Posts Tagged ‘children’

complete with free printables from paper crave. Found via cottage industrialist this would be an awesome idea for a baby shower or even just a ladies get together.

I would love to do this with my girlfriends! Or my cousins and aunts!

Here are just a couple of the great printables!

canning-party-invitations and canning-party-recipe-cards

Thanks to Cottage Industrialist and Paper Crave for the idea and the amazing printables!


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As Thomas starts his first day of Pre-K, I am feeling slightly sullen. I am totally excited for him and all of the fun adventures this new year will bring. But I cannot help but to feel like time is taking advantage of us. He is growing so fast it feels like just yesterday he spend 8 hours a day sleeping on my chest only whinning when he was hungry. And here we are, Pre-K. Your parents always tell you that time flies but it’s never until you are dying for more time with that little one in your life when you truly understand how precious it all is. It’s like being in love but good and better.

So I as I walk my sweet little bit of everything into his first day of Pre-K I am so thankful for all the time we have had together and look forward to all of the wonderful adventures to come.

My heart just bursts.

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More to come, but my lovely friend Amanda over at IGoYouGo did a wonderful feature on our Pirate Party from last weekend. I am still gathering pictures and printables. But follow this {LINK} for a preview.

Captain Thomas with Mom & Dad

Captain Thomas with Captain Papa

Captain Thomas & First Mate Amanda

Thanks SO much to you, Amanda!!

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we finally made a decision on Thomas’ birthday party invites and I am so happy with the result. After hours of working on making it by hand I felt a little overwhelmed and decided to outsource the job. I went over to TinyPrints and instantly fell in love with this invite

And to make it even more fun I asked Matt to design a little treasure map with directions to the party.

* I blurred out the streets for privacy

With those out in the mail I feel so ready to get really into party planning.

I have already picked up a couple packs of these . . .

From {MeriMeri} for $11.95

& a couple of these to for the kids to play on . . .

From {blowout party} for $29.99

Stay tuned . . .

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My good friend Amanda had her god-daughter in town over the Fourth of July Holiday and I was lucky enough to take them all out for a trolley ride down to the Sawdust. Her good friends snapped this picture of Thomas and I, and I just felt so lucky that this moment was captured.

We had such a wonderful time with our friends and Thomas was so awesome. : )

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This is one of the most amazing photo sessions I have ever seen.

I dream of have pictures this precious with my children.


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I had lots of fun getting ready for the holiday this year. I had planned a mellow get together, mainly with just my family and father in law. We had a fun day playing in the pool, making pretzels, and being together. I picked up an old Pepsi Crate from Pottery Barn and used it as the main setting for our buffet table. Combined with a couple handmade decorations, and a galvanized water bucket full of hydrangeas it was a simple and fun set up.

and of course some hand made fun from preschool : )

Find the crate {here}. Flowers {here}. Straws {here}.

For dinner the menu was . . .

  • Frozen grapes on skewers
  • Home-made Soft Pretzels
  • Watermelon, blueberries, and raspberries
  • Corn with butter, crushed black pepper, and cardamom
  • Garlic Turkey Burgers with Gruyere & Swiss Cheese
  • Trader Joe’s Chicken Dogs
  • Bacon Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cabbage Salad with Lemon & Apple Cider Dressing and Pomegranate Seeds

For Dessert we pulled out the backyard fire pit and made some yummy s’mores before heading out for the firework show.

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