Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday to our Princess!

Gabriella turned four on Sunday. Someone please tell me just how time has passed that quickly???

She had a Princess & Pirate party for her birthday and, while crazy and chaotic for us, was a blast for her and her friends! The little girls got to dress up and got their hair, makeup and nails done. The boys got to dress up and get painted on moustaches(though only a couple wanted it done!).

The office manager at our church makes AMAZING cakes and made this one for Gabriella. I told her I wanted a pink and white princess cake with a tiara on it and she designed this for her. The inside of the cake was pink and white layers.

One Gabriella's classmates mom made these cookies and sent them with her husband(she couldn't make it to the party) as a surprise. Are they not fantastic??

The girls were making princess crowns.

This is Miss G's best friend in school. They are two peas in a pod!

Look at our pretty nails.

Daddy says this is the last time she gets to wear makeup until she's 21!

She got her very own laptop and loves it!

Grandma and Miss G.

She wouldn't take a nice picture with me. She wanted to be silly!

The RARE family photo.

Later that afternoon, since it was a very windy day, we went to fly a kite. While it wasn't very successful(not such a great kite I guess!), Gabriella had a lot of fun. That is the best part of her personality - she has such fun no matter what she is doing!

I thought it would be fun to do a little flashback and show pics from her first three birthdays. Sniff sniff, my baby is growing up!!!!!

One year old(2007)

To this day, this Tiggy is her must-have animal to sleep with and the one she is attached to.

Two years old(2008)

Three years old (2009)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Long Time No Blog

Yes, in fact, we are all still here and doing well!!! I know I've ignored the blog terribly since before Christmas! So, this post will be one of few words and LOTS of pictures from Christmastime and a few recent ones.

We went on a trip to North Carolina to play in the snow, but I'll save that for a separate post since there are so many pictures from that.

We met our good friends Carrie and Rich and their two little ones Savannah and Seth at Downtown Disney one day. Here's one of the girls.

At the AWESOME gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian before an unfortunate meltdown that caused us to have to leave early.

Gabriella was so excited to have her own pink Christmas tree in her room.

We couldn't leave Bing out of the fun!

Christmas Eve service at church

Getting cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer all ready.

Opening presents on Christmas morning. It was so much fun this year since she really got it and was so excited!

She's hugging a box of dress-up shoes. That's my girl!

Mommy's princess

Mommy and Miss G went to Disney one day during Christmas break.

We went to a local place to pick strawberries one day. Gabriella had a blast doing that.

Getting a box of straw ready for the camels for Three King's Day.

Putting it under the bed.

Opening the gift that the Three Kings left.

Pajama Day at school.

Trying on her hat and mittens before our trip to see snow.

We met some school friends at Blue Springs park to see the manatees. Should I be worried that she is holding hands with all the boys already?

Enjoying a Valentine's cupcake.

Stylin' and profilin'

Trip to Animal Kingdom a few weeks ago.

Well, hopefully that gives everyone their picture "fix" for a bit. I will post soon from the North Carolina trip.