Rosemary Beach Vacation

Where do I start?   We had the best time on this trip.   It was a last minute decision to go and sometimes those are the best ones.   We decided to drive with the girls with an overnight stop in New Orleans which added to the adventure.   We stayed in the French Quarter and ate at Mr. B’s Bistro which was fantastic!   The girls loved it just as much as we did.   The next morning we continued on to Rosemary Beach but not before taking a little drive through the Garden District of New Orleans.

From the time we arrived at Rosemary Beach to the time we left, we were in heaven.   The architecture of Rosemary Beach is so charming and the beach, with their sugary sand and pretty emerald water, was my girls’ favorite part of the trip.   I personally fell in love with Alys Beach….talk about a match made in heaven!   The architecture is exactly my taste and it’s all white!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!   I can totally see us retiring there (if my Cabo dreams don’t come a reality).  A girl can dream!   We also visited Seaside which is the cutest little beach town and drove around Watercolor which is equally as cute.   We will definitely be back soon.    Despite the long drive, the girls did awesome (surprisingly) but I think next time we will fly so we can spend more time there rather than two days in the car.

Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans:

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We spent a lot of time eating on this trip…our favorite thing to do!

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This child is SOOOO kissable and I could just squeeze her non-stop:

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The Rosemary Beach Post Office:

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Hotel in Downtown Rosemary almost complete:

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Super cute toy store:

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We rode our bikes around quite a bit:

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Delicious:

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Met some new friends:

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The cutest little post office:

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Pulling her sister:

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I love this wall gallery in Aqua Coastal Sushi:

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Olivia is 2!

The weekend before last, we celebrated my baby’s 2nd birthday at home with family.  I can’t believe 2 years ago this amazing little girl was born. Her entrance into this world was a bit scary and brings back floods of emotion, but it wasn’t long until she was home with us. I’m so thankful to be her Mommy every single day and I just adore her. Livy’s personality is so funny, witty, and just pure sunshine. I’m inspired by her beautiful heart and genuinely happy nature! Livy also shares this special birthday with her Auntie Dawn so we celebrated Dawn’s birthday in the evening by going to dinner at Perla’s.     

 The weather was a little bit dreary outside so our original plans for our outside venue were changed so we could stay warm and dry. Being that our venue changed, it was a really simple party with no bells and whistles. It ended up being such a special celebration with loved ones!

I made the banner for the cake the night before the party:
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That messy face cracks me up (just ate a hamburger):
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Lyla blowing out Dawn’s birthday candles:
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One happy, messy, and full birthday girl:
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Livy received a matching dress to Lyla’s for her birthday so she immediately had to put it on. They love giving each other hugs:
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Reading her birthday card:
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Such a cute picture of Colten and Amy:
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It may not suprise anyone that I LOVE Valentine’s Day!   This week has been extra busy though because I tend to pile way too many projects on my plate at once so I found myself scrambling last night to complete the girls’ Valentine’s for their parties and finalizing gifts for their teachers.

For Avery’s class, I designed a simple Printable which I had planned on sharing until my computer decided to reboot before I had a chance to save it.  Argh!  I think they turned out really cute.  I do want a new inkjet printer though (hint! hint!….Mother’s Day?). Ours is a laser printer and I think the quality just isn’t quite as nice as an ink jet for these types of projects.

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For Livy’s Valentine’s, I found a printable through Pinterest that I loved.

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The girls’ cute skirts were made by their Aunt Jennifer.   We had a little photo op outside since it was a gorgeous morning to capture their V-day outfits.

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Livy’s hair is getting longer:
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LOVE

I so enjoy celebrating the month of love. These sweet girls bring so much light into my life!

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Our Vail Trip

In early January, we took Avery to Vail for a fun getaway for a week. I’ve been dreaming of Vail ever since we left a few years ago. It’s such a charming little town with its cute shops, amazing restaurants, gorgeous views, and so many fun things to do. We stayed at The Sebastian right in Vail Village which was a great choice! We put Avery in Ski School but she decided it wasn’t for her this year and preferred ice skating (she did really well for her first time skating) and of course, swimming. Scott went skiing and I decided this year I would forego skiing and try snowboarding so I took lessons. I loved it but oh my, it’s exhausting!

Photo by Chris Maclennan

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Acting like a statue:
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This picture cracks me up…was Scott in the bushes when taking this?
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The Arrabelle…where we stayed last time:
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Taking my snowboarding lessons and this is my last run because I was sooooo tired:
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December 2012

Wow, I need to really catch up!   I have been quite distracted with life  but have been meaning to post some Christmas pictures and December happenings which included visits with Santa, heading to the farm to Nana and Papa’s, and spending lots of time with family!   We had a beautiful, memorable Christmas filled with love.

This year, Avery told Santa she wanted a purple butterfly pillow pet that lights up and a purple bedroom.   Livy wanted what ever Santa was bringing her.   It is so much fun watching the girls get so excited  about Christmas.   It brings back such wonderful memories of when I was a little girl at Christmas.   I really cherish these moments with the girls.   Everything is so special and magical to them.

Headed to go see Santa:

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Their little Christmas table:
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Little Bunny and her favorite book:
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So excited Santa came!
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At Nana and Papa’s, playing on the new swing set they got them….
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Aunt Jen Jen made their precious outfits:
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Jeff and Hillary:
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Matt, Dawn, and Lyla:
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Modeling her new outfit:
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Saying farewell to 2012 and hello to fresh new beginnings for the New Year:
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Christmas Wishes and Giving

After a restful weekend at home, I’ll be spending the week busy preparing for a very long upcoming weekend of Christmas celebration. I’m thoroughly looking forward to it! One of my favorite parts of this season is spending time with our large extended family. Since most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins live all over the place, it isn’t often we get to see each other. It makes these gatherings even more special and precious to me.

I wish everyone a beautiful, joyous Christmas filled with peace and love!
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Also, as many of you know, I’m originally from a very small town which I love and will always call home. Growing up in a small town, I feel we are all intertwined in one way or another. Matt Pohler, also from my hometown, is only 17 and he was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He is currently going through chemotherapy and fighting the fight of his life. The medical bills are staggering. If you can offer any help, it would be greatly appreciated! His story can be found here: MattPohler.org Family and friends are trying to help by putting together a raffle and you can also donate as well. If you’d like to support this beautiful family, go to MattPohler.org

Heavy Heart

After what happened yesterday in Newtown, my heart is very heavy. I meant to post our Christmas card yesterday but out of respect for what happened, I decided a day of silence and prayer would be better. What is happening here in front of our very eyes with this nation? When is more aggressive action going to be taken?

Today all I want to do is hold my girls really tight and be thankful for them!

A Little Christmas Around Here!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving! But as soon as it passed, we began our Christmas celebration. From visiting Santa to decorating the house, it definitely feels like a cheerful time of year!

St. Nick (to read more about him, go here) stopped by last night. He brought a few goodies for Livy and Avery and he wrote a special letter to Avery about her inability to listen so we’ll see if her listening skills improve. Santa has brought the girls so much over the past years that I’m not sure what he could possibly come up with this year to bring them. His little elves are really having to think hard this year. On that same note, I think Avery is old enough to understand the joy of giving and how meaningful it is so perhaps we will start introducing a “giving day” where she can pick some things to gift for donations to other children.

I decided to go more towards natural elements for decorating this year. I ordered Burlap stockings that were handmade on Etsy and a beautiful burlap treeskirt with cute buttoms on Etsy as well. I also love a lot of greenery!
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Last week I went to Anthropologie to do a little shopping and I noticed they had these cute faux snowglobes made out of Mason jars and other jars. They were $28 per jar and while I love a splurge from Anthropologie, I couldn’t justify the expense because I wanted a lot of them. I had a lot of the stuff needed to make these already at home and ran to Michaels to get the snow glitter and more jars. I made a grouping for the kitchen with only Christmas trees and I made a grouping for our family room. I think they turned out really cute! And considering I made 10 of them, that’s $280 worth of faux snowglobes for only about $30-40 worth of supplies. The most expensive part was the Lennox trees but I used a 40% off coupon from Michael’s.
Supplies (jars, cooltouch glue gun (don’t want to burn yourself!!), trinkets or village christmas trees, snow glitter, OH! and apple cider for sipping while you work) :
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One of my groupings:
Got a little crafty late last night making snowglobes

She moves too quickly! The lighting was low and I couldn’t get a good shot of her admiring the tree so it’s a bit blurry (and I was too lazy to go get my other lens):
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Last weekend, we had a very nice weekend at home and I promised Avery that she could decorate a Gingerbread house over the weekend. She couldn’t wait! She’s been wanting to do this for weeks. We picked up a house from Whole Foods. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a kit to go with it so I went to their bakery and they packaged some frosting for me and we picked out some fun treats to decorate it with a la carte.
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I love how hard she is concentrating here. This one was taken with my iphone:
Concentrating very hard!
The finished product turned out pretty cute! I straightened out the roof shingles just a tad:
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Family Trip to Fredericksburg

Last weekend, we took our annual family trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, one of the cutest little historic towns in Texas full of really cute boutiques, wineries, and beautiful historic homes. To me, it is heaven!

I’m addicted to instagram and use my phone too much for photos:
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I knew this wouldn’t last very long with her super fine hair:
Getting ready to go shopping in Fredericksburg! Let's see how long this hair-do lasts.
Silly girls:
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