We met with our financial advisor this week to talk about our goals for retirement and what needs to happen in the mean time in order to reach those goals, like maxing out our Roth IRAs and all that fun stuff. Then we created saving accounts for our kids college funds, and now we want to watch those babies grow. Carson doesn’t think that having people adopt Selena’s puppies is the smartest way to do that, but give him 9 years or so, and I think he might change his mind. • All this to say, if you want to adopt a pup AND send a kid to college all in one shot, then you now know who to contact. 🤓🐶
*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* It was last summer, around the forth of July, when my sister-in-law first mentioned her dream of opening an online children’s clothing boutique to me. • Today is the day it’s finally happening, and to celebrate I’m going to give away $30 in shop credit to one special person! • To enter, simply follow my account and @babybirdsewing, and leave a comment here tagging three friends who you think might be interested in handmade children’s clothes as well. • The giveaway will end on Friday, December 15th at midnight, and the winner will be announced here Saturday morning. • Open to US residents only. Giveaway not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. #giveaway #handmadeclothes #babyboutique
I still pinch myself sometimes... at the miracle of life and the gift of family. Never do I want to take even a day with them for granted.
“This was the best day of my whole life.” • Happy birthday, my precious four year old! What fun it was to celebrate you. • (This fun cake was inspired by @a_heidimarie and created by @leebug62. We took it up a notch from last years cookies with sprinkles. 🤓)
He turns four tomorrow. (Tell me, how is it possible? Wasn’t it just yesterday morning he was laid against my chest for the first time, and I felt completely overwhelmed and perfectly capable, all in one strong emotion, at the privileged and great responsibility of raising a human being?) Four years and I still feel like a newbie most days. • Yesterday I asked what he would want for his birthday meal. “Cake”, he told me. “Yes, cake, but what else?” “Cake. Cake and cookies.” I obviously needed to intervene, so I began to suggest things. “Pizza, perhaps? Steak? Mac & Cheese?” In a moment of complete disbelief, Carson looked me in the eye and said, “Mom! You mean YOU know how to make mac & cheese?!” I’m not extremely skilled in the culinary arts, but suddenly I felt even smaller. Tomorrow, along with celebrating my favorite little man, I also intend to set out to make the meanest Mac & Cheese with Hotdogs this child has ever tasted. Gourmet... if you’re four years old. Wish me luck. I’m competing with his Grandma’s award winning dish. And lately I haven’t been coming out on top according to Carson. Yesterday’s blog post about the cookies proves this.
The kids and I made Aunt Emma’s Famous Waffle Cookies together, then threw on some candy cane sprinkles and called it good. This was probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them. 🤪 I wrote the whole story (and shared the recipe) over on my blog. If you are a mom who regularly bakes along side your toddlers, bless you. I am not her. PC: @coridana
This is my favorite holiday tradition. What’s yours?🌲
He’s well traveled, and recently started having an eye for fashion as well. He rocks his little Mennonite hat everywhere he goes, and when complimented on how good it looks, he just says, “Yes, I know.”
I really miss having a sister nearby. The more time that passes since she moved away, the greater I wish she was around. This week the kids and I traveled to spend a few days with her, and we’re having so much fun. Yesterday she and I explored the city of Philadelphia together, visiting Material Culture, the most amazing market for rugs and home goods I have ever seen, doing the typical tourist thing of ordering Philly Cheesesteaks for supper, and best of all, seeing my favorite band, @johnnyswim, in concert. I guess if there is one good thing about a sister not living close by, it’s that when we do get together we are more intentional about actually being together. It’s been such a wonderful week... but I’m missing Herm and — I Need Me Some Home.