Sunday, January 12, 2014

life on track

Don't get me wrong I absolutely LOVE my photography job. But, I do have to admit its been heaven having my weekends free again. I feel so accomplished and caught up on my home life. The past two weekends infact, I have spent taking photos of my boys. And this weekend I worked out, got all the laundry done, sheets changed, groceries bought, Valentine cards made and ordered, shopping for new work out clothes for me and the crock pot is cooking our dinner as we speak. The boys are napping, while Evan is off watching the Bronco game today. It's been pure bliss.  I used my time this weekend to do a Valentine's photo shoot of the boys, plus Caders will need to bring cards to his classmates. I created this cute number ( you see all over pinterest, so not my idea) where you place a sucker in Cade's hand:
you know me, I can never just have one variety of card, LOL so I did 12 of each.

Meanwhile, take a look at these loving brothers!

And because its Garris' first Valentine's Day we made him a special Valentine also, those are lipstick kisses on his head bc I had a few hundred dollars on me and bought a bunch of kisses from this dude.

I love the idea of photo card for Valentine's cards. They're personal, thoughtful and cheaper than those silly box set. At .9 cents a pop, you can't go wrong!
Happy early Valentine's Day all.
Cheers, Carri

Saturday, January 4, 2014

All the best in 2014!

Well Christmas time came and went and here I am a few weeks late posting holiday pics! The boys had a great time, opening presents, making cookies.  I think I enjoyed the time more than usual as I had a week off work and got to sleep in every day until 8:30. IT. WAS. HEAVEN!
Now I'm back to the grind, which is also ok because I really do like my job and the people I work with.
Here's a reflection on our holidays, hope yours were just as sweet. I just realized we didn't get a pic of the boys with Grandma, Sorry Grandma, we will do that very soon!

Cade concentrating very much on the paint cookies task

making the infamous "paint cookies" that my mom made with us as kids

I took this pic late so here is our droopy tree

Our version of the Elf on the Shelf (about a 4th of the cost) lol

My fav ornament from Adrienne

Ev on Xmas Eve enjoying the evening by the tree

G playin on his new cell

Cade playing Dr.

Ev tryin out the new Megazord

Oh and Happy 9 Month Birthday to Baby G.

Cheers, Carri

Monday, December 23, 2013

DIY Christmas ornaments

This year I decided to try a different spin on the photo ornaments. I love the classic idea of silhouettes so I decided to give this ago. 
I purchased these round wooden discs at Joanns for .20 each. I brought them home and painted them with paints I already had on hand. I painted the edge a diff color than the rest of the ornament. 
I took a digital profile pic of each of my boys. 
You need some experience in photoshop to convert the photo to a silhouette though.
I used this tutorial to do:

Once I had my silhouettes made, I printed them, cut them out and modge podged them onto my ornaments. 
Lastly, I hot glued a ribbon to the back. I know I love my ornaments I think the grandparents will too. 

I think this is a new tradition!

Happy holidays

Happy holidays from our family to yours 
Hope Santa was good to you!

Traditions and baking mishaps

When I was little I remember my mom making "paint cookies" with us each year around the holidays. So now that Cade is 4.5 we gave them a go. Cade had so much fun and despite the labor involved with making multiple batches of cookies and rolling out the dough it was a lot of fun. Most people don't know about paint cookies so I thought I would share. 
I just made your basic sugar cookie recipe found online and for the paint you mix evaporated milk and food coloring. You paint the cookies, decorate with sprinkles and then bake. 

Also, this weekend we baked a wine cake, that my friend Shawna from work introduced me to. Although I'm not sure why it's called wine cake bc there is NO wine in it?  There's Vermouth in it though and so I forgot one ingredient (nutmeg) and the cake tasted like Vermouth yuk. So I threw it away and started over. I'll be taking it to a holiday party, hopefully it's yummy now that it's made correctly....
Wine cake: 
1 yellow cake mix 
1 lg vanilla instant pudding mix 
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup vermouth
1 tsp nutmeg ( DON't forget !)
Bake 375 degrees for 35-40 min 
Xo the Beauprez Family 

Friday, November 1, 2013

A side of me

I was inspired by this title by another blogger but decided on totally different content was better suited for moi. 
My husband pointed out to me that I'm no longer "carefree carebear". The more I think about that the more it saddens me bc I realize he's right!  I don't show that side of me enough anymore. Suddenly, having a hubby, two kids, two jobs, a house, a dog and all of life's other responsibilities I've become too wrapped up in being responsible and well, boring? So I'm going to TRY my best to be more if that carefree carebear we all knew and loved. 
Heck, the mounds of laundry and dust bunnies in the corner will always be there tomorrow won't they? 
With Halloween come and gone now I gave it my best effort to dress up, be silly and have FUN. Here's a segment of photos from the past few weeks 
Fail- I did not win the contest at work for this lil number! 
Thought of my Dad this morning as I dressed Garris in this airplane onesie. 
Time to get back on the wagon of eating clean for Nov. At least until turkey day- gobble gobble. 
And then this happened. My lil boy had his first school pictures. We couldn't be any happier with how they turned out. My lil boy turned lil man!
Family photos!!!! Taken in the same spot as last years but this time Garris was outside of my belly!
And that's, that! Try to let this be a reminder to "let it go" and find your own "carefree carebear" side of you. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brotherly love

Friday we took Cade to children's hospital for a neuro psych eval for his ACC (a genesis of the corpus callosum). It sounds worse than it actually was.  Walking into children's I'm always reminded of all the other families who are suffering, worried to the bone about the well being and health of their children. We are not alone. While Cade's general health is fantastic his ACC is the underlying issue at hand. And it may not be obvious from looking at him on the outside that he does have a condition, and we worry. Everyone has their own battles, their own story. 
After 3.5 hrs of "testing" aka playing with Cade in a secluded room we learned exactly what we already knew and had hoped for. Despite having ACC Cade was your typical 4 yr old boy. His ability to learn, focus on tasks, follow instructions and speak were exactly where they should be. The primary focus for us will be to work on letter and number recognition and repetition. 
My lil superstar boy did great. Never once was he hesitant to leave us to go test and on the way home he said "Mom, I had fun at my Drs appt!"
My mom watched baby G for us while we were at children's and then Ev and I had an evening out with friends! Followed by pumpkin patch on Saturday, carving pumpkins and family photos on Sunday and few other photoshoots as well. 
We did a fun Halloween mask photo. I'll be sure to post the REAL pics soon though.