Saturday, July 30, 2011

Creative Party Themes

Who doesn't love a fun and creative party idea? I have seen so many cute one's lately, I thought it would be worthy to write a collaborative post of some great ideas I've seen on the web.

The Invite:
Source: via Kim on Pinterest

The flair:

The "cake":

The favors:
Source: None via Emily on Pinterest

The photobooth:

The Cake:

The Decor:


The Favor:
Source: via Bonnie on Pinterest


The Invite:

The Cake:

The Drink (for kids and adults!):

The Table:

The Favors:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wiregrass Museum of Art

   The more I get to know Caleb, the more I realize that his little 2 year old self isn't much different than my 25 year old self.  Some days he wakes up in a fabulous mood and the day seems to be GREAT! He doesn't have to be punished for anything, he's not whiny, he listens, he's sweet and he's just a joy to be around.  Then there are days where I literally feel as though he's morphed into a different child that I don't recognize.  Everything we try to do seems to be a struggle, he's crying and whining about anything and everything and 90% of what end up coming out of my mouth that day seems to be, "Caleb, stop doing that!" or "No!"  
  We've definitely had quite a few of the struggling days here lately.  This move seems to have put him in a confused state. Everything from misbehaving to seemingly forgetting that he was potty trained a month ago! He understands that we have a "new house" but I often find him asking for his friends back in Columbus.  He especially seems to think about them just before bed and I'm so sad that he hasn't been able to meet any new buddies yet to take his mind off the buddies he's missing from his "old house".  I can't blame him though.  I have also been in a not so fabulous mood here lately.  I miss having an outlet...a group of great girlfriends that I can call and meet up with in a few minutes notice.  We've been working non-stop trying to get our house in order and now that things are slowing down a bit, I am realizing that I don't have that network of friends here.  I'm at square one and I'm super frustrated!  I know that in time, Caleb and I will both meet new friends but for right now, I feel we are both sad and lonely missing our friends that we no longer live near.
   However, last night and today have been what I would like to consider a turn of the corner...perhaps for both of us.  My stinky attitude and mood seem to have disappeared.  I was able to read a few great devotionals and spend some time with God, asking Him to help me get over this hump in the road and to appreciate each new moment and to have patience that new relationships will develop in His timing.  I don't want to miss out on the great times that I could be having just because my attitude's my choice what I'm going to do about my circumstances!
We started off last night by taking Caleb to see his first movie in the theatre.  We saw Winnie the Pooh and it was the cutest little movie.  Caleb didn't budge!
    Then this morning I got on the computer and looked up some fun things that we could all do together in these last couple of days before Seth starts his new job...and lo and behold, I found an entire list!  After a great lunch at Panera, where Caleb ate his entire sandwich without whining and complaining (and if you knew Caleb, you would know how great of a feat that was!), we drove downtown and visited The Wiregrass Museum of Art.  We truly had a great time together.  Caleb behaved like a little angel which meant that Seth and I could actually enjoy ourselves.  After looking at the exhibits, we let Caleb play in the kids area for a good 30 minutes....of which he LOVED! Seth and I even had fun coloring with him. He didn't fuss or throw a fit when we had to leave...oh how I wish everyday could be like today!  

The perfect devotional for times when you are just in a funk you can't get out of: 
"My Utmost for His Highest- After Obedience---What?"
I love it because it talks about the importance of NOW rather than later.  "God's training is for now...His purpose if for this minute, not for something in the future..."
This devotional is a reminder to me that every moment counts.  Live for the NOW, not for the is short and if we don't live for now, our life will pass us by.
I'm reminded that every day as I see Caleb watching me and mimicking me.  Even my 2 year old can pick up on my rotten attitude.
Such an encouragement to me to put my sad, quick tempered, moody, rude self to the side and take on each moment with a positive attitude that would glorify God.  After all, as Christians our sole purpose in this life is to point others to Christ through every aspect of our lives!  I'm not perfect and never will be but that won't keep me from trying my best to be better with each matter if I fail more than I succeed! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Family Pictures

Right before we moved, Gene (Sideline Photography), a sweet man in our church, offered to take our family pictures for sweet is that?  
I'm absolutely thrilled with the results.  We are so fortunate and blessed that Gene was nice enough to take these for us...we will cherish them forever!

 Seth was supposed to be bare foot!!!  He forgot he still had his shoes on...boys!!!

All-time cute is he? I know I'm bias but I could just eat him up!

Monday, July 25, 2011

What I Wore...

Here are a few outfits I have worn over the past week and some other fun stuff.

Orange, up-cycled tank with herringbone ruffle and dark denim skinnies

Putt Putt night! Striped tank with linen drawstring pants and piggy tails

Church Outfit...striped seersucker (the dress I wore to my wedding rehearsal), vintage navy bead necklace

Up-cycled tank

Fun pizza favorite summer outfit of Caleb's :-)

Vintage pillowcase material

I hope everyone's weekend was fun!  Happy Monday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm still here!

We aren't hiding from yall!

We are just busy unpacking and cleaning up...I haven't forgotten about my blog though! 
Just wanted to poke my head out from under the bucket it's been in and say "Hi! What's going on?" 

Friday, July 15, 2011

We Made It!

It's been a lonnnnng week but we finally made it and we are working hard to get the zillion boxes unpacked! It took me most of today to unpack the kitchen and Seth was able to get all our utilities figured out and unpack the living room.  

THIS is what my kitchen looked like last night!  One of the packers was new and I could tell which boxes he packed.  Literally, everything was thrown in the box...including knives just scrambled in with everything else and no packing paper around it! Eeek!  That's why it took me so long to unpack because everything was so unorganized when I opened the boxes.  But thankfully, Caleb took a ginormous nap and I was able to get everything unpacked :-)

I think he makes pretty lovely bookshelf decor, don't you?

One of my favorite parts about the house...our back porch!  We ate breakfast on it this morning :-)

This is how you eat cereal when you haven't unpacked the bowls yet:

The gateway to the back yard! After a little trim, it will be looking lovely.

 This is one tired little guy...sleeping in his big boy bed for the first time!  He didn't even try to escape :)

I am also having a trash can dilema in the kitchen...we have a mid-sized black trash can now and I have no place to put it! It won't fit in the pantry or under the sink and I don't want to just leave it out in the open.  Any suggestions? Perhaps a good under-the-sink trash can idea?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Time Has Come, The Time is NOW!

Time to move...from here:

(the day we closed on our first house)

To There:

Not sure how long I will be without internet...hopefully not too long! Although I don't think they are coming to hook up our TV and internet until the this could be a long week but I think we'll manage :-)

Look at all of these great people we are going to miss!

And Caleb's little buddies

Our girls night out Monday night...couldn't think of a better way to end our time here!

Do I have beautiful friends or what??? 
Then they had to go and give me this mug and make me cry...Dr. Seuss will get ya every time!

God has been so good to us here.  I know that as one door closes, another door is opening and there are other friends to meet but we will never forget all the wonderful people we have met here!  No one can ever replace them.
 We are so blessed.