Our Five Ring Circus: Friday Favorites

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to a relaxing weekend after weeks (Months? Years?!?) of craziness!

To kick off the weekend, here are a few of my favorites:


I have a new favorite picture of Liam.  He just makes me smile SO big.  Liam and I are on a mission to spread Down Syndrome Love one smile at a time, and show the world that Down Syndrome is nothing to fear!


I was super excited to see this picture featured on several Instagram accounts today! I love Instagram so much! You can find me, @lexieloodylan2, here.


Lexie turned 8 on Sunday!  She's my FAVORITE 8 year old! 


She looked like a princess at her birthday party!

Lexie's first birthday party of the day was a success, despite the snowstorm! Gearing up for round two!!!


I got a new phone, and I'm in LOVE!

I made the switch to this phone today, and so far, I love it! Got a $150 Costco Cash Card, too, which is a great added bonus!


My favorite pup.  We had to say goodbye to her one week ago, and we're heartbroken.  There is a huge void in our lives right now.  I just miss her so much!

*Once upon a time there was a dog who was loved very much. As that dog grew and grew, her family grew and grew. They spent countless hours racing around the backyard together. One million kisses and cuddles later, an entire decade had passed. They knew it


We resumed our Thursday playdates yesterday, after a much too long break.  It was so nice to get out of the house and spend time with friends!

We resumed our Thursday Playdates today. Oh, how I missed them! Love these kids!


My favorite 10 year old did a great job at his Science Fair last night! I can't believe how grown up he is!

Elementary School Science Fair. 1 hour in and every kid in the gym is going crazy!!!


I spend a LOT of time running errands, grocery shopping, driving kids to activities, picking kids up from activities, and maintaining their social lives. It can be stressful, and leaving the house requires a lot of stuff, but I am so grateful for their companionship.  I know that one day, way too soon, I'm really going to miss having them with me.

On our way to a playdate...lots of bags in tow. #TravelingCircus
In the car, waiting for Dylan's chorus practice to end. They're entertaining themselves with lipstick and gum. #girls #sisters

That being said, running errands and shopping with one kid is EASY.  Almost like a vacation.  I swear.

Running errands with one kid is EASY. #motherhood


My favorite 3 year old.  I wish I was as cool as her.

It's a frigid day in Pittsburgh, and there isn't any time to grieve. My dad just picked up my older three, and Liam and I have some birthday/party shopping (for Lexie) to do. My day also includes about 8 loads of laundry. And off we go! #reallife #momlife
I'll be safe today! Lily woke up as batgirl!


I love love LOVE my new vanity!  I can't wait to finish the rest of the bathroom.  I'm buying paint tomorrow, painting next week, and then comes the flooring and wainscoting!

On Valentine's Day, Grant and I went out to dinner, then stopped at Lowe's for one thing. We ended up leaving with a new vanity, came home, and gutted our bathroom. Today's project? Buying paint and painting. We may not have floors for a month, but at lea


I love being a mom.  So much.  There is nothing in the world I would rather do!

I held this boy extra close today. I am so thankful that he's healthy and happy. The biggest change to accept is the very real possibility that he will live with us, or in very close proximity to us, forever. But I will get the chance to see that joyful s


My favorite baby boy turned 18 months old last week.  I absolutely adore him!  I wish I could go back to when I was a sobbing mess in the delivery room and tell myself that it would all be okay, and that he was actually a blessing, not a burden.  I am so so so lucky.

None of us got enough sleep last night, so we attempted a nap. Liam rarely sleeps in our bed, but he fell asleep in my arms. He woke up, sat up, and smiled at his dad. Grant turned away for a few seconds, and while his back was turned, Liam decided to go
It's 5:50 PM and this is his way of telling me he wants to go to bed. Hoping he can hold off until after dinner!
This little dude is so happy that his daddy took a vacation day from work today! #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #downrightperfect


Current favorite toy?  Playdoh.  She will play for it for hours every single day. She even vacuumed it up off the floor yesterday.  I'm calling it a win!

Playdoh and Princesses. All day, every day. #Liliana #3YearsOld #three #playmatters



House of Cards

I just might be sitting on my couch all weekend. #StreamTeam

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! It's going to be our first Saturday with NO plans in months! All I'm doing is hanging out with my husband and my four favorite kids!!!


I'm linking up with Andrea, Narci, and Erika for Friday Favorites!


  1. Beautiful children. I just live their smiles.

  2. I love my Galaxy too!!!! Seriously I dont think Liam can be any cuter!!!!! Enjoy your day off Saturday!!!!

    1. Best phone ever! Thank you so much...he makes me smile!
      We didn't really have a day off. Decided to replace our bathroom floor...ha!

  3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Your children are GORGEOUS!! They have the most beautiful smiles! And your little guy in his bowtie!? Stop it! Hope you have the best weekend!!

  4. Your children are so cute! And I'm sorry for the loss of your pup. They are such a big part of our lives, aren't they? :)

    1. Thank you so much, Cat. There is a huge void in my life right now. I just miss her so much!

  5. I LOVE being a mom too! I can't believe all the milestones--Lexie turned 8, Liam is 18 months, and Dylan (age 10) at his science fair! Where does the time go? It sounds like you're incredibly busy these days, but kudos to you for keeping up with your blog and posting about all your adventures. Lexie truly does look like a little princess, and Liam just melts your heart. The happiness in these pictures are just contagious!

  6. Your kiddos are beautiful! That picture of Liam with the bowtie is absolutely adorable!! My older brother has Down Syndrome and is pretty much the coolest kid I know. :) We feel the same way- an absolute blessing!! :)

  7. Beautiful kiddos! I'm sorry about your dog, I know it's tough. I had to put mine down after 17 years last year. It broke my heart and I still miss her.

    1. Thank you so much. I'm sorry you lost your dog, too. It's tough!

  8. Love those bow ties! Beautiful family!!!

  9. Your kids always make me smile - you take great pictures of them!

  10. Aww... love all the smiles. Hope you all had a great weekend! :)


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