Saturday, April 30, 2016

Catching Moments: {17/52}:

*The Daddy Jungle Gym...
Daddy's finally home again and as you can see the kids have enjoyed the few days he has been back! I love this shot because it pretty much sums up our evening routine & life with daddy being back... Yes, the kids rarely wear clothes at home, daddy's the "fun" one, and after dinner it is always a free for all & play time before bath. This picture captures it all perfectly! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Catching Moments: {16/52}:

King of the Mountain & A Mermaid

*Because standing on the Jeep is way safer and more fun than sitting... Duh

*"Mommy, I'm a Mermaid" Charli exclaimed. Enjoying her last couple of days of Spring Break pool side! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day:

From our two little lovers of the outdoors! 

All the fresh air
The sunshine & The trees
All the pretty flowers
To the buzzing bumble bees

We love to be outside
Each and every day
Even if for a minute
Just to run around and play

Let's all help protect our Earth
And try to keep it clean
There's no other color it should be
Than a very pretty green!

Happy Earth Day & Happy Weekend! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Catching Moments: {15/52}:

And the differences between my two tiny humans...
One is always clean, dressed so nicely, does things so neatly, and can be so angelic
The other is always wet, dirty, in an undershirt, grunting, pooping, and trying to tackle the other
You can decide which is which! ;)

*Boo Boo Butterfly Angel...
Charli giving her Boo Boo one last kiss. Right after she did this the butterfly took it's very first flight! 

*A boy or a pup?...
Seriously, this kid. He drinks out of the dogs water dish {and has to do it with his mouth}, eats the dogs food, & the dogs treats... aye aye aye. But he sure is cute! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

My Boo Boo: A Celebration of Life Garden Party:

Happy Monday & Happy Fresh Start to the Week! 
{Something much needed over in my parts}

For those who do not know, my Grandmother {Father's Mom} Boo Boo, passed away very unexpectedly last week. It was something that put us all in a state of shock, something none of us were ready for, and something each one of us in my family has been and still are coping with. The run of emotions I have been feeling is unexplainable and I have just been trying to be there for my parents during this extremely hard time. 

Boo Boo genuinely had the kindest soul and was the sweetest most loving person anyone ever met. Her and I had a very special relationship and it is something I will cherish forever. I was the baby of all of her grandchildren and boy did she favor that! ;) It probably didn't help that it was her baby's {my dad was her youngest} baby! We lived basically around the corner from her so I grew up going over there all the time, my Grandparents coming over to our house, and even more special was when they would surprise my brother and I and pick us up from school! As I got older her and I shared a true love for design/decor & crafting. It is something {even up until a couple of days before she passed} that her and I would talk hours about. We would talk about home decor/holiday decor or she would ask me what my next idea was for a craft or party and how much she loved it all. So many memories with her that I could literally right a book. What I am most grateful for is that as I became an adult, got married, moved away because of the military, and had children, that my relationship with Boo Boo never ever changed. She always stayed a priority in my life! She loved my husband and our babies so much and they loved her! Charli & Crew had a very close relationship with their Great Grandmother and that will always be something I will hold close to my heart and cherish forever. 

Something that has been hard with my Grandmother's passing has been Charli. Charli loved her Boo Boo so much and we saw her a few times a week so I knew it would be extra hard for her to understand. "My heart is so bwoken mommy" Charli exclaims. She has asked some really tough questions that I have not answered and have changed the subject because those are things she does not need to know... 
"HOW did Boo Boo die mommy?"
"WHY did Boo Boo die mommy?"
"Who take-did {took} Boo Boo away from us?"
I have had to comfort her in the middle of the night a couple of times because she said she had a bad dream about Boo Boo. It has broken my heart even more because she just doesn't understand.
It's been really tough. 

Through the pain and the tears though, we celebrated! 
We celebrated her life, because that is what she wanted! 
She did not want a stuffy funeral, she wanted a party and she wanted it at one of her favorite places to be, my parents backyard. So we honored and respected her wishes and a party we had! I helped my mom throw everything together in 2 days and it turned out absolutely perfect! Boo Boo loved everything Flower & Garden related so that is exactly what we did, A Garden Party just for her. She was also all about little details and I commented a couple of times on how she would have loved every little detail that went into her celebration! She loved lace and actually two of the lace table cloths were her mother's that were given to my mom, one of her absolute favorite flowers were snap dragons along with hydrangeas {really she loved so many flowers} so my mom and I created the most beautiful flower arrangements with those pieces in them, and her favorite color was blue/aqua so we had elements of blue scattered throughout!  

{This ended up being the only picture of family I got because I never have my phone on me and my camera was up for almost the entire party until I realized I hadn't taken any. But I was spending time with my family and that was more important. But this is the most important picture to me anyways. Boo Boo's 3 remaining children- my aunt, my uncle, and my dad}

Now something that is truly symbolic that happened while everyone was at the house celebrating the life of this wonderful woman. A butterfly emerged from it's Chrysalis! 

Charli found this Chrysalis last week hanging from the underneath part of the arm of the chair that Boo Boo ALWAYS sat in on the back patio at my parents. Then it emerges during her celebration of life! It was as if she was letting us all know she was ok and will always be watching over us!
"Boo Boo Butterfly Angel" Charli named her.

We love you and will always miss you but know you are with us wherever we go! 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Bogey:

Happy 6th Birthday to this old fella

Though he can be a true pain in my ass he truly loves each and every one of us something fierce, is the most loyal dog I have ever seen, and is the protector of our little family! I couldn't imagine our life without him! We love you Bogey Bear and your grey little chin you recently got! 

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

{PSA: DIY Birthday Hats with DIY Pom Pom's that I whipped up in less than 5 minutes because I realized we didn't have any and no birthday in this house, yes even the dogs, is not complete without hats and birthday pictures! ;)}

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Catching Moments: {14/52}:

And wishing we could just re-live last week...
Missing daddy already...

*Sand on the toes & A kiss on the nose...
I don't know how I caught this so perfectly, but I did, and am loving it. Crew was in the middle of playing, saw his daddy, and walked right over to just give him the sweetest little kiss before going back to playing.

*Daddy's Little Girl...
I am melting at the look on her face, because I know exactly how she was feeling in this moment. Daddy was chasing her around the beach, she could not stop giggling, and it shows her pure happiness! Take me back!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Crew's Corner: My First Bike Ride:

From Crew's Crib:

My daddy is a cyclist
And has a fleet of bikes
He had one wish when having kids
That we too would share his likes

From BMX, Triathlons
To winning many Crits
He even won the South Carolina
State Time Trial Championship

I think my daddy got his wish
With me at least that is
Because I've become quite obsessed
And very interested

Whenever we go out to play
It's all I want to do
I notice every single bike
When we are driving too 

Now that daddy is back home
Mommy's told him my loves grown
So off we went, the two of us
My first bike ride of my own


Until my next adventure...
Thanks for stopping by!

xo crew

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Catching Moments: {13/52}:

*Welcoming Home Daddy!
Catching the moments I don't ever want to forget, seeing the kids run to their daddy after getting off his ship. Steven was sent on what was supposed to be a "mini deployment" {around 4 months} and we found out they were coming home much sooner than expected! He is not home for good and only has a few days with us before having to head back out so we are going to soak up every minute we can with him!