Thursday, September 27, 2012

They change so fast.

Sometimes it's easy to forget just how much changes in a year.  Especially when it comes to babies/children and how quickly they grow. 
Blessed by this boy every.single.day.
 
I know I'm bias, but he is adorable.  And it's already helping him get away with things.  For example, all the biting he's been doing lately.  It's official...he is the class biter.  His sweet teachers make excuses for him...trying to blame it on teething, etc.  Nope.  He's just a biter.  And no one is exempt....me, Keith, poor Saw, other babies, teachers, etc.  He's got us all.  And I felt like it would be an injustice to my memory books to not record this.  He'll grow out of it, right?!  Hopefully, soon!
 
Picture idea totally inspired by Pinterest.  What did we do before this website?!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

a few pictures from our weekend

We had a great weekend.  The kind that feels productive and restful all at the same time.  We cleaned house, grilled out, played outside, got haircuts (boys), watched football and played and played.  The boys were so much fun this weekend...I just couldn't get enough of them!
 
This pic is courtesy of Sawyer who now prefers to be behind the camera...not too bad for a 2 year old!
And this pic was before I trimmed Graham's hair...slightly out of control...

Our little tigers....we all cheered our hardest for our Auburn Tigers but came away with another loss.  But we were very proud of how our team played.

We've put a lot of miles on these tires...

We snapped some pictures before church Sunday morning...the boys looked so precious.  My friend, Whit, made them these outfits and I'm in love with them!






Friday, September 21, 2012

Thankful for these days...

"A happy heart makes the face cheerful"
Proverbs 15:13















Wednesday, September 19, 2012

good....enough

I had a rough morning yesterday.  Nothing too terrible...just one of those days where parenting is really hard.  But already today it's forgotten about.  And I almost decided not to write about it but I want to remember.  I need to remember.  I'm not a complainer by nature...much more of a glass half full, it could always be worse, kind of girl.  But yesterday morning was tough and those feelings were legit.  After dropping the boys off at daycare the tears started flowing (thanks to my mom for talking me through it).  I was just feeling so blah....like I'm just going through the motions and not doing anything great....just good... a good mother, a good wife, a good employee, a good sister/daughter/friend, etc. And I want to be great.   And I know that I am...at least trying my best.  My head knows that but my heart sometimes just gets overwhelmed.  The guilt....ahhhh.....

Graham is such a momma's boy.  Like slightly obsessive.  And I love it.  I really, really do.  But I also can't physically hold him every second we are together.  I mean I have to get dressed and go to the bathroom and oh yeah, tend to a 2 year old.  And I hate sitting him down and having him cry.  And after an extended period of crying my head is spinning and I feel frustrated and then I feel guilty for getting frustrated because he's only 1 and he just wants his mommy, etc., etc.  And repeat.  That's the cycle.  And that 2 year old has his own set of troubles.  Sweet as sugar one minute and complete opposite the next - like he will yell at us, spit at us, etc. And disciplining is tough.  I don't just want good behavior or good kids...I want their hearts!

But I know it's a season.  I know it will pass.  But then we'll be in an new season with a new different type of hard.  Because that is what parenting is. Constantly growing, learning, trying harder to be better.  And just loving our babies as best we can....and that is good enough....heck, it makes us great!
 
 
But through it all...tears or smiles....I know I am so, so blessed.
Full lap = full heart!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

C'mon fall...

We have a big tree in our front yard that produces the best acorns....perfect for some fall decorating.  Well, we had a good storm a week or so ago and so there were already lots on the ground.  And you have to get them while the getting is good -- we missed the boat a little last year.  So, even though it was 80 degrees and the boys are totally in summer outfits, we headed out front with our buckets to gather some acorns.  Screams fall, right?!  Is it too early for fall decorating or better yet, boots?  I'm dying to start wearing boots....I'm pulling them on as soon as we go a few consecutive days out of the 90's!
 
I digress....As exepted Sawyer had a blast gathering acorns and filling his little bucket to the brim.  Can I just say that I think 2.5 years may be my favorite age.  I seriously LOVE it.  Sawyer is so much fun, says the cutest things ever and I never get tired of hanging out with him!
 
And Graham is still in that total exploration/everything is still so new phase. And I am ready for him to start walking. He's thisclose. Taking lots of steps but will stop after a few and sit down. I think he's lacking a little confidence. We'll get there. I just think he and Sawyer will really start having fun and really playing together once Graham can walk/run with him.
 
It was a fun way to spend some time outside after dinner.
 










The sweet little hands slay me!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Summer list

Since summer is officially over I thought I should wrap up this years summer list.  Lot of X's on there...only 3 things left undone.  Oh well, there's always next year!  But we had lots of fun this summer with all we did!

Really starting to feel like fall since college football is back in full swing.  My new burlap football wreath that I made during our craft night on our visit home.  Now if only we could get some cooler temps!

And in other totally random news, we painted our kitchen last weekend.  I love it.  It feels so much bigger and lighter and happier!  Although, Keith was very reluctant to paint it, I think he likes it.  And I really appreciate all his hard work!  I kept waiting to take the pic on a day/time when the kitchen was neat and there wasn't a messed up dish towel, something cooking, etc. and then I realized that time would never come so I just snapped one.

I didn't take a before picture because I would have bet my life I had one to use and this is the best I could find.  Please ignore all the junk.

Nice and bright. :)  And I'm wanting to order some canvas' for the walls....eventually.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday {Picture for Popsy}

We took this picture for my Dad as a birthday gift back in July.  I just realized I never posted it and it's too cute not to share!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Graham's first birthday party {orange & aqua "one year old in a flash"}

I'm really excited to share pictures from Graham's first birthday party.  I LOVE planning parties and first birthdays are so special.  And I'm sure some people will think I went way overboard but it's fun for me.  I'm sure all the details stress some people out but not me.  I'm totally type A anyway and I've been making things for about 2 months since I pretty much made everything below (decorations, outfits, cake, etc).  Although, planning the party from 600 miles away does make it a little more challenging - packed an entire suitcase of just birthday stuff.  And, yes, I know he won't remember any of this but I will and that's enough for me. 

Big, huge thanks to my Mom.  I know she is glad it's over and she doesn't have to hear my daily 100 questions or get my emails with a mile long to do list.  I couldn't have pulled this off without her help.  And the help of my sister and Sarah who pitched in and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning the night before setting everything up.  My brother and Blake even pitched in!  And huge thanks to Sister and Blake for letting us have the party at their beautiful home!  It worked out perfectly.  I think I owe them a maid service.  And my Aunt Kakai for printing all the pictures for me.  She saved me lots of $.  And my dad and Kathy for picking up some goodies the day of the party.  The list could go on....lots of people love Graham and were very eager to help.

And finally to my friend, Haley, for photographing the party.  It was nice to be able to enjoy it and not have to worry about capturing all the little moments.  She just put lots of pics on her blog so be sure to check them out!  And I'll probably share more here once I get the CD.

So, like everyone planning a party these days, I scoured pinterest for ideas.  And Graham's party was sort of a culmination of several ideas that I liked...
"one year old in a flash" - centered around pictures - had lots of pictures displayed, including the huge photo backdrop behind the food table, the photo booth, and the favors were a little clicking camera and a pair of funny glasses.  But I also loved the color scheme of "aqua and orange" so I wanted to use lots of fabrics and make it really colorful and playful. 

Below are just a few pictures that I took before the party started.  I didn't worry too much about taking that many since I knew Haley would do a great job.

Drink table

Graham's throne highchair


Of course there is football on the tv -- it was opening weekend.


This was the backdrop above the food table.  

Decided to try my hand at a little cake baking/decorating.  Hmm...the jury is still out on if I would do this again.  I love how it turned out but it was a tad stressful (I forgot to butter the pans for the second batch.  Big mistake.  We managed to save it.) and took quite a while.  But I like that it was homemade and very yummy and it did save me some money, which is always good.


photo booth props.

My mom made the photo booth backdrop for me - crepe paper.  Turned out SO cute!


Favors

It's true...I love him.  A LOT.

And below was the party entertainment.  I've had the best time looking back through these photo booth pictures. Seriously, cracking me up!  It was so much fun!




By this time the party was way over....but we couldn't pass up a photo booth opportunity!


I loved how everything turned out.  I had the best time planning, crafting, creating, etc..  But, I'm not gonna lie....a small part of me is glad it's over.  First birthdays are exhausting. :)