Birthday Wish

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My little TWO YEAR OLD (wow that is a hard one to type, he is growing up way to fast) has a mad passion for PLANES right now. We live in the flight plan of all the major airlines, who land at PDX, also we are surrounded by private smaller airports, therefore everyday we have plane after plane flying directly over our ranch. The kiddo lets us know when they are flying over, even on cloudy days. HE HAS EXCELLENT PLANE RADAR…he can hear them before he spots them in the sky.

My Father and Uncle own a small plane and are both certified pilots (for more info see my Sky High post). Cason knows that his Grandpa or otherwise known as “Gee” (Cason started calling him “G” but now it is “Gee” and has stuck…”Granny and Gee” has a nice ring to it) has a plane and scrolls through “Gee’s” IPhone to see pictures of his plane. For months he has been begging to see the plane, therefore for his birthday wish we made a special trip to the aviation airport just for him to see and sit in the plane.  My only intentions were for him to sit in the plane and look at all the controls, watch a few planes take off and land.  I mean we were not going to up in the air, this kiddo is super scared of the car wash…he wouldn’t want to fly in a small plane.

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But he saw the planes taking off and said he wanted to fly in the sky… so we loaded up in the plane and were ready for takeoff, headphones and all! (Sorry about the close up, some fuzzy pic’s…we were sitting so close it was hard for me to zoom in and out, in focus…plus I am not camera savvy)!

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These are noise canceling headphones and voice activated for everyone to hear/communicate to each other in the plane, you can also hear the tower and other pilots. They were a 2 year olds favorite new toy…he loved talking into them and hearing everyone respond back to his little sweet “hi…hi…hi”.

We flew low and it was a nice day, so you could see everything below…why not fly over the ranch and do a little fly by to the Dada.

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…all the little black dots are the COWS


This special little guy’s birthday wish came true and he was on “cloud 9” for the rest of the evening, which was followed up by a birthday dinner (next to the water, his 2nd request) and then a chocolate sundae!

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Sneak Peek: Cason Turns Two Photo Shoot was a huge success. Can’t wait to share all the perfect pics.  BTW the theme to his Birthday Bash is “Vintage Airplane”!

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Birthday Countdown has begun for a soon to be TWO year old. I can’t believe my baby boy is going to be TWO in TWO days…it is so crazy how time flies. We have had to reschedule “Cason’s Turning Two” photo shoot a few times for weather and the “black eye accident”…or I should say swollen Black and Blue face that has now turned a nice shade of murky green. The poor kiddo took a big spill and landed FACE FIRST onto his picnic table bench. He thinks he looks pretty tough, but this Mama postpone the pic shoot until we are a little more healed up. Our favorite family photographer, Audrey, shot the most perfect one year old photos last year. She has put on her patience hat and agreed to capture some photos of the “Tasmanian Two Year Old”, who refuses to stay in one spot for more that a second. I can’t wait for the photos…on the FLY, literally!

Last year’s ONE year old theme was {Little Red Wagons}

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After the 2 Year Old photo shoot, party planning for Cason’s Turning Two bash will be in full swing.  Cason is super excited for this year’s theme. He is obsessed with them and has even helped pick out all the fun goodies for the swag bags.

{Coming Soon} on the the Blog will be the party photos from the LITTLE RED WAGON SHINDIG, including all the decor and, of course, desserts.

Wish us luck on the Turning Two Photo Shoot ~Lindsey

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday and nothing touches a Mama’s heart more than a personal handmade gift from the littles in their life. My little man and I made this craft for his Nana as a birthday present to capture the highlights of being a ONE YEAR OLD.

DIY Photo Decoupage Flower Pot- Dress up your Terra Cotta flower pot with memorable photos.

This little craft project can be done in an hour or less (without drying time) and my little one was very helpful when it came to planting the flower.


  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • 15-20 Pictures (2 x 3 or smaller)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Ribbon
  • Favorite Flower

Start with printing out 15-20 of your favorite photos, I had a smaller pot so I wanted to cram as many photos as possible on the pot, therefore, all my photos were cropped and 2 x 3 or smaller. I was going for a more timeless look and made all the photos black and white. I have all my photos saved on my computer in folders, by the year… I pulled up “Cason Turns One” folder and rummaged thru for all my fav photos.

Super Easy Steps:

1. Cut out all your photos (or wrapping/scrap paper, old book pages, postcards, napkins ect..).

2. Use your paint brush and Mod Podge to cover as much of the photo in order to adhere it to the pot.

3. Continue covering your pot with photos until you LOVE IT, we overlapped many of the photos.

4. Once you love it and covered the entire surface, paint a thick coat of Mod Podge over all of your photos and seal all the edges (Do not PANIC, this will look like you are destroying the photos with the really thick WHITE glue…it will dry clear and your photos will be perfect.)

5. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes…then apply another coat of Mod Podge. Repeat this step, if necessary.

6. Once your flower pot is dry, you can add the finishing touches. We added some burlap ribbon or you can use paint ( next time I want to try Chalkboard paint and then write a sweet message in Chalk).

7. LAST STEP: Plant a pretty flower or herb in your pot. Cason, my little guy, picked out this beautiful Lavender plant for his Nana. Add some Spanish Moss and a name card. Voila!

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Of Course, Mama’s like a little something fun to go with their beautiful handmade goodies, such as a Starbucks Gift Card or a bottle of their favorite Yellow Label Champs, Veuve-Clicquot.


Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mamas… We do have a hard and challenging job, but the most rewarding in the world!