Festive Fun

Friday, December 01, 2017

It is officially the hap-happiest month of the year. Our house is still under construction, and will be through the holidays. While I don't plan on going all out with decorations, I do have some festive fun planned.

Make Christmas Ornaments: I have gotten an ornament for Rowan every Christmas, and I plan to do the same for Crew. However, last year we also started making some homemade ornaments. I have one hanging on my tree, and we gave one to each of our moms. I plan on working on this little project next week so we can enjoy them all season! 

Go to the Christmas Tree Farm: I am not really a huge fan of real trees. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful, but I don't like the mess...at least not on carpet. BUT I do love the idea of frolicking through the Christmas tree farm with my babes and a cup of hot chocolate. 

Visit Santa: Every year we go to our favorite mall Santa with our friends and enjoy a nice (not so quiet) dinner afterwards. This year it is going to be even more fun, because there are 2 new babies to add to the mix. 

Make a Gingerbread House: I really want to make a ton of Christmas cookies, spread them out all over the place, and spend hours decorating them and listening to Christmas music. But let's be real...that is probably not going to happen. A couple years ago, my sister and I made a gingerbread house and I think that Rowan would really have fun doing it this year. So, I think we will go that route instead. I may still end up decorating a few cookies...I got this goat cookie cutter, and I think goat cookies with scarves could be the cutest thing ever!

Mail Christmas Cards: Christmas cards are one of my favorite traditions. I love picking out my favorite design, adding personal touches, and sending them to our family. And I love seeing the faces of those we love on all the cards we receive. It is such a sweet way to spread some Christmas cheer. This year, I am going to put all of my cards in a baggy with a cotton ball of Christmas Spirit and Northern Lights Black Spruce (my favorite oil combo this time of year!) to make them smell festive too!

The holiday season always feels so magical and fun, and I think that Rowan is going to love it so much this year. What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Being Four

Monday, November 27, 2017

Eleven weeks ago we welcomed a sweet new addition to our family. I expected that it would be an adjustment. However, it is somehow different than I imagined. The first few days were kind of difficult. I was emotional. I was missed the order and simplicity of our family of three...which by the way, was far from simple and orderly. But now, now there was a fourth, and any sense of schedule that we did have was long gone.

As the weeks came and went, we were able to find some sort of routine again...a routine that involved a lot of nursing, snuggles, and sorting of teeny tiny socks. Everyone told me that my heart would grow and I would have even more love to share when the new baby arrived, and they were so right. I want to squeeze him and kiss him all day long, and it is like he filled a hole in my heart that I didn't know I had.

Everyone also said that Rowan would seem so grown up after Crew arrived, and that was even more true. Overnight my baby seemed to age 5 years, and I feel like I have a big kid instead of my little toddler. He is as sweet and cuddly as ever, but he somehow seems to have developed a new "big brother" personality. He is helpful when he wants to be, and other times they both demand milk at the exact same minute.

And everyone told us not to blink, that they will grow up faster than we can imagine. Eleven weeks...I cannot believe that it has been eleven weeks. My tiny baby has already grown and changed so much. I love watching him learn and grow, but I also want time to stand still for just a moment. 

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
-Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

House Update

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A lot has changed since my last house update. We have walls, windows, lights, siding, and its almost time to paint. Progress seems a little slow lately, but that is because the small, tedious work has been happening. 

I do have some tasks that I can actually tackle in the next few days. I need to paint our back door. It is currently white, but I plan on painting it Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. It will be the perfect contrast against our white siding. We also grabbed some silver farmhouse lights on sale a few weeks ago, and I want to paint them black. I am no good when it comes to construction, so all of my tasks include paint. 

As I walk through the addition, I can imagine the fun that will soon be had there. The forts that will be built in the playroom, the creating that will take place in the office, the family gathering around the table in the dining room, and the snow covered boots that will trudge through the mudroom. While I look forward to the extra space and storage, I am even more excited about the laughter that will fill this space and the memories that will be made. 

For more updates on our addition, check out #fletchersgrowinghome on Instagram. 

Halloween 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

I have always loved the idea of making cute matching Halloween costumes for my kiddos...of getting all dressed up, and walking around our neighborhood to trick or treat. In reality, Rowan didn't like my original costume choice, and the boys were both pretty much over the idea of trick or treating before we left the house. BUT I did get pictures of them in their costumes, so I am counting the whole holiday as a success. 

I really don't know which costume I like the best, but have you ever seen a bat with cuter leg rolls? I doubt it! ;)

Summer Family Session

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not very long ago, we were just a family of three. There was a sweet little babe growing away and waiting to make his appearance. It has only been five weeks since arrived, and it is already hard to remember life without him. I am so glad that we got to capture this season of our life. Angie Jackson is sooooo talented. I am in love with these dreamy, light filled photos of our family, and I cannot wait to fill our home with these memories. 

That cheesy grin has a way of melting my heart! You can see more of his sweet smile in this post. 

Thanks again, Angie. You are truly amazing!

Fall Boy Clothes

Monday, October 16, 2017

It is finally feeling like fall over here, and we are pulling out the long sleeves and jackets. Why do our kiddos grow so fast?! I feel like I buy Rowan a new wardrobe every season! (Luckily, little brother has some pretty cute hand-me-downs to keep him covered.) Over the last couple years I have become pretty good at putting together cute boy outfits. There is such a variety of adorable girl clothes, but sometimes the selection is not as great for the little men in our lives. So let's chat about fall boy style! 

I love looking for basics that are easy to mix and match. H&M, and Target (their Cat & Jack line is my favorite!) both have great basic selections at a reasonable price...which is obviously important, because boys are not kind to clothes. I also love the selection at Zara. Carter's and Old Navy are my go to for cute sleepwear. I cannot wait to start buying the boys matching pajamas...maybe for Christmas! Gap is a little bit pricier, but the quality is great. Rowan had those grey mid-top sneakers last fall/winter, and they held up wonderfully. I was actually tempted to buy them again this year. I also really like OshKosh...I just got these pants for less than $8! Ultimately, I try to find things that are on sale and match what we already have...that way matching clothes is one less thing to think about in the morning.

Mom Tip: Rowan is currently in between sizes. 3T pants are almost too short, but 4T is too long and WAY to big in the waist. The high top/mid-top sneakers are the perfect solution. Even if his pants are a little too short, you don't notice it with these shoes. We are going to rock those 3T pants for another season! 

Hopefully, someone found this helpful. I would love to hear other suggestions if you have them. 

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Is anyone else SOOOO ready for fall? Maybe it is the summer pregnancy talking, but I will be happy when the weather cools down, and I can hold this sweet babe in my arms. I have already been diffusing fall blends, dreaming of visits to our favorite pumpkin patch, and listening to last year's fall playlist on repeat. 

I have also been enjoying this lovely brown sugar scrub & wanted to share the recipe with you!

1/2 cup Raw Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 Drops of Orange Essential Oil

Just mix all of the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. The combo of brown sugar and orange smells heavenly, and the scrub leaves my hands feeling so soft!

What are you looking forward to most about fall?