Family Pictures

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A couple months ago Dane, Rowan and I went on a little road trip to Oklahoma! While we were there our dear friend, Madison Vining, took some amazing pictures of my sweet family! Rowan was quite a usual, but Madison was able to get some great smiles out of him. These pictures will be treasured forEVER! The last time we had family pictures take, Rowan had far less hair...and was far less into running! My boy is growing up!

I am so happy that I get to call these fellas mine!

Messes & Memories

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

I am usually up for some DIY decor, and Rowan is always up for mess making! Last weekend we decided to make paint some little reindeer ornaments for our tree. I picked up some wooden ornaments, covered the table with some paper (almost skipped this step...glad I didn't), and let Rowan go to town with the paint brush. 

Painting ornaments takes some serious concentration...and if you get distracted it is probably because you thought it would be fun to paint your hand. 

These perfectly imperfect little ornaments are my new favorite! Making ornaments was always something I loved to do as a kid, and I hope that Rowan and I can make this a little holiday tradition. If my tree was covered in half painted ornaments that my little guy made, I wouldn't hate it!

Every year when I put these ornaments on our tree, I will think of this messy little moment!

Baby Bookshelf: Christmas Edition

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It is no secret that I love children's books! We are always falling in love with new ones to add to our collection and to buy for our friends' kiddos! We have gathered quite a few holiday books, and I enjoy swapping out the books on Rowan's shelves for more festive ones as the holidays approach. Reading is one of our favorite things to do, and the Christmas books are some of Row's favorites! Here is a list of the Christmas books that we have been enjoying. 

There are a couple that I would like to add to our collection, including Olive the Other Reindeer! I will never grow tired of curling up with my boy and reading books, and it is even more fun with Christmas music and hot chocolate...with marshmallows of course! 

5 Year Anniversary Gift

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Every year Dane and I try to find something thoughtful that falls in line with the traditional wedding anniversary gifts. Last month we celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Yeah, I am not really sure how that happened so quickly! Anyway, the traditional gift for 5 years is wood. Dane is notoriously difficult to find gifts for, and when you are limited by materials it makes it that much more of a challenge.

A couple of years ago, I found Uncommon Goods and I have been swooning over there awesome gift selection ever since. Your are able to search for gifts by interest & I figured they would have the perfect gift for my "hard to shop for" husband. 

After almost buying a personalized whiskey barrel, I happened to see this awesome customizable cribbage board. We don't have a clue how to play cribbage, but we like card games...AND you could customize it with an image of your favorite lake! I selected Lake Lou Yeager from the list (that is where we got engaged), crossed my fingers that he would like, and clicked order!

HE LOVED IT...holla! However, we still are clueless on how to play. So, there's that! 

You can find a list of traditional anniversary gifts here & the customized playing cards here (but you will have to find your own cutie to put on them!)

Slowing Down

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Look too far ahead or behind, and we risk missing the joy intended for here and now. There's a certain richness in today that may never be around again.  -Joanna Gaines

October is always a BUSY month! Photo shoots and harvest take up a lot of our time. The month has come to a close and we finally got some time to slow down. A little leaf hunt & chasing Daddy around the yard is exactly what I needed. Our schedules are hardly fact, the busyness of the holidays is just around the corner. But these are the moments I want to fill my calendar with. The moments of simple fun exploring the world through this boy's eyes. 

Fall Playlist

Thursday, October 20, 2016

We are prepping for a road trip at the end of this week, so I thought that would be a good time to compile a fall playlist. The thought of a 7 hour car ride without good music makes me want to sleep through the whole thing...which I may do anyway...sorry, Dane! Everything by Johnnyswim will likely be playing at some point. Rowan loves to rock out to Don't Let it Get You Down!

(photo courtesy of Pinterest)

Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips 
Brother - NeedToBreathe
You and I - JohnnySwim
Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men
Great Unknown - Kenz Hall
Here Now - Jill Andrews
I Found Myself in You - The Harmaleighs
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy

I am sure that this playlist will be on repeat at our house...until it is acceptable to play Christmas music! AND...I recently added the Amazon Echo to my must-get list!  No more streaming Spotify through the only TV in the house! Not to mention a ton of other cool features. If you already have the Echo, do you love it!?  

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Well, here I am, celebrating another birthday. I would say it isn't special, but my friend Lacy is a firm believer that they are all, YAY 28! Now that I am older and wiser (HAHAHA) I thought it would be appropriate to write down some advice that I would have for my younger self. So, here are few things that I have learned over the years!

1. Don't Conform: You spent a greater part of your early adulthood trying to conform to the norms. Go to college, get a degree, find a job, get married, start a family. I wouldn't change my path if I could, but I would change the fact that I constantly worried about fitting into a mold. 

2. Be Yourself: Don't change who you are...not for anyone. You are exactly who God designed you to be. Your skills, your talents, & your quirks all make you unique and special. Don't try to be someone you are not. 

3. Love Recklessly: People are going to come into your them! When they build you up, love them. When they hurt you, love them. When they don't show love themselves, love them anyways. When they love you, LOVE THEM! We are here to love, don't waste time with hate...or even dislike. Investing in people and relationships is the greatest thing you can do. Choose love all the time! 

4. Take Advice: You are 18 and you don't know everything. There are so many people in your life that have so much knowledge to share. Take advice and corrective criticism and grow from it. 

5. Forgive: Life is too short to harbor anger towards others. There are going to come days when people hurt you, but there is beauty in the hurt. Those people who hurt you will also teach you valuable lessons and let you see strengths you didn't know you had. AND grace is a beautiful thing.

6. Embrace Life's Curve Balls: That five year plan that you have (heck that 10 year plan that you have)...don't be disappointed when it doesn't go the way you thought it would. I know what your goals are; I know what you are envisioning for yourself. Things don't always go as planned, and that is okay. It is going to hurt when some of your plans fall apart, but the end is going to be beautiful. The plans you have for yourself are so tiny compared to the plans He has written for you. You are going to meet people, go on adventures, and discover things about yourself that you would never get to do if your plan went exactly the way you hoped. Embrace life. Cry when it hurts, but look for the blessings and remember that it all going to work out.

7. Have Fun: Sometimes you take life way to seriously! Your older self knows a little bit about having a good time and embracing fun when it is needed! Go find a new hobby, spend time with your friends, and have fun with these precious days that God has given you. You won't regret it!

In 10 years you will be in awe of the season that God has you in. It is beautifully messy & filled with love. You have an amazing husband, the sweetest little boy, a wonderful family, and the most incredible friends. You are a lucky one!