Thursday, November 20, 2014

two brittanys, a panda, and a bunny!


okay, so i really had no idea when i started a silly little blog as a newlywed, just how many special, sweet people would enter my life just because once upon a late night whim, i decided to indulge myself! haha! but, what a great connection to the world the internet really is. and i am so thankful, because i officially can no longer count on one hand how many real life friends i now have that are only in my life because of blogging. isn't. that. crazy!!

aaand so it was, that last weekend i was fortunate enough to spend my lunching hour on a little meetup date with my long time blog friend, the beautiful mama, brittany, of brittany louise and southern mama + child! and OH, she and her precious little bunny rabbit, scarlett, are just as lovely and delightful as i'd imagined!! really and truly. and really. and truly. i adore them both so much.

anyway, so, as easy as conversations over lunch aren't with toddlers, haha, naturally, maddalena and i, asked them to come with us over to the farm and give casey some treats and meet my parents. and they did, because they are just the sweetest!


[ahem, a few shots by photographer maddalena up there, of course! and then she was in no mood to pose, herself. a missy no-nap is what she was that afternoon, but she still had fun!]

now, usually my blog friendships just continue to come back to, "waaaa, why don't we live closer! i want to have lunch dates and baby dates and shopping dates!" but this time i am legit crossing my fingers for the real possibility that these ladies [and their man counterpart, who i did not get to meet!] might just end up in nashville!!

anyway, thank you so much for spending time with us, beauties!! we can't wait to see you again!

and check out britt's bloggies, of course, because she is a genuine delight and a really sweet mama!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

the adventures of princess rosey



at some point in these recent months, one of my bedtime rituals with little miss maddalena has become the telling of the tales of one little princess named princess rosey. named for maddalena's middle name, rose, of course, i have considered princess rosey to be somewhat of a fun little alter-ego type character for maddalena! she's often taking picnics in a sparkly forest clearing with curious george, barbie, and ken, among every type of animal that i can possibly think of [usually in hopes that my listing of animals with lull her off to sleepy town, haha!]. and naturally, her standard princess dress is the one maddalena picked and wore for halloween. anyway, maddalena requests her "pincess wosey" stories every night now, and especially likes "the one wis the deer." ;)

now, maddalena [not unlike her mother], takes her fiction extremely seriously. i mean, the line between fiction and non is quite the blurry one. totally appropriate for the age of two! but also something i've never quiiiite grown out of, myself. but hey, i chalk it up to a healthy imagination on both accounts! keeps us young, keeps us young.

aaand so, anyway! one day last week, she decided to dress in a "pincess dess" of her choosing, put on her finest jewels, requested help with her pink bow, and announced, "i'm pincess wosey!!" and as she continued on as princess rosey for the day, i just could not help but adore eeevery little drop of it. this age, i tell you! this coming-into-her-own thing. it's just so so good! oh, do i love that baby pincess of mine.

so, that afternoon, after flawless rendition of let it go #247, princess rosey and i headed farmward for a spell, to check on casey and help with the horses as they were getting their feetsies taken care of. the princess marched her way through the grass with her cheddar bunnies, picking those fluffy dandelions, and enjoying the fresh air. then, as we put casey back out in his field, hooves freshly trimmed and fancy, he stomped all around on them, ticked off that the two smallest of his field members were still in the barn... subsequently vocalizing his control issues much too near the princess, who startled and went all a-scrambling! and the princess mommy had a good laugh, because it was so silly. then she had several bonus laughs as she looked at the conveniently captured photos.

...and they lived happily ever after! theeee end.

Monday, November 17, 2014

obsessed! cozy tiiiime...


well!! tis the season, friends. the season to be cozy. and indoors! oh myyy. while i love that taking care of my horse forces me out into the fresh air, really my instinct around now is to hunker down inside with a mug of something hot hot hot! i just want to be cozy and cuddled, and honestly, as the weather has cooled, it's taken me about .5 seconds to end up with a serious comfy, cold weather uniform. and it goes a little somethin' like this...



1. piko top - oookay, i seriously don't know how i didn't discover these tops until this year, but i have four of them now, and they're maaaaybe the only top i will ever need to live in again for the rest of my life. i love that the arms are fitted but the middle is flowy! they're plenty long enough, soo nice, and they're made from bamboo and super soft. they also come in several styles and lengths. so far, for cooler weather, the 3/4 length sleeve is my fav.

2. gilligan & o'malley cotton with lace bikini - for a few years now [years!], i have been on a mad hunt in my under-world. i have not really been satisfied with my under-findings until these babes. [okay, i like hanky pankies, but i feel like they need such delicate laundry care!] now, i will say, i have had some very comfy unds in my drawer that are made of materials that i just don't quite approve of for health reasons. but these! these are mostly cotton, just 7% spandex, and i feel pretty decently good about that. i mean, of course, organic cotton everything would be ideal in life, but i have to not feel guilty just throwing everyone's underthings in the laundry and washing. like. crazy. so anyway, these are the total favs for me! comfy and cute and i need to buy more immediately! 

3. zella live-in leggings - they sure named these suckers appropriately, that is for sure! every day i ask myself, do i want to wear something other than my zella leggings? do i... have... to wear something other than my zella leggings?? and sometimes the answer is something else, but i mostly have to talk myself into not wearing these every day. now, i can't speak in comparison to the comfort of any $100 leggings out there, i really can't, because although i love my snazzy things, i'm a practical girl! and i just find that to be an outrageous price for leggings, no matter how delightful they feel on the bod. or maybe i have no idea what i'm talking about, but these are thick, decently tushy-supporting, not overtly work-outy looking, amazingly comfortable and affordable and that is a winning combination in my book! oh, and i like the waistband! comes up high enough, not too skinny, doesn't cut in. yay. love songs.

4. three bird lane lace-trimmed leg warmers/boot toppers - the little lace trim on these makes me soooo happy! i love wearing them with flats, and then when i need to head outside, i flip them so that the lace is on top and put on my boots! such a crush on these things. such a crush.

5. frye carson ballet flats - these are honestly the best flats i have ever had! i've had them, i think, for about two years now, and as soon as i put them on my feet for the first time, they felt like they were already broken in! and at this point they are still just as fabulous and comfy. frye products are just so well made, and i really, really appreciate that.

oh, and additional shout out to the chunky scarf that i had on my christmas list last year! pretty much wearing that one on the weekly, too...

...so, top it off with tea... and a blankey! and stay niiice and warm!! and now after all this cozin' it's going to be super hard for me to get up and head out to the grocery store. i mean, we woke up to snow flurries this morning! i can't even believe it!

[also, photos taken by my sis, christina, on one of many snuggly days recently. i love being snuggly with her.]


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

fall on the farm with friends!

friendships can be funny, you know? i feel like i've tested out every kind in the book at this point. i've had friends that are nice to your face, but you kiiinda wonder what they'd say behind your back. i've had friends that you never quite figure out how to read, that seem to never quite figure out how to read you. i've had friends that are straight up crazy, but you think you're supposed to support them, anyway. i've had friends that come and go when it's convenient for them, eventually fizzling out for good. and then! sometimes it takes a while... but eventually you realize that you can't actually call these situations friendships, at all! but they're valuable learning experiences that teach us how to really see and love and appreciate our truest of friends... the friends that you know and trust, because they know you, and somehow, despite that, they still love you [?!]. and you love them! and even on your worst day, you can send them ridiculous email diaries about nothing that's even at all important in the big picture, and they're totally okay with that and send you one right back. and even better, when your head is all foggy, they still see the real you and speak the words that you had no idea you needed to hear, and you only hope you can semi-return the favor one day. that is a friendship, right there! i love friendship!

even so, i feel like it's often difficult for couples to find other couple friends where the girl likes the girl as much as the guy likes the guy, and all that... so, steven and i really do not take for granted the fact that we actually have a bunch of really wonderful couple friends. but with our kuypers it gets eeeven better, because not only do i love maggie as much as steven loves matt, but maddalena is just crazy about their little girl, lucy. they are true friends that God placed in our lives when we were just newlyweds, and now they are like family to us.

so, so, sooo, anyway... when maggie's sweet friend of some years, the lovely and talented lindsay, asked if maggie and i, with our little ladies, would join in on one of her photo projects, i was so excited to get to have one of our most beloved friendships captured! and in my very favorite place, no less. [the farm, duh.] :) so, thank you again, dearest lindsay! we love these special photos with our precious girls [and casey!!] so very much!

[photos by lindsay farrer. ps. i tried to narrow down to favorites, i did, i tried!]

also! lindsay has her own line of beautiful, handmade jewelry called simon and ruby that is really fabulous! we got to wear several of her beautiful items to play in  that afternoon, and when the time came to part ways, i was prettttyyyyy hesitant to part with the lovely jewels i'd been donning. ;) some of my favs are totally the gypsy in gold and pepper in ivory and the griffin in ivory!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

october 2014 was such a keeper...


...i always feel so thankful looking back over a whole month of happy moments.
and gosh, what a beautiful fall we've had so far!
now, to jump on those holidaaaaays!
jingle jingle jingle! here we come!