Monday, June 19, 2017

{{ When Oliver Turned 3 }}

My sweet baby boy turned three (waaaaaaay back in December) and today, he's 3 1/2!  We were, of course, on the road, so there was no party, but we tried to make it special.

We started the day with a celebration in the hotel breakfast area.

I went and decorated it before we all went to eat and the balloons reminded me of weird boobs.  Oh well.

A couple presents!


The table next to us was eating during our "party."  Once they were finished, they got up and handed Oliver $10.  It was so sweet!!!  The lady said, "We didn't know it was your birthday!"  Which is adorable.  That meant, Oliver got to buy 2 new trucks at truck stops that day.  We rarely let him get toys on the road, so that was a big treat. 

I made sure to leave out a couple more gifts before we left town and he was super excited to walk in and see them when we got home. 


We finished the Day of O with a cupcake from a gas station and the Happy Birthday song.  


It was a sweet day.  I love this boy so much and am beyond proud of him.  He handles everything we throw at him with the best attitude.  Usually. 😏


Monday, June 5, 2017

Thanksgiving/Christmas 2016 😬

Some time has passed since Thanksgiving and Christmas.  πŸ™ˆ

But, I'm still going to write about it because I want the memories!  And it's the most wonderful time of the year...

We alternate Thanksgiving each year and 2016 was our year with my family.  We gathered in Salado and it was a beautiful day!

Baby's first Thanksgiving. πŸ˜€

All the cousins.  Don't you love how excited they are?!?  

A couple years ago, we told our families we would be spending Christmas at our home.   So Thanksgiving also means early Christmas.  And everyone also gives Oliver his b-day presents.  It's fun for him, ha!!  He goes through a phase of thinking everywhere he goes, he gifts showered with gifts.  πŸ˜‚ 

Amelia got a baby doll and she loved it.  So cute!!!


We left Salado and went to Amarillo for Thanksgiving 2.0 and I promise Oliver was there.  He just wasn't feeling pics and we chose not to fight that battle.  


Papa Tuck and Mama Pat drove over from New Mexico.  Always so good to see them.  

Then to Oklahoma!  

Honey Lue and Grandad Larry took us to see some big farm equipment and Oliver's day was made.  


Then we did our Christmas tour and came home and my sister, Carrie, took me to see Amy Grant and Vince Gill at The Ryman and it was everything I hoped it would be.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»



We had lazy days filled with crafts, Santa, Christmas movies, and sugary snacks.  



Santa!




Amelia's first Christmas!  The chair was my mom's gift to her and I waited until Christmas morning to put it out.  She approved.  

My world...


Travis and Amy (Trent's brother and his wife) mailed gifts and got me a soap making kit!!!  So thoughtful.

Funny story.  I ordered a remote control helicopter for Trent but it didn't make it in time.  I was bummed, but thought it would still be fun to open after the fact.  Nothing wrong with a late Christmas gift, right?  He still had another gift from me to open and one from Travis, too.  He opened the gift from Travis and what was it?  A remote control helicopter.  What.  Are.  The.  Odds???  πŸ˜‚

We then went to my sister's house for Christmas dinner.  


Real life...


It was a merry day and it'll be here before we know it.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Amelia's First Birthday Party

I wanted to share Amelia's first b-day party fun!  It was a great afternoon with close friends and some family.    

Much like Oliver's first birthday party, I looked at pinterest for a few scrolls and was like,  "Nope.  Not going down that road."  Because there was NO WAY this party was going to look like those parties, so I just went with pink and gold and white and called it a day.

Using drop cloth we already had on a banner stand and old curtain sheers, we made a hallway into her backdrop.   The highchair bunting is tulle tied in knots on string.  

I found an old spring for a crib on the side of the road (we use it for merch sales) and I pinned all my favorite pics from her first year onto it.  I got the balloons filled too soon and they were all deflated by party time.  Argh.  But the most important ONE stayed inflated, so, yay!


She thought the pictures were pretty neat.

That face!



Party favors:  sweet and salty bags.  Pretzels, popcorn with pink chocolate, and pink iced animal crackers.  "Thanks for POPPING by!"  


This lamp is usually red.  Once I had all the pink decor out, it was not pleasing to the eye.  So, I taped fabric on it.  πŸ˜‚  The shadow box now hangs on her wall.  



This picture is usually a canvas of colorful guitars which also wasn't going to work with all the pink.  So, I wrapped it like a present!  (I will do this with Christmas paper this year for the holidays.)

The food!!!  Pink lemonade, pink cups, and pink straws.  Duh. 



Did you know they make pink goldfish?  

Dollar store pink wafers.

I put a tutu around a bowl of strawberries because I CAN.

The cupcakes were from Walmart and were very good (and cheap)!

The bunting was made out of white tape, string, markers and skewers.  So easy!

O was a fan.

I made the bow and tutu and bought the iron on Wild One print from Etsy.


All the lanterns!!!  Oriental Trading is so affordable.  The gold and white ones are now in her room.

Best reaction:

 I mean.  πŸ˜




She didn't know what to do with the cupcake at first, but once I gave her a taste of the icing, she was all in.  A PRO.  


Blake came!

And so did Grammie!  Carrie, too, but she was taking pictures.  

My spirit animal: