They Feathered My Nest

I am so excited to share this post today and I am linking to one of my favorite blogs 
where today she is asking bloggers to share their baby showers!!  

In late June, a few of my best, most precious friends hosted a baby shower for me and Hampton.  In a non-traditional twist, we decided to have the shower at my new house because so many of our friends and family had yet to have a chance to come visit.  The girls handled every detail, and with the theme they selected, "Feather Her Nest" , it all came together to be a sweet, sweet memory that I will never forget.     

This is the invitation created by my friend Ashley {and her hubby}...isn't it just adorable?  
I love that they pulled the header from
 my blog into the invite!  
{I cropped the invite to leave out my address and their names}

Let me tell you, these girls did not disappoint 
when it came to the food!  
Above, Southern Barbeque Sliders were 
served in this beautiful wooden bowl from the island in my kitchen...
 Bird's nest cupcakes and petit fours added 
a little something sweet...
 The girls...Ashley, me, Stephanie, and Carla
I met these girls as a freshman in high school {1991}...and in writing that, I am just realizing we have been friends for 20 years!  We have experienced just about 
everything together and I consider them my sisters.  
My life has been blessed for knowing them and being loved by them.  
 Governor's Mansion Peach Tea Punch
Every food item and beverage were labeled with 
these miniature nests filled with Jordan almonds 
and handwritten labels.
 The main food table with fresh veggies, 
pimento cheese and crackers, 
grapes and cheese tray, and 
cream cheese with red pepper jelly.

 The food table in my kitchen was strictly for sweets!  Cupcakes, petit fours, 
chocolate covered strawberries, and a lemon cake.  
And check out that vintage bird cage!  
Ashley put the flower arrangement for the table inside!
 My favorite food at the shower were these deviled eggs!  
Triple Pickle Deviled Eggs topped with pickled okra!  
You KNOW I love okra...

 Eating my 325th deviled egg...

Our friends and family have been so generous to us.  Even though I did keep a lot of the boys clothes, there were many things like a car seat and monitor that we needed new.  So many things have come out since I had the boys or we just didn't have room for "two"  in our old house!  It is fun to have things that are just for Hampton.

 My girl cousins...Ally, Elizabeth, me, and Nicole 
{We are only missing my cousin Lauren-Summers who couldn't make it}
Me and my Southern Mama

My nest certainly felt "feathered" and my heart grateful!      


What we've been up to...

We brought our baby home...

We started Kindergarten...

We've been kissing on these baby feet...

We wait on our baby to do funny stuff like this...

and open his eyes...

We celebrated our HALF birthday...

and then we watch our baby sleep.

Many more blogs to come...a lot to catch up on!


Hampton's BIRTHday

Hampton Lee Burton
August 10th, 2011 
7 pounds 5 ounces
19 3/4 inches


Who DOES this?

Apparently WE do...
and what exactly did we do you are asking?

Wellllllll,  last week a bird flew smack into our front door.  I'd like to think it's because the glass was so clean that the little fellow thought he could just come right in, but let's get real.  Lee found this guy laying on his back on our front porch unable to use his left leg and wing.  He picked him up took him to the grass and "George", as he affectionately was named, took two steps and did a nose dive.  Literally...feathered hiney in the air, face buried in the grass.  Obviously afraid that he would be eaten by the neighborhood cat, we found a box for him and brought him into the garage.  Lee even fashioned him a bird bath, as it were, out of the bottom of a coke bottle.  Everyday we fed George blueberries, cleaned his box, and Lee would take him in the yard to 'walk' and basically check his progress.  Well, the antioxidants in the blueberries must have worked because on his 'walk' today, George flew away.  We aren't sure he was ready, because he did not fly very far before landing, but when Lee went to pick him up and put him back in the box he was running from him on foot!  So we let him go.  
Project ONE: Nurse a bird back to life. CHECK 

Wellllll, also last week, some of our sweet friends invited us over for dinner.  In that they would not let us bring a thing,  I wanted to stop at a roadside market right by our house to cut them some zinnias.  {It's the neatest thing...fresh veggies and you can go into their garden and cut your own zinnias and sunflowers} Anyhooo, while we were settling up for the zinnias, we spotted a bushel basket of fresh okra.  Lee asked how much, the man said $18 and like the good country boy he is...Lee said "We'll take 'em!"  
Months ago, we talked about wanting to learn how to pickle okra because we both love it and so 
do our boys.  Little did I know, we'd be right in the thick of it one week prior to having a baby!  
So we got a recipe from Lee's grandmother, headed out to pick up the supplies we needed, and gave it our best shot.   We had such a great time doing this together...   
Project TWO: Pickle 33 jars of okra.  CHECK

 This picture needs a caption...Lee singed his arm hair in the process!

And finally, a few weeks ago, I saw this on pinterest somewhere {please forgive me for not jotting down the link} and thought it was such a cute idea for Tradd and Jackson's teachers.  
It's basically a craft box filled with whatever you'd like!  
I included: hand sanitizer, a mini nail file, a Tide-To-Go stick, band-aids, push pins, cute magnets, pencil grippers, and Starburst!  I made the label in about 10 minutes and finished it off with a cute ribbon.  I always loved getting little surcees like this when I was in the classroom!  
Project THREE:  First day of School Surcee.  CHECK!