11 August, 2014

Laughter in the Field

Today I am struggling.

I am struggling with adulthood and all of the decisions, choices, pains and responsibilities we have.
I just wanted to spend all summer playing outside with my kids, but the decisions we have to make about our future, can no longer be ignored.
Instead of facing them head on and enjoying the challenge, I want to put my head in a hole and pray they go away.

I can't do that.

But I want to.

I want my aches and pains to go away by themselves and I don't want to spend countless hours and dollars on doctors.

But they aren't and I have to.

I am not normally a procrastinator. I usually like to work on the tasks that are in front of me.

But truthfully, right now, I am scared.

I want someone to take me by the hand, tell me it's going to be ok and make the decisions for me.

I want things to be as simple as they are in this field:

I want to remember, that all that is important, is in that picture.

And most importantly, my walk with God.

Nothing else.

It will all work out.

07 August, 2014


I am behind. (What a shocker!)

Our getaway was amazing. (I will hopefully post about it before it's old news.)

And we are so crazy busy right now. (Why is summer almost over?!!)

But today is this guy's birthday and I refuse to let it pass by without acknowledging it.


We'll spend some time celebrating him this weekend in the midst of our crazy schedules.

But in the meantime,

Happy Birthday My Love!!!

29 July, 2014

Random Tuesday 7/29

Ok truthfully this isn't random Tuesday.

Ok it is, but it isn't.

As you read this, it's Tuesday, but I really wrote this on Sunday.

It's a pre-scheduled post because this is day 1 of our 10 yr anniversary trip.

And I have a smile on my face.

Ok well I had a smile on my face when I wrote this.
I hope it's even bigger now.

But on to randomness...

I need help.
Or suggestions.

I have a bed wetter on my hands and we've tried everything.
We've cut off water at a certain point. We've tried waking him up at a certain point.
Nothing works. I am not going back to pull ups, they are too expensive.

I like laundry, don't get me wrong. But doing the same bedding constantly is starting to wear me thin. (Not to mention the bedding.)

He was doing so well for awhile, but then he's gone backwards fast.
And I'm running out of money for laundry soap.

So help, please. Anyone have any suggestions??

Hubby got baptized on Saturday. He surprised me a few weeks earlier by telling me he had already signed up. Super proud of him.
I would love to post pics and video, but I had to swear I wouldn't, so that's out.
So in turn, if you know him, congratulate him. I didn't promise him I wouldn't tell people. ;)

I am writing a post on Acceptance. It's going to be a long process though, because I am struggling to get my thoughts and emotions out. It's going to be based on: At what point do you fight for your health and at what point do you accept that you might not ever get better.
I think I am writing it more based on my need for personal peace, more than my need to share.

Anyway, I hope y'all have a great week.
I know I will! ;)

24 July, 2014

Rainy days

Last week we had record setting highs.

Yesterday we had a record setting amount of rain in 24 hours.

Last week the days flew by like crazy and the kids and I played outside for hours.

This week I am ready to bang my head against the wall by 3pm.

Last week spirits were high and excitement for our trip ahead was even higher.

This week the fighting is unbearable, everyone is at each others throats and I'm stressed about my health and meal planning.


I know, you need the lows to appreciate the highs.

But I'm just not feeling it this week and right now it's hard to look up and stay positive.

I was hoping to schedule some posts while we are away, but it literally took everything I have to get this out.

Thanks for letting me vent, friends.
I know there is sunshine around the corner.
But today the smile is a lot of work.

17 July, 2014

Our street in season.

When we moved into our house last fall, I started taking pictures of the view from our front yard.
When I looked over my pics recently, I realized I had one from each season. I thought it would be fun to share.

Kinda cool!

14 July, 2014

When you have a birthday in January.

...You get photo shoots in the summer.

I always feel bad for my daughter.
If you look back over the last 4 years, Monkey has all of these awesome outdoor birthday photo shoots, with amazing light and a great temp.
Turtle has "studio" shots with unreliable lighting and wrinkly backdrops.

So this year, when we did Monkey's photo shoot, I had her come along to the field for some quick shots.

Here are a few of my favorites:

{Just like her momma, flowers and messy hair}

{Personal fave}

{This series of photos cracks me up!}

~Thank you all for letting me share my children
  and my passion for photographing them.~

11 July, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Yay for my favorite Holiday!!!!

Our plans changed several times leading up to, but the day found us with the same friends we celebrated with last year.
I was really looking forward to it since it was a on Friday and Josh wouldn't have to work the next day. (Although they still tried to get him to come in.)

When Turtle was a baby I started the tradition of a patriotic photo shoot just in time for the 4th.
But then, when we had Monkey a few days before the holiday, it was just too much to get the kids to do a patriotic shoot and Monkey's bday photos so close.
So this year, Mommy settled for a quick, back/front yard, bad lighting, just hurry up and smile/cooperate photo shoot, on the day of.

Every year there are tons of these lanterns let off and our kids always call them "Tangled" lanterns and get super excited! ;)

I hope everyone had an amazing Independence Day!!!

10 July, 2014

Terminal 4

Monkey chose Disney's Planes this year as his party theme, so my un-crafty self put together what I could!


Here are some pics of the day.

Welcome to Monkey's Disney Planes party!!




Our big 4 year old!!
I of course wanted some other pictures taken, but it's hard to be Mom, hostess and photographer.
Oh well. It was a great day!