the brunch. Yes, that means that once again I did nothing but show up for the party! Someday I want to be like her, but for now I will just keep being spoiled by her love and care for me and my family. 
Uncle Michael, Aunt Emily, and Baby Max!
Isaac took over with the camara...
... And Isaac somehow captured Isaiah receiving the body of Christ! 
Isaiah was able to share his special day with two of his best friends from Villa Madonna, Landon and Olivia. 
We are so thankful to call the Parson family friends! They have all been such a huge Blessing to us as we have transitioned into our life here in Tampa. ** 2 of their kiddos are missing from this pic, probably running around outside with my kids. ;)
The Gleason's came to love on Isaiah today too!! For a present on his special day they gave Isaiah a water proof watch, which I have a feeling he will never take off again. What a great family they are and a continued blessing to us for many, many years. 

Johnny and Isaiah. 
Isaac capturing an artistic shot ;). 
Grammy and Isaiah at his party! She always makes him feel so loved!

Isaiah, we love you so much and are so proud of you for saying yes to Jesus and allowing Him to come into your heart at such a young age. You are such an important part of our family and it is an honor to be your mom! Happy First Communion day, sweet boy.