Tuesday, October 11, 2016

One Year Photos

Since I finally posted the pics from H's first birthday party, I might as well continue the theme and share his one-year-old milestone photos. The photographer who took his 3-, 6-, and 9-month milestone photos is in Kansas. Given our busy end-of-summer/early fall schedule, we knew we weren't going to make it back to Kansas around the time of Huston's first birthday...so we  took a leap and found a local DFW-area photographer. We had so much fun working with Jaime {Storyline Photography}, and we were so pleased with her photos!

Here are our favorites...

 A few pics with Momma and Daddy...and Lily, of course!

All photo credit: Storyline Photography

Other milestone photo sessions:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Barnyard Birthday Bash

It's been almost two months since H turned one, and I'm just now getting around to sharing some photos from his Barnyard Birthday Bash.  

I started having anxiety about brainstorming ideas for his first birthday party around the time he turned six months old. I was in a panic because I wanted it to be all about him, but I couldn't think of anything that he LOVED at that point in time. {Revelation: most 6-month-old babes don't LOVE anything in particular!} After paying close attention to how he reacted to the toys he played with and the books we read, I came to the conclusion that he was most responsive to all of the animal sounds in the "Barnyard Dance!" book...thus, the farm-themed birthday party idea was born!

Since we knew the party theme when we had his nine-month photos taken, I jumped on the opportunity to get some pics we could use for his birthday invitation...

 Huston's 1st Birthday Barnyard Bash

Farm Theme Party Food

The Spread
Feed Troughs: aluminum foil pie tins
Pitchforks & Shovels: forks & spoons {wrapped in napkin & tied with twine}
Vegetable Garden: red, yellow & green peppers; carrots; cherry tomatoes and cucumbers
Farm Fresh Eggs: deviled eggs
Chicken Littles: Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets
Pigs In a Blanket: little smokies wrapped in crescent rolls
Farm Fresh Poultry/Beef: barbecue turkey/brisket sliders
Horse Treats: potato chips
Hay Bales: Rice Krispies treats
Tractor Tires: Oreo cookies

Barnyard Birthday Party Food

Farm Party Birthday Cake, Barn Smash Cake, Farm Cake Table

We had a "Babies for Babies" petting zoo in our backyard, and it was definitely a hit amongst the tiny guests...

"Babies for Babies Petting Zoo"
Huston checking out the baby piglets, chicks, rabbits and goats

And then it was time for cake...

Even though H is too little to remember this extra special celebration, I hope that someday he'll look back at these pictures and see that it was a perfect day. I hope that he'll realize just how lucky he is to be surrounded by such incredible family and friends. I hope the photos will help him understand how truly loved he is by so many amazing people. 

Somehow we made it through the entire party and didn't get a pic of H with any of his grandparents...they were definitely there {and likely not pictured because they were the true "hosts" making sure the party ran smoothly so Momma and Daddy could enjoy celebrating with our little guy}. A BIG thanks to Grammy, Grandma Jo and Granddad Brock for all of your help!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our fabulous family and friends for making Huston's first birthday party a success! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Bucket List

Today is the first official day of fall, so I figured it was as good a day as any to write out my "Fall Bucket List."

Fall Bucket List

I'm not usually one to do seasonal bucket lists, but there are lots of things I'd like to do in the next couple of months...so I thought listing them out on this little bloggety-blog just might hold me accountable {and force help me to actually find the energy} to check each thing off the list. Plus, we all know I love a good list! 

I know fall technically lasts until December 21, but I'm setting a December 1 deadline for this list because after that we'll need to move on to a whole new list {because visiting Santa and putting up Christmas lights just doesn't seem to fit on the "Fall" to do list!}.


  • Decorate the house for fall.  I usually can't wait to pull out my fall decor, but something about having a VERY mobile 13-month-old who LOVES to pull everything off counters/tables has kept me from doing it this year. Who am I kidding...we don't even have any coffee tables/end tables to decorate because we've put them all away to give the lil' man more room to play {it's his world, we just live in it!}. While it might have to be a modified version {less...likely much less!} of my usual fall decor, I'm determined to fall-ify our home in some way or another!
  • Visit the pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum. We took H to this fabulous pumpkin patch last year when he was teeny tiny...pretty sure he'll enjoy it a little more this year.
Our visit to the Dallas Arboretum pumpkin patch, October 2015
  • Find the perfect pair of fall booties...and make them mine!
  • Go to the Texas State Fair. I haven't been to the state fair since the first year I moved to Dallas {8 years ago!}...I think it's high time for a funnel cake! 
  • Find/create a fabulous Halloween costume for Huston...that he won't hate wearing!
  • Attend a Halloween party.
  • Play and take photos in the fall leaves. I guess it'll be ok to get a little dirty...this one time...for Huston's sake!
  • Design and order holiday cards EARLY. I always get super-stressed the weekend after Thanksgiving trying to pick the design/layout, finalize the address list, etc. for our holiday cards. I vow My goal is to do it earlier this year...but I'm not 100% sure about this because I feel like there are usually great sales for holiday cards on Black Friday. Hmm...???
  • Win {at least} one week of my office college football pick 'em contest. Three weeks in, I'm currently sitting in 6th place {out of 37}. Of course my ultimate goal is to win the whole thing {duh!}, but I'd settle for winning just one week to cover the cost of my entry fee.
  • Bake something {anything!} pumpkin.
  • Make a fall craft. Is it wrong to include something on the "to do" list just because it's already be done???
  • Keep a gratitude journal throughout the month of November. And while I'm at it, I might as well send some notes of gratitude as well.
  • Find a unique {leather} gift for our 3rd wedding anniversary. Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome! 
  • Buy at least three Christmas gifts before December 1.

What's on your bucket list for Fall 2016?