Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Photo Dump Wednesday: JOE is 4

Our first baby turned 4 yesterday. FOUR!!!

Since she will likely be going to school next year and likely will be in school for years to come on her birthday, J and I decided to take some time off work to spend the day with JOE while our child care provider kept JAE. 

Before our day together, here are some pictures from last Sunday. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love taking #churchflow pictures on our way to church. Well, here are some.

Car selfies with J.

Check out our duck lips! So I am REALLY REALLY loving the Chiclet African Print earrings from AyoBE Boutique. I keep going down to my office to take one from my stash! They are lightweight, colorful and really compliment your outfit.

3 of 4. JAE was sleeping in the car.

On our way home, we had to stop at Home Depot. J took JOE with him while I got to hang with my mini-me. She didn't want to take a selfie with me. 
And so it begins...

Now to the birthday girl. The morning of her birthday, I was working in her room. She came in and sat on my lap. She doesn't do this often and I just loved hugging my newly minted 4-year old!

We let her open all her presents on the day of her party. However, on her birthday, we gave her the presents J and I got her. 
As is our family custom, she got a bag of candy to sweeten her new year of life and a set of PJ Masks figurines that she really wanted. Then we brought out her very own Doc McStuffinsville Hospital. She was ELATED!!! I should add that EVERYTIME she saw the ad for this hospital on TV, she mentioned how much she really really really wanted it. LOL!

This hospital came with so many parts that Lambie was lost within hours. We can't seem to find her anywhere!

After unvailing presents, I did more work and then took the rest of the day off to spend it with our 4-year old. 
We took her to go see Stork. It was an animated movie. I'm not sure she fully understood it but she laughed quite a bit.

She loves popcorn but since JAE has had reaction to corn products, we don't let her have it at home. Well, for her birthday, she got her very own bag of popcorn!

Afterwards, we went to a local Hibachi grill place for lunch. She loved the whole food prep process and was fascinated by it. 

She attempted to use chopsticks and I helped her out a bit. My baby is growing up so fast!

By the time we got back in the car, she was pooped! She quickly fell asleep. Signs of an awesome day!

It was the best way to celebrate our little girl. Next year, she'll be off to Kindergarten and will be in school on her birthday. We both thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with her. 

Do you take time off work to spend time with your kids or loved ones on their birthda? J and I do it and love it. If you haven't tried it, do so next time. The best gift you can give a loved one is the gift of your love and presence. 

Have an awesome rest of the week. Regardless of who you voted for, it is very important that now more than ever, we endeavor to be kind to strangers!


  1. Awww what a great celebration. I know she was thrilled to have all the attention. And hibachi, how fun?! We didn't do that cool stuff growing up, haha. Can't believe she's four!

    1. She definitely was. Although, when we first got in the car, she did ask where her sister was :-).
      We sure didn't do that cool stuff growing up. But our parents also had their hands full with more than 3-kids so I can understand where they were coming from :-).

  2. I love everything about this post so much. I love that you made it a special day for her, getting her the popcorn she can't have at home and just giving her all the attention. I am totally copying this idea in the future.

    Happy 4th birthday to your big girl JOE. Time surely flies by when you are having fun

    1. Thank you! You should totally do the same! It is the one day they can get one on one attention. J and I are trying to figure out a way to do it more often though because we realize the benefits. I just wish each weekend wasn't always a catch up weekend.


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