4.21.2014

Easter Celebrations + Amazing Love

We had a really wonderful Easter weekend and got to celebrate with my brother, sister-in-law and my cousin and her sweet little family (they live in Iowa and were in Texas for the week)!  To kick-off the weekend, Jackson and I decorated eggs on Good Friday .... we had the best day and it was much needed after having been away from him for 4 nights on a girls trip to Charleston!!!  On Saturday, the kiddos swam at my brother's and we ended up having everyone over at our house for an Easter Eve dinner (we'd planned on doing our normal Easter brunch, but Saturday night ended up working better with everyone's schedule).  I just went with what I had planned and we sure did have a mini mimosa bar......  it's never too late in the day for mimosas, right?  Not in my world.

Anyway, Jackson and my cousin's baby girl, Emma, got to dig through their Easter baskets, then we had an egg hunt and finally we all sat down to a delicious steak dinner!  I think everyone had a really good time and went home completely stuffed and with happy hearts.  You can't ask for much more.

Here are a few photos courtesy of my iPhone.  I don't have many of all of us, although I promise we were there!  Ha!  My sister-in-law was sweet enough to take a ton of photos and I'll share those once I have them.  :)


This is J decorating eggs on Good Friday .... I could just eat him up.  I opted for Elmo and Cars stickers instead of dying eggs this year .... a wild toddler and food coloring don't mix. ;)

He's as ornery as he is sweet!  We had such a great day.
The minis' Easter baskets and a little egg hunting........

 The table.... yes, a little girly, but it was Easter, so I went for it.

The mini mimosa bar.  And don't fret, there was far more champagne than these two little bottles.  ;)
Side note:  I currently have more tulips, ranunculas and hydrangeas in my house than I know what to do with.
And I love it.  I need a second job to support my fresh flowers addiction.

I'm sure the guys loved the glittered golden eggs.  ;)


And this - just because it's ridiculous.
Don't ask me how I didn't end up with one photo of us as a family or any of us together (I'm sure my sister-in-law got some with her good camera - or so I hope!).  What I did luck out with (insert complete sarcasm) is this gem of a photo taken unexpectedly by my brother with his phone.  Nothing says "Happy Easter" quite like this photo.  ;)

And the little nugget himself, Winston.  I think he had as much fun playing as Jackson + Emma ---- all three of them were WORN OUT by the end of the night!



Cute baskets, sweet minis, egg hunts and decorated tables are all kinds of fun, but the real reason we celebrate is this....................................................

If you haven't heard the song Amazing Love before, you must!

HOPE YOU AND YOURS HAD A WONDERFUL EASTER!

4.18.2014

A Truly Good Friday!

HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY!

I feel like every Friday is certainly a "good" Friday, but today is so much more meaningful than any regular Friday.... it's a celebration of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross that led to new life and hope through His resurrection!  I'm really looking forward to some meaningful time with my little family this weekend .... so much to celebrate!!!

So, in Good Friday fashion, with Easter just days away .....    my "Five on Friday" is all pretty much Easter related.  You're shocked, no doubt.

[ONE]
Dearest Easter Bunny,
This little mama has oh so many baskets.  No really, stop by my house and you'll wonder how one can accumulate so many ..... they're primarily toy baskets that are overflowing and storage baskets galore, but baskets nonetheless.  What I don't have is one of these bright and spring-y handbags and clearly, they are a little more cheery than a basket any day of the week.  ;)

[TWO]
How is this my sweet J's third Easter?  HOW?  I love few things more than a good year-by-year comparison, so.....

[THREE]
In case you missed it, yesterday I kicked off the "Easter Basket Blog Hop" [I know, so nerdy that it's cute] and shared Jackson's Easter basket that's all ready to go for Sunday!  It's not too late if you've put together an Easter basket and want to share it here in blog land.  The link-up will be live through the end of April, so you have plenty of time!  I've loved seeing all of the adorable baskets --- lots of great ideas!!  Here are a few of my favorites so far!

[FOUR]
Have you ever in your life seen a cuter face or cuter pjs?  No.  The answer is no.  ;) ;)
Side note:  this was taken last Easter, before he started looking like he was 12.  Also, I could kiss this angel boy 82 times a day.  Gahhh... he kills me!

[FIVE]
Happy Easter weekend to each and every one of you.  I hope you get to spend time with those you love most and know firsthand the love of our RISEN Savior!!!  Happy {almost} Easter!

I hope you'll join in on the fun though and link-up with us!  It's all too simple!
Post about any five things!
Link-up at the bottom of this post.
Make sure to include the Five on Friday logo (shown below) in your blog post.
Link back to one or all of the hostess' blogs! 
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4.17.2014

2nd Annual Easter Basket Blog Hop!

Happy day, friends!!

Today is the day to share the Easter basket goodness you've put together for the little (and big) loves in your life.  If you happen to have an Easter basket ready to share today, then have at it!  If not, do not fret .... you are not alone!  I made a quick Target run yesterday right after I got off a plane from Charleston because I needed to get Jackson's ready for this today!!  You can share your basket(s) today through the end of April, so no rush!!

Below are the details of this fun little "blog hop"....  you may remember that I hosted one last year.  It was so much fun and really neat to see all of the amazing baskets of goodies that were put together for little ones, husbands, friends, etc.  Because I love Easter something fierce, I decided to make it happen again this year! :)
THE DETAILS:
You simply share the Easter egg logo above in your post along with a few photos of the basket you put together .....whether that be for your minis, husbands, pups or whomever!!  Link-up below and make sure to link back to this post so your readers can stop by and check out everyone's fun Easter baskets!  I hope you'll join in on the fun!


And here's Jackson's Easter basket [let me not pretend that I've had this ready to go for weeks --- there was a mini photo shoot occurring here at 9:30 p.m. last night]!  The good news is that all of the Easter eggs are stuffed with candy and his basket will be ready and waiting for him on Easter Sunday!   I decided last year that I was going to use this same basket year after year until he begged me to no longer put together a basket for him (so I'm thinking when he's in his mid-forties, right?  I kid... I kid).  Anyway, he LOVES talking about the Easter Bunny and I think he's going to have a ball this Easter (he was a champ last year after a few Easter egg hunt training camps - ha)!  Cannot wait to celebrate our RISEN Savior with my family on Sunday!  So no more rambling, here's a quick look at his basket




NOW IT'S YOUR TURN --- LET'S SEE THE FUN + THOUGHTFUL BASKETS YOU'VE PUT TOGETHER FOR YOUR NEAREST & DEAREST!


4.11.2014

The day I almost cried over an Easter basket

Happy Friday, friends!  Let me not pretend that I am completely giddy that Friday is here this week --- I'm Charleston bound with my best friend for some much needed down time (and amazing food .... and mimoas... and pedicures ... and a really great hotel).  Anyway, I plan on keeping this relatively short and sweet today (you know this is a lie as I ramble) since I have 82,000 things to tackle before I can actually leave for said awesome vacation! ;)

[ONE]
So, yesterday... let's talk about it.  Yesterday was the first day in my entire life that the sight of an Easter basket almost made me cry.  Like big, ugly, completely overwhelmed and happy tears.  I was working from home and Cason got home a little bit earlier than usual and asked me to come outside real fast.  Okay, weird.  I walked out front to find the most darling Easter basket filled to.the.brim. with goodies for Easter activities for J and all kinds of fun things!!!  There were bright colored Easter eggs spread all across our flower bed, a "You Bless Me" tag on the door, an Easter place mat for J (that's laminated and will help him with learning to write his name!) and HUGE, adorable Easter chalkboard prints at the doorstep.  I mean.  At first glance I thought this was all the hubs' doing.   But no, my most precious friend Emily of Dear Owen had driven 40 minutes or so from her casa (with a 2 year old and brand new babe in tow, mind you!) to leave this amazing surprise for us!!!!  I truly almost cried --- such a sweet, thoughtful and kind gesture.  And what really sweet words to read --- YOU BLESS ME.  Those words and these treats came at just the right time.  They made my day and Jackson's too .... he's over here going crazy drawing on his Easter place mat while demanding more watermelon for breakfast.  :)

Anyway, here are a few photos of the goodies because they are too awesome not to share!



Personalized Activity Place Mats & Easter Printables found HERE in Emily's Shop!!

These are some of the goodies that she surprised us with.  Jackson is going to have a ball coloring tht huge Easter egg and I'm about to frame the Happy Easter chalk printable right this minute.  All so cute!!!  Little did I know she was selling these as a printable pack in her awesome shop!  Perfect for a fun day of activities with your mini(s) or even for a play date with friends!



Emily, you are the very best and have such a great heart for your friends and Jesus!!  So blessed to have you in my life, friend!  THANK YOU for taking time out of your wild and busy day to brighten ours!  You and your sweet little family are a blessing to us!

[TWO]
Better believe we'll be visiting Boone Hall Plantation (where The Notebook was filmed) on this trip to Charleston.  And yes, chances are very good that Ryan Gosling will be there and will say to me ... "if you're a bird, I'm a bird!"  ;)  Ha!

[THREE]
Speaking of Ryan Gosling, this  "HEY GIRL" meme has my name all over it.
[FOUR]
And speaking of French Bulldogs, have you met Trotter Pup?  Dear Winston - you need to step up your game.


[FIVE]
Let's talk about Easter plans / Easter brunch.  I haven't planned a single thing and that's so unlike me.  Between my upcoming girls trip to Charleston, my in-laws visiting, my cousin and her family visiting next weekend, work and ALL the other things in between, I just haven't put any ideas together for the annual brunch at our casa.  Nor have I picked out Easter outfits. The show will go on regardless, right?!  And it's just not about the outfits or the brunches, so I'm not going to stress over it too  much.

Here's a fun table setting from our First Annual Easter Brunch.... and here's a link to my "Easter / Spring" board on Pinterest if you too are in need of some fun ideas!!

Happy weekend ahead, all!!  If you need me, I'll be on a carriage tour with a mimosa in hand in Charleston.  ;)
 I hope you'll join in on the fun though and link-up with us!  It's all too simple!
Post about any five things you'd like.
Link-up at the bottom of this post.
Make sure to include the Five on Friday logo (shown below) in your blog post.
Link back to one or all of the hostess' blogs! 

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4.04.2014

Easter Baskets, Yummy Treats & Stop Waiting for Friday.


Hi friends - if you're stopping by to join the Five on Friday link-up, please bare with us this morning as I'm having some technical difficulties with the link-up program [meaning it's just not working and I'm not a happy camper].  Fingers crossed the link-up goes live soon .... if not, I think it's safe to say that the day will go on.  ;)

Anyway, let's get to it --- MY FIVE ON FRIDAY!

[ONE]
I saw this on Pinterest last night and immediately loved it. It's no secret that I am a big fan of Fridays. It's just a great day of the week --- and I big, puffy heart LOVE the weekends. But, this is such a great outlook.....
[TWO]

AN EASTER BASKET BLOG HOP.  Yes, you read that correctly and yes, I'm crazy.  You may remember that I hosted a little Easter basket link-up last year.  It was so fun to see all of the great baskets of goodies that y'all put together for your minis, husbands, friends, etc.  Because I love Easter something fierce, I decided to make it happen again this year!

Here are the details:
You simply link-up on APRIL 16TH (or any day thereafter through the month of April) and share photos of the Easter basket(s) you've put together.... whether that be for your minis, husbands, pups or whomever!

Rules:  there really aren't any.  Because, I mean, this is an Easter Basket Blog "Hop" --- God help me if I've created rules for such a thing.  But, do go ahead and share the cute little logo over there and link back to the post on 4/16!



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[THREE]
"Bunny Bait" - the best treat ever.  It's basically Easter's version of crack.  That just sounds wrong on so many lever.  Anyway, last year I made this "BUNNY BAIT" for Jackson's mother's day out teachers and a few of our good friends.  It is SO yummy, super easy and obviously very cute.  More details here if you are looking for a fun Easter treat.  It's definitely on my agenda to make some again this Easter, but I'm going to have to have Cason hide it from me.  IT'S THAT GOOD.

[FOUR]
As soon as May rolls around, this little beauty will be adorning my desktop.  Bring on the popsicles.

[FIVE]
This teal wingback chair.  I have my eye on it for our bedroom, but am a little on the fence.
What do you think, friends??

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