November 29, 2010

Recipe for A Sweet Little Kennedy

First you add some sugar.
Then a little spice.
Blend well.
Fold in just a dash of 'everything nice'.
Bake until sweet.
To decorate, add a dollop of frosting atop a button nose.
And to complete your confection, adorn hair with the "Mini Sadie" flower.
Enjoy! Being sure to eat up every last crumb of those scrumptious 1-year-old cheeks!

The "Mini Flamingo" flower
adds just the right amount of sweetness to
Little Kennedy's birthday outfit.
Happy 1st Birthday Kennedy!

The "Kennedy" Flower
(A necessary ingredient for your sweet little confection)

November 15, 2010

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

It all started in my middle school years, between 5th and 7th grade. I never dared to go 'outside the box' when it came to fashion. Ironically, I had no clue about fashion. So half the stuff I wore, I never really knew if it was 'cool' or not. I would turn my nose up at things, even if I really, really liked them, because there was the smallest possibility it wouldn't be accepted come Monday morning.

But now, as I've learned about myself and life, I realize life is too short to let others tell you what you think. Especially when it comes to those things that make you smile and fill your heart with joy.

I stick these HUGE and elaborately GORGEOUS flowers atop my baby girl's head (nearly every day). There are times it seems almost ridiculous. Think about it.
A flower that is the same exact size as my daughter's head?!
My funky flowers have been called "head-dresses" a few times.
That makes me laugh-out-loud.

But 9 times out of 10, people can't stop "ooh-ing" and "ahh-ing" over the magnificence of the funky flower! My daughter gets so much more positive attention when a funky flower adorns her head. People say she's "beautiful". "What a doll," they say. Yes, I do believe my daughters are the prettiest things alive. Yet, those flowers are the cherry that sits on top of the, already, oh-so-yummy sundae!

My husband said to me one day, "How's it feel to be a trend-setter?"

Pretty good, actually.
In's amazing.

What's my point to all this?
Set your own standards when it comes to how fun you want your look to be. If you get some strange looks? So what? Who cares?
Because you know,
that deep inside,
they are secretly jealous of you.
They're just wishing they had enough guts to pull it off.

So go ahead. Have some fun!
You know you want to.
Here's the fun and fabulous Maddie
wearing the "Cheetah" flower.

And here, she's wearing the "Adilyn" flower.

And for even MORE fun,
you should try out this one.
This is the "Maddie" flower.

November 12, 2010

The Beauty of a Rose

What's in a name? that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell just as sweet.
-Juliet, in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

This little rose's name is Emilee.
She is wearing the "Preslie" flower.
Both are just as sweet.

The sweet flowers that adorn her sweet head, in the pictures above, are:
(from left to right)
The "Preslie" flower, the "Mini Harvest" flower, and the "White Cloud" flower.

One fairer than my love?
The all-seeing sun ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.

November 7, 2010

Thank Heaven for Little Curls

If there is one thing that I love more than little little curls.

There's just something about them. The curls, that is. They're bouncy. They're playful. They're sweet. And they're fun.

Stick those ringlets on an adorable baby girl, like the one below, and you have a delightful combination.

Doesn't Gia's precious face just bring you the most joy?
I'm pretty sure it's the curls.
Or the flower.
Maybe it's both.

The "Gia" Flower

November 5, 2010

I Hope You Dance

There is purpose in regrets.
Stay with me on this one.

You finally lock gazes with the one you've waited to meet for 9 months. And the recent hours of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion seemed to have just dissolved into a distant and faint memory...

All of a sudden, your heart is flooded with the waves of love. And it fills you up so fast that you are almost certain this is what heaven feels like. The realization that God, in His infinite mercy and grace, has allowed you, you, to help Him create a miracle. It's as if you are holding a personal gift from God, wrapped in the most perfect paper, attached with a gift tag that says "To Mommy. Please take good care of her for Me."

Then it hits you. You need to teach your daughter how to live right. And to do your best to help her avoid the bad mistakes of life. Maybe, even some of your own. But to live, nonetheless.

Dear sweet daughter,
Don't be afraid to take chances and try something new. Just be sure to measure it up to your Creator's standards, first. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance....

...I hope you dance.
This is Ericka.
She is wearing the "Popsicle" flower here.

And the "Indian Summer" flower here.
She is the inspiration for this post...

...and this flower.
The "Ericka" flower.