Monday, August 15, 2016

The One With The Jolly Holiday {Brynns 3rd Birthday Party}

B loves her some Mary Poppins.  We watch the movies AT LEAST once a day.  If not twice {yeah we have the TV on all day here...I need the background noise!} At first she told me she wanted a ballerina birthday, but everything I found was so fancy.  When I suggested a Mary Poppins party instead she was so excited and stuck with the idea. 
 I love to throw parties. 
 I love to buy stationary. 
 I love to browse decorations & Pinterest. 
 I just love it all! 

So come on in to 17 Cherry Tree Lane!

Her inviation was my favorite thing! The invites & all the stationary are from Pretty Plain Jane's

Every year I have her guests sign a book that coordinates with her party theme.  I tape the invite to the inside cover & voila...the perfect keepsake!

Theme wear is a must! You'll notice her chowing down on a caramel apple sucker in most of the pictures.  {Just like Jane & Michael!}

Our shirts are from Jordandene and they were the best to work with! 

Awesome Aunt DeAnn to the rescue! She cut the penguins, kites & this backdrop for me.  

Drink Station: 
Sweet Tea
Lemonade Punch 

Since her egg allergies limit our dessert choices, we went the ice cream route.  Thanks Momma for the homemade vanilla! I'm glad there were leftovers that now live in my freezer. 

Red carnations & daisies.  If you know the movie, you know why!

"You think...You wink...You do a double blink...You close your eyes and JUMP!"

We love Uncle John and Aunt Reagan! We can always count on them for a good time...and for Reagan to totally botch taking videos and pictures for me.  ;)

And we had to fly kites of course! I was worried about the weather forecast...rain.  But in true Lubbock fashion the rain was no where to be seen, but there was plenty of wind for some kite flyin!

Nana G & Nana.  Brynn kept calling them, "The 2 Nanas." 

Thanks Pops & Grams for letting us use your house {and for a million other things!}

 B is easily overwhelmed {see previous post to see what I'm talking about}, so we keep her parties to a small group of family & close friends. Of course, her best friend has to be there! When I asked her what her favorite part was she said..."Isabess." I told Ellen I should forgo the party & let them have a sleep a few years!

And I have to give credit to Ellen for originally finding these shirts.  I just keep buying them a size bigger as Brynn grows!

B got tons of wonderful gifts, seriously, so much fun stuff! We have already played  Shopkins, made play dough ice cream, painted, & she got some adorable clothes (& Hunter rain boots...LOVE!) But something totally awesome she got was this soccer kit from John & Reagan.  John is doing everything in his power to make her a little soccer star & this is a great start!  It's what the US women's team wore in the Olympics and it's SO TOTALLY AWESOME. She may be wearing it to church next week to celebrate the closing ceremonies.  #NotReally #ButMaybe #USA

It makes my heart so happy that God added these 3 to our village.  We love the Calhoun's and little Miss Addy-Cakes. 

Jack & "The 2 Nanas"

Sidewalk chalk like Bert!


Flying kites like pros.

4 generations of love!

It was a "practically perfect in every way" day!

If you know of anyone who needs some Mary Poppins decor...shoot them my way! 

I hope you had such a jolly time Brynn Mills.  Thanks for being the best one of the best ones! I love you for always, baby girl!

Want to see her past birthdays?

The One With the {3rd} Birthday Interview

Our girl is 3!! Here are some highlights about Brynn Mills Garner. 

{August 2015}


This stage is so fun! I love having conversations with her.  Her sweet little voice that gets all stutter-y when she's trying to tell me something important is just the cutest! I love hearing her view on what's happening & how she can recall just about everything you've told her. 

She cannot say the "L" sound yet, so a lot of her words still come out babyish and I LOVE it! I'm hanging onto that as long as I can! The way she says, "I wove you" melts my heart. 

When she asks me a question and doesn't agree with my answer she will say, "Well, I don't think so." or "Well, we'll see."

{September 2015}

{October 2015}


I've learned that Brynn does things in her own time.  I should have known this about her from day one.  Rolling over, crawling, walking, giving up paci, potty training (which will happen when she's finally ready--I'm throwing my hands up on this one)'s all in her own time.  No amount of forcing will rush her into it if she's not ready.  Which I can totally understand because I'm the same way.  I need time to process & transition.  We went thru a phase where we set the timer for everything.  So now she always tells us, "2 more minutes." 

She has the BEST manners.  I always hear a please & thank you from her.  I also love when she tells me she's sorry.  Sometimes it's totally appropriate (disobeying) and other times it's just cute (if she gets hurt she will tell me, "I'm sorry I got hurt.") 

If you're around her you're probably going to get a compliment! When she saw me in the hospital gown she said, "I love your pretty dress!" hehe!

She's as feisty as I'll get out.  If you don't give her time to transition or she gets embarrassed, all bets are off! She will just melt to the floor or cover her face in your shoulder until she's had time to gather herself (she gets it from her momma.) Even though this can be really hard to deal with, I love it about her.  I love that she is her own person, she has her own thoughts, and she isn't going to do something just to be a people pleaser. 

{November 20116}

{December 2015}


She's not quite the bottomless pit she used to be.  She's a great eater, but she is getting more picky & likes to take a bite then play, take a bite then play.  I hate forcing her to eat something she doesn't like so I make lots of SunButter and Jelly sandwiches and I don't mind one bit.  I don't like being forced to eat stuff, why should she be! 

She loves her some dessert (she got it from her Daddy!) She loves to get slushies with Aunt DeAnn at Sonic and if you give her marshmallows she will love you for life! She often tells me, "I love candy!" 

We still stay far away from peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs.  But we are going to try a food challenge with egg in baked goods at her allergists office pretty soon.  I'm so praying this goes well!

{January 2016}

{February 2016}


She gave up naps completely & we've been pretty lax about bedtime this summer. She is usually in bed by 9 and will sleep until 7:30-8:30.  Sometimes she will fall apart in the afternoons so we just have extra Netflix time on those days! 

She has started having bad dreams and it breaks my heart! Multiple times a week she will yell for us and say something about a dinosaur and dragon getting her.  

She loves her big girl bed! And she loves to jump on her big girl bed!

{March 2016}

{April 2016}

Play Time

We started gymnastics this summer and it's been a huge hit! 
She plays at Aunt DeAnn's house once a week and she LOVES it (probably because she can do anything she wants there!)
She loves to run around Grams & Pops backyard playing soccer with Reagan and John. She loves to swing and often says, "I wish we could go to a park."
She watches WAY too much YouTube for kids. (I don't even care if that's bad, Momma and Jack gotta have some quiet time!)
She has started referring to her baby dolls as her "daughters" and it gets me so tickled! 
She likes to play hide-n-seek with daddy & makes faces (snapchat) with mommy. 

{May 2016}

{June 2016}


She pretty much ignores her brother all day, but she doesn't dislike him anymore!

 She was so sad when he had to get shots a few weeks ago & it was the sweetest thing to see her care for him.  She tells me when he has a "stinky neck" (hahaha!) & is incredibly helpful around the house. If I'm vacuuming or make a loud noise she will tell me, "SHHH!!! That's too loud for my baby brother!" I wonder if she's heard that herself a few hundred times. She will also ask me, "are you taking care of me or taking care of jack?" She doesn't believe that I can handle them both...which sometimes is completely accurate. 

{July 2016}

{August 2016}

1. How old are you? 
Three years old! 

2. Who is your best friend?

3. What is your favorite color?

4. What is your favorite thing to do?
watch Mommy's old phone
play outside
bake muffins

5. What is your favorite food?
 "white ice cream" (vanilla)
 oreo cookies 

6. What do you like to do with your family?
"Play with you guys."
 "Play people." 
(Her Fisher Price Little People are a daily play staple)

7. What is your favorite toy?
"My chocolate syrup." (It's part of her kitchen toys. So weird.)
 "My baby dolls & my people."

8. Whats your favorite song?
"Jesus Loves Me This I Know"
"The B.I.B.L.E."
Any Mary Poppins song

9. What is your favorite show?
Little Einstein 

10. What is your favorite movie?
Mary Poppins

11. Where do you like to go?
"the beach" (she's never been!)
DeAnns house
Grams & Pops house

12. What's your favorite book?

13. What do you do before you fall asleep?
 brush teeth
 read books & everyone says a prayer (Momma says Jacks prayer)
 then songs with daddy
turn on music (instrumental hymns)
 and NO more paci!

14. What's your favorite animal?

Happy Third Birthday, Baby Girl!