Our Growing Family

3rd April 2015

It has been a year since I wrote anything here. And within that year, our little family has grown from three, to four! We welcomed our sweet son Dax Rhodes, in December, and life has gotten so much sweeter since. I didn’t think it was possible to love a child as much as I do L, but I was so very wrong. This boy has my heart. He is a pure delight and I am so thankful for him.

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The adjustment in going from one to two has been stretching me in ways I didn’t think I could stretch. It has been full of joy and laughter, but also full of a lot of tears and anxiety, dark circles under my eyes, and a few more wrinkles on the forehead. That first month, I didn’t know if I could do it. I felt as though I was in this never ending fog and I didn’t know if I could keep two little people alive and thriving while maintaining some sense of sanity within myself. I am not out of the fog yet, but I am beginning to adjust to life with two, and I am able to see through those foggy days a little more clearly now.

Our life feels so much bigger! And I am truly loving every single minute of it. Keep checking back for more updates, rambles, and photos. I promise it won’t be a year till I write again.

**Photos taken by the lovely Cass of Artful Life Photography.

 

These Months

12th March 2014

Seconds. Hours. Days. Months. Where do they go so fast?

Our little girl is growing up before me. At 15 months she is at this incredibly fun stage of talking, laughing at silly things, and being friendly to everyone. Our days are full of blown kisses and sweet hugs. Her hair is growing into wispy curls along with her curiosity for all things. I love watching her explore and seek out undiscovered corners of her little world.

I am not the best at keeping up with milestones. I don’t have a baby book filled with firsts, but I take a lot of pictures and document our life when I can find the time.

I mostly want to remember the little things. The way her face lights up as she reads a book for the first time. The way her eyes get big as she sees  something that surprises her. I want to remember the feel of her hands around mine and the way she so sweetly nestles into my arms. Our afternoon walks, our fun adventures…I want to capture it all in my mind for safe keeping.

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I want to remember the not so glamorous things too. The nightly wakings, early mornings, the dark circles under my eyes, and the lethargic foggy feelings. I want to remember how every time I sit down to return an email or cook dinner, two little hands reach up and loud noises begin to come out of my tiny little human. The unclean floors, the dusty shelves, the always dirty dishes…I want to remember those too. They will remind me that its ok to not be perfect and its ok to let things be. Just let things be.

These are my seconds, my hours, my days…my months. Filled with ups and downs and smiles and tears. This heart is full and this life is joy.

 

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Our Christmas Miracle

8th January 2014

Happy New Year! The Holiday season came fast and went even faster. We spent Christmas in North Carolina this year. On the eve before we were to head out of town, our dog Sophie ran off, got hit by a car, and then took off running. We spent the whole night searching for her, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. We couldn’t sleep and our Holiday travel plans were held in limbo as we tried to figure out what we would do if we could not find her.

The next morning, R got up early and continued searching the neighborhood. As a last resort he decided to drive on out to the local animal shelter to see if someone had turned her in. After casing the rows of barking dogs in kennels and taking a look at the sheet of paper listing all of last nights road kill, he pleaded with the shelter to tell him what to do. She had mercy on him and put a call out to all the people that were out in the field at the time. By the grace of God, just as she was making the call, Sophie was being picked up by animal control. She was in really bad shape. If he had not been there at that exact time, she would have more than likely been taken back to the shelter to be put down.

Animal control brought her to the house and we drove straight to the vet. After weeks of recovery and more still to go…we can optimistically say that Sophie is going to be ok. It was a Christmas miracle, to say the least. We are so grateful that she is back in our little family and on the mend.

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With the help of some very good friends to watch after Sophie, we were able to continue on with our Holiday travel plans and had a wonderful Christmas in NC with family. It was extra fun because L is a year older and could actually open presents. We are back home now and settling into this new year and all it has in store.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the Happiest of New Year.

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A Winter “One”-Derland Themed Party

17th December 2013

We had such a lovely Birthday party for sweet L. I knew I wanted a Winter Wonderland theme with her birthday being so close to Christmas. Plus we don’t really get a Winter here in Florida, so I wanted it to be special, fun, festive and bring winter here to the sunshine state. I was inspired by snowflakes and silver with cool blues, mints, and mauves. I wanted it to have a wintery, icy feel.

I loved getting creative with the food and naming them things like “muddy snowballs” for the meatballs, “Ice chips” for the chips and dip and “snowflakes” for the popcorn. I made all of the party crafts myself out of card stock and I made the serving platters out of antique silver trays glued atop crystal candle holders.

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Location: Sawyer Lake Park at Heathrow Country Club, FL

Photography: Artful Life Studios

Food: Friends and Family

Cake: I wanted to make a healthy cake and since we mostly follow the Paleo diet, I made a Paleo smash cake that was so good.

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Cake Time! I made L a Paleo coconut vanilla cake with coconut and maple butter frosting. It was soooooo good, and she loved it.

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A lot of L’s little friends came to help celebrate her turning one!

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We had such a great time! And I am still in shock that my baby is 1!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Months Old!!!

7th December 2013

I can’t believe it has been 12 months. This year just flew by. L is honestly a complete joy and I am so incredibly blessed to be her mother. She is such a good eater with her favorites being beets, kiwi, pumpkin pancakes, and zucchini. She is pulling up on everything, attempts to walk, loves turning the pages in books, and has a great ear for music. She loves to dance and drum and she copies me as I sing around the house. This year has been so eye opening. It has been such an incredible journey of trust and patience, unconditional love and strength. I love being a mother. Happy 1 year my sweet girl.
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Friday Love

9th November 2013

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Hello beautiful, cool weather, and hello Friday! I have been getting crafty this week working on a gallery wall up the stairs, decorations for L’s 1st Bday, and painting a paper-mache giraffe to hang in the nursery. This weekend I am looking forward to getting outside and enjoying this lovely weather

Here is what I am loving this week:

* Thanksgiving Decor.

* It’s that time a year…Five ways to help with the FLU. blech.

* Pumpkin Chili…YUM.

* This reupholstered chair…so pretty.

Also Loving ~

* Paleo pumpkin pancakes.

* My munch blowing me sweet kisses.

* Crafting.

* Cooler weather.

Have a lovely weekend!

11 Months!!!

7th November 2013

11 Months!
Seriously time, sloooooow down! I cannot believe L will be a one-year old in a month. She turned 11 months yesterday and is just about the most adorable 11 month old there is (in my humble opinion). She has two teeth, taken two steps, and is working hard on pulling up to standing. She has this new pouty face that she just started using when she wants something, aaaaand it is pretty hard to say no to. She has such a fun personality and is a total ham. Her favorite things currently are pumpkin pancakes and our dog Sophie.

Our little Owl

2nd November 2013

This is two days late, but HAPPY OWL-OWEEN from our little owl. Oh, and HEY NOVEMBER!!!! I am actually really excited to get into the Holiday spirit. Bring on the Christmas songs and twinkle lights. So Thankful for so much this year….especially thankful for this little munch.
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Fall is here.

16th October 2013

It is hard to get into the spirit of Fall when you live in Florida. Our Fall does not really show itself until Christmas, and even then it has its humid moments. This weekend we embraced the Fall for what it is here in the sunshine state, and went to an arts festival, ate kettle corn and pumpkin pie gelato, went to a pumpkin patch and took pictures, bought pumpkins and went for a drive in the country. It was festive and relaxing. While the rest of the Country is pulling on their boots and sweaters and raking leaves (I’m not jealous), I am still enjoying my sandals and warm weather. This weekend was perfection, and Fall is here, so I am embracing our warm weather version of my favorite time of year. DSC_0441MesmerizedDSC_0516Daddy's GirlDSC_0581DSC_0558

Phyllis the paper-mache rhino

14th October 2013

 

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When we found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted the nursery to have a little bit of an African theme with lots of cute giraffes, elephants, rhinos, etc.. I came across the cutest paper mache giraffe from Anthropologie, and wanted it to hang on the wall of the nursery. I showed it to Ryan, who then proceeded to tell me that he could make one out of paper mache and any other animal I wanted. Whaaaa? Who knew he had a little crafty side that he had been hiding from me. He started with a rhino head and built it out to look pretty realistic! I purchased a French book and we mod-podged the torn pages onto the rhino to look like skin, and then I painted it. It’s pretty awesome. We named her Phyllis. Ryan is already getting started on a giraffe and an elephant. I foresee paper-mache animal heads taking over our home in the future.

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