weekends.

weekends :: The Arrow House

Weekends look a whole lot different once you have kids. Sleeping in is a distance dream and most of your time and energy is dedicated to the little ones who call you mom and dad. Some days I like to sit and look back on the days before children but then I'm jolted back into reality by a screaming baby or toddler who's constantly hungry and asking for a "nack" (seriously, how much can a two year old eat?) Weekends (and life in general) are changed radically once you have kids but oh the fun you'll have! You see the world through their eyes. The wonder of trying new things, being silly and getting messy. Take a slow day. Play. Take pictures. Breathe them in. Let them be little.

I'm preaching this to myself too.

weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House
weekends :: The Arrow House

sand play.

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The weather is warm and it's time to play! Lincoln was gifted a sand table for Christmas so sadly, it sat in his room all winter but when we finally had some sunshine, it immediately found it's place out on our back deck. Parents of toddlers, get one of these for your kids! I'm serious. It has provided hours of entertainment.  We've been known to hide pennies in there from time to time as well. Perfect little scavenger hunt. And he gets to keep them.

Parents, what's some fun activities your toddlers love? I'm always up for new ideas!

Thaddeus Grey

Baby boy is here!

Thaddeus Grey Andrews made his appearance ten days early, much to our surprise. He was born Monday, December 1st at 5:08pm and weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long.

We were totally caught off guard when I got out of bed, felt a pop and looked down. Yep. My water broke. Talk about a shocker. It was 4:30am and we had nothing packed, no sitter lined up for Lincoln and my mom was eight hours away.

We felt unprepared and overwhelmed but despite the chaos, everything ended up working out beautifully. We are truly thankful for the amazing friends who kept Lincoln last minute, for our nurse who was a complete blessing and a great "stand-in" in my mom's absence, for a smooth delivery and healthy baby boy. So grateful.

And photo cred goes to Kim of Kim Till Dawn Photography for these beautiful images of our family. Thanks a million, Kim!

Newborn Lifestyle Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Newborn Lifestyle Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Newborn Lifestyle Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Newborn Lifestyle Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Newborn Lifestyle Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Session by Kim Till Dawn Photography



Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2014.

Our last holiday as a family of three. 

I had all these beautiful things to say about it being our last few days together before the new babe arrived. How I loved our lazy morning, small Thanksgiving feast and naps. Little did I know that baby number two would come ten days early and on the very morning I planned to publish this post. It's kind of funny how life doesn't always go the way you planned. I remember telling Joel on the way to the hospital that I forgot to publish my Thanksgiving post. He looked at me and kindly (but sarcastically) asked, "Do you want to go back home and take care of that real quick?" Cue strong contraction. Yeah, no. I'm good.

Life. It's unpredictable. But I'm thankful for a smooth delivery (another post on that soon), healthy baby and wonderful moments we've already enjoyed as a family of four. Happy Monday, friends!

Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
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Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
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Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House
Thanksgiving 2014 :: The Arrow House



Milk + Cookies Party

Last weekend, we celebrated Lincoln turning two (well, almost). He'll turn two just a few days after his baby brother arrives so we thought it was quite fitting to party it up a little early. I mean, who wants to plan a toddler birthday party while adjusting to another little one in the house? Not me! We kept things simple with a milk and cookies party. What 2 year old doesn't love that? Or adult for that matter.

Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party
Milk + Cookies Party

And a lesson learned from this whole thing that I thought I would share...

Making things look super cute for an event/party for our child is often for ourselves. We want to impress our guests and post beautiful images (I'm guilty of this so many times). Is my kid going to remember the oreo "cake" I put together or the hours of baking homemade cookies or time put into the little details? Probably not but this thought hit me particularly hard after only one family ended up being able to make it (sickness claimed the others) and I started to feel sorry for myself. All this work and only one family was able to enjoy it? What a shame.

What a shame? What a shame that my heart is so prideful and that my identity as a mother is often wrapped up in something as silly as a milk and cookies party. It seems ridiculous looking back on it now but I can still remember that feeling of self-pity in that moment. I mentioned to my husband that afternoon that it was probably for my good that only a few of our guests were able to make it because it caused me to take a hard look at my broken, prideful heart and be reminded (once again) at what matters most. I'm thankful that Jesus knows me so very well. That he loves me so much that he diligently keeps my heart (and all it's problems) closely in check with his. I'm in need of that. Always. Even when I'm totally unaware, he knows.

And I love that he'll use a little milk and cookies party to get my attention.