Saturday, September 20, 2014


Today was a crazy busy day that ended in the six-year-old bidding farewell to his first tooth.  He's pretty dang proud of that hole in his grin and I will openly admit that toothless kiddos are my jam!  It's the best little gift before they grow in those adult teeth and start to know everything.  I dig it.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Golden Girl

Yesterday K and I had the daunting task of mucking out the chicken coop.  That girl is golden when it comes to getting things done.  Good luck ever convincing her that there is something she can't do.  Case in point: As we were shoveling out the last bits of old wood chips yesterday I told her, "After this we'll have to walk back to the garage and get a new bag of chips."  Just like that she was gone and I figured I would finish up and meet her in the garage.  I did one last round with the broom and walked out of the coop to find the two-year-old halfway to the coop (which is a pretty good distance from the garage) dragging the 8 cubic feet of wood chips behind her.  I hurried over to help and was promptly reprimanded to get out of the way.  She pulled and pushed and kicked for a few more minutes before conceding to let me help her lift it the rest of the way.  She certainly has a willing heart and I sure love that.  

You rock my world K Jane!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Blog is Hereby Back in Business

I am so ready for Fall!  If there is anything I have learned about myself while living in East Texas it is that I will never stop being a cold, dry air loving, mountain girl.  I don't know what it is about me, but I seem to wake up every year right about the time the air becomes crisp and the leaves start falling.  My kitchen either loves it or hates it, depending on its stance on flour covered counter tops and tiny helping hand prints everywhere.

This Fall I have made the determination to get back to the things that I love.  Blogging is one of those things!  Yay!  I haven't kept up our blog for quite some time which was actually in many ways, very enjoyable.  It was nice to enjoy our special moments and family celebrations with no thought at all of how and when I was going to blog about it.  I didn't stress over pictures, which was kind of a double-edged sword of sorts.  Without my camera in hand I was able to really get in and be involved with my children but I do find myself wishing that I had more photos to keep for them to look back on.  My goal now is to find and keep a balance because I do love writing and having a place to go back and look at those moments in our life.  To me our history on this blog is priceless.

I have a whole list that I don't think I need to bore anyone with but I'm sure you'll be seeing bits and pieces of those things if you follow us around over here.  I leave you now with my adorable two-year-old and her brownie making mess.

Happy Hump Day!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

my babies in december

a late one year

Four months ago, our little bug turned one!  The crickets have been chirping around here but I decided I had to share this girl's cuteness!  She is a little ray of sunshine in our family and sassy as can be.  She's got enough 'tude for the entire family but enough sugar for one hundred brownie batches.  I suppose she is everything any parent ever told you about little girls.  She's fun and sweet and wild but completely different from our boys.  Her hair has grown quite a bit since these pictures and her mouth is almost entirely full of teeth.  She still loves her shiny boots and she still wont hold still for a picture.  She is our little queen bee and we love her dearly.

Happy {late} First Birthday Kelsie Jane!!  We love you and can't wait to see all of the awesomeness you have in store for us this year.

xoxo. Mama, Dadda and the 'Duddas'

Thursday, October 11, 2012

eleven months

eleven months ago i was waddling around, avoiding the hot and humid outdoors with everything i had.  i was taking midday naps and dreaming of this beautiful girl.  in my dreams she was the most amazing little creature that my eyes had ever seen.  in reality, she is just that.  we are still smitten by her beauty and her pure sweetness.  can i believe it's been eleven months since i held her in my arms for the first time?  no, not really.  but i am sure grateful to my heavenly father for every day i have had with her and every day still to come.

i have been blessed with the most amazing children to share their hugs and kisses and lives with me.  i am so in love!