And its just still so much fun. We are both learning how to do so much design-wise, business wise, printing wise. I feel like this whole thing is just stretching and growing us. We are learning that there are things we aren't very good at and things that we have to work on even when we want to quit (like the business side :/ ) But overall, the learning has been so rewarding.
Listen to me, I sound like Oprah.
Let's live our best lives, now.
(Or is that Joel Osteen? Im clearly off on my inspirational speakers.)
Anyway, new shirts for 2015 are in the shop.
We have added some kid ones and have taken down some old ones that are obviously holiday or just seem to have a more wintery feel. Whatever that means, new ones are in.
We started off with one of our very first screens. We made a Best Day Ever. We weren't completely sure how to do the emulsion part of screen printing so we just used a screen and some freezer paper that we exacto knife cut out our words into. We didnt know how to fill in the B and the D, so we just left them and they filled with paint.
Then we wore them, still have them, made them again when we were trying to set Brycie up with andy (though they didnt fall madly in love, they have since found love in other people. It wasn't the best day ever, but we did go to chuck e cheese. So theres that)
This isn't the exact font, but close enough.
And how cute is our model Victoria?! Blue eyed red head and hysterical and fun all at the same time. And YOUNG! Spring chicken right there that I bribe with candy to hang out with me. Love her.
We also added a Tattoo Series. Allison and her sister Anna have 143 on their arms.
Clearly we only let gorgeous red heads model our stuff. Thank you Carrie! You are just so beautiful. On the inside and out. I could go on and on about this girl.
(and, clearly I have the monopoly on the tattoo series. Sorry al)
This isn't my exact rainbow tattoo, but its a rainbow.
I tried to model the rainbow with an emotional look out the window photo and everything, and it was rough. ROUGH. But it makes me laugh so much that I put it in our shop photos because, you know.
Then I have SHINE on my left arm (without the sun part)
How cute is Sass?! She is a natural.
Luckily Sass and the hat make me look better than normal, but here is LOVE. I have it to match Jennifer on my right wrist (and little love to match the kids. You know how much we love to match).
I still have a couple of tattoos to include, but that wraps up the tattoo series. Then I may go on a rampage when its over and get so many more so I can make t shirts of them...(hahahhah mom! Im kidding! Mostly.)
And another thats also good for Valentines Day-
My cousin Lindsey is amazing and just HAND DREW these adorable dinosaurs.
Then, I found a strip of paper that Avery had written Let's Go Places on. I just loved it. and so I paired it with a picture that Jeff and I took at Lake Louise this summer to make a Let's Go Places Tee.
and then a kid one that I wrote and then uploaded.
I feel like this line will get used a. lot.
(and these are actually the same shirt, they are just in different lights. They are both black, but its kind of hard to tell in the top one.)
Then al made this awesome GBOGH shirt. A phrase that we feel like definitely defines how we tend to jump in with both feet and get excited about all. most. everything...We are easily excitable. (We should have that on a shirt, too- NOPE. I hear it, now.)
We have our tag line- Make life a Party.
We added a kid rainbow roost and we still have the adult one.
And always the Celebrate Always Tees and sweatshirts.
Thank you guys so much for always being so supportive and buying from us- even when you already have bought something. It just means so much.
There will be more, so we will update over here better, but this is the inventory so far. Shop away, guys!
There are never the right words for how grateful I am for every time Heather takes our pictures. Never. They just make me cry and mean more to me than I can ever say.
And y'all. A few of our chickens made it for the christmas card pic.
It was eggciting. (had to)
The others would have been in the pic but they were in a foul mood. (cant stop)
Notice our wear whatever you have clothes theme going on and who cares if it doesn't match or if it is too small or your sisters... And clearly the hat and I are one. We can never be a part. And there were few that had to go because I look like I am trying to stuff myself into someone else's baby clothes, but the holidays with sick kids and laziness overall will do that to you. These photos should be my before pics.
Thank you heather for everything. Every single documentation of real life with chickens and baby's and bottles and no shoes. We love you more than we can say.
Alternate titles for this post- oh christmas tree and wake me up when December ends (just for fun).
We did in fact get a tree to hang our homemade ornaments on. The only minor thing was that we got it on December 23. But at least it was before Christmas. and it cost $1.08. It pays to be late. (That is clearly a new life motto. or a shirt. or both.) (and looking at that sentence I see lots of space between the period and the next sentence and I hear that is controversial now-why? I like the double space. I on the side of the space.)
We decorated it,
and took a self timered (almost) group picture in front of it.
I say almost because this was the year that everyone got lice. and multiple viruses in a two week period where everyone had two separate rounds of fever (hence the wake me up when december ends title). So avery was on her first round of fever and in bed.
We started off with my dad's birthday dinner, where we got some amazing news from my brother and sister in law about MY FIRST NEICE OR NEPHEW FROM MY OWN SIBLINGS!! Just so excited for them and for the head of hair that beautiful child will possess.
That is me and shea super excited and red eyed.
And shea announcing she is going to be a big cousin this summer.
The next night we had the best christmas pageant ever at church that truly did make me cry the entire time and was just incredible. The kids did such an amazing job remembering and belting out their lines. It was well written and executed. Loved it so much.
We came home from that and did some lice treatment. Fun. Times.
(and if you have had lice you know that this nit picking lasted every day for hours with a headlamp for the next two weeks. I was a newby and didnt realize what all went into lice evacuation. It is not for the faint of heart)
Santa came the next morning and brought us a camper. That they are all sleeping in right now because I dared them to. On one tiny pallet. I am so mean, but they are making memories! And they were so excited.
Then, we went to my parents and for some reason I have no documentation of that.
Then, we tried to go skiing, but got everyone who was with us violently ill, and so we all came back home.
We opened our memory jar on NYE by ourselves with little outside fun (due to our sickness).
It was really fun to open the memories and read them out loud. Some we remembered, and some I didnt. It was funny to look back on things we thought would be engrained in our minds forever, and then they weren't; and the things that we thought were in passing, but ended up being a big part of last year. Definitely a tradition now.
Then we ended the year with a fever, and Jan started with a bang, but it has been a lot better so far.
Let's do this 2015.
On instagram I did a little picture every month, and even though I recorded it here also, I just wanted to see with my mom eyes how they all looked next to each other. Besides my lack of consistency on any of the pictures and the fact that there is hardly any coherence to these except the inclusion of shea in each one, I am really glad I did it.
It is so much fun to see what she looked like every month. And of course I took wayyyyy too many other pictures, at least these were documented in a way I can remember when I have lost even more memory than I have now.
This truly has been the most incredible year. I am so gushy and full of momness right now that I even watched the video of her very first bath at the hospital that Jeff took and cried. How is it that so many days of this year I honesty thought I could not go on and now I can only remember the good? And it felt so long in those moments and now it is but a flash before my eyes.
Time. Such a mystery. I am so thankful for the negativity that it so often washes away and the good that it can highlight when seen through tear filled eyes of a mom who made it (at least this far).
Happy one year Shea Bean.
You are light. And it is evident in every photo. There is a joy behind your eyes. I cant wait to see how you continue to light the lives of those around you throughout your life.