My Parental Hypocrisy…

Kids are so cute. So funny. So adorable.

So creative! And adventurous.

They’re absolutely overflowing with energy, bursting at the seams with giggles and good ideas!

Especially mine… just making sure you all know how MUCH I adore my little one’s, before I move on…

While they are busy being all of these perfectly precious things, they are simultaneously, human beings…

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A Weak Week for Mama

This week…. Was rough.

(See facial expression: The Stink Eye!)

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I told David on Tuesday, it’s so exhausting when he’s gone, having to be the only mature person in the house!

That was on Tuesday. I was exhausted of being mature on TUESDAY! Bad sign!

If you were to place me among most any group of adults, I would never be the most calm person there. Or the most forgiving. Or the most calm, most thoughtful, most calm, most loving, most patient, or most ANYTHING (calm!) person in the room.

But parenting has a way of demanding these things from me. And I can’t say that I did it perfectly, I probably didn’t even do it super well. But I did better. I tried to be better than I naturally am. And that’s what I’m choosing to focus on. [Read more...]

Baby Bloopers

Who doesn’t like a collection of humorous toddler quotes? Pulling out the good ole’ quote book for this post…

It’s so important for parents too laugh. I want my kids to remember me laughing at everyone’s silliness, {and even joining in!} more than they remember me grumpy or serious… I’ve been blessed with two girls who find themselves QUITE humorous. Already. I’ve got lots of laughing ahead of me!

“Hailee, don’t do that, that’s bad manners!”
“Mama! I’m NOT manners, I’m your Hailee!”
Leaving for a daddy-daughter date, she turns to tell me {mom}
“I love you so much on a date!”
That’s what we tell her when we ditch her to go on a date.
I guess she was reminding me I was the one getting to stay home this time. Jealous!
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Oh Looking Back, You Make Me Smile!

Life is so good! I’ve been so struck with how much I’ve been blessed to experience already… Wow. Here’s my glimpse back tonight.

.2010. May. He proposed. Yeah I thought he was teasing me and I told him to knock it off. But we cleared that right up! ;-)

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.2010. A little later. What a lucky girl am I?!

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.2011. On our wedding day.

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Too Busy Chasing Memories…

This is my September 2014, photo a day blog. The 2nd half of the month is where my favorites are! At least take the time to see those. They warm my Mama heart! <3

If anyone happened to notice that I stopped posting pictures on Facebook for the month of September, here’s why:

I am so tired of being addicted to social media.

I was tired of the habit of always snapping a quick picture of every single thing my kids did. ( I mean. Really. They do so MANY adorable things.)

Stopping their child-like fun with the words of “Hold on let Mommy take a picture!” How dare I? So not worth it!!! It is time to chill. I was wasting so much time. Missing out on so much REAL LIFE, constantly being behind a camera. Always too busy chasing the preservation of memories to actually make any memories worth preserving. 

I’m tired of being afraid of my kids growing up. Tired of worrying that I’m wasting the precious time I have been given. Well, I finally realized that this obsession our generation has with preserving every little detail is one of the biggest culprits stealing our joy.

Let’s just enjoy life. Let’s take a picture when it’s convenient. And when we do, let it be for the joy of simply enjoying photography. Quit saying it’s for our kids sake. Because truly, THEY DON’T CARE. Won’t ever care. (At least not as much as we think they will!) Let kids be kids and stop letting the obsession take that from them. Be there with them, and enjoy the time. The memories we mutually hold in our hearts will eventually be the only ones we care about.

All that said… I decided to dedicate this month to taking one picture a day. One small chunk of time where, as my kids played sweetly, I would quietly get my camera out, and with as little interruption as possible, I would enjoy photographing them. It allowed me time to truly capture images that are precious to me without disrupting the flow of their day (and also broke the habit of relying on my phone for photos. So nice to use my camera again!). It also allowed me to spend proper time editing those pictures. It reminded me of my love of black & white that Instagram just can’t satisfy. ;-) It’s quite a stress relief for me to sit and edit a few pictures a week. And I believe it’s good for a mom to have an outlet like that. This is mine. Here’s to enjoying photography again!

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This post is filled with precious, cute new things my girls are doing, which I’m sure you’re ALL so eager to read. ;) If you ARE one who likes those updates, read on.

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