a weekend with the bookends

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if you’re new around here, we affectionately refer to our first born & last born as the bookends. every twosome has a name. we have the blue eyes, the brown eyes, the two oldest, the youngest two and the bookends. so this past weekend was all about the bookends.

we had a full weekend coming up and i was feeling a little bummed that it was looking like everyone wasn’t going to be able to be at everything for everybody. with a big family, creative maneuvering is a constant. dan reminded me that we almost always are able to have the entire crew together for events & that sometimes we will just have to do the best we can with everyone’s schedules.  after being snowed & iced in for a few days, the county opted to close due to ice for yet another day….valentines day! so we were all home & able to take a road trip to see savannah for her actual 21st birthday. trevor had a BIG surprise ( like epic gift giver) & was planning on spending valentines evening together. her long time bestie bailey drove in from ole miss & a big karaoke party was on tap for saturday night. caroline had a large all weekend ( as in all weekend) cheer competition and wasn’t going to be able to make our original sunday plans. so we made a trip to athens to see her on her actual birthday, all together!!

the above photo is caroline drawing names. she asked for tickets to imagine dragons for christmas & one sister was going to be the lucky winner as her “plus one”. lucky birthday girl actually won that fair & square so savannah’s happy day started off great!

i stayed up the night before and attempted to write a poem, that rhymed thanyouverymuch, as part of her birthday surprise. lion king is her all time fave disney movie, so we gifted her & trevor an evening to see the broadway version when it comes to the famous fox theater here in atlanta! i used one of my favorite note pads for my ridiculous attempt at poetry.

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and not only did i attempt poetry, i blew her away with homemade brownies. from a box. i know. my mom points are at an all time high! ( little x&o’s can be found here)

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we also decorated with fun tissue paper garland 🙂9 paigeknudsen.com

savannah’s room is so cute…here’s another shot,


i know i’ve been on a huge sugarboo shoutout lately, but my sweetheart surprised me with another addition to my growing pillow collection…and yes i may move them around from room to room. i love their pillows. they’re huge and fluffy! and no, this is not a paid ad. i’m just sharing shopping information!

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even brinkley had a great valentines day. chickfila valentine biscuit for the sweet boy.

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as i mentioned earlier, caroline has been on a competitive cheersquad this year. the older girls each competed in highschool, but in an effort to help caroline find her thing, we allowed her to try out & join a squad while still in middle school. i love to watch her. she smiles the entire time. so cute!  here’s a couple images from this past weekend 🙂

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February 17, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Kelli - yay!! the girls look so beautiful – my sweet god-daughter’s birthday is the exact same day! 21! ahhh i love your pics of your family 🙂

February 18, 2014 - 7:35 am

Donna - What a beautiful and happy group!

February 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

Michelle - Happy Birthday to Savannah! My girls did competitive cheerleading. I must say your daughter is so talented. Her jumps are perfection. It takes some girls many years to master that jump to that level of precision.

February 18, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Heidi @ Decor & More - Aw, precious family time, Paige! Love me some East West Bistro — that’s our “go to” for lunch in Athens. 🙂 I love those Gathered Thoughts notepads — all the gals in my life got one for Christmas this year. Glad we’re finally thawing out in ATL, aren’t you? Happy Day ~ xo Heidi

February 18, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Sophie - What a lucky guy your man is to be surrounded by such a gorgeous group of gals!! Love all the pictures!

February 18, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Shon - What a fun weekend! Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!
Wow,Dan is a lucky fella surrounded by gorgeous women!

I love that you keep it real and bless your daughter with box brownies like we grew up on. It’s all good and your heart is in the pan if you know what I mean.

Great job to Caroline and the team! My neighbors here in Charleston made the event with their high flying girls too!

Happy week to you and the family!

February 20, 2014 - 9:47 pm

emily - It sounds like it was a fantastic weekend. Where did Savannah get that gorgeous “Be Still” canvas? I love it!