{Janey's Un-Sleepover Sleepover Birthday Party}

so, after last years party this one was a breeze.
and super fun to plan and get ready for.

janey is all about snuggling and being cozy.
one day we were brainstorming ideas for her party and decided that an "un-sleepover sleepover" would be just perfect! 

all the coziness and chit-chat of a sleepover but without all that sleeping over part. :)

in her invitation she asked the girls to come dressed in jammies, bathrobes and fuzzy slippers. they also brought along a favorite stuffed animal (or three) to cozy up with.

we set up the basement with comfy places to sit and chat and had all the games and snacks ready. 

when the girls arrived they filled out a little survey. silly questions about dream jobs and things that "give you the willies". we sorted those questions into groups and had fun talking about everyones answers. they also wrote down the name of their stuffed animals they brought and they had fun matching the name to the animal and hearing each others stories about where they got them.  it was also good to hear we weren't' the only ones that had to travel all over town looking for left behind lovies!:)

then it was blanket time!
janey loved passing each blanket out to her friends. she was so proud of them and took so much time picking out just the right print for each girl that day at the store. sweet! everyone was super surprised and happy. it made alllllll those cuts worth it.:)

when we cut them out we tied just the bows for each of the corners and one per side to hold them together. the girls tied the rest and chatted and laughed the whole time. i really loved that part!

a few games and more chatting before presents and cake.

is that a happy smile or what?
she kept coming up to me all through the party thanking me and telling me she had so much fun!
i love that little girl!

happy party day janey!
glad you had so much fun...you deserve it!
i love you,


{Happy Birthday Janey}

happy birthday to our sweet baby jane!
it was the weekend of celebrating that's for sure!
i love this little girl.
the one who seems to be not so little these days...even though she longs to be. 

first, an evening in our pj's  with friends.

and someone stole the camera for this one...i think it was riley...but how sweet.


now for the family party a night before the real day, because this year her birthday fell on a monday and monday is a 3 hour dance night for her. and really...that's gift enough in janey's book!:)

 i love this pic so very much!!

a new scarf and a snuggly robe. her "big" gift hadn't arrived yet...even though i ordered it well before Christmas!!:( but it's handmade and it's coming from spain! that's reason to wait though right...?:)

i love these two pics as well...
boy am i blessed.

now if only i had brushed my hair and put some lipstick on!!:0 haha


on her real day...a small dish of mint chocolate chip ice cream and a candle. and lots of silly faces and smiles!

i love you so much janey.
your heart and your laugh.
the way you always want to snuggle.
and sit with me.
and talk to me.
and be with me.
i hope with all my heart that will always be so.

 happy birthday my sweet baby jane!

{Make this Soup}

if you like warm.
if you like cozy.
if you like delicious.

you'll love this soup.

happy mmmmmm-ing,


{This Minute}

dave is sledding with the girls.

for the second time today...

i am baking cookies for jane's little early bday get together with the neighbors tonight,

and listening to this.
cause that's the perfect music for me when the ground is covered with snow...

dreaming of sunshine today...
wishing you a warm night,



last night we got some snow!
the girls were all praying for a snow day...but sadly...no such luck! this was our view on our snowy lunch date ride with riley through the park.

one of the best things about the snow is the quiet.
can't get enough of that.

aubrey couldn't get enough of it either.
the snow that is!

we lasted about 30 minutes before the cold got the best of us.

  and if the day wasn't perfect enough...look at this sunset!

we have -3 as a high tomorrow and -27 windchills at 8 am...
you read that right!

stay warm friends!