maybe i'll become a flower photographer...

okay, kidding. but i will warn you ahead of time, this post contains at least a half dozen photos of some of the most gorgeous birthday and mother's day flowers in history... our home looked and smelled like a flower market for about a week, juuuust the way i like it.

so i know, we are already onto memorial day weekend + i'm behind at blogging and all of that, but now felt like as good a time as any to recap 27 + the celebration of mamas!
my birthday was just as lovely as the year before it, and the year before that (+ that, and that -if you're really feeling reminisce-y). fresh flowers, hot + fresh donuts, tulips on tulips, mickey mouse + my people. we don't take birthdays lightly around here, and chris always makes the day so special for me. 
^^^cutest cousins... they are finally becoming buddies + it's the cutest thing ever. abel is getting so much practice on how to treat ladies, "pretty flowers row row" + also the donut frost covering his jammies... i love him so much.
^^^that donut was the size of his face, he prefers taking a bite or two out of every donut however, instead of sticking to just one. 
^^^probably the best card ever received haha! my friends from afar even made me feel so special :)
^^^lunch at the rio! margaritas, sopapillas, and the best candle blowing helper in the game.
^^^my crew... allllll the heart eyes.


i get suuuper lucky, because my birthday + mother's day fall right next to each other, so honestly it feels like a week of celebrating, huzzah! we had mother's day brunch at ashton's + then parted ways to spend time with our own little families. i for once, chose to do nothing and just relax vs. always doing some sort of project, and it was lovely. i'm so thankful to be a mom, to have a mom (+ mother in law) and to experience the love between parent and child. i know what a blessing that is and i don't take it for granted.


lately it has rained + rained + rained + rained + then rained some more. i've missed the sun + i've especially missed these sunsets. i am thankful for the moisture, and the vibrant green that's now singing from every direction... i'll be extra thankful though when the clouds leave town + we can park it outside 24/7... bubbles, swinging, racing, dandelion picking, popsicles... all the best that sunshiney days have to offer. this all being said, we've been home a lot so nothing crazy interesting to report, just some pictures that never made instagram, or this space anywhere else, but that definitly deserved a place. i hope you're having a wonderful day so far + that there's sunshine where you are!

^^^this picture looked so sweet on my iphone, + then i saw it enlarged and realized that she's blinking + poking him in the eye, hahaha.. SO i didn't nail it this time, but it was a very sweet morning  + so i love it still. 
^^^they are truly the sweetest duo

^^^heart melting
^^^and again. 
^^^teenager... staahhhp it!
^^^i can't imagine a world where i don't pick up toys all day, sweet scenes like this one left behind by my guy really are heart warming for me
^^^hey check it out! they dug a big hole next to our house!! + then as mentioned... rain. so it's sort of a small pond now, but nonetheless... progress!! 
thanks for stopping by! we've got a happy little bunch around here + we appreciate YOU for following along with us :)


a rainy day read...

being stuck inside is no one's cup of tea around here, so last week when it rained + rained, we had reached our limit of tv + home, and i was just about ready to load everyone up in the car + go anywhere but here, i decided to stay... to be still + present. so we pulled out a few of our favorite books + an hour went by before i knew it. i captured the sweetness of the scene + was a better mom for not fleeing to car solace when there was fun to be had. i have really been focusing on slowing down + quieting my mind lately, so that i can feel less scattered + really savor life + all of the moments that make it up. this was a good reminder of why i should continue putting focus there... so worth it.
these two are the very best. watching them interact with one another is like opening my most desired christmas gift every single day. 
reading with abel here + here!



abel would bathe as many times a day as i'd allow, and stay in until the water was cold. it's adorable + who doesn't love bath babies? plus, if you've seen the video... why wouldn't i allow this sort of joy into my day? no really, i've watched it at least 1 million times. if you haven't seen it yet, treat yourself + share it with your friends, because the world could use a dose of those giggles, stat.
(video below)