Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thankful for Cousins

Grandma has been begging for normal outfits and a new cousin picture for her walls. So very thankful for older cousins. They are so much older but always seem to know how to make time to play with Ryder and make him feel like they love doing it. Kati and Cole you are good people, thank you for treating my small kiddos like they are the coolest. :)) 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Thankful for my husbands side of the family. They are seriously good people. <3

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family Pictures 2017

It was so unbelievably cold, and so windy. It was miserable. The whole session lasted like ten minutes but I am very thankful for friends who offer to take us out and try to take a few pictures of my family. Love my crazy bunch.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Little World

Today you were loving this book. You were taking it with you as you walked to different rooms. You were feeling the bugs on the book and turning the pages. You would walk to a room find somewhere to sit and then "read" it. As you walked from room to room sometimes you just couldn't seem to lay the book down. You are so funny little girl.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Little Girl

Oh sweet little girl, you love being in your brother's room. When I can't find you, you are usually trying to crawl on his bed or you are sitting right here in this chair and looking out the window at your "geese". You love to hang out with your brother and feel like you are part of his "in crowd". When he plays ninjas and is running around and kicking and yelling "hi-ya" you are right behind him laughing and doing the same thing. I know one day you two will annoy each other, but for right now I am loving how sweet you are to each other.

Monday, October 30, 2017


"Mom, take a picture and see if it looks like I am a wolf sleeping".

Sick Days

We haven't been feeling to good over here, in fact it has been a rough week.  Little man you seem to catch things and hang on to them for quite awhile. Wish I could help you feel better, hate seeing you not feeling well.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Love

Lashes For Days

Oh sweet little girl, I could stare at your perfections all day long. Those lashes. That long whispy hair strand in the front of your forehead. That sweet little button nose. The way your upper lip curves up over your mouth. The small dimples you get when you smile. <3 Love you little miss.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


 You hate toys -- you will play for an hour with a toilet paper roll but when your toys are put in front of you, you want nothing to do with them. However there is one small exception to this -- you do love legos. I have a sneaky suspicion that you only like them because your brother is so crazy about them but it is kind of funny that you can over look all the lighted "baby" things and go straight towards this little things.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nice Days

Wasn't much of a fall this year -- it has been hot and I have a sneaky suspicion we will go straight to freezing cold. Today was a beautiful day and it was so nice to get outside and enjoy the time. You love to be outside, you don't do much but just love to walk around back and forth and stack a few rocks. It is so much fun to watch you wobble back and forth as you walk.

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!