Category: Birthday

Sep 17 2016

Glacier Bay National Park and New Holland Zaandam Alaska Cruise Family Vacation

 Happy Birthday Jake (AKA Daddy)!!! XOXO

I am just now getting our pictures updated from our last big adventure, so yes a little later than planned….  Our family was able to celebrate Jake’s birthday this year while on our Alaska Cruise vacation!  Thankful for an opportunity to spend time with the whole family.

We surprised Jake and had the chef on the cruise ship make him a birthday cake!  It was big and extra rich chocolate!  The crew sang him “Happy Birthday” in Indonesian which was really cool.  He was so thrilled that we made a big spectacle of his birthday celebration.  We were so full after the delicious meal that we ended up taking the cake back to the cabin to eat later that night after all the other activities that evening.


SURPRISE!!!  Happy Birthday Handsome!


 Celebrating Jake’s birthday with the whole family.

Thankful for a wonderful time together and for this amazing man who I get to live my life with!

Love you JACOB!!!  Happy Birthday!  Wishing you many more healthy, happy, and fun adventures!

Nov 01 2015
'Meeting sweet Little Pumpkin for the first time!  Brings back so many memories of NICU!'

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Colorado with family. My cousin Renelle Broughton (who is like a sister to me) had her little one early and was spending a big part of each day in NICU. I was able to spend time with her, her husband Eric, and their new sweet little one Kaelan! It was a precious time for me.

Words cannot express how honored and truly amazing it was me to spend time with this awesome Momma, caring Dad, and adorable little guy. Not to mention to have the chance to experience NICU from a totally different perspective from when the girls were in it over 10 years ago. Kaelan won my heart immediately and I am grateful for Renelle and Eric opening their home, sharing their precious boy with me, and everything during that crazy busy week.

Thankful for a chance to spend some extra time with my Aunt, Uncle, cousins, my parents, and other extended family over the weekend as well! Wish I lived closer to see them and their little guy grow up. Love you guys! Lots of hugs, kisses, and prayers always from South Carolina! Thankful for an awesome husband Jake Hayes for taking good care of our two chickies while I was in Colorado that week!

'The goodies we put together for Kaelan!'
Goodies for Kaelan!
'Momma waking him up for the next feeding!'
Renelle is like a sister to me and it was wonderful spending the week with her.
'The most adorable little feet!  He was not too happy with us doing the footprints, but we got it done!'
He was not happy about getting his footprints done and into the baby book, but his tiny little toes looked so stinkin cute afterwards!
'He was a trooper taking his bottles!'
Precious time with Renelle and her sweet little bundle of joy.  I cannot tell you how amazing this week was for me to spend with her, Eric, and her adorable baby boy!
Aug 21 2015

GattiTown Birthday Party (Brina, Bridgette, Karlie, Mandy, Jack, Danielle and Riley)c

 First trip to GattiTown with Mandy, Jack, Danielle, and Riley (Brina & Karlie)

Today our Flashback Friday is in August 2005 when the girls were 6 months old.  It is quite an adventure packing up and heading out to visit family, friends, or do errands, but we are getting better at it.  The process of just getting out of the house, into the car, and on our way is usually several minutes long.

The girls have been enjoying going out and about more.  I try to do at least one fun activity outside of the house each week with family or friends.  They are usually exhausted by the time we get home, but we have fun.  It is good for me to spend time with other Moms too.

Thankful for family and friends to hang out with.  The girls are really good and for the most part do really well when we are out and about.  They love watching everything.  It is neat to watch them soak everything in during our adventures.

Mandy and Jack at GattiTownc

Mandy and Jack on the carousel

Riley and Danielle at GattiTownc

Danielle and Riley on the carousel

Flashback Friday - Brina - cool toy Riley, beep, beep, you  better watch out here I comec

 Brina very excited about driving Riley’s cool car!  Vroom…vroom….look out people here I come!

Brina and Josh Kambc

 Josh carrying Brina

Kari and Karliec

 Karlie hanging out with Kari

Karlie and Christy Kambc

Christy holding Karlie

Flashback Friday - Aunt Vick and bouncing Brinac

 Aunt Vick hanging out with Brina as she bounces around

Karlie eating with an audience, Uncle Brad, Jordan, Rachelc

Cousins Jordan and Rachel feeding Karlie

Flashback Friday - Brina watching Jack unwrap his presentsc

 Brina watching cousin Jack open his birthday gifts

Jack getting excitedc

 Jack opening his birthday gifts.

Karlie still sporting her Elmo party hatc

Karlie starting to zone.  She didn’t like the party hat at first, but soon forgot about it.

Our first bath together-they were greasy from sunblock (Karlie and Brina)c

 1st Bath together after being out with friends and having sunblock on them.  It was too hard to safely bath two wet babies at the same time before now.  They could sit up on their own and each had a place to safely sit in the tub now.  At first they were not sure what to do?  You mean we can play in here!?

Brina's turn to get the sprayc

 Getting use to the bath time fun.

Jul 31 2015

Brina and Karlie-Happy Birthday Daddyc

Brina and Karlie were fascinated by the cool new toy on the floor.

Today we flashback to Jake’s birthday July 2005 when the girls were five months old.  It was his first time celebrating a birthday with two little munchkins with us.  They made the day quite entertaining.  They enjoyed the new things to explore and see throughout the day from birthday banners to candles to rice krispie treats and more.

Fire fascination (Brina and Karlie)c

Jake with his two girls on his birthday.  They were intrigued by the candles, but didn’t touch them.  Pretty sure they didn’t help blow them out either.

Flashback Friday - Brina and Karlie showing off their sucking skillsc

This is cool new mat to lay around sucking our fingers on….

Brina sitting on the stool at the island in our kitchenc

Brina sitting at the kitchen counter.  So Mom…..I hear their might be some kind of special treat for Dad’s birthday, can I try it first, pretty please!?

Brina spit up and is proud of it, Karlie is just laying there looking at it thinking how grateful she is that it wasn't her this timec

Oh no….too much excitement for someone.  Who did it this time!?  Brina is feeling better now and Karlie is thankful it wasn’t her this time around.

Karlie and Brina having fun togetherc

Daddy’s giggling girls helping him celebrate his birthday.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle worms, look at them squirm (Brina and Karlie)c

Our little rolly pollies saying “Happy Birthday Daddy! We LOVE You!”

Apr 22 2015


Super cool fake snow!

Our friends Mike, Ashley, and Bradley gave the girls Insta-Snow Powder for their birthdays!  It is AMAZING!  The girls have spent hours playing with it.  Ok, I will admit it I have been playing with it too.  It’s just so cool to play with inside!

It is super simple to make (just add water to a measured amount of powder).  The canister we have makes 2 gallons of snow.  We have only made a few batches and still have the snow we made from the last several weeks.  It lasts a really long time if you put it in a ziplock bag.  It is fascinating, not cold, and funky to play with.

The girls were wanting to go somewhere with snow for their birthday so our friend sent “snow” to them.  They had the snow out almost immediately and within a couple of days of playing with the Insta-Snow we got real snow outside in SC.  The kids are convinced our friends are good luck because every time they played with the Insta-Snow they sent them it would snow again in SC (which means no school too).

It is a fun activity for the kids.  If any of the snow particles do get on the counter or floors they are easy to wipe up or if you miss them they will dry back up into the powder which is easy to sweep or vacuum up off the floor.  We are gearing up to do a science project and the girls are convinced that whatever they decide to do they will need to add some of the Insta-Snow powder to give their science projects an extra WOW factor, ha!

I think the next thing we are going to try is to dye the snow different colors to see how it handles that and what it looks like when you mix various ones together.  Thankful for thoughtful friends who know how to brighten the lives of the little ones (and big ones) in our home!  THANK YOU Ashley from Reflecting on the Simple Things in Life for providing hours of entertainment at our house!!!


They thought it was neat being able to write messages in the snow!


The Insta-Snow Powder came in this canister and it makes 2 gallons.  The snow expands rapidly to 100 times its original size.  It goes from being a dry granule to fluffy white snow-like substance in a matter of seconds.


Inside the canister there is a scoop for easy measuring!


First we measured the insta-snow powder into a red cup than poured the water into it.


Mixing up the snow and water.  It literally grew in her hands.  Super cool!


Playing with it!


So fascinating they wouldn’t even look up for the camera


Pile of fake snow to play with inside.


Felt really neat!


Loved looking at all the little pieces and playing with it.


Building a volcano!


 Look it’s snowing inside!


You could play with it for hours with your bare hands because it is not cold like actually snow plus it doesn’t melt and it’s easy to clean up!


Brina playing with the snow!


Creating a replica of the Great Wall of China which we were just talking about the other day!

If you are looking for a fun and indoor activity you can find Insta-Snow Powder and other Snow like items on Amazon.