When Life Happens

When Life Happens

Sometimes life happens.
Sometimes life happens and its ok to admit that it’s hard.

I normally don’t write posts like the one in the picture. I know parenting is hard, and I know that YOU know that parenting is hard. MOST times social media is not the right outlet to complain. Maybe I should repeat that…


Ok, Back to your regularly scheduled post…

As I said, I do not normally write posts like this, but the exuberant amount of unadulterated chaos happening at my house at that time was so overwhelming it was humorous! Seriously, here is the low down:

2 out of 3 of the kids were screaming
The baby was screaming to be held in between shoving amazing amounts of green beans in his mouth and promptly choking on them. (Or screaming because we wouldn’t let him shove more in) Before dinner he was screaming because he wanted dinner.
My 4 year old was throwing a fit, screaming that she is mad, running around the house (for the millionth time NO RUNNING IN THE HOUSE) and asking for more food (If you know her, this makes complete sense). Before dinner she was asking for food. EVERY.KIND. OF.FOOD.EVERY.BREATH.SHE.HAD.

The oldest is trying to be overly calm because he feels the chaos in the house. With his mini-notebook in hand, he has a million questions (which he asks VERY calmly) “Mommy, how do you spell AGAIN?” Mommy, will you teach me to crochet with a hook?” “Mommy, can I have my K’NEX back?” “Mommy, can I play with this toy that has tiny, microscopic pieces while the baby is right here?”

It always starts with “Mommy” and ends with me giving him this “Are you kidding?” look while holding a screaming baby and telling (yelling over the baby) the 4 year old to STOP RUNNING IN THE HOUSE!

Oh, did I mention that EVERY WINDOW IN THE HOUSE IS OPEN? Oh, yes, there’s that. While cooking dinner the hubby nearly smoked us out of the house. Seriously, we are talking open front door, red eyes, waving the smoke away from the fire alarm type of smoke. We were one step away from having to crawl around the house!

On top of that (oh yes! There’s more!) my husband had to leave for a meeting at the height of the chaos, smoke, screaming and dinner. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! The only thing I could muster was “Please don’t leave me!” He promised me he would be gone for not very long and would bring back some wine. SOLD!

As soon as he left, the chaos in which I had mistakenly thought had climaxed, indeed increased…three-fold (I can neither deny or confirm this relation to the amount of children in the house). About 30-minutes in, the chaos got too much for me to bear and I gave in and called the hubby to return pronto because, no. As I heard it start to ring, I noticed a ringing sound coming from the counter…

No. This is not just happening.
This is when I started writing my Captain’s…I mean Mommy’s… Log.

Mommy’s Log:

Stardate 69593.6
I have just lost communication with the co-pilot. I must now trust that he will return to the mother-ship and not abandon his crew.

Stardate 69593.7
The co-pilot has been gone for a suspiciously long time for what was supposed to be a “short excursion”. I can only assume he is acquiring provisions of wine and cookies.

Stardate 69593.8
The princess of the crew is finally in her quarters. After much convincing, a firm talking to and a lullaby, I think she has officially retired for the evening.

Stardate: 69593.8
I am growing suspicious of the youngest member of the crew. He seems out of sorts. I suspect mutiny! Or he might just need a nap.

Stardate 69593.9
The co-pilot has finally returned! There was much rejoicing until we took inventory of the acquired provisions. Mistakes were make and in this time of crisis, there is no room for error!

Stardate 69593.9
The entire crew has finally retired to their quarters for the night. The oldest of the crew was commended for his assistance and bravery in a time of crisis. I still have my suspicions about the youngest. I must keep a close watch overnight and the days to come.

and on top of that, we are out of wipes.

***These are actual stardates based on a stardate calculator from TrekGuide.com.

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Thanksgiving Fun Packet

Thanksgiving Packet

So one of the things I love about homeschooling is the fact that I can do lots of fun holiday activities with my kids. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it is such a family focused holiday (I mean, plus there’s LOTS and LOTS of food!)

Anyways, I wanted to put together a packet that my Big Boy could work on the week before and week of Thanksgiving. In all of my research I found some great printables and even a few videos to go along with being thankful!

For my cover page for the packet, I found a “Happy Thanksgiving” coloring page. There are some great free ones here.

I then printed out a turkey “color by letter” page because my boy loves to color, but also needed a little challenge with his coloring. I found this great printable on Reading With Kids.

I then found a great resource on Free Homeschool Deals. It is a Thanksgiving Writing Pack. It is a great 3-page writing prompt about giving thanks. It includes a page with 4 “complete the sentence” prompts, a page where you can writing what they are thankful for each letter in “THANKSGIVING” and then a free page with a turkey they can color and a few lines on the bottom for any creative writing they want to do.
Thanksgiving Writing Pack

My Big Boy loves books, including making them. So I found this First Thanksgiving mini-book from Education to the Core. It is a two page mini book that you can print in color or black-and-white. It is a freebie on her Teachers Pay Teachers store. You do have to make an account to download, but it is super easy and you can get lots of other freebies!
Thanksgiving Activities

What is a Thanksgiving “fun packet” without a craft?! Not a true FUN packet in my opinion! So here is an easy color, cut and glue craft from Adventures with Gigi that your kiddo can do with not a lot of help from you! *User hint* Click on the image and save it on your computer (GIF). Then open and print it.
I Am Thankful For Craft

Here is another freebie packet from Teachers Pay Teacher geared toward kinder and 1st grade. I love finding freebie packets because of the choices of activities and I can print what I want. I just downloaded this packet and printed a few pages of what I wanted.
Thanksgiving Activities Free

I found a thanksgiving themed word search that I printed and included from Superheros and Tea Cups. I tried to make my own simple word search, but it didn’t come out the way I wanted. This one is simple enough and already made. I thought this would be a good challenge for my son, because it is hard to stump him.
Thanksgiving Word Search 

I also found a great video from the Berenstain Bears about counting your blessings. It is short and great for Pre-K and early elementary. You can watch the episode on You Tube.
The Berenstain Bears- Count Their Blessings

Not sure if the next video needs any introduction. The other video I would include in this is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. You can also watch this on You Tube (or buy it online/in store for better quality)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

I am seriously loving this packet of thanksgiving activities. Since it is a holiday week and I have family coming into town, it is going to be a busy week. I may not have a lot of time to do school work with my big boy, but he has a huge packet with a variety of thanksgiving related activities that he can work on at his own pace, on his own.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with fun, family, food, and thankfulness! God bless you and your family and Happy Thanksgiving!


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My Babywearing Project


Babywearing group shot at our local park.

Happy International Babywearing Week! I have been planning on doing some fun things on my blog to celebrate and participate in International Babywearing Week (Oct 4-10). For those that are not familiar with this, International Babywearing Week is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, advocate for, focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing, sponsored by Babywearing International. People all over the world wear their babies and this is a week to tell people how much we love it and share the benefits of wearing your baby.

So I put out a request to see if anyone would be interested in doing a mini babywearing photo-shoot to celebrate babywearing. I figured it would be a fun, small way to get real moms from the local community involved in a international event. I had such a wonderful response and my week soon filled up with mini-sessions of moms and their babies. Let me tell you, this has been one of the most fun weeks I’ve had in a while! It also got me thinking. I walked into this project hoping to learn more about photography, but I learned so much more than some photography skills when I was out there taking pictures of these moms. I talked with the moms, I listened to moms, I played with babies, and I did so much more! I realized early in my sessions that this was no longer about babywearing, but about moms.


Shannon and her 8 month old baby boy in an Infantino Mei Tai

Moms NEED community but for some reason (time, family, work, etc) never seem to make it a priority. Moms need to be around other moms. We need to know we are not alone. We need to know that its normal to feel what we feel as moms of little ones. As I was doing my sessions, I cannot tell you how many times I heard how long its been since they got out of the house, or put make-up on, or just enjoyed the outside with their little ones. I don’t have the answer because I am guilty of not making this a priority, but it was very clear that community is important to being a healthy (and sane) mom.


TJ and her 11 month old baby boy in an Ergo Galaxy

Moms with their little ones are beautiful. I don’t just mean beautiful on the inside, because let me tell you. ALL the moms I photographed this last week are immensely beautiful on the inside. (as well as on the outside, but I’m getting to that) Moms with their babies are beautiful (Did I already say that?) Every single mom that I shot had a negative comment about her own appearance. Every single one. While some moms were concerned about lingering baby weight, others commented about their hair or skin not being perfect, but as soon as they got in front of the camera with their little ones, they were glowing, radiant, confident moms. I hope they see the beauty and confidence in the pictures that I saw during the photo shoot.


Maria and her 8 month old baby boy in a wrap.

These babies are happy. Let me explain what I mean. As moms we are always second guessing ourselves. Are we doing the right things? Are we raising our kids the right way? Is this what is best? My answer to these moms is YES! It was so obvious to me that all these babies are so love, so cared for and it shows. These are happy babies. I have had many photo sessions with babies and they are not easy. I’ve had newborn sessions when the baby refuses to sleep, toddler sessions where cooperation is just not happening, but these sessions were the EASIEST baby sessions I have ever done! These babies love their mamas and I think that is a great testament to how wonderful moms they are!


Shelby and her 8 month old baby girl in an Ergo Sport

It is not about the photograph, it is about the story. I went into these sessions hoping to capture some precious mommy and baby moments, but I soon learned that I was capturing a story. With each session as I took pictures and listened, I learned about each mom’s story. I learned an amazing story about how one baby got his name. I learned about how a new baby restored confidence in one mom as a mother. I learned about some of the hopes and dreams these moms have for their precious bundles. Every time I walked away at the end of a session, I was filled with joy that these moms would share these stories with me.


Mandi and her 3 month old baby girl in a Boba 4G

I would do photography for free. No, seriously. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was little and helping my dad in his dark room. I had so much fun capturing moments and making memories with these families that I would feel bad charging people for me to do something I love so much. I think that’s why I offered to do these. It was my project, my ideas and these moms were so gracious to go along with it. I want to thank these moms for taking time out of their busy lives to let me take pictures of them and tell a little bit about their lives!

Want to see more babywearing pictures? Check out the beautiful babies in my Babies of Babywearing post!

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Claim it and Let it Be Claimed

Claim it

Sometimes I feel like social media is just a trash can for people to dump on. In the same five minutes I can read a beautiful affirmation to moms for all they do and then a hateful post shaming a mom just because she is feeding her baby differently or birthed her baby differently. Enough is enough!

There has been a great push to celebrate moms in all they do. Because of the popularity of all-natural or “crunchy” moms, this push seems to be celebrating those moms that maybe have been shamed in the past; those that formula feed their babies, those that birthed their babies via c-section, etc. I absolutely love that ALL moms of all different kinds are being celebrated. This makes me so happy!

It’s about time to let moms be who they are do what the want without fear of shame from their mom peers, but I worry we are swaying the pendulum back a little to far.  I feel like I can’t claim who I am or what I’ve done for fear of someone misinterpreting it as mom-shaming. Because of my profession as a doula, I have always been sensitive about what I share and how I share it, but I feel like I can no longer proudly share my proud moments without fear of offending someone. I can no longer claim proudly that I had three completely natural, births or that I exclusively breastfeed my babies. You know what?! I am so stinking proud of myself! I am proud not because I did these things and you didn’t.  I am proud because it was my goal and I achieved it. Just like I would be proud of a career goal. Even though I have no desire to be a doctor, I am still proud of my friends that have achieved this goal and became one.

Honestly, I’m not looking for affirmation or praise. I am just telling you that you are not a better or worse mother because you did things differently than me.  Just because my goals are different doesn’t make one better than the other. My goals are only better for me personally because I set them, I worked hard for them and I achieved them. Your value of a mother is not dependent on my personal achievements as a mom. You are different, your family is different, your needs are different. Celebrate your differences and your own personal journey as a mom.

I am going to start celebrating my own personal journey as well. I am no longer going to feel shame or fear in expressing my proud moments! So I will proudly claim that I feel like a bad ass because I had three all-natural, un-medicated, vaginal births. I labored, I fought, I felt pain, and I made it through. I proudly claim that I have had a great hospital birth and I proudly claim I had two beautiful home births. I proudly claim that I have exclusively breast-fed all my babies and Baby G and I are still going strong. I am proud that I have almost four years (and counting) of breastfeeding under my belt. I proudly claim that I choose to stay home with my kids and love that I have the opportunity to do that.

So wherever you are in life and whatever you have achieved, claim it! But more importantly let other moms claim their victories and celebrate with them, no matter how different they look.

Claim it and let it be claimed!

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The Big Latch On 2015

On Saturday I attended a fun event of global proportions! Ok, really it was an event taking place all over the world as a kick off to World Breastfeeding Week. The Big Latch On  is where groups of breastfeeding moms get together at a set time and have their babies latch and breastfeed for an entire minute. The number of mommies and babies breastfeeding is recorded in hopes to break a record! It’s a neat way to kick off World Breastfeeding Week and is even cooler to be a part of a world-wide community of moms!

Baby G eating at  The Big Latch On. As you can tell, he is still learning to nurse the right way after his lip/tongue tie fix.

Baby G eating at The Big Latch On. As you can tell, he is still learning to nurse the right way after his lip/tongue tie fix.

The Big Latch On is a way to show support for breastfeeding families and communities and places that support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not just about mommy and baby, its about the community they are surrounded by as well. Studies show that if moms have a supportive community (especially their partners) breastfeeding is significantly more successful! But mainly The Big Latch On is an big overall event that helps communities create their own event to show support for breastfed moms and families.

I went to an event at BabyEarth. You probably have heard of it because it has a HUGE online presence in the baby world, but it has an actual store front too! And it’s seriously only like 10 miles from my house! How lucky am I?! (Now that I actually typed that, I’m wondering why I don’t go there more often!) They had quite a few information booths set up, adorable goodie bags for all the moms, and a whole bunch gifts that they raffled off, and guess what!? Baby G and I won!

Baby G and I were very excited to win a set of Phillips Avent bottles.

Baby G and I were very excited to win a set of Phillips Avent bottles.

Brian-The Birth Guy was also there helping with the raffle and giving some helpful breastfeeding tips for moms. Yes, a dude, talking about breastfeeding and giving great information…who knew!? I don’t know much about him except that he is a doula based out of the San Antonio area and is the only male doula in the area. Cool! You can read more about him on his website.

Moms, dads and babies watching a learning signs from Amy at The Signing Connection.

Moms, dads and babies watching a learning signs from Amy at The Signing Connection.

I will be posting more about World Breastfeeding Week and just about breastfeeding in general all this week! So keep eyes on my blog and check out my Facebook page for helpful tips and links!

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4th of July Fun Bags

July 4th table

Besides the awesome shirts, how did we celebrate the 4th of July? Well, I went a little crazy and decorated and made some fun little kits for the older two kids. I got coordinating red, white and blue table decorations, along with some American flags for a centerpiece.

For breakfast we had vanilla yogurt with cut up strawberries and blueberries. The hubby and Sissy made them into American flags, but I couldn’t convince Big Boy to mix his fruit and yogurt, silly kid!

4th of July Breakfast

I also got them red bags full of fun outdoor activities. Each bag contained:
1. Giant bubble wand
2. A Kite (Cinderella for Sissy, and Planes for Big Boy)
2. Red, white and blue glow sticks
3. American flag bandanna
4. 7-ct set of sidewalk chalk
5. 2 beaded necklaces (one red, one blue)
6. Velcro throw and catch game

These bags were so simple to throw together and SUPER cheap. I’m not gonna lie, when I got it all together and gave them to my kids, I pretty much felt like mother of the year! They had so much fun with it all! We spent the day at a local park with friends and they flew their kites until they broke. They blew bubbles until they were all gone, and played catch until some got hit in the head a cried (I can neither confirm or deny this actually happened)

july 4th bubbles

Sissy enjoying her bubble wand. They made huge bubbles, which was “so awesome!”


I am usually not one to go crazy with any holiday, but for around $20, the smiles on their faces and all the fun they had, was totally worth it. It was really fun to celebrate together as a family and enjoy being together. So often my husband and I get bogged down in the “raising” part of parenting and forget to enjoy being with the kids. I know I need reminding that parenting is not just disciplining and saying “no”, but also having fun, letting them stay up late occasionally and getting dirty (we just won’t tell Dad!)

kite flying

Flying kites with Daddy was their favorite part. Probably the best $1.37 (x2) I ever spent!

I hope you found some inspiration for your next family celebration or 4th of July. I can’t wait to do something like this again! I am already thinking about the next event coming up. I’m thinking a back-to-school fun bag! Maybe I’ll share about that one too (if it actually happens!)

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The Day After Mother’s Day

the day after mothers day

The day after Mother’s Day is weird.

Yesterday many of us enjoyed breakfast in bed, sweet homemade gifts from our kids, and even some free down-time to take a bath, get a pedicure or even do a little shopping. Our phones were constantly buzzing with “Happy Mother’s Day” texts, and our afternoon probably consisted of family around a table enjoying a good meal. The kids were super affectionate, and your husband extra helpful. If you are anything like me, you went to bed feeling happy, appreciated and blessed by your family.

Then we woke up today. It’s no longer Mother’s Day, and it’s Monday. Back to our regularly scheduled program. Many of us woke up to a crying baby, wet sheets from a toddler who had an accident, a preschooler who wants to know who the king of the dinosaurs was, and emails reminding us that bills are due. Ok, maybe that was just me, but I imagine your morning has some similarities. (Yes, we are really into dinosaurs right now)

It’s not that we don’t like it, but the day after Mother’s Day is weird. No one greeted us with flower or breakfast in bed. No special gifts and the husband is back at work. The Mother’s Day flowers are starting to wilt. Our family meal is replaced with toddler finger foods, and our “Happy Mother’s Day” texts are now replaced with reminders of what needs to get done that week. We know we are appreciated, but it’s hard to just go back to normal sometimes. There is so much talk about how we need to show moms how much we love them every day and not just on Mother’s Day, but it is hard to believe it when things go right back to normal the next day.

So to all those moms who woke up to a messy house, hungry kids and a huge to do list. YOU ARE APPRECIATED! You are loved and possibly most importantly, you are doing a wonderful job! When a case of the Mondays starts to get a hold of you, know that every day truly is Mother’s Day. You are so appreciated and the work, the hard, tiring, not so glamorous work, that you do day-in and day-out is so vitally important. When the coffee goes cold, and your patience runs thin, when the crumbs on the floor begin to resemble full meals, and you can’t remember the last time you had a full shower, know you are good enough, know that your kids love you, know that you are appreciated.

I am not going to say that these days are fleeting and to cherish every moment, because lets me real, I’d rather not cherish the moment my son has a screaming tantrum over a color of crayon, or 2 hours the baby is crying and inconsolable! I just want you to know you are good enough, you are loved and what you do is nothing less than remarkable.

The day after Mother’s Day is weird.

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No, You Cannot Eat My Baby


So having just had a baby, all the wonderful comments people made about Baby G after he was born are still pretty fresh in my head. Most of my friends, a lot of them being young moms, were wonderful and gracious and knew exactly what I needed to hear. Not all people are that tactful. While we usually respond to people’s comments with nice sweet responses like, “Yes, he’s growing fast” and “Thanks, we think he’s cute too” we usually want to say something else. So here is to the well meaning old lady at the grocery store, or the sweet couple at church, or anyone else that asks these questions because here are the answers we wish we could say:

No, you cannot hold him.
He’s my baby, he’s brand new and I want to hold him and I don’t want you to hold him. Nothing personal (well maybe) but I don’t want anyone holding my baby. MY BABY! I will let you know when you can hold him. How will you know? I will say, “Would you like to hold him?”

No, he’s not sleeping through the night.
Of course he’s not sleeping through the night! He shouldn’t be sleeping through the night yet and it will be a long while until he does, and I’m ok with that. I’ll sleep when he’s a toddler…haha, yeah right! I’ll sleep when he’s a teenager…wait, no. I’ll sleep when…when I’m dead, but for now I will snuggle and nurse my baby in the wee hours of the night.

No, you cannot “just pinch those little cheeks”
Umm, ouch! Would you like it if someone came up to you and pinched your cheeks? Come on! Don’t you remember that creepy great-aunt from your childhood that always pinched your cheeks and said something about how much you have grown? Do not be that creepy great aunt!

No, he is not “so tiny”.
He’s perfect. He fits in my arms perfectly. He fits into Daddy’s arms perfectly. He fits into newborn baby clothes and the doctor says he’s just fine. Please feed my mother insecurities that I am feeding not him enough, or often enough, because I don’t have enough to worry about.

No he is not “so big”.
I find it funny that one minute someone tells me my baby is tiny and the next someone is commenting about how chunky he is. But seriously, he’s not “so big”. At most he weighed ten pounds which not big. I have books heavier than my newborn! My 80-pound golden retriever is “so big”. Thanks, now I’m worried I’m over-feeding him!

No, you cannot “just kiss his little face”
Dude! I don’t know where those lips have been! I don’t know if you have been sick or if people around you have been sick. Keep those lips away from my baby! I’ll do the baby kissing and you and your lips can do the “ooo-ing and aww-ing” from a distance.

No, you cannot “just eat him up”.
Honestly, I have never understood this term and it kind of freaks me out. Yes, let me go up to new mom and tell her I want to eat her baby. Who thinks this is a good idea?! The answer is no, just no. Are you telling me he’s cute? Because if you are, you can just say he’s cute and I would understand.

Honestly, I loved showing off each of my babies to everyone when they were newborns. With a newborn comes the funny comments and questions, but at the end of the day we know these comments and questions come because they are gushing over our sweet babies. Gush away, sweet old lady in the grocery store, we took it as a compliment even if we gave you a sarcastic response.

No! No you cannot eat my baby!

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Local Baby Events for 2015

Local Baby Events

As the new year is in full swing, so are the numerous baby events around the area. Here is a consolidated list of all the events going on in the Austin area.

January 31, 2015
This is an event highlighting baby gear. It is held at BabyEarth in Round Rock and is geared toward pregnant moms and new moms with babies under a year old. There are lots of prizes and giveaways and TheBabyGuyNYC will be there to talk about the latest gear (and entertain us, I’m sure!)

March 2015
Just Between Friends
This is a consignment event where you can sell your kids old clothes, toys and baby gear, along with your old maternity clothes and gear. IF you are not into selling your stuff, it is a great place to purchase maternity, baby and toddler clothes and gear for great prices. There are consignor perks and a presale for expected parents. This event is in multiple locations at different dates:
Pflugerville (March 26-28),
Georgetown (March 11-14).
Austin (April 16-19)

April 11-12, 2015
The Big Baby Bash and Toddler Jam
April 11 will be focused on pre-pregnancy and prenatal families. There will be opportunities to learn about childbirth options, attend seminars, test baby products, and win prizes.
April 12 will focus on families with children up to 5 years of age. There will be opportunities to play together, meet other parents, try new products and again, win prizes.

May 7-9, 2015
Fairytale Threads
This is a large consignment sale in Cedar Park. You can be a consignor and sell the toys and clothes your kids have outgrown and get great deals on pre-owned baby gear, clothes and toys. There is a new mom’s presale for the expected moms and special perks for consignors.

I love going to events to learn about the latest and best baby gear, and places I can get clothes and gear for my kiddos at a great price. Check these out and I hope to see you at some of these events!


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Not Top 10 of 2014

I can say just how wonderful 2014 was, but I would be lying if I said there were no bumps in the road in the past year. So, lets just look back at the times with things weren’t so “Leave it to Beaver”-esque in our house. Here is my not top 10:

1. That time I decided to potty train our 2 year old, by myself, while battling morning sickness and managing a 4 year old. Yeah, brilliant parenting move on my part. Good news, she’s potty trained and I am still alive!

Potty Training

2. That time I said, “Yeah, sure I’ll print ALL 100+ VBS shirts” while also being a coordinator…..oh and I was also like 25 weeks pregnant too. And it was summer, in Texas. Good news, I’m still alive!

VBS shirts

3. That time I attempted a gluten/rice/corn/oat free all natural birthday cake and everyone was super nice and pretended to like it. (Thanks guys! I can’t believe we are still alive after that cake!)birthday cake

4. That time Jeff and I decided to eat HALF of a birthday cake in one sitting. I felt SUPER weird the next day, but guess what?! STILL ALIVE!

Jeffs Birthday cake

5. That time I stripped my cloth diapers, put them in the washer with “a little extra detergent” and thought the washer was going to explode from bubble overload. Yeah, the washer still works! (And yes, still alive and actually not in danger that time)

bubbly washer

6. That time we went and ate dinner with friends and when we hopped back in the car, Woody was waiting for us in Ian’s car seat all creepy-like. Yeah, we all made it through that one alive, but Jeff and I were a little freaked out.

Creepy Woody

7. That time Jeff grew a beard (Yes, he is still alive….for now).

The Beard

8. Those times I tried to take a cute picture of the kids together. Come on kids, I just wanted ONE cute picture of you two together! Is that too much to ask?! The answer is “Yes, Mom! Yes it is!”

bad pictures

9. That time I got so obsessed with getting FOX via our antenna I made Jeff stand in the middle of the room with the antenna over his head to get it. No, you just don’t get it! The Cowboys were playing on FOX on Thanksgiving and it’s not Thanksgiving without football! Thanks to my complaining (or maybe just to shut me up) a friend from church gave us an extra antenna that’s stronger. I was way too excited.

Must have FOX

10. That time we went to the family Christmas celebration and our 2 month old screamed the ENTIRE TIME! (Yes, we are still alive, but our ears are still ringing)

Christmas party

May you remember the good with the bad and may you laugh at some of the things you have been through in the past year knowing you made it through. God Bless and Happy New Year!


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