Monday, November 16, 2015

Little Girls Gift Guide

Here are a few things that the girls are getting for Christmas. Those bunny slippers absolutely kill me! Can't wait to see them wearing them on Christmas morning (with these cute jammies!). I am always looking for the perfect things for them. I also picked up this book for Til (recommended by a friend) and this backpack for Bee. That 50 States book is seriously gorgeous. Each page is jam-packed with amazing illustrations. Highly recommend!

Is that coloring book the most?

What are you guys gifting your little ones?

bunny slippers | merry socks | The 50 States | Dollhouse Coloring Book

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Monday, October 12, 2015

On Being Strategic

Strategy isn't something I really think about a lot. Sam calls me, "fire, ready, aim." He's pretty dead on here. I leap before I look and all that jazz. I just recently did Strengthfinders and my top five strengths all align with that type of personality. Have you taken it? We are doing Strengthfinders in my Deep Roots Bible study at my church. The theory is that if you spend more time enhancing your strengths and less time focusing on your weaknesses that you can't help but become a better version of yourself. All this leads me to thinking more about strategy in my daily life.

Sam and I went to see War Room yesterday. Have you seen it? While there are some seriously cringe-worthy high-cheese-factor scenes (the repeated comments about her feet !!) the message COULD NOT be more powerful. Hear that louder than my critique. I think that everyone should go see it. The movie is all about the power of prayer and having a prayer strategy. She creates a "war room" in her house to pin up scripture and prayer strategy for her family (which I am currently in the midst of doing). It is beautiful and powerful and the movie made me do some major soul searching. I haven't been living out this post or spending much time in prayer lately and oh boy can I ever feel it. The Lord has shaken me up in huge, painful ways over the last couple of months. I'm thankful.

Thinking about my little sponges today, I'm truly amazed by what all they soak up (good and bad) and my responsibility to leave a legacy that matters. Little warriors in the making.

I took this photo almost a year ago exactly. Sweet Matilda. Those frames are still our absolute favorite. The lovely people at Framebridge (seriously incredible customer service!!) are offering a fun 15% off with the code: 15LWG (love the instagram minis!) expires 12/31/15

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cagle's Family Farm 2015

Yesterday we took an impromptu trip to Cagle's Family Farm! This is our second year (see photos from two years ago here). We love this place (make sure you follow the directions on their site). I love that it is close and the weather made the crowds disappear which is perfect in my book. We basically had the place to ourselves and were able to feed the baby animals, go through the corn maze, take a tour of the farm and eat fried apple pie in total peace. Ahhh, love these family weekends.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Camp Matilda

Over the weekend we celebrated Matilda's 7th birthday!! This was the first year that I asked her to put together the guest list and it was a fun combination of friends old and new, mostly gal pals and a few fellows mixed in. Our hearts were so full celebrating that precious girl! Wish we could have hosted all her buddies but we tried to keep it intimate, hosting everyone's family. So much fun!

We decided on a "Camp Matilda" theme. I found this great invitation on Etsy. The colors set the tone: pinks, greys, mint green, black, and natural.

Found this adorable teepee idea here. The cake stand in from here. I created a dessert table from s'mores, teepees, snacks and "bug juice." :)

I honestly think that Matilda was most excited about the "bug juice." Thanks, Costco!

My friend Alison shared the cutest "Modern Bear Party" on her blog that inspired the black balloons and "feed the bears" sign.
Pinterest had all of these great "back yard game" ideas and this was one of them. Can't remember where we saw it but we tweaked it a bit with bad mitten balls and little buckets from Hobby Lobby. Sam took the girls to forage for the perfect sticks.

We had a craft table set up where the kids could "yarn bomb" sticks and paint pet rocks. The crafts were a HUGE hit. Wish I would have pre-cut the yarn to make it easier. This was so much fun, though!

Sam made a tic tac toe board from a stump, some nails and twine and rocks. Love this!

After hot dogs and dinner we did a crazy scavenger hunt. We let the littlest go first. Highlight of the night for sure. I made the scavenger bag from a template that I tweaked on photoshop and then printed directly onto the paper bag by attaching it with washi tape to a piece of computer paper. I was pretty proud of my craftiness. :) Doesn't happen often! Found those awesome pencils here.

Sam made the pup tent from some rope and a drop cloth. We found masses of kids in there throughout the party. So fun! Sam was the mc of the event and maybe found his life calling?!

We ended the night with s'mores and a campfire song of "happy birthday." One of the best days. Ever.

You are so loved baby girl. Praying big things for this year for you. You are precious and mighty!


+ Straws
+ Hot dog crates + liners
+ Cups
+ Water pitcher
+ Party Hats
+ Mint cake stand
+ Copper bunting banner
+ Stick pencils
+ Wood slabs
+ Wooden forks
+ Wooden place card holder

special thank you to my daddy and grandparents for watching the girls so we could get ready (it takes a village!) and to my friend scott for capturing some of these amazing photos and for all my mama friends for helping keep the chaos to a minimum! we love y'all!

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