Mr. and Mrs. Naylor

 

Book Party *The BFG*

Well we started the BFG back in November I think! I honestly don’t even remember. The combination of life, Christmas, kids getting sick, and the insane tongue twisters in the book, we finally finished it 3 months later!!! I wanted to celebrate with the kids (because really, who doesn’t like a party) so we bought the movie, got a few supplies from the grocery store and decide to have a book party!

I got Salem and Shiloh a sketch book strictly for the books we read (and I realized that was absolutely not okay! Judah NEEDED one.. or so he told me about 50 times). If they felt like it, they would open their books during the story and draw either what I was currently reading, or what I had read previously. They really seemed to enjoy following along with their own drawings. We are reading The Secret Garden next and I think I might have to purchase my own sketch book for that one!!

During the day today, we drew giant footprints and hand prints in the dirt and decorated them with rocks and flowers. We hopped back and forth from one foot print to another, and we imagined how tall the giants would be by looking at different tree branches. I needed a little bit of time to set up the party so the 3 big ones watched a show in the family room while Jasper finished up his nap. I was working as fast as I could to get it all together since I only had just a bit of quiet time. I was working so fast that I noticed that I spelled one of the words wrong. So just to address that, yes it IS frobscottle and yes I DID write frobsquattle. I blame it on the exhaustion.

Here are a few pictures from the party!

The Frobscottle is Mountain Dew with green sprinkles to give it that fizz!

Salem chomping down on some snozzcumbers!

Judah went on to show us all what happens when you drink frobscottle!!

Salem and Shiloh drew their own dreams and labeled them. “Judah Destroys the Earth” and “Mom’s Hard Day.”

Gee, I wonder how she got that idea….

Jaspy woke up and couldn’t miss out on the fun!

After the laughter died down, we went on to talk about our dreams. Our hopes. Our wishes. We talked and I wrote a few of them down and placed them in their dream jar. They had so much fun decorating them, and I loved hearing the things that they wanted to achieve.

Shiloh found some rope and we decided Salem was one of the mean giants and tied him up! Then they all turned on me!

When Jeff got home, we sat down with some subs and turned on the movie. It was super cute but the kids were amazed at how different it was from the book. Salem kept yelling,”That didn’t happen right!”

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies here. It’s not always peaceful. Perfect kids that never fight and always listen tentatively to every page you read just aren’t real. It is a home full of effort though. Lately, The Lord has been showing me about peace from discipline. If you work for peace, it comes. It rests on you. It comforts you. I haven’t touched the surface of what I know He wants for me, I mean hell, I yelled at Shiloh this afternoon for crying! Crying! Lol! The correct response sometimes is the HARDEST one!! What I am trying to say with all of this rambling is that something as simple as reading a book and having a book party can bring your home real peace. It is about togetherness. It is about doing something fun with your children and for your children that they will remember. Who cares if they remember the thematic or literary elements of the book and all of the meanings and messages behind it?! They will always remember the celebrations and the pride of finishing something as a family. That is something that I will remember too. Because after all, I am growing with them too.

We are starting The Secret Garden this week! I hope to be done by April, just in time to start planting our own garden. If anyone wants to join us, you best believe there will be a party to celebrate afterwards!!!

Family camping trip.

We had about 2 days last weekend to completely spend together. TOGETHER. NO WORK, NO CELL RECEPTION, JUST US.

It was pretty great. I have been mentally preparing myself for homeschool life in the fall next year so I wanted to test out a few of the things/lessons we will be doing in homeschool and this short trip was the perfect place to do it. I will go into why we are homeschooling next year in another post sometime soon… I honestly just don’t have time (or the mental endurance to type out words) to go into it for this post. I will say though, that it was completely Jesus. It was not part of the plan and I will need His help every second of this homeschool experience BUT I am super excited about it!

One of the main goals of our homeschool program is to enjoy and study nature. You look at the world around you, talk about it, ask questions, and even draw and write about your explorations and findings. We got to put this in to practice and my little creative artist heart is exploding with every new page the kids draw in their nature journals. Even if you don’t plan on ever homeschooling, I strongly encourage you to do this with your children! It is so rewarding!

Here is our sweet little weekend.

 

 

I made a little video of our hike too. It is super cute so if you aren’t tired of looking at my kids, check it out! Lol!! Thanks for letting me share some of my personal life with you!

Cayla and Travis *Engagement Session*

I am just so excited about these engagement photos! Indian Springs State Park was the absolute perfect place to shoot on this chilly evening. I love the color in the trees during the sunset, and then the wintery feel of the landscape after the sun sunk behind the earth. Cayla and Travis definitely had to cuddle up to stay warm, but I don’t think they minded 😉

I hope you guys enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed spending the afternoon with you both, getting to know you and photographing your love story! I am so looking forward to the wedding next summer!

I can’t wait for July!!!

Mandy and Zack 11*5*16

I mean seriously. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. A Cool breeze, the warm sun, and all of the glowing leaves in all of their fall glory. It was the perfect day for a wedding. The perfect day for Mandy and Zack’s wedding.

This couple is THE CUTEST. They kept me laughing throughout their engagement session this summer and their playful flirtatious love is something that is such a joy to photograph. I was super excited for the wedding just as I am sooo super excited to share these images!! Mandy is gorgeous, the venue (which is Zack’s parent’s house!!!) is as cute as can be, and the connection these two share is just beautiful.

Congratulations on your beginning, Mr. and Mrs. Massey!

Zack and Mandy decided to do a first look before the ceremony. It was the sweetest most intimate time of the day and I just love the way the pictures turned out.

 

Congratulations guys! It was an honor to capture your big day!!!

XOXO-

Courtney

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