Monday, September 23, 2013

Birthday Wrap-Up

The season of birthdays is almost over in the Hayes household. The last hurrah is a joint birthday party for the girls this Sunday. Tons of 'littles' are coming with their parents and if the weather is nice we'll be roasting marshmallows!

One birthday tradition we're borrowing from my family is for daddy to get the girls roses on their birthday - one for each year (up to a point, we'll see!).

Cora's first birthday rose

Can you tell that Noelle picked these roses?

These little girls are already growing up sooo fast!

Our big girls

Noelle's favorite present this year, I think, is her ballet gear. She started a combination ballet/tap/run around and be silly class last Saturday. Every day since she has been wearing her tap shoes around the house and asking when she can go to dance class again!
Ready for her first class*

* No shoes because the ones I got her were way too small. FYI to other moms out there, ballet and tap shoes run 1.5-2 sizes small. She now has ones that fit!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day of Cake

Today we spent the day prepping for Noelle's big day tomorrow (3 already!). First, Noelle made and decorated some cupcakes to take to her preschool class:

For once, excited about sharing!

She also helped me mix and bake the cakes for her birthday cake. After she was in bed I set to work finishing the decorating. It'll be hard not to let her eat it first thing in the morning!

Ready for the birthday girl =)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Farm Weekend

For the long Labor Day weekend we headed to Mountain Dale Farms in McClure, PA for some good, old-fashioned R&R.

The Crew: Arvind, Margot, Laura, Lindsey, Cora, Alex & Noelle

Our good friends, Arvind & Laura, met us there with their adorable daughter, Margot. Margot and Noelle became fast friends and it was hard keeping track of these two as they ran around enjoying all the toddler wonders that the farm had to offer. It was so great to just relax, watch the kiddos have fun, and catch up with friends!

There are too many good photos to choose from. So, below is a bit of a memory card dump; summarizing our wonderful (and tiring, for the parents!) weekend =)

 Exploring the grounds

Fast friends

Chilling with baby girl

 Special time with the Dads

Dirt pile conquerors!

Enjoying the quiet pace of farm life

Geez mom, turn around so I can see that horse!

Here kitty kitty

Hanging out in the cabin

Can't get too much hammock time

Break in the action to gather energy

Feeding pigs!

First roller skating attempt