Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cow Appreciation Day

Shout out to the cows! The highlight this year was watching Audrey eat (and loveeeee) her first ice cream cone



 previous years:: 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013
2015 was my transition to two kids year...that's the best excuse I've got 

Monday, July 9, 2018


May your monday not include a car accident two inches from your driveway (our fault)
But if it does, may it also include funfetti cupcakes decorated by your daughters and niece 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

{Audrey's} Letters

Dear stairs, I love you!! Love to climb up you, love to climb down, love to freak my mom out doing it. See you soon!!!

Dear dad, thanks for starting the "Don't Yell in Audrey's Face Even If It's Happy Yelling" campaign. I really appreciate it 

Dear watermelon, Ok you're flat out delicious

Dear mom, I know that you love when I crawl up to you on the floor, flop my head on your stomach, suck my thumb and stay still for three seconds. That's why I do it, silly!

Dear hair, you're growing over my ears and you t i c k l e

Dear sisters, you two are a bunch of wack nuts and I love watching you play

Dear two bottom teeth, you are super sharp and I'm proud of the marks you can make on daddy's finger

Dear bathtub, just seeing you gets me all giddy and makes me want to try to climb in you to play

Dear swimming pool, with every visit I'm losing more and more interest. Sorry, mom

Dear every small thing I can find, GET IN MY MOUTH

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Parade watching
kind of holiday 

[the story behind, and our memories, of Audrey's dress and Caris' skirt found here, here and here!]

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Last Week

Last week I drove the little people all over the western hemisphere (or 45 minutes one way) taking Caris to Vacation Bible School. Since we'll be on vacation during Pops and Gigi's VBS, I picked a church that she had visited once before and one that would have gospel teaching. She was excited all week- she woke up on her own between 6-6:30am, ate a quick breakfast, was dressed and asking "Is it time to go??" every single morning.  I'm glad she has this brave, adventurous spirit (that she clearly didn't get from me). While Caris was away, Liza got the chance to boss Audrey and me around- she picked the games and was first to choose which color/princess/etc she was.  She attended Gigi Camp one morning which included grocery shopping with a child size shopping cart, doing crafts and swimming. Not to be outdone, Audrey chose last week to debut two new tricks- pulling up on furniture and climbing stairs!

Monday, July 2, 2018


May you have the strength to make it down the stairs for breakfast
but if you don't, may the morning sun shine on your face and the carpet be soft beneath you

Monday, June 25, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Waffle Wednesday

Choosing to temporarily forego your waffles, cool whip and blueberry breakfast to read an Insects and Spiders book and have conversations like this with your mom..

What are these, Mama, rollie pollies?

Those are maggots.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Conversation from today

Caris: Jesus take the wheel

...What does Jesus take the wheel mean?

Me: Jesus, take this out of my hands because I can't do it by myself. It's like a prayer.

{said quickly and slightly under my breath} ...It's also a song by Carrie Underwood

Caris: Can you sing it?

Me: {high pitched country voice} Jesus take the wheeeeeeeeeel Take it from my handsssssss

[Liza walks into the room blowing up a whoopie cushion]

Liza: Can you sing that again? Wait I not ready yet...


Other phrases they say because of me include

Arrivederci (said in a southern "Mater" voice)

Holy Smokies

WHAT in the WORLD??


I'm equally proud and scared

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time Marches On

At 9 months, AudiAnna has two teeth, is crawling,
sleeping with her bum in the air
and practicing yoga

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

3 Thoughts {on Housekeeping}

1. I'm all or nothing

My garage is either super organized or there's fifty unlabeled boxes and a grungy up-and-coming rock band living in there. My van(!) is either empty or there's three large items to be donated, seventeen Wednesday night church crafts and that long lost hair brush hiding in there. I'm either eating hardboiled eggs and oatmeal all day every day or I'm shoving tater tots down my throat before my kids eat lunch. I'm either not opening my computer all day or I'm staring zombie-like at the screen for three hours every night. ALL OR NOTHING {grimace face & muscle flex}

2. It's easier to keep up than to catch up

Love it. Not rocket science, but good to remember when it comes to dishes, laundry and discipline (ha). Taken from Gretchen's Better than Before.

3. A cleaning routine

I'm slowly (like, 12 years emancipated adult slowly) learning what cleaning routine works for me. I have My Blogger to thank for some of that (check out her podcast!) Turns out I don't like having specific days to clean rooms because once I say to myself, "It's Friday. Clean the bathrooms" I turn into a moody thirteen year old and I'm all, YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME and I will do any chore that day except clean the bathrooms. In my immediate genetic pool there are strong willed rebellious people so I'd like to pass some of the blame. winkyface. Knowing this about myself, I have a list of cleaning to-do's for the week (but not written down!) and I can knock them out whenever I please. One a day, all in one day, whatever I you can't tell me what to do.
sick baby this week. all housework put on hold until further notice 

Cow Appreciation Day

Shout out to the cows! The highlight this year was watching Audrey eat (and loveeeee) her first ice cream cone Beginning   Mi...