Tuesday, July 17, 2012
So do me a favor, if you are reading this, would you leave a comment telling me what you are doing right now? (besides the obvious...because of course if you are reading this, then you are reading this...rocket science I know)
For example, as I am writing this, I am in my bedroom listening to the baby monitor wondering if Lucas will actually nap or not...and hearing naughty footsteps coming from upstairs where Judah is supposed to be in his bed not walking around. Oh yes, and I'm eating Raisinets.
And if you are lurking and have never said hi...now's the time! I'd love to know you :)
alright...off to investigate my anti-napping children...
Friday, July 13, 2012
she loves it there and is always so helpful when it comes to all things fabric related.
I bought cork board to cover the space and a pretty fabric to cover the cork board.
this way the background fabric still showed through which I liked.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
For such a mobile little man, we've had to put the baby gates up pretty quick. I caught him going up the stairs before he was even 6 months...gave me a heart attack.
Judah spends gobs of time out on our front porch playing...especially on rainy days or days we don't go anywhere. So my husband helped create the ultimate "baby jail" as we like to call it, so Lucas can play too.
We found this really old portable play pin crib type thing at a yard sale and repurposed it...Lance took two of the sides and put them together to make an extra long gate that covered the entire entry way. It slides in and out from the top. We have to take it down for the mailman or if people are coming over, but it's quite handy for play time on the porch.
The boys spent almost 3 hrs out their today while I was in the house watching the Bachelorette and doing things in the kitchen. It was awesome. ha. We had to do major bath time after cause they were both black from being dirty, but they were so happy. It even rained while they were out there. It was great. Everyone was happy!
Look at all the teefers! He got #5 this week and I can see #6 is about to break through.
He likes baby jail...it actually affords him tons of freedom!
Friday, July 06, 2012
Anyhoooo...all that to say, I actually ran across a really sweet idea for framing photos. I am always looking for ways to display some of the bazillion photos we take around here. This idea, I did find on pinterest while I was searching for something else. I kept thinking about it later on...which I knew meant I needed to pursue it. I forget a lot of what I see on pinterest. (no offense creative people who pin) This idea just seemed to fit our style.
Phew! That was a wordy introduction...sorry folks.
During our yard sale adventures, I have been scouring people's junk to see if I can find more of these. So far, I have found 3. Although the tall decanter, I have not put a photo in and I might not, I'm not sure it would look as good if the photo got lost in the bottom and it would look a little too narrow for a tall picture...unless I find a perfect picture in which case I reserve the right to change my mind. But either way, the collection of glass and photos on our mantel is lovely and it is fun to hunt for the glass bottles too! win win people!
Feel free to steal this idea. I think it's pretty great. I believe in the original pin where I saw it, they suggested photo copying in B&W the pics you wanted to display (easier to roll up and more consistent in style)...but I like my color pics so I made up my own rules and style.
Do you have a fun and interesting way you display the photos you take?
So a few days later, my mom posts on her page a picture of a "Little Library" and it occurs to me, THIS IS WHAT I SAW!!! I was kind of excited. It became my mission to find it again.
Um. If you know me at all, you know I am lost. Always.
So finding this "Little Library" I thought I might have seen somewhere while we were yard sale-ing a week ago...well, not such an easy task.
Eventually it dawned on me that maybe I should google it. Perhaps google would lead me to it, because driving around looking for it was not working out well.
Low and behold, it's a "thing" people do! Here is a link to the website in case you want to search your neighborhood to see if you also have one you can visit.
Little Library Link
I realized that I had literally been a block away in my searches...go figure. So close, and yet...so lost.
So after naps today, I loaded the boys in the car and off we went on our Little Library adventure!
books and lots of Highlights magazines.
I think it's "Take a book, return a book"
but I thought it was "Take a book, leave a book" when I went.
I need to further investigate, in the meantime, I contributed anyhow!
Of course I instagramed it right away. Gotta share the love! and it's quite picturesque in my humble opinion.
I think that now that it's on my radar, I am going to try to get it on a few more people's radar and hopefully the book selection will improve. I plan to visit often! Such a great idea.
Maybe someday I will have my own Little Library.
Wouldn't that be grand!?!
If you are in East Nashville and want to visit, it's located at 1210 Howard Ave.
ETA: Looks like the theme of this Library is "Gardening, Cooking, Healthy Living, Feeding Mind and Body." So the things I contributed fit in perfectly. Glad for that! Wouldn't want to ruin the integrity of this sweet little library.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
We started the night out watching fireworks on TV...I really thought the kids would wear out and off to bed they would go...but alas...they would not...I think there was too much excitement in the air or something.
We stayed there talking to friends (we ran into neighbors and a fellow Moms club family) while we waited for things to start up...then once they started up I packed the boys up and back to the car we went. Makes no sense I know. But I told ya, I was stressing about my car. As it turns out, it was the best plan I could have laid...and I didn't even lay it, it just happened. Love when that happens.
We basically ended up sitting in our car on the front street where every one else was camped out watching the fire works...no one rushed us away and there were other cars doing the same thing...Judah was laughing and squealing and loving the fireworks from the safety of his car seat. And Lucas pretty much passed out and slept (finally!) through it all.
I was SO proud of myself as we scooted out of the neighborhood moments after the grand finale of fireworks and didn't get caught in any traffic.
It was a grand adventure! Judah was so happy and Lucas was passed out and that made me so happy ;)
Well, we rarely do it. In fact, we've only ever done it once really.
Lance to me "Do you want to take Judah s-w-i-m-m-i-n-g?"
Me to Lance "yes! that sounds fun! let's go s-w-i-m!"
Us to Judah "Let's go swimming Judah!"
Judah to us "I love m-n-j-s-y ing! It's fun!"
Now every time we go swimming, Judah pulls all sorts of random letters out of the air and says them in reference to our activity. We crack up every time.
Oh Summer, how I love thee, let me count the ways.
Sun kissed cheeks. Wet hair. Burning feet. Splashing. Toweling off. Bathing suits.
Smiles. Lifeguard whistles. Snack Shacks. The smell of Sunscreen. Summer Lovin'.
The essence of summer. Pool time.
And let's not forget Swim Breaks, they are such a bummer when you'd rather be "r-t-m-d-o ing"
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Oh how I wish I could break rules and not be completely freaked out the entire time. Ha.
We ran our sprinkler, prepared a bucket of water and did a few fireworks in our backyard with the boys. I was seriously afraid the police were going to come and give us the smack down. But I couldn't imagine Lucas having his first 4th of July with no sparklers...and Judah needed a celebration too. So we took our chances ;) It was fun (minus the po-po anxiety).
It would have totally been worth the 50$ fine if we'd been ticketed.
(although the "oldest child syndrome" in me would have been mortified)
Lance is off flying and will miss all of the local firework shows and I am not brave enough to take my two kids, alone, into crowds of people, after bed time, to watch super loud banging, booming pretty fireworks. Maybe if Judah didn't insist on plugging his ears for every noise, and maybe if Lucas didn't jump every time he heard a loud noise...I'd consider it...well, probably not...the first 4 reasons are enough to keep us home abiding by our bedtimes and baby schedules. I'll watch them on the evening news and that will be that.
So a few sparklers in the back yard was my consolation. And it was plenty for my boys.
I hope your 4th of July is full of fireworks and fun and family and food and all those other great things a nice holiday celebration brings.
God Bless America!
Lucas is now in the throws of teething as well and again, Sophie is beloved. Judah still plays with his Sophie so it was only appropriate that Lucas have his own.
Here they are together. The original Sophie and Sophie 2.0.
I was inspired by the movie Toy Story (cutest!) to write their names on the bottom of the feet. 4 feet, 3 initials and a heart. I know the boys could care less, but I find it to be the sweetest ever. Eh-ver. Yup. I'm sentimental like that. Plus most of our baby friends have their own Sophies and we don't like to swap spit if it can be helped.
Even today Lucas had Sophie's legs shoved in his mouth gumming away and squeaking away while we drove down the road. It actually does what it says it will do. You can read it here at the Sophie website if you are not familiar already.
Oh teething, how you bite. At least Sophie makes it kinda cute.
So Much to Love
I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love jessilynn.com. I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.