Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Summer in Sweden 2019











Sometimes it takes me a bit of time to truly be on vacation... why is that? Maybe I hold too much of where I just left to open myself to the new place... It's the best when you feel settled... sleeping is normal again and you feel so relaxed. While away you start to remember how you felt when you were younger and didn't have many worries... it's the same feeling and it's the best. 

Wet rose petals stuck to the bottom's of my feet and sounds of buzzing bumble bees is all I can hear... I dream of a garden I plan to have full of everything I have wanted to grow. The healthiest soil and tomatoes billowing out of the sides with fresh thyme reaching for the sky. 

I notice the sky in Sweden feels further away and the clouds move slower. Could be the rhythm of summer with tastes of the slow long days that last forever. 
The gardens smell like Heaven... at least I can imagine that is what Heaven must smell like. Lavender, roses, and honey all mixed together. The winds change and the swish sways of lavender... and then the roses sprinkling petals to the grass. I could sit in the sun and day dream for hours.

A few days in to our trip I can see our girls and our little family just let go. I see it especially in our girls. There are no pressures to be no one other than themselves. Our oldest is at that age where things feel awkward. A part of her is holding on to her childhood and another part of her is dreaming of her future. It's really beautiful to watch.. like a little butterfly who's wings are drying off and getting ready. She still want to go on the swings but wants to sit with the grownups long after dinner and listen to the stories of way back whens. 
I'm really happy we went to Sweden this year...



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

13





















How in the world is my baby 13??? This spring it happened... she became a teenager! I remember always being worried about the teen years, middle school... but I actually like it! I like her... A LOT! I mean there are days where we want to pull our hair out... but for the most part she is a ton of fun and we really love to be with her... AND... her friends! It's fun to help her maneuver this very important stage in life.. it's a lot about character and choosing kindness... There is a lot of dreaming and curiosity which is so much fun! All in all... I didn't get sad when she turned thirteen... I welcomed it!
Of course when you think about time flying it does make your heart and body feel crippling but as it is time is inevitable and there is nothing we can do about it but ride the wave! so we bought her a surfboard! Happy Birthday Isabelle Rose Marie!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Julien's Party Animal Birthday Party!!

 Julien turned 2 a couple of weeks ago and wow was it ever a cute little party! I started seeing on Pinterest all of these cute ideas with little animals with party hats on! I couldn't help myself! We had a theme!! Let me just say making party hats for tiny animals isn't for the faint of heart... especially at midnight... but it's what we do... being a mom has one doing lots of crazy ass stuff for the sake of making these little memory marks on our hearts! Is it really worth it... of course it is! 

 I found these sweet little hats on amazon! They were actually pretty easy to put together! even at midnight! ;-) The kids loved them and they are so cute for pictures! 

 Can I just say how much I loved his invitation!!! I love the drawings of these animals in hats! Makes me laugh! I got so many calls the day the invites arrived to friends... oohs and ahhhhs and everyone was excited to celebrate! That's the thing with invitations... Martha Stewart always says... "They set the tone and mood of the party!" oh Martha... you're so right! So Caravan Shoppe has this amazing FREE download link to these invites... you then can put your own text too to customize! I even made these sweet take-home jars of animal cookies! Just spray paint the lids and gorilla glue the tiny animals to them... tie on the thank you tag with some baker's string! So fun! 



This tent was so fun for all the little ones to play around had that party animal vibe! I put lots of jungle animal books around and little puppets! Such a hit! You can find the tent here!  

 Lately I have been LOVING these paper fans! I see them a lot on Pinterest and just had to give them a try myself! They actually stick with masking tape and don't ruin the walls! yay! You can find them here! I get them for all sorts of things because they just make a party! 





 How perfect is this Jungle Kiddie Pool! Julien LOVES it so much! Everyday he hops in this and loves to go up and down that slide! We got him this pool for his birthday present actually and used it at the party! hooray!




I cheated on my runners to make the whole look all match throughout the house without buying a bunch of tablecloths I wouldn't be needing... all of my tables I just taped black and white wrapping paper from here...! easy peasy!

We just had such a blast all day! I really just tried to take it all in and mingle with family and friends and just hug and kiss my 2 year old as much as I could!!! These are the days that we will always remember!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

family days...
























I never thought we would be a family of FIVE!!! Never in my wildest dreams...
Growing up I would think of the usual 2 kids, cat, house with a front porch...
I would play M.A.S.H. at lunch and end up with a shed married to Colin Stout and think well I guess that could be fine... at least I have a BMW... hahaha
It's so great how life can surprise you... you have to let it. You can't control your destiny you know. You can guide it a little, make choices, but you can't force things that are meant to be.
 well... 3 kids was such a fun surprise! I often find myself just taking a look at my kids and husband and this little life and think... wow, was M.A.S.H. ever a funny prediction of things! Moral of the story girls... don't take M.A.S.H. so seriously! ;-)