Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pumpkin Patchin'

I don't know if Fall has always been my favorite time of the year, but recently, as I think more about it. I. LOVE. FALL.

Even in Florida, there is just this crispness is the morning air and this cool breeze that follows you around most of the day. The humidity is lower and even though we are back in school, life doesn't seem like it is moving as fast for just a moment before the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Hitting up the pumpkin patch is always a must on our to-do list in October, and this year has been the most fun of all now that Elijah is walking. Seriously, these boys are gonna give me a run for my money, but man do I LOVE watching them grow up and their little eyes light up with wonder when they experience something for the first time.

This year we headed over to Sweetfields Farm, and had just the sweetest afternoon of family time together. Including a hay ride behind a tractor and fresh made lemonade.

Happy Fall Ya'll!! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

You Are Loved

I ran into a situation a while back where I felt completely judged by another parent. Judged for something that seems so silly. For the fact that I was (still am) tired. I thought about writing an anonymous letter to said parent, but instead I wanted to take a moment to encourage and build up any other mamas or parents out there that are in the trenches with me.

I totally get that we all have different parenting styles. That is good! We all need to do what is best for our children and for our home. I also think that said parent, whose kids are now grown, may have blocked these little years from their memory, because let's face it. It's hard. But can we please stop judging one another for doing things a little differently than us? Why is it so hard for us as parents, nay, as human beings, to encourage and build each other up? Is it because we are all insecure and want to make ourselves feel better? Remember what your parents and grandparents told you, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." We call this the Golden Rule in my house.

Let's just all take a moment to realize that life is hard. That is a promise. But let's work together and remember that the Creator of the Universe is on our side. He is the ultimate example of love and grace and strength. He loves you (and me) and is cheering us on to be the best parents, and people, we were created to be.

God knit each of us, individually and specifically, in our mother's womb to be the unique person we are. He loves you! Do you know that? I know some days I need to remind myself of this simple truth. That I am a child of God and He loves me. He is on my side and He is right here with me through every struggle, as well as every victory.

To any other parents out there who are tired. I feel ya! I also know a day will come when these babies will be grown and we will get to rest once again. I think we just need to hold on tightly to each stage and each moment of life, because before we know it, it will be gone. Remember daily that you are never alone and you are loved!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Wild First Birthday

We had such a fun time celebrating Elijah's first birthday this past Sunday with family + friends. For some reason I always feel like the first birthday is a big deal, even though our kids will have no memory of the occasion (except through pictures). Gabriel's first birthday we did a Circus theme. You can see it here.

We have been LOVING the book Where the Wild Things Are around here for the past few months, so I decided that I would use that as my theme for Elijah's party this year. It turned out so cute and wasn't too hard to execute.

Of course our cupcakes + smash cake came from Publix. If you are unaware and live near a Publix bakery, your smash cake is FREE when you order at least 24 cupcakes or another sheet cake. Also, I love, love, loved our Wild Things cupcake toppers, courtesy of Texastootsies on Etsy. 

Smash cake success! Elija's "Max" crown was made by the very talented Mosey on Etsy as well.

All of the kiddos left with a little goody bag of bubbles + crayons + their very own little Max crown. Overall I loved this theme for Elijah's party. It was fun to do something super sweet and cute, because let's face it, with boys everything is usually cars + trains + super heros. This party was basically for me.