Peyton’s 2nd Birthday Party

Peyton turned 2 years old on June 2 and we celebrated at home with the cake of her request – pink cake and blue icing!  She even blew out her own candles like a pro!  The next weekend, while all the grandparents were here, we celebrated a second time with yummy cake after dinner.

Her gifts from dada and mama were a cute little table with umbrella and chairs and a Minnie umbrella.  And she was showered with fun gifts and clothes from grandparents, aunts and uncles and extended family and friends.

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Thoughts on Thursday – 7.21.2016

 

Did you read our big news from this week?!

And since you’re up to date on that, here’s an article that I (mostly) agree with because this is one question I don’t/didn’t know how I would respond to – “You’re a stay at home mom?  What do you DO all day?”

Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday so I’m going to shout a quick H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y! to him!  I hope your day is wonderful!

Simple and natural eyebrows.

Because I’m always adding to my books-to-read list (even though it takes me forever to actually read any of those books!): Best books of the Decade: 2010’s

Speaking of books, I just started a Goodreads account.  I’ll have to wrack my brain for all of the books I’ve read to give reviews and now I can all of my books-to-read lists to one place!

Forest and I started watching O.J.: Made in America this week.  I don’t remember much about the whole ordeal with O.J. except the police chase and that he was found not guilty but the documentary goes through more than just O.J. and the trial, it documents different events that were happening in America during the same time and it all looks eerily similar to what has been happening recently with all of the violence and hatefulness and it all just breaks my heart… I almost feel like I’ve become numb to the countless deaths and horrific things that are happening around the world.  I see or hear about another murder and it’s almost as if I think “Add that to the list” and go about my day because it’s happening so frequently and I don’t want it to be like that.  We shouldn’t be hearing about terrorists and mass murders and senseless killings every day.  I don’t have much else to say about the topic except that I pray for the families who are grieving, who have lost a loved one, but I’m also praying for a change, for love and kindness to be shown and shared more often than hate and hurting.  Is that too much to ask, friends?

Until next time — Cindy

Peyton’s 1st Birthday Party!

We celebrated Peyton’s 1st birthday on Saturday June 4.

It was hot and sunny and we were all huddled in the shade but we had so much fun celebrating our little girl on her first birthday!

We had both sets of grandparents, Aunt Amanda, and cousin Chansler all here to help us decorate and celebrate!  Plus many of our closest friends came over!

We made sure we measured Peyton on her measuring stick (one of her Christmas gifts from us!) first thing in the morning.

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We spent all of Saturday morning decorating outside and preparing the food that we couldn’t/didn’t the night before and icing the smash cake and cupcakes.

Peyton's 1st birthday party

Peyton's 1st birthday party

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HBD Indie!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Indie Mavis!

You are an extraordinarily friendly and loving dog, you know no stranger, you’re snuggle-game is strong and you’ve learned that the best place to hang out at dinner-time is under Peyton’s chair.  I hope you know how much you are loved (more like spoiled) and we couldn’t imagine our family without your beautiful smile, constant hopeful enthusiasm to go for a walk, and attempts to sneak into our bed every night.

We love you, girlfriend!

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Happy Birthday, Indie!

We don’t actually know when Indie’s actual birthday is so we just kinda picked June 1 since she was approximately 3 months old when we adopted her September 5 last year.

For her party we bought special treats, made her a 1st birthday hat, let her open gifts (a new ball, of course) and enjoyed a red velvet cake between the two of us.  We sure do love spoiling our pup.

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Indie's 1st birthday part

Happy Birthday, girlfriend!

Until next time — Cindy

*all images are original to A View from the Shore

Happy Birthday!

Chansler Ace, the cutest nephew in the history of nephew’s, turned ONE today!  I can’t believe it!

One year ago we were welcoming you into the world and gazing into your baby blues and look at you now!  You’re an independent little guy who walks wherever he wants, you babble like crazy (unless you’re FaceTiming with me and Uncle Forest), you still have the chubbiest cheeks that I wish I could smother with kisses everyday, and you’ve got the whole family wrapped around your little fingers.  We love you so, so much, chunk-a-munk!

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Because I miss those squishy cheeks! #Chansler #BabyBearHat #lionjacket #steaknshake

I can't handle the cuteness! I wish i could squish those cheeks! #Chansler

Until next time — Aunt Cindy

weekly prints [11/25/2014]

So I fell out of my routine.  It’s practically been a month since I posted weekly prints – not because I haven’t been taking pictures.  Mostly because life.  I traveled to IN the first week in November to visit my mom during a chemo treatment.  And last week we were jam-packed with something different every night (we felt so bad leaving Indie at home so much but we definitely spoiled her with love/attention this weekend).  And I was hit with the tired/headache/need-to-lay-in-bed-all-day bug last Sunday.  So here I am, with a post PACKED with pictures for your viewing pleasure!

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

weekly prints 11/25/2014

//Forest on our drive home to IN (to surprise our families with the baby news!)

//Indie on our drive home – she spent 90% of the 12 hour ride just laying there

//My mom’s bag she takes to chemo

//Chansler

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//Chansler sleepy in the swing

//Chansler’s hand during nap time with Gramma

//Sunset from our front porch

//A gift to him for our anniversary

//Sleepy pup

//Hot chocolate during movie night

//2 + 6 candles for Forest’s 26th

//Blowing out the candles!

I want to promise that I’ll be better at uploading/sharing pictures but we’ll see.  I’m taking a ton of pictures and I’m getting more comfortable using manual mode. woot!

Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore