Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Years Old | An Enchanted Forest Birthday Party

My baby is two now.

A simple statement that, in reality, is anything but simple. That little sentence packs a punch of emotion for me that rides the full spectrum from sorrow to joy. Two is a big year, full of lots of good and lots of stretching limits. We're in the thick of it; tantrums and infectious giggles, fierce independence and reluctant attachment, the constant push and pull of a year full of growth.

It's all good.

We celebrated our girl the best way we know how, with friends and family at home. This post is heavy on photos of crafty party details, because I know they are fun and what people like to see, but they are just that, fun details. The heart of our party, as always, is the people. Our people, who show up to share a drink, a laugh, and a hug, and to help us celebrate a very special, very loved, forest fairy.

Happy birthday sweet Lilly.

Party Details:
Cake and cupcakes - Made by my insanely talented sister.
Lanterns - Simple embroidery hoops tied with fabric strips.
Fairy Dress -From this Etsy seller
Glass Bottles - Oriental Trading
Wings and wands - Halo Haven 
Mushroom ring toss - Original idea here. Bowls and small hula hoops from the Dollar Store.
Meringue mushrooms - So simple. Watch this video.
Hedgehog donuts - Simple idea from Pharma. Dip in melted chocolate and chocolate sprinkles, pipe on face.
Chocolate bird nest bowl - I made mine with shredded wheat, a little cocoanut, and melted chocolate. Line a bowl with wax paper, press to form bowl shape, and pop in the fridge to harden.
Acorn kisses - These are all over Pinterest. Just secure the kisses and mini chips to Nutter Butter Bites using melted chocolate.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Things

April is shaping up to be a very busy month for us! Vet appointments (for a dog who is seriously costing me a small fortune), Dr. appointments, Easter preparations, birthdays (so many birthdays!), to-do-lists, work trips...the list goes on. Amongst all of the hustle and bustle, poor little April has the potential to quickly slip away, unnoticed. Thankfully, I have this blog.

My little place to slow down and string together snapshots and memories. Proof that April is in-fact alive and well, and full of good things to offer:

Spring Things.

Park Things.
Near, far, whereeeeever you are...
Lakeside Things.
Sydney's first fish!!

April is having to fight for attention in our home. Luckily, she is quite a fighter.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring

I've been feeling a little uninspired lately. It could be that this long winter is to blame, or maybe the business of life right now, but whatever the reason, I feel like I'm stuck in a little bit of a rut.

I asked a question on Facebook a few weeks ago looking for some ideas for making the work-week evenings more purposefully enjoyable, especially during these shorter, colder days. I got some great responses back, many of which revolved around family mealtime and fun ways to involve the kids, and I'm trying to incorporate these when I can.

I've also been slowly working the gym back into my morning schedule. It's hard to get up so early, but I have to say that, once I'm actually up, I've really been enjoying starting my day this way! I have no goals for loosing weight, I just want a strong, healthy body so I can live a long, active life with my family.

Maybe it's time to join in on a photography project again. I haven't done one of those in a while and I miss the creative challenge they give me.

There see, thinking about all of these things makes me feel like I'm climbing out of that rut already! Booya!

In other news, the snow is gone! Fingers crossed that it stays gone for the season. The snow melted to reveal a few exciting surprises: First, apparently some small critters (voles and possibly rabbits?) were really enjoying the protection of the snow-pack. Our lawn is a maze of vole tracks and our garden beds are full of mounds, holes, and tracks. Unfortunately, I'm betting this means that all of the bulbs that we planted last fall are gone. Second, I found a ratty twenty dollar bill in a pile of leaves that we cleaned out of the bushes. Mother Nature must have felt she owed me for surprise number one.

Hooray for the first official day of Spring! If you need me, I will be obsessively watching my flower beds for signs of bulbs that survived the winter critter destruction.