December 9, 2016

Ivy's Birthday Party

 We are finally getting some bitterly cold weather in our part of Idaho, and are being showered with beautiful, heavenly, snow this weekend. SNOW. I am sooo excited!  I love snow.

And I love Christmas.  I just love this season so much!  And I have a few Christmas-y things to share, but before I can do that, I need to share pics from Ivy's 1st birthday party.

Ivy and Daddy.  
I knew Hank would be an amazing daddy, but he is so much more amazing than I imagined.

In my very humble opinion, there is no such thing as too much pink when your little girl is turning one.  I did tone it down by adding cream, beige, and peach to the color palette.  I'm rather pleased with how the decorations came together.  Dollar Store.  Love it.

Walking with great-grandmother, better known as Granny in this family.

Side note: I am so glad we put in the new flooring last winter. So much better then the ugly linoleum.

Getting some kitchen help from my sister-in-law, Sarah.  Thank you for all of your help, sistah!
We started the party with a potluck meal.  I put together a pork roast and everyone else brought delicious side dishes.

Instead of a traditional cake, I decided to "make" a doughnut cake. Why?
1| Doughnuts - because yum                          
2| So easy - just stack them and you are done
3| You need doughnuts and cider at a fall party
4| See first point                                              

I created the cake stand using dollar store candle sticks, cake plates, and stuck them together with sticky tack. Thank you Pinterest.  I opted for the sticky tack, rather than hot glue gun, so I could disassemble the stand and wash it more easily.

Present time.  Ivy loved pulling the tissue paper out of the bags. *smile*

I made this Waldorf style doll from a kit when I was about 14-year-old.  It was a lot of fun to make matching dresses for Ivy and her doll, and even more fun to see how much Ivy enjoys her!

Our little house was crowded and cozy.

Auntie Molly knit an adorable and cozy hat for Ivy. The yarn was also spun by Molly and the wool is from their flock of Targhee sheep.

I'm calling this face the "new stuff overload" face. *grin*

Of course the cousins had to check all of the presents out.

Grammy Pammy and Grandpa Mike with Xander.

I love how much these two enjoy playing together.

Smash cake time!

Ivy definitely enjoyed her cake.  I made the "cake" in a doughnut pan and used this recipe.

Checking out baby Clarissa.

I'm so thankful for the family and friends who came.  And just really, really glad to be part of Hank's family.  They drive me crazy sometimes (some more than others;), but I love them.  That's kind of how family works, isn't it?

And that wraps up Ivy's 1st birthday bash.  I had a lot of fun planning it and you can check out my Pinterest inspiration board here if you wish.

November 14, 2016

Ivy Rose {one-year-old}

It would be impossible to forget this day.
This special, miraculous, amazing day.
Ivy Rose's birthday.

A day of both the worst pain of my life, and the greatest joy.  And let me tell you, the joy made up for all of the pain.  It's hard to believe that all of that happened a year ago today.  That my little girl, our first born, is turning one.

In just one year she's grown from a tiny, helpless newborn... a beautiful, happy, almost walking on her own, little girl.

I treasure every moment of this past year and thank the Lord for bringing Ivy into our home and life. 

Happy 1st Birthday, my little one!

October 26, 2016

Ivy would like to announce...

Our adorable sequel is due May 5th, 2017!

We are at 12 weeks now and I can't wait for the "morning sickness" to subside.  I haven't been as sick this time, but sick enough, and definitely more exhausted.  It's not easy keeping up with an almost 1-year-old while you're not feeling well!  But it is my joy and my privilege to be entrusted by the Lord with the care of two little miracles.

Also, it is totally, completely unreal that we have two children now!

October 17, 2016


...I finally got the dumb fly that kept buzzing around and landing on my head.  He won't be bothering anyone ever again.  Ha!

That was not how I planned to start this post.  Oh well.  This is real life folks!  I do not like bugs in my house and I rejoice when they're lying stiff and dead.

Ahem.  Anyway...

Some adorable free autumn printables I discovered on Pinterest and needed to share with you! I like to have a few frames on the wall devoted to showcasing the latest free printables I've found.  Which made updating them for fall easy.

And now I really, really want to go buy some adorable mini pumpkins to brighten the house up even more.  I didn't get a chance to decorate for autumn last year (new baby) and I was sick a lot the year we got married, so I'm excited to finally decorate for my favorite season!

It's been extremely rainy here, hence the need for brightening.  I love a good rainy afternoon curled up with a book by the stove, but it is a bit gloomy after a while.

We have a colorful assortment of potatoes from the garden!  The only thing that actual grew this year, which is disappointing.  Not a good garden year.

We spent our 2nd anniversary picking up all the sheep and bringing them home.  Well, most of them home.  Some of the lambs went to the auction, and half of the ewes and Gunnar the ram went to a friend's house.  She has a 10 acre field with nothing in it, so they are enjoying tender green grass and we are enjoying not having to feed them hay for another month.  The rest of the ewes and our new ram, Norris, are taking it easy here at home, nibbling at oat hay. It's sooo nice to have sheep at home again.  I missed them so much!

His spot on the porch, although he also loves to hang out by the sheep pens.

Gus is continuing to grow...and grow...and grow.  I keep forgetting that he's still a puppy - his size throws me off.  He's about 8-months-old now.  He's turning into quite the dog.  Doing much better with the sheep now that he's bigger and the ewes aren't feeling protective of their lambs.  He patrols the yard at night, sleeps on the porch, and scares "bad things" away.  His list of bad things include elk, deer, squirrels, the neighbors, certain cars, the UPS truck, dogs, people on bikes, and the electric fence.  We're still working on teaching him that most of those bad things are not, in fact, bad unless they try to open the gate and come in.  He's smart, so he is catching on quickly.

Ivy and cousin Alexander.  They LOVE to play with each other and that makes me so happy.

Ivy adores Gus.  And the cat.  Actually, she just loves all of the animals.  But especially dogs and cats. If I ask her where the kitty is, she'll look around saying, "Diddy? Diddy?".  Yay for first words!  And I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that she is going to be ONE in a month!  How did that even happen?

And is their something really wrong with looking at fall printables on Pinterest while listening to Christmas music?  I'm not sure...but I might have a problem.

What have you been enjoying this fall?  I want to know!