Cowboys Like Us

After a long day of being cooped up in the house with these two all-day,
I decided that we needed a change of scenery
and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to play dress up
and take some pictures.
Well I'm sure they would have perhaps had more fun 
playing at the park or even going on a walk, 
but they were good sports and were such great camera hams. 

I can't believe this little man is going to be 2 soon! 
He really is a "little man", working so hard to be just like his daddy.
I love watching him explore the world around him,
learning new ways to drive me bananas 
and making it near impossible to
 get anything done without his "most helpful"assistance. 

Oh my gosh, then I have this little pickle!
Trouble, Trouble, Trouble!!!
She has daddy wrapped around her finger,
and momma pulling her hair out.
She is so us it's darn near scary!
p.s. this is her first time sporting piggy tails!
Thanks "Great" Aunt Kym for loving us
and for the sweet dress baby girl is wearing.
Oh and for letting me barrow your amazing backyard today
(even though you weren't home to even know it). 

A Pretty Mantle, A Messy Home

Who has time for laundry and chores when there is much more fun
to be had crafting, thrifting, and decorating.
Yes, my home is a disaster,
but if you can get past the piles, and the obstacle course
of toys on the ground
then you are very welcome to our happy chaos - our home! 

We tend to showcase our life through a tiny pinhole.
We direct the attention only to that what makes us happy and feel safe.
But I'm hear to say - "Bull****!"
Is your home sparkly clean? Probably not,
well either is mine.
Much like the world of fashion,
bloggers tend to "crop" out the true reality
of what our lives are really like.

This is my life!
These two kiddos are my 24 hour, 7 day a week reality.
Yes they are super cute, and yes I love them to pieces,
but boy howdy are they exhausting.
I'm tired! All the time!
But mostly I'm tired of being upset with myself
for the things I don't get done in a day.

I want need to stop worrying so much about what others think
and start enjoying my life in a fashion that is true to myself.

I know this post is a bit off topic...
but these are the ideas that are rolling around in my silly noggin today.
Tomorrow is the 4th, family will be coming into town, 
and despite my best efforts the house is not nearly ready
If you love me - you love my mess!

At least my mantle is pretty, right?

A Magical 1st Birthday

I can't imagine any mother 
welcoming their babies first birthday
without a mixed bag of emotion.
Happy, excited, sad, baffled, 
you name it - i've felt it
and am probably still in the midst
of sorting through it.
But alas, it's here, 
my baby girl is a full fledge toddler,
just starting to take her first little penguin like steps.
Oh boy, I'm going to have two little people
running full bore in opposite directions in no time at all!

Baby girls party was a giant labor of love,
of which I am so very much indebted 
to my friends and family.
From pom-poms, to house work this party
could not have happened without them.

My amazingly talented mother-n-law
brought Abby Cadabby to life with this
amazing cardboard cut out. 
I'm still in awe and shock at how spectacular
she turned out!!! 

My sister-n-law made the birthday hat 
completely covered in teeny tiny fabric yo-yos.
-and I thought I was the yo-yo queen?!
My little pickle however, was not as enthusiastic 
as she ought to have been.
Took 3 days just to get this one shot of the hat on her
sweet yet stubborn little head!

Poor daddy (our prince charming) missed out on most of the party,
he was busy cooking up a 20lb turkey and ham along with all the fixings.
So many friends and family came and celebrated with us
that all the food was gone
before hubby or I ever got a chance to sit down and eat!

Luckily there was cake!
Well not this cake,
this cake got good and smashed!!!

The video is epic, this girl did not hold back!!!
I was one very proud momma!

She could have been happy all day
squishing frosting and cake through her fingers,
and licking icing off the plate.

Cookie Monster would have described her
 as "good enough to eat!"
and in the words of our beloved friend
Abby Cadabby 

Annalea, mommy thinks
"You're MAGIC,
yes you are!!"

And so life moves forward, 
in just 4 short months we will be celebrating 
baby boy's 2nd Birthday
And yes, I am already planning. 

The BIG One

We are just one week from celebrating miss Annalea's
My head is a whirl this evening as I try to process
just how amazingly quick and wonderful this past year has been.
My baby girl is growing up,
I see it in the little things she does each day
and boy howdy is she a  little spit-fire.
She's a happy baby, but only if things are going 100% her way.
Lord help us, I can't even begin to imagine what her terrible two's
will be like. This girl is a screamer, has been sense day one.
As you can see I had to stop at 9 months with the monthly picture,
as little stinker just wouldn't sit still any longer - not even for a second!

A few fun facts:

Baby girl LOVES Sesame Street!!!
She will be as busy as can be but the second she hear's 
Murray's voice she parks her little butt.

She was in Premie clothing her first two months
and has been wearing 18m the past two months

Still NO teeth!

She can hold her own with her "big" brother"

She will not take a nap!!
It's pretty much been that way from the start.
(did I mention she is stubborn?!)

She is a daddy's girl
she especially loves to Facetime with daddy
when he is out of town

She loves animals and outdoors.
As much as I hate to admit it
she may just turn out to be a tom boy.

I never got around to posting some of our easter pictures.
Can you believe this sweet dress was made by my grandmother?
It is seriously gorgeous and sewn to perfection. 
Most of the dresses she made I completely wore out as a child
but I'm lucky to have a handful of these beauties.

I made the easter backdrop earlier this year using vintage coloring pages.
If anyone is interested in the details, just let me know
and I can put together a little tutorial 

and of coarse my little fella is growing up
quicker than I would like too. 
He is so so hard to take pictures of,
but I was lucky this time to get a few
sweet smiles with no blurring.

Well it's late, I best be off to get some much needed sleep.
Keep an eye out, my next post should be the
birthday party!!!

April Showers

Earlier this month we celebrated 
the arrival of a sweet baby girl into our family.
My sister and her little one flew in from Texas 
so that we could all meet her little one
and shower them with gifts and love.

I was so excited to put this shower together for my sister.
She has thrown me two gorgeous showers
and I was thrilled to return the kindness.

The center piece of the table was this three tiered paper cake
I used styrofoam as the structure and attached
all the paper and trims with sewing pins. 
I wish I had more detail shots
but the guest were arriving just as I was taking pictures.

We got a lot of compliments on these little white cakes.
They kinda look like pinafore style cakes 
but are actually Fancy Cakes
by Little Debbie. 
We attached paper butterflies (found here)
with a bit of sugar icing. 

The same paper butterflies were attached to the paper straws.

My baby girl was in the hospital a couple weeks before the shower
with pneumonia so I was a bit stressed 
that I wouldn't be able to complete all my projects in time.
But luckily a few late nights and I was able to accomplish all but one.

It was also in April of last year that my baby shower took place.
I delivered just a couple weeks later
and I never did get around to posting these.
As you can see my sister and family really made my day so very special
and I was thrilled as I said earlier to do the same for her.