December 21, 2016

It's cold outside.

And there are only 4 days left till Christmas!  How...what...when did that happen?!

Here are the festive printables currently gracing our walls.  Really loving whimsy, as well as plaid (always), and song lyrics.

A little glimpse of our December thus far...

 Picking out a tiny little tree for our tiny little house.

Keeping cozy.  Sometimes Stu warms his toes by curling up on top of Gus. It's pretty cute.

Stockings hung by the chimney with care.  I need to sew myself a new stocking - must have shrunk. *wink*

Sweet moments watching these two play.  Definitely my favorite.

Dogs get so nutty when there is snow.  I love it!

First time walking in the snow!

Well, standing.  Ivy took 4 steps by herself the other night, but she's not quite walking yet.

Some of the ewes have their "beds" out in the snow.  No matter the weather, their wool keeps them cozy.

Some of our spring ewe lambs.  We kept six and decided not to breed them until next fall.  They don't all have names, but the black one is Dani.  She's a mix of Suffolk/Romney/Targhee/Texel.  The lamb on her left is a Montadale/Suffolk/Hampshire cross.  Probably our best looking ewe lamb from this year.

Cleopatra, one of our 2015 ewe lambs.  She's the only one we kept from that year and is mostly Columbia, with a smidgen of Suffolk and Targhee from her mama, Emma.

The goats.  Hyacinth, Grace, Udo, and Jasmine in the front.

I haven't had an opportunity to make a wreath in several years, so I had a lot of fun with this one!

Cutie pie!

Our little table top tree.  It's really nice to have it out of Ivy's curious reach. *smile*

Cozy mornings by the fire are my favorite.

Helping mama wrap presents.  Not much help really, but very cute.

I'm so thankful for my little family, for the beautiful snow, for a cozy home.  I can't get over how the Lord chose to bless me with all of this.  And I don't want to get over it.

Have a beautiful, blessed, and merry Christmas as we celebrate our Lord's birth!

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.