I wanted to share a few photos from my recent trip to Ireland. Much of the time my camera needed to rest (tired lil' bugger), but I did manage to grab a few snaps in the midst of the fun. We did our best to keep up with our Irish friends, and we had an absolute blast. We even braved the roads (check out my backseat driver shot) and lived (barely, don't ask) to tell about it.
I wanted to dedicate this blog post to someone who is inspiring me
today, as she has done for my entire life. She has taught me so much
about life and hard work and fun. When we were little she taught me
about being a girl who can do anything the boys can do. She truly is
the hardest working person I know (and always has been, she's had a job
since she was 14) and she does it all with such grace.
Jackie's floral company Just Bloomed was recently nominated again by
MN Bride Magazine as one of the top Florists in the Minnesota (an award
she has won the last two years). I can attest that owning your own
business is an honor and privilege, but it takes an extraordinary amount
of time and sacrifice. She inspires me to put the same passion towards
my work, my kids, my marriage, my home, my health and trying to find
balance along the way. Although we are different in many ways, and we
look nothing alike (refer to photo evidence... maybe with the matching
poodle perms we got close), we are both addicted to fun, and make each
other laugh in a way no one else really understands. And they don't
really understand (ask our husbands) but we've never cared, because we
To brighten this May day, I am posting all of Nellie's monthly photos I've been taking throughout her first year. The idea was inspired by this blog. I also borrowed the idea of creating a custom fabric for Nellie's last month (which involved me writing her name on a piece of paper, scanning it and uploading it to this website to create the fabric). At her one year birthday party I displayed the photos and now they are hung in her bedroom. I am definitely bias, but try not to be cheered up by these bright colors and smiles :)
It's hard to believe my baby girl is one! We threw a small birthday party for her, and besides the beautiful gift of flowers from Just Bloomed (she is a lucky niece!), one detail I loved was the display of monthly photos I've been taking of her on fabric backdrops. (I haven't shot the final month yet, I will share them all soon. Below you can see a glimps of the custom "Nellie" fabric I made for her last month) My favorite part of the party was watching her eat her cake (not the part where she couldn't sleep after all the sugar). Thank you Nell-Bell for your feisty spirit and your sweet hugs, your dad and I are head-over-heels for you.
This is the time of year everyone loves to complain about Minnesota, but I say shhhh!
"This is for everyone around the planet That wishes they were from somewhere other than where they standin' Don't take it for granted, instead take a look around Quit complaining and build something on that ground Plant something on that ground, dance and sleep on that ground Get on your hands and knees and watch the ants walk around That ground Make a family, make magic, make a mess Take the stress, feel your motivation and build your nest It sucks that you think where I'm from is wack But as long as that's enough to keep your ass from coming back And with a smile and a hint of sarcasm, he said "I beg your pardon but this is my secret garden""
Atmosphere - Seven's Travels "Always coming back home to you/(plays at 4:56) Say shh"
My little buddy turns three today! (we had his party a little early when all the grandparents were in town). All he asked for was a "snowman birthday cake" and in passing I mentioned this to my mom. She was "all over it" in her classic style and came up with a ridiculously adorable cake for the party. It was a small family "snowman party" but the birthday boy could not have been happier (and more exhausted when it was over). I love this little boy to the moon and back.