After Henry's shower we reserved an hour for switching our decorations and food. Which really meant that the parties continued as we did those things and no one really noticed, which was great! After that hour though more people arrived and we had lunch ready for people to eat. Mojo's catered the food again and served a full taco bar, coronas (to the adults), and cupcakes! It was all super delicious and BEAUTIFULLY presented!
I was super impressed at Emmet's party stamina. He ran around that house from 9:00-2:00 surrounded by people and playing in the hot sun. I swear every 10 minutes he was with someone else and doing something else. He swept the back patio with Patty's husband, sword fought (with sticks) with his uncle Kent and my dad, played with balloons, followed his cousins around, hid in the plants, and the list goes on and on! Every once in a while I caught him resting. He would lay down on the couch for a minute or climb into Henry's carseat and let his system reboot. He got kind of into the idea of opening gifts...didn't really open them without a lot of assistance but LOVED discovering what was inside each one! His favorites were the plush birdies from his grandmas that sing real bird songs, his binoculars, and his play kitchen and accessories! We still have yet to discover the wonders of his other gifts, I'm sure he'll love them all too! He clapped happily after we sang and took bites of the tops of everyone's (who was willing) cupcakes. and even though he was the center of attention for most of it, I'm not really sure he really noticed or cared that it was for him. He was just having a great time with the people who love him!
I have to say, I am just so amazed by the amount of love we felt over the weekend. My little boys are so lucky to have so many people who love them and care about them. The way Patty hurried to get the house done and how much time and energy she put into the catering, the way people played and loved on them while we were there, the thoughtfulness of each gift the boys received, and the way everyone even pitched in to help us get everything home! An entire fleet of cars followed us home and people helped carry everything inside! It was so amazing and super helpful so we could get our boys down for their naps as fast as possible! We are super appreciative of everyone who came and made their day so special!
Food and Event Space: Mojo's Coffee Bar
Succulent Cake: Amber Abrams
This past weekend we had not one, but TWO parties for our little boys! My sister was in town for the weekend, so we decided to have both parties on the same day; Henry's Baby Shower in the morning and Emmet's Second Birthday in the early afternoon! I'm foreseeing this happening quite a bit in the future with their birthdays being so close together and family living out of state.
We hosted both parties at the new Mojo's Bakehouse, owned by Patty of Mojo's Coffee Bar. She just recently renovated this mid century home right near our house to use as a bakehouse and as an event house and she did an AMAZING job. It is seriously so gorgeous inside and out! Patty took care of all of the food, set up and clean up, which made this mama's stress level super low! All I had to do was roll my little boys over to the house, put up a few decorations, and enjoy time with my loved ones. It was amazing (and highly recommended!)
Henry's shower was in the morning. My mom and I decided to have it after he was born so that we could use it as a chance for our family and friends to meet him and because we decided pretty late in the game to even have a shower but didn't want to stress about squeezing it in before he arrived! The party was only an hour long, the perfect amount of time for a short and sweet shower. We invited a smaller amount of people and served coffee and rainbow sprinkled cinnamon rolls and strawberries... to stay on the sprinkle theme of course! Emmet ran around entertaining everyone and eating all of their cinnamon rolls, while people passed Henry around and gave him snuggles and love. It was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of our little guy!
Food and Event Space: Mojo's Coffee Bar
It's been a minute since I updated the journal with new items in the shop! We've got a couple of brand new this week items and some fun collaborations from around Christmas time!
These two prints are new this week and are prints from paintings I made for two amazing ladies in my life with no intention going in for turning them into prints. But I loved them so much that I ended up making copies! Each print features an image inspired by a connection I share with each woman. The cow skull and prickly poppies was originally painted for my mother in law who shares my love for the Kansas prairie. She loves walking around in the grasses picking up bones and bouquets of wildflowers probably even more than I do. The second new print was originally painted for my old boss at Mojo's Coffee Bar, Patty. We met and bonded over making endless cups of coffee for the people of Newton/North Newton, and became even better friends after I had moved on to teaching and then to motherhood & self employment. Patty is opening up a new Bakehouse here soon and we decided she needed some art! I painted this chemex of coffee for her and we loved it so much we decided to sell it online and in her shop. Find both prints here.
When having a new baby, whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, you are feeding that new little one around the clock. I remember feeling so overwhelmed by that with my first baby and this time around, knowing it was coming, I felt a lot better! Our new greeting card is perfect for either wishing a new mama good luck on their new adventure OR telling a veteran mama, or your own, how amazing they are. Find them here.
We released three new fabrics over the last few months! A dainty blue floral designed for Avery & Grey, rolling hills and cattle designed for Westbrick Salon & Boutique, and the cutest little houses on a soft pink background designed with Love of Character in mind. I'm loving designing fabrics for other small businesses and can't wait to start back up again!
Sweet little Henry snuck into our family and somehow it feels as though he has always been here. He's calm and quiet and fits right in. I told Dave that I think I might like having two kids even more than just one. Not that I didn't love being with Emmet the last two years, but I had a tendency to get tired of playing the same thing over and over again and found myself getting frustrated with him. With Henry I have way more to think about and my brain just never gets tired. I'm always bouncing from one thing to another (and one boy to the other!) and enjoying almost every bit of it!
I worried for so long that I wouldn't love Henry as much as I love Emmet. That I would mourn my time together with him. But, just like everyone said, my love grew. I love Henry soo much even after only one month and somehow I love Emmet even more than before too. These little boys have my heart!
A few weeks ago we had Amy Sharp of Amy Sharp Photography come by to take a few pictures of Henry and our little family now that we are four and I am so glad we did! I'm glad we have the phase we are in as a family captured forever. She did such a great job!
I can barely believe that this little boy turns two today, I swear I was just planning his first birthday party and now we are about to have his second! I've been looking back at pictures from this past year and it is so hard to believe how much he has grown in just 12 months. He still looked so much like a little baby at his last birthday party and now I get glimpses of not only a toddler, but a little boy! He is so fun to watch these days, his little personality is really starting to develop and he. is. hilarious.
YOU- Are finally tall enough to scoot around the house on your little ride on bike - only eat Annies mac & cheese, restaurant pizza, PB & Honey Sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and most salty things - love watching Moana (still), Frozen, and Coco.. but you are starting to enjoy other movies too - love to wash your hands in the bathroom sink and to play in the bathtub - carry Moose's food into the living room and feed it to him piece by piece - give your brother big slobbery kisses and tuck his stuffed animals in with him - greet everyone in the morning when you wake up (even Moose) - move from activity to activity every five minutes, you are a very busy little boy! - LOVE to go outside; playing in the backyard, at the park, and walking to the post office are your very favorite and you ask to go outside (in the funniest way) ALL THE TIME - love looking out the window for birds, kitties, squirrels, and cars - love to ready books so much that we can't read them before nap anymore because you just get too excited - say a lot of words, most often, "do you see?", "help", "uh oh", "Hi", "bye", and "dada" - drag your blanket all around the house, it is your favorite thing - unload the drier and push the laundry basket back into the bedroom - get funnier each day.
MAMA- Feels bad for passing on her shortness, hopefully it won't last - loves to observe the way you interact with the world - loves it when you are calm enough to lay down and snuggle - goes a little crazy on the days you choose not to nap - hopes one day soon you'll eat a new food - feels for you each time you fall or bump your head, but loves the way your little legs make you look like a little boy - loves how much you love your little brother, because oh how she stressed about that - is excited to spend another year with you and watch you grow and learn (but also secretly wishes she could keep you this way forever)