ENOCH TURNS FIVE

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,parties — admin at 12:10 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

NOVEMBER 19th! The day our baby turned FIVE!!!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?

He’s been talking about this cake for MONTHS!! A FERDINAND CAKE!!

And this guy – closer to 8 than 7!!

BROTHERS!!

GAMES & BOOKS & BASKETBALL CARDS & CASH & MOVIE TICKETS!!

THANK YOU dear friends & family! THANK YOU for celebrating & loving our Enoch guy!!

CELEBRATING GRACE ELIZABETH

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,expecting,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,parties — admin at 12:08 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Have I mentioned that my dearest best friend is having a baby!? I think I might have!

Aiden couldn’t WAIT to help open ALL the presents!!

HOMEMADE BABY BLANKETS – THE BEST!!

That guy – he kept everybody laughing the entire time!

I am NOT a party planner. It’s NOT my thing! Turns out – it’s NOT Sierra’s thing either!

BUT – WE DID IT!!

MISSY – I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE IS GOING TO BE HERE SOON!!

KRISTI & PATRICK – 9.23.2018

Filed under: an hour in the life,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,marry me,parties,wedding — admin at 11:32 am on Friday, October 5, 2018

I’ve NEVER been to an engagement party! And when I get to see faces I haven’t seen in years – it’s even better!!

I love that top shot – hair thrown back – a big laugh – childhood FREEDOM!!

THAT SWEET FACE!! THOSE CHEEKS!!

That last time I photographed her family – she wasn’t in it!

You KNOW how much I LOVE chubby babies – but did you know I also LOVE curly curls!?

She REALLY wanted to get OUT of that dress!!

Kristi messaged me about her upcoming engagement party – and was hoping I would be available! Thankfully – I was!

Their families and friends were gathered around – playing fun games – eating good food – drinking craft drinks. And a TOAST!

To the newly engaged couple!

“On behalf of Kristi & Patrick – thank you for coming to their engagement party! The question you get asked the most after you get engaged is – when are you getting married? DO YOU GUYS WANT TO GET MARRIED RIGHT NOW?!”

WHAT!! LET’S DO THIS!! SURPRISE!!

She’s got his ring READY!!

MARRIED!!

I LOVE THAT SHOT! Checking out his wedding ring!

Kristi had a special gift for Patrick’s daughters!

Kristi told me to just come and do my thing – cus she loves my thing. THIS IS MY THING!!

MOMENTS LIKE THESE!!

A change of clothes and a new necklace!! Today I tell your dad I do and I promise to love you forever too! BEAUTIFUL!!

I’ll post the rest of the afternoon tomorrow!!

CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,my town,parties — admin at 10:27 am on Friday, August 10, 2018

We painted the boat. We went to the movies. We went back to camp to get READY FOR THE RACES!!

Enoch and his little friend raced together in their blue race-car!

THE MACY FITZGERALD!!

Macy & Fitzy were the ONLY kiddos in their age group to have TWO in the boat!

Those kiddos – they paddled their hearts out. They knew they wouldn’t be first – but they didn’t cheat the course. They did it exactly how they should have.

THEY FINISHED! TOGETHER! With burning thighs and smiles and laughs – they FINISHED! AND – NO WATER IN THE MACY FITZGERALD!

I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE PROUD!!

IT RAINED. It rained all morning and cleared up JUST IN TIME to race – and then the rain rain rain came down down down!

Kids with shoes on the wrong feet – I LOVE IT!

LOOK AT THE DRIPPY JUICE! WATERMELON MIGHT BE THE BEST THING ABOUT SUMMER!

This girl – she’s a DEAR ONE!!

THANK YOU Matt & Johna for a FANTASTIC WEEKEND! We can’t WAIT to spend some time at the camp ground this fall!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Filed under: bardenisms,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my town,NCA,newsworthy,parties — admin at 11:48 am on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Our school is expanding! And as you know – expansion costs a pretty penny!

We are trying some new and fun ways to raise money for the school – including a DRIVE IN MOVIE!!

In July we watched HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

Enoch didn’t hang for the whole movie but Fitzy made it to the end!

FITZY TURNS SEVEN

Filed under: baby barden,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,parties — admin at 10:53 am on Monday, May 14, 2018

Typically we have a BIG party with all the people but this year he asked me if a few friends from school could come over for a NERF gun fight!

OH – and mom – can we invite people over from 1 to 4 so that we don’t have to do lunch or dinner? Just cake?

OH SWEET BOY! ALL THE YES!!

Did you know that I wanted to put EAT BEFORE YOU COME on my wedding invitations!? SO – this whole “we don’t have to feed people” was speaking my language!!

And THANK YOU ERICA for the AMAZING cake!!

WHERE DID THE LAST SEVEN YEARS GO?!

Fitzy – you are kind and sensitive. You are sympathetic and caring. You are SO silly and SO helpful.

I tell you this often – but I’ll say it again and again – you are more than my momma heart could have ever dreamt!

They had a GREAT time!

*R* TURNS ONE!!

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,parties — admin at 12:04 pm on Monday, April 16, 2018

*R* is the happiest baby in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!

AND SHE’S ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE AND SO SQUISHY!!

HOW ON EARTH IS SHE SO BIG!

My sister and Ericka have developed quite the friendship over SNAPCHAT! Samm was in town for the weekend – so she stopped by!

And this little thing – she’s TOO adorable!!

This kid – he LOVES his cake!

She was quite the tired little girl!

*R* – I’ve said it before – but I’ll always say it! YOU ARE SO LOVED BY SO MANY PEOPLE!!

*K* TURNS ONE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,parties — admin at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 5, 2018

I seriously CANNOT believe where the last year went! I feel like I was just getting a text that Vanessa was pregnant and now her little girl is ONE!

And she just toddles around like she owns the place. Like she’s ALWAYS been walking.

I love how she crosses her little ankles!

Those little red curls!!

She’s always on the move!!

Little girl clothes – BE STILL MY HEART!!

She REALLY did not like that tutu!!

She also did NOT like her hands all yucky!

That’s my mom’s sister – my sister looks so much like her!

I couldn’t decide between black & white or color – so you get to see both!

Vanessa – I love watching you as a momma! WE LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET LITTLE *K*!!

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

Filed under: babes,baby barden,bardenisms,family,holiday,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,my town,parties,RAY,word of God — admin at 12:29 pm on Monday, February 19, 2018

My mom has had this nativity for as long as I can remember – and she let us borrow it for our Christmas Eve service!

Our Christmas Eve service had cookies and hot chocolate and some cookies and fireworks and bonfires and cookies – did I mention the cookies!?

That guy – he wants to be a hunter like his Pa!

My bestest – she’s the bestest!

Those boys love their Mara!!

That gorgeous little guy – he’s super sweet!

That special bond between a grandmother and her little guy!

I love witnessing the world through a child’s eyes! Everything becomes so MAGICAL!

Enoch really didn’t LOVE the fireworks – he ended up inside – away from the BOOMS!

I hope your Christmas was spent with the ones you love – we LOVE our church family!

ENOCH TURNS FOUR

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,parties — admin at 12:16 pm on Monday, February 5, 2018

Our not-so-little Enoch-guy turned FOUR in November!! FOUR! HOW?!

I’m having a HARD TIME with my baby being FOUR!

I mean – I don’t ever want another newborn baby in this house – but it’s bittersweet for sure!

My friend Erica made the cakes – DAIRY-FREE!! Aren’t they AWESOME?! Red is his beloved “pet” cow!

Those two together – TROUBLE!

We are STILL coloring in that book – it was a favorite for sure!!

To all of those that love us and support us and come to crazy kid parties – THANK YOU!! WE LOVE YOU!!

Enoch – you are strong. Determined. Excited. Lively. Caring. Loving. Dedicated. Certainly dedicated.

You will do GREAT things! WE LOVE YOU!

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