This weekend was the "wedding party." My brother and his wife have been married for a few months now... we all went to Hawaii in May. We were finally able to bring the celebration home for friends and family that couldn't make the long journey to the faraway beach.
I stayed pretty busy, so wasn't able to snap to many photos. Luckily, my husband knows his way around the camera a bit.
To bring the feel of the tropics to our cool climate, there was served quite a spread.
Time was spent visiting old friends, reconnecting and laughing. We watched the ceremony again, and missed the beach as we watched.
(stuhd-ee) n. : the cultivation of learning, zealous endeavor, assiduous effort.
What is it about kids? They love to learn. They soak up each bit of knowledge as if it were the last drop of a chocolate shake in a big frosty glass. They eat every morsel of information like there are no more treats to follow. Oh, how I adore the zeal. I eagerly await the moments I get to hear, "I'll help you mommy," "Let me try it mommy," "Mommy, what's this?" To be a child again. Today, I'll try. I'll walk with eyes wide open, ears listening and mind astute, ready to learn what the day has to teach me.
Warm days are here again. Is it really fall or is it summer?? While the brisk mornings greet me as fall, the warm afternoons still echo summer.
We couldn't let that sunshine go without it kissing our cheeks, so we moved our dinner outdoors and to the grill. Fajitas. They were the perfect balance between the dancing seasons. Fresh homemade guacamole gave the taste of summer, while the grilled veggies and chicken led us into fall.
@ Organizing Junkie: Time to clean up that computer. Get rid of the time busters that are lurking on your screen.
@ Blue Yonder: Homemade peanut butter... we've been making our own lately too, but I've never written about it quite so eloquently.
@ Hair Today: Great ideas for your munchkin's little do... your girl munchkin that is.
@ Blue Yonder: Perfect for fall... Apple Butter. I may make this after our upcoming trip to the Cider Mill/Orchard. After, that is, I eat up the fresh doughnuts and cider!
@ Cosmetic Database: Ok, I know I've mentioned this before, but it still boggles my mind how much junk is in the products we use. We are slowly working our way to healthier options. Just type in the brand or type of product and see how good it is for you!
@ Little Birdie Secrets: I've wanted to make lacing cards for Baby Blue for awhile now, this seems easy and perfect for it!
@ Organizing Queen: Everyone loves a challenge... how about a declutter challenge. Yay.
Have a wonderful weekend! Share your stories or fun things you've found...
I can't get enough fun fall recipes... including these baked apples. Yum.
Baby Blue, my little sous chef had so much fun filling all the apples with raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar.... and I loved eating them!! Even the house felt this bit of fall as the scent filled each and every room as they baked.
Change is upon us. Fall is here. New days have come. Time doesn't stand still. Babies turn into Toddlers.
So it is for Baby Blue.
No longer is the nursery featuring a crib along with all the pretty pink and brown accompaniments. Oh, the pink and brown is there, just a little bit more grown up. For this week was the week of the toddler bed. Baby Blue loves it. She loves the independence. She loves being able to climb in and out all on her own.
I love that she's growing up too... and I hate it. I love the little girl she's becoming and miss the baby that she once was.
Aren't walks so relaxing. The fresh fall breeze that glides across your face. The clean, cool scent that wafts beneath your nose. And when going for a walk with a little one... all the amazing smiles along the way.Ahhh, fall is here, and so are those relaxing, rejuvenating walks!
I'm so excited that, today, the day that I'm tired from being up too late with Baby Blue because she wouldn't sleep, before getting up early for church... although a wonderful church I must say! The day my nose had been a little runny because of this crazy changing weather. Today, a lazy Sunday afternoon...
Today, I'm SAUCY!!
My husband thinks I'm saucy, and most days, that's enough. Sometimes, I think I'm saucy, but today...
We enjoyed an extended family get-together this weekend, and it was sweet to see Baby Blue connect with family members that she's never before met. She's always been so outgoing, always willing and wanting to share whatever it is that's amusing her. What an example to my sometimes introverted self, made me think of this quote:
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep.
It's been a week since Baby Blue's birthday party already, so I figured I'd give you a little look at the big day. Because of all the rain brought on by 'Ike' we had to move all the festivities indoors, even though we were states away. The Puppy Party was still a hit! Baby Blue and all of her friends had so much fun.
Decor: We found materials that featured modern puppies, had balloons galore with paw prints and my sister-in-law even dressed up in a puppy costume to greet all the kids and give them their puppy ears and noses to wear.
Food: Mini BBQ hotdogs, chips served in dog bowls, paw and dog bone shaped sugar cookies, and a candy buffet featuring puppy style candy, ie. candy that looked like dog food (whoppers, peanut butter whoppers, M&Ms that matched the color theme, Kix, jellied 'hot dogs', and kooky chew), and chocolate milk in a dog bone cup.
The cake was a cupcake cake in the shape of none other than a doggie.
Activities: Puppies! We had 4 adorable eight week old labradors visit for the party and the kids fell in love. They (the kids, not the dogs) also decorated their own 'dog tags' with beads and markers. Of course we had a dog bone pinata filled with treats & toys, and everyone signed Baby Blue's birthday puppy.
The Doggie Bag: Full of more candy, small toy (noisemaker or yoyo), puppy notebook and pencil, kooky chew and dog tattoo.
Hmmm, did I forget anything? Probably, but this post is long enough.