Category Archives: Our Little Man

Our Little Explorers Birthday Party!

IMG_8980My baby is TWO!!

Did I really just type that out?

This past weekend we celebrated Ezra’s 2nd birthday at our house, with a few of his little buddies. Seems like it was just yesterday when we brought him home and then celebrated his 1st birthday!

My favorite table at the party was the make-you-own TRAIL MIX bar! Favorite details included all the painted rocks and sticks, which Ezra and I gathered together. I’ll blog more in depth details later this week.

The theme for this year was quite fitting for this season in his life……LITTLE EXPLORER.

I pray that Ezra will always be an explorer…..an explorer of people all around the world, Gods love and Gods beautiful creation. I found this verse earlier in the week….and I pray this over his life:

For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break fourth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” -Isaiah 55:12

A memory for the books….and quite possibly a story for the future wedding day happened at his party. Im still laughing about it as I type this out.

As Ezra was picking at his smash cake, his hands were getting pretty “mess” as he would say. As I was photographing every move [yep, I was THAT mom at the party] I noticed him looking at his hands strangely. He went from licking fingers to an awkward stare. Then, the next thing out of his hands had all the guests laughing hysterically……Ezra shouted “POOP HANDS!!!!”

WHAT?!?! Oh my.

I guess chocolate frosting does kinda look like that.

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time celebrating our little man.

We love you, sweet Ezra. Happy Birthday!
xoxoxo, momma & daddy

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// I realized at the end of the night that momma didn’t get a photo with the birthday boy! So, before the deck lights got turned off for the night….we took a birthday photo. Someone was on a sugar high, but we also lifted two fingers to the big TWO YEAR OLD!IMG_9269IMG_9271

// My friend Carrie helped me plan this party [as well as my baby shower and Ezras 1st birthday], she is such a blessing to me. Her creativity inspires me…..and I am truly thankful to have a friend like her, who loves my family so well. Thank you for all of your time and assistance, my friend! I couldn’t pull off days like these without you.IMG_9251

Ezra’s beautiful smash cake was made by Jessi of Arrowleaf Baking Co.

Table accessories and decor were generously gifted by Bear Grass Garden Events.

More images can be found over 100 Layer Cake-let too!

Happy Fathers Day, Reed!

IMG_6280I’m beyond blessed to have this handsome man as my husband. Ezra is blessed to have this awesome man as his daddy.

These two fill my heart up with so much joy. There’s been nothing sweeter than seeing Reed walk out this season of fatherhood. He stepped right up and took ownership….to love and to lead.

Reed is paving a new way for our family…..teaching Ezra about Jesus and being the leader of our home. It’s true legacy. You’re such a great dad, Reed. I appreciate you…& I love you.

Happy Fathers Day…or as Ezra would say, Happy Da-Da Day!
xoxoxoxo

Memorial Day Weekend

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We had a pretty awesome weekend. We decided to go to the cabin- last minute- so we packed up the truck with bikes, pajamas and all the goods to enjoy our first s’mores experience around the campfire as a family!

This cabin trip was really special and I loved that it was just the three of us. This was the first time that Ezra really explored the land. He ran the trails. He picked up every stick. He threw every rock. I love that I had my camera in hand….and was able to just focus on his every move. Reed and I had our share of laughs….it was the sweetest time ever.

As kids often do so well….Ezra reminded me of how beautiful life really is. We have such beauty all around us….worthy of our awe and wonder. I love that Ezra notices everything….and not just the tangible things in front of him, but the sounds in the distance. It’s incredible to watch him…..it inspires me, daily.

I went against my own rule….and I took SO many photos. [When I take too many photos, I tend to avoid uploading and editing!] I didn’t even care that Ezras outfit was cray-cray! Too many stripes? HA! Thats just it…..our life, real life…is beautiful. It’s so freeing to let go and allow Ezra to be a kid- to get dirty, even if that means pajama pants at 3pm!

….And we get to watch and be part of it all! These are the days!

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Handsome Valentine

This is the second annual Valentine photo session that my neighbor Lindsey and I have collaborated on together. Just us and our boys. I love this tradition that we started……and although it takes a bit of time, planning [and patience], it’s totally worth it. As photographers, we dream up ideas for everybody else….so it’s fun and rewarding to carve out a bit of time and do the same for ourselves. Our set ups are always simple….white wall, a Valentine garland and our little loves. Due to the age of our boys….we’re talking 10-15 minutes max [and a whole lot of peek-a-boo and cookies!]. You can see last years set up here.

Seriously, I’d love to encourage all you mommas out there to get together with a fellow momma friend and just get in photos with your little ones. Believe me….it’s easy to just put it off, but once you do it…..the reward is such a treasure.

Hope you all have a sweet Valentines Day with your loves.
x’s & o’s

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// Here are a few of my favorites of Lindsey and her little guy [with a rad tattoo!]
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Adventures In Florida!

Ezra certainly experiences so much when we get the opportunity to travel, especially when we go on the road [for a Fresh Life O2 Experience tour!]. It’s always a jammed packed week and we intentionally squeeze a lot into our days off and time away from the venues- like eating food that we don’t have in Montana and putting our toes in the sand at the beach! Speaking of food, Ezra experienced his first hamburger ever and this happened at Shake Shack! I always thought it would be an In-N-Out burger, but this joint was ridiculously good. We were not disappointed at all. Oh and Florida oranges….don’t even get me started. Yum!

Ezra loves the sand….and loves the water, so Florida was a fun little getaway for my little man. Ezra and I flew to Ft. Lauderdale last week so momma could photograph the O2 Experience, which was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Melbourne. You’ve got to check out Pastor Levi’s blog for the re-cap of the event. Truly incredible.

The question I get the most is “how does Ezra do while traveling?” Ezra is pretty good when it comes to going with the flow. He’s only 18 months old, so being strapped to my lap on an airplane for 3+ hours gets a little boring [for him- not for me- I'm just trying to keep him entertained!], but we have to get creative [with lots of snacks on hand!]. We also had many late nights and a few long car rides to adjust to during the week. All in all, he did great! I love being able to reward him with allowing him to explore a bit, whether it’s on stage at the venue [yes, helping unpack guitar cases, testing out the microphones and chasing the stage lights] or in this case….playing on the beach!

It truly is a blessing to be able to bring Ezra along with me. I love being part of this ministry and movement and having him along for the ride. I love that he gets to see us doing what we love…rather than keeping him away from it. So thankful.

Here’s a glimpse into last weeks adventures in Florida…..

// Ft. Lauderdale venue | Calvary Chapel Playground
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// Miami Beach
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// Melbourne, Florida
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// Melbourne venue | Calvary Chapel
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// Indian Harbour Beach | Melbourne, Florida
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