Brother Bookshelf

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We recently got some new books for the boys that I have to share with you! 

The Wonderful Things You Will Be: Crew got this book for Easter, and it is adorable...and it only makes me cry a little bit. The illustrations are beautiful, which I always love!

Here We Are: This was in Rowan's Easter basket. He loves it. There is a page with a bunch of different animals, and naming allllllll of them is his favorite. 

The Day the Crayons Quit: We just got this one, and Rowan thinks it is hilarious!

The Adventures of Crew and Rowan: Be still my heart! I am obsessed with this book, and I am planning on doing an entire post all about it! Check out Hooray Heroes to make your own, and get 15% off with code LOVEFIRST15.

You're Here for a Reason: Crew got this for his birthday, and it is the sweetest! He loves flipping through a good board book. 

Changing up this bookshelf is one of my favorite things to do! It is almost time to switch it up for Halloween, and I can't wait. What are your favorite books for kiddos?

Donut Grow Up

Monday, September 17, 2018

Over the weekend, we celebrated our littlest man turning ONE! I have no idea where the last year has gone. I am equal parts sad that he is growing up so fast, and excited to see all the fun things he will do and learn. 

I honestly wasn't sure that this party was going to happen, after a scary weekend regarding my brother's health. I am so thankful for every sweet friend who reached out to see if they could help. It would not have been possible without family and friends. They shopped and food prepped and decorated and I was able to be right where I was needed. Thank you for all of the prayers for Layton. The outpouring of love and support has been felt and deeply appreciated.

Fall Favorites

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

H A P P Y   F A L L

Okay, I realize that it isn't exactly fall yet, but as soon as August is over I am in full fall mode.

I am ready to fill my house with pumpkins, and plaid, and all the fall things. Who is with me? Here are a few of the things I am loving for the season!

Fall is seriously my favorite season! Maybe it is because my birthday falls on the first official day of autumn, or the fact that the weather is THE BEST, or all the fun things we have to do, or a combination of it all. Whatever the reason, I am always happy when fall rolls around. 

I wish that our house was finished so I could go pumpkin crazy right.this.very.second...maybe that is why Dane keeps putting it off. ;)

First Day of School

Monday, August 20, 2018

 Today was Rowan's first day of school. I was sure that I would be an emotional mess during drop off, but his excitement was contagious. He has been talking about his "red school" for months! He asked me to make his hair flat, put on his rocket ship backpack, and was all smiles as we made the drive to school. I am so proud of this boy and his love for learning.


How old are you: free
What is your favorite food: bananas
What is your favorite toy: Grandma’s LEGO shark
What do you like to do for fun: play, pick up, talk, and run
What is your favorite color: black
What is your favorite movie: Bolt
What is something you would like to learn about: toy activities
What do you want to be when you grow up: a worker
What do you love most: being kind

Happy First Day, Rowan!

Bath Time Favorites

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

 Bath time is a favorite at our house! Crew get's upset if anyone is in the tub or shower without him, and Rowan sometimes asks to take a bath multiple times a day. (Sometimes he needs multiple baths a day...boys!)

There are a few things that we love for a fun and easy bath time. Up until a couple months ago, we had been using this bath seat for Crew. It is perfect for newborns and works well when they start sitting up on their own.

The boys also seem to love squirty toys...I am not a fan. The trapped water and the who-knows-what that is growing inside of them makes me squirm. Luckily, Munchkin made these adorable squirty toys that come apart for easy cleaning. Rowan loves that the pieces are interchangeable.

This next item is on my "need to get" list. Crew is obsessed with the drain stopper more than anything. The shiny metal ring is way more appealing than any brightly colored bath toy. This little drain cover might be toy looking enough to keep him from being is worth a shot.

When bath time is also part of our bed time routine, I like to add some homemade bath soak. It smells so good, and is the perfect start to our winding down process.


1/2 cup Epsom Salt

1/4 cup Baking Soda

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops of Peace & Calming Essential Oil

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Milk Bath Session

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

My friend asked me if I would want to take some milk bath pictures of her little girl, and I was like, "UM....YES, but only if Crew can crash the session!" 

Crew is a splasher, so the splashing shots are my favorite.

Since cutting back on photography, I have really been trying to get my camera out to take more pictures of the boys. They are only little for such a short period of time, and I want to freeze these moments of sweetness and the magic of childhood. 

House Update

Friday, June 22, 2018

It has been a while since I have done a house update for you all.

Honestly, up until last week things were moving along pretty slowly and there wasn't much to update you on. BUT last week we decided to let someone come in and work on stuff while we were out of town. Now things seem to be moving along at a good speed again. 

For months we have had the wall removed between the kitchen and the addition. The next thing that needed to happen was to make the two spaces match and coordinate. Tearing the kitchen apart was something we weren't exactly looking forward to. Having it finished, yes! Having it out of order for who knows how long, NO! Regardless, it had to happen, and while we were gone seemed like the perfect time. 

They basically gutted the kitchen, fixed the floor, and dry-walled the whole thing, and painted. Since we have been home, Dane and his dad have finished putting the flooring down...which I am in LOVE with! 

Currently the kitchen is still missing the cabinets, counter tops, sink, and ALL of the appliances. I am pretty sure that Rowan thinks we turned into a dance floor. We are getting ready to start painting the cabinets and our fridge is being delivered soon! (Thank goodness...running to the basement every time I need something out of the fridge is not fun!)

We are one BIG step closer, and it is finally starting to feel like the finish line might be in sight!