Monday, February 22, 2010

lemonade stands, strawberry scones, & friends...

in trying to better 'our story,' i am trying to get the kids involved in things that help make them realize how blessed and lucky they are to live where they do, eat when and what they want, and most importantly--are loved as they are.

there are nights, long after the kids are bathed,tucked, and storied up...that i sit and wonder for them, what their future may hold for them. i, every once in a while, wonder what they may do to feel fulfilled and to make them a contributing part of society. at the end of my daydream or thoughts about the 'future' peyton and beckham...i only ever hope for them a happy and content life.

sometimes, i feel like i am noah, and i am with god's direction, building an ark (peyton and beckham). an ark that must withstand the waters and weather...both calm and thunderous. there will be lightning and rainbows. i guess we're all in the same 'boat' of life.

am i building these 'arks' with the correct foundation. will they be strong, confident, and know where they are going?

i pray every single night that i/we are doing a good job with these little ones that need to learn so much us. we are their example in life and in love. it is such a huge and the most important job. i just hope that we are doing the best for them in the short time we have them in our immediate grasp.

but, hey...we make mistakes. all. the. time. i'm pretty sure i am doing a great job of how to say, "i'm sorry," too if you know what i mean!!!

with this said...we are trying to help put with the relief efforts in haiti, so we decided, along with kelle, to have one during her community garage sale. we planned the lemonade stand and bake sale with the enthusiasm of planning a birthday party...'cause that's the way we roll. we kinda forgot about the garage sale part...

first off...homemade scones from this blog friend where you will also find the recipe for them! thank you, april! they are yummy! maybe not as easy as you made it. more than a few times i wanted to look you up in the yellow pages and ask for help. yup, i would have called that late:)

i guess are one in the morning, taking pictures every step of the way meant more sense to me than actually finding stuff to sell at the sale, but hey, it was fun...


what i ended up with were more like strawberry scone cookies rather than scones, but they were still really good!
truth be told, beckham was the rock star at this sale, cause he was all about serving people. while kelle and i were to busy ignoring potential customers by taking pictures, and our girls were to busy playing...our little beckham stepped up his game and served with a smile...and for the record, i have never seen someone so diligent in making sure each glass of bee-filled lemonade had the perfect amount of ice inside.

my daughter, on the other hand, spotted some of her things that were included in the sale that she was not very happy about...among the treasures...her first trike from 4 years ago, that dirty little bag attached to it and anything else she could find went into the bag or into my car for safekeeping. she rode around for HOURS looking for her property and made me promise that if i found anymore of her things that i would let her know about it. pinky promise.

on beckham's break...

kelle and i were to busy doing this...

to sell this...

we had such a great time...it was the perfect way to spend a beautiful saturday is some of florida's finest weather...
(kelle made all the aprons and signs!)

we bought some stuff too...

i highly recommend a garage sale...it is as beckham would say, "super fun, mama!"

in other, we-can't-stop-having-fun blogger moments...
my friend, jenn who is an amazing writer and good friend had us over for bellini's and to meet new friends!
the bellin's were fab although i don't have a recipe...the company was better!

i kinda feel like i've walked into anthropology (ah hem, my 'favoritest' store ever ever ever) when i walk into jenn's house. clean, refreshing, simplistic design... basically, things i aspire for my house to be!

(side note: to my hubby... i want this dress for easter. okay, kinda expensive for a plain black easter dress. correction: i want to be able to look phenom in this dress by easter:)


then home...to this sky...

so, in an effort to help form these little souls into the amazing, young person they will need to be when they leave the nest...we do stuff. along the way they are sure to pick up something from it all!

xoxoxoxo

oh yeah...i can't forget...

13 comments:

Tammy B said...

What a great post Heidi! I have yet to try the scones. But I will, soon. Sounds like you all had a good time at the lemonade stand/garage sale! Loved all of the awesome pics.

Domestic Diva said...

exquisite - marked by flawless craftmanship

you really do take exquisite food photos! makes me hungry!

i'll send you an e-mail with my phone number, just in case :)

Anna Ruth said...

What outstanding pictures. It looks like you had a great time taking pictures and the kids were able to keep the sales going.

Nicole said...

oh, your littles are just too sweet! beckham in an apron made me laugh out loud! kudos for teaching them to give to the less fortunate as well....i think far too often parents forget about that sort of thing in this age. and as always....the pics, just fabulous!!

Jen Bacarella said...

Ohhh Heidi, how I look at this blog and want to grow up to be just like you!! Your eye is amazing and I just am so jealous...

Tisha said...

jonah has the same leather coat from target! i flipped when i saw them and didnt even wait for it to go on sale before i snatched it up!

love your tale of the bee-filled lemonaide stand.

and a food mag better snatch you up quick to be their photographer! your pics made me want to bake!

wish i could come come to your easter shoot!

Barb said...

BABY! I think I want to marry Beckham. You guys are so adorable! I miss and love ya! Your pics are so beautiful!!!!

Love

Barb

Vanessa Voth said...

Hi Heidi! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and leave a comment! Thanks for the encouragement too, it's always nice to get some positive feedback!

Food and Fitness Files said...

Having a mother so involved in their daily activities, which include things like volunteering, raising money for disaster relief, and spending quality family time together, etc. there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that your little ones will grow up to be strong, yet compassionate adults. Again, AMAZING photography. I've never seen such beautiful pics.

JennyCB said...

I must sound like a broken record. Or a stalker. Nonetheless, you are a PHENOMENAL PHOTOGRAPHER!!!!!!!!!! People need to know that those pix of our bellini party MAKE our place look like anthropologie. Meaning, it's your creative eye and your genius lens, girlfriend. YOU add the color and the beauty. That is truly something special. I should have you come over some day to take pix when I'm "cooking" pigs in a blanket. Only THEN will they look delectable. heehee
Love you. Now go find a chef and work on a cookbook. I'm freakin serious.
XOXOX
Jen

Heather Polleti said...

amazing pictures!!! i love the lemondade stand!!

Loosy said...

What delicious photos. They're making me hungry.

1) GOOOOORGEOUS kiddos. Like dreamy gorgeous.

2) You've got to be kidding me with that lemonade stand. Were you being judged because OMG you won the gold with all of that detail. Here in Seattle we set out some dixi cups, a poster board, a plastic pitcher of minute maid...oh and an umbrella. Maybe you have more practice because of that giant orange thing in the sky called the sun?

3) Can I hire you to throw my son's first b-day party?

xoxo Fancy Nancy (or so I thought until I came to your blog)

dig this chick said...

Wow those scones mama. Yum. It's so crazy for me to see your photos of lemonade stands and then look out my window...can't believe it is the same country we live in. Yes, they are picking up all kinds of great stuff along the way. xo