Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Chocolate Birthday

To celebrate Charlotte's 5th Birthday we headed to Hershey aka Chocolate World for the weekend. This is seriously one of her favorite places (mine too!) and a place we will visit often since we are now only 2 hours away! Who doesn't love camping, eating chocolate and rides?! 

But before leaving we enjoyed cake and opened birthday presents.....she is officially 5!!!

a cake with "pink, purple, blue, green" per her request. Not my best work. This is why I buy cakes haha.

my baby!!!!

We drove up late Friday, set up our campsite and went out to dinner. We had an amazing spot, right next to the playground! The kids could play safely within sight of the camper, meaning we could relax a little more! AND they got a lot of exercise! It may be our favorite spot in the Hershey Campground. Which, btw, if you have never been you should go. It's one of the cleanest campgrounds with a ton of activities and a pool in the summer. 

our happy place

Everything was perfect until bedtime. It was a long, long night...thank you very much Norah. I mean who wakes up at 1am then literally refuses to go back to sleep. Me: "Norah it's time for bed. It's the middle of the night". Norah: "NO! I don't want to go to sleep". UGH! She must have been too excited. Eventually she did fall back asleep for a bit, but only after Matt laid his hand on her belly until she fell asleep. Honestly can't believe it worked! So after some coffee (and by some, I mean a lot) and breakfast, we were off to ride rides all day long! 

Charlotte had grown since last year and was now in the Reese's category, and Norah was a Miniature. Charlotte could ride a lot and Norah a majority - some even by herself. For some reason C was a little more fearful of some rides she loved last year. Oh well! It was still a blast!!! Watching your kids have a good time is the greatest joy. I don't even need to go on any rides. I am perfectly happy standing on the side just watching them have fun. It's funny because I always thought my Mom hated going to these type of places because she never went on the rides but really she didn't need to go on them to have a good time. 


last year and this year. Charlotte and Norah grew, and Mom lost an eye. haha! #selfiefail

pretty sure the mini scrambler was their favorite!!! They went on it at least 5 times or more. 

legit scrambler with my big girl! So scary!!!
this one was a big hit! 

selfie with my chauffeur 

driving for the first time! 

roller coaster time!! 

norah driving us in the vintage car. Great photo bomb Daddy!

relaxing on the train

just a few more times on this one...

showing me that her clothes were glowing! This was the scariest ride!! ahh!!

Happy 5th Birthday Charlotte!!
See you soon Hershey!
our family photo for the trip 💜

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday Charlotte!


Happy 5th Birthday!! 

You are officially a whole hand old!!! That is a super big accomplishment, congratulations!! I know I say this every year but I can't believe how quickly time has gone by, that you have been making us laugh non-stop for 5 whole years. One minute you were crying and crying and we couldn't figure out how to make you stop (your first night) and now you can get dressed, comb your hair, and brush your teeth all by yourself. It's like you don't even need us anymore. You are growing up so fast. And with each passing day I am more and more amazed by you. I could never have imagined a daughter better than you. We love you so very much! 

From birth to now. My spunky, full of life girl!

feels like this was yesterday, not 5 whole years ago!

You are a smart, energetic, funny, beautiful, and dynamic little girl. You are kind and affectionate. You are a leader. You are creative. You are sweet and a little bit sassy. 

You are a growing bean. You are now 44" tall and weigh 48lbs. You are 75% for height and 90% for weight. Always at the top of the charts!!

This last year has been a bit challenging. You are a good kid, but you have really pushed boundaries and made us work at this parenting thing. You have a bit of an attitude and can get frustrated easily if things aren't going your way. Nobody is perfect and we are all learning as we go. But each day is better and more often then not we are blessed with our sweet and fun little Charlotte. 

The other day I asked you a few questions. I plan to ask you these every year to see how your ideas and favorites change over time...... 

Live in: Pennsylvania
School: St Mark's Pre-K

1. Favorite color: pink and purple
2. Favorite toy: legos
3. Favorite food: bananas and cookies
4.Favorite dessert: cherries
5. Favorite dinner: tortillas and homemade mac n cheese
6. Favorite animal: hippo
7. Best toy friend: Bagraffe
8. Best friend: Emma (from your last school)
9. Favorite outfit: dresses
10.Favorite music: Lady Gaga and Tiesto
11. Favorite Book: Goodnight Mouse and Found
12. Favorite activity: swim and gymnastics
13. Favorite holiday: Christmas (duh!)
14. What makes you happy: playing with Norah 💕
15. What you want to be when you grow up: Zookeeper (specifically to feed the Hippos)

You may have said Emma was your best friend but you absolutely love all your friends and talk about each one daily. Your gym friends from Maryland. You future husband Bryce. Your cousins. The list goes on. I put together a few pictures of you having fun with your friends....

You are a wonderful big sister. Norah looks up to you and copies every single thing you do and say. She loves playing with you, always a willing participant in anything you can think of. Doggies, kitchen, reading, or just watching a movie together. You two get along very well...most of the time. I hope it stays that way forever. Having a sister is a special gift.
one of my favorites. my two beautiful girls!

the adventures of Charlotte and Norah
dancing girls

sister sister
how in the heck did we get so lucky??!

You absolutely LOVE music and dancing. We recently got an Alexa and you constantly ask her to play your favorite: Lady Gaga. You tried to request Tiesto once and she had no idea what you were saying. haha! And of course we know that every good song deserves a proper dance. As I was looking though our home videos I put together a little video montage of your evolution of dancing. From the moment you could walk until now you have always been a mover and a shaker. 


poolside dance party!

dancing with Jack and Norah

Some things you accomplished over the last year:
you started drawing a lot - our little artist! 

you took soccer in the spring and loved it!

you learned to ride your bike - with training wheels.
you completed your first year of preschool!! 

you learned how to write all your letters! Love this!!

you earned the "smart" award in preschool. So proud!

You also earned another super awesome award:
best kid in the world!

and we can't forget saving the day! SuperClutes!

Some fun things we did this year:

hay ride to look for pumpkins

thanksgiving family photo

trip to Disney!

We had to say goodbye to Grandma Dot this year. So glad we were able to see her around Christmas. She is going to be missed!

both girls excited to meet Santa!

Christmas fun

We took a family vacation to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. It was heaven! And so sad to see these pictures now. Hurricane Irma recently destroyed this island. 😢 Hopefully they can rebuild and we can go back someday.

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Easter fun with Jack. 

We had a big camping adventures this year when we traveled around the Northeast for two whole weeks!
Hammonasset Beach

Niagara falls!

Of course we can't forget we moved to Philadelphia this summer...
exploring our new city
It was so sad to say goodbye to our house and all ours friends but you handled it well. Change is hard but you have always been very adaptable. 
sesame place!

Other fun pictures of my silly and beautiful girl


giving Daddy a back rub! haha!

twin day with Mama

my silly girl!

I love your expression in this photo!


We are so proud of the little lady you have become. You have surpassed all our expectations and continue to amaze us every day. Watching you explore the world and learn new things makes us so happy. Being your Mom and Dad is the most rewarding job in the world. We are so happy God gave us you. Our angel. Our first born. Our Charlotte.

We love you so much Charlotte!! Happy 5th Birthday!!!

Mommy and Daddy