26 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

My friend Jen was SO sweet and took some family pictures for us today and I am pretty excited about having an updated picture or two for this year's Christmas card! So, I thought I would share a few sneak peeks with the blogworld!

 Look at our two little turkeys in the background, ha ha!
"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1
Happy Thanksgiving!

25 November 2014

Tuesday Random Picture

So, I originally titled this post Wacky Wednesday! Then, while I was brushing my teeth, I realized it is only Tuesday. Oops, ha ha :)
While looking through an overwhelming number of pictures I wish had already made their way to the blog, I found this gem!
Kelly, sporting a nice little Christmas cardigan last year (his idea) when we took the kids to say hello to Santa Claus.
I am thankful for a fun loving husband, makes challenging times easier and fun times even better!

06 November 2014

Levi's Nursery

Well, my baby is over 2 years old, he isn't even in the same room anymore, but still someday I know I will want to look back! 
First, would you believe me if I told you that back in the Spring/Summer of 2012, chevron print was difficult to find?
No joke, now you can buy a chevron printed toothbrush, but that was all the rage starting Fall of 2012. Trust me, I searched high and low! A few weeks before Levi was born, Pottery Barn came out with some chevron striped crib bedding, so I jumped on the personalized pillow. I still haven't gotten around to actually buying the pillow, when I ordered it my prego brain confirmed and reconfirmed that I was ordering a pillow, not a sham, you can imagine how surprised I was to open just a sham. It starts as a pregnancy brain, then a baby brain, maybe a momma brain and well, now it's just my brain. 
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Walking into his room:
 I had planned on putting some pictures or some sayings in the frames, but I ended up liking the plain yellow and my custom painting, ha ha!
 Changing table/dresser and some cute and practical shelves.


 The changing table came from Walmart, we just stained new knobs and bought baskets from Fred Meyer and Home Goods. 
The curtains are actually shower curtains from West Elm. 
Next to the tree it says Jeremiah 17:7-8
"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water 
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

 Rocking chair from Babies R Us and ottoman from Target. Pillow from Etsy, although now you could find it anywhere!

 Pottery Barn pillow SHAM, not to be confused with pillow, and an adorable tag ball made by my friend Melissa. 
 Prints from Etsy. 
 Ikea spice rack bookshelves and a tiny Levi toddling into his room :)

I absolutely loved his room. It was so cozy and practical and super fun to put together. Georgiana would tell people, we worked so hard on his room! She was such a sweetheart helping us hang things, assemble furniture and provide a lot of suggestions with where things should go. Levi's room is now a little bigger and closer to Georgiana. He sleeps in a big boy bed and has a big boy dresser. His rocking chair is in our room, hard to believe the baby season passed so quickly. I spent A LOT of nights in that rocking chair. So many memories. 

Enjoying Fall!

I forgot to press publish, and this post was lost in the drafts for nearly a month!
Just some phone pictures from earlier in October.
The kids were being silly and cute and said "take a picture and send it to daddy!"
Georgiana again said "take a picture, I'm hiding in toilets!" 
We were toilet shopping and I am very happy to announce that we once again have a downstairs bathroom!!
Kelly had some bike training to do in Anacortes, so we headed up mid-week to join him. He sent me a text to tell me that he and the other police officers were going to be practicing falling. I had two sleeping babies in the car, so I thought why not drive over and inconspicuously watch! Well, Kelly apparently forgot what inconspicuously meant and as soon as Georgiana woke up, he flagged us down and waved us over. Next thing I knew, the head instructor was bringing the kids and I up close to watch the action. I wanted to crawl away, but I couldn't escape. We were right smack dab in the middle of the class. People often confuse not having stage fright with wanting to be the center of attention. I did not enjoy the attention, Kelly knew it and found great humor in it all. :) The kids loved it, Georgiana is convinced that she was helping instruct the class, so all in all I will not complain any further. 
Yep, that's me being a supportive cheerleader wife. Lovely.
Poor Levi started not feeling well on our last day, he just crawled into Kelly's arms an fell fast asleep. He ended up having an ear infection, but thankfully it passed on it's own and he didn't have to have any antibiotics! Praise the Lord!
Another highlight of the trip was watching deer play at our hotel. The kids absolutely loved checking out the wildlife, it really is the simple things!
If you look closely, you can see Georgiana and Kelly waving from the beach. Levi had fallen asleep again, so I was hanging out in the car while Kelly and Georgiana explored. 
Kelly sent me this picture, her cuteness just knocks me over. Her adorable personality matches her cute little posture. Love my little dolly! Even when she is stubborn and refusing to sleep anywhere but right next to me. She is snoring right now, Kelly is working and she told me "I don't want you to be lonely momma." Seriously, how am I supposed to be strict and not melt over that...
Levi woke up!

Georgiana's pumpkin patch field trip!






"4 because I'm 4!"
Meet "Baby Ivan." Remember "My Buddy," like Kid Sister and My Buddy and me… Whatever happened to those dolls? I would have totally bought a My Buddy for Levi. Kelly is much more relaxed about Levi packing a doll around now that Ivan is dressed in his boy clothes. Oh, and Levi named him, ha ha!

While Kelly went hunting, we headed to the pumpkin patch with my Aunt Michelle and Grandma. 
The kids had a blast!

Levi was in awe of the huge truck, he was watching it's every move!
I'm off to bed, I am still hopeful that someday I will be all caught up on my blog. I said farewell (again) to Facebook today, so maybe those few extra minutes will free up time to blog, but we shall see… 

08 October 2014

Little Farm at Windwater

These pictures uploaded in an order all their own, but at least they made it to the blog!
Back in June, we celebrated Georgiana's 4th friend birthday party at the Little Farm at Windwater in Auburn, WA. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the owners (Farmer Bob and Farmer Linda), they were amazing and so easy to work with. The price was less than I would have ever guessed, and I am guessing that we will have a little cowboy party there somewhere in the future. 
We didn't have quite enough time to open gifts at the farm, so we continued the celebration at home. Yes, that would be a pink bb gun. Hence the pink ear protection in the previous post. It's locked in a safe and she takes the ownership of this "work tool" very seriously. I never thought I would think bb gun and adorable in the same sentence, but just look at her:
 As I mentioned, the pictures uploaded in a random way, but I am just happy to have them included in my online scrapbook. Here is Georgiana with her best ballet buddy, Keira. There was a playhouse that the kids loved to explore and hang out in. 
 My only regret was not taking a picture of all the kiddos, or at least trying! There were about 30 or so little ones running around and having a blast! When guests first arrived, there were carrots and bread and other food set out to feed all sorts of animals. They had everything from a giant hog to baby peacocks. 
 Here's Levi with a beautiful peacock.
 Georgiana with some of her buddies. It was such a beautiful day, we were so thankful for great weather!
 Lots of smiles :)
 Bubbles and games and lots of space to run and play!

 The Birthday Girl!!

 We served snacks and cupcakes. Watermelon cups, raisins, carrots and hummus, pirates booty, fish crackers and go gurts. I tried to think of snacks that the little ones would actually eat. Those all seemed to be a success! I used self sealing clear bags for the carrots and fish, I loved how crisp and cute they looked and how easy it was to just grab a snack and not reach into a germy chip bowl :)
 I ended up baking the cupcakes, only because every single grocery store was booked up days in advance and could not take an additional order! It was crazy, but I have forever learned that Georgiana's birthday weekend falls right around graduation season. FIVE times I heard "it's graduation weekend, we are booked!"
 The favors were bubbles with a thank you tag/ribbon and burlap sacks filled with saltwater taffy. Costco has a huge bag of taffy at a great price!
The bubbles came from Fred Meyer, I happened to get them on a buy one get one free deal, making them each only $.50. The burlap sacks came from Hobby Lobby in the wedding section, also 50% off and the ribbon and paper came from their too. I have learned that everything at Hobby Lobby is on a revolving 50% off schedule. I had to pay full price for the ribbon, I contemplated making a second trip out to get the ribbon on sale too, but then Kelly reminded me that that was a little silly. Gas, time, life, those are all factors to consider.

 My aunt Michelle and grandma came to help and I was SO thankful for the extra hands and eyes! 
 A lot of excitement!


 Holding bunnies swaddled up like babies. There was an entire room in the barn that looked almost like a bunny nursery. So sweet. 
 Levi, contemplating attacking the farm cat! 
Don't worry, no animals were harmed.
 Such a beautiful place for a party!
 The search for a birthday venue all began when Georgiana came up with the idea that she really wanted to ride a horse at her party. I looked into having ponies brought to her party, but that was almost triple what it cost to have her party at the farm. It was really a no brainer! I am so thankful that another mom shared this barn tip with me, I would have otherwise never known about it. They even do parties in the fall and winter, they have indoor seating in the heated barn, that's what I hear at least. 
 Each child got to take a pony ride, Georgiana grew quickly attached to Blue. 



 Precious little Levi in his green frog clothes.
 Farmer Bob and the birthday girl.




 Fun with friends!
 Two happy and very tired kiddos!
 The table scape. 
 FOUR!
 Wonderful memories amidst a crazy time. 
Kelly was only a few weeks post surgery at the party and I was really coming down with laryngitis and bronchitis. June was a lot of highs and lows, I am just thankful we all felt well enough to really enjoy the party!