Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MY FAVORITE FAMILY SHOES + A GIVEAWAY

Everyone has his or her favorite shoes.  And I have mine.  MINNETONKAS!!  Minnetonkas for everyone, all the time!  I love a Minnetonka moc for spring, especially.  Arkansas springs are out of this world awesome, and a slip-on moccasin goes perfectly with the sweaters and skirts or shorts this time of year beckons. 

 I mean, this is what dreams are made of, people.

My favorite Minnetonka for Enid are these size zip, double fringe boots.  It's a win/win anytime your child wears a shoe without complaining, and these do the job.  They are super comfortable and incredibly durable.  And did I mention highly affordable? 



 I love the classic fringe boot for my boys, and these are on my list to purchase for myself.  Love them.  Like a lot.   Tom is obviously comfortable and agile in these puppies, which is important for him considering he never stops.  Ever.


Funny, Silas begged for a pair of these shoes.  He tried to wear Enid's because he wanted a pair so badly, but they were too small.  So now he has a pair of his own, the classic fringed boot like his little brother's.


 I've recently gotten Heath on the Minnetonka bandwagon with this Classic Moc in taupe. 

I'm sporting the fringed moc which I love with long skirts (something I wear a lot of in the spring because I hate shaving my legs).  Yes?  Yes. 

Tristin, sweet and lovely Tristin, is wearing the Kilty Suede mocs, and the girl LOVES these shoes, friends.  She really does. 

We're a family of moccassin lovin' and wearin' fools, and you can be, too!  Minnetonka is being kind enough to offer one of you a chance to win a free pair of your own.  If you win, you get to choose from any of their shoes at Minnetonkamoccasin.com . So whether it be for yourself or your husband or your little ones, there are plenty of great shoes from which to choose.  And they have some fun new spring colors, too!  Check them out.  And ENTER!! Winner will be announced next Tuesday, the 29th.


And go enjoy Spring!

A special shout out to champion, Cassie Jones, for these most incredible photos.  She knows how to work a camera, folks.  And she's a class act to boot (pun intended).




Monday, April 21, 2014

A PETTING ZOO, A CAMEL RIDE, AND A GIVEAWAY TO COME

We live in a small town.  What's to do in a small town, you ask?  Uh, well, there are of course petting zoos that pop up in the local Tractor Supply parking lot.  So when my friend, Stephen Jerkins, came to town to snap some photos of my crew, the venue was a no-brainer.  He called and said, "I want to get the Carpenters on a camel."  And that he did (evidence below).   We also risked disease and death (according to the orange warning sign above) to pet some goats and other "vermin".






I don't know how Stephen got these next two pictures of Tom.  He was running the entire time.  Running, full speed, all over the place, which is his M.O.


Reality is...


So that camel ride...

And the Carpenters rode a camel.  And this picture will go down in history as one of my all time favorites.

  

So there you have it, recreational life in small town Arkansas.  A special thanks to the incredible Stephen Jerkins for documenting and for encouraging a camel ride.


I hope everyone had an extra special Easter yesterday.  And, by the way, did you know that the Easter bunny is a thing that kids believe in?  I did not.  And neither did Enid.  And now neither do the kids in her Sunday School class.  Oops.

Also, a very fun giveaway is happening on here this week.  It involves shoes.  Stay tuned for that tomorrow!


Friday, April 18, 2014

LINKS & THINGS

So, Easter is Sunday.  Yipes!  It's funny, I was soooo ahead of the game, shopping for Easter clothes for my kids back in March, but I got distracted and never pulled the trigger, and here it is Good Friday, and I have no clue what we will be wearing for Easter morning.  Guess what?  It doesn't matter.  It absolutely matters zero.  So, on to more important issues...

One of my favorite past-times is scouring the web for things, nothing in particular, just letting the web take me on a magic carpet ride through online inspiration world.  I have had very little time for past-times lately, but this morning I decided I was gonna surf.  I found some things, and thought I'd share what got my juices flowing.

This song and these crazy cute Stella sisters.  I'm bound and determined to learn this with my girls in true Von Trapp fashion.  So far Enid is reticent, to say the least.

These eggs & these eggs by my friend, Rosemary, & these eggs (and this blog!!). 

This INCREDIBLE Easter centerpiece inspiration.   It's just too good, I can't stand it.

This print.  I need it.  

This plant project by my friend, Leslie. 

This Mini Boden balloon dress.   The perfect birthday party dress, moms. 

These homemade fruit strips! 

This shirt.

Hope you're all having an extra special Good Friday.  We're dying and decorating more eggs today.  I kind of get geeky excited about stuff like dying eggs.  Happy Easter and happy magic carpet riding!






Monday, April 14, 2014

THE FACTS OF LIFE

Heath snapped these pictures of the kids and me yesterday.  This shot melts my heart, and I will love it always.  We look like we never speak cross words toward each other, don't we.  We look like we've got it all together.  Funny, considering the day before this "perfect" family photo was taken, I was lying in the grass by myself, having a near nervous breakdown.  It's true.  I lost it.  Lost my cool on Enid.  Freaked her out, I'm sure.  I acted pretty much like a raged animal.  Then I walked outside and lay in the grass, calling out to God (the only one who could possibly have loved me at that moment), saying things like, "I don't want to go back in there!"  It's true.  Really happened.

I share this about myself not because I'm proud of it, but because I'm not stupid enough to believe I'm the only one that experiences these things.  Because I hate fraud.  Because it's time we quit trying to make each other think we are perfect.  

Behind almost every great picture are several pretty awful ones.  It's the same with life, is it not?  We put on a picture-perfect show when we leave the house, being sure not to expose what wretches we can actually be, while home, and life in general, is often a mess of outtakes.  



Understatement of the year, but life isn't perfect.  You don't have to be perfect.  Your house doesn't have to always be clean.  Life is soggy diapers hanging out your baby's outfit because you haven't changed it since earlier that morning, and it's lunch time (see picture above).  And life is figuring out what to fix for lunch at lunch time when carrots, a can of olives, and Cheetos are your available ingredients and your account is overdrawn and it's only the second week of the month.  Life is wanting to punch your spouse in the face and still having to sleep in the same bed.  Life is a toddler with decaying front teeth that have to be capped.  Life is not relaxing.  Life is work.   Life is hard!  And those aren't even the hardest parts!  There's real pain and suffering going on which makes you feel even worse about losing your cool over a messy house or whatever.  So then you're left feeling like you are a horrible person because you aren't really suffering, in fact, you are "blessed", and you know no one else is losing it on their kids because they all have the things and wear the things and do all the things that perfect people do. 



Well, I'm here to tell you, everybody is losing their cool.  I don't care what they don't say or don't show you, they are locking themselves in a closet somewhere, losing their cool.  They are lying in the grass somewhere crying out to God.   And what good does it do them to pretend to be perfect?  None.  In fact, I guarantee you they are only feeling guilt for their imperfections.  We are meant to confess things to each other for moral support.  Are you afraid someone is going to look down on you if you share what's really happening with you?  Coming from a confessor, I've never felt anything but validation and encouragement from sharing my downfalls.  Erbody got 'em. 


Having said all that,  I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, always boo-hooing about stuff like laundry, but I think less of us would boo-hoo about laundry if we knew that everybody else leaves a load in the wash to sour from time to time.  We're all doing the best we can.  And ain't none of us got it figured out yet. 


So, lesson 1: You aren't a failure for being imperfect.  And while you don't want to be a Debbie Downer always griping about life (guilty), it's okay, and reassuring even, to talk about the real stuff sometimes. 

And lesson 2:  When trying to get a good picture, take several.




Monday, April 7, 2014

HAPPY LITTLE-BISCUITS LAUNCH DAY!


Holy moly, you should see every surface in my house!  Nevertheless, today is THE day!!!  Little-Biscuits Printable Portraits (and more) is now up and open for business.  Just keep in mind, this is day one and you may or (hopefully) may not experience some minor hiccups.  We're still working out kinks, as many of you who have ventured into small business territory will understand.  But celebrate with us!!  We have worked really hard to create something that I'm pretty proud of.  I hope you will visit the site and share with your friends.  Hooray!!  Happy Launch Day, Little-Biscuits!

Visit Little-Biscuits.com to celebrate!!