Summer’s Arrival {Outfit Post}

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I was shopping at Salvation Army a few weeks ago when I found this adorable spring/summer skirt with flowers embroidered along the hem. I showed the skirt to my mom, but since the hem hit me barely below my knee, mom was hesitant to let my buy it. But she and I both quickly (yes, right there in the store) thought of a way to add length to the skirt. I thought it’d be rather tricky, since the skirt was so full. About a week later, we went to Hobby Lobby and purchased the gingham fabric, which I then cut to the right size, and started sewing away. Although we had some minor hurdles along the way, I am quite pleased with the way the alteration turned out! 🙂

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{The Outfit}

Blouse: thrifted

Undershirt: thrifted

Purse: borrowed from my sister

Skirt: thrifted, and then up-cycled by me

Sandals: gift

Bracelet: gift (from my sweet friend, Katrine)

ImageI wanted to get a photo with my journal in it, because the color and style of it went so well with my outfit.

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ImageThank you, Katrine, for this lovely bracelet! 🙂

Thanks to my sister, Phoebe, who took these outfit photos. 🙂

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Party Weekend {Birthdays}

Friday night, my sister and I threw a “surprise” Birthday party for my Dad, my brothers Joel and Caleb, and for my sister Phoebe. 🙂 It was a small gathering, but I think it went swell! =)

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Phoebe’s email pal, Sara B., was able to come to the party (along w/ her mom and two of her 3 siblings). It was a surprise for Phoebe! Phoebe knew we were getting together with her sometime soon, but had no idea it was supposed to be at the party. 😀

 

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The card and photos/memories table 🙂
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Friends, fun, and fellowship 🙂
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Citrus infused water = very refreshing

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Drinks and veggie tray table 🙂
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Dessert table
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Phoebe, not knowing the party was for her, decorated the cake for just Dad. 😀 And yes, tacky us, we let her help with the food and decorations. But hey, how else would we keep it a surprise from her? 😉 Besides, she LOVES baking and decorating cakes and she’s really good at it. 🙂 I did help her some with the cakes, anyway.
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The peach design was Abby’s idea. 🙂 Oh, and btw, that peach came off of our peach tree! 🙂
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Whimsical 🙂
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Simple decor
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Pheebs, Mom and I, getting to know Sara B. 🙂
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My “niece”, her brother, and her mom were able to attend. 🙂 Isn’t Lizzy’s hair adorbs?!! 😀
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Tanisha G., Mom and Mrs. B. (Sara’s mom)

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Lizzy-dee
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Claudia and her mom came 🙂
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One of the birthday guys (on the right). Actually, Isaac’s b-day is coming up pretty soon (the day before Joel’s). 🙂
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Sweet sisters in the Lord. 🙂
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Floating tea lights 🙂

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Dad (another b-day guy), chatting with Mrs. and Nathan B.

 

Saturday, we went to a birthday party for my “nephew”, Tristan. 🙂 He recently turned 6 and I can hardly believe it— he was barely 4 when we met his family and he has grown up SO much since then!

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The Birthday boy! 🙂

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Being goofy 🙂
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Let’s blow out the candles!
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The S. family has arrived. 🙂
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And so has the N. family
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Baby S.
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Smile, Watson 🙂
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Splash pad fun 🙂
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Pheebs (thoroughly wet), enjoying some time with ze bebeh. 🙂
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So stinkin’ cute! 😀
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I love Miss Tanisha’s outfit. 🙂 Especially the skirt. 😉
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Aw… two “babies” smiling at each other * heart melts*
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Look who I’ve got! 😉
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JJ, Pheebs and Bram S. having soaking fun
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Mom visits with Laurin S. 🙂
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Andrew S.
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Just want to pinch those chubby cheeks. 😉
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If you look closely, you can see that Lizzy is trying very hard to mimic Jaden’s face, haha 😀
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Aw…
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Two cuties. 😉
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Fellowship with siblings in the Lord 🙂

      A few more Lizzy photos. 😉

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Kisses from Auntie Jo 🙂
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A little lady 🙂
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Having fun, getting wet 🙂

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And I’ll leave you with a few pics I took of Lizzy when Abs and I babysat her and Tristan a couple weeks ago. 🙂

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I love photographing her hands. So tiny and delicate. 🙂
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Oh… I LOVE it when she smiles like that! 🙂
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Cute hair-do, no? 🙂

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Growing up so fast….

Photoshoot {Rachel + Rowena}

Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot another set of photos of two of my cousins. 🙂 It was a jolly good time, and a special thanks to my “little” bro for being the assistant photographer. 🙂

Rachel

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Rowena

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Jaden took this one…
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…and this one 🙂

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Ro and Jo

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Shirt: Gift from Abby

Dress: Thrifted

Shoes: Borrowed from Phoebe

Necklace: Borrowed from Abby