gracie has been taking horse back riding lessons for a couple years now and loves it! actually, she works there one week (cleaning tack, etc) and then gets a lesson the next week. this was s big week for her because she got to ride bareback (and then show off for the camera)! don’t worry, this didn’t hurt the horse at all.
saturday morning my assistant and i had a round of interviews for a seamstress. for some reason, i was nervous going into it, but i was really pleased with the result!
while i was interviewing, sean was hosting a party for silas at a local trail. sean. si and 7 of his little friends (and a handful of dads) rode a trail on their mountain bikes. i arrived just in time to see them all come in at the end of the trail. it was the easiest party ever. all i had to do was make the cake. my parents picked up pizza and the boys were thrilled with their own mini gatorades!
this cake was pretty hilarious! the girls and i made it the night before the party to surprise silas. it kept crumbling in my hands as i tried to frost it, so we covered it in oreo crumbles, smashed graham crackers, chocolate rocks, sprinkles, and broccoli trees.
we spent saturday night with our best friends and both of our sets of parents. so fun to have 3 generations of 2 families together!
sean manned the kids on sunday after church while i relocated to the loft for the afternoon. it was so peaceful and i got a ton of work done. its amazing what you can accomplish without interruptions.
monday morning i snuck away with gracie to celebrate her 1st birthday as a believer!
even though it was foggy and chilly, we went to the beach with friends for a few hours. the kids were happy to be playing in the waves and sand, and we were happy to stay planted in our chairs and enjoy watching them!
3 wetsuits, drip-drying from a day of boogy boarding = the sign of a well spent day.
emily is one of my favorites, all around. i love her insta feed, and her blog is even better. she was so sweet to send me this beautiful hand painted letter! for those of you that were asking about it, she not only has a tutorial up on her blog, but you can also buy one of your own in her shop!
this was a week of happy mail for me! and another reminder of why i love my internet friends. andrea of knitty bitties is a bright light to all she comes across. not only did she send me a box of her scraps for my scrappy bunting, but she also included a sweet note, an awesome bracelet, and the cutest mug rug in the world!
giant fluffy pompoms are really fun to make! can’t wait to show you what i did with them!
we had a sleepover with our best family friends and i took them on a walk to get fro yo. these kids have all been together since birth and its so fun to see the way they interact with each other. sometimes they go all girls/all boys, sometimes mixing ages, but most of this visit they stayed with their same age friends (all opposite genders) and they are so sweet to each other!
i wish i could curl my whole head of hair in just 5 minutes. anyone have a tip? loose curls like this only take me about 15-20, but thats still too long for me.
a battle i rarely fight is about clothing choices. that doesn’t mean the choices sometimes don’t make me squirm a bit ;)
my sweet girls made us pancakes. i added peanut butter, bananas, and hazelnut coffee.
after getting her chores done, gracie spent hours sketching. it was so fun to see her at it again, this time really pushing herself to learn more about shading and working with color, which is really hard!
while she worked away, i worked away right next to her. i cleaned and organized just about every bit of my cutting table, shelves and storage. and then silas and i cleaned out his toy/book cubbies and organized a ton. with school starting in just over a week, i have the urge to organize everything! hopefully at some point i’ll finish organizing the school room, but since the whole house really needs it, i’ll organize anywhere!
i wish you could see the final product in person – it is amazing!
and today is free friday! click here for details – yay!