04 February, 2019

Hayes & Poppy’s Sweetheart Play Date







Hi friends! Happy February! I just LOVE this month! I love the pink and red everything, the hearts everywhere, and the precious Valentines passed between the kiddos.

Hayes has been REPEATEDLY asking to make Valentines for his friends, his grandparents, and for me. Knowing this, I decided to have a little play date for his friends to come craft and make eachother Valentines. It turned out to be the sweetest thing.

They really loved making things for each other and their mommies. Most of it was tiny papers with too much glue and random stickers, but it melted my heart each time they gifted one to another.



(The original) Mr. Fox was missing again for quite a few months, but he's BACK and not missing out on any of the fun.











I hope to make this an annual tradition because I loved it so much! I hope the kids agree!




20 December, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018 - Love, The Dunaways



It's been a while since I've popped in here. The last time I posted, we had just celebrated Hayes turning 3 and Poppy turning 1. Now they're almost 6 months older than that! Where does time even go?!

What's new with us? Oh just the same ol' same ol'!

Poppy walks and tries to talk. She's a woman of few words. Mostly Mama, Dada, Bubba, Wawa, Kuhkuh (ketchup or cookie... MY GIRL!). She's turning into a little bit of a mama's girl and I won't complain one bit. Both kids went through this and I'm sure she will grow out of it soon.

She also started Mother's Day Out/preschool in September and LOVES it. We're obsessed with the school both kids go to and the teachers there too. It's a church near us and the ladies love our kids so well that I can never imagine leaving! Poppy has really started developing her own little loving personality since starting school.

We're still struggling a bit with the previous dairy issue. We've narrowed it down to excessive dairy making her sick with several different gastrointestinal issues. So while we still give her whole milk throughout the day, we are limiting the yogurt, cheese, and ice cream to about zero.

She's become such a great little sleeper and loves her routine. Sometimes she will even walk into her bedroom and turn her sound machine on to signal that she's tired. Yes, I'm bragging! She was so difficult as a baby that I never thought this day would come.

Hayes is still my champion sleeper but now has decided he only prefers a diet made up of black beans, rice, "tacos" (ground beef in a soft tortilla), chicken nuggets, meatballs and fried okra. There may be a couple others, but those are requested daily and almost nothing else is ever touched when it's on his plate. I'll take ALL the picky eater advice, but I should say I've read a ton on the subject and haven't found a solution.

He's in his 3rd year of preschool and as always, has the most wonderful teachers. They have been loving and patient and kind as he enters his "terrible threes". Y'all, it's been rough. If it wasn't a church school, they would have each received a 6 pack of WINE from me for Christmas.

We're planning on signing Hayes up for t-ball this upcoming Spring and we're all pretty jazzed about that. Even contemplating karate to help with his discipline "issues". (Although, I realize he's a typical 3 year old rowdy boy.) All that aside, he can still be the sweetest, most thoughtful and affectionate little boy to his mama and his baby sister. And goodness, is he sharp as a tack or WHAT?! Pretty sure we have a future attorney on our hands with how well he can argue any case. He is also standing firm on his position of NOT cutting his hair until it's long "like mommy's". We'll see about that.

Justin is teaching, coaching, occasionally driving Coppell teams on a yellow school bus, and loving life. We just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary and spent it in Fredericksburg, TX trying out vineyard after vineyard. We followed that trip up with a couples weekend in Broken Bow, OK. Both were so amazing and I can't wait to go back!

As for me, I just recently hit a huge goal with our Young Living oil business (yes, I'm one of THOSE network marketers! Run!! JK) and 8 months into the business, I can proudly call myself a Silver leader. This couldn't have come at a better time, helloooo Christmas shopping! I'm just so amazed at the progress our little team has made and how much we've grown since my first paycheck back in February of $11. For anyone skeptical, just email me. Once you change your way of thinking about MLMs, that's when you see the real potential for growth and frankly, INCOME.

Anyway, I digress. I just popped on here to give a little Dunaway family update and share our family photos that we took with Cassie Loree Photography. Try not to melt when you see my kiddos loving on each other!












And to also wish you all a very very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!

13 July, 2018

H & P Farmers Market Birthday Party




Last weekend we celebrated big with a joint birthday party for both kiddos. We called it "H & P Farmers Market". Poppy turned 1 on July 7th and Hayes turns 3 on July 16th. I love that their birthdays are so close, especially in the early years when I can combine their celebrations.

I knew I wanted a few things incorporated into their party: gender neutral colors, buffalo check (it's totally my thing right now), and a petting zoo.






Our local farmers market occasionally has a petting zoo, so I got my inspiration there! We would visit most Saturdays and get ideas from the local vendors that would be set up. 

Hayes' cute vegetable tee is from Nature Supply Co. You may have known them as Magnolia Roots? Anyway, you can find it here.

His shorts are from Claude and Jane and I love them! He needs 5 more pairs, I swear.






Poppy's sweet outfit was made at the very last minute because I am a master procrastinator. Luckily, the shop owner is local and worked with me to get it to me pronto.






Soooo I also might have a thing for eucalyptus too. Give me alllll the buffalo check and eucalyptus please.






We had "freshly picked" chocolate strawberry cupcakes while the kids demolished store bought smash cakes.






Poppy wasn't so sure about smashing the cake. She was more into eating the strawberries... stem and all. This girl will eat ANYTHING.

I made the candles from a beeswax candle kit. You can find it here. Since I already had the kit from last Winter, it only took me about 5 minutes to make all 4 candles.






I also made the "one" banner hanging from her high chair. I used pre-made canvas banners I found at a craft store, similar to these.








The cake topper is from Etsy. You can find it here.






All the big kids wanted in on the smash cake action, so we encouraged them to dig in with Hayes. They really went for it and it was hilarious!!











We wrapped up the party with some swimming (er... floating, in Poppy's case) and some "shopping" at the mini farmers market stand we set up. I will eventually post more pictures of the party when I get them. 

My biggest piece of advice for anyone throwing a children's party: if you really want photos to document the big day, designate a friend to use your camera or phone so that you get the shots you want. 

If I had trusted myself to take photos of the party, I probably wouldn't have been able to enjoy the day and be in the moment with my babies.





20 June, 2018

Dunaway House: Landscaping Progress

I would call this post our Before & After post, but there's still so much left to be done. So here's a little before and after our exterior paint job.

I think it was beautiful just the way it was, but the crisp white paint just gives it a clean, classic feel. Especially with those American flags waving proudly!

BEFORE




AFTER


We used Sherwin Williams Shoji White for the brick, gutters & siding. Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black was used to freshen up the shutters, doors & garage.

The great debate was whether to do the gutters black or white. Ultimately I won after convincing Justin that the shutters added enough contrast. I think he's happy with our decision.

Now onto the side yard. This is an area that makes for a second backyard for the kids to play in since our real backyard is mostly pool. The problem was that this side yard's ground was covered in crushed granite and made it really hard for a baby and a toddler to run/crawl around. Not to mention the amount of dirt and dust we would all track into the house after playing out there! No thanks!


Justin and I did the first part of this project: shoveling out the crushed granite & pulling up the weed barrier that was covering the entire yard. That was extremely labor intensive and half way through I regretted our decision to DIY. 


We eventually decided to have Justin's parents' landscaping crew come out to assess our situation and guide us from there. The problem is that the yard is pretty shady all day because of the huge trees growing there. For these conditions, they suggested Palmetto St. Augustine grass.



It's only been a couple days and the sod is still transplanting so we're babying it and praying that it thrives! It's going to make a world of difference for the kids when they play outside. 

We're still debating what to do with the flower beds. Landscaping is not our strong point so I'm pinning everything I can to get some ideas.

28 May, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Fun





I'm soooooo excited it's a 3 day weekend. I live for 3 day weekends. Especially ones that kick off the official beginning of POOL SEASON!!

We had a pretty low-key weekend full of popsicles, American flags, pool time and splash pads.


A little relaxing with some essential oils being diffused on my brand spankin' new Aria diffuser.

Hayes met (and immediately hugged) Elsa at his friend's birthday party at the park. She sang songs, taught dances and told her story... complete with the Frozen soundtrack. She was seriously talented! 








Poppy enjoyed the party too! We ended the party in the splash pad. It was Poppy's first time and she absolutely loved it. We definitely have another water baby on our hands.








On Sunday we attended a very festive service at church and afterwards got to help feed less fortunate kiddos by putting together Summer Hunger Bags full of pantry essentials and yummy snacks. 

We spent the rest of the day cooking out, swimming and drinking ice cold beer.

Today we hit up yet another splash pad. I think this is going to be a regular activity for us this Summer and I'm not mad about it. I never imagined having so much fun just watching my kids play, but I do.











Poppy had so much fun at the second splash pad but rarely cracked a smile. This girl is sooooo serious! Meanwhile Hayes is the happiest kid around. They're showing their extreme opposite personalities more and more everyday.

Now that May is wrapping up, what's on our agenda for the month of June?
Well, more splash pads and pools for sure. We're also planning the kids' shared birthday party, getting ready for our first beach vacation as a family of 4, having the exterior of house painted, giving our side yard a complete face lift, Justin starts teaching Summer school, I start working 4 day work weeks (down from 5), starting Camp Gladiator (actually we start TOMORROW) to get beach bod ready, and whatever else pops up!

I'll be sure to share along the way!

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