3.30.2016

texas in the spring

mid-march and well into april you can find plenty of blue belles lining the Texas highways, filling random fields and peeking out between the trees.  
these short lived beauties are a Texas tradition. 

when a bountiful patch of bluebonnets popped up a bit early in the season for the second year in a row right by the house we took advantage of the evening light.
sitting your babe in the middle of bluebonnets for 700 pictures every.single.year is like taking your kid to see Santa.  you just do it.   
the big girls acted like they had never seen a flower in their life and Baker was all smiles for her first experience.















special thank you to Reagan, my matilda jane trunk keeper!  
I'm so excited that she is offering 10% off for anyone who places an order and mentions this post! To order,  check out matilda jane clothing + fill out a wish list with items you love and want to purchase and then email the wish list to Reagan (HERE) -- be sure to mention my name in the "extra information" section! There is a new collection set to release on March 31st!  So get your wish lists ready:)
 
photography by // b faith photography 
maxi dress // groopdealz
big girls c/o matilda jane
baby baker c/o matilda jane
girly bows // a little lady shop

3.29.2016

weekend shenaniganz with honey + dude

this weekend we had four kiddos.  
four.
not THAT much more crazy than three.  except there is one extra of everything.. and the questions surrounding a 'second set of twins' throughout the weekend's entirety that was somewhat comical.
"we are just babysitting.."
"oh, well then you have all girls!  you should try for a boy!"
thank you.  thank you very much, stranger:)

we picked up baby G on friday evening and he stayed with us until the afternoon on Sunday and we had a great time!  the twins have spent days upon days with their Auntie and Uncle J, so our time to return the baby love was long overdue!

Saturday morning when the twins woke to this sweet boy sitting in the living room, it was like they had never seen a baby before.  they ADORE Grayson- and for good reason!  he's so so sweet.
we loaded up for and early morning- Easter weekend had us with many plans to fill an the first stop was our town's egg hunt at the high school.
my little bunnies (who were mistaken for kitty cats for the rest of the day..) ready to do some egg hunting!  they were all about that candy!  
 we busted out the double stroller.. its been awhile:)
after we grabbed lunch on the patio - the weather was amazing - we headed home for a pit stop.. meal time for the babies!! 
 ..and then we loaded up again!  the weather was too nice to miss out on, so we headed up to the park for the evening and let the big girls run off some of that jelly bean induced energy.



 home for dinner and baths.  after spending the entire day with Grayson and Baker- who are just three days apart.. the fact that Grayson is an only child and Baker is not became apparent.
Baker has zero sense of personal space.  She's had a big kid in her face since the day she was born, so it was only natural for her to be all over Grayson.  
touching his face, stealing his pacifier, laying a few slobbery sugars on his noggin..
little buddy wasn't sure what to think about it all!
it was such a fun weekend.  I loved having this little man in the house, and I know the twins and Baker Bree loved it, too!  the moment we dropped him off the chatter from the backseat began- asking where's Grayson? and why isn't he coming home with us!?  
so many more years to come of our kiddos growing and changing and playing together.
I cant wait!

3.28.2016

photo every hour | easter sunday

seven
 eight
 nine
 ten
 eleven
 twelve
 one
 two
 three
 four
 five
 six
 seven
 eight
 nine
 ten

sunday was amazing.  I truly enjoyed every single minute spent with friends and family.  It seems like life just keeps on getting better- living amongst chaos just about everyday, but God is good.
so good.
He is invading my present reality + untangling my past + bringing hope of the future into the present.
john chapter eleven. 
I am redeemed because He lives!
I hope your Easter Sunday was beautiful, friends! 

3.25.2016

friday favorites | good friday edition

good friday.
its been extra quiet around these parts this week.  not intentionally.  mostly because that day to day life has been hedging its way into my blogging time.. I keep thinking that life will slow down at some point, but alas- it never does.  we keep piling it on and adding more things- but life is good.  
its good on this good friday. 
this week we spent so much time together- and reflecting on the weekend ahead and embracing the blessings the Lord has giving us.. even when they don't even look like blessings.  He's always teaching and its amazing how we look back on particular life situations and find ourselves going 
'oh,  I gotcha.'
it was this time two years ago that I was desperately crying out the Lord for peace about what was happening in my life.  so many questions surrounding the loss of our first baby.
why.why.why.
it was this time one year ago that I was praising His name as I sat in an empty nursery with a healthy baby Baker wiggling in my belly.
life had come full circle. 
He is good.  
--
I am so excited for this weekend.  We are sharing some baby firsts with our baby girl- who is about to by NINE months old and I am just not dealing with it well at all.. 
the big girls have finally started to understand a little more about 'holidays' and the fun things that go along with it.  there is a big egg hunt tomorrow morning and they have been talking non-stop about it since they did a mini-egg hunt at preschool yesterday.  they know the drill and want to just hunt the eggs over and over and over.  

eggs.  
find the eggs.  
said eggs have candy.

personalized matching jams.  you know I wouldn't have it any other way, right?

I, for one, am so excited about filling their Easter baskets as I mentioned a couple weeks ago (here). I know they'll be in jellybean overload after tomorrow's egg hunt and festivities.. so finding some non-candy options were important! I thought Jordan's eyes were about to roll out of his head when he saw the Peppa Pig dvd's land on our doorstep.  what can I say.. he's not a Peppa fan.  these sticker books and I absolutely could not pass up the tutu lulu ballerina bunny for the big girls.  Target did me good with barbie princesses and bubble wands.
I grabbed a couple of these tee shirts for the big girls and couldn't finish checking out without two of these tribe bracelets (on sale!) for mama.
I took a peek into Auntie's baskets she delivered for the babes yesterday- bathing suits- including this one for the twins and this teeny bikini for Baker girl.. spring dresses, and my little ponies.  
she always does so good. 
Saturday morning will start with yummy breakfast pizza and too many cups of coffee, and probable;y a handful of donut holes before heading out to the egg hunt!  Sunday, in a sea of colorful Easter dresses we will listen to the Easter message before heading for family brunch/lunch/dinner.  I'm bringing this corn dip and really thinking about making yummy bread pudding, too!
Oh, and did I mention that we will have Grayson all weekend?!  Ashley's brother is getting married and we are baby G duty until Sunday.
embracing the crazy, ya'll.

I hope your weekend is crazy amazing!  so many reasons to be thankful and celebrate our risen Son.
XO!  

3.21.2016

life lately | camera roll

happy monday!  I found myself going through my camera roll for like a half hour last night after the babes were in bed.. I always do that, am I the only one?  surely not!  after it was all said and done I ended up going and giving the big girls an extra kiss goodnight and laid a hand on Baker's back before going to bed myself.  doing that right before I go to sleep makes we just want to wake them and give them a tight squeeze.. and then send then right back to bed:)

we have been so busy around these parts lately.  well, always.  but lately its been more of the fun busy than the obligatory busy.
three growing girls
 these girls are outrageously funny.  half the time I am dying of laughter and the other half I am pulling my hair out.  the big girls are completely obsessed with Baker and the feelings are absolutely mutual.  she stops at nothing to keep up with those two.. which is why it doesn't surprise me at all that she is so much busier than the twins ever were at this age.  I honestly never really 'baby proofed' the house when the twins were little.. we kept them pretty contained.  oh, but with Miss Baker.  baby proofing is ON.  she's into everything! 
we celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday at preschool and thanks to my girl Britt, she gave me all the tools I needed for a super easy DIY costume.  if you know me, you know I don't have a DIY bone in my body.  I wish I did.  so bad.  I am creative, no doubt- but putting it all together myself - I often leave that to my favorite small shops.  so- what that means is that this was a simple as it gets, but they look SO cute, right?!  they loved it!
Parker and Jolie went to their first 'dress-up' birthday party last week.  Parker was all about that Janet Jackson and Jo shocked me when she picked the pop star glitter mini dress over the gigantic princess dresses they had available.
nail polish + glitter up-do's + eye shadow + face tattoos
dolled and dressed to the 9's!!
at the end they were sad to have to give back all of their accessories- but good news.  we got to keep the purple hair extensions.  
we randomly packed up and made a trip to the lake to visit granny and woogie for a couple days.  the twins LOVE it there and of course the moment we turn onto their private gravel road leading to their front drive the twins hop into the front seat!   
 I don't even recognize her!  she's getting so big.  her long legs and her sweet face changing by the day- getting longer and losing that baby chub to her cheeks. but her eyes when she smiles- they haven't changed a bit! I cant even describe the joy this girl brings me.  this age with Jolie Grace is really fun. she is SO silly.  her daddy dressed her that day- even tied her hair wrap and goodness she was so proud and in love.
also.. these cotton shorties from Target are perfect for the warm weather months to come. we have them in every color!   
 Jordan's Aunt Jenny - who we call Cookie - lives in Seattle so we don't get to see her very often.  the girls know who she is and love to FaceTime here and there.  we recently set a standing bedtime story date for Tuesday nights.  we exchange books and read them together two thousand miles apart.  
last week's read?  
and this week the girls will have their first read through the three little pigs.  
that social life
a couple weekends back we went out for Jordan's 34th slash date night with friends slash becoming groupies to one of our favorite musicians.  we started the evening at Queenie's for tapas and wine and then headed out to meet up with more friends and enjoy live music.
we live in the next town over from a college town.. and it was early (before 10pm), so we were having a grand ol' time- girls up at the front doing a little jig and the husbands standing in the back with their beers.  
**can you pick me out in the lady crowd?**
 midnight came fast- and goodness I have never felt so old.  college felt like SO LONG AGO, and it was time to go when the bar filled with the 21+up crowd.. mostly twenty one.
it was a fantastic, much needed, adult's night out!  
the next day Jordan cashed in his birthday present to himself..
he's been wanting to get something to represent the two miscarriages we had in 2014.  he has tattoos for all three of the girls, and it didn't feel right for him to not have something for those babies in heaven, too. 
I.love.it.  its really awesome and even more so because it has serious sentimental thought to it.
on the move
this little girl is going through some fierce changes developmentally. she's most definitely cutting more teeth.  she's most definitely going through a growth spurt.  and she is most definitely taking assisted steps and pulling herself to a standing position without help- like free standing.  
she is eight months.  how is this happening?!
she is waking 1-2 times at night searching for her paci and then nose diving into her mattress once she find it.. and then there is at least once a night that she insists on having a snack to get her through the rest of the night.  I'm just going with it- this too shall pass.. but omgggg, I'm so tired.

the weather has been ridiculous.  seventy-five to eighty degree temps on the regular.  we have been eating it up!  spending as much time outside as possible!  with the longer days it really has felt more like summer than spring.
 bow // onesie
...and then in true Texas fashion the temps dip to the 40's + 50's this past weekend.
a couple months back Jordan and I got ourselves a fitbit and we have been loved using it as we are really trying to be more active.  we've been going on 4 mile walks around our neighborhood everyday as weather permits, and while we can feel the benefits- its getting the girls in the habit of being active.. and wearing them out for a solid afternoon nap or early bedtime!  
Jordan pushes the double stroller and me and B are in the single.  
most of the time the twins will run along side the stroller and Baker will cat nap here and there.  
and we always end at the park to let the big girls swing and go down the slide a handful of times.
that about rounds out life as of late.  we've got a fun week + weekend ahead of us- its going to be a beautiful time for egg hunting and celebrating Jesus!  another Baker's first and I have had the best time finding fun things to fill the big girls' Easter baskets.  this is the first year we have really done much as far as the 'easter bunny' is concerned.  ohhh- its going to be so good!
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