"Trut" Birthday

Bennett requested a truck birthday party. Oh, and a truck birthday party we had! It was a blast - and a lot of work - but oh so worth it to see his face when he arrived at his very own 'construction zone'...

No, but really - Bennett was probably the only one who noticed the truck signs (he still has them).

Bennett's "twinner" cousin - born 3 hours apart! 

Proud Daddy & Uncle manning the BBQ

So - this lovely lady (my sister.in.law) and I spent a good amount of time creating this...

{I had a blast! Thanks for your help, Brand}

My mother.in.law asked where the cake was. It was placed between two real ones. Tee, hee! :)

 The cake was a hit - his favorite part of the day for sure!
He stared at it for awhile and then just couldn't resist. I loved coming over to see his sweet hand print. 
Just as it should be.

A little afraid of the flame.

Another highlight for the little ones...

My dad brought his fun little "tractor"/wheel barrel thingy for the kids to enjoy - and boy did they!!

Pinata time!!

{thanks to all who came and celebrated with us}


Checking out his loot. No surprise that his favorite gifts were black and yellow...

At the end of the day, we were so thrilled  that the cake was yummy and that the favors were fun ... but when the balloons were popped and the cones stacked up I realized that the most important part of my day was this...

The most important part of my day is now a toddler. 
Always my baby but no longer a baby.
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy.  
 I love you - you and the trucks that line our living room. 


{yours} photography

One of my favorite things to do is to snap photos of this little man...

This favorite thing of mine turned into a passion of all things photography. So - I am happy to announce that I am finally starting my very own photography business. I feel fortunate to capture priceless moments for people to cherish forever.

Check out my blog and please let me know what you think. I would love any input from you - I have a ways to go and a great deal to learn but am grateful for any opportunity to grow.


getting bigger.

We love this one. He is so full of spunk and sparkle.

Our very own spunk and sparkle will be two soon you know. He loves all that is truck related and is only excited to turn two because of all of this talk about a truck birthday party.
We ask him when his birthday is and he always says"truck".
"Well, yes, you are having a truck birthday party," I reply. "But when is your birthday?"
He replies in the 'how many times are you going to ask me tone'...
"June ten. Washington."
Washington - you might ask?
Well, I may or may not have taught him his birthday on the same day I taught him where we live. He's a smart one and likes to cover all his bases. Either that or he wants to get his mama off his back so he can get back to the important stuff - trucks and baseball.


happy to be his.

Yes, it is true. I am happy to be his mama. Today and everyday.

Today was a special day for me. The breakfast in bed was delightful and the jewelry set Brandon and Bennett made me was priceless. I loved the LifeSaver mint necklace, the fruit loop bracelet and the dot candy ring. I wore them proudly to church. Bennett kept licking me. I loved it.

Those things made my day especially special - but what really made me want to smile today was how happy I am to simply be his... his mom. His shoulder to cry on. His cheerleader. His greatest fan. As a little girl I remember longing to be a mother. Longing to be the one person that could make my sweet baby calm, when others could not. I love those moments. I love Bennett's kisses and tight hugs. I love those little arms when they are wrapped tightly around my neck. I love the smiles he shares with me everyday. I love being a mother. His mother.

I am also very grateful for my mother. She is beautiful inside and out. She is inspiring. She is kind. She loves me. I am hers. I am grateful. I love you, Mom.

I am grateful for all of the mothers in my life. You are a blessing to me each and everyday. I love you.