Sep 14, 2017

Sunday Diares: Boys and Hand-Me-Downs

 Just a sunny September Sunday, with Jonah and Elliot in Cohen's hand-me-downs and all of their outfits just seemed to compliment each other, I wanted to document it.  My boy's clothes are precious to me, not because what they cost or the brand they are, (most are thrifted favorites) but because they hold so many memories.  This is why I love even doing their laundry, I tend to slow down when I get to their clothes, and it feels sort of sacred, gently folding the tiny clothes that their bodies fill out, the thread bare tee's and the ripped knees, and the pilled t-shirts, with fades superhero's and socks miscolored on the bottom, I love them so much.  Thats why I keep them all, and its good that I do because I keep having more boys keep them on rotation.  They hold so many memories and its what they live in, I guess thats why I find them so precious. #sentimenalmama #hoarderofclothes

Backpack Diaper Bag c/o Whirlwind Bags

Sep 13, 2017

Days with Elliot

Ever since his big brother started first grade, Elliot has been wanting to go to school so badly.  One, because Elliot is always wanting to go everywhere, whether its to a quick gas station run with dada, grocery shopping, church, a 5 hour car ride, he doesn't care, he just wants to be along for the ride.  Unlike his homebody mama and brother, he is as social as they come, a friendly social butterfly who is both playful and chill at the same time, just the best.  Luckily he is surrounded by cousins to play with almost everyday, but since I know getting out there in the world brings him joy,  I have been forcing myself out into the world as well for him.  We decided he will start preschool next year, and this year will be spent with library days, museum days, playing at the park days, hiking in the woods and learning about the forest days, and learning basic letters and numbers and such, he really loves to do homework when Cohen does so it makes it easy for us to teach him. Any excuse for his to grab a backpack and do little scholarly things makes him so happy.  

I recently got him a library card, so he can carry it in his book bag with him to story time and check out a book.  The very first book he checked out was the one he spotted when we first walked into to story time and couldn't peel his eyes away from it until it was in his hands, a blaze and the monster machine book.  I love story time because they always have a cute craft to follow, and on this day, since the book was about a bear, he got to make his own bear mask, which he holds dear to his heart.  I got a couple of captures of him with his big boy book bag and mask when we got home and I just love them.  He is the kindest, funniest sidekick and I love our days our together.  I couldn't be more excited about crunching through the leaves, his little hand holding mine, asking me questions, reading books and laughing about the pictures, it all just makes me feel so lucky to have this little boy. 

May 4, 2017

Jonah's Picnic Party

Yes I know, a spring picnic birthday party isn't the most masculine party them, but you only get to do these cutely little gender neutral baby things for so little time (I'm looking at you bonnets.)  Also I just got done throwing a ninja turtle party and a Five Nights at Freddy's party, I needed a sweeter party theme and this seemed like such a simple and sweet fit for our spring babe!  I could have left out the pink flowers I guess, but I picked all these on the side of the road and didn't even think about the colors!  

I wanted the colors to be light and soft, so I found this khaki gingham tablecloth on amazon for the dessert table and used canvas clothes from the home depot store for the table clothes on the food table. They come in big sizes and make such a pretty tablecloth with a natural vibe and a little texture.  I brought some of my linen tablecloths from home and layered them with some red gingham ones my aunt brought over as I was decorating.  She also let me use her vintage highchair and porcelain salt and pepper shakers, also she made the cake.  I am lucky to have her!
I searched pinterest for a classic picnic menu and found this pretty watercolor menu, and it inspired the party food!  

I kept the decorations simple, just wildflowers we picked by my moms house in glass bottles and my old picnic basket collection.  He got a new swing from his mama and dadda and we hung it up for him to enjoy at the party! There were plenty of willing love ones to keep him swinging! He wore the first thing I bought him when I found out I was having a boy, a vintage denim jumper that I fell in love with and couldn't wait to see him in, and a linen sun bonnet c/o our friends at @rainpeople.

Jonah and his grandmothers, best friends since high school.  How neat that they get to share grandbabies now.  Jonah has mom's one cheek dimple and my mother in law's long lashes.
I wanted to make a fun kids table so I played white craft paper down as a tablecloth and set out wooden toolboxes full of colored pencils, chalk and crayons for them to draw on.  I loved seeing their art when the party was over.  We also set up a badminton game for guests to play, seemed like a classic picnic kinda activity! 
Singing happy birthday is always the best part.  Watching his face light up as everyone circles around him to sing, and when he saw his smash cake his eyes are fixed on it!  It was too windy for our candle to stay lit so he just went straight in for the blueberries, trying to finish them off before he even tasted the cake! 

When the party was over I realized I had been so busy I hadn't had a photo with my birthday boy and niether had my husband.  I want him to look back and see us at his party when he's bigger, so we took a few snapshots together and I am so glad we did! 
The good thing about a spring party is the abundance of wild flowers everywhere!  We pulled off on the side of the road by moms house and grabbed a big handful to use for the tables and a few for the cake.
These simple cherry and blueberry pies were a so easy and such a big hit wish a school of vanilla ice-cream. I just searched pinterest for easy recipes! 
A full tummy and nice breeze was a perfect opportunity for a nap towards the end of his picnic.  I have to find a place to hang this swing at our house so he can enjoy it some more!  We got it for a limited special price on Amazon and I'm glad we had good timing!

I loved how his party turned out, I loved having all of our loved ones together, and I loved celebrating our first year with Jonah, and his happy spirit he has brought to our home, and to the world.

Swing-Mission Hammocks via Amazon
Khaki Tablecloth via Amazon 
Invitation by Cassidy Compton
Picnic Menu by Susan Branch via Pinterest
Cake by Louvette Ogelsby
Serveware from Lesa Manzella
Sunbonnet c/o RainPeople

Feb 26, 2017


My sweetheart, the love of my life, the most beautiful guy on the planet in my humble opinion, he literally deserves a present every day.  He isn't perfect, but when I think about it, yea he kind of is.  And maybe it is good that I am writing such a lovey dove post after a Sunday at which he woke up before me, got dressed and then got the boys dressed for church, got them breakfast, did the dishes, finally woke me up to get dressed and then got the baby ready and all of the kids in the car, yea thats a lot for just the morning but it doesn't end there.  He did a few loads of laundry, folded everything and put it away, did the dishes again, picked up clutter again, got the boys showered and off to bed all while I held Jonah, fed him, and played with him, because he refused to nap and hadn't slept good the past few nights and I was so tired, and he is leaving for Dallas this week and he is trying to make things easy on me while he is here.  Again, I say, no he's not perfect, but at the moment I can't remember why.

Gift giving is one of my favorite love languages, although I am not always the best at it.  I got him cologne for the first time this year, Chanel Blue.  I really don't think I could afford the collectors editions comic books he wants, or a pinball machine for that matter, and I guess I am not as bad as picking out ties as I thought I was since, since he wears them more than any others, but I think for a guy, you can't really go wrong with a beautiful watch.  He deserves all the watches, and this one from JORD Wooden Watches is such a unique addition to his growing collection, and since he travels so much, I really love that when he puts on his watch in the morning, or takes it off at night, he will think of me.

I got him the Olive and Acacia wooden watch, because I loved the classic design and how the black metal face contrasted with the wood.  It's woodsy and charming, and I love the idea of paring it with cozy cardigans and sweaters for the winter.  It really warms up an outfit and its masculine in an earthy way.  He really loves it, and paired with his Chanel Bleu and Chris Pine status head of hair, I've got heart eyes for days lately. 

Thank you JORD for this beautiful gift that we will cherish.  And the good news is, I have a giveaway going on and you can win one of these beauties too.  Just follow the link below to enter! The giveaway will end 3/5!

Luxury Wooden Watch