The Macs

Friday, October 28, 2011

instafriday & a few other things

Two boys on an airplane...yikes!

Last weekend my cousin got married in Arizona. Before Griffin was born I booked our tickets. Joel couldn't come because this is his busiest time of year on the farm. But my sister agreed to travel with me so I thought I could handle it. By the time we got the two little boys along with two car seats, two strollers, and our bags on the plane I was wondering if it had been a good idea to go. The boys did awesome though...such good little travelers. And of course I couldn't have done it without my sister along.

We stayed with my cousins on the other side of the family who happen to live in Phoenix too. They were fabulous hostesses. Thanks Andrew and Sarah!

Here we are before the wedding all dressed up and ready to go. It was hot in the 90's. It didn't feel like fall at all!

My cousin Amy looked gorgeous and the wedding was beautiful. I wish I would have taken more pictures. Here she is walking down the isle with her daddy.

And this was the best picture I got of the happy bride and groom....

because I spent the rest of the wedding way back here trying to keep my two boys quiet. It seemed like my hands were always full...either feeding my baby or chasing my other baby. But I was so glad we got to be there to help my cousin and her new husband celebrate their special day. Congratulations Amy and John!

Even though I didn't take many pictures at the wedding, I did manage to snap a few other important ones on my phone. Like eating at Chick-fil-a...yum. And my first trip to H&M. I found out their clothes weren't really made for mama's who just had a baby. They looked super cute on my tall, skinny sister though. And I did manage to find a cute coat that fit, so I didn't walk away empty handed.

On the trip home the stewardess was so nice and told us to take an extra seat for each of the boys so that they wouldn't have to sit on our laps. It was awesome...especially for my sister because a certain very active little boy was the one sitting on her lap. So Griffin had his own seat to snooze away on and Levi had his own seat to play away on. Perfect. I was so tired by the time we got home. These boys wear a mama out!

The rest of the week...

 The rest of the week we have just been trying to catch up and recover from the trip. Levi has been making messes and Griffin has been super baby. These boys keep me busy...and I love it.

To answer a few questions...

I am so, so behind on responding to emails. Sorry. Someday maybe I will catch up. In the meantime, I thought I might answer a few questions that keep coming up lately...

Will you be posting any pictures of Griffin's nursery?
Of course! Decorating Griffin's nursery has kind of come to a standstill since he was born. Joel has been so busy with work, but that should be slowing down in the next week or two. And we will have to get that crib done before Griffin grows out of the the rate he is growing that will be soon. I promise he won't be 15 months old before I post pictures!!

How did you come up with Griffin's name?
I will be posting on that soon.

Where did you get the bedding from the Green Eggs and Ham post?
Is this a preview of Griffin's nursery?
The red striped duvet cover is from IKEA.
The blue/white polka dot sheets are from TJMaxx several years ago. They are made by Ralph Lauren.
And yes, this bed will be in Griffin's nursery.

Did you make the pillow on the bench in the Seriously Spoiled post?
No. It's from Target.

What camera/lenses to you use?
How do you edit your photos?
Canon 50d
Canon 50mm f/1.4 (this lens is my favorite)
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
I do a little bit of editing in iPhoto, but that's it. I don't have any great photography tips...I am still learning a lot. I just enjoy taking pictures of my kiddos! I highly recommend Ashley Ann's online SnapShop course if you are wanting to learn more about photography. It is awesome!

How do I find you on Pinterest?
My username on Pinterest is Jess McClenahan.
On Instagram you can find me under jessmcclenahan.

Where do you buy your fabric online?
Most of my fabric I buy online from these two sites:
If I am looking for something specific sometimes I look on Etsy too.

The Plum District deal...

If you were wanting an Erin Condren planner (or something else from her site) and didn't purchase your Plum deal yet...your procrastinating paid off! I got an email today that said you can get an extra 30% off through Monday. Just enter the code spooky30 at checkout. That means you can get a $50 gift card to Erin Condren for $17.50. I think the Erin Condren deal ends tonight?? So, hurry! Go here to sign up for your Erin Condren Plum Deal.

Hope you have a great weekend! I have lots of posts lined up for next week and some giveaways coming soon too. 

I'm linking up with Life Rearranged (for the Instagram part of this post).

life rearranged


Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks so much for the heads-up about the Erin Condren deal and the reminder about the promo code! I had pinned one of her planners but couldn't bring myself to spend $50 on it, so when you posted about this deal the other day, I signed up for Plum District but was still debating the purchase. I got the email about the spooky30 code but didn't think about using it, don't know why! So I got the deal for $17.50, and it cost a little over $8 to ship my planner. Not bad! Thanks again! :)

October 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM  
Anonymous carla said...

im not sure if i said this before and apologies if i did but you should really look into getting yourself a baby carrier for Griffin. its alot easier to cope with a lively toddler with your two hands free!! Id recommend a soft structured. carrier, like a Beco but if you visit the your mind will boggle at the amount of options!! Btw im not affiliated to beco or anyone else, just could not have coped without ma beco in the first year of having two!!!
Love h&m, they do great nursing clothes (in europe anyway, not sure about the states) and very funky little people clothes :-)

October 29, 2011 at 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Shannon Kay said...

Your little boy is so cute in that Superman onesie. I bought every size of the Supergirl ones for my daughter...

October 29, 2011 at 1:32 AM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

Jess, you are SO brave travelling with Griffin so tiny. I booked a trip for us to fly when Georgia, now aged 8-1/2, was teeny tiny. I chickened out at the last minute as I just was not confident I could survive the 90 minute plane flight. Well done to you and your sister!

And I'm just loving the photos of your boys. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Michelle from Australia xxxx

October 29, 2011 at 3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE seeing pics of your little guys-- they are adorable! And I am so impressed you took them both on a plane- that is awesome!

October 29, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Jeannett said...

your boys.
and you are a rockstar for taking two on a plane.
even with your sister there to help.
somehow, it's just different without the dad, you know?
happy weekend! thanks for linking up!!!

October 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger LeAnne said...

Thanks for the spooky30! It saved me a lot and I am going to do some early Christmas shopping!! Love your blog.

October 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Anonymous This Farm Family's Life said...

I went to a wedding in Savannah two years ago when my girls were 18 months and 3. My husband wasn't able to go because it was in the spring and he was planting. My in-laws went also and tried to help ,but the kids just wanted me! I was so exhausted when I got home.

October 29, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Props to you for traveling w/2 young kiddos!!! I'm anxious about even running an errand with 2... which I'll have to do soon! :) I can only imagine how tired you were... wow. Nice work Momma! :)

October 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What size is Levi wearing. I found Green Eggs and Ham shirts at our Meijer store and got one for my little guy who will be two in December. We wanted to mail one to Levi.
I just need his size and your address.

October 29, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH my goodness! You were here in Phoenix! Well, if that ever happens again, I'll babysit anytime!! Hugs to you!

October 30, 2011 at 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is your cousin Andrew, Andrew Walquist??? The face sure looks familiar...his older sister Amy was a dear friend of mine many years ago -- small world!

October 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Our family said...

I flew solo with my 3 kids when they were 3, 24 months, and 3 months. It was an adventure to say the least!

November 4, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

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