Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pie making with Grammy

Grammy's in town and that means PIE!  Instead of bringing her usual gift of pie, Caleb decided he wanted to bake an apple pie with Grammy while she was here!   

I'd say they both enjoyed the process, and the finished product quite a lot!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

change is a beautiful thing.

As I returned from the grocery this afternoon, with two sleeping babies in the back seat, I was taken aback by the view of our little home in the woods.  Four and a half years, two babies, countless projects, and finally this little house is feeling so much like a home! There are days when I love this house, and days when I can't wait to get out.  In some ways it's too small, others too big!

I'm not much of a landscaper, but I love that these beautiful zinnias have been so abundant this year, such a beautiful reminder of the beauty we saw in this old dilapidated house we bought just a few years ago!  I mean, just look at the change!

We have no idea how much longer we'll call The Little Blue House our home, but until then we are soaking up all the memories we've made and continue to make within these walls!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall family fun.

This season of parenting has really pushed Dan and I to slow down in life.  Lazy days spent at home with our boys are quickly becoming our favorite way to spend the weekend!  These are the moments I want to remember with our little family....the moments we slowed down and really took each other in.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Celebrating our first Oil-iversary

This weekend we celebrated our Oil-iversary!  (yes I made up that word, but roll with it!)
One year ago we took the plunge made the choice to invest in our health with Young Living Essential Oils. Over the past 12 months our family has been blessed in so many unexpected ways because of this company and their products!  What started as a way to rid our home of chemicals, has actually filled our home with incredible wellness, purpose, and abundance!  
So, how did we get here?!

Nearly 5 years ago, I began to realize just how much garbage we’ve allowed in our world… in food, cosmetics, cleaning products, medicines, and more.  It wasn't until we spent two months backpacking with only a bottle of shampoo! (no makeup, no conditioner, no lotion, etc)

At the time it was just me & Dan, but knowing we'd have children soon, making changes to avoid the toxins we could was something I began to take seriously.
I know you can’t simply escape a world of pesticides, GMOs, and toxic chemicals altogether, right?!  But what I did realize was, I have a choice! We all have a choice when deciding what foods to buy, what products to clean with, the cosmetics we use, and the type of care and remedies we choose when we are hurt or sick.

After returning to the states, and settling down on our little homestead, I began making small changes like buying organic produce, grass-fed and pastured meats, and began raising chickens so we could have farm fresh eggs.  I have learned how to make our own kombucha, sourdough and yogurt.  I’ve ditched our chemical cleaners and my favorite make-up for alternatives without so much junk.  I’ve tossed my regular deodorant (gasp!) for one without chemicals.  We regularly visit the chiropractor and have found a medical doctor who will only give antibiotics as a last resort.  
Needless to say, it is a journey, and one that we are still on. But even with all of my granola-esque tendencies, it took several years for me to get on board with essential oils!  I’m not sure why… maybe I thought they were too out there?  Maybe I never considered that they might actually be effective?  Well I bet you can guess the end of that story.  I realized essential oils are effective and that there are reasons they were man’s first medicine! 
My introduction to essential oils was when a friend suggested that I try essential oils to support my respiratory system while pregnant.  When I experienced amazing benefits from these oils, I knew I had to learn more.  Since then, we have used essential oils for so many things!  Finding and using Young Living has changed our lives, and for that I am so very thankful!
I want to share.  I am so glad I was introduced to therapeutic-grade essential oils, and I want to share their power with you.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Connect with me on Instagram or just send me a note.  I’d love for you to check out the Premium Starter Kit if you are curious as to where to start with essential oils.

And remember… YOU are in charge of your health! 

date night.

We've had more dates in the past two months that in the past two years combined!  That's pretty sad to admit.  Though I didn't realize it at the time, I really struggled to leave Caleb after he was born.  It wasn't that I didn't trust the person whom I was leaving him with (usually my mama!), or that I was afraid something would happen.  It was more a guilt of not being there to give him what he needed.  In my mind, I was all he needed.  I was his only source of nutrition, and more often than not, his only source of nurturing.  When no one else could calm him, I could.  As his mama, I knew him so intricately that I could identify little nuances in his cries that told me what he needed.  I felt guilty leaving my baby with anyone who might not be able to read these cues, my sweet boy's only way to communicate.

It wasn't until our anniversary that year (when Caleb was 5 months old!) that Dan finally convinced me to leave our boy with my mama so we could spend the day together "just us!"  It was one of my hardest hurdles to overcome as a mother, but I'm so thankful for such a sensitive, yet persistent husband who reminded me how important it was to nurture our marriage!

While it's still not easy to leave our boys, my desire to spend alone time with my sweet husband drives me to make it happen!  So last night my mama watched our boys while we checked out a local winery and enjoyed ice cream without a toddler or baby in tow!  No matter how brief the time we get to spend together, we always return home refreshed, renewed, and refueled with more love to give our boys!

In a perfect world, I'd love to spend a night out with my man every week, but for now I'm so thankful for the opportunity to spend every minute we get in this crazy season of life!  XOXO

Sunday, April 26, 2015

caleb's first haircut!

The morning of Abel's baptism we were getting ready for the day and decided instead of trying to just trim Caleb's bangs so they were out of his eyes, we'd just go ahead and bite the bullet and give him a buzz!

Saying goodbye to these sweet curls wasn't easy!

 Daddy was so gentle with our sweet boy.  Talked him through the whole thing!

Obligatory "mullet" photo!

To say he loved his new do would be an understatement!