Wednesday, August 13, 2014

She said WHAT??

So I swear I am not trying to brag (okay maybe just a little) but is anyone else's 16 month old talking in full complete sentences. She tells me what she wants when she wants it and how she would like it delivered without hesitation.......I am a little dumbfounded as her brother did not talk (at least not in full sentences) until he was 2.


Courtesy of Sabrina Dowdy Photography

Of course I think she is special....she is my child, but she amazes me everyday with her new found abilities. 

This was our conversation last night.

Em: Mommy....where blankie?
Me: I don't know baby go find her.
Em: (Walks down the hallway to her room) Mommy....'mere.
Me: (Going into her room) What Em?
Em: Blankie in bed (points to her crib where her blankie is hanging) (I hand her her blankie)
Em: Where Pasi?
Me: Here (handing her pasi)
Em: Night Night Mommy.... ' ove You!

Courtesy of Sabrina Dowdy Photography
FOR REALLLLLL???? And then there was this last week:

Me: Okay it is time to go we need to get you some diapers and some shoes on.
Em: okay mommy (as she walks to her room)
Me: Em come here please
She comes out carrying a diaper and her sandals
Em: Here mommy. I ready

I think I need to slow down time because I no longer have a baby!!

Courtesy of Sabrina Dowdy Photography
She repeats EVERYTHING and not only that but she knows EXACTLY what you are referring to or what you mean by it.

Just a Proud Mommy Moment.

Courtesy of Sabrina Dowdy Photography

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Do you Buy Local??

We do...at least we try!

After several weeks of talking about it this spring I took my little man to the strawberry patch to teach him about the importance of locally grown fruits and veggies and supporting the local farmer. Without them we would never survive!

We went to the Strawberry Patch and he had a blast! Any excuse for the little booger to get dirty and play in the mud is a good one, but when you add FOOD...its 10x better!


Try before you buy!


We had a wonderful time at Rutherford Farms and learned a lot about Strawberry plants and what they need to survive the crazy messed up Tennessee weather! 



After all the picking was done we went home to clean up and make a simple and easy treat with the fruits of our labor! This Strawberry Cobbler was the most AMAZING thing I have ever put into my mouth and I MADE IT!!! It was so easy and so delicious.....and gone in 10 minutes :)



So DO YOU BUY LOCAL? Do you support your local farmers and their efforts to support the community?

We are looking forwarding to going back next week to get some Broccoli and Greens :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cute as a Button Birthday!

Can you believe it!!!! It was Em's FIRST BIRTHDAY??? I know doesn't seem real just seems like yesterday I was telling you all about her birth and sharing those ADORABLE bunny pictures from Easter.....BUT IT IS TRUE. She is 1!! And we celebrated with Family and friends a couple weeks ago.

The inspiration for her birthday party actually came from her great-grandmother who passed away from breast cancer complications when I was 16. She was my best friend and the one person I think about more than any other. When I was growing up she always had this tin of buttons we use to dig through and play with every time I would spend the night or come to visit. When she passed away all I had left of her was that tin of buttons.

Because Em never got to meet her I wanted to incorporate this into her birthday and make it special. So we had a "Cute as a Button Birthday Bash" and it was SEW much fun!! I know you cannot read the poem in the picture, but here is what it said:



I can remember clearly as a child so small



Asking Mamaw for her tin of buttons she had hidden behind the dolls.







We would get them out and count them one by one



Playing with them until the evening sun.







Some were red, some were blue



Some were plain, but some were fancy too.







She kept them there if ever a shirt needs mending



But most of all for us kids pretending.







Now that she is gone I share this collection with you



In hopes they make precious memories for you too.







I wish she were here to see your sweet face,



But I know she is looking down on you from a better place.







Happy First Birthday sweetheart we love you!


Friends and family were invited to attend her party with this CUTE invitation!



Here are a couple of my favorite things from the party.

 Somehow amongst all the craziness, kids screaming, cake smashing fun we squeezed in a family shot! I just love the mischievous look on her little face!


















Her cake turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!! I could not have asked for it to be more perfect! And it was delicious!

Em decided to share a little with Daddy :)
 Here daddy Have a bite!!


 I loved her little chalkboard I had made from Etsy (Michelle's Party Shop). Matched her party theme PERFECTLY :)
 I made this little frame off an idea I seen on Etsy and Pinterest as well. The background is fabric hot glued on to a piece of poster board and the letter  is a wooden letter with Buttons glued on :) It looked super cute and now is hanging in her bedroom!!
 We had a "Thanks for Coming table" where the guests could sign the photo mat (not pictured), grab some wallet sized photos for themselves, and take a Button cookie for the road!
Hanging in the background is her 1-12 month photo banner. It is hard to believe she got so big so quick!! 
Two of my other favorite decorations were the table centerpieces made from margarita glasses, foam balls, and dum-dum pops. These were on the middle of the tables and so easy and inexpensive to make! And then there was the gift table that had her #1 made of buttons. If nothing else this was fun to make :) It looked cute and me and Em's aunt Destiny had a great time placing all these buttons on!


This has to be my favorite picture from the day. She was such a mess and was not feeling well at all, but once she dug into those bags and unwrapped her present she was one happy little girl.

Time flies but memories like these will last forever.

I love you sweet angel!
Happy Birthday!!