Fancy Girls

Before I had kids I always told people that if I had a girl, I would never dress them in pink.  Then I had Ashlyn.  She was bald until the age of two so I HAD to dress her in pink to let everyone know she was a girl.  Now, pretty much all my girls own is pink and I love it. 

Last night we went to Grandpa and Mimi’s house to continue celebrating Emily’s birthday.  We swam and had a cookout.  After dinner Mimi had a special surprise for both the girls.  Have you ever heard of the books Fancy Nancy?  If not, they are about a little girl who loves to act and dress fancy.    In the first book of the series Nancy convinces her family, who isn’t fancy at all, to let her make them fancy by accessorizing them.  Mimi did just that with the girls.  She read the book and then let them each open big boxes of accessories.  She bought them tiaras, boas, necklaces, earrings, purses, and wands.  They dressed up like Fancy Nancy.  It was so cute and they had a blast! 

So much for no pink!  Here are some pictures of my fancy girls.

mimi’s house

mimi’s house

Emily and Ashlyn fancy

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Happy Birthday Emily!

Today was my youngest daughter’s birthday.  She turned two!  People say it all the time but it is unbelievable how fast time goes.   Every year my husband makes a video of the girls and puts it to music.  This year we started a new Storms’ birthday tradition.   We all sat down and watched the video of Emily’s first two years.  It seems like yesterday I was holding her for the first time. 

I’m not one to have huge parties for my girls every year so we decided on something a little different.  A couple of months ago I asked Emily what she wanted to do on her birthday.  “Eat” was all she said.  For those of you who don’t know Emily, she is an eater.  The girl can inhale 3 or 4 pieces of pizza at a time.  It’s really remarkable!

So… we had a pancake breakfast for her birthday.  It was great!  When people arrived they placed their order and my husband served them.  They had a choice of blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, or regular pancakes.  We served coffee and orange juice and had ice cream cake to top it all off.  Emily had a great time and got her birthday wish… to eat!  Happy birthday Emily.  We love you!

Emily with presents

Emily’s party

Birthday Present Idea

Here’s another amazing idea from my friend Sarah.   Instead of spending money on more toys for her girls’ friends on their birthdays she decided to get creative.

She ordered several different crafts from Oriental Trading Company and packaged them together in a Ziploc bag.  They are really cheap and usually come in quantities of 12.  They  are individually wrapped and come with step by step directions.  She tries to get a craft for each month and labels them Crafts for All Seasons.  It was adorable and Ashlyn loved it!  She has all her completed crafts on her bookshelf for all to see.