Monday, September 22, 2014

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

E&C:  Last Sunday evening we all played outside, running around the backyard.  E played with sticks and looked for bugs, C slid down our small slide and drove E's toy cars, J built a fire, and G captured it all with photos.  I love that both of these pictures show the kids in motion.  Pretty good representation of life right now.  In motion.  Always.  Also, Cora has crocs on.  She looks a little like an old lady in this outfit and it makes me the happiest.  Can't get enough of her curls blowing in the wind either.  Reminds me of the rat tail E used to have.  These kids are busy and growing and our most favorite.  

Happy Week, friends!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

E&C:  I posted a different picture from this same series on Instagram the other day.  These kiddos have so much personality and I love seeing all of their expressions.  We were getting ready for Cora's 15mo. well check and they had climbed into this laundry basket, so I decided to drive them around the house picking up the clothes we needed and making stops for diaper changes and such.  It was pretty fun and I wasn't the worst for a few moments.  It was kind of a weird week with Cora having a cold and Emmitt having some sort of virus, but there was so much good too.  I think this picture shows that really well.  

This is an iPhone photo.  I didn't take any pictures on the real camera last week, because I'm the worst.  There it is.  No, I'm kidding.  But hey, maybe I'll blog again someday soon.  Happy Week, friends!  I never think you're the worst.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

E&C:  Jaron's mom (Nana) came to visit this weekend, which is always a fun and special time.  We got to celebrate with her, since it was Grandparents Day on Sunday.  We are so thankful for each of these kiddos' grandparents and great grandparents.  Happy, Happy Grandparents Day to YOU (Nana and Papi, 9E and LV, Grandman and Liz, and Grandma and Richard)!!

Happy Tuesday!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

I've had celebration on my mind lately.  Maybe it's because we had some fun birthday parties this summer or because we have birthdays and anniversaries coming up this month.  But I bet the main reason for this is that one of my very favorite gals just started a fabulous blog and business dedicated to the idea of celebration.  You should check it out, because it really is wonderful.  Kristin has worked crazy hard on it and I'm so proud of her, as well as inspired and motivated by her dedication to pursue her dream and to celebrate life, even when it's hard and messy a lot of the time.

I needed her reminder to celebrate life... the big things and the little things.  It's an idea I've thought about often since starting this blog.  This space often prompts me to make the time together with friends and family count, even if many of the moments in between here and there aren't sunshine and rainbows.  This space reminds me to open my eyes to how much beauty there is around me.  I struggle sometimes with what I write on here though.  I don't want to come across as flippant, like life is easy and happy all the time and we should all be grateful for that.  The reason I post pictures of silly happenings and say over and over how grateful I am is to remind myself of it... to take a step back and be filled up with these kiddos and this community that challenge me, and celebrate with me.  I also don't want to come across as whiny when I do mention the real and gritty times, because I know my struggles pale in comparison to the suffering in the world.  These constant questions are what often keep me from writing consistently.  I'm an over thinker and I always want to be staying true to myself: honest about my life, the good and the bad, yet respectful to your life, the good and the bad.  

But I keep coming back to the fact that we have to celebrate.  We have to find ways to enjoy those things that bring us happiness.  I think it's a form of hope, a way to take stock of the good.  It doesn't mean we're ignoring the bad, but it means we understand that we all need a little fun (and donuts) every once in a while.  (And now, with Kristin's help, you have an endless amount of ways to celebrate your wild and crazy life.  You will want to wrap yourself up in her website.  You'll see what I mean.)

One night last week, Jaron and I got to eat out, sans kiddos, on a week night.  Who the heck do we even think we are, is what I'd like to know?!  On the way home, it started to rain, after such a stifling hot week.  Those two things demanded celebration.  Ridiculous celebration (see picture grid above).  In one of the pictures, it appears that there may be a "raise the roof" type situation happening.  I can't be certain that it's happening, but I'd be lying if I said I had never made this motion in Old House Hill before.  Jaron really loves it, what can I say ;)

I really am so thankful for this little ol' blog and the people who join me here.  You are certainly cause for celebration in my life.  Now everyone go get a donut to celebrate Thursday!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Emmitt:  E sure does love running and jumping on his bed.  Since I'm the worst, I usually allow this and I really hope it doesn't end badly for us at some point.  
Cora:  She only needs a little help getting on E's rocking horse now, which I'm not entirely thrilled about because of the growing at a tremendously fast (too fast if you ask me!) speed.  I love, love, love when she puts the cowboy cowgirl hat on.  She'd make a great cowgirl.  I just know it.  

Hope you all had a happy holiday weekend and that your Tuesday has started off fab!  Happy Week!

Back Around the 4th of July

Monday, September 1, 2014

We spent about a week in Tennessee, back around the 4th of July.  It was a mini friends reunion, arranged in order to meet a brand new baby boy (who was perfect in every way).  And it was wonderful.  All sorts of wonderful.

Even though traveling with kiddos can be extra exhausting, E and C did so good, especially with the long drive to Tennessee.  They just sorta rolled with the big changes in our schedule, meal times, and such.  I was having some guilt about all of it, including just shoving snacks into the backseat and turning on another movie as we drove through dinner, but when we got to the first hotel, Emmitt was enamored.  He jumped on the beds, looked out the windows, asked about everything, smiled from ear to ear, and did his little quiet laugh thing he does when he's completely impressed with something.  Those moments throughout the week (and there were plenty of them) made the craziness so worth it.  One of my favorite things about parenthood is how incredible it is to experience things all over again as your littles experience them for the first time... just magic.  

Below are some things I recorded during the week to help me remember, to help me hang on to the comfort and joy that comes with being with friends from your past that you are certain will remain into your future, through it all, forever.

A hotel in Memphis * driving through quaint towns * good music in the car * trees lining the highway * drinks, food * boys playing so happily together * the sweetest new baby * s'mores (Even though I'm typically a classic s'mores kinda gal, we tried 'em with Reese's peanut butter cups, and oh man, they did not disappoint.  My mouth just filled up with spit.) * backyard * food, drinks * fire pit * twinkling lights * bubbles * Cora's first steps! (E crawled for the first time when we visited these friends in Tennessee right after Eli was born, so it was only appropriate that Cora walk for the first time while visiting them right after Jonah's birth.  Well played, kids.) * reality tv * delicious food * world cup soccer * a chill in the air in the evenings, so delightful * looking at old pictures * tasty drinks * seeing our pregnant best friend and asking a million questions * exhausted kids at bedtime * baths * fireworks * another hotel * a quick dinner with Jaron's fam in Memphis * finding a park in an old historic neighborhood and eating Taco Bell as we made our way home * See, all sorts of wonderful.  

Friends, please don't think that just because we were on vacation, E didn't continue with his lining up agenda.  Love him.  
This is at the hotel we stayed in on the way home and we took this picture right before heading to dinner with Jaron's parents and some extended family, who were in Memphis.  This is one of the outtakes, but I liked it the best.  I'm not sure what we're doing, other than admiring our shoes maybe?  We sure do like shoes.  

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