10.24.2012

Life Updates + Aubrielle turns 5!

Holy bananas guys, these past two weeks have been C.R.A.Z.Y!
Even though we usually have a schedule of posts/topics/projects that we like to stick to, so we can stay on track, I just had to jump in here this week to give ya a rundown of what's going on in our neck of the woods.

1. Being sick is the PITS!
A little over a week ago Cason and I got sick. At first we thought it was just a cold or sinus infection, but within 24 hours it turned into full fledged strep. Arrrg! And not just ANY strep (because I've had strep before) but this crazy, gnarly, make you feel like garbage, find yourself wishing you could just go through the pain of birthing another child, because this is WORSE... kinda strep.

I know I'm dramatic, but seriously, it's taken us about 9 days, TONS of rest and lots of antibiotics and ibuprofen to feel remotely like ourselves again. I wouldn't wish the kind of strep we had, on my WORST enemy.

2. Plankity-plankin'
We've been working on our kitchen nook area these past few weeks and we are almost done with the planking wall treatment that we've been wanting to implement for about a year now. It's lookin' SO GOOD! I initially got the final idea of how we wanted to tackle this project from my cute friend Sausha at Sweet Pickin's who paints all my furniture for me (and does a freakin' awesome job). She did the same treatment in her kitchen and entryway.

I'll be sharing a few things we learned along the way, during our plankin' journey, but for a basic know-how you can visit her wall planking post

The actual kitchen itself is still in progress because once we paid for new granite and a backsplash, we had pretty much maxed out the money we'd saved... and we don't want to go into debt to finish our kitchen re-style. We decided to pay a little more for the pro's to do most of the work because 1.) We really didn't want to be in the midst of a kitchen remodel for 6 months (which is how long it would have taken us to install a backsplash I'm sure, ha!) and 2.) We wanted to make sure that everything was done PERFECTLY, because our kitchen is literally the first thing you see when you walk into our home.

3. Funny & Fabulous at Five
Okay, who said my baby could turn 5?
:(

Today is Aubrielle's 5th birthday; I swear she just turned 4.
Four has been quite the year. It's crazy how much personality this little chick has come into. She's an expert color-er and rocks out quite frequently on the "ki-tard"
:)

She's still completely smitten by her little boyfriend Samuel, and talks frequently about where and how her and Sam are going to get married and live, when they get bigger.
More often than not during family prayer, she prays that Sam will always be her boyfriend forever... and from what I hear from Sam's Mom, his prayers sound quite similar.
:)

This little kiddo will try ANYTHING once. Her favorite foods are salad and strawberries, and her least favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti. Go figure. ha!

This past year Aubrielle has become obsessed with anything fashion related. She's extremely opinionated about what she wears and HATES baggy, unfitted clothing. Shoes are by far her most favorite part of getting dressed and on our most recent trip to a large new shoe store, she gasped out loud, covered her mouth and almost in tears said... "Mom! there are just SO MANY! Which ones should we pick!?"
haha!

Four has also been filled with LOTS of tears, drama and sass. We're still learning our limits, figuring out how to express our feelings, through big words like "flusterated and misappointed" (aka: frustrated and disappointed) and finding out that a lot of the time we can't "get what we want" no matter how many tears we shed.

That being said, 99% of the time, our little Miss has the sunniest disposition that you ever did see. She's the most loving and friendly little girl and is all smiles and hugs; not to mention that she is SO funny! Aubrielle is the bright spot in my day, and constantly reminds me to stop taking life so seriously and to laugh more.

She's a little ball of busy, happy energy and no matter how big she gets... she'll always be my baby.

Happy, Happy Birthday sweet girl. I can't wait for the adventures that 5 brings.
Love,
Mommy and Daddy

68 comments:

  1. * Glad you guys are feeling better.
    * Can't wait to see your finished kitchen.
    * Happy 5th Birthday Aubrielle ~ you are absolutely adorable!!

    Reenie/Lorena

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  2. Oh I'm totally tearing up! Your little one reminds me of my 6 year old. They get big so fast. What lovely words :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, Aubrielle is such a sweetheart, absolutely precious. Your girl's are so pretty just like their mommy. Happy Birthday!! I hope she enjoys her special day! XO ~Liz

    P.S. Hope you feel better. ((Hugs))

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  4. gorgeous little thing! Hope you're all feeling better

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  5. she is just gorgeous!!! happy birthday sweet girl!

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  6. Oh my too cute! I have to ask, where did you get her shirt and leggins? My 4 year old NEEDS these:)

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    1. I actually got the outfit at Gardner Village! The shop is called Spoiled Rotten :)
      They have the CUTEST little boutique clothes for special occasions and photo shoots!

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    2. THANK YOU! I am in Maine but will be calling them to see if they will ship:)

      Happy Birthday to your precious one and hope you are all feeling better. My youngest (4 years) just finished her 3rd round of antibiotics for strep. It is awful!

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  7. Five is delightful. School starts at age 5 because they can follow directions and they love to please other adults (but maybe not you).

    Six is four with experience but they are in school all day and you can deal with the emotional swings more easily.

    Enjoy the people your girls are becoming.

    Barbara in CT

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  8. This was so sweet... Aubrielle seems like such a fun, caring little girl! These posts always get me a little teary, but excited for what is in store for my family as our 8 month old daughter grows up!

    P.S: Can't wait to see how the kitchen turns out!

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  9. Misappointed- love it! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

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  10. What an awesome post! Well, besides the sickies. Those are no fun. Happy Birthday, Aubrielle! She is such a doll! I think she and I could get along well. She and I could bond over our love of shoes and strawberries :)

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  11. Glad you are feeling better. Happy Birthday, Aubrielle! I love your name. :)

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  12. Happy birthday!!!

    Can't wait to see how the planked wall turns out!

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  13. such a sweet post about your girl!! happy birthday to her!

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  14. She gets cuter and cuter every year! May she always bring you as much joy as she does now!

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  15. What a beautiful little girl!!!

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  16. Such a sweet post!! Hope she has the best birthday ever.

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  17. How do you get your girls hair curled so cute??? What is the secret? I'm glad ya'll are feeling better and happy birthday to your cutie!

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    1. I actually use a flat iron, and curl it! I'm not really an expert, but I could maybe do a quick video tutorial one day :)
      It's the best way to curl hair!

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    2. Please do a video tutorial soon!! My daughter is 5 and has LONG hair with a wave, but since I have naturally really curly hair...i'm not the expert on curling irons and flat irons!

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  18. so sweet! i keep thinking of the girls i want to have. :)

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  19. Happy birthday little cutie pie glad to know i share my birthday with one awesome little chick

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  20. Yay! My oldest just turned 5 and it feels very "big girl" to me, not just another year of toddlerhood.

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  21. Holy smokes 5? Pretty sure we were just over for the fairy party! We sure love Aubrie! She is so beautiful.

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  22. Happy 5th Birthday Aubrielle ! The photos of you Mummy took look beautiful and so happy. Hope Mummy and Daddy are 100% better. Best Wishes!

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  23. You've got yourself one little adorable gal =) Loved the pics ... & glad you all have come from the valley of death {strep}.

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  24. Shelley, she is truly adorable. I love this post!

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  25. This made me cry. That was so sweet, a little memento for your child to read one day and treasure. Her Mommy loves her so much. I have 1 little girl and twin girls on the way. I know all the feelings you describe. God Bless!

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  26. I had to laugh when I was reading this...my 5-year-old daughter HATES pizza and "pasketti", and listed cilantro and strawberries as her favorite foods on an "About Me" poster at school. I thought my Lily was the only little girl with an aversion to sure-thing kiddo meals:) BTW...Your daughter is gorgeous! Happy birthday to her:)

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  27. She is too stinkin' cute! I love the expressions on her face with the balloons! Get some rest...I'm glad you're feeling better!

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  28. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter. All three of your girls are beautiful. Have a wonderful day. Can't wait to see your kitchen transformation :)

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  29. So glad you guys are feeling better!! Your kitchen nook is looking fabulous!! Can't wait to see more! And Aubrielle is the CUTEST!! Seriously, all of her expression are just adorable!

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  30. So sweet! I think your daughter and my Miss Amalia would get along just wonderfully. One time we were at target and Amalia said "Mom, do you smell that? I smell SHOES." Happy birthday to your sweet girl- She's just beautiful! Also, can't wait to see your kitchen redo! I'm looking for something new for our seriously out of date kitchen (no, really- it has an ORANGE sink...)

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  31. I'm new to your blog and I'd like to say that Aubrielle is ADORABLE! And I love her name!

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  32. Hi! I was just wondering if you could share where you found your daughter's adorable ivory top? It's so sweet and my youngest would love it. Also, her bedroom is so sweet! Do you have a post about the wall treatment (the white paneling)?

    Thanks,
    Amanda

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  33. I just love that little Girl, your family, and OUR little ones love for one another. We are some lucky parents. :) XOXO

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  34. Love her outfit and her hair!!! She's too cute!!

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  35. I absolutely adore your daughter's outfit in her 5 year old pictures :) can you tell me where you got it?

    Thank you!

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    1. I got her outfit from Spoiled Rotten a cute shop at Gardner Village!

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  36. Sniff.
    What a great little girl you have! Happy birthday to her!

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  37. she's gorgeous!!!! The boys will all be after her when she grows up, for sure!!!!

    ~LC
    FitFashLife.blogspot.com

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  38. Happy Birthday Aubrielle! As a mama to a 5 year old daughter, I can attest there is nothing better. This has been a great year.

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  39. Your daughter is so adorable!!! We didn't know how to make girls so three boys later, we gave up. ;) So sorry you have been sick! New to your blog and have really enjoyed your posts!
    I just posted my Kitchen "re-do as part of my 31 Days series. I want to crawl into bed and sleep for a week now too!!!
    Feel better!
    ~ Claire

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  40. You have such beautiful daughters! I love this post and my favorite part was about the prayers, so sweet. Glad you are feeling better.

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  41. *Happy Birthday Sweet Beautiful Aubrielle!I have a "baby" too that will be turning 5 in March! Sigh....where does the time go??
    *Glad to hear you are on the mend in the Smith house :)

    Jodie :)

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  42. OMYGOSH! She is as cute as cute can be! And those little glasses?? Adorable.
    Happy birthday Aubrielle!

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  43. Happy birthday Aubrielle! Such cute photos!! She sure looks like her mama. :)

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  44. Happy Birthday Aubrielle! What a doll!

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  45. Oh wow- she is so beautiful and sweet! And I'm so glad you guys are better. I can't wait to see the finished wall!

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  46. Oh my...glad to see you are feeling better! Happy Birthday to Aubrielle! Can't wait to see how the kitchen turns out:)

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  47. Glad you guys are feeling better.....Your daughter is such a cutie !!! You can really tell she is getting big and not looking like a baby any more. :( She is getting leggy . Watch out when the girls hit middle school .GIRL you are in trouble!!!!!! If it doesn't work out with her new man.I have a 7yr that she could meet.Hes very handsome. :) LOL

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  48. OH.MY.GOSH. Your little girl is adorable!!!! Happy 5th birthday sweet heart! =]

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  49. Happy 5th birthday Aubrielle!!! please do tell where you got her those adorable leggings?!

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  50. You have the most gorgeous, photogenic girls ever!

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  51. Glad you are feeling better, and happy birthday to your adorable daughter!

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  52. Happy Birthday Aubrielle! I remember when she turned four. I can't believe I've been reading your blog for that long now!

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  53. Love the planking and can't wait to see the finished product!

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  54. Love your blog...your house...ESP. Pantry...your girls are ADORABLe! Glad you are feeling better!

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  55. She is so sweet. Happy 5th!

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  56. I would love to know how you got such great 'action' shots of your sweet girl and her balloons! I tend to get a bunch of blur whenever I attempt to photograph my busy boys. Thank you for posting. Happy Birthday to your beautiful 5-year-old!

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  57. This is terrible! I've looked at her fairy bday for the last couple of weeks trying to plan my little girls party...your little girl was just four in my head two weeks ago and now she's five. ahh! It goes so fast. she looks like a little model.

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  58. Hope you guys are feeling better soon.
    Happy Birthday Aubrielle. She's so stinkin adorable!

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  59. aww! Such a CUTE CUTE post! She has to be THE CUTEST, MOST SWEETEST LOOKING GIRL in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!! =)

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