Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Don't worry about the turkey or the gravy or the stuffing... Don't stress about the house being clean or replacing the glade plug-ins so the house smells nice...  Sit down with family and friends, enjoy one another, share what you're thankful for and reflect on the many blessings... not the fact that the green bean casserole is cold.

Happy Thanksgiving - I pray your day is full of laughs, fun, love, worship and giving thanks!

Monday, November 7, 2011


we had a few fun photo excursions this past weekend.. DSC_0305-1 DSC_0331-1

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[more to come.]

Friday, November 4, 2011


Steven and I got tattoos a little over a month ago.  I’d had this design in mind for a long time so I was super excited to finally get it done.  Since Steven had Gavin’s 1 year portrait done a couple of years ago he wanted to get Gabby’s on his other shoulder blade.  He will eventually get Gage’s 1 year portrait done too. 

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I am not afraid to admit that this tattoo hurt.  Yes, it may have been small but it definitely was painful!  I love it.


{god. grammie. gavin. gabrielle. gage.}

Steven tattoo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sock Monkey invitations.

How could I forget.... Aren't these the stinkin' cutest invitations ever?!  Juliet at Stylish Celebrations was SO great to work with.. I just love how these turned out!

My next planning project ---> Gabby's 2nd birthday!  Should we shoot for an owl theme or a cherry theme??

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gage David’s Sock Monkey 1st Birthday!

We celebrated Gage’s birthday on Saturday, October 8th with several family members and friends!  The party was held at the community building in my mother-in-law’s development.  (seriously the best party spot ever, thanks Lil!)

My sweet baby Gage was sporting his special 1st birthday shirt I ordered from Mimi's Babies – such a great shop!  (I’m thinking about putting the shirt in a shadow box and hanging it somewhere because I love it so much..)

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I really enjoyed planning the party and decorating.. the space really is very fitting for parties, such a nice layout.  I ordered most of the decorations and Gage’s invitations through Stylish Celebrations and they were all awesome!! (I made most of the decorations for Gabby’s party but there was just no way I had the time to do them all myself for Gage’s party)  The stickers and return address labels I used were from Chickabug – another fantastic shop!

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We did a candy bar for guests to take as favors; people seemed to really enjoy that!  I loved the fun Chinese take-out style boxes people got to put their candy in!  I made fun cards for people to write Gage a message.. we will keep them safe in his vintage sock monkey box so he can read them when he’s older!  We also had silly party hats and fun monkey puppets for kids to make.   

Gage was such a good boy through the entire party despite it being prime nap time.  He loved his cake, even though it did take him a couple of minutes to really figure it out.  He wasn’t all that interested in opening gifts but is definitely having a blast now playing with all of his new toys! GAGE-10-8-11 027 GAGE-10-8-11 028 GAGE-10-8-11 094 GAGE-10-8-11 095 GAGE-10-8-11 112 GAGE-10-8-11 129 GAGE-10-8-11 154  148 GAGE-10-8-11 198 GAGE-10-8-11 204 GAGE-10-8-11 232 179 181 GAGE-10-8-11 323  GAGE-10-8-11 351 GAGE-10-8-11 354 

THANK YOU so so so much to everyone that helped us celebrate Gage’s first year.  We are incredibly lucky to have such wonderful family and friends.  It warms my heart to see how much all of you love these children! (and yes, I’m crying) GAGE-10-8-11 040 GAGE-10-8-11 043 GAGE-10-8-11 058 GAGE-10-8-11 073 GAGE-10-8-11 087 GAGE-10-8-11 250 GAGE-10-8-11 311 GAGE-10-8-11 395 GAGE-10-8-11 423 GAGE-10-8-11 494

Before we ate I said a quick prayer – part of that prayer was this - Father God – please camp your angels around Gage always.  May he live a life that is pleasing to You and may he always know how much he is loved.

I do pray that Gage grows up to be a strong, sensitive, sweet man of God.  He’s been such an amazing blessing to our family – I truly cannot imagine my life without my sweet little peanut butter.  It’s hard to believe one year has already passed.. it seems like just yesterday Gage was just a major surprise second line on a silly white stick.

I praise God every single day for my beautiful children :)

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