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1 Year of Parenting

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Dear Mr. James David,

You may have come into our life 19 days past your due date, but other then that, you have been anything but late! You are a little go getter that keeps us on our toes, makes us question all that we know, and love, and are willing to beat up, in an instant, if that bully at the park tries to push you one more time. ;)

You are our heart with little legs, and arms, and a snotty nose, but you are ours. Our greatest DIY project that we can never take back! There’s no tearing this one down and starting over. We only get one shot with this one, let’s hope we get it right!

Never before have we felt so much accomplishment and defeat in one day. Never before have we felt so much exhaustion and joy in one moment. You are the beat of our hearts,  you keep us young (minus your dad’s receding hairline), and you make our hearts melt in ways we never thought possible.

With you the world is a brand new place with mountains to climb and busy streets to cross! Our own little joy bomb, we can place you anywhere, in any setting, and you will fill the room with happiness. You turn the saddest of frowns upside down, and it’s because of you that random strangers approach us at the grocery store.

Mr. James David you make our love grow stronger, be more vulnerable, and now we cry at every sick or dying child movie ever made (who makes those films anyways?!) With you we are a real family. One that spends most of their Friday nights curled up watching the latest cartoon kid movie (loving Despicable Me 2 right now!), and our Saturday mornings with a whole new meaning to the term “naked time”! :D

There are days where you are so much like us it’s scary. It scares us cause we can no longer run from our shortcomings. Like it or not you will probably be overly positive about things, like your mom, and see the world through your father’s survivalist mentality. There is no getting around these things. Instead of hiding from them we run into them and help you balance innocence with reality, and that it’s ok to stock pile somethings–just not at the expense of buying everything in bulk EVERY time (seriously Cale?!).

We love you with our whole hearts, muscles, bones, and flesh. You are our little boy, our first born son, and you have taught us more about God’s love in your 12 months of existence than any preacher, church, or religion. It brings us to our knees, and sometimes our pillows, and keeps us up at night wondering how will we protect the greatest gift we’ve ever been given? How do we prepare to release you into this great big old world!? Our heads spin with how we will ever figure it all out, but then we remember we have 18+ years to perfect our parenting, napping, and time-out process. :)

There is grace for the journey, and dark, dark coffee, and chocolate for the early mornings ahead. xoxo

How are you new parents holding up out there? We welcome any tips and/or advice from you seasoned pros?! ;)

From the Farm

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GCD: DIY Around the House Couple’s Shower & Cookie Bar [Invitation Design]

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You know it’s wedding season when your mail box is full of wedding and shower invites. Some of our dear friends are getting married in May and recently bought their first home. We wanted to do something special to help them celebrate so we threw them a DIY Around the House Couple’s Shower. We really tried to think through the decor and made sure that everything we created for the decorations was something the couple could turn around and use in their new home.

Of course what new home isn’t full of paint swatches, brushes, paint cans, stir sticks, and messy floors? We loved the paint chip garland tutorial found here but instead of getting out the sewing machine we just used a glue stick. :)

For an afternoon Sunday shower we wanted to keep the food simple and sweet. We decided to do a cookie bar (complete with cold whole milk of course!) and asked a few close guests to share a batch of homemade cookies.

The large paint swatches (found for FREE at your local paint store) worked great as simple ways to label each platter and table activities.

Each table was furnished with a house plant and brown kraft paper painted with teal and purple smudges. We wanted to come up with a fun way to encourage guest interaction. Each table was assigned a different activity and guests were encouraged to move from table to table throughout the shower.

  1. HIM Table: Guests were asked to write “tips and tricks on how to love a man” on blue paint swatches for the wife to be.
  2. HER Table: Guests were asked to write “tips and tricks on how to love a woman” on purple paint swatches for the husband to be.
  3. DATE GAME NIGHT Table: Guests were asked to choose a month out of the couples first year of marriage to host the newlyweds. Mickey and Reagan love spending time with their friends and playing games. This was a fun way to keep in touch with friends and a creative solution for inexpensive date nights throughout their first year of marriage. We printed this lovely 8.5 x11 2013 calendar here and had guests write down what month they would host the newlyweds.
  4. BLESSINGS Table: Guests were asked to write marriage advice and/or prayers for the couple.

Notice the handmade burlap pillows? One of them says “lets make…” while the other pillow says “pie” on one side and “whoopie” on the other. I’ve seen this done with “coffee” and “love” before as well. Either way, it’s a really cute way to customize a gift that relates to the couple’s since of humor. Find a basic tutorial here.

Overall it was a wonderful afternoon and we enjoyed blessing our friends with love and good things for their life together as a married couple. The shower was perfectly simple and definitely made for easy cleanup. ;)

From The Farm

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GCD: Princess Bride Themed Baby Shower [Invitation Design]

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I’ve been holding this design hostage for a while, while we waited (anxiously) for the big day. Some of our dear friends are having a little girl and we got to design the wedding invitations for their shower. The theme was one of the coolest ones we’ve seen in a long time (besides our shower of course!). It was such a joy to be able to shower them with love and be a part of welcoming little Miss. Wiggles (her name remains a mystery!) into this world with love, gifts, and lots of tiny summer outfits (I seriously CANNOT STOP buying stuff for this little girl)!

It was couples shower so instead of playing cheesy games there were fun activities for the whole family! Included was an “As You Wish” decorate onesies craft corner, an “Inconceivable Sundae Bar”, a photobooth with a life size tree (that we had to cut down with a chainsaw just to get in the door), Iocane Powder (Pixie Sticks), a “Cliffs of Insanity” Cookie Cake, Grilled “R.O.U.S.(chicken strips), along with the movie being projected on the wall. Believe it or not there were actually people who attended who had never seen the movie! Good thing we were able to educate them before baby Wiggles gets here.

Thanks to Karen and Kerry (the brains behind the operation) the shower was a smashing hit and one we will never forget! It has been so fun walking out this next phase of our life (parenthood) with some of our dearest friends.

Maybe someday their baby Buttercup will be calling our little man her “Farm Boy“. ;)

From the Farm

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An Old Fashion Backyard Wedding :)

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Remember that Comic Book Inspired Wedding Invitation we designed a while back? Turns out the wedding was just as memorable! We should probably be fare and let you know that it was pretty special since Cale’s brother was the groom. But still! The bride’s Italian family arrived from Connecticut armed with good food and cheek kisses. Paired with some good old fashion Okie hospitality it was truly a wedding weekend to remember. Not only was it a beautiful day but the weekend was full of friends and family.

Here are a few of our favorite moments…

From the potluck dinner served family style to the old records serenading the evening it was truly one of our favorite weddings (outside of our own of course!). ;)

Congrats to the newlyweds!

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A Manly Baby Shower (w/ Beer & Cigars)

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Have I mentioned to you all just how crafty my sister-in-law is? Look out Martha Stewart cause her glue gun could do some serious damage! She’s been planning our baby shower (with the help of our OK family) since we found out we we’re pregnant. This entire last month she’s been all giddy every time she’d talk about (keeping everything a surprise of course) and claiming that she was planning the Baby Shower of the Century.

Now that is a tall order to have to fulfill, but man did she EVER deliver!

Between our Kansas and Oklahoma family and friends we have had THREE showers thrown for our baby. We have felt completely overwhelmed by all the love and excitement surrounding his arrival and cannot tell you how blessed we are to have so many people wanting to share in this journey with us.

Our “Little Man” has been completely spoiled and he is not even here yet! ;)

37 weeks and counting!

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Life, It’s Better With Friends (& Babies!)

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This weekend we put on our party hats and headed into the city. Our friends Robb and Courtney are welcoming their second baby to the world, a baby girl in June, and we couldn’t be more excited to share in this journey with them! Let’s just say Meg and Courtney have had lots to chat about and compare (like baby bellies!). We were spoiled with fresh burgers and veggies off the grill along with homemade ice cream (served in the cutest little mason jars)!

Life sure is better when shared with friends! ;)

Handmade decorations in pink and purple… definitely the “cutest” BBQ we’ve ever attended (and Courtney claims she’s not that crafty)! It was the perfect way to welcome their little girl and celebrate with friends.

Thanks for spoiling us with great food and great friendship! We love you both and are still considering that arranged marriage if you are interested! ;)

From the Farm

 

PS Get Courtney’s recipe for Pink Lemonade Layered Cake in the 2012 May Better Homes & Garden Issue (you’ll have to become a member to get the recipe online)!

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Stuff: The Beauty of Design

It’s Monday. We know you’re just getting back into the swing of things after a crazy weekend (or maybe that’s just us?), but is there “more” behind what you do everyday? Day in and day out why do you do what you do? Is there purpose? Is there beauty?

Think about it.

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Date on a Dime: Thankful for…

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As you are probably more than aware, we are in that season of giving thanks. Though there was an attempt to not “go with the flow”, and to come up with something that wasn’t completely season-dependent, the attempt fell short and we gave in to the overwhelming desire to join in with the thankful festivities. Besides, there’s nothing better to kindle that flame than to sit down together on a cold day with a cup of hot cocoa, and reminisce on all the things we’re thankful for. And as a bonus, we made our “Thankful List” a beautifully adorned one. We first went in search for the best leaves in the neighborhood and, since it was a little rainy, enjoyed a walking cuddle under our umbrella. Once our selection was made we started the process of flattening our leaves, placing them inside a large book and using a few extra as weight. Then commenced our sipping and thanking. When our list was complete… our leaves were not yet flat!! There would be no laminating tonight. =/ We laughed and figured that we’ll have to have another short date in the near future to add our adornments, and complete our beautiful creation.

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Date on a Dime: Time Capsule

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Recently, with a scratching record sound effect, the idea struck my wife and I that there’s one day going to be a little one and her doey eyed look questioning what life was like just 11 years from the turn of the millennium. In a whirl of activity to try and push the other consequences of this idea aside, we decided to make a time capsule together, with a mix of things which we treasure and some information about things at this current time in history. (Now, should those beseeching eyes start looking our way, we can simply hand them a shovel & a treasure map, and teach them the valuable lesson of digging out their own answers.)

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Date on a Dime: Homemade Pizza Party & MORE!

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Go on, throw that pizza dough! Considering that neither one of us is an Italian pizza pro, our homemade dinner-in adventure was an entertaining release of creativity. Each having our own canvas of dough, we pulled out from the fridge/freezer anything we had that might make a tasty topping, and we were off!  Though we searched for some romantic Italiano music for atmosphere, we settled for something we had on hand we both liked. Once our creations were in the oven we built our relationship through the age-old method of laboring side by side… with the added bonus that there would be no mess at the end of our night! And since many hands make light work, we had plenty of time to segue into a most important time of relationship building… communication! The topic: what is it that we would love to do? You see, we’ve recently started getting paid to save the world by bringing our recyclables to a hungry machine that, in return, spits out a receipt good for cash (it takes more time and effort than just dumping them in a big blue bin for someone else to deal with, but our efforts will soon pay off). So with all these pennies and dimes flowing in, we saw an opportunity to make a dream happen. We talked about stuff varying from going to a show (Les Miserables or Wicked), Disney World (for when kids inevitably arrive as a result from our date nights), and a Netflix subscription, to hang gliding, parasailing, and an Alaska adventure tour. We won’t spoil it by telling you what we decided our recycling paybacks would achieve for us… you’ll have to come up with your own. And before you know it, while you’re dreaming and scheming of fun times ahead, your yummy dinner will be ready for consumption. So dish it up and settle yourselves in for a cuddle and a movie (we picked one from that everlasting list of “I’ve always wanted to see that”).

Our date of choice this month covered several romantic points all in one evening:
1. Homemade pizza party
2. Those who clean together stay together
3. Saving the world
4. Connecting and Scheming/Dreaming
5. Romantic dinner in: eat, watch and be merry

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