And so the Friendship Begins...
March 11, 2014
A couple of days ago we had been playing outside all day and as we were getting ready to go inside we heard our "chicken" cockadoodledoo! I thought...surely not?? We bought our two chickens from the sweetest farm and they assured us that they only sell hens...so, since October we have assumed that is what we had! Roosters aren't allowed where we live, chickens are.
Fast forward. We put them up, came inside and went about our evening. Well, first thing the next morning we hear over and over and over in ourbackyard our rooster crowing! I never in a million years thought that I would cry over a chicken (rooster) but we have so loved raising this sweet guy! I honestly was worried about him and so Chris called the farm. They were so kind, said it was their mistake and assured us that they love having roosters roaming around on their property and that he would be happy there. We drove him back over and dropped him off. It was so sad! I kept thinking....why I am I so so sad over this guy?! But our pets are truly a part of our family and bring so much joy to our babies...for that I am forever grateful to our sweet rooster. To all our sweet pets. All the memories!
Pets are such precious companions and we will forever make sure that is well cherished in our home.
The people at the farm were so gracious and gave us a sweet baby chick to ease the sadness a bit with a cute fuzzy little bundle to bring home. Plus the chicken that we still have just lost her best friend! The kids are smitten!
And so the friendship begins....
March 10, 2014
When we opened our package from Geo Fox Apparel we were instantly smitten! Aiden's favorite hat is his camo hat and he LOVED the idea of having some pants to match. Not only that but the tshirt and pants are so stylish yet still very "all boy" to me. It was the perfect combo! I was really excited to have something super cute for Aiden and not to mention they have a few cute girl items in their shop as well! So excited to share them today!
"Geo Fox is designed & run by Justin & Sarah Fox, parents of two boys, with a passion for style and design. Noticing a lack of fashion-forward children’s clothing, Geo Fox was created to answer that need with children’s wear that is both cutting edge and affordable. Geo Fox takes inspiration from the latest trends around the globe and translates these into stylish, mini-me sizes. Our collections are designed and manufactured in Los Angeles with an attention to detail and emphasis on quality. We keep in mind that children need clothes that are wearable and suited to an active life. Geo Fox strives to create fashions that are bold, unique, and always rad."
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March 08, 2014
My theme for this year and then when my babies received these shirts in the mail my heart completely skipped a beat! Little Loves Clothing is a sponsor of HopeSpoken and have been so supportive of something so close to my heart. So excited to share them with you today!
"We believe family matters. That children matter. And that every child deserves a family. Little Loves Clothing came to be out of an idea for a fundraiser so we can one day adopt internationally. But we quickly realized that we didn't just want to raise funds for our own family, but help other families along the way. Each month we highlight a different family that the funds will be supporting. With that, as much as we have a heart for adoption we also feel strongly about orphan care, and specifically orphan preventation. When we came in contact with Abide Family Center, located in Jinga, Uganda we knew we wanted to partner with them as well. Abide Family Center is an organization that offers income generation support, emergency housing, case management, counseling, Bible studies, early childhood education, and parenting classes to families that might other wise have no other option--giving children a chance to grow up in their biological families. So each shirt purchased is truly making a difference in the lives of children be either giving them a forever home or allowing them to remain with their biological families. And the designs behind the shirts? Well, we think they are pretty rad. We believe that encouragement and positive messages can go a long way. We are a mama and papa duo, with mama doing the drawing behind the designs and papa transferring them to the computer to be printed. Each of our children (ages 1, 3, 5) do a pretty sweet job modeling the shirts on our website. We offer shirts in infant, toddler, youth, and adult sizes. No shame in being a matching family, right?"
Giveaway: $50 shop credit
let them create.
March 06, 2014
So, I love things to be clean. I first noticed my hand gripped on this need to control and keep things in order when I began teaching art at a school right out of college. Being an art teacher for kids age 3- 5th grade will change you...or begin to anyway. Somewhere between the spilling water and cut paper pieces everywhere I saw myself beginning to loosen. The kids would enter the room, twinkle lights flickering and soft music playing.... I would attempt to set the tone for the day but as it goes with all children and kids in a good environment to create you have to balance a bit.
Then before Aiden was born, when we first opened A Little Artsy, I was teaching from 8am-7pm and running the artsy parties on the weekends (even Sundays). Oh and Art Parties will take your need to control and keep things clean to a whole new level by the way. I think it might have been the day we had a child attempt to flush his shoe down the toilet during one of the parties and completely flood our studio that all of what was left just rode the wave straight out the door.
We laughed. I changed a lot, and now 8 years later as a mama I am forever grateful for that season. I want my kids to create. I want them to cut and glue and paint and draw. I want them to feed themselves no matter how messy and I want them to feel free to explore their creativity.
Chris and I often talk about creating art. His art comes through film, a lens, telling a story. Beauty can come in so many different ways but it's so important. And I want our kids to appreciate and see beauty...I want them to have the freedom to create it.
I haven't painted in months. Something that has been a passion, a beautiful outlet, a story for me for so long has slowly drifted. I know it is this season... I know that someday my office will be filled with the sweet smell of fresh oil paint and I will have my emotions spilled back out onto a canvas just like it was in my yesterdays. Dreams don't have to die, passions don't have to end...they can just pause for a bit. Or even change. Photography today is my painting yesterday.
Creating with them is my new today.
But all the same.... creating is a beautiful thing. A gift to the world and a gift to yourself.
I hope my babies always hold on to that.
The Baby Top Knot.
March 05, 2014
Today I was heading over to Pouf to put together a few new hair tutorials with them and decided at the last minute as I was heading out the door to bring Ainsleigh along with me! She adores girlie stuff and has never had her hair done before (besides by me)... so I thought this would be a fun girl date for us and who doesn't love little mini hair tutorials?!
Plus they have pink cupcakes across the street, swoon!
The baby top knot is perfect for little girls! It's fast, easy and it is so cute while also keeping the hair out of their eyes while they are playing and running around like kids do!
1. Start with a ponytail, high on top of her head.
2. Secure with a clear elastic hairband.
2. Secure with a clear elastic hairband.
3. Take a small comb and tease sections of her hair.
4. Pull her hair over in the form of a bun and and pin the sections down piece by piece.
That's it! Easy, simple yet so beautiful!!
Thank you Pouf for this fun collaboration! We have a few amazing tutorials coming over the next few weeks :).
a date with my boys.
March 04, 2014
Recently my sweet MIL came over early in the morning so that Chris and I could sneak away for a quick breakfast date before he started working for the day. I woke up and had gotten Ainsleigh and Apple ready for her. Aiden was still asleep when she first got there and as I tiptoed by his bed to grab my glasses he began to stir. I whispered, "Hey buddy, daddy and I are going to go for a quick breakfast and then I will be right back for a fun day with you." He sat up and climbed into my lap, cutest bed head ever, and slumped onto my shoulder.... "maybe this time I could come with you?" Just then Chris walked in, heard his little request and told him what a great idea that was and to hurry and get ready.
He kept saying " oh thank you so much for letting me come on your date and I am so happy you changed your mind!" It was the sweetest. Chris and I try to take them one on one individually but it isn't very often that we can take them on dates the two of us! I knew Apple would go down for her morning nap and Ainsleigh would get the morning with grandma, full attention, which was a dream for her! So win-win all around!
Are you seeing this face above? I can't even handle it!
Two of the most handsome boys looking at me on a sweet early morning date. We got chocolate chip pancakes and he beamed with pride. I could tell his little love tank was filling up and spilling over as he told us stories, asked us questions and at one point even sang a little song.
My precious Aiden will be 5 this month and I have so many thoughts and emotions about it. He is growing and changing by the day and I just could not be more proud of who he is. He loves so big and so well. Also thankful for a sweet hubby that loves our kiddos in a way that I always dreamed of.
Bonding over chocolate chip pancakes, a pile of whip cream and the cutest little grin- it was a perfect little date with my two favorite guys.