Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Levi is ONE!

On Friday Levi turned one year old!  I can hardly believe it!

We started the morning off with a mini donut for his birthday breakfast:
Then we went swimming, read his favorite book (Where Is Maisy?), played, and of course had a photo shoot:
His guest of honor was his big sister, Ruslana:
He even got some fan mail:
and gifts sent from very special people: 
he loved looking at his balloons: 
and like a true Jackson, feasted on beans for his birthday dinner: 
He finished his meal off with a mini cupcake: 
and got his present from Mark and I, a mini car: 
Check him out cruisin' in his new wheels: 

(don't miss Ruslana grooving in the back)

And while most 1 year olds would be in bed by the time we got back from our "drive," our night owl didn't want to miss a minute of his birthday.  So he spend the late night hours clapping, dancing, laughing, and yelling until past midnight.  Party hardy, baby. 

We had such a special day celebrating our "big boy."  Words just can't explain how much of a blessing he is to our lives and how special and loved he is!  We can't wait to see the special plans God has for his life.

Stay tuned to get the scoop on his first birthday party!

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!
We had a lot of fun celebrating Independence Day.  Ruslana had an especially great day. After having french toast for breakfast and In-n-Out for lunch, we obliged to her request of getting her ears pierced. We headed over to good ol' Claire's for the big event. She thought it was super cool that her middle name was the same as the store.
 Being the brave little girl that she is, she opted to not hold on to the stuffed teddy bear and grinned it out instead. Here she is getting marked for the perfect placement of her earrings.
We chose to have both piercings done at the same time so it would be over quick.
And before you know it, poof! My girl had pierced ears. She chose pink daisies and they looked adorable on her.

She spent the rest of the day walking around with her head up in the air showing off her earrings and talking about how excited she was about her new accessory. It was so cute seeing how much it meant to her.

The next stop was Sees Candy--admittedly, mamas request.  Since no words can suffice, I'll just say it was heaven on earth and leave it at that.
Milk Patty--my girl
But before we could get out of the mall the Sanrio Hello Kitty store made an appearance.  To Miss daisy ears delight, we went in and took a look.  She fell in love with a backpack and had to have it for school next year.  With a 20% off sale and an insistent cutie, the deal was sealed.  Here she is on cloud nine leaving the store with her new backpack and pierced ears!

Before we walked to the beach to watch fireworks, she said that someone in Ukraine told her that a firework was food exploding in the air.  Is this true, she asked?  We tried to hold back laughter as she explained that a red firework could be, say tomatoes (but not ketchup because they don't have ketchup in Ukraine), or other foods depending on the firework color. After explaining what fireworks really were, we all agreed that it was a good thing that fireworks weren't food or we'd end up with a real mess on our heads.

The night ended with the kids swinging on the playground in the sand with our dog Scarlett in toe.

We had a great day as a family and are so thankful and blessed to live in America.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Guest Blog Post

I recently had the opportunity to write a product review for the Tula baby carrier on Kristin Cruz's blog.  If you aren't familiar with Kristin, she's a radio and TV host, producer, mama of two, and also happens to be my sister-in-law!  She's pretty awesome.

Check out my blog post here and be sure to look at all the other fun stuff she has going on!

PS: Like the new look of the blog? Kristen of Adoption Love helped my vision become a reality.  Thanks, Kristen!