Audrey's Baptism

It's been a few months since our sweet Audrey Mae was baptized but today as I was organizing the desktop on my computer, I came across these gems and knew I wanted them permanently documented on my blog. I would say there are a few times every week where I have every intention to check in on this space with updates. I'm still creating with the children, baking treats, finding favorite things and even occasionally pinning but other things have shifted. The children I have at home all day are different than the children I had at home all day when blogging was a daily occurrence. They aren't as self entertaining and often require my undivided attention. Which is ok. That is why I am here. Of course I miss posting regularly and more than that I miss the connections this space has provided but I am embracing this time and season in my life. With our oldest now 16- dating and driving, I more fully understand the wise words of Gretchen Rubin, "The days are long but the years are short." Before I know it I will have all kinds of time on my hands. Or at least that's what I tell myself on those especially challenging days.

Anyway, Audrey's baptism day was very special. Our sweet girl was happy to finally have the opportunity to follow the example of our Savior. It was a day she'd been looking forward to for years and I will never forget the smile on her face. She was so happy! I was so happy! A few days before her actual baptism the two of us went on a little date to the temple. We talked about our lives here on earth and how her baptism is the first step on her journey back to our Father. We talked a little about the other steps she would take in her life and how I hoped she would always look to the temple as a beacon and light in this often confused world.

While we were enjoying the beautiful temple grounds we also snapped a few photos of her in her baptism dress. As I mentioned before, I've been lucky to know some amazing people because of this blog. One of those people is Stephanie who writes the lovely and inspiring blog Barefoot in the Kitchen. Stephanie never ceases to inspire me with her simple and uplifting posts on life, motherhood, faith, sewing, baking, running etc. Before Audrey's baptism I reached out to Stephanie and hired her to make Audrey's dress. I gave her a few specifications and Audrey's measurements and then handed the reigns to her. Can you believe how darling the dress turned out? It was just perfect for Audrey. In fit and design.

I bought Audrey's knee socks here.
And shoes here.

Tend Baby Co.

I'm so excited to share with you the sweet venture my dear friend Randi has been organizing. Tend Baby Co.'s first pop-up shop opens today and will be donating 100% of their profits to children in need. 100%! Isn't that amazing? The profits from this sale will be given to Danita's Children in Haiti.

Many hands have been working behind the scenes the past few months- creating the most darling knit hats, paci clips, wood teethers, and prints. The love that has been put into each and every piece is apparent in the beautiful craftsmanship and materials. 

I hope you're able to take some time to peruse and support Tend Baby Co.

How To Clean Oil Stained Suede

Several years ago I bought these cute Sam Edelman Booties. Guys, I have gotten so much wear from them! They are comfortable and the putty color goes well with so many things. I've also been pleased with how well they have held up.

Abby and I recently discovered that we now wear the same shoe size. On the first day of school she planned to wear my booties. Unfortunately when she put them on we saw a large brown oil stain on the upper portion of the right shoe. I'm not sure where the oil stain came from but am suspecting a dirty rag may have been thrown on them in the laundry room. Abby decided to wear the booties with the stain on the first day but I was determined to figure out a way to clean them. They're my favorite, afterall.

Because suede is napped leather, it is more porous than most materials and soaks in stains easily. Especially stains that have been left untreated for a long period of time. Since I wasn't sure how long the oil stain had been on the suede I kept my expectations low. After a little googling I came across a simple cleaning method using basic household corn starch. I generously covered the stain with cornstarch and let it sit for 30 minutes.

I have to say, I was pretty pleased with the results. The corn starch removed most of the oil and the dark brown spot. The outline of the stain is still slightly visible but is very hard to see when they're on my feet.

I'm so happy I was able to salvage my fave little booties and hope this tip can help one of you dears too. Oh! I wanted to also tell you that this is the best little brush for keeping your suede in good shape. I've been using it all summer on my suede Birkenstocks and they still look brand new.

Owen's Eleven

Last week Owen turned eleven. Owen is a great son. He always makes me laugh and (almost) never complains when it's his week to do the dishes. He does nice things for his younger siblings like make their lunches with encouraging notes on the napkins. Owen is an all around happy child and I'm very grateful to be his mother.

To celebrate Owen we took him to his favorite burger place for dinner, bought an ice cream cake at DQ and hung a pinata from our backyard tree. We invited his favorite neighbor friends over to give it a good smack and laughed and laughed when Henry's turn came up

Audrey and cousin Emma made Owen a kitty cake because they know how much he likes kittens. Isn't it cute? They used skittles (Owen's fave candy) around the perimeter. SO thoughtful!

It's officially birthday season at our house!

Learning To Be Adventurous + Boulder Caves

Easton is running cross country for his high school this year and we're all loving it. His meets are on Saturdays around the state which means we travel as a family, watch Easton run a couple of miles and then go off to find an adventure. It's nice that some of our dear friends also have a son on the team so we can go exploring together.

Our latest adventure took us to Boulder Caves just outside of Naches Washington. This was a first time visit for our group and we were all shocked we hadn't been or even heard of the place before! The scenery was so beautiful!

 It was nice to find a bit of fall on the trail.

Ryan and I are doing our best to be adventurous with our children. You should have seen all of the smiles on our hike! It felt so good to be in nature, to enjoy the beauty that is in our backyard and to be together as a family making memories. 

Here are some tips if you want to visit Boulder Caves with your family:
-If you have a baby make sure you bring your backpack carrier. This is not a stroller friendly hike.
-Be prepared to carry your toddler over some of the bigger boulders.
-Take a sweatshirt. It gets a little chilly in the caves.
-Waterproof hiking boots would be ideal but not necessary.
-If you don't have waterproof hiking boots, bring a change of socks and shoes. (we had a lot of wet socks and shoes on the car ride home)
-Take a headlamp or a flashlight for every hiker (the caves are completely dark, plus there's nothing cuter than a kid in a headlamp).
-If you're headed back home through Yakima, make a stop at MOD Pizza. It was so good and everyone can agree on pizza for dinner, right?