ash wednesday

here weeee goooo! it’s the start of the lenten season!

wow…i felt like it just popped up on me. i was so unprepared. it was like boom! it’s time to fast {i’m hungry!}, reflect on our relationship with God, repentance, penitence, basically go back to square one and it came out of nowhere. literally. wednesday came and i was like whaaaaa? it’s ash wednesday?!

anyhoozle, this journey that we embark on every year is about cleansing our minds. it’s a time to think and pray. to challenge yourself to be better, give back, forgive, and think about, truly, how fulfilling your life is. it’s not the material items that complete you but your kind actions, kind words, and kind thoughts that should make your life fulfilling and complete.

annndd, then there’s the part of giving something up. the question is what? what will i give up that will really be impactful? it’s a decision that has so much weight to me. i think about the suffering that Jesus endured for 40 days and nights and it makes me feel like giving up anything is so minuscule! nevertheless, it’s a reminder for us, that even though what we give up is nothing compared to Jesus’ suffering, it our way to bring ourselves close to God.

every year, i love this time because it really challenges me to be a better person. to slow down and appreciate the life all around me. to love the people around me even more. to try, try, try again because i am not perfect. i will stumble and fall. i will get back up to try again to be at my best.

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you are dust, and to dust you shall return genesis 3:19

doesn’t my ashy cross look more like a thumbprint?! ha.

i’m excited to embark on this season of lent. a time to renew myself, work on my commitments, and give back. cheers to a fulfilling and grateful lenten season.

xoxo

chirp chirp…hoppy easter

soooo…i’m finally getting my easter post up! woo. woo.

easter definitely was a whirlwind. being smack dab in the middle of our move, it was a much needed, forced break for us. to make it even more amazing was the fact that it was 70 degrees outside!!! so beautiful! the sunshine was wonderful and always puts me in an even better mood!

we traipsed our way downtown to zed451 to meet up with the fam for a delicious easter brunch {ah, missing the city life already}. it was the immediate famille and terry’s sister, lynne, her son patrick, and their mom barbara who joined us for this fabulous holiday!

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[getting the goodies together]

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[olive’s basket]

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[easter bunny shoes from etsy]

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[easter basket chaos // first easter bunny rattle from aunt missy]

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[ta da! the final products for the kiddos!]

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[my little lamb]

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[ready to go!]

i really enjoyed the brunch at the restaurant, it was tasty, and very diverse in their selection of foods. their kale salad was amaze {i could have taken the whole plate to our table and eaten only that}. the cinnamon roll was sweet, fresh, and gooey. the offerings of meats were endless {brazilian steak house style}. there were lots and lots of decadent choices of accrouments to nosh on.

i love food. it makes me happy…i dislike being hungry and i will always try something new and different. i am so perplexed by people who are so steadfast in their limited, narrow choices of food. for me, life revolves around eating {savor the flavors of the earth!}, drinking, and family! there should be no limitations on ingredients, just personal exploration to really take it all in and enjoy all of your senses.

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[chambray world]

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[my little easter bunny]

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[awesome cinnamon roll // olive with the boys, she’s staring adoringly at her uncle terry]

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[sister love // bloody mary loving]

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[thuy and dan]

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[kim and olive // mini boden dress and tights]

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[the beautiful sunshine]

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[drinking beer with daddy]

after a wonderful brunch with the famille, we headed back to our house before we drove that long car ride over to my parent’s {hehe…it’s like a one minute & thirty second drive 😉 so, before we did that, we pit stopped at the home depot {we were surprised that they were open on easter}, our new favorite store, and purchased some house goods. during that field trip, our little sweet olive fell asleep…what doll.

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[since we were in the middle of a move, we did a pit stop at the home depot before heading to the p’s. olive decided to nap 🙂 ]

we did an outfit change, when we arrived home, {comfy clothes, here we come} and sped our way to my parent’s house. there we had a wonderful dinner together and the kiddies received their easter baskets.

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[reagan and olive]

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[gift basket exchange]

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[olive’s basket from kim, thuy, r + b]

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[her adorbs doll // her cutie outfits]

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[how cute?!]

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[the aftermath]

the entire day was just wonderful. we had such a great time celebrating easter with our families! blessed be this day of love.

xoxo

flashback friday

today takes us back to easter 2009 {ahhh, to be almost five years younger would be fantastic, but not less the wiser!}. hc and i had just started dating {five months prior} and kim was pregnant with little bennett. hc and i had just come back from vegas, hence the über tan i got going on {i love me a good tan but totally dislike the aging results…*sigh*}. we all had a lovely morning brunch at bin 36, a place we celebrated past easters at a few years in a row. the tradition still continues for us but at different food locales of choice.

look at us! i feel like we look the same {wishful thinking?} but different. not older but just altered styling {am i trying to say we look dated?}. ya know what i mean?!

i love hanging out with the fam. there’s nothing more comforting, relaxing, fun, and amusing than family itself.

doesn’t little r look so cute in his dapper outfit {what a handsome dude}? cheers to fun family get togethers!

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[just missing mr. huy]

happy friday y’all!

xoxo

hoppy easter peeps!

it’s a beautiful, sunny, perfect easter day!!! i hope you are enjoying this holiday, whether it be a lovely service at church, a fun easter egg hunt with the kiddos, a charming morning with the family and your little ones, who get so excited that the easter bunny has paid them a visit!

although olive is too young and wasn’t quite sure what the easter bunny is or what to do with her basket of goodies {daddy sure does know what to do with her basket…nom, nom, nom!}. i’m sure she was super excited for it all! just look at that expression on my little lamb down below!

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[hoppy easter everyone!!!! from baby lamb olive]

anyhoo, we’re off to celebrate with the famille! woo hoo! can’t wait for easter brunch!

more to come of this beautiful day in a future blog my lovies!

“Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again”

xoxo

happy sprinter!

spring is here! spring is here! well, sort of…

it did snow quite a bit this morning {nice wake up call!} but it eventually evolved into a beautiful, spring like day {a whopping high of 46 degrees!}!

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ahhhh, spring…where flowers bloom & everything is warmer and brighter. here are my top ten favorites of spring. i can’t wait!

1. warmer weather {hurry up!}

2. longer, sunny, brighter days

3. colorful, pretty flowers blooming

4. sprouting trees

5. spring vacation {anna maria island, here we come!}

6. being outdoors {without freezing to the bone}

7. less layers {yay to that!}

8. easter celebration

9. no heavy coats

10. playing outside with olive

what’s on your top ten list for spring?! i hope it inspires you to look forward to some good things this season!

xoxo

ash wednesday

today is the start of the lenten season.

40 days to repent, think on our sins, ponder and strive to do better. it’s a time to reflect on our relationship with God. to consider your journey with Him and challenge yourself to live a more fulfilling life that will give back to those around you.

giving up something for the season is always a big argument in my head. Jesus suffered, so what will i part with to remind me of Jesus’s sacrifices for us? how can i also better myself and become closer with God during this time?

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you are dust, and to dust you shall return  genesis 3:19

mass this morning was wonderful and a perfect start to the day. fr. ken presided over the service; it was a somber and thought provoking hour. i thoroughly enjoyed his homily about life and death…to look up from the grave and appreciate the world around you. don’t fret about the menial, petty things that can cause frustration within you but truly enjoy life in all it’s glory and positive aspects.

i’m excited for this season of lent..i’m looking forward to working on my commitments, the renewal of myself, and the renewal of all the things around me.

i hope your journey this season is a reflective and fulfiling one!

xoxo

easter sunday

it was a whirlwind week!  gosh, it went by so fast!  i was so happy hubby charming was home {yay!}.  i was excited it was almost easter.  i was glad it was holy week.  it was a whole lotta church this week {whoa}!

not much else going on this past week but going to mass every night.  the easter vigil was a beautiful service and it is always so exciting to see people baptized or confirmed into the catholic religion.

our easter sunday was filled with a lot of eating + traveling.  first on our agenda, picking up miss grace.  we traveled up north, got the little lady, and traveled back down south to meet my family for brunch.

the brunch was delicious!  we ate at the reel club.  a brunch buffet filled with a variety and copious amounts of eats {what it should be like, right?!}.  from endless amounts of seafood, kids food, breakfast, lunch, and yummy desserts choices {the chocolate mousse cups were divine!}.  i personally chose a menage of breakfast treats.  the croissants were delish!  so buttery and flaky!  who can pass up bacon and flavorful breakfast potatoes?!  not moi!

after a fun filled time {crazy nephew antics included!}, we headed back to kim + terry’s for some more family time and photos.  after a quick hang out, lots of gifts for grace {holy easter baskets! lucky gal!}, we embarked on our next adventure ~ to hubby charming’s parent’s house we went!

we met up with the fam as they were enjoying their brunch meal.  we sat, we chatted, we nibbled, we hung out.  it was relaxing and calm.  it was great to catch up with hubby charming’s side of the family.  grace played with daniel, aj, jake and she ate a lot of candy {oh boy}, there was no monitoring of that!  it was a free for all {hey, it’s the holiday for the kiddo}.  after much imbibing + noshing, the family soon trickled out one by one.

as everyone dissipated,  aunt wendy really wanted to play farkle.  yes, that wasn’t a misspelling, you read that correctly…it’s called farkle.  i’m sooo not a game player.  it’s not because i don’t have fun, it’s because i just don’t like learning how to play, amongst other reasons {hehe}.  lazy, non?  anyhoo, aunt wendy assured me that it was easy, and yes it was!  i was completely amused and had a lot of fun!

soon, it was just the four of us; me, rich, dick and jane {grace’s step-dad so graciously picked her up from grandma’s, phew! one less road traveled for us!}.  we chit chatted until the early evening and finally hit the road to our journey back home…a long, traffic filled journey {ugh!}.

all in all, it was a marvelous day!  a day filled with family, laughter, fun, yummy eats, tons of candy, and lots of love.  i hope everyone’s easter was just as great!

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[flowers from daddy // basket by us // hat by grace]

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[soeurs]

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[opening frenzy]

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[r’s clown hair]

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[leather sperry’s + b’s chubby feet]

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[silly b // he kept asking everyone “can you see me?!”]

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[love my family // just missing huy]

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[grace + thuy // such a great gift, thanks t!]

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[family]

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[awww <3 cousins]

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[the creepy lamb cake // um, it was delicious]

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[farkle]

xoxo

get festive

hubby charming came home the other night after being gone for a really, really, really long time!  yikes {no bueno}.

well, i’m very excited to have him home for holy week!  to get festive, we dyed easter eggs!  it was a cozy night in, pj’s and messy hair required!  of course, i’m speedy like water and hubby charming is slow as ice dying our easter eggs.  i wish i had made the dye more potent {next time}!  we tried ombre, one color, double color, and added spiffy decorations to our eggs {well, mostly hc…he got a little more creative that me!}.

it was a lovely relaxing night in and i couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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comb yer hair!

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easter egg flair

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i love decorative bowls

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rainbow o fun

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hubby charming at work

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patience

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working so diligently on dyeing my eggs

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pretty watercolor paper towels

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ta da!

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my favorite ceramic ‘carton’ from anthropologie

i hope y’all are doing something fun + festive for this easter!  i’ve got baskets made, eggs dyed, + family time planned.  it’s going to be a good one!

xoxo

easter crafts

hello lovies.  easter is just around the corner!  wow…i felt like lent flew by!  well, with one week left, there’s still plenty of time to get crafty!  get crafty with the kids, get crafty for yourself, get crafty for someone else {homemade items are always the best gifts!}.

so, here are some easter craft ideas you can get started with…

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[flower paper wreath // hello lucky]

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[egg terrarium // the house that lars built]

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[paper masks // oh happy day]

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[fabric easter eggs // purl bee]

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[little peep pal // michaelann made]

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[plastic egg cups // creativity in progress]

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[photo print easter eggs // a subtle revelry]

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[easter bunny garland // minie co]

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[bunny finger puppets // purl bee]

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[decoupaged flower pots // christine chitnis]

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[egg flower pots // better homes and garden]

i can’t wait for easter!  i’ve got cute little baskets hiding up my sleeves for my nephews and gracie.  i’m looking forward to some colorful egg dying {how pretty!} with the hubby.  i’m excited to have brunch with les familles {squared}.  i can’t wait to see my cute little nephew’s faces.  i’m contemplating my bright easter ensemble.  i can’t wait to spend time with my hubby {hurry home!}.  i’m thinking about how i will carry on my lent commitment.  i’m wondering how many peeps, cadbury eggs, sour candies, gummy bears, and peanut butter eggs i will consume.  i’m looking forward to celebrating holy week at st. clement.

phew!  so much to look forward to!  i hope you have many blessings to count and that your upcoming easter is full of love and happiness.  the easter bunny may just drop off baskets of goodies for you, too!

i will take some time this week to reflect on this past lent season.  everyday has been filled with prayerful thoughts and internal guidance.  happy palm sunday!

with that, get out your crafting scissors and get crafty cray y’all!

xoxo