30/52

July 29th, 2014

30-52“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Telling mama all about bunnies.

29/52

July 21st, 2014

29-52“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Pure joy. Running wild and free at the bluegrass and blueberries festival.

Isley’s Second Birthday Party

July 16th, 2014

Isley's Second Birthday

Isley's Second Birthday

Isley's Second Birthday

Isley's Second Birthday

On Isley’s birthday we threw a small birthday bash at our apartment. Since we don’t have a ton of space we kept the guest list small. Grandparent, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and close friends. I kept the decorations fairly simple too. We used streamers and balloons in shades of peach, gold and mint green and a cute banner from the Oh Joy line at Target. Shayne baked the cake and there was ice cream, chips and pink lemonade. Just like last year Isley wanted nothing to do with her cake. Just ice cream and chips for her!

This birthday party was such a relief compared to last year when we went all out renting a space, serving a full meal and inviting so many people. The goal this time around was small, sweet and simple and I think we nailed it. The birthday girl had a blast and it was wonderful to be surrounded by all of the people that love her so much. We are all three truly blessed.

p.s. Isley’s first birthday party

Snapshots : Birthday Morning

July 16th, 2014

birthday morningIsley’s bedroom birthday door

birthday morningOur happy two year old!

birthday morningI can’t get enough of her expression when she saw her tricycle for the very first time.

birthday morningTesting out her trike up and down the hall

birthday morningAll of the birthday goodies we stuffed into the back of Isley’s bike

birthday morningClimbing on and off all by herself

birthday morning

birthday morning

birthday morning

birthday morningFun at the parade

birthday morningThis was her favorite thing about her birthday and to be honest the balloons are still hanging in the doorway.

28/52

July 14th, 2014

28-52“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

This girl and her sunglasses. At last count, Isley has 6 pairs of shades. Seems like a lot to me but she has sensitive eyes like her dad. Lately, every time we leave the house she’s yelling for her glasses. “Glass”!!!

DIY Air Plant Garden

July 11th, 2014

diy air plant garden

This planter was so easy to put together! All you’ll need is a wooden box, air plants, sand and seashells or rocks.

diy air plant garden

First, soak your plants for 30 minutes to an hour. Shake gently to remove excess water. Place in bright light and allow to dry.

diy air plant garden

While your plants are soaking, fill your planter with whatever you like. We chose sand from our local nursery. Isley topped the sand off with seashells.

diy air plant garden

Once the plants have dried, place them in the sand and….your done. Easiest project ever.

diy air plant garden

Air Plant Care:

- Water your plant once or twice a week. You can mist them with a spray bottle but it’s best to take the plant out from time to time and soak it. Try to use filtered, well, or rain water. If you are using tap water, put some in a bowl and let it sit out overnight so the chlorine has a chance to dissipate.

-Good air circulation is essential. You want filtered light not more than 10 feet away from a window.

- Keep your plants out of direct sunlight to avoid burning the leaves.

- Do not plant the root or have  the plant sitting in water for too long or it will rot.

- Air plants will eventually produce little sprouts, or “pups,” from their base. When a pup reaches 1/3 of the size of the original plant, you can carefully separate it from the parent plant.

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