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Frozen Birthday Party!

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A little over a month ago my niece, Emma, turned five! Of course she wanted a Frozen Themed party and my sister was happy to oblige! Throwing a ice and snow themed birthday party the week before Christmas at your house just means more fun holiday decor shopping with a little twist. Nearly everything was homemade with a little Pinterest inspiration of course. You'll find some sources if available at the bottom of this post. Add a Princess Castle Bounce house to the backyard, a few friends and you are set for a successful Frozen Party!

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source list: Melted Olaf inspiration here // Snowman Pasta // Cupcakes: Kroger // Hersey's "Hugs" Party Favors // Emma's Dress is by Taylor Joelle


Classroom Valentine Ideas

Well, it was a great idea, but trying to get four kids five and under around one small lemonade stand -turned kissing booth when you only have about 10 minutes of good light left on Sunday evening is a recipe for disaster! This was the scene this past Sunday evening in my sister's backyard. My littlest was in no photos. My nephew wouldn't get in and then wouldn't get out! We introduced candy to the scene and they just went nuts. In the end though - I think we may have gotten a usable shot or two - who knows really.. We'll see. In the meantime though I just had to share an outtake of these goofballs.  

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Plus I want to know what you are doing for Classroom Valentines this year? I've been thinking handmade - but we have a lot going on and I'll probably wait to the very last second and not be happy with them. Then I saw minted.com has classroom valentines 20% off this week and think I'll get ahead of the game and order some. Now do I get the foil pressed ones I love or let Jonah choose?

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Catch the Moment 365 | 2015 | Week 3

 Another week has come and gone and to tell you the truth I am so exhausted writing this that I may have just fallen asleep. I can't guarantee it won't happen again. These words probably don't ven make any sense Anywho here are our photots from last week!

15|365 Such a chilly day.

16|365 Those eyes and lips. They get me everytime.

17|365 Ezra has started liking his bathtime. He'll be splashing on his own before we know it...why do we teach them that again?


18|365 I took some photos of Ezra and Jonah last Sunday for my weekend portrait project. This is one of my favorite. I shared a couple more of him on my facebook page.

19|365 Another bath photo of the little dude and daddy.


20|365 Just pure Jonah. I guess this one could have gone for "eat" too. He leaves the house almost every morning with breakfast on his face. hashtag Mom fail.


21|365 We had breakfast for dinner at least twice this week...Whole Wheat Pancakes
















Now, You Know. 52 Weeks of Us | Week 2 | Ezra


During the time I was pregnant with Ezra, there was a baby boom. It felt like half the people I knew were pregnant or had newborns. This was also true in the hospital where I work and it has continued now that I'm in the recently-had-a-baby category. The reality is, I work in this microcosm of 20 and 30 something women. Most of us are married, educated, southern girls starting our lives as suburban working moms. Of course, there are also the moms of older kids who weigh in every now and then on the younger generation's baby boom. Recently, when yet another co-worker in her late 20's revealed that she was pregnant, we were beyond delighted for her. A mom of older kids stated that she thought it was so sweet that we were all having babies. She genuinely meant sweet too. I knew exactly what she meant. We come in all giddy, afraid and excited to tell at the same time. We show off sonograms or whisper reveals when we just can't hide the fact that we just up-chucked in the employee bathroom. Our co-workers see us every day and watch our bellies grow as our bodies go through all the changes of motherhood. The time comes, we take our leave, and then we come back elated and exhausted moms of newborns. Somehow in that moment of discussing how sweet it is to see another woman become a mom for the first, second and even third time our conversation went so much deeper.

I told her how I get so genuinely happy for each and every girl that gets to experience motherhood for the first time. When I was pregnant with Jonah, I didn't really see other people. I was happy to have people around me that were going through the same things, but I didn't see what I saw the second time. During my second pregnancy, I knew the secret that the first time moms didn't know. I felt their pain. I saw their waddles. I saw the face of morning sickness. I empathized with the sleepless nights when they entered the third trimester. I was, of course, experiencing those same things. The secret I knew though,was the after. I knew how much having a baby changes you. I knew that they would return, a mother and what that would mean deep down. I knew the sleepless nights wouldn't be over any time soon and I knew the overwhelming joy that you get to hold in your heart from the moment you hold your new baby in your arms and meet their little gaze. I knew the satisfaction that comes with easing your baby's cry. I knew the pitter-patter your heart makes when your baby smiles for the first time. I knew the ache that is so wonderfully hard to manage when you have to leave them and go back to work. I knew all the hard stuff, but I knew all the beautiful, wonderful, happiness that comes when you become a mom and when they come back from their maternity leave, I can look at them and just simply say "now. You know." 

They know all the good, the bad, the wonderful and the heart breaking. It's so so sweet that we are given the opportunity to experience motherhood with other mothers who just know. I am so thankful for the mothers of older kids who haven't forgotten how sweet it is. That can be rare, so I am so very thankful.





Ezra Oliver at 14 weeks, 6 days old. Sunday, January 11, 2014. Taken at our house in Jackson on Mommy and Daddy's bed. This blanket was a gift made by my Aunt Colleen. 


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Catch the Moment 365 | 2015 | Week 2

This has been a hectic week full of time with the boys for me. Since my husband left me solo for a night and was home late two more nights, we've been doing a little extra bonding ;) I have to say I dreaded being home alone when it was just Jonah and now with two hands full it seemed like a more difficult task, but I survived and can say it really wasn't that bad. Jonah missed daddy, but since I let him crawl in the bed with me he did really well. He even said "this is the best night ever" before falling asleep. I think he meant because Ezra and I don't usually go to bed with him - daddy usually puts him to bed, but I nursed Ezra with Jonah lying next to me and it made his night I think. He loves his brother so much and can't wait for him to be big enough to do more with him. He was so excited to see daddy come home though - I love watching the relationships between those boys.

8|365 Catching up on some rescue bots.

9|365 We tried Ezra in the Bumbo and he wasn't quite ready, but someone's finding a use for it! (probably rescue bots again - on tv this time).
10|365 We had a great time at a Horse Riding Birthday party on Saturday. I can't believe Jonah was so brave! More photos to come of this! 
11|365 Ezra and I spent some alone time on Sunday while Daddy and Jonah went to the movies. 
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13|365 An almost healed bonk right on the nose!
14|365 Late night bath. 
One of these days I'll post some photos of something besides these two... well probably not. Love them so much!

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52 Weeks of Us | Week 1 | Jonah

I have made a goal to take a portrait of one or more of our family members every week this year as part of my 365 project, but thought I'd add it as a different post with a little more information. This first set was kind of an after thought, but I decided to use it for week one. 


 Jonah Wilder at the screen door. Taken January 3, 2015. Three Years Old 2 Months. 
Jonah loves Rescue Bots. He's obsessed with the new books his daddy ordered for him. He loved Christmas and still talks about when Christmas comes. It's pretty hard to explain to him how long a year actually is. He's so ready for his little brother to be able to play with him that he started piling all of Ezra's toys in the swing with him. Then I caught him throwing his toys to him the other morning. He opens up his little hand and makes him grab things then calls us to come Look! Ezra got it! He's hard headed and loves to say "not yet" because it's an alternative to "no" which he gets in trouble for saying - because he just says it out of habit! He loves to make up songs and sing to himself and his brother. He gets shy occasionally if you catch him talking and singing to himself. I just love to listen!





linking up with sarah, amy, and angie for project 52.