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Pancakes and Pajamas Party

Can we pretend that my child is not 14 months old, and that this party didn’t happen almost two months ago??

I’m pretty sure I’m one of the worst bloggers out there in terms of how frequently I update this little place. At least some of you are still hanging around to read my sporadic posts!

I wanted to share some of the photos that I’ve been hanging on to since June’s first birthday party this past March. It’s too cute to keep to myself!

When I was thinking about a theme for her party, I knew two things for certain: I wanted to keep it to close friends and family (she is only one, after all) and I wanted something that would keep the budget low.

This is what I ended up with. And honestly, I thought it was a pretty clever {and unique} idea until I started perusing Pinterest for decoration ideas…

But seriously, who doesn’t love breakfast and comfy jammies? And on a Saturday morning…? You don’t even have to get dressed before you leave the house to come celebrate!

I kept the decorations incredibly simple.

A bunch of ranunculus from Trader Joes went into my favorite vase, Sam and Jason helped create the handmade tassel garland hung over the big window in our living room, and Jessica and I spent an afternoon making a quadruple batch of cake batter puppy chow to put in individual glassine bags. Adorned with a little twine, some washi tape, and handwritten tags, they made some super cute and delicious favors for our guests to take home!

An assortment of our coffee cup collection paired with some pretty little plastic milk bottles made for a simple beverage station in the corner of the room.

Then I set up a buffet for breakfast. Fresh cut fruit, sausage + bacon, and of course pancakes with a variety of toppings and syrups. Yum!

My sweet friend Courtney lovingly made June’s “pancake” cake as well as a miniature smash cupcake. Oh my goodness… how adorable is that mini stack of pancakes?! Love!!

And of course we can’t forget the guest of honor in her pink cow jammies. That squishy little cow bottom kills me!

One of my favorite parties yet!

Now… do you think I can get away with planning every party from now as a pajama party? Fourth of July BBQ and Pajama Party, anyone? Oh come on… you know you want to!

For those interested:

Square milk bottles, party straws, twine, and favor bags from TomKat Studio

Striped melamine dinner plates from Target

Syrup bottles from The Container Store

{All other decorations + serving ware were already owned or obtained by the beg + borrow method}

Tassel garland instructions

Cake Batter Puppy Chow recipe

 

 
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Abigail Mae Presott - November 12, 2013 - 6:46 am

Wonderful blog and awesome pictures! Pyjamas really are very comfortable and I would love to also wear them all day. I like PJs like these: http://www.thepyjamastore.com/pyjamas

mary - August 9, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Thanks, Kelly! I created these from scratch. :)

Kelly - August 8, 2013 - 8:39 am

Love the invite! Did you make it or use a template?

Jen - May 21, 2013 - 12:23 pm

I love this idea for a party! Any excuse to stay in my jammies all day is good to me!

Courtney - May 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

You are such a great hostess! I loved how beautiful yet laid back her party was :-)

creole wisdom - May 21, 2013 - 11:27 am

So, so cute and very well done. You are awesome, Mary!

Project Life 365 {Weeks 15-18}

Time to play a little Project Life 365 catch-up. Take a peek at the last month {or so} of photos from this year’s photo a day project.

If you’d like to see each photo in more detail, head over to my Project Life 365 Flickr set!

{Column One} April 9th: #Retrospect | April 10th: #Upside_Down | April 11th: #Home | April 12th: #Connection | April 13th: #Unconditional_Love | April 14th: #Inspiration | April 15th: #Redemption | April 16th: #Dangerous | April 17th: #Symmetry

{Column Two} April 18th: #Hello | April 19th: #Dedicated | April 20th: #Satisfying | April 21st: #HAHAHA | April 22nd: #Eyes | April 23rd: #Hands | April 24th: #Heart | April 25th: #Homemade | April 26th: #Eco | April 27th: #Looking_In

{Column Three} April 28th: #Looking_Out | April 29th: #Type | April 30th: #Yellow | May 1st: #You_Today | May 2nd: #Nature | May 3rd: #Quirky | May 4th: #Sport | May 5th: #Sign_of_the_Times | May 6th: #Excess

You can find my Project Life 365 photos here:

White Peach Blog Facebook Page

White Peach Photo on Flickr

@Whitepeachphoto on Instagram

 

 

 
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On My Heart

This morning I wanted to share photos of what, from the outside, appears to be just another happy + shiny week, but instead I needed to share a little of my heart.

This week I needed more out of life. More out of friends. More out of myself.

I needed someone to reach out and tell me that everything is going to be okay. I needed a good swift kick in the butt and the reminder that even when today seems to be a little darker than most days, that the sun will eventually come out again. Maybe even tomorrow.

But here’s the thing. I don’t know how to ask for help. Or maybe it’s that I know how, but don’t like to.

So unless there’s a psychic out there reading my mind and sharing my innermost thoughts with others, I shouldn’t expect that help to come, right?

Honestly, I’ve been staring at this blank page for an entire episode of Grey’s. That’s 40-some minutes that I’ve been unable to formulate what it is that I wanted to say. I have this week’s Instagram photos all queued up and ready to post, but I can’t put words to them. And that’s because the words don’t match the photos.

That’s the wonderful thing about photos. You, the photographer, get to control what you show. What you don’t see are the sweatpants that I’ve been all but living in for the last three days. You don’t see that it’s 11:00 in the morning and my kids are still in their pajamas. You don’t see the pile of dirty dishes that have been collecting in my sink since dinner last night.

Those photos would match how I feel.

It’s been a crummy week.

Wait.

It’s been a craptastic week.

I keep asking, begging, for a teeny tiny little break, but it just hasn’t come. Instead it feels like the weights are just being stacked on top of one another.

I wanted to write happy + shiny posts about our trip to Utah, June’s birthday party, my weekly Instagram photos, the last month of Project Life photos.

But the happy + shiny part is missing.

Last week at our little ladies night group we were talking about fears, and someone asked me if I thought I was so afraid of things because I’ve never had anything bad happen in my life. My answer was no, I haven’t lived any true tragedies. But the more I think about it, I shouldn’t have been so quick to answer. Because I most definitely know what it feels like to struggle. Both in the past and in the now.

I’m at a point where I feel like I should have a good portion of day to day life “figured out” and  instead I’m learning that I’ve just barely grazed the surface.

In the last week we had some big unexpected expenses come up that drained our bank account. Literally. We have nothing. No cash, no savings… oh, and because we’re credit card free, there’s no safety net.

On top of that I realized that the tabs on our Jeep expired on the 1st, one of the hard drives in our backup system has failed, and our dryer stopped working. All of which I can’t afford to replace or fix anytime soon.

The worst part? We ran out of formula, milk, and diapers… all at once.

How does that even happen?

I went to Target with a minimal list of what we needed, spent $40, and used my Target debit card knowing that it would be approved even without the funds in our account. I’m praying that my husband’s expense check comes today before that little charge hits our bank account and we overdraft.

That sucks. That really sucks. And you feel like a terrible, horrible person for needing to do it.

And that feeling doesn’t go away.

That would be the mess of crappy feelings that have been pulling on my heart all week.

I should be thankful that I have my family, my home, and my health. I have been blessed in so many ways… more than I can count.

But I’m still ready for that little break, wherever or whatever it may be.

I’m not asking for help. Like Matt and I have been saying for years: We’ll figure it out. We always do.

And it’s true. We always manage to make it work, no matter how far down that rabbit hole we seem to be.

But in the meantime, if you have any to spare, I’ll take a virtual {or a real} hug from you.

It would mean more than you’ll ever know.

 
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Kate - May 13, 2013 - 9:02 pm

I’m just seeing this now and I can so, so, SO relate as we’ve had literally years of being just one disaster short of bankruptcy. We pray and pray and somehow it all works itself out but there have been many, many months where there is no safety net and nothing in the bank account. And the expenses never stop.

I SO get it. I know the fear and the sense of failure and anxiety. I know what it feels like to think ‘Why am I not GETTING IT?!?!?’ and there are so many times that I think ‘We’re far too old to be living like this.’

I wish I could give you a big huge warm hug right now. Because I would. In a heartbeat.

Jen - May 3, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Sending the biggest of hugs your way. I can completely relate. We have a list of Needs Fixing, Put Off, Someday. The lists keep growing. My Hubby and I have the same motto. We will figure it out. We always do. {{hug}}

Elle - May 3, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Oh, honey – sending you so much love! And hugs, though I’m most glad to be able to give you a real one tonight (and a piña colada). xoxo.

Kristi - May 3, 2013 - 12:05 pm

If I could, I would give you as many hugs as you can handle. I am sorry you’re not having a good week. I know how it feels to be in your situation, we’ve been there and are there still. I hope it gets better soon and you find your happy again. I will say an extra prayer for you guys. Hang in there. <3

Ashley - May 3, 2013 - 11:47 am

I’m sorry you’re going through this. Why does everything seem to happen at once? I had a situation like this last year when I had a hard drive fail and after the fact realized 2 hours of an event hadn’t transferred to my backup. $2000 later I was able to recover the images… But wouldn’t you know my car then needed $1200 in repairs to pass inspection at the same time. Luckily things worked out and I’m sure in a few weeks you’ll be feeling much better, too.

creole wisdom - May 3, 2013 - 11:35 am

I’m sending you so much love. Life is crappy sometimes, but it doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it. I commend your authenticity and I am here for you.

Alice Was Here

Today I’m going to write honestly and from the heart, share this story as it is without going back to edit my words, and most likely shed many, many tears in the process.

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Just under a year ago my husband and I met two of our local Twitter/Instagram friends at the Fourth of July BBQ that we hosted – they showed up, introduced themselves to my husband who they had never interacted with, only to learn that I was busy inside feeding June. {Insert 10 minutes of sideways glances and questioning if they should make a break for their car, here.} But when we did meet, I think they were both incredibly relieved to learn that I wasn’t completely crazy. Hey, I said completely crazy… we’re all a touch insane. Right?

Fast forward nine months and Sam and Jason are now two of our closest friends. It was an easy friendship with how much the four of us have in common… our dry sarcastic senses of humor, our shared love of “good” beer and Cards against Humanity… we’re all like a twisted Twitter match made in heaven. Or something…

When they told us they were expecting their first baby this spring, we were over the moon with nothing but happiness for them.

We’ve spent the winter months watching Sam’s tiny little belly grow, sharing our pregnancy and childbirth stories, and handing down the well-loved clothing that June and Lucy have quickly outgrown. We were as much in love with Sam and Jason’s sweet baby from the beginning as they were.

Sam told me weeks ago that I had made her “Tier 1″ list for the hospital, and I joked that because her due date was the day after we’re scheduled to return from Utah, that she had to either cross her legs until we were back home or have the baby before we left.

Last Tuesday morning, as I was editing photos and catching up on my blog feeds, my phone rang and Sam’s name popped up. {Here’s one of those things that Sam and I just get about each other… we don’t call. We text.} My immediate thought was that she was in labor, and I answered the phone expecting to hear her happy and excited voice on the other line. Instead I heard Jason’s voice crack through the silence.

There were so many tears, so much heartbreak… the sadness permeated the connection.

At 38 weeks, for reasons unknown, Baby Alice’s heart stopped beating.

The next 24 hours were filled with incomprehensible grief. Theirs, mine, and everyone else’s.

For me, there were moments of complete darkness, many angry words with God, and complete sorrow.

I just don’t understand.

I also didn’t know what to do, other than be there.

Guess what? There’s no hidden manual in life for what you’re supposed to say or do when your friends suffer the loss of a child.

I reached out to the women in our ladies night group and asked them to help put together meals for the family… and the rest evolved very quickly.

Two of the women came to me about creating a website in which we could ask for donations for the family to help cover their expenses. Once those wheels were set in motion, the rest tumbled shortly behind.

A collective of friends {and strangers} have put together a website where you can shop various goods that were donated in-kind, and all of the proceeds will go directly to Sam and Jason to cover their unexpected costs {including medical bills, funeral expenses, and travel} with any funds exceeding their needs being donated to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization.

We’ve been working for three days straight… coding, emailing, writing, and pouring our hearts into this website. All out of love.

So please, take some time and visit Alice Was Here.

Read the stories. Send Sam and Jason your love and prayers.

And if you’re moved, please consider shopping or making a donation to help the family.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 
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Jen - April 17, 2013 - 11:24 am

I found this post through the Alice Was Here site. I only know Sam through following her on IG. I found out she was local, so I liked her even more. : )

Thank you for sharing this and giving us who don’t know her personally, a way to help.

Love and prayers,
Jen

White Peach Blog - April 16, 2013 - 9:21 am

[...] Originally posted at http://whitepeachblog.com/2013/04/16/alice-was-here/ [...]

creole wisdom - April 16, 2013 - 9:14 am

Oh this is hard. Mary, thank you for all the work that you did to get this website up. I know that Sam and Jason can feel the love and peace we are sending them.

Project Life 365 {Week 14}

April 2nd: #You_Today

Taking a moment alone to relax after this morning’s workout, with a second cup of caffeine and a little Instagram catch up.

April 3rd: #Skyline

Nothing but blue skies on the skyline this gorgeous spring afternoon.

April 4th: #Silhouette

Mr. Oliver in his typical afternoon post. Keeping an eye on the neighborhood…

April 5th: #Smells_Good

Cake batter puppy chow in the adorable favor bags for June’s birthday party.

April 6th: #Unusual

After June’s party my in-laws took the girls for the night so that we could go to a show with friends. Which means we were left with a Saturday afternoon alone. With nothing to do. Yeah… that’s a little unusual.

April 7th: #Macro

Pretty teal beads on my favorite sparkly necklace.

April 8th: #Surrounding

Balls of yarn, skeins of embroidery floss, and plenty of half-finished projects surrounding me.

Today I used up the rest of my bulky yarn remnants on an ugly granny square blanket, finished up one scalloped boot cuff {I might get the second done by next fall}, and made progress on my pretty granny square blanket.

Goodness.

You can find my Project Life 365 photos here:

White Peach Blog Facebook Page

White Peach Photo on Flickr

@Whitepeachphoto on Instagram

 
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creole wisdom - April 12, 2013 - 8:45 am

I love that Oliver stands guard, crazy kitty :)

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