Thursday, May 25, 2017

Caroline's Yellow 3rd Birthday Party

When I asked Caroline what kind of birthday party she wanted this year without hesitation she exclaimed "a YELLOW party!" I wasn't really sure how I was going to pull off a birthday party in our new house just a few weeks after moving in but I promised Matt (and myself) that I would keep things as simple as possible, which as you know is totally against my party planning style. But I did it! I did it! And despite getting rained out of our backyard as guests were arriving and moving everything inside last minute I am happy to report that this was my first party ever where I did not suffer a case of hostess neurosis on party day!
The birthday girl!
I grabbed a few dozen yellow cupcakes from the Harris Teeter and had pizza delivered just before guests arrived. Easy. Easy. Easy.
We had everything set up outside and ready to go for an outdoor party -- food, booze, decorations, yard sprayed for mosquitoes, bounce house and more...and then a storm rolled in about 20 minutes after the guests arrived. Womp. Womp.
I picked up two bouquets of flowers from the farmers market for the table decor. Everything else we already had in my party bins that Matt thankfully agreed to dig through the garage to find!
 Oh and someone got a little sidewalk chalk happy with all his extra free time he had while the kids napped.
 
Caroline's best, best, best friend -- Austin. He was her first friend at daycare at 3 months old and they have been inseparable since.
 
Facetiming with Grandma + Grandpa!
When the rain stops and you run outside for a Supper Club group photo!
Mimi + Grandad + Auntie Ann
 
Another fun party (and our FIRST in our new house) for the books!

See Caroline's Previous Birthday Parties

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Home Tour: The Playroom

I have another room to share with y'all today -- the playroom, which is arguably my favorite room in the house. As I've mentioned too many times, a dedicated space just for our kiddos is something we have wanted so badly for awhile -- in part for the kids, but mostly for us (ha!). As you may recall, in our previous home our family room had slowly transitioned to a play room over the years. We constantly had to move furniture around or out of the room completely just for the kids to have floor space. It wasn't the end of the world obviously (and I didn't have a "play room" growing up either and I think I turned out fine!) but there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than letting the kids destroy a room and...just...shutting the door. Can I get a hallelujah?!
Welcome to our playroom!
In fulllllll disclosure, I need to tell you that this is the absolutely cleanest and most organized the play room has ever been, in part because Matt kept Thomas distracted while I snapped some pictures.
I have blogged about our play kitchen a million times but it has seriously been one of the very best toys we've ever purchased. A first birthday present for Caroline, this toy has grown with both kids through the years. And it doubles as storage for the rest of our toys, including play food, utensils, pots & pans. You can also find this kitchen in a variety of colors and styles here.

The little rocking chair has been passed down for generations in our family and I love it so much!
Oh, and I think our most fun purchase for this room was new windows. Juuuust kidding. That purchase was painful but necessary as the frames were completely rotted out. They do look pretty though and the curtains are my favorite part of the room!
I had three seconds to take a corner photo before a little ham launched himself into the rocking chair with his Meow Piano...

So many favorite books on these shelves.
My OCD heart is obsessed with these fiesta orange storage cubes for organizing toys by activity. In our last house everything was thrown into one basket which isn't nearly as fun when you're digging through legos to find your kitchen utensils.

A huge shout out to Matt (and his incredible patience) for hanging these pictures perfectly straight.
I have to LOL for a second because those markers don't actually live within toddler reach but they did make an appearance for colorful staging decor. In fact, they are kept hidden away behind lock and key since the 2016 marker incident and come out on occasion under supervision (and preferably when Thomas is not around)...


Also, I am totally nodding in agreement with your head shake on that ivory rug. It was recycled from a room in our last house and I didn't have any other place for it so we threw it in here to avoid purchasing a new rug that will ultimately get destroyed anyway.

Our frames were recycled from our previous dining room. I updated the pictures and ordered 12x 12 prints through mpix, an affordable and high quality printing service if you need a recommendation!


Real life.


SOURCE LIST
Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Trim Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Lamps (HomeGoods)
Storage Cubes in Fiesta Orange
Rocking Chair -- passed down in family
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This Is Us

Our talented photographer friend, Taylor Stading, snapped a few pictures of our family just before guests arrived to Caroline's birthday party a few weeks ago and they couldn't have turned out more perfect. I've said this before but Taylor is truly magical when it comes to capturing families. She has a handful of babies herself so she totally gets the attention span timing and has no problem being goofy and fun behind the camera to get a smile out of our kiddos. Anyway, a few of my favorite photos...
True story: we are perfectly positioned to cover the worst couch stains for these pictures.
Following through on our photo session bribe. 
And that's a wrap!
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