Quickly, before I decorate for Christmas. And a Feature!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hello, hello!
I did a few fall decorations inside our house this year, and I wanted to share them before we took them down (which I am doing TODAY!) because it's almost Christmas time (!) and...they are starting to rot. :)
It's nothing flashy, just some pumpkins and gourds in a couple of places around the casa. I've never been big on the faux leaves/red/orange stuff, and I've actually never decorated for fall inside our house, so this is a big deal for me. ;)

Parker got a baby pumpkin and a warty pumpkin.

This is all the pumpkin love that our dining table got.

And then some gourds around the fireplace. I know, I know, we are a little boring---but I like it.
Did I mention we painted the house? I LOVE it. I need to take some more pictures! Will work on that one....
ALSO. I had the absolute pleasure of making a sweet bridal shower invitation and menu for my favorite Michaela from Michaela Noelle Designs. Seriously, I love this girl. She is the best!
She styled a shoot for the wonderful Ashley Slater Photography, which has been featured on Something Pretty

Head on over and check it out! Thanks again, Michaela, for including me!!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Little Things.

Friday, November 9, 2012

I have many thoughts about these pictures, but I don't know how to turn them into words. I'm already feeling nostalgic for this chapter in my life. I'm having anxiety about these days slipping away too quickly....without my notice. I want to remember all of the little things that went on in our day-to-day
when it was just me and Parker hanging out at home. The low hum of his sleep machine, his sighs and grunts. Walking into the empty living room after laying him down with only the noise of daytime television to keep me company. Drowning in loads of laundry that smell like baby, trying to pick my way through piles of tiny shoes and socks, cardboard books, and creepy little toys that play music at random.
I'm very excited for him to grow up. I'm very excited to see him as a little person with feelings and thoughts and a voice of this own. I cannot wait for Christmases when he will make a list for Santa and help me bake cookies (or just make a mess in the kitchen). But I'm getting ahead of myself. And I need to remember that.
Here's to soaking up those little things. :)
Sorry for the sap, I guess I'm just a mom who has many feelings today. :)
Happy Friday!

Our Fall Patio Decor

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I thought I would share our outside fall decor before it's too late and I've already put up our Christmas decor. (which  I am soooooooo excited about!)
I spruced up a wreath that I made about 2 years ago with a burlap ribbon from last year's Christmas wreath and some fake fruit that my crafty mom gave me. Thank the Lord for hot glue guns.
I made some cute, easy, and most importantly, cheap pumpkin decorations with tulle fabric and JoAnn ribbon. I love love love love these. Love. I smile every time I look at the patio. Thank you again, Pinterest.
AND. And, I finally purchased some burlap fabric and cheap pillow forms from JoAnn's and whipped up some outdoor pillows that I think will match our decor no matter the season. Don't look to closely at the seams though---it's definitely not my best work.
I need to look at other people's fall decorations! That is on my to-do list. I have been absolutely terrible at reading blogs lately. And blogging. But I guess there are bigger problems in life ;).  

We went to the Pumpkin Patch.

We did many other things this month, but going to the Pumpkin Patch was a definite "big event".
In all actuality, it was a terrible day. Our garage door broke down (again)--which cost us another $100 that our bank account just doesn't seem to have at the moment, which in turn led to a missed birthday party, and an on-going argument between Bryan and I that lasted well into our little outing. The camera also managed to be "missing" from the car upon our arrival, which meant another argument and another trip back home to get it. It was chilly outside, getting dark, Parker was in the beginning stages of his first cold, his coat was too big, and we gradually lost his hat, shoes, and socks amongst the pumpkins.
Yes. I know.

But now, I look at these pictures and I see this sweetest little boy, who had no clue what was going on and didn't really care either way. Instead, he gave us his cheesy, big boy grin. He made us laugh and made us realize what was really important--at least for a little while. :)
These pictures never cease to crack. me. up. Look at that little ham! He looks like he's five years old.


This is literally the only family picture that little mister is not a blur of motion. And I love it.
I hope that all of you had a wonderful Halloween with your families and friends! We are truly blessed, even if it is not always obvious to us.
Have a wonderful day!