Monday, June 27, 2016

Safari Birthday Party

I'll admit it, I like parties.
I like planning, setting up, decorating, buying gifts, giving gifts, and if there's dress-up involved even better!
Since our boys are all born in the Summer and two of them in the same week we've done combination parties for them so far. 

The first year we did a Goldfish Themed Party
The second year we did an Aviation Party
The third year was the famous Indian Party

And the fourth year we did a safari party!

When planning these parties I start by picking the theme then seeing what's been done already on Pinterest.
I'm first excited because so far the themes I've picked haven't been overdone yet, but then I'm sad because I have to come up with all the ideas myself.
For our safari party I was trying to keep things small and not too crazy. We would be out of town at my parent's house and I didn't feel like hauling decorations all over.
I gave my husband the job of putting together our serving table, of course he went above and beyond and it looked amazing.
He drilled pallets to an old picnic table and then we had some packaging material that went well. 
I was really trying to go for a more classy safari look so I kept the colors tamer (no pun intended) and try to use more realistic decor.
I got a mosquito bed canopy at a yard sale.
We borrowed some pewter pitchers.
I had the hardest time tracking down pith helmets! Every store was out of them that week, Eventually a friend found some for me.
I got dollar store animals and painted them gold.

I hope you enjoy looking at our little party and don't' get too creeped out with our edible snake and elephant chips. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Naming Our Boys

In my mind naming children is one of the most exciting, and impacting things about being a parent.
My parents told me very early on what my names meant, and for me it gave me a purpose. I always felt like I knew who I was and what I was supposed to do and be.
Will you forever be lost and purposeless if you don't know what your name means, or if the meaning isn't grand and glorious? No, most certainly not. But when it comes to naming our children we love giving them something good and special to live up to. We choose names based on meaning, honoring family members, and 'the flow' of all of them together. Both my husband and I are very entrepreneurial minded and we've both used our names for businesses. If our boys start their own business ventures we want them to have 'successful/famous' sounding names they could use if they wanted to.
So there you have it, there is a method to our naming process.
Here are some graphs I've put together for each of the kids so far. I printed them out and they now hang in the boy's room.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Porter Party of Five : Family Portraits

Now whenever I see a family portrait that looks half way decent with three young children and three young boys at that, I marvel. Good family photography is an art glorious to behold... I think I'll stick with weddings.
I always hoped I'd be that totally put together mom with all my children loving to take pictures with me, and I guess in the back of my mind I still hang on to the hope maybe on day my girl children with like pictures. But right now, the three year old, and one year old just aren't too into it. The three year old is getting better, he actually was excited about getting a picture with the baby, so maybe there's hope after all but I'm not counting the chickens yet.

The boys really love their new brother. Evin woke up the morning of Ransom's birth and was immediately happy to have new sibling. And once Scotty had made sure everyone knew all the blankets in the house were his he was good with the baby being here. I'm excited to see them become good friends as they grow up.
I always figured I'd have a girl first then a boy, or maybe a boy first and then a girl, or maybe two girls, but never did I think I'd be the mom with three boys first! But turns out I'm quite outnumbered, and I don't mind at all. I love these guys!

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