September 26, 2014

sawyer: fall photos, twenty fourteen.


We're doing pretty good keeping up with Cayden's daily kindergarten activities. We are not doing so well checking up on Sawyer's two-days-a-week 3k activities. I know. It doesn't make sense. So, on Wednesday night when I got an email from Sawyer's teacher reminding us about fall photos the next day, I got a little panicked. We haven't exactly gotten fall clothes out of the attic yet thanks to the always warmer than necessary Alabama "fall." Jeremy and I made a mental note to climb up in the attic the next morning to find something for Sawyer to wear.

But then, I walked into the boys closet the next morning and saw something I forgot we had purchased earlier in the summer on mega-sale. The cutest little hooded sweater in a great oatmeal color. And I knew that it would look adorable paired with a darker pair of shorts. Jeremy had left early for a bible study, but when he got home and saw Sawyer, he agreed: adorable.

Now, let's just hope he didn't smile for the photo like he told me he did. It involved an open mouth and lots of tongue. Yay?

September 25, 2014

the master bedroom.


I guess we'll just continue on a little home tour here, friends. Last week I shared Cayden and Sawyer's shared room, and I've posted plenty of Graham's nursery as it slowly gets transformed. But today? Today I'm sharing our little retreat in the house.

Our bedroom is finally exactly how we want it. I mean, sure, we'd probably hang some artwork, but since we plan on listing the house this weekend, there's really no point. When I was pregnant with Graham, and we had two boys crashing in our bed on weekend mornings, we decided it was time to upgrade to a king-sized bed. Best decision ever. Except somehow, with all three boys in the bed, it still doesn't seem to be big enough. Weird. Ha!

But the way that tufted headboard pops off our light blue walls? It makes me all swoony. And the sun rises on this side of the house. Jeremy and I have watched some really pretty sunrises because of this. Also, it keeps our room bright and airy. Bright and airy is definitely a home requirement for me.

September 23, 2014

jamberry launch party.


When I signed up to be a consultant for Jamberry, I was a little anxious about hosting parties. It is completely out of my comfort zone to stand up in front of people and be the center of attention. But y'all, something magical happened this past Sunday. I enjoyed myself. Like, I really had a great time talking about the product, playing games and trying on samples. And now I'm wondering if perhaps my thirty-five year old self might be outgrowing her social anxieties? Yeah, maybe not, but it's a start.

Anyway, the party was a blast. It seemed like everyone enjoyed it, and for that I'm grateful. It's true when people say the product sells itself. It really does. I booked five parties and can't wait to see where this leads. Also? I can't wait to pick out some more wraps. Cause, cute.

If you want to place an order for my launch party, just click here. Try to get your orders in by this Friday (Sept. 26). I'm going to close the party down this weekend. You can order anytime though by following that same link!

September 22, 2014

doctor who.


Any Doctor Who fans out there? Jeremy and I were a little late to the game, but once we started watching it, we couldn't get enough. Since we don't have cable, we currently cannot find a way to watch the newest season. If anyone has any pointers, we'd be glad to take them.

But anywho (haha!), Graham was starting to get tired of only his flat floormat. When my nephew as an itty bitty, my sister got this great exersaucer for him. Before Gage, we'd all been using the same one since my oldest nephew was a baby. He's about to be nine.

Since Graham has total head control and is REALLY working on trying to sit up (stop that, kiddo!), we decided it was time to bring out the exersaucer. Depending on his mood, Graham will sit in this thing playing for up to 20 minutes. And hey, I'll take that! As I was watching him play in it one day last week, it hit me why I liked this new-to-us exersaucer so much. And just to make sure I wasn't crazy, I posed the question to Jeremy.

"Hey babe, you know what this exersaucer reminds me of?"
"Yep. Doctor Who."

And that, my friends, is how I know I married the right guy. Ok, there ::are:: a few other reasons, but the fact that he was right there with me was awesome. And to explain myself, see those little rectangle shaped thingies over his right arm area? Those are totally little Tardis'. And that little building thing that has fallen over on the far left? Reminds me of the hospital that disappeared that one time. And the school house looking thing behind Graham? Reminds me of Amy and Rory's town in that alternate world episode.

Ahem, dork. Right here. And thankfully the man that shares our children is one as well.

September 17, 2014

cayden and sawyer's room.


It recently dawned on me that I've never shared Cayden and Sawyer's bedroom. And well, to let a secret out of the bag – or is it cat? cat would be SO much more appropriate considering the amount of cats we have – we're planning on listing our home in the next week or so. We finally got the boys' room organized the way we like it, and the way it works best for two wild boys. And since it was clean, I decided to snap a few photos of their shared space.

The bunk beds have worked really well for us. There have been a couple of incidents where we thought we would have to separate the beds (um, a certain four year old jumping from the top bunk to his bean bag and another where a certain two year old decided he should climb down from the top NOT using the ladder), but no problems recently, so bunked they've stayed. We recently moved this six drawer dresser in here from our bedroom. Both boys having three drawers of storage has been awesome.

The closet in this room is a really nice walk-in. It holds all of their shirts on hangers and also houses a bookshelf with most of their toys and all of their books on it. It can start looking a little cluttered, so having it in the closet helps my OCD by not actually being able to see the mess going on.

We picked up a toy box on a semi-recent trip to Ikea. It holds all their big toys that used to sit along the walls of their room. Again, not being able to see a mess when we walk into their room is awesome, so yay toy boxes!

September 16, 2014

fall soccer, twenty fourteen.


Cayden had his first soccer game this past weekend. I missed it due to another obligation, but word on the street is that he's mostly stopped orbiting the ball. In fact, there might have even been a goal scored. To say that I'm excited about watching him play this weekend would be an understatement. After the past couple of seasons, I feel like he might actually be understanding it and enjoying the game part of soccer. And to see him enjoying it makes it so much more enjoyable for us too.

September 12, 2014

vendor fun.


It's been months since I've sat at my sewing machine. Months. The last thing I think I sewed were Graham's crib sheets? Or maybe there was a little gift I whipped up for a friend? But otherwise? Nothing. So when a friend asked me if I wanted to participate in a vendor event that benefits a sweet two year old girl, I was all game! This was about two weeks ago. And, um, I had nothing in my stock of baby items to sell.

SO! To the sewing machine I went. I've whipped out some crib sheets, paci clips, coffee cuffs, bibs and sweet little headbands for babies. I'm still not done and the show is tomorrow morning at 9. Eek! Probably going to be a late night tonight. If I see you tomorrow, forgive me if I call you the wrong name. ::wink::

There are a lot of crazy things going on behind the scenes at our house right now. Choosing to jump in on this vendor event may have been poor timing, but it's for a great reason. Also, let's not discuss the fact that our upstairs air unit is broken. Which just happens to be where my sewing machine is. It was a comfy 93ยบ up there a couple of nights ago. So that's fun?

But for real, it's my first vendor event and I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. It will probably be a smaller event, and I think that will be a great way for me to dip my toes in the water. I'm also silly-stupid excited about it. That could have something to do with my lack of sleep (Fitbit tells me I got four whole hours and one minute last night!), but I think it also has to do a little something with stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new. Trying new things seems to be what I do lately...

September 10, 2014



At Sawyer's school, they carry tote bags. Each class' tote bag is decorated according to who their teacher/room is. Sawyer's is decorated like a puppy and is really super-cute. Thankfully they are more geared to the itty bitty's size rather than the bag being as large as they are. But they ARE tote bags. Both straps SHOULD go on one shoulder. Not for Sawyer though. Nope. He likes to wear his like a packpack. And so we let him. Because it's cute. And really not worth the argument with a three year old.

September 9, 2014

that's my jam.


Perhaps you've seen the term Jamberry floating around? On your Facebook page maybe. Or perhaps in your Instagram feed. Or maybe it's a brand new term to you. If that's the case, let me introduce you!

Jamberry, friends. Friends, Jamberry. These little guys are heat-activated nail wraps that you can apply in the comfort of your own home. And they're also super durable (lasting up to 10 days on your hands with no chipping). I've recently become a consultant for Jamberry and I received my starter kit in the mail yesterday. We had a long day and didn't get home until almost 8 p.m. I had a few other things I needed to take care of (like feed the baby and sew a few things for an upcoming vendor show), so it was close to 10 before I was able to dive in and check out my new goodies.

That didn't stop me from applying my jams though. Nope! It was super easy to apply them myself; even my right hand looks good. Y'all know how hard it can be to apply something with your "wrong" hand, right? Anyway, applied my jams and was good to go. Best thing? I didn't have to wait for my nails to dry before I got in bed. That's right! They were done, I jumped in bed, tucked my hands up under my pillows and this morning, they still look perfect. No sheet marks or texture to be found (tell me you know what I'm talking about!).

So yeah, I'm kind of in love. Showed my nails off to the boys this morning and Sawyer was all, "Wow, those are purty," and Cayden was all, "Um, how did you do that?!?!" Even little boys are impressed. Ha! I have my launch party coming up at the end of the month. If anyone is interested in coming, let me know and I'll shoot you my address.

(Also, Lego movie reference, but I can't get "That's my jam!" out of my head. These nail wraps? They're totally my jam.)

September 3, 2014

graham learns a new trick.

And... wait for it. Wait for it. Ta-da! I love the surprised look in his eyes when he succeeds. Cayden and I both applauded him. Oh, grammy-Graham, you're growing up too fast!

September 2, 2014

sawyer: first day of 3k.


We wrestled with the idea of putting Sawyer in school this fall. But earlier this year, when he asked if he could go to school like Cayden does, we knew it was time to register him. We wondered how he would handle being somewhere on his own all day. Nugget has a bit of a dependence streak where he needs someone around to help him and hang out with him. We also wondered how he would do on drop-off his first day.

Turns out, all he needed was a little independence. Since Cayden started kinder a few weeks back, he's been asking when his school would start. When Cayden starts telling us something that happened at school, Sawyer would start his own school story – never mind that he hadn't started school yet.

So this morning, we lined up for 3k drop-off. Sawyer was bouncing around in the back seat just waiting for his door to be opened so he could go into his class. He hopped down out of the car, threw his bag up on his shoulder, told us "bye!" and was off. No looking back. He rocked it. Now we'll just say a little prayer that his entire day goes as well.

And me? Oh, no worries. I was surprised by the tears, but was able to dry them up just as quickly. Jeremy and I are both really happy the Nugget is getting to go to school. And we can't wait to hear about his day this afternoon.
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