Saturday, October 14, 2017

One Day

Because one day I will be working on your senior board and I want to remember this picture. :))

Go Together

Dinos and dolls -- they go together like peanut butter and Nutella.

Monday, October 9, 2017

i am because you are my story.

I remember driving three years ago on the way to get our tattoo and we called our dad to “ask permission”. He did not approve of it and we informed him we weren’t technically “asking” but simply “preparing”. Growing up we had one giant rule — no tattoos. Fast forward a year  to the last six months of my dad’s life. He was sick — we all knew how sick. He always talked to us about being scared and sad that he would not be in our lives forever. We wanted something to show him that he in fact would always be in our lives, monthly, daily, every minute of everyday. We wanted him to write a tattoo for us, we weren’t sure on how we would sell him the idea, but in fact it didn’t take long to do. He sat down to write it for us — he was frustrated at how shaky his hand was that he continued to write it ten times to try to perfect it. We all just kind of sat there watching him — sad that we all knew where this story was headed and quite frankly shocked he was writing this for us. Fast forward two more years to this past weekend — we were able to walk into a tattoo parlor together with his words in hand. We all added our own word to the end to describe how we carry him with us. It was such a perfect day sitting and perfecting this and watching each other go through it. About an hour after our tattoos we walked outside to the most beautiful rainbow that faded shortly after we saw it. We just stared and watched it — say what you will but he was there and he was proud of us and the proof was in the sky right above our heads. We watched that rainbow dissapear with tears in our eyes and ended the day with margaritas to celebrate him and remind him that in fact we will always carry him with us. 

I am because you are my story. 
I am because you are my strength. 
I am because you are my journey. 
I am because you are my existence. 
I am because you are my haven. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017


One of those super simple mornings where you feel so overwhelmingly blessed to be exactly right where you are in this moment in life.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Things That Make You Go Hmm...

Let's start by saying she knows darn well she is to stay away from the stairs. I was in the other room and I hear "Uh. Oh. I stuck. I stuck." I asked her how she got up there and she put her hands in the air to show me "I don't know". I think I have a pretty good idea miss...

Friday, September 29, 2017

What's for dinner?

This is a common sight in our household now that she is big enough to stand and look into the refrigerator and do a point/grunt at what she wants. Usually it is the massive stack of string cheese sitting in there for her. When we hand her one she smiles really big and walks away like she just won an award.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Birthday Love

This is what 6 looks like and it is so gosh darn cute!

Happy 6th Birthday Ryder

My sweet little boy... I don't even know where to start wit you. You are my heart. My first baby, the one who made me a mom. You have been patient with me and bless me daily with your sweet comments. Six years ago I held you in my arms for the first time and my whole world felt complete. Everything made sense. The time has gone way too fast like it always does, but I couldn't be more proud of who you are. I love your quirks, your smile, your imagination, your sweet hugs, your everything. As I tightly hugged you last night and refused to let you go -- you reminded me that, "mom I will be just as sweet when I'm 6". You will never quit understand the depths of how much you have brought to my life. Happy birthday little dude -- I hope the year ahead is simply perfect for you.


I think we can all agree that sometimes we just wonder why dads are they way they are ...

Saturday, September 23, 2017

First Sleepover

Ryder had his first sleepover tonight and it was so much fun. They loved it and there were no tears on either end. So much fun watching them stay up late and be so excited to do everything. As a mom it was fun to watch them and remember back to my childhood of the mom's that made things more fun for us by adding little touches. Crazy to think we are at this point in life where I can still remember being this little and doing these things as a child. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Unicorns and Coffee

It's not every Saturday you get to wake up and watch a unicorn and sip your coffee. <3

"I don't know"

 Because I don't want to forget this phase. When you ask her "where did it go" she responds with "go?" then her little hands go up and she gives you a shrug of the shoulder. Needless to say -- she get's asked this about 200 times a day.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Simply because baby butts are so dang perfect. As a mom I wonder if I will ever think it is not okay to smack and pinch their little dimpled butts.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


If you don't have Rody at your house I highly reccomend him, he has been a household favorite for years!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Crazy Kid

Found him giggling and running around the house naked with shades on after he got out of the bathtub. It's how we roll -- he also may have been smacking his butt and saying something about a hiney.

Monday, August 28, 2017


So she has had this little toy since she was a baby, she giggles and laughs and thinks it was so cute. Well today was the day it all changed and for some strange reason Mr. Peekaboo elephant turned into some sort of scary monster. No clue what changed, yes I did giggle a bit, but for now we will put him away in a closet and try again later.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sweet Boy

When mom is testing some light for upcoming pictures and grabs this sweet shot of her little boy looking quite handsome.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gated In

When mama's cleaning the gates are closed and little miss just sits and watches and waits for me to open them up.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Big Bros

When big bros know exactly what it takes to make you scream and laugh.

Summer Days

When the days are hot and you will do just about anything to not feel like you are melting. Does anything say summer more than a pool and some naked little buns?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Creek Life

 I have said it before and I will say it again, give us trees, water, and rocks, and we are set for hours. Thankful this little girl seems to be following suit. She doesn't mind getting dirty and loves throwing rocks after her big brother does. We had a wonderful night adventuring to the creek and playing in the water on this hot summer night.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Story Telling

We have a wall at our house that is chalkboard, I was going to paint over it but I have to admit it is pretty darn cute seeing him draw his illustrations and hearing him tell me the stories behind them. Today we sang 'The Green Grass Grows All Around All Around' while we illustrated the story to tell it back. There were lots of giggles as we were attempting to sing it back quickly.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

God Is Good

 Love these images and love looking at how much they have both grown. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

11 Months

Happy eleven months sweet girl. You are less than one month away from celebrating one beautiful year of life. You are so fun little girl. You are clapping and yelling "yay" when you do. You mimic everything we say like a little parrot. When we yell "so big" you throw your hands in the air (like you just don't care), each and every time. You dance like no one is watching every chance you get. You are a jump food junkie -- nothing like your big brother. You love snuggling us and giving us loves. You re as sweet as can be but also wild and carefree. The chunky 9+ lbs newborn is long gone -- you are small and petite and everyone who sees you says, "she's so tiny". You are walking around furniture but haven't shown much interest in taking off on your own (which is fine by us). You have three little teeth and almost a fourth. I say it over and over but our world is a better place with you in it. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

After Bath Smiles

Pretty light and pretty little bald girl with a big head. :) Love you little girl, I am going to miss your bald head when your hair grows in.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Milk Bath Love

Click on the link above to see the video of a few of my favorites from her session.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Dada and bother are out fishing and little miss is just waiting. She knows they are out there somewhere, and apparently I am not nearly enough fun for her.


"Hey Mom, I picked you some flowers".

Sunsets & Bullfrogs

My evening view tonight is pretty darn adorable. They were laying down there watching the ducks and geese and trying to spot our bullfrog. It's not a lot of land like we wanted, but the memories are strong.

Hail Storms & Buns

It has been a crazy few days here with storms. We have had a few hail storms and little man is pretty intrigued by the falling ice. SO intrigued that I caught him at the front door naked watching it come down. We had a few people drive by and I just snickered and wondered if they looked our way.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


He is his father's child. He went hunting and these days it seems to be all he can think about. Love that he is excited about something but gosh dang do we always have to be shooting something. :)

Monday, June 19, 2017


Little miss has decided to wean herself for the most part of our day. She is miss independent and loves to do things herself. Nursing has been such a blessing with her. With Ryder he screamed and screamed for 7 months and I swore it was me feeding him that was hurting him each time. With this one, it is calm, she smiles at me, she puts her hands in my mouth constantly, she grunts, and falls asleep with one hand on my chest making small scratches on me. I had plans for even nursing her past one if she wanted but she has started to decide differently. Funny how life has a way of reminding you that you are not the one who calls the shots. Baby girl you are my last and I am sad this journey of ours is ending. I hope you can please give me just a few more months. Just hang tight and don't be in such a hurry to grow up so fast. These moments will be one I will cherish forever.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Walks

A small little creek by our house is a fun place to end our walks, rock jumping and trying to find critters.

Spaghetti Love

She is not a huge eater of food. There are a few things thought that she can't just can't resist.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

10 Months

I can not believe how fast this is going. What a fun 10 months we have had with you sweet girl. This month you went on your first vacation to San Diego. You were amazing on this trip and slept on your mom for most of the time. You went to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and lots of beaches. You loved watching your brother and got excited when he did. You were not too crazy about the sand for the first half of the trip but by the end you were a pro and trying to chase your brother. You are working on your top teeth and they have taken over your personality a bit this month. You are walking around furniture and you are all over the place.  You are extra snuggly this month and you love to just rest your head on our shoulders. You love music and you love when people sing to you. Your best friend is your wubby, you went from not liking it all all your first seven months to not being able to do anything without it.

Words : hi, dada, baby, and possibly Ryder (we aren't too sure if that is exactly what you are saying but it sounds close)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

San Diego -- A Few Of My Favorites

Day 1 -- Mom and two babies fly out to San Diego alone. Mom pretty much felt like she could probably run the world after she conquered this. End the night playing on the beach at sunset and met daddy after a long day!
Day 2 -- Sea World Fun and ended our day with a little time at the beach. 
Day 3 -- Check out a new beach with lots of tide pools and walked up and down the coast together. 
Day 4 -- Mom and kids went (on our only sunny warm day there) to a beach to play and collect shells. Miss Gray ended up sleeping on me for about three hours while Ryder played in the surf and chased sea gulls. 
Day 5 -- New beach -- New fun. Went to check out the sea lions and the seals on the beach. Ryder loved getting close to them and we couldn't believe how bad they stink! We ate at a cute little burger restaurant together and sat outside and laughed at Evie being nervous of the pigeons around us. Ryder and daddy ended their day at a pool party movie night down at the pool in the hotel. 
Day 6 -- San Diego Zoo Day -- Went to a parasailing place and watched people take off and land along the coast. Went to a lighthouse and toured it and walked along a navy base area up in the mountains. 
Day 7 -- Last beach day. Went back to our favorite beach of the week and stacked rocks and checked out the tide pools and played with the washed up kelp. 
Headed Home <3