2.23.2010

Raising real boys.....

I am a good mother....

well...

most of the time.

Trust me....my kids will tell you that

there are times when i lose it.

lose it big time.

But i am normal...

at least i hope so.

If you don't know my Fin...he is a lot like me...

in the regards to his personality.

He's a jokester....

and with a completely sober face, he will look you

straight in the eyes and say...

he did not eat the lemon bars.

He will swear he didn't eat them....

and not even blink while he's telling me this.

The catch is.....

he has his fingers crossed behind his back.

Somewhere he learned that one can tell you a little

white lie but it's all ok because your fingers are crossed.

Then he will look at you and say...

i'm just kiddin mom....

just kiddin.



While Fin had a friend over yesterday...

playing like boys do....

i was up in Lola's room getting it ready for a little tea party.

Lola was going to have a friend over after school,

and had asked if they could have one.

So i made some lemon bars...{thank you Trader Joe's}

set the table....

put some flowers out...

and left the room.















I headed into the kitchen after i had gotten the tea party all ready...

and started to make some lunch for the boys.

The Boys.

Boys who decided to have their own tea party...

boys who love lemon bars as well...

and lemons...

and flowers.




Boys who like to smell the lemon bars...

and pick bugs out of the flowers.





boys who wanted to set up a Star Wars camp on the cake stand...



I was a good mother yesterday.

I let the boys have their own tea party.....





I'm raising boys...
who will blow the girls away...
at a tea party.











79 comments:

Simply Mel said...

You are raising fantastic boys who will grow to be charming gentlemen!

LOVE the tea party!

Tracey said...

The table looks perfect in Lola's room!!

That Fin is so dang cute!

Fabulous photos!!!

:) T

fawn said...

I think it's so important to allow kids to be kids. Society will try to cram them into the "man box" later. (LOVE the Star Wars action figs.)

Dianne said...

I agree with the first comment, and also think that these boys will be men who grow up to be great daddies and great husbands. They will appreciate some of the finer {read "girlier"} things in life...and they'll be better for it!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

That's adorable! My son also adores a good tea party - it will make him into a fine man one day :)

Dreamy Whites said...

Kasey,
Oh my goodness, Your kids are so cute. Okay had to say that first, now your style is sooooooo amazing. That CHAIR paired with the table!! It makes my heart beat faster. Your pictures are so amazing. I am headed outside right now to bring my bistro table back in!
Take Care,
Maria
p.s. I can't believe I have been missing out for so long. You women AMAZE me. So inspiring!

Simply Me Art said...

Thats the kind of Boy you want your Girl to Marry one day. I am real aware of raising a compassionate son, I work hard at it. He is so Cute and the Perfect age to still do this kind of stuff. Emily used to have Eli play with her, dolls, barbies, house, office he always went along. Too cute, xo Jamie

a.love said...

cutest freaking post!!!
(and on another note, i have to tell you, when i see how you style and set up your home, i just die inside that i can't make my home feel and look the same.)
I need a visit to IL. What do you say? :) I can bring some central coast wine (I'm not even half kidding. I'm totally serious.)

Simone said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, LOVE all those yellows....and the tea party table.....I WANT THAT!!

Cake stands and Star Wars do not go together, boys know nothing!!

Your Fin sounds VERY like my son :)

43 days AND counting....ooh la la!! xo

Fancy Pants said...

It is refreshing to read about such a loving mother...loved this post:)

DREW'S MOM said...

Adorable! Guess the little guys can't let the ladies have all the fun... or lemon bars =)

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

That is too cute...sounds a little like my house :o)

Kelly Berkey said...

tea parties are a must for girls and boys. how fun. when are you going to have one for us adults? i need a tea party...with hats!
hugs,
kelly

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

I AM BLOWN AWAY BY YOUR BOYS... AND THE TEA PARTY YOU HELPED THEM CREATE.

Just fantastic. I am inspired!
-Kelley

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

you are the BEST mom! I am going to do that same set up for Kacey today!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU! You have made me a cool mom today!!!!!

Debby said...

HOw sweet!!! You are having so much fun with your boys. Love it!
Debby

DustyLu said...

Little boys rock! So fun and real. Can't wait to have a little girl so I can through tea parties my son can crash! ~lulu

Julie Harward said...

Good for you and I think you are a good mom too. I LOVE lemon bars too...I just might tell a lie/joke if my fingers were crossed behind my back too..in fact I have done that a time or two! (I am having a GIVE A WAY) :D

christy said...

I think this could have been about my very own son, the only thing missing is the sister & the tea party. My son has a love of everything Star Wars, I find them everywhere. I also hear the "just kidding" thing, it's not a liie if you are just kidding. :)

Sheila Payne said...

To, too SWEET...

Sheila

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

too cute, Kasey. love it!

xoxox

michelle from Six in the City said...

That is just adorable! And I love that little table, too!
By the way, your blog is the ONLY blog that I don't mute the music when I open it :-)
Love your style...in a non-stalkerish way....

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Kasey,
I absolutely love your blog! It makes me laugh and inspires me daily. I have two boys my self and I know how it is. They are rotten but in a sweet way.
Also, your home is so lovely.
Take care.
Sincerely,
Melinda

kurt and kari said...

...leaving the room immediately to go buy liam his very own tea set!...

love it!

Brenna LaPray said...

Such cute boys Kasey! When Hannah and Alyssa ask for a tea party they set their own table and usually grab cereal and fruit snacks to eat. You really are a good mom!

Amy in CA said...

You describe my life! Luckily, my boys enjoy "taking tea" almost as much as my daughter.

How wonderful that you captured this in pictures. Little boys have their own magic, I find that I just have to embrace it and not fight it!

Amy

Amanda said...

how sweet is that!!! Love it that the boys had tea-time. I am a big tea drinker and always swore I would have tea time w/ my kids-sad to say I've only done it once-after crashing cups, spilt sugar & dribbling milk, I gave up (note to self: must try again). Thanks for that!! LOVE the pics too!!!

Reese said...

That is totally cute!!!!

♥Aubrey said...

Boys are wonderful!!! They have the rough side, yet the sweet side that us mothers teach them. They should be well rounded, for times when a "tea party" perhaps should request their presence. LOVE IT ♥

Jenny said...

i love how you combined beauty AND humor in this post. well, isn`t that what we love about you anyways? :) i wanted to tell you too- i did a short note about you on my blog. love ya! jenny k.

Jenny said...

sorry, forgot to include the link: http://baileyandme2.com/?p=70

Hill said...

Boyfriend used to let his older sisters dress him up in their clothes and slather make up all over him! I think it taught him everything he needs to know about women.. :)

I love that last photo, all the contrast and blurred background. I'm still working with my Canon DSLR and the different lenses.. You're inspiring!

Leah C said...

One of your cutest posts by far:) And the tea party looks fabulous!

TNMamaw said...

Your tea party table was so beautiful. It is so very cool that you were relaxed and let those boys check out the fru fru side of a little gal's life without the little gals catching them. Your photos are beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce said...

Thank you for sharing...'boys who pick bugs out of flowers'...wonderful visual.

Fearless Nester said...

I love everything about this post...Lola's room alone left my mouth hanging open...WOW. ~Lili

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

My boys would build a Star Wars camp on the cakestand too. In fact, I think they have. ;-)

Raining Pearls said...

You're a rock star Mom... Love the tea party. Every time I go to Trader Joe's I think of the "incident" and just crack up.

Andrea Villarreal said...

Om my god Kasey I want a tea party!!! Love the yellow!! And those lemon bars from Joe's....got some in the freezer right now:)

emily said...

I just had a baby girl last week {after three darling boys} and seeing a tea party makes me tear up. I'm so excited to get to participate in the girly things of motherhood. But what a sweet reminder that boys like a fancy set table as well! So looking forward to this journey with three boys and a girl.

Megan said...

It is so fun to have girls and boys. I wouldn't have believed it, but I love the Star Wars in my boy as much as the tea party in my girl.
Thanks for your sweet post, wonderful photos and amazing blog!

AshleyR said...

Oh how I love Fin... wonder if he'll be my BF? He is so darn cute I just want to squeeze him!! Bring the whole Fam to the wedding, you guys can make it a mini vaca!

Shannon said...

They are so cute! And what a great tea party!

paige said...

beautiful little vignette up there in miss lola's bedroom!
that darn fin...goodness gracious
he's cute
xo

Mary said...

Dang...those boys are going to be a couple of heart-breakers in a few years! How is it possible to 2 friends to be so stinkin' cute? Lovin' Lolas room as always... ~mary~

Carmen said...

Sweet!!!! I can totally see my son doing this. You ARE a fabulous mother! :) And what a cute set-up for the tea party.

Anita said...

Great post. Bering a Mom is not an easy task. My former neighbor and fellow recovering store owner has a blog where she talked about being a Mom today- you will laugh! adayinthewife.blogspot.com

Teresa said...

Oh Kasey!
You remind me so much of my sister...Melly!
Oh how adorable your son is!!!
And the tea party you set up for Lola and friends after school...well just perfection!!
Oh how you twinkle their lives with so much yummmyness!!
That's why they can live through your BREAKDOWNS...your LOOSING IT times...and LOVE YOU that much more when you get in a tea party mood again!
Oh so much like my sister!!!
xxooxx
She actually emailed you not long ago about the ikea slipcovered furniture! ;o)

LuLu said...

Fin just has to look at the little girls and they will all be smitten... add the tea party in and they will be falling at his feet, Lola's table is sooooo perfect and i'd love a lemon bar please!
xo,
LuLu

paperbird said...

It is apparent that you are a good Mom. That Fin is the cutest boy ever and I love those sweet tea cups.

Gail said...

Love your yellow Anthro teacups. I gave that exact cup to my sis-in-law 2 Christmases ago. She loves it.

Also...the "bashed" tea party is halarious. Boys are so funny, especially little ones when it comes to "girl" things.

I hope Lola had a good party when she came back from school. You're a great mother for going through all that trouble. That's really special and I'm sure will be a great memory for her.

-Gail @The Nurtured Nest

Pony Girl said...

Too cute! I love it. We had a "teddy bear tea party" in my classroom last year, we used real china and flowers on the table. The boys really enjoyed it! :)
p.s Always love your photos!! You need to get them published into a book!

Heather K. said...

I have a special place in my heart for boys as I am raising three of them. I loved this post!

Jerri said...

Always love me some Fin pics...he is so darn cute!...BUT just wait 'til he dumps you for a "serious" g/f...I am finally starting to get over it and take her under my wing...ha ha

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Go, SuperMom, go!
Your boys are very, very lucky.

That pic of Mr. Big Eyes is to die for :)
ox
Lara

Rachel said...

So darn cute!!!

Mande said...

Love it! You are the best kind of mom....and what a tea party you throw! The lemon bars looked delicious.

BabinBlogger said...

here in france, they call it "le goƻter"... i know. my children live religiously by it.
gorgeous gorgeous little tea party nook by the way!

The Little Red Shop said...

Brilliant...and as always, gorgeous photos!!!

: )

Julie M.

ps Thank you for the sweet comment, Kasey!

Martha said...

The tea party...looks amazing and in Lola's room:)...you never cease to amaze me:) And those lemon bars...yum!
I love that you let the boys in on the tea party...oh my when girls know they will be able to do a tea party...
you're such a great mom:)

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love it, Kasey! p.s. wanna come over to my house and set up a nice little tea party for me? I'd like one just like Lola's, please :)

hometown girl said...

how sweet! love all your photos! have a good day! xo susan

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Fun! I love that table in Lola's room! You had me at lemons...
~Amy

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

The boys were perfectly innocent. It was me.

I ate all the lemon bars.

YUMMMM!

Sarah said...

Very cute! The table looks so pretty set up for the girls! It reminds me of my 6 year old who loves to parachute Storm Troopers off my cloche, etc...never a dull moment with boys! :)

Mc Allen said...

cute!!! & this time. you didnt warn me not to look... Now, I want lemon bars! lol. Great post. xoxo LA

Miss Sew & So said...

love the story...love the room....love the lemon cake...love the mixed bag in a family- i have 3 kids & dream of tea parties a little less noisy, with a little less sprinkles on the floor & a little more icing on the cakes than in the mouth- but i wouldn't have it any other way- my son can tea party with his sisters like no other boy i know.......it feels really nice doesn't it- yours all look gorgeous- enjoy clever mummy!!
Melissa
http://misssewandso.blogspot.com

melinda jayne said...

sweet and lovely. i'm past my days of tea parties and action figures. thanks for a sweet look back.

Alyssa said...

You are a good mama ;)

Donatella said...

Very beautiful post...I am new to blogging and stopped by and love your blog

It' an Evolution said...

All boys need to understand their mothers passions :) That will make them wonderful husbands.
Janet

Jemm said...

This is just too sweet! I love it. I. Want. Those. Bird. Teacups!!! They are fabulous. I haven't been by in a while and I've missed your blog. It's still just as pretty as the last time I stopped by ;)

Lisa said...

Your children are very lucky to have a mom that creates such wonderful memories for them.

kanishk said...

The table looks perfect in Lola's room!!

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passport in my pocket said...

these photos are gorgeous! :)

Sharla said...

What great photos and boys! I love your white picture frames hanging on the wall. Where did you get them?

amy said...

this is totally a post i needed to read...really really really needed your perspective. i enjoyed your words, and pics. what a sweet boy you have!

Nishant said...

sweet and lovely. i'm past my days of tea parties and action figures. thanks for a sweet look back.
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Robyn said...

LOL, LOVE This! Sometimes, we underestimate the boys! I want to raise mine to be the man that all the girls want because he's thoughtful, caring, giving, emotional, romantic and ruggedly handsome but knows how to do his own laundry and unload the dishwasher while whipping up an awesome dinner if his wife is working late! ;-)