Tuesday, July 17, 2012

matchy matchy sunday

I am a huge fan of matchy matchy, it looks great in photos, it's bonding, it's silly, it's something you can only get away with occasionally, people secretly wish they were brave (crazy) enough to do it, I mean, what's not to love?

We are heading to WI this weekend...a memorial for my dad (he died a year ago today actually) and a birthday celebration for my mom.  So we did a little matchy matchy shopping to get ready.  I couldn't help but put some of the clothes on the boys this past sunday...and after church and eating out for lunch, everyone still looked decent (no major food spills, miracle!)...so I asked Lance if we could stop off and take a few pics by the river.  I am always on the hunt for a good family photo that is current.


low and behold!  we actually got a nice family pic.  thanks to a lady who was down by the river taking photos who offered to take one for us.  funny how when I try to orchestrate a perfect pic, it never works...but hand my camera to a stranger at the park and vwala!


there is a really fun hill in that park, it makes for great pictures of green grass and blue sky with no distractions...I caught a great pic of Lance and the boys relaxing after the climb...I hadn't quite made it to the top yet...I was in flip flops :)


it's always a bonus if there are train tracks involved...Judah is obsessed with all things train!


The General Jackson went by twice...it was very exciting for little boys!


There she is again!  Free entertainment right in the heart of the city (with a nice pic of the bat man building in the back!)

A lot of times people say "oh your family is so picture perfect" and I roll my eyes and groan cause I seriously took 500 photos to get 10 good ones...and I happen to know that Lance and I bickered for 10 min earlier in the day and the kids melted down and I yelled...but this particular day, it was actually quite a picture perfect day...no fighting, happy kids and a great day for Matchy Matchy.  Love when the pictures match up with the day...that is a real Matchy Matchy moment!

reader check in

okay folks. I always go through spurts where I wonder if I'm talking to myself (aka crazy!) or if anyone's listening (aka reading).

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

Gettin' all crafty up in here!

My house has a few rather large empty walls that I think look silly when you put lots of tiny things on them...
so I just leave them blank in the hopes of finding something dramatic to fill them some day.  

I'm going to tell you all about how I filled one of my walls, but you are also going to get a glimpse into my normal life...
not my "prettied up for a blog" life. ha ;)

We went to the fairgrounds for the monthly Flea Market here in Nashville and I found this HUGE
 picture frame, they wanted 20$ but I only had 15$ with me...they let me have it for that.  Score!

I didn't exactly know what I wanted to do with it, so it hung like this on the wall for a long time until inspiration hit 
(hello pinterest, how are you today?)


(diaper changing station! kinda messy, but at least no dirty diapers laying around...)

Off to JoAnne Fabric I went when my MIL was in town,
she loves it there and is always so helpful when it comes to all things fabric related.


My darling husband took this stealthy shot of us doing our shopping...
I bought cork board to cover the space and a pretty fabric to cover the cork board.

(paradon my post partum big looking belly...it's taking some real effort to shrink this 2nd time around...sigh...)


My MIL and my DH both helped me make it happen.  It was a fun afternoon nap activity...I think we all would have rather been napping, but the kids had that privilege this particular day, not us...so crafting it was!

I left it hanging on the wall in its simplest form for ages.  I knew I wanted to find some cute push pins and I wanted to somehow put photos on it for display...but I didn't know how I was going to go about it.  I finally figured out that there were no push pins I really liked all that well that I wanted to pay the prices people were asking...so I decided I would Do it Myself! woot!

Did I mention I own a hot glue gun now?  yup.  I caved in and bought it a while back for a diaper cake project I did.  Well, I pulled that bad boy out of my hot glue gun purse and went to town! 
(yes, I store it in a purse, it works people)


I found some cute embellishments at Michaels as well as some simple push pins and vwala!
Oh yes, and I had a bag of buttons I bought a bazillion years ago (roughly 4).


I only burned my fingers a couple times...and I didn't poke myself even once...I was worried.


It really didn't take much time or effort.  


I like how they turned out.




I also bought a mat...it's a 5x7 but I put a 4x6 picture of my boys I really like in it,
this way the background fabric still showed through which I liked.


all finished!  and ready to add more photos when I find/take/print some I like...


And here is the end result.  I really like it.  I look forward to adding to it and it will also be easy to switch the pictures out which is fun.  And I suppose, I don't even have to just put pictures up, the sky's the limit! so long as a push pin will hold it up :)

(sorry, but this time there is in fact, a dirty diaper in the picture. real life folks.)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wylde Baby Jail

So Lucas Wylde...he's been army crawling since 5 months, full on crawling from a couple weeks after that...and cruising since 6 months.  His "thing" now at 7 months?  climbing.  yup. he climbs up on stools and shelves and anything he can climb.  It's awesome. ha ;)

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

a pretty way to display

Typically if I go on Pinterest, it is to find something.  I rarely browse or get sucked in to pinning just to pin.  Like Judah's birthday, I wanted ideas...so I went to Pinterest.  Like the baby shower I hosted for a friend, I wanted ideas...so I went to Pinterest.  I usually find the simplest ideas with the biggest impact.  That way I don't have to become a DIY girl (we all know how I feel about that) and I am not frustrated by some illusive pinterest standard that I can't live up to (nor can anyone).
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.


Little glass bottles with cork tops, roll a photo to fit inside, unroll it just so and vwala!  A pretty little display of your photos.


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?

Little Library adventure

Last weekend, Lance and I and the boys went Yard Sale-ing in East Nashville.  It's one of our saturday activities we like to do when Lance is home. We find all sorts of treasures and junk and it's cheap and fun.  Well, this particular week we were cutting through a neighborhood to get to a sale when I noticed something interesting on the side of the road...but we passed it by so quickly I didn't get to investigate.  It was like a huge mailbox or something like that, I wasn't sure.
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!


I had my contribution ready to go!


We drove up and there she was!  Just what I remembered seeing, 
only now I was seeing with understanding.


This little library was also offering free plants and herbs.  If only I had a green thumb.


I was excited to open it up and see what treasures were inside!


Most of the books offered were older books, there were some kids
 books and lots of Highlights magazines.


I added my books to the selection and we picked out several books and 
some Highlights magazines I thought Judah would enjoy.
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!


Judah and Lucas were looking at me like I was a little bit crazy parked on the 
side of a road trading books from a big old house on stilts.  haha.


Such a great idea.


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

Oh what a night!

I know, I know.  I said we weren't going to do fireworks without Lance...but that was before both of my children refused to sleep and all of a sudden it was super late at night and well.  The rest is history as they say.

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.

Fireworks Take 1!!!


Fireworks Take 2!!!


We parked really wonky in a free lot and several other people came in after us and parked even wonkier...the whole time we were sitting in the park I was stressing about my car. (remember the po-po anxiety of my previous post?  well, wonky parking brings on the same anxiety...I don't like to break rules!)
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 ;)

Oh what a night!



You know that thing parents do when they don't want their kids to know what they are talking about?

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"

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sparkle and Shine!

We all know how crazy hot it's been pretty much everywhere recently.  Well, with things being so hot and dried out, they banned fireworks here :(

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).


Love Lucas's shining eyes as he takes in the sights.

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!

Sophie 2.0

When Judah was a baby, his auntie Barb got him a gift that we didn't appreciate appropriately until all of a sudden our sweet baby boy started teething...and then it became our #1 favorite toy/teether baby friend and we were blessing Barb's name ;)

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.

Always On My Mind

Welcome to my blog.  I am glad you stopped by!  I choose to write my thoughts and share the joys of my life in this forum.  I hope you will read and say hi when you can!  Blessings!
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wing. Only one thing endures and that is character. 
~Horace Greeley