Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Kinsey Wore: Tulle and Camo

Contradictions in fashion are fun.  I loved pairing this ultra- feminine tulle top (which is actually an 18 month dress re purposed as a shirt. Clever, I know ;) and the print-of-the-moment camo walking shorts.  I could never get away with wearing something so sassy like this, but when you are 3.5 and this cute, you can pull anything off.

And won't you know it, she reminds me all the time.

#flowerchild haha

Tulle dress: BabyGap
Camo shorts: Old Navy, thrifted
Converse: Ross

What are your favorite unexpected pairings?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Craft: Threading Pumpkins

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My second easy- peasy Halloween craft for the Littles!  Felt Pumpkin craft can be found here.

orange construction paper 
a cereal box
glue stick 
a hole punch

I glued orange construction paper onto a cereal box and let dry.  I free formed a pumpkin and then punched holes around the circumference with a hole punch (I also added a brown construction paper 'stem'. It adds street cred. Haha)  I added tape to the ends of the raffia to make it easier to thread and stop fraying.  (Shoelaces could easily be used in place of the raffia, but I liked the natural look of it.)

Threading is a great fine motor activity and helps to develop eye- hand coordination.  It is also a good quiet activity ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Pumpkin Patch visit

This weekend we went to the Pumpkin Patch (finally!)  There was a touch of Fall weather so I got to wear plaid and boots (Eeee!!!) but of course, didn't get picture proof of this phenomenon ;)

We pretty much had the run of the place since we went early in the day, and that's pretty much all Kinsey did- run back and forth, non- stop.  On a related note, she had an epic nap that day, too.
Bless her heart, she was picking out all kinds of homely, misshapen pumpkins.

We took home a white pumpkin, a gray pumpkin, an orange and green pumpkin, a nice round one, and two baby orange ones that Kinsey ended up painting.  I thought this would be the first year of her gutting and carving (with ample adult supervision) but girlfriend isn't ready for that just yet.

Aren't these two just darling?

And of course, Brielana slept through the whole experience :)

{I heart Fall}

Have you visited a Pumpkin Patch yet?  Or are Supermarket prices too hard to beat?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Kinsey Wore: Lingering Summer days

Our Indian Summer days are finally winding down (and I am in no way saddened by this, give me crisp air and overcast skies, please!)  As a last hurrah I pulled this adorable dress out of the closet for one final wearing before being packed up for little sister to one day enjoy (which will probably come much too soon, might I add.)

We visited the old work place so everyone could meet Brielana (I know its been 3 months and she's hardly "new" anymore, but germs run rampant in Preschools and I didn't want her picking up anything funky too soon.)
We received such a warm welcome and I have to say it gave my heart a tug being around all the new students.  There is a magic of its own when a child can recognize a kindred spirit in a grown up and my radar must have been flashing.  I made many new friends and so did Kinsey and Brielana.  Briefly I missed not having a classroom of my own... briefly.  

I also saw some former students from last year and that was special; they were so happy to see Brielana outside of my belly.  I had my ears talked off and my attention going in a million directions but it was a joy.  

Dress: Genuine Kids (gifted)
Gladiator sandals: Old Navy (hand me down)
Headband: Old Navy

I just went back in the archives and found this gem.  First time she wore this dress and I remember having to safety pin the back to fit her better.  Awww :)

What articles of clothing are you sad to see fade out with the summer?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/11/14 Our 6 Year Anniversary

Saturday was our 6(!!!) year Anniversary.  I'm still trying to get used to the idea.  How can six years go by so quickly?  I still feel 23 (wellll not all the time.  But seriously, pressing 30 is a trip.)  I take it as a good sign we're on the closer side of a decade and still feel like newlyweds.  Now that's a blessing I won't take for granted.


This past year has had trials and tribulations.

We've had highs and lows.

Tears were shed and smiles were happy.

We went through fire and came out better.  Stronger.  Unified.

We added to our Family.  Another beautiful little girl.

And a fur daughter.  (Who knew deep-down you were a dog person?)

13 years of friendship.  9 years of being in love.  6 years of Marriage.

{Ephesians 5:22-31}
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,  because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 
This is our Happily Ever After.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Craft: Felt jack-O-lanterns

I love Fall and am super jazzed to celebrate Halloween this year. I don't know if its because I'm home with the girls and have more energy and time to devote to planning and decorating but I'm definitely upping the "magic factor".

I whipped up this fun felt craft in no time at all. I free- formed the pumpkins and cut them out, along with black felt shapes for the faces.

This activity is great for shape recognition and with endless combinations, it is never static.  And don't forget easy- peasy!

What Fall crafts are you working on?  Are you as excited for Halloween this year as I am?!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Family Favorites:80's Movies

We love to watch fantasy movies at our house- think Disney movies. ALL the Disney movies. But occassionally we mix it up and watch non- cartoon movies. Strange as it is, I realized our tried-and-true, keep-coming-back-for-more family favorites were all made in the 80's (and perhaps I'm a touch biased since I was born in 1985.) So in no particular order, here are our faves: