2/8/18

Knitting

Real grandma talk- Knitting is my favorite thing ever, think.  It's so dorky, but it just makes me so happy! And I have found this whole community of people online that love it too that have amazing tutorials and patterns that have taught me so much.  I am so so thankful for it and have had so much fun pushing myself farther than I thought I could go.
This was the first color work that I had ever done and the hats up there were the first bobble pieces I had ever done.  They were clearly easy projects, but trying new things and pushing myself has been just so much fun.  
I can honestly not talk about this sweater without getting kind of emotional and I know that is so freakin wierd. I know.  But this sweater changed the trajectory of my knitting and what I am able to do.  This tutorial really changed the game for me.  I had made a sweater before and I had made a few baby ones, so it wasn't my first.  But it was the first one that I made up on my own, thanks to Karen.  
I read each blog post that she posted and took in as much information as I could to take me to the next step and every time I tried it on and it fit I just felt like flying!
Then I made these Iris sweaters by Jenny Gordy for my nieces that are so cute, but done completely differently and that was so fun too! The first one took me four times to get the front right, but I learned so much by taking it out and trying again.

Which led me to Boyland knit works who is the most beautiful fiber artist with her knitting patterns. I am obsessed with every single thing she creates and I want to make every singe one.  
I was almost late to get on the plane to Africa with my mom and Christopher because I was getting the yarn for this sweater from the wonderful Mckinney Knittery and I worked on it constantly on the plane and then a ton at home.  I took a break to make Kai and Presley's sweaters and then worked on it again after the new year.
This was the first step into lace work and it was very challenging for me. Especially with such thin yarn, but I did love it.
I ended up finishing it for the annual meeting dinner when everyone came in from Caris for the week and it was just the coolest complete circle for me.  Trying something new and saying yes to things that I wouldn't usually do or that I would be too scared to do has taught me so much more than I could have ever learned sitting on the sidelines. 
I want to be someone who says yes. I dont want to be afraid- or if I am afraid I want to not be too afraid to try.  I want to teach my kids that failing and starting over is so much better than not trying.  I want them to know that working hard at something is so much better than being lazy or having things come easy. 
Now I am working on one for Ben.  Hopefully I finish it before it gets too hot, 😉

1/4/18

Shea's Book of Life Party

Shea (and all of us) love the movie Book of Life about Dia de los Muertos with a love triangle, renditions of Mumford and Son songs and a little Radiohead- what more could you want?  

It was kind of like the first Coco and it has almost the exact same Land of the Remembered feel with the magical colors and floating lanterns and flags and lights.  
It is beautiful.  
We tried to recreate it as best we could and I never want to take the decorations down.  It was just so magical.  The pictures really dont do it justice.  If we had known that this was her party theme when the real Dia de los Muertos was going on, I could have really stocked up on stuff, but we found what we could and I am definitely saving the decorations for every year.
My friends from school who grew up in Mexico loaned us some of the stuff that they own and use for parties and it just made the party.  Jeff got a poncho and we had a sombrero and serving dishes and a guitar! It was amazing.  And Jan made Shea a Maria- main girl who every body loves- costume and it was perfection!
 Then we busted out a piñata (even though Jeff said that is probably mixing up Mexican customs.  I feel like they probably had a lot of piñata in the Land of the Remembered).
 Shea loved the piñata and everyone loved helping her break it.
It really was just so much fun.
Then we sang to her on a cake that she and sawyer made with jeff earlier that day.  And sang again and again. She loveddddd it.  Ate it all up.  Until the last time when we dared sing to Victoria.  Then it was almost as bad as last year when sass tried to blow out her candles and help her. bahahhah!!

Happy birthday Shea.
I can not believe that you are 4.  You bring such joy and spunk and gentleness and love and also opinions that you hold to very tightly.  You have shown me what it means to step out of my comfort zone and how much joy that can bring as I have watched you have to go out of yours and seen you shine.  You have taught me patience and you bring me so much joy.  To be loved by you is truly an honor and I am so so thankful you are mine!

11/1/17

Haiti with Caris

I can not put into words adequately what it meant to get to go to Haiti with Caris and see all of the incredible work that they are doing.  It is absolutely astounding and humbling and exciting on every level.  They are the most incredible people bringing healing and life all over the country.
We got to go on a helicopter ride and see the other side of the island where Caris is also located in Cap Hatien and it was breathtaking.
And of course the pilot ended up loving mom so much that he came to see us leave the next day ha!

The Cap-Haiten branch did presentations for Mom and Christopher to show all the incredible work they are doing and I just was so humbled to hear their incredible work.
 Then we hiked up to the Citadel and it was just beautiful. 







 Then we got to hear the incredible presentations of the Port au Prince side of Caris and it was incredible.  We walked into this incredible surprise party with signs and balloons and skits that showed their work, a song they sang in french and english, many people who spoke, cake, pizza, popcorn and so much more.  It was just amazing.

We saw a rainbow on our helicopter ride and it was breathtaking.
I can never thank Caris for having me and hosting me and I will never forget this trip or all the incredible work being done in Haiti!

10/25/17

Parents night out

When you find the best pair of overalls ever you tell your bff's to run and go buy them too. duh.
We had a kid free night and it was just the best! We started the night by doing an escape room and we made it out with like 15 minutes to spare!  
After that we went to eat sushi and then played the most fun game ever. Codenames. You guys gotta get it! 
Best friends, matching overalls and games. Pretty much the best night ever.

10/23/17

Show Time!

It's show season guys and we forget just how much we love it till it's here! All the prep, dreaming of different backdrops, shirt designs, color schemes, late night printing, figuring out who is keeping our kids, how are we going to get it all there, who is going to be our booth neighbors and what shirts are we gonna wear each day. It's all just the best. 
And we would never be able to make it happen without our amazing husbands, family and friends. Seriously y'all. You don't even know how much fun you make it when you come see us at a show or even leave a comment on one of the million instagram pics that we over post during a show. We can never thank you enough! 
We only signed up for 3 shows this Fall. There were so many more that we wanted to do but it gets tricky with schedules and kids. Luckily our kids count down to show season too and love it as much as us! We even have dreams of getting a double booth at one of the shows next year and having them sell and make slime from the other side. Ahhhh!! How amazing would that be?! Ella even said to me on the way to school this morning, Mom we will probably get on Ellen for selling slime so we can take the moms with us. Going to the Ellen show is a life goal so I'm glad to see it's on the top of her list too.
Anyways, back to the shows that have actually happened. Our first show this season was Oktoberfest in McKinney and it was just the best! This was the very first show we ever did 2 years ago so we were so excited to be back. And this year the show fell on my actual birthday! Birthday Booth for the win!!!!
Kristen had peg board dreams for our backdrop last year and I just couldn't see the vision till I saw the giant sized ones. Then I too fell in love. Bob made our dreams come true and made them using this tutorial. 
We threw a birthday party in the booth and passed out cake and party favors!
Lindsay brought me birthday balloons and I had them in my hand for maybe 2 seconds before I accidentally let them go! Ugh. I'm so glad Jeff got a cool pic of them floating away!
Bob and Jeff really step up their dad game for this show. We make a weekend of it and stay in McKinney with Kristen and Jeff so they are in charge of all the kids. All weekend. The girls got glitter roots done at the show by the fabulous SkyLight Salon so the dads got to be the ones to get that prettiness washed out. Ha!
Having the moms there together is always a hoot! They crack us up and we even put them in charge for a bit so we can walk around. And when we have someone stop by and say that they have been following us since the lullaby lubbock blog days we flip out and made her take a pic with us!
The second show we did was Christmas in Cowtown here in Fort Worth. It is a totally different vibe and crowd compared to Oktoberfest but we love it just as much! It is 5 days straight so we have to pull out all the tricks when it comes to kiddos. 
Last year we got so close with some of the vendors so it was so much fun seeing them all again. It's so cool to meet people who all support each other in their businesses and genuinely care and are willing to help you in any way. It's not a cut throat competitive feel that some shows have. It's the nicest people and we leave this show each year on such a high.
We even became best friends with one of the cops and he was back again this year!
Jake and Craig were our first real show friends and we always love seeing them! And we love how small we feel when taking a pic with Jake.
This year we met Doris. She was our booth neighbor and by the last day we were crying with her as she was telling us stories of her late husband. Doris is 74 and has been doing shows since the 70's. She started by making dolls but now makes and sells dolls clothes. She is amazing and we hope to be like Doris when we grow up!
My girls had fall break from school so they hung out with us a lot.
 Someone wearing our shirt! Ahhhh!!!!
Our last show this season is coming up on November 11th and 12th. This will be the first time we have done this show so we are excited. It is with BoHo Market in Dallas so y'all come out and see us! 
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