Summer Happenings.

Summer vacation is winding down around here. I always have good intentions of updating this space through summer but it just doesn't ever seem to happen. We're too occupied swimming, boating, lounging, doing jobs, working on house projects and taking little trips to sit down and really spend time writing. Combine that with the symptoms of early pregnancy and you've got yourself a recipe for tiredness. That's right, in case you missed the announcement last week, we're expecting a little one in early January and are just so happy about it. Babies are an incredible gift and I feel so thankful for the opportunity to be a mother to another sweet spirit.

We've also been busy getting things ready to pick up our exchange student tomorrow. Pia is coming from Germany and we can't wait to spend this school year with her. Pia's aunt Svenja lived for a year in this very house with Ryan's family when he was a boy so she already feels like family. We've been preparing for Pia for months and months, it's hard to believe that in just a few hours she'll be boarding her flight to come to the United States. All of the children are on pins and needles- they just can't wait to finally meet her!

I hope your summers have been happy. I've loved ours but to be completely honest, this is about the time of year I begin craving our routine. I'm sure in a few weeks I'll be day dreaming about these lazy days…isn't that the way it always goes?

Baby Girl Shower.

A couple of weeks ago my friend Kristin and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friend Lindsay. Lindsay is expecting her first baby girl and we were so excited to celebrate with her. 

Kristin filled her beautiful home with pastel colored flower arrangements and we made food that Lindsay has been craving throughout her pregnancy to share with friends. That carrot cake? You can find the recipe right here.
The honeycomb garland added such a fun pop of color to the party.

Lindsay is a person that notices little details so we added simple things like a perpetual calendar with baby girl's due date, the shower invitation and sweetly wrapped gifts around the room.

The invitation (which I'll share more about soon) and these little cards were created by Miranda of Hairpin Letterpress. The card says "And though she be but little, she is fierce" and was used for guests to write a special note to Lindsay and her babe. At the end of the shower we gave Lindsay one of these Moleskine accordion journals for the note cards to be mounted in. It was a happy morning spent celebrating one of my very favorite people and I just can't wait to meet her little lady.

all photos by Kristin Andelin

Family Hike.

For our Family Home Evening activity this week we took the kids on a hike up Badger Mountain. The temperatures lately have been so nice. It won't be long before it's too hot in the evenings for this kind of activity; we knew we better take advantage while we have the chance. I was so surprised by the children's good attitudes! We all had a great time and didn't hear a single complaint. The secret to our success? I'm not sure there really is a secret but making sure everyone had their own water bottle and had good blood sugar levels definitely didn't hurt.
I love doing these kinds of activities. It's so good to get into nature with the people you love. Enjoying the beauty of this wonderful earth and getting that heart pumping is good for the soul!
Have a happy weekend, friends. It's been so nice getting back into the swing of this blogging thing this this week. Thank you for popping in and for being so kind. xoxo

Letterpress Calling Cards.

Back in January while getting ready to attend a couple of events I decided it was time to update my calling cards. I still LOVE my wooden cards but wanted to do something different this go around. I have always been a fan of letterpress- the feel of the thick paper, the way the indentations feel when you touch them, so it was an easy choice to have some custom letterpress cards created.
Lindsay and I collaborated on the design and my friend Miranda of Hairpin Letterpress printed them up. It was an exciting day when they came in the mail. I love the way they turned out! Super simple with a tiny splash of color. The weight of the paper is so good and the cute square shape keep them from being too predictable.
Miranda was so great to work with! In fact, we've got another little project up our sleeves that I'll be sharing soon. Until then you can check out Hairpin Letterpress to see more of Miranda's work or email her to get started on a custom project of your own. 
Here's one more shot of that gorgeous peony from my yard because…PEONIES!

Lately, I've Been...

-Reading this lovely story. I'm a sucker for a good historical fiction novel, especially one that has multiple story lines with interesting characters that tie up nicely at the end. I'm now finished and am hunting for another good read. Any suggestions?
-Craving popsicles. Summer's almost here and this year I really want to concoct some popsicles of our own. Share your favorite recipes!
-Wishing for pretty, feminine, gauzy tops. Isn't this one perfect? Feeling so sad that it's sold out in the red.
-Listening to That Sea, the Gambler by Gregory Alan Isakov. Oh it's good. If you're looking for an album to love, give this one a try. It's not new but that doesn't matter, now does it?