Tuesday, January 20, 2015

jett's transformer birthday party

Once again, one of my boys had to challenge me with their chosen birthday theme.
I am loving all things woodland, boho and rustic and this theme is such a sharp contrast.
But I love being pushed and challenged and ended up really digging this transformer theme.

This was hard to capture in photos but the drinks actually glowed!
Vitamin b + a black light for the win.

I had to capture this photo of Jett eating his cake considering for the past 12 MONTHS (literally)
he has reminded me over and over again that he didn't get a piece of his birthday cake last year
(he chose a cupcake instead) so I had to make sure to document it this year. :)

After treats we had a Just Dance glow party, RAVE if you will, and it was so. much. fun.

Happy Birthday Jetty!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

play kitchen reno

I've been wanting to give Jia a play kitchen for awhile now
and with her role play increasing and Christmas approaching
I thought it would be the perfect time.
There are tons of cute ideas on how to turn odd pieces of furniture
into play kitchens but that wasn't really the route I wanted to go.
And there are tons of gorgeous plans detailing how to build them from scratch
but there was no way we were going to have the time or money
to pull something like that off any time soon.
So I logged onto good ol' craigs list and found an excellent fixer-uper for $35.

Here's the ad photo and the before…
And the after…
The base is wood and I love the light color.
The top is white plastic and had the sink basin and stove burners
which cut down our work significantly.
My dad built the back wall (I love the bead board!) and shelf
and added the oven door (he even made sure to include a little oven rack!).
I painted everything, changed the knobs, and had my hubby add the faucet.
(Thanks to my mother-in-law for tracking it down on Christmas Eve!!)
I wanted a little kitchen print but couldn't quite find what I was looking for
so my mom and I whipped this one up.
It was so fun doing a custom print and I actually like it more than the ones I was going to buy!

Ikea has these adorable little cakes for $8. I couldn't pass them up.
I would've spent hours sewing all of these myself.

You know I had a blast "styling" her kitchen for these photos.
You also know that it NEVER looks like this when she's awake.
Which is the way it should be. ;)

We got the boys' gifts on craigslist as well.
Jaymin got a practically new, lime green iPod nano for $25 (!!)
and Jett got a Tony Hawk bike for $29.
Craigslist is my jam.
Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

granny lucy's birthday tea party

The first weekend in December Jeff's grandmother celebrated her 90TH BIRTHDAY.
Her mother lived to be 102 I think. They've got good genes.
Jeff, Jagger and I flew to New Mexico
to celebrate and so that I could help throw the big shindig.

I feel like this was the first time that I actually appreciated New Mexico's beauty and quirks.
And boy is it quirky. I mean, drive through Madrid and then call me.
The three things my husband misses the most…the mountains, blue skies and food.

12 years ago he took me home for the first time to meet his family. That is CRAZY ya'll.
We drove to Los Alamos to visit his grandparents and stopped at this overlook for a photo.

(look how curly my hair used to be!)


An afternoon tea, complete with coffee, tea, punch, cake, macaroons and tea sandwiches,
was how we celebrated the birthday girl.
That night, after the party, Lucy told my sister-in-law she couldn't sleep
because she was so excited about the day and there were so many happy thoughts
and details running through her mind.
Ummm…mission complete!!

During the party guests shared their favorite story or memory about Lucy
and I was blown away and brought to tears by so many of them.
Jeff's grandparents have left such a legacy in their wake -
they are known for opening up their home, giving away their time, money and resources,
loving, serving and encouraging others, being kind and generous, saying the hard things,
I could go on and on…
and the impact it has left on so many people's lives is truly inspiring.
I can only hope that someday Jeff and I are half the servants his grandparents were and are.

Jagger was spoiled rotten being an only child on this trip.
And he was way too cool to nap while we were there, making me wish I had left him at home,
but then I wouldn't have this sweet photo.
Yes, I repeat, Granny Lucy is NINETY.

Monday, October 27, 2014

wild at heart baby shower

Have you read the book Wild at Heart?
If not, stop reading this post right now and go order/download it.
Like immediately.
Like I'm not even kidding right now.
That book changed my life.
I grew up with a dad and allota brothers
then married a man and birthed even more boys.
Its no wonder I act like a man most of the time (minus the highlights and lipgloss).
ANYWAY, the book has been so enlightening to me and my husband
I decided to use it as the inspiration for my sister-in-law's baby shower.
(First of all, my little baby brother is having a little baby boy. What is happening in the world?!)

I put quotes from the book on the invite and around the party.

Bonfire cupcakes.

katie daisy print

My little party crashers.

I gifted Angie the book and pray her and my brother read it
in effort to gain a better understanding of how God designed men to be.
I could write a whole post about this (and maybe I will!).
Congrats Colby and Angie!! I so cannot wait to meet that sweet babe.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
- Frederick Douglas