All American Boys

All American Boys

To kick off baby’s first Fourth of July, we had an impromptu front yard photo shoot. Laying on my belly in my pajamas while the neighbors walked their dogs, watching me go all mama-razzi on my babes, I captured some of my favorite moments from the day. I gave them a couple of American flags to play with and mostly let them crawl around and do their thing. Our DIY American flag from last summer was the perfect backdrop for the day. Original flag tutorial here. My all American boys. Graydon is so proud of his “O-merican flag” as he calls it. We’ve been talking a lot about the flag and our country this week, and he can spot an American flag miles away when we’re in the car. He’s definitely into all things red, white, and blue right now, and even colors entire pages in his coloring books with just those colors. Smith was a sport about the photos, but was about ready for his morning nap. Though he barely slept all of 45 minutes the entire day. It’s like he could feel the holiday excitement in the air. Seriously, I think he could tell I was putting him down for nap, and then joining big brother out back in the splash pad, and didn’t want to miss out on single minute of fun in the sun. Since Graydon turned two, I’ve pretty much given up on getting him to look at the camera and smile. He’ll say “cheese” while looking everywhere, but the camera. I’ve grown to love the silly, uninterested, stop-taking-my-photo, are-we-done-yet faces that I capture....
Christmas Cheer Exchange

Christmas Cheer Exchange

I always love seeing Rachel’s color themed DIY packages (this one is my favorite…the color is so happy). So when she joined up with Astleigh and Kaitlin to spread a little Christmas Cheer, I definitely wanted to join in and meet some new blogger friends too. My package came from Jacquelyn at Crooked Creek Colonial. I love getting snail mail, and a box of goodies at my door just made my day. I opened the box to find a cheery display of red and green. The baking theme is exactly what I need for the holidays. I’m already planning on making and decorating sugar cookies for part of our 25 Days of Christmas. The Santa towel with cookie recipe, cookie cutter, and spatula are perfect for this! And I know the cookies will look super festive on the Christmas doilies. Red and green chevron straws will be great for milk with the cookies (or in an afternoon cocktail with my husband). My very favorite part is the Christmas tree spatula. How cute is that?! I am definitely going to use this year round. My toddler also likes it, but I think that’s due to teething. Thank you, Jacquelyn! I love my cheer, and I’m excited to bake some cookies and enjoy my new goodies. Can’t wait to see everyone’s Christmas Cheer in the link-up! Thank you, ladies, for hosting the exchange. I’m already looking forward to next year. I had just as much fun putting together a Christmas Cheer package for Astleigh. Check it out here. My little elf even helped secure the box with his teeth marks on the way to the post...
Easter Weekend 2014

Easter Weekend 2014

He Is Risen Indeed! What a beautiful weekend we had celebrating our Savior. Easter is my favorite holiday! I have such happy family memories growing up going to sunrise Easter service at the beach when we’d stay at my grandparent’s condo, huge family gatherings (as all family gatherings are in my family) for lunch, Easter egg hunts, cascarones EVERYWHERE, Easter baskets filled with goodies. I. LOVE. It. All. Since it’s Graydon first Easter, I want to start some family traditions of our own. He’s still so young. I know he won’t remember them yet, so this year is more for Tim and I to make memories. While Tim was at his gig, Graydon and I had some fun in the kitchen. My little sidekick played in his high chair with these two eggs for 30 minutes. If I knew plastic eggs could keep his attention that long, I would’ve given them to him a long time ago. We hard-boiled the eggs in the oven. Whoever came up with this idea is a GENIUS. Bake on 325 for 30 minutes, and they come out perfect. No boiling water mess or potentially cracked eggs. They’re actually easier to peel too. Just pop them in the oven and go about your business. If they come out with brown spots on them from the muffin tin, immediately put them in an ice water bath and the spots should dissolve away. Whatever doesn’t come off will be covered with egg dye anyway. This is the second year we’ve baked the eggs and I don’t see myself ever boiling them again. It’s just so efficient and...