We Have Aars http://wehaveaars.com You have your blog, we have Aars. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:03:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tips For the Great State Fair of Texas http://wehaveaars.com/tips-state-fair-texas/ http://wehaveaars.com/tips-state-fair-texas/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:15:24 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5329 I kind of can’t believe I’m just now writing this post. I mean, my love affair with the great State Fair of Texas goes waaaaaay back. And just to catch you up to speed…we got engaged there AND were married … Continued

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Tips for the State Fair of Texas

I kind of can’t believe I’m just now writing this post.

I mean, my love affair with the great State Fair of Texas goes waaaaaay back. And just to catch you up to speed…we got engaged there AND were married there (in the Hall of State…not the Midway). It was classy, I promise.

Michael and I get Season Passes every year. We go, on average, about 5-6 times. So let’s just say we know our way around.

And since people are always asking for our fairground advice (when to go, where to park, etc.)…I figured, why not put it all in one handy-dandy post.

So hot of the press and just in time for opening day…here’s our top tips for the State Fair of Texas.

Tips for the State Fair of Texas

1. Never pay full price for entry: If you don’t know this by now, shame on you. There is a plethora of ways (that’s right, I said “plethora”) to get in to the Fair at discounted rates. This article lists them all succinctly. Rides are half-off on Tuesdays and don’t forget Season Passes. If you plan to go to the Fair three times or more, the passes pay for themselves. Plus they come with other perks, like an extra Fair ticket (for a friend) and free movie passes. If you ask me (you did, right?) then Season Passes are the way to go, especially if you have little kids. Because anything beats trying to cram an entire family’s agenda into ONE DAY at the Fair. Get the pass. And go whenever you please. You can thank me later.

2. Never pay full price for parking, either: Our family ALWAYS finds free parking on the streets. And if we don’t, we drive back to the nearest DART station and ride the train. That simple, plus the kids love it. Save the $20 parking fee for games (okay, and beer.)

3. Go in groups: One of the most popular draws at the State Fair is the food–especially the inventive fried foods. But trust me. As much as you’ll want to try them all, you might just hate yourself (and your wallet) if you do. The best way to go about it? Go in a group. Then each person can buy one of the new menu items (which usually serves about 2-3) and everyone can have a taste. Then once you’ve found your favorite, you can go back for more.

4. The water booth: This one may seem small. But I promise it will save you big bucks in the long run, especially if you are bringing your family. Try to bring water with you, if you can. But if you happen to forget, do not…I repeat…DO NOT buy water anywhere except for inside the food court. Oak Farms runs a stand right inside the entrance, where you can get water, milk, juice for the kiddos and all for about 3 coupons (at least half the price of any other booth). Money. Well. Saved.

5. Go on a Sunday night: Sunday nights are by far the calmest at the Fair. If you can swing it, wait until after bedtime (7:30-8:00). There’s usually a mass exodus right about then. Families are leaving, going home to  get ready for the school week ahead. And the Fair will be (almost) all yours.

6. Do your research: Y’all. Check the Fair schedules before you go. PLEASE. It can make or break your Fair experience. Days to avoid: *DISD Fair Day (there are two…elementary and junior high/high school) any days/nights with large concerts or football games. If you like the crowded scene, then ignore everything I just said. But I think you’re crazy–just had to throw that in there. (www.bigtex.com for schedules)

7. Save your coupons: If you wind up having leftover coupons, don’t throw them away. Coupons are good the following year, so put those suckers in a safe place. (Then you just have to remember you have them.) And while I’m on the topic of coupons, don’t stop to buy them at the booths right by the entrance. You’ll wait in line for twice the time. There are coupon booths around every corner, I promise.

And one last bonus piece of advice, because really…I care about you. It looks easy. It looks harmless. But whatever you do, stay away from the CRAZY MOUSE coaster. That is, unless you like the feeling of being hurled towards a twisting and terrifying death. Then by all means. Go. Go on the Crazy Mouse coaster.

But don’t say I didn’t warn you…

* DISD Fair days for 2014 are October 10th & 17th.

Have any other tips? Leave them in the comments. Let’s share the wealth!

Tips for the State Fair of Texas

 

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Seasons http://wehaveaars.com/seasons/ http://wehaveaars.com/seasons/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:39:22 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5308 Fall is almost here. It’s so close, I can actually taste it. It’s always been my favorite season, for so many reasons. But mostly because it’s quite possibly the only REAL season we have around here. Living in Texas, all … Continued

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Living from Season to Season

Fall is almost here. It’s so close, I can actually taste it.

It’s always been my favorite season, for so many reasons. But mostly because it’s quite possibly the only REAL season we have around here.

Living in Texas, all the seasons seem muddled together, with no real separation. Often it feels like Summer just when Spring has begun. And even more often, it feels like Summer lasts the entire year. Our Winters have no snow, just mild temperatures. And scarf weather? Only if we’re lucky.

But Fall.

Oh, how I love Fall in Texas.

No, our leaves don’t turn electric shades or orange and yellow. But the weather alone is enough to make you want to stay forever.

To me, Fall is the only distinctive season we have–reminding us that they really do exist. Beginning, middle, and end.

I have a theory, that to be happy in life, you must understand and respect seasons. And I’m not talking about Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall.

I left my job two years ago to be a Stay At Home Mom. Making the decision to leave my career–what I had worked so hard to build and achieve for ten years, was an almost impossible decision to make.

Until I stopped looking at my life as one, big, long trajectory. Until I took the pressure off, and realized that I should be living from season to season, instead of beginning to end.

Let me tell you, it was life changing.

All of a sudden, I was leaving a season…not my career. And I was entering another, that would be just as beautiful and unique.

And someday, this season I’m in will pass (something I have extreme mixed emotions about) and I will move on to another.

The problem is, the deeper you get into your season, the easier it is to forget you are there.

My season has had some rough days, as of late. Being a Stay At Home Mom to two littles is extremely challenging, mentally and physically. Add your husband starting his own business to the mix, plus my bout with chronic migraines and well, we’re weary.

I wrote a post a while back, about surviving Stay At Home Mommy-hood…to which a sweet friend commented:

You are in a really tough season right now. One of the toughest. Hang in there, it will pass.

Those words set me free in a way she’ll never know.

How could I have forgotten, in such a short amount of time???

Of course. SEASONS.

I had forgotten that I was in a beautiful, complicated, flawed and messy season.

And most importantly, that it’s finite.

It’s funny. Seasons are so easy to recognize in the calendar year, yet almost impossible to see in our everyday lives.

Your newborn baby? Crying every hour on the hour. Eating every two hours. And waking up the exact moment that you finally fall asleep…every single time?

It’s a season.

That slump in your marriage? Because the kids have you so exhausted you can’t see straight? And you wonder if you’ll ever have time for yourself again, much less each other?

It’s a season.

That stepping stone job? The one that you can’t wait to leave but you can’t live without? Still wondering what you’re going to be when you grow up someday?

It’s a season.

And your days at home with little ones? Being tugged on and pulled on and stared at as you go to the bathroom? Those days that turn into a never ending meltdown, where you wonder if you really will lose your sanity, instead of just thinking about it?

It’s a season.

We’re human. And I think we all get caught up in the NOW. But what if we could remember that there’s more to the picture? That, with every new beginning, also comes a middle and an end.

Because the beauty of seasons is what they bring with them–change, growth, and new life. Everything God wants for us.

And in the end, they pass. Leaving us better than we were.

My season right now is my babies. It’s a season full of love and heartbreak. It’s changing me. It’s making me who I am.

And for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.

But it’s just a season.

Spring still awaits. And with it, brand new leaves…

Thank you, Fall, for the lovely reminder of seasons, that life is ever-changing–and so are we.

Now hurry up and get here, alright?

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A Pirate’s Life For Me: Pirate Play Kit http://wehaveaars.com/pirates-life/ http://wehaveaars.com/pirates-life/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:13:47 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5284 Avast Ye! It be ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ this Friday. Honestly. You didn’t think I’d let ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ pass without any mention, did you? It’s like you don’t even know me… I feel like this holiday … Continued

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Pirate Play Kit

Avast Ye! It be ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ this Friday.

Honestly. You didn’t think I’d let ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ pass without any mention, did you? It’s like you don’t even know me…

I feel like this holiday was MADE for us. Being the AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRS family and all.

This year we’re celebrating with a Pirate Play Kit–a play box filled with imagination and activities. You can use our list or create your own. We actually had several of these items on hand already. You just might, as well. And if not, we’re posting a few days early so you can hit that dollar store!

You’re welcome. ;)

Pirate Play Kit

A few ideas for your kit:

  • A small or medium container
  • A foam pirate sword
  • eye patch
  • bandana or pirate hat (or make your own)
  • BOOTY! (we re-purposed our gold rocks from this post)
  • Ocean animals (we went with sharks for obvious reasons)
  • Paper Towel Tube (telescope)
  • A large block or piece of wood (to use as a plank)
  • A Treasure Map (make your own or use this one)
  • Any pirate figurine (I chose a Ninja. Close enough, right?)
  • An empty plastic bottle

I’ll be leaving the kit out for the boys to find first thing Friday morning. I can’t WAIT to see their faces.

My game plan is to let them free-play as long as they will, and then we’ll use the rest of our time for some fun activities.

Activity ideas:

  • Go on a treasure hunt: I made a map of our backyard, where the gold booty will be waiting. ;)
  • Walk the Plank: Fill your container up with water and add the ocean animals. Then use the block to make a plank and let their imagination run wild!
  • Make a Pirate Telescope: Let them decorate the paper towel tube however they please, then take it outside and test it out!
  • Make a message in a bottle: Write (or draw) a letter and take it to a friend or a neighbor.

Pirate Play Kit

ARRRRRRR. It be enough t’keep them scallywags busy day and night.

How was that? Pretty good? I’m fluent in Pirate, you know. Little known fact.

Enjoy! And happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Weekend Update (and a Facebook Page) http://wehaveaars.com/weekend-update-facebook-page/ http://wehaveaars.com/weekend-update-facebook-page/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:56:18 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5279 Well, I’m just back from a whirlwind weekend in NYC. Would you believe me if I told you it was the FIRST TIME I’d been without my husband AND my boys in 5 years? Let’s just say it was a … Continued

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Weekend Update

Well, I’m just back from a whirlwind weekend in NYC. Would you believe me if I told you it was the FIRST TIME I’d been without my husband AND my boys in 5 years? Let’s just say it was a much overdue break.

My bestie and I took the city by storm. Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But we did eat fabulous food, peruse gorgeous shops, and catch an amazing (albeit SAD) musical.

And we miiiiight have slept ’til noon each day. Can’t say for sure. (FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS, PEOPLE!)

I’m still unpacking and getting settled, but I took a little break last night to make a Facebook Page for my little blog.

I know. Totally late to the party. But to be honest, a little gremlin called “FEAR” had been holding me back on this one.

Don’t ask me why, but I was terrified.

What if no one wants to hear what I have to say?

What if no one likes it?

What if others think I’m being “showy” or just wanting attention?

What if. What if. What if.

But the thing I realized is this: If you believe in what you are doing, and most importantly, in what you have to say…then it’s not arrogant to share your message. It’s your responsibility.

A little much for a Monday morning post, maybe. But regardless, that one little thought lit a fire within me.

God gave me my creativity, God gave me my voice…not to hide but to share. So that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Would you hop on over to my page and give it a LIKE? It sure would make this girl’s day. And you’d help push that little gremlin far back into his cage.

Where he belongs.

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start. How about you join me, and do one thing that scares you?

Something tells me you’ll be glad you did. ;)

 

 

 

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The Roller Coaster http://wehaveaars.com/roller-coaster/ http://wehaveaars.com/roller-coaster/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:41:10 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5263   There is nothing in the world more conflicting than being a parent.  Last week marked Isaiah’s first day of pre-school. In the days/weeks leading up to it, I did my best to prepare. Both him AND me.  We talked … Continued

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 The Roller Coaster

There is nothing in the world more conflicting than being a parent. 

Last week marked Isaiah’s first day of pre-school. In the days/weeks leading up to it, I did my best to prepare. Both him AND me. 

We talked a lot about what his new class would be like: about how to make friends, how to use nice words, how to share, and other important lessons that often tend to get overlooked…like how to speak up for yourself. And how to know that you matter in a sea full of other children. 

I organized lunch totes and Isaiah picked out his very own backpack, which he earned from his sticker chart earlier that week.

The night before, I laid out his nap mat, lunchbox and backpack. We read “The Night Before Pre-School” and I answered his questions to the best of my ability.

We were ready.

And the next morning we were off.

I watched him walk (no, run) into his classroom, and my eyes filled with tears. 

He was GONE. Today it was pre-school, but tomorrow it’ll be college…

My baby.

I dried it up long enough to make it through the first-time parent orientation, then I headed to the car. 

And as soon as I left the building, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I could literally feel it bubbling up from the inside…

But it wasn’t sadness.

It was joy. PURE JOY. Elation really. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’d miss him. But I suddenly realized…

No “Mommy-Mommy-Mommy-Mommy’s.”

No temper tantrums or time-outs.

No teaching moments. For once, someone else was in charge of the teaching moments!

Y’all.

THIS WAS HUGE.

I was FREE!!!!!!

And what the heck? Two minutes earlier I was in tears watching him leave. I actually felt my heart leap out of my chest watching him walk into his classroom.

Now? I was practically dancing in the parking lot. I could do whatever I wanted!

TARGET NEVER SAW ME COMING.

I’ll say it again. There is nothing more conflicting than being a parent.

Think about it… 

From the second you find out you’re pregnant, you’re all “This is amazing! HOLY CRAP I’M SCARED.” 

When you take your newborn home for the first time, you’re on cloud nine. And then you’re all “WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?!”

Take every baby milestone. You’re thrilled when they start walking, but you instantly miss that adorably clumsy crawl–all in the same millisecond. 

And don’t even get me started talking about my boys growing up on me. I can instantaneously cry tears of joy AND heartbreak picturing my babies getting married someday.

The more I think about it, the more I think that there must be something to those intensely opposing emotions. The highs and lows. The internal conflict.

The roller coaster.

I’m not sure what it is, but I know I’ll find out.

For a while I thought I was crazy. Then I realized…I’m just a Mom.

It’s my existence to ride this roller coaster. The ups, the downs. The twists and turns.

And I may throw up, scream out loud, or laugh hysterically all on the same trip.

But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Because the girl who got on this ride won’t be the same girl getting off. She’ll be changed, for the better.

And if you ask me, THAT’S a ride worth taking.

 

Happy first week of school, Isaiah. We’re so very proud of you.

Love,

Mommy

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Road Trip Hacks for Toddlers http://wehaveaars.com/road-trip-hacks-toddlers/ http://wehaveaars.com/road-trip-hacks-toddlers/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:09 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5244 Only about a month late (slaps wrist) but I still wanted to share our road trip hacks from our recent trip to Colorado. Most of my ideas were focused around Isaiah because of his age (3.5). Lucky for us, Samuel is … Continued

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Only about a month late (slaps wrist) but I still wanted to share our road trip hacks from our recent trip to Colorado.

Most of my ideas were focused around Isaiah because of his age (3.5). Lucky for us, Samuel is still thrilled with anything that shines or jingles. ;)

I had several tricks up my sleeve, but here are the top five that helped salvage our sanity on our fourteen hour drive.

Road Trip Hacks for Toddlers

1. Behavior Bags: Before we left, I raided the local dollar store for little treats and trinkets that would fit into brown paper bags. I tried to make them activity based, to keep him busy. Then every so often, when Isaiah was “making good choices” (as we call it) he’d get a good behavior bag. It gave him something to look forward to, and gave us some bargaining chips to stop the “are we there yet’s”.

Road Trip Hacks For Toddlers

2. Suction Cup Caddy: I also picked up a small suction cup shower caddy to place on Isaiah’s window. He’s really into action figures right now. And I just knew I’d be constantly turning around to fetch any who “fell behind.” (See what I did there?) We placed the caddy right within his reach, and it worked like a charm. 

Road Trip Hacks For Toddlers

3. Dollar Store Tray: Y’all. This one might have been my very favorite. Even over the shower caddy. When I was in the dollar store, I spotted a junior sized party tray and I snagged it. I thought it would be perfect for containing snacks and meals on-the-go. But we used it for so much more. It helped hold the iPad for movie time, cards for card games, and so many other activities. (And yes, that’s play dough in the car. I was brave.) I loved it so much, I went back for another one once we got back into town. Gotta plan ahead for Samuel!

 Road Trip Hacks For Toddlers

4. Busy Binder: I’ve seen sweet little busy books before, and they are adorable. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized they wouldn’t hold Isaiah’s attention. So I made him his own busy binder. I did my best to make it into a “big boy binder” so it would be special to him. I filled it with ruled paper, stickers, crayons, and stamps. Although I think his favorite part was his very own Transformers notebook. ;) 

Road Trip Hacks For Toddlers

5. Sippy Cup Lasso: One thing I totally anticipated, was Isaiah dropping his sippy cup HALF A MILLION TIMES. So I got smart, and lassoed the cup to his car seat. I simply used an old piece of ribbon, and secured it to the base of his buckle strap. Did it stop the cup from falling? No. Did it stop this Momma from turning around a million times to retrieve it? Yes. And that was worth its weight in gold. 

There you have it. Hope these tricks help you half as much as they helped me! 

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To The Mom Who’s Pretty Sure She’s Screwing It All Up… http://wehaveaars.com/mom-whos-pretty-sure-shes-screwing-it-all-up/ http://wehaveaars.com/mom-whos-pretty-sure-shes-screwing-it-all-up/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:52:21 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5221 Isaiah loves art. He’s full of imagination and he LOVES to create. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.) The other day I complimented him…telling him what a good painter he was.  “Yeah. I am.” he replied. His response … Continued

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Isaiah loves art. He’s full of imagination and he LOVES to create. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)

The other day I complimented him…telling him what a good painter he was. 

“Yeah. I am.” he replied.

His response tickled me. And then it made me think. If only we could all have that kind of confidence. If only we could share that same sort of self-assuredness out loud, and not feel any shame. 

There’s a quote floating around on Pinterest. Have you seen it?

It goes something like this…

To the Mom who's pretty sure she's screwing it all up...

The first time I saw it, I was all…how fast can I pin this?! A resounding YES came over me. It reassured me, and made me feel like my crazy was somewhat normal.

But the longer I thought about it, the more it started to bother me.

The “why” hit me the other day at lunch. We were all sitting around the table, when I realized I forgot to turn in some important school forms. 

“Ugh. Mom of the year.” I said out loud, sarcastically. (Because three-year-olds understand sarcasm, right?)

Minutes passed, and I still couldn’t let my “Mom fail” go. 

“I CANNOT believe I did that. I’m such a bad Mom.” I said, under my breath.

It wasn’t the first time those words had come out of my mouth. But this time, something wrestled with my heart.

I looked at Isaiah. My little sponge. Sitting there, eating his peanut butter and banana sandwich. Listening to every word I muttered, and sensing every bit of shame I was projecting onto myself. 

He understood it all. 

All of a sudden, the emotions came flooding. 

Our children are born with this inherent sense of confidence. And we worry, as we send them off to school or out into the world, that their confidence will be broken–that others will make them feel like less than they truly are. When really, it starts right in our very own homes. 

When we berate ourselves for “screwing it all up”…our kids are there. Watching. Listening. 

We’re teaching them to doubt themselves, before anyone else gets the chance to. We’re teaching them to break themselves down, in a world that is waiting to do that for them. 

The thought of my children learning to punish themselves for their mistakes, all by watching me? Heartbreaking.

So to the Mom, like me, who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up…

STOP. You aren’t. In fact, you are doing an amazing job. You are loving your children. You are tending to their needs. You are doing the best you can. Know that, and BELIEVE it. 

Let’s teach our children to believe in themselves, by believing in ourselves first.

Let’s show them how to love themselves, by loving ourselves…even when we mess up.

And most importantly, let’s model the importance of God’s grace, by showing ourselves a little every day.

Because I know I could use some. 

Couldn’t you?

Today, Isaiah and I did some painting. 

I told him I was a good painter, too. 

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The “Perfect” Vacation http://wehaveaars.com/perfect-vacation/ http://wehaveaars.com/perfect-vacation/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:56:50 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5199 We’re back from Colorado. And we’ve recovered. Mostly. We spent the past week in beautiful Estes Park, with wonderful and cherished friends. It couldn’t have been more amazing. And if you know anything about our trip, you might think I … Continued

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We’re back from Colorado. And we’ve recovered.

Mostly.

We spent the past week in beautiful Estes Park, with wonderful and cherished friends. It couldn’t have been more amazing.

And if you know anything about our trip, you might think I was crazy to say that.

We won’t talk about the “how” (because it might be the parenting FAIL of the century) but during our drive up, Sammy took about a four foot tumble–landing head first onto asphalt. We stopped right where we were and called our doctor, who advised us to stay put and watch him closely.

We did just that, in a nearby Barnes and Noble (which turned out to be the perfect place). And as soon as we were out of the woods for any real danger (Praise God) we got back on the road.

We arrived in Estes Park around 11pm (our fourteen hour road trip turned eighteen) and put the kids to bed. Then at 12:45pm sharp, I woke up to the most horrifying scream. You know the kind…where you leap straight out of bed, lump in your throat, running to get to your child before your eyes have even adjusted?

Poor Isaiah was sick. And since this was his first “stomach bug” experience, he was terrified. We did our best to calm him, but the episodes went on well into the morning.

Then I caught his bug, and well…by day 4 of our 7 day vacation, after visiting the Urgent Care in town, things finally started to normalize.

And if that wasn’t enough, I broke my toe on the last day there. No, not hiking. Kicking my suitcase while packing. (I think I should make up a better story, don’t you? How’s this: I got in a kickboxing fight. With a bear. )

With such an “eventful” trip…it would be easy to think we felt cheated. Right?

But the thing is, it truly was amazing.

Was our vacation perfect? No. But in my humble opinion, it was pretty darn close.

We had a terrifying accident on the way up, but were blessed with great doctors to see us through. The Barnes and Noble staff let us camp out on their floor, and turned the other cheek as our kids ripped apart the Children’s section (still sorry about that, B&N). The kindness they displayed to a Mother in tears was simply overwhelming.

When we were up all night with Isaiah, we woke up to dear friends taking care of us. They cooked us breakfast and offered to watch Samuel. They were the epitome of grace, even after we exposed their kids to our sickness (and us Mama Bears know how frustrating that is…on vacation no less).

Sure, we were pretty much house-bound for the first three days, but the views were spectacular. I mean, if you are going to be sick, by all means…do it near Rocky Mountain National Park!

And I broke my toe, yes. But on the very last night. No hiking in sight, just a two day car-ride ahead of us, and the perfect opportunity to “ice and elevate.”

Upon our return to Dallas, I learned of a family who was tragically killed on their way home from their own family vacation–not far from where we had been. A fatigued driver hit them head on. And they’ve been on my mind ever since.

So how was our vacation? Let me tell you. It was pretty amazing. We saw some beautiful sights, and spent wonderful time with friends. But more than that? My family is well, my foot is mending, and we are all home safe and sound. And we are blessed beyond measure. Rich in friendship and love.

Who could ask for anything more.

Thanks for the memories, Colorado. It honestly couldn’t have been any closer to “perfect.”

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Gone Fishing http://wehaveaars.com/gone-fishing/ http://wehaveaars.com/gone-fishing/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:12:31 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5196 Actually…gone hiking, climbing, sleeping, laughing, relaxing, and so much more. I’ll be away from the blog for a while, to enjoy some beautiful views with my little family (and some wonderful friends). I’ve been posting our adventures on Instagram (@alliaars) … Continued

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Actually…gone hiking, climbing, sleeping, laughing, relaxing, and so much more.

I’ll be away from the blog for a while, to enjoy some beautiful views with my little family (and some wonderful friends). I’ve been posting our adventures on Instagram (@alliaars) so you can keep up with us there if you like.

God is working on this Momma’s heart this week, in strange and exciting ways. So many thoughts that I can’t wait to share when I return.

Hope you are having a wonderful week, wherever you are!

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Sammy’s Sky Party http://wehaveaars.com/sammys-sky-party/ http://wehaveaars.com/sammys-sky-party/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:32:28 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5165 So the posts have been lacking around here, all because we’ve been busy getting ready for THIS PARTY. It feels real now. We officially have a one-year-old. It always takes the party to prove it. ;) I’ve known since Sammy … Continued

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So the posts have been lacking around here, all because we’ve been busy getting ready for THIS PARTY.

It feels real now. We officially have a one-year-old. It always takes the party to prove it. ;)

I’ve known since Sammy was born that I wanted to throw him a “Sky Party.”

He’s my rainbow baby. And that is something so very special to me. So I wanted to honor the God-given gift that he is, and celebrate with an ode to the Heavens.

We had rainbows, clouds, planes, hot air balloons…you name it. The sky was the limit. (See what I did there?)

Here’s a few pics from the day…

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The ribbon bunting was my subtle nod to the rainbow–tutorial coming later this week. It’s literally the easiest tutorial ever, but still worth sharing.

And the cake. Oh, the cake. It just might be my favorite one I’ve ever made. The toppers just melt my heart. Each one made with love for my little man. I squealed out loud when I finished it. Ask Michael.

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And how amazing are these cookies?! A friend of mine made them. There is NO WAY I could ever tackle anything that daunting. I keep telling her she needs to start a business. I’m serious, Alice!

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One year pictures covering the mantel, courtesy of Alicia Skinner Photography.

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And ribbon bunting on our double door wreaths. I made these wreaths almost a year ago, and I still adore them. You can change the decor to match the season (or party, in this case). The How-To is here.

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The favors were little clothespin airplanes, complete with hand-drawn instructions.

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And what’s a party without a photo-booth, right?! Samuel had his very own Hot Air Balloon photo station.

We simply bought a large roll of white craft paper (4 feet wide), sketched out the balloon, and placed a large basket (World Market) in front of it. Big props (get it? I’m on a roll!) to Michael for helping me put this together. I was such a hit. And the pictures turned out just precious.

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It was such a perfect day. I truly loved every minute of celebrating my Sammy baby.

Now…time to start planning his 2nd. ;)

We love you, Samuel. We love you more than all the stars. And we hope you loved your party half as much as we loved throwing it for you.

Love,

Mommy and Daddy

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