Friday, June 27, 2014

Lucy's First Birthday

I know you've been holding your breath waiting for pictures of Lucy's first birthday party, haven't you? I went straight from putting her party together to working on a baby shower for Chad and Tree, and I've barely come up for air all week. But we had a blast! Nate and I vowed to keep it low-key, and I think we succeeded enough to enjoy the party in addition to Nate having to work all day and me and the kids attending another party a few hours before. Woo-hoo! I can't believe this passionate, vibrant, all-or-nothing little nugget is one already (sniffle).

Flower headband compliments of ME. Snuggles compliments of Nate.

Every once in a while, I actually get a picture of the two of us. Hooray!
In case you were wondering about the d├ęcor, or what we served... Fresh fruit cups, chips and salsa, and cupcakes for the food. Lemonade and limeade for the drinks. And an outdoor water wonderland with a slip-and-slide, inflatable pool, and countless water guns.

Amanda, who claims NOT to be crafty, made the one for me. I think it's perfect.

Nate lined the walkway with balloons. The kids couldn't wait to walk to our front door!
Have you ever seen a prettier birthday girl?

Homemade party hats modeled by Lily and Kaylee.

I loved this sunshine cake until I tried to add a 1. For future reference, I just won't...

Lucy seemed unimpressed by the cake, even though she's never had sweets before. She ate it, but with the most serious face I've ever seen.

Just for fun, a picture in which Nate says my mom and I are making the exact same face.

Monday, June 16, 2014

World's Best Dad

It's been a long time since I got to celebrate Father's Day with my dad. I've spent a lot of years sulking on Father's Day. I've shared birthdays with it. I've avoided the world on it. But now that I have my own little people, I am delighted to celebrate this guy. Nate is the most amazing dad, and both of our kids will grow up feeling protected, provided for, and loved because of who he is. That's one of the most valuable things I can think of for them. So, a day late, Happy Father's Day, Nate. Our people are pretty darn lucky.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Just a bit of wisdom rolling around in my spirit today. "The easy way is seldom the right way." Happy journey to you!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Welcome, Mia Ann!

Just thought I'd give you a peek at my brand new niece, Mia Ann Jackson, born May 29. She is happy and healthy and Chad and Tree are loving being parents. Congratulations, guys!

I absolutely love baby feet.

Lucy and Milo are pretty enamored with their new cousin.

Gorgeous, happy family.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Milo the pirate says, "ARGH!"

Those blue eyes...
Sometimes I look at my children and think, "Well, this is seriously perfection."