Sunday, September 14, 2014

She's Turning THREE!

In just over a week our Elise turns THREE!!!

I often joke with her about putting a proverbial brick on her head to keep her from growing (because I just feel like it's going so fast).  She always says "No mom, take it off" (and pretends to take a brick off her head).  

It's true, I wouldn't really stop her from growing into the little girl/girl/lady she's supposed to become.  Our prayer for her is that, Lord-willing, she'll continue to grow into just the girl she's designed to be!

Here's a rundown of our little lady at three years...
And a few other (mostly unedited, but well loved by us) photos:
(obviously girl has a thing for wearing her sunglasses ;)

Elise Noelle, you are a fun, smart, loving girl and we are incredibly thankful to call you "ours"! We love you to the great big moon and back!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Custom Paintings!

Ok, so I'm wayyyy behind on this blogging thing.  I have about four posts lined up in my head that I need to get going on...I'll get there eventually ;)

If you're wondering what's been replacing my blogging time (which usually happens at night after the babes are asleep)'s the following...


I loveeeee it!!! I've been doing some custom paintings and an Etsy shop is in the works (almost ready to debut, as a matter of fact).

Here's a glimpse at some of the pieces I've done lately.
So there ya have late night activity!  If you know anyone who wants a custom piece, send 'em my way! ;)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Painted: Love Grows Here

It's not an unknown fact that I love art.

And not only do I love it for fun, but it's a great stress reliever for me.  These past few weeks have involved some ups and downs for us...meaning that I got to work on a little painting project.

I compiled a bunch of things that have recently drawn my attention (flowers, this sea foam color, that quote) and came up with this (painted on some random wood I found lying around here)...
It's my hope and prayer that my little family would continue to grow in love for God and for each other daily.  A good reminder to have hanging up, no?  I'm currently working on one for someone else (I so love projects like this!) and I'm praying the same for her family as I paint away :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Backyard Shenanigans

I'm not going to lie to you all, having our own backyard has been the bomb diggity.  Like straight up awesomeness (yep, I just went there ;)

But really, we've been so very thankful to have a backyard we can just pop in and out of all day long. We definitely missed it living in a high rise apartment and sharing a communal area with many others (though that was a blessing in many ways too...).  It's been nice to have a place the girls can go out into freely and I can watch from the window, if need be.  

Mostly, however, we've enjoyed being out there as a family and with friends.

And doing things like...
...making classic Nora faces and exploring the "fort."
...conquering the monkey bars (with lots of help from Daddy).

(perhaps a new fav or our big girl)
(Mama went too...but I was way too tall, ha)

...and admiring God's handiwork in our own backyard.
Awesome. Grateful. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Picking Those Berries

These are from a few weeks back when we went berry picking.  We ended up with some baskets of blackberries and blueberries...excluding all the ones that Nora ate.  That was little girl's self-imposed task:  dominate the blackberries and leave with a full belly!  Elise was perfectly content picking berries galore...until the end when she had a heat-induced meltdown.  Oh well, so it goes with two year olds.

Overall it was quite fun.  Check it below ;)

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