Saturday, January 21, 2017

Childhood Friends!

From youngest to oldest: Kate, Lilah, Julia, Vivian, and Ansley (not in order in the photos).  They have been childhood friends since birth.  I mean, they didn't KNOW it, but they were, haha, because their mommies have been friends since they were conceived and/or born.  And now, as mentioned in a post early, one of them is moving away! Sniff, sniff.
I decided to capture their last moments in a "photoshoot".  The day was damp, dreary, wet, and COLD.  It was pretty dang hectic capturing 5 girls, with uniquely DIFFERENT personalities.  I don't recommend it unless you really can manipulate your camera well OR have a friend there to help keep things under control. I had BOTH, but it didn't seem to help. LOL! I took 317 photos and I am simply unsatisfied with the results. I am thankful to have a small handful that turned out beautiful.  I might be satisfied with 10, haha. #Perfectionist. The rest need to be put in the trash bin, but I will share more than the 10 I can smile about. 
A huge thank you to ERIN, Julia's mommy, for spotting these darling jean dresses and helping me TRY to keep them calm and collected during the "shoot".  Each girl arrived in jean dresses, scarfs, black leggings, and boots. From left to right (below): Vivian, Kate, Ansley, Julia, and Lilah.
Walking together from beginning to end, #bestfriends!
These pictures will be special to all of the girls  I am sure. They will be something to reminisce on, as they say goodbye/miss Ansley.
We saved ourselves about $350 by NOT hiring a professional.  LOL! I was hoping for ONE good one.  I think I accomplished my goal. Thoughts? One thing remains not matter what the outcome of this photo shoot was... these girls are beautiful, precious, and best friends.  As parents, we are praying for the Lord to rescue their hearts, that their joy is found in Him and Him alone, sharing the light of Christ to all they come in contact with, AND that, no matter the distance, their friendship will remain...NO MATTER what.  

FAST Bed Making!

I have been asked MULTIPLE times, by MULTIPLE people, strangers and best friends, to do a bed making tutorial.  THIS video IS NOT a bed making tutorial, BUT I did record myself, in hyperlapse, making Jax's bed.  I sure wish bed making happened this fast.  MY bed making takes a minimum of 5 minutes and some beds, in our home, take far longer 8-10 minutes. If you feel your home is messy on a daily basis, I recommend making your beds DAILY.  It makes the house feel a LOT tidier. And who the heck wants to get into a messed up bed of a LONG day's work? NOT I.

Friendship Bears!

Our dear friends, the Williams' Family, are moving to Tennessee. It was a hard reality to swallow.  When you know someone for 10 years and you have raised your children together, it's truly hard to imagine a day when you couldn't just drive over to their home, see them at church, or be a part of their lives on a weekly basis.  Our time left with them is crazy limited. Their departure is happening SO fast and everyone is grasping for every moment left to spend with them. Not to mention, they have a house to sell, a house to pack up, a house to find, and so many loose ends to tie up.  Lilah has broke down twice already. She has been writing Ansley a goodbye song.  She has notes written on her white board, in her room, that state, "I do not want Ansley to move.  She is my best friend!" It's pretty sad, but thankfully children are so resilient and slightly "out of sight out of mind", so I am hoping she will bounce back fairly quickly.  I am also praising God they aren't moving to Texas or California, but rather to Tennessee, a 3 hour car ride away.   Lilah expressed a desire to find some sort of friendship bear for them to have, to remember them by.  I suggested Build-A-Bear.  I didn't know exactly what this would look like, but I am beyond satisfied with the way it all unfolded. 

As shown above, we all know that FIRST, you pick which stuffed animal you wish to "build". Lilah and Ansley agreed to build the SAME bear.  So, so sweet. They chose a brown, candy scented bear.  It smells just like Strawberry Shortcake does.  They shopped around a little bit, just discussing what outfits they liked.  
But then, as we waiting in line to stuff the bears, I spotted the section where you can pick a voice to be inserted into the bears. I came across a "record your own voice" insert.  I didn't want to control this moment, but I offered up a suggestion that I felt they would be SO thankful for. "Hey girls, this is just a suggestion, but how sweet would it be to record a special message to each other and insert that message into each other's bears? This way, you can always hear each other's voices when you are missing one another!" They snagged that idea almost immediately.
We went in the back of the store. They were trying to come up with something special to say AND again, I tried to make it less stressful for them by offering up ANOTHER suggestion.  One of our family favorite books is "Love You Forever". There is a reoccurring theme in the book where the mommy sings to her child, during each phase of his life, 
"I'll love you forever.  I like you for always.  As long as I am living my baby you'll be."
I suggested this song and just changed the "my baby you'll be" to "my best friend you'll be".  Again, they snagged the idea almost immediately.  I am glad I could assist them.
See their sweet recordings below!
They stuffed their bears and got ready for the "heart ceremony".  
I captured this sweet moment of expresses genuine emotions and feelings as we stood in line.
They each chose to name their bears after one another.  Lilah named her bear "Ansley" and Ans named her bear "Liley Bo".  
They bathed their bears.
It's amazing how a child can find comfort in a stuffed animal.  Whatever works!
While standing line, Lilah and Ansley over heard these two telling someone that they had JUST gotten married.  When Lilah and Ansley were finalizing their outfit selections, they spotted a wedding dress and tuxedo.  They came to me and said, "that couple should buy these for their bears!"  So, I said, "Go tell them!" They did.  The couple was flattered, but still undecided.  They wanted to check out the store.  AND THEN... as we were leaving the store, they came up to us and said, "We decided to go with your suggestion girls!" I thought it was so cute.
The girls chose donut pjs and blue slippers.  "Donut you know that I will miss you?" They also purchased an adorable outfit (gold heart on a pink shirt, frilly skirt, and sparkling gold flat shoes).
Such a sweet experience.  These bears will be a helpful transition as they say "good-bye" "See you soon!"