Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memorial Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend with family. We were all together for the first time in a long time. We laughed, we found out that Parker and Caroline will have a BOY cousin in November, and we enjoyed lots of time outside as a family. It's ironic that memorial day tends to be a weekend of family, BBQ, swimming and celebration when so many families mourn the loss of their loved ones. They aren't able to gather with their family without a missing piece. That is not lost on me. 

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for Country. Your loved ones are not forgotten. Your families are not forgotten. I thank God for their service and bravery and I ask for peace for your families until you see them again in Heaven. 

In a way it was a weekend of celebration. Celebration of lives given for freedom and Country.

This was the toy of the weekend! Little sister pushed Parker around and thought she was the cat's meow!

The deedles didn't love the life jackets. They were a little constricting for busy bodies!

On Saturday night Kristen and Brad did their gender reveal! We all dressed in pink or blue to reveal our guesses and we had a little photo booth fun. The majority of the crew guessed boy and they were right! 

It's a BOY!! Congratulations to my sister and brother in law!

There were dogs everywhere! Ha! Caroline was in Heaven!

His kisses are the best :)

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mother's Day Works of Art...

We decided to go homemade this year. Homemade is absolutely my favorite type of gift and I figured the grandmothers would agree. These two deedles had an absolute ball painting pots for their Zsa Zsa, YaYa and Nana. I had a crazy time trying to take a few photos so they would know they were actually done by the little people (and it was adorable), keep them from eating the paint, and attempt to keep the process as neat as possible. By the end of painting, bath time and clean-up I was a hot mess but it was so worth it!! I only wish I had made one for myself! Next time I'll definitely factor that in.

I just got clay pots at Lowe's, painted them white, chose 4 colors and let them have at it. Because I was by myself I did limit it to one child and one color at a time. They still put things in their mouth (as you will see by a few dots of paint on the lips) and this was not edible paint, so I needed to control the chaos. Ha!

I just gave them a brush, held the pot, and turned it while they waved the brush around. They had so much fun!

I absolutely love the finished products and I think their grandmothers and great grandmother did too! Precious, one of a kind, works of art!