Edited to add: I got totally carried away with this post. Excess of baby pictures, excess of commentary. Sorry about that, brave readers. Oh wait. You can never have an excess of baby pictures or commentary. Apology rescinded.
Happy Friday! Happy first day of Spring! We’ve had typical Colorado weather this week–all over the place! Warm and sunny, to which we say:
…and cold, wet, snowy and muddy, to the tune of not being able to go anywhere yesterday because the roads were so bad and deep with mud. Even my little Jeep couldn’t make it! To this, we say:
But, today is warm and sunny, the roads are dry, and we’re planning for a walk this afternoon. To this, we say:
The forecast for this weekend is warm and sunny, so I’m hoping that little ham above and I can get outside and work in the yard a little in between going with daddy to cake cows and a visit from my inlaws tomorrow. I’d love to get my garden prepped to plant, and in preparation for having branding lunch at our house next week, I would like to get all the dead leaves swept off the deck around the picnic table. We’ll do our best :)
Little Wacey is six weeks old tomorrow, and isn’t so little anymore–yesterday he weighed 8 1/2 pounds! We think he’s hit a growth spurt (or is finally catching up on his weight for the reals, we’ve added in a little formula because he wasn’t getting enough with just my milk) because he is ravenous 24/7, and won’t sleep worth a hoot. His last one only lasted a few days, though, so hopefully that’s the case with this one. In the meantime, Bert and I are taking turns getting up with him at night, and starting off the morning with a little caffeine, and tiptoeing around when he is sleeping :)
This week’s Friday Favorites are all about that SPRINGTIME and being fun and fancy free! As a lifelong resident of Colorado, I’m not naive enough to put away the winter boots and coats just yet, but I know we’re getting warmer, and drier, and I love it. This means my thoughts are turning to summer clothes, rodeos, gardens and lighter things.
Favorite Easter Treat: Bunny Butt Pancakes. Call us humbugs (actually don’t, because that’s a lie), but Bert and I never been big Easter celebrators (in terms of bunnies and egg hunts, etc) because we both agree that Easter and Halloween are both more kid-oriented holidays. GOOD THING WE NOW HAVE A KID! Wace isn’t old enough this year to care about Easter, but next year you’d better bet the Easter Bunny is showing up and we’re hunting allllll the eggs and having allll the festive breakfasts. Or just this one! Plus bacon, duh.
Favorite Funny: Things Parents Do To Embarrass Their Kids. Speaking of kids, I can’t wait to embarrass the heck out of them, either. I laughed and laughed at this one. I may have already posted this one to FF at some point, but it’s just a testament to how excited I am to be the goofiest parent ever. Also, just in case you were wondering, we’re totally starting off early because Wacey got a hilarious Christmas sweater vest as a hand-me-down, so that’s pretty much a sign that we MUST host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year. Cue the embarrassing photos! Would it be excessive to rig his with lights and a battery pack?
Favorite Non-Embarrassing or Edible Kid Thing: Baby Shadow Box. One thing I would like to pretend I’m into but totally am not, and it probably says a lot about me that I’m into pancakes shaped like bunny butts and embarrassment but not this? Scrapbooks. I think they’re absolutely the coolest thing ever, but have zero patience for all the work that goes into them. I knew a girl in college who was the scrapbooking QUEEN and I was in awe of her. Her name was Jamie and she has been bestowed with a gift by our heavenly father. I’m completely serious. I have not been bestowed with this gift. One thing I can do? A shadowbox. Since Wace has already grown out of his going-home outfit and is almost out of his first booties (I DIE), I’m hoping to put his together soon!
Favorite Fashion: Embroidered Maxi Dress. I’ve never been able to hop on the maxi dress bandwagon, but this one caught my eye and I might have to order it, or see if I can find one like it. I wouldn’t wear it to a rodeo because sandals at rodeos gross me out (that dirt is so not just dirt, folks. And try to climb pens and unsaddle horses in a dress, I dare you), but I’d wear it out to dinner, or to town when I want to look like something other than a swamp creature. Also, I’m not yet fitting into my old jeans, and that dress looks so comfy!
Favorite Comfort Zone: Long-Sleeved Pocket Tee. Something I would wear to a rodeo? This shirt, with jeans, boots and a fun necklace.Pretty much my uniform on a day when all chambray is in the wash? Yes. Boring? You bet. Do I care? Not even a little.
Favorite Boot: Speaking of boots, I’m in need of a new “town” pair. My husband just ordered a new pair of custom boots for himself (for riding), so of course I need a new pair, too :) Since I don’t need a custom pair at the moment, I hopped on the interwebs to see what Ariat’s got going these days, since they’re my favorite brand. I wanted something brown and square-toed, but with a pretty detail. Guess what? A sign. From above. With the Hallelujah Chorus and everything. Know why? This pair is an Ariat pair, brown, square-toed and with a pretty detail, and guess what they’re called. The Cassidy Boot. Guess what my name is? Cassidy. Guess who will be buying these on her next town trip with the handy 30% off coupon she just got in the mail? CASSIDY.
Favorite While-We’re-Talking-About-Clothes: Floral Swimsuit. For this first time since we’ve been together, the Johnstons (that’s us) are going on a VACAY. Yes, a VACATION. We’re really getting wild and driving five hours away for a week in June to Pagosa Springs, and the resort where we’re staying has an Olympic-sized swimming pool. A POOL. Aka the #1 Thing I Miss About Living In Town Even More Than Starbucks. But, I hate bikinis. Always have, always will, and am now a grown-ass adult who is comfortable enough in my own skin to tell the world that I HATE BIKINIS. Too much adjusting, too much possibility that they will come off while cannonballing, and I can never get sunscreen all over my back so too much sunburn. So, this pretty suit is at the top of my try-on list, because I’m not going to embarrass my newborn child and lovely husband by wearing one of my Speedo swim team suits. I’m saving those for when Wace is old enough to care :)
Favorite Sparkle: Mint Halo Earrings. While we’re (okay, I’m) confessing things, I may as well get to it. I will never like wearing my hair down. I like it pulled back, out of my face, and out of my thoughts. I pretend I’ll wear it down, but I never do. There’s too much of it, it’s too thick and hot and requires constant touching up. Plus, it covers up gorgeous earrings, like these. Which I covet. I know, thou shalt not. But I do. Sorry, Lord.
Favorite Future: Bulletin Board wall. I know I painted a room in our house to be a home office, but I’m hesitant to do too much with it in case it becomes a kid room in the future and I have it set up all gorgeous and have to take it down. But, when I do finally decide to take the plunge and do more than paint a space for an office, I love the idea of a big bulletin board.
Favorite Garden Inspire: Planters. Since I’m doing a flower garden this year, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about my herb garden–put it in small pots? Put it in the big galvanized water tank that I scavenged from the junk pile? I still don’t know, but this site has some great ideas for different kinds of planters. I’d love to do some pots around the front porch, too–there are so many possibilities!
Favorite Repeat: This Italian sausage recipe. I posted this a few FF’s back, and I just wanted to tell you that you’d better make it immediately, get spicy I.S., don’t leave out the fennel, and for a real treat, sub bucatini for the angel hair. You’re welcome.
Happy Friday, may your days be merry and bright, and may all your evenings be light.