Monday, October 12, 2015

Backyard Family Wedding.

I grew up with lots of cousins. The newest one was born just 1 year ago.
That makes for lots of birthdays and weddings.
My cousin Josie married her boyfriend of 19 YEARS! They started dating in middle school.
She has a ranch and did a great job of hosting a beautiful backyard wedding.
It was also one of my favorite weddings because ALL of the family was involved in some way.

All these decorations were DIYs. My mom made the door decor.

My uncle is a contractor and got these HUGE cable spools for tables.

She built these boxes from paint stirrers :)
 She put pictures on the trees. These were their prom pictures and such.
 One of her nephews who is in high school built the cross for them.

 Her other nephew and his girlfriend played the music and did an awesome job!

 Some of the girl cousins from the day.
 Kisses for Great Grandma Reyna.

My sister was the Maid of Honor and did so many projects! Her dad and nephews built the dance floor. Her brother in law did all the cooking. Her sister baked the cake. My cousin made her bouquet.
All a labor of love for the Bride and Groom.

Reyna loved the dance floor and couldn't stay off of it!

So grateful for nice weather and a beautiful reason to celebrate.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

17 months.

There is no rhyme or reason to posting these monthly updates. 
When I remember and if she is willing, we snap a few photos. 

Here is what 17 months looks like. 

Life involves:
pretzels - napping on a mat - strawberries - my little red wagon - play house - elmo - visiting Tia Mae on my phone - puzzles - singing Twinkle Twinkle - repeating EVERYTHING - jumping - slides - making horse noises - walking my balance beam - grandparents - pretend feeding my stuffed animals - spreading the blanket out perfectly - brushing my teeth 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our Little Blue House.

We decided to repaint our house.
I thought the hardest part was choosing the color.
I was wrong. It takes a lot of time, manpower and patience to paint.
We had help all the way from Iowa! We used a spray gun and that was the fastest part. I went to work at 8:00am and by the time I got back at noon, it was done!
"All we need is the trim."
Well, that took 5-6 hours.
See that green part at the top? We wondered how we were gonna get up there... 
(I spy baby)
 This is how.
 Everyone worked on the trim. Luckily Baby went down for a decent nap and I was able to pitch in a tiny bit.
 When she was awake, she spent a lot of time supervising...
 The chimney was the hardest part.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Baking with Baby.

I always dreamed of baking with my kids.
 I imagined that Sunday nights would be dedicated to baking goodies for the week. I imagined that we would pick out a recipe and we'd be excited to try a new recipe. 
Well, I thought I would give it a go. She seems a little but young but her curiosity is so big!
 I set up a chair and we went at it. 

I opened the bags and let her pour it in. 
Then I measured out the water and let her pour it in. Etc..
She did not want to hold the mixer but laughed at seeing it spin. 
Then I let her put the liners in the pans. 
I showed her that I was 
going to fill them and let her point to the one she wanted filled. She was so cute, taking her time to pick one. 
This is her trying to decide which one to fill next. 

I would fill the one she picked and asked which was next. The process was much longer than would normally be but we were not rushed for time..
 Look how fun she thought this was. LOL.

 Then she got a lesson in patience. 
(The stove does not get hot outside and its locked, in case you were worried ;))

  This is how I feel too!
(she was whispering "cakes")
 We waited until they cooled and I iced them. 
Then....the sprinkles!
I put a few cupcakes in a bowl to catch the sprinkles and let her grab sprinkles and throw them on!

This picture makes it seem like it was nice and clean. 
It was not.
This is where it got a little out of control! 
Who doesn't get excited about sprinkles, though!

 Reaping the benefits of her hard work! 
And her first cupcake mustache!

 Overall, it was just as I imagined. 
We also practiced counting, colors, and of course, patience!
I hope she enjoys it as the years go by. I'll have to look for healthier recipes if this is gonna be a regular deal but this was literally a dream come true!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Better Weather.

We are so grateful for changing weather.
We are in the 80s most mornings and afternoons.
This means a lot of outdoor time. We are slowly creating a play place. We found this sandbox for $5 at a garage sale. She likes it okay. She keeps saying, "Mess!"
 So....I don't know where to go from there.


 She is brave enough to start exploring the backyard. She spends a lot of time just walking around.
She has mastered the steps and is VERY proud!
She also enjoys the rocks. Throwing. Gathering. Pouring.
  We play peek-a-boo, which she calls "See you!"
We also ride around in her wagon and play in her house.
I'm so glad for the beginning of Fall!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend.

With a long weekend, I wanted to something but with Neil holed up studying so hard, we really couldnt make it far. Reyna and I decided to take a random IKEA trip to fix up our toys!

We got there too early. It doesn't open until 10 so we got  her first all fruit and vegetable, no sugar added, smoothie. She liked it!
then we spent some time waiting around and playing at the outlets mall. 

 Look at that grin. She looks like her Papa.

We did our usual Sunday adventures.
Monday we headed out to the park pretty early to avoid the heat. 
This is a BIG playground and she managed just fine. She mastered the slide by herself and can climb up the stairs and rock wall.  We spent a good hour there and then headed to Magnolia Market for birthday goodies for Grandma ;)

 We napped hard that afternoon and I guess she wasn't done running.
Good form, girl!

We managed to stay busy and happy. We have so many projects coming up and lots of guests in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Keep my eyes above the waves.

This is how our first week back at work felt:

Slow breathing: 11x14" Archival Print - Signed

Three feet below: 11x14" Archival Print - Signed
(these are paintings by SamanthaFrench. She has an Etsy store and one day I will buy that first one!)

Like I was just keeping my head above water.
Then, I heard it. We hear it most Sundays but this time it was different.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine  

Think about the struggle and the fear of having no where to stand. How desperate it feels to need to find breath. Imagine those pictures from the opposite angle. With eyes just above the water. Then add the waves of everyday life. Well, my answer is still, and always has been, in faith.

It helps to know that this week will be less hectic but even not knowing, I hope my trust will be without borders. My "issues" , "struggles" are nothing in comparison to the heartbreak occurring in the world but by meeting my conflicts with faith, I hope I will be better prepared to tackle the big things. 

I hope your week is one of trust.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The end of summer.

Summer is officially over.
It was more beautiful than I ever expected. In so many ways.
So many memories made with the family. So many milestones for the little one. When summer started she was just walking! Now shes dancing and chasing her pups! I do admit, I was too busy to write about all the fun we had, but I'm okay with that. I counted. We (Reyna and I) had exactly 100 days of summer. Tomorrow I go back to work and I know she will have a bit of trouble going back to daycare but in the past couple of days, I realized that I am too! No one ever told me that separation anxiety goes both ways!!!

 Some lost pictures of summer.

 Good bye summer.