Saturday, April 27, 2013

Birthday Fashionista

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of helping a sweet eleven year old plan her birthday party.  When I asked her what kind of theme she wanted for her party she knew exactly what she, dresses, and more shoes!  While we were sitting at her dining room table talking party plans she started listing all the places she wanted to display shoes, including hanging some from her dad's deer antlers on the wall.  Fortunately, her mom and I talked her out of hanging shoes from the deer antlers, but in the end we came up with some great ideas for this little birthday fashionista.  {She really is quite the fashion savvy girl.  By just walking into her room you would know by all the headbands that frame her dresser mirror - a color to match every outfit.}

It was a sweet intimate party with a few of her closest friends.  The girls had fun making bracelets, eating cupcakes, and modeling all their new bling-bling.  After Jill blew out her candles she said, "My wish already came true!  I had the perfect birthday party!"  To see the bond between girls at this age is so special, because friendships start to form that will last a lifetime.  The way these girls helped one another put on their bracelets and pose for pictures together, you could tell they have found true friends in one another.

Sandy and I were so blessed to be able to share in this special event.  Sandy even got to sit at the table and be one of the big girls.  I look forward to the days when Sandy has girlfriends of her own to share sweet moments with.

I designed her invitations for her. 
Jill's Barbie dolls were perfect for her party.  Their dresses made the evening even more fashionable!

The birthday girl even made little Miss Sandy a bracelet.

I agree with Jill and say that this was the perfect party for an aspiring fashion designer.

Happy Birthday, Fashionista Jill!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Daddy's Helpers

I love to watch Brazos and Sandy interact with their daddy.  Watching Matt with the kids just makes me fall in love with him all over again.

Actually, the first year we started dating {14 years ago!} I can remember Matt playing with my cousin Bailee, who was 4 at the time, and watching him play with her just made my heart fall for him.  Bailee is now 18 and a senior in high school!

This past year my grandpa passed down one of his antique tractors to our little family.  My grandpa did some riggin' on this tractor and added an extra seat and steering wheel.  Brazos has loved this addition because he can work right along side his daddy.  I'm sure this tractor will provide Matt and Brazos with many years of memories.

My husband is amazing and can do just about any kind of handy work that needs to be done.  I really hope that Brazos learns handy man skills from Matt and I am definitely going to encourage Sandy to find a husband that is good at fixing things.

Matt wanted to relevel our yard because he wasn't pleased with how he did it the first time several years ago.  He needed a tool to use behind the tractor, but he wasn't pleased with the condition of the tool, so he took it apart and fixed it. {He is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his outside work.}  Sandy saw all the little nuts and bolts that he left lying on the ground and made a bee-line to pick them up.  She quickly realized what her daddy was doing with the bolts and began helping him.  Who knows....maybe she'll be handy herself!

 After the tractor rake was put back together, Matt was missing four bolts, so who knows where Sandy decided to hide her new toys. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Little Helpers

Ever since my camera came back from being repaired I have been snap happy.  I love capturing the everyday moments we have at home.  Although we are often bored, I know that these days will be gone before I know it.  Soon we will be running everyday and night to school and kids' activities, which I am totally looking forward to, but we are enjoying the slower pace of life little kids bring.  Don't get me wrong, we are busy little people already, but I know it is only a taste of was is to come once the kids get bigger.

At home I really enjoy watering my plants, but if Brazos sees me watering the plants, then my job is done.  He insists on holding the hose and doing my job for me.  I'll admit that I am a little saddened to hand the hose over, but if it keeps him busy and happy, then I'm happy.  And it gives me a chance to go grab my camera and snap. 

He even had to make sure the littlest flowers were given water, too.

And this little lady just makes me smile.  She wanted to help her daddy carry the cows' feed bucket.

She doesn't hold my hand very often, but when she does I feel like the most special person in the world.  I'm so happy I snapped the camera for this very short moment she grabbed my hand.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Texas Tradition: Bluebonnets

Well if you live in Texas you just have to take your pictures in the bluebonnets every spring.  Ever since the bluebonnets popped up, as I drove past them I kept telling myself, "I need to stop and take pictures."  But it was never a good time.  Someone was always sleeping in the car or someone was always dirty or snotty nosed. 

So one evening we finally found a small patch of flowers on a country road and took some pictures.  Brazos loved the idea because lately he's been a flower-pickin' mood.  It seems like every afternoon he wants mommy to walk with him to find flowers to pick.  Sandy on the other hand did not like the idea of standing in tall weeds just so mommy could have fun with her camera.

Here's our annual bluebonnet pictures!  Oh, and yellow flower pictures.
{I love editing my photos with PicMonkey!}


I told him to smell the flowers and I thought he would make an angelic face, but instead he crinkled his nose.


 And remember how I said Sandy didn't like this idea.  Here's what most of her pictures look like.