hoppy easter!

The Easter bunny sure was busy around here!  Presley was lucky enough to have him leave presents for her in her room, with all of her Grandparents and with her Guncle- needless to say she was spoiled!  She was SO into hunting eggs this year.  She practiced with her Daddio for a good hour on Friday and was coached up on the quickest and most efficient ways to hunt eggs :)  I could hear him tell her “Just grab as many as you can and don’t stop to see what is in each one.  We’ll open them all up after.”  Competitive much?   Honestly, between the two of us she has no chance of being easy going and passive when it comes to competition!

Saturday morning we headed out to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm to meet friends for the egg hunt.  The weather was horrible.  I mean real, real bad.  Rain and lots of wind made it a real pleasant experience.  The girls were troopers and ended up with baskets full of eggs.  We huddled under the tent for some hot chocolate and elephant ears (because when they have elephant ears you just have to get one) and then decided to head home and come back to the farm on Sunday when the sunshine was supposed to arrive.

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^^  Little frozen egg hunters  ^^

Sunday morning Presley woke up to find a trail of easter eggs leading to her basket full of goodies.  My parents used to make a trail of eggs to our baskets and I remember thinking it was so fun to follow the trail to our loot!  She really loved it too!

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We also hid a few special eggs around her room which she had so much fun searching for :)

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^^  She even let her little frenemie get in on the action :)  ^^

After she had enough time to play with some of her goodies… and eat a little too much candy we got dressed and headed to the tulip farm again.  This time the weather was MUCH better!

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^^ You guys.  They seriously RUN into each others’ arms every time they see each other.  Kind of the cutest thing ever!  ^^

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^^  Pres finally rode a pony!  ^^

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^^  I wasn’t planning on going down the slide… but some sneaky kids trapped me up top so my only way down was…  ^^

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^^  I have a picture of these girls in the wooden shoes when we were celebrating Presley’s first Easter.  Now they can barely fit in them :(  I wish they would stop growing!  ^^

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This was just beginning of our Easter fun- next we were off to Nana and Papa’s for lunch and another egg hunt.  It also involved an Easter dress and cow poop :)  More on that later in the week.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

xoxo toni 2

easter cupcakes

It’s almost Easter!  I’m so excited to take Presley to the egg hunt this year at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.  I think she’ll really get into it and have fun “hunting” with the rest of the kiddos.  Plus there’s tons of other fun stuff for the kids to do and millions of beautiful tulips for the kids to run through.  Hopefully we’ll end up with nice weather this year… last year the weather was amazing!  The little lady is pretty excited about the Easter bunny visiting her… mostly because she thinks he might be bringing her playdough… and stickers.  Hopefully he got that memo.

Presley has been really into helping bake lately so today we decided it would be fun to whip up some Easter(ish) cupcakes.  These are so cute and really easy to make.  I just used a boxed yellow cake and whipped up some buttercream (my favorite buttercream recipe is below) and they were done in no time.  You can make the nest with a grass tip like this one.

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My naked baking partner.  I’m not sure why she always seems to end up being only in undies when we bake.  Which is totally fine since she’s usually wearing a sample of each ingredient by the time we’re done :)  Someone’s gotta try everything!

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The BEST buttercream recipe:

4(ish) cups powdered sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 tsp vanilla

3-4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream

Start with all of your powdered sugar in your mixing bowl, add the butter (cut up in to smaller chunks) and start mixing.  SLOW speed people!  Add about 3 tbsp of the heavy cream and get the mixer up to high speed.  This might take a minute to happen without causing a powdered sugar bomb go off.  Add the vanilla and an extra splash (or two) of heavy cream and mix on high speed for a couple minutes.  That’s it!  For the “nest” frosting I just added some cocoa powder to the buttercream, gave it a mix and you end up with chocolate buttercream.  So good!

xoxo toni 2

Smith Rock

Last weekend we took a little weekend getaway to Black Butte.  Just the three of us.  We spent the Saturday afternoon at Smith Rock State Park wandering around and exploring with Presley.  It happened to be the first really nice weather we’d had in quite a while plus it was the first day of Spring Break so there were a LOT of people hiking and rock climbing.  Everything was great until it was time to walk back up the uphill part of the trail and Pres decided she wanted to be carried up… by her Momma.  We made it eventually :)

With the great weather and gorgeous sunset I had to get some snaps of the little lady.  I’ve decided it’s impossible to keep a two year old to stand still so we just chased her around with the camera.  This is pretty much how it goes all the time now!

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^^  ^^  This is the real Presley Ryan!!  ^^  ^^

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I can’t believe she’ll be turning three in a couple months!  How can that be!?

xoxo toni 2

big girl room…

I’m not sure how this has possibly happened, but our little baby is ready for a big girl room.  Pretty much the only thing getting me through this is focusing on getting to redecorate.  Hopefully we’ll end up with a functional room that looks great at the same time.  I’m thinking less furniture and more room to actually play.  A fun little reading nook and plenty of floor space to play with many toys she’s accumulated.

I’m so excited about the perfect little bed we found that is almost identical to the Jenny Lind bed I’ve had my eye on.  For about a fifth of the price.  Just needs a fresh coat of white paint and we’ll be in business.  I’m on the search for a little dresser that won’t take up too much space.  I might have become addicted to Craigslist in this whole process.  But man, if you take the time to really search for the perfect item it’s SO worth it.  I also might have accidentally stumbled on a new bed for our room as well in this whole process :)  Anywho, something about spring being right around the corner and the sun coming out the last couple of days has me motivated to get projects going and do a little spring cleaning.  Lucky hoosband, he just loves when I go into this mode.  HA!

I’ve wanted to use this quote in her room for a long time and when I saw this photo of my Grandpa from a loooong time ago I knew it would just be perfect.

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Hopefully we’ll get the bulk of the work done this week/weekend  and I’ll have some pictures to share :)

xoxo toni 2