Thursday, October 2, 2014

Happy Birthday, New House!

Two years ago today we moved into New House!

"To mark this milestone let's take a photo!"
(Lizzy is still working on getting her "two's up".)

And here we are two years ago- this was actually about a week after we moved in. 

I still can't believe that just two years ago we went from this

to this

(and yes, that is the same "house"--
if you want the full scoop on New House click here)

We had to celebrate today with cupcakes (twice) and singing (more than twice) and candles for everyone. 

Its hard to believe its only been two years. 
We've already done so much here!

Lizzy's first steps


Holidays and Special Days

Fun Days

Happy Birthday New House! We love you!

Friday, September 26, 2014

First week of Fall Family Fun


We've had a fun first week of fall-though not in a pumpkiny-brisk weather kind of way! I'm linking up with the Friday Favorites again this week with just a few highlights. 

1. The beach in the fall.

We're on our way south for a quick trip. You just can't beat the Gulf Coast beaches in September and October. 

2. We got Jay's Halloween costume this week and Lizzy's is underway. They had tons of fun our our quick trip to pick out Jay's this week.

I need someone to be this lobster. Available at Target. 

3. We had a blast in t-town last weekend (which you know if you follow me on Instagram ) jay and Daddy went to the game and Lizzy and I took in some of the sights and snacked and watched games at the condo. 
If you're a cute little two year old who says "Roll Tide" to everyone you see you collect lots of candy and freebies during the game! 

Thanks for stopping in to share our favorites! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites: Lunch game-changer and Happy Mornings

I'm joining the Friday Favorites link up this week.


Mainly just a few random things this week that have made a BIG difference--they didn't need their own post because they are so random, but these are my favorite things this week.

1. This Thermos Food Jar. Game Changer. 

Since the start of school, I've been looking for containers to send hot food in Jay's lunch. We have a Pottery Barn lunchbox he got for his birthday, but I was on the hunt for a thermal container that was microwave safe and would be easy to clean and easy for Jay to manage. Oh, and it needed to actually work if I was going to spend $20 or more on it. (When did this stuff get so pricey?)

Anyhow, after looking in stores and online and reading reviews I was more than a little discouraged. It was really a bummer that I couldn't find anything that would do the job. I looked again at Publix this week and found this little fella. 

I am thrilled with it's design. No rubber grips on the outside to get gunked up. Inside there is a plastic bowl that you take out, fill and can microwave. Screw on the cap then lock into the stainless steel case and you're done! I can store the insert in the fridge overnight with the cap on then microwave (uncovered) in the morning, cover and send to school and what isn't eaten is still warm in the afternoons after carpool.

2. My absolute favorite thing I've done around our house lately---hold on to your hats-- I moved the coffee maker. 

Yep, I took it from the kitchen and moved it to the little bar/ice maker area.

If I could tell you really how this has made me so happy and made my mornings so much easier you would laugh. And likely roll your eyes and wonder why it took me nearly 2 years to figure this out. I don't know either, but better late than never I guess. Happy Mornings made simple. Grab and go coffee I heart you.

3. After I realized this was my new happy space, I couldn't stop thinking about it--even when I was at my long-time happy place--Home Goods. So I picked up some cute cocktail napkins. I was looking for something fall since the whole-wide-world seems to be fall crazy, but these little guys sort of sum things up for me.

$3 and you have my entire mentality summed up on one napkin. I'm working on getting used to fall--but really I am a summer girl. We've just had the BEST Summer (click here and here for the recaps) and I am so excited when I think of the fun we'll have next year. Eventually, I'll "warm up" to the idea of fall but for now my heart is still in shorts and sand. Ahhh....

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jay and Lizzy's Baptism

Jay and Lizzy were both baptized Sunday, August 24.

It was a great day for them to officially join God's family and for Joseph and I and our church family to pledge to raise them and guide them according to God's will.

It was also lively. In the United Methodist church, most babies are baptized as infants.
We hadn't found our church to call home when our kids were that small so we decided to baptize them now-at 2-and-a-half and 4. 

The great part is that Jay really understood this sacrament and Lizzy really understood that it was a special day.
And that they were going to put water on her head--just a few drops.
We know that she understood that because she said it over and over during the baptism. You know, the time that our pastor was talking and we were trying to encourage the kids be quiet. Over and over. 

All kidding aside, I do know that both Jay and Lizzy know that God loves them so very much and he gave them to our family and gave them a Christian family to love, guide and support them. 
They fully understood that is was a special day and were so proud.

Quite silly and difficult to photograph, but loved and proud nonetheless. 

We took a zillion photos of this pose with two cameras.
There are exactly zero with everyone looking and/or not cracking up.
The kids were so silly at this point and all ready to play. So fun!

 The folks "behind the camera" trying to make these goofy subjects participate in a photo...

We enjoyed the afternoon with some of our family, all in all it was a wonderful day to celebrate.

We had a "special cake", lunch of ham and rolls, turkey and rolls, seven layer salad, fruit and potato salad.

 Weston and CJ missed the "press your face against somebody" funny!