Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Random Midweek Highlights

I cannot believe how close we are to the end of this school year! I'm ready, but I'm not ready yet, either. I think this is pretty much the same sentiment I have every middle of May, ha.

Last week, Caleb attended a job fair at a local college. He played the part of an aerospace engineer (cool!) and had to pay bills and support a family on his salary, kind of like the game Life. He said he had a great day! Look at how grown up and handsome he is now. Even though I have a baby, I still think of Caleb as my last baby boy. Maybe that makes Levi my bonus baby boy? ;)


 Caleb is still active with his school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group, so every Friday we have our own little before-school routine, and I love it. He pumps gas, grabs a coffee, gives me a sip, and then we drive around for a little while, just talking, before it's time to head to school for his meeting. I'm really going to miss our Friday mornings!

Maybe I posted this earlier? Sorry if I did, I cannot keep a straight thought to save my life lately!
I realized I have been working a lot more and playing with him a lot less these days, so we grabbed some lunch for a picnic on this rare sunny day. Someone liked McD's French Fries...oh wait, it was Wendy's because I got their wrap...regardless, definitely a fan. :)

We dropped Isabelle off for piano and headed to the little playground to swing, but then needed some shade- we aren't used to the hot sun yet. His look sums up the confused feelings he has towards grass. ha ha ha  It seems to be a love-hate relationship right now.

And every single time we get in the car, this whole game begins.
One...
 ...and two
You can see why I don't bother with shoes. I don't mind losing the occasional sock out and about, but I can't handle losing shoes. Good thing the weather is improving!

I got a handle on orders and wanted to make something fun for Isabelle. This top sewed up so quickly, and it's super cute, so I surprised her after school. She loves it! I have to remind her that it isn't the best thing to wear the same top three days in the same school week, especially since you're basically pulling it out of the hamper at that point. ;)
Those sleeves!
Isn't it adorable!?!
 My little girl is not so little anymore. Such a beauty, inside and out.

Time to move All The Things from underneath the sink. Enough said.

I think Levi is wearing blue and green in all these pictures...so much for not repeating, right?
Since I swapped the table and chairs from the sun room to the kitchen, we've been spending lots more time out here now. It's a fun little space to be in, and my sewing set up is right next door, so it works out well.

My Mother's Day roses and a pretty morning.
Once the leaves fill in, the sun won't flood in here like this, so I'm basically in love with this scene. There's just something special about early mornings, the stillness and quiet, before everyone else is up and moving.

Speaking of Mother's Day, my Mom and me when I was about six.
Sunday wasn't the best day, for lots of different reasons. That's life, I guess. They can't all be fabulous days, even the ones you want to stand out as such.
More light obsessed mornings.
From last week- I wrote a novella on IG about this particular scene, maybe a slightly different picture, so I'm not going to repeat it here. You're welcome. =)
Also, I can't bring myself to put the curtains back up after removing them to paint. Do you have to have window coverings up or can you leave them plain? I'm currently undecided, but leaning towards plain.

Last week I shared my tortellini with Levi and I couldn't shovel it onto his tray fast enough. Since he has been under the weather and kind of moody this week, I figured I'd delight him with more.
And he proceeded to toss every single morsel over the edge and into the dog's mouth. Wouldn't even put one piece in his mouth. Man, babies are fickle creatures!

This was yesterday afternoon, the first day we'd seen any sun- or milder temps- in about a week. 
He kept his foot up in the air the entire time, ha ha. Ignore the mess of a yard all around him- we're working on it, slowly but surely. And landscaping is not cheap, even all the DIY stuff we do!





Minus the pesky bugs, yesterday afternoon was the stuff motherhood dreams are made of. Fresh air never felt so good.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ten on Ten :: May 2017


With baseball, soccer, school stuff, running a small business, and well, LIFE, it has been a busy week! But I'm so glad I've remembered to document the tenth day of every month this year. I think it's so neat to look back and reread these posts because they really capture our days. Always something wonderful and beautiful to be found in the ordinary moments.


Levi woke up the first time around 10 pm, and after trying to console him for a long while- without success- he ended up in our bed. An elbow kept jabbing me all night, and then a random smack right across my face. Um...thanks, buddy. I couldn't sleep from about midnight till three, but at least he was quiet. Normally I'm up at 4:00, but today it was a bit later and the sun was just coming up- when the trees leaf out in a few weeks, I won't see the sun rising anymore. So I'm savoring it now.

It's Donut Wednesday, and this week, we had the good stuff :)
I don't even remember when this tradition started, but then it morphed into Donut & Coffee Wednesday, and it stuck. I skipped it entirely one week and I was so bummed because then I actually had to think about what to make for breakfast. Duh. ha ha

I may not have slept, but he did...once he was in my bed. He sure was a happy camper this morning. I wonder if donuts had anything to do with that...

I'm working on a new landscaping project in our front yard. Levi wouldn't stay put on the blanket I spread out for him, complete with tons of toys, so I plopped him in the jogger for a few minutes while I worked. He still loves it when I sing to him, and that keeps him quite content for a long while. Then, when he's done, he's DONE. Time to toss in some laundry and clean up a bit before nap time.

I was relieved when he laid down without protest today.
I haven't been able to make myself finish painting the last coats on the doors and trim inside, so I decided to put a new coat on one of our back doors. Weird, right? It looks nice, but the doors and trim bug me every.single.time I go upstairs, so I have got to finish!

All dressed and fed and ready to head out. But first, a picture to send to Daddy and big brothers at school. Because that's what you do when you're this cute. ha ha

I've been on the hunt for a cherry tree and I fiiiinally found one that's the right shape and size. Look at this stud muffin with one hand on the wheel and one arm out the window. I die of cuteness. It was his very first time riding in the Big Boy wagon! I don't think I'll put him in it again for a few more weeks- it was a little big for him and he kept sliding down. :/

Trying to get more steps in so we parked all the way across the lot. On IG, I posted some fun pictures of trying to load up a tree inside the van. Good times. We finally managed, but someone did not want to pose with me.
Then we ran into the store for some pastry treats for my Mom and Dad, since it's their anniversary. I held Levi and figured it would be a quick in-and-out kind of trip. I was wrong. Ugh, some people... ha ha

Someone thought he was just hilarious reaching out to touch the branches when I was yelling at him to "just look, just look!" from the front seat. Note the torn leaves, HA.
 And it's all smiles and giggles when the car becomes a jungle.
Until it falls over and dangles over your head. #momfail #hesfine
I'm slowly but surely adding some fun things to my new shop for little boys, dash & dapper.
I finished these adorable shorties bloomers last night and wanted to get some pictures taken before it got too dark tonight. Love this fun print!
 Especially on those cute legs!

Caleb had baseball practice and Ethan was at the gym and doing some school things, so the four of us headed up to my parent's house to wish them a happy anniversary. 48 years! I love that my kids see their grandparents all the time. Levi was in a really good mood, too, so he put on quite the show for everyone- it's so fun watching my Dad interact with him. He sure keeps him young!

And then it was time for bath and bed, and hanging out together for a bit, only Levi was just crying and it isn't even 9 o'clock. Oh man, we might be in for it again tonight. I'd better head up there...wish me luck!

It was a low-key day, but such a good one. Hope yours was too. :)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Year of Snuggles...and Selfies

It's Thursday night, almost 8:30, and I am ready for bed. Last night was so, so bad and I've been in a sort of fog all day. At least tomorrow's Friday!

Over this past year, a sort of selfie project emerged, all on its own, and now it's time to document since our first year is officially over. Yes, that totally just made my eyes water typing those words. This probably will just seem like a bunch of weird, blurry pictures to all of you, but to me, they mean the world. This mirror is in our dining room, and I'm not sure why, but I started taking our picture in front of it, and I noticed that my seasonal decorations showed up in the background. And I just thought that was such a neat way to document our very first year together. So here goes! Our year of snuggles and selfies...


This one is here because I love the way his cheek is pressed onto mine and his little tongue sticking out... never mind the gross mirror, please and thank you.











  (I'd already taken down the red hearts on the wall by the plate, darn it)


I feel like I need to defend myself a bit and tell the world that my hair is not as orange as it looks here. But I am still recovering from that awful cut on Levi's birthday party day. It's a liiiittttttle bit better now. Maybe. :/



And when Easter came this year, we reached the end of our special holiday selfies. Now he waves at himself in the mirror and it's about the cutest thing everrrr.

It's so fun to see how he changed from teeny baby to grabbing at the mirror and then waving at himself. He has such personality, that's for sure!

These last few are my favorites, too...favorite snuggles and smooches. This boy likes to show affection, ha!



I remember this was St. Patrick's Day and he kissed me all day long!


Apparently my selfie game is strongest when I'm wearing pajamas or a nightgown. Sorry about that, but nothing indecent, I promise.
I think I'm actually wearing a shirt in the pic directly below, ;)







It fills my heart with such joy, but also makes it hurt a little bit looking at all these pictures. I have tried to savor and to be present and to soak it all in, and I feel like I have, but it's all just going by so fast.


Okay, lastly, I've been so thankful for all the recent orders at Rose & Ruffle, so I thought I'd do a giveaway. I'm just a Mom who loves to be creative and make pretty things for people, and I don't aspire to have a big business or a professional brand or anything like that, but this little shop has been good to us and I want to say THANK YOU! Find me on Instagram @roseandruffle and follow along for details! I'll post there tomorrow. I think I said I was going to tonight, but I'm too tired! Oops. Have a great night!
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