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Short Hiatus

We have been fortunate to be able to take time away and visit family, and because I’m trying to soak it all in, and we are so busy I will not be around a computer often or have access to pictures for my project 52. I plan on catching up when I get back but until then I’ll post little diddes if I can 🙂

Project 52:6 | Boy World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day marked the first birthday of my littlest man. I can’t believe we are here already. I know people always say, “I feel like it was yesterday…” but I honestly do feel like I brought him home like a month ago! We’ve flown through all the first year milestones that I felt took forever to get here with my oldest. Tillman has always been more of an observer, so sweet and pretty quiet, while Dylan is total opposite, but when they are with each other it just works. We celebrated Tillman with a party full of yummy food and lots of friends and balloons and he loved it! He totally knew it was his day and played into all the attention. I was so proud of Dylan too. I  thought he would have a hard time understanding it was Tillman’s day, but it was the exact opposite. He was so proud of his brother and wanted everyone to know it was his special time. I definitely shed some tears because I felt my baby was growing too quickly, but I was completely overcome by emotion and the thought of how much love  and happiness and good health we have been blessed with. We are so very grateful for each other and look forward to many, many more celebrations!

Project 52:5 | Boy World

Our house is chaotic majority of the day. On the occasion that I am able to get both boys down for an afternoon nap around the same time I have a just enough time to catch my breath and try and get some chores done. Around dinner time everything hits a whole new level of crazy – my oldest is excited that Daddy’s home and is bouncing off the wall, I’m in the middle of cooking dinner, and my youngest is underneath me pulling on my legs and screaming because I’m not cooking fast enough. From that point on we are pushing through to bedtime, which usually means lots of toys thrown around from Dylan’s pre-dinner playing, bath time, and negotiating them into pajamas. It is quite a fiasco and apparently not only for us.

No matter how crazy it may get there are the rare occasions when they accidently fall asleep and when it happens it is adorable. Lately, it’s been mostly our youngest and man that sweet face and little snore always makes me smile. This warm, tingly feeling comes over me, and I feel the emotion take over, the tears dwelling. The same thing happens when Dylan miraculously falls asleep with us on the couch although it is much more rare. It’s a moment where I miss the babies that they once were, but am so proud of who they are. I am able to reflect on the fact that I have this unexplainable love for these perfect little people, a love that I can hardly understand let alone find the words to describe. It literally takes my breath away. I want for nothing more than to scoop them up and snuggle with them, followed by their soft little breaths keeping me warm through in our bed while we snuggle some more.

Then of course I realize that IF I scoop them up they will wake up and there will be no more quiet, serene little boys and definitely no snuggling and IF I let them cozy up in our bed we would be the ones getting no sleep. So I watch quietly take in the moment and usher them off to bed where they will continue their sweet dreams, while Mama relaxes with non-animated television shows, a glass of wine, and of course my hubby.

If you are interested in seeing other blogs that are doing Project 52s see below. I’ll continue to link as I find them.

Styleberry ~ The Carter Family ~ McBaby Bump ~ LucasandMahina

Project 52:4 | Boy World

I’m starting to learn with my very stubborn and independent three year old that the only way to get him to do what we want when he’s in a mood (which is now most of the time) is to make him think it was his idea or make it a game. He jumps at the opportunity, although it definitely tests my patience more haha! I’ll do just about anything though to avoid those meltdowns. This evening had started with a messy spaghetti dinner and a refusal to bathe, so bring on the games, the jumping through hoops and the bells and whistles. Luckily, my husband is fantastic at this. It’s crazy the things he can get him to do, although I am thinking that all the competitiveness may come back to haunt us later. Guess I’ll worry about that then! Side note: there’s nothing better than seeing them play together.  Our youngest getting bigger is such a double-edged sword. I want him to stay this little baby, but I love that they are getting to an age where they can play and enjoy each other.

Project 52:3 | Boy World

There is a sort of child-like behavior that men really never grow out of, and I witness it every day when my husband plays with our boys. There is constant wrestling, tackling, running, jumping, dirt, and the beautiful outdoors. Sometimes I envy that playful, carefree excitement with which they do even the smallest tasks, but I’ve come to understand that’s their special bond. I want them to hold on to that amazing father/son relationship as long as possible. Watching my husband play with our boys gives me butterflies. He’s full of life and laughter, and there is still that glimmer of a fearless, fun-loving child in his eyes, and that’s what I want for our little men. All my boys appreciate the smallest things, which helps to remind me to lighten up too. For many it may have been a cold, windy, indoors kind of day, but for my boys it was a perfect opportunity to have some fun with their kites.

Project 52:2 | Boy World

This is one of those moments where I’m sprinting to my camera to ensure I don’t miss it! That way when they get a little older I can prove that they were sweet to each other at one time. Watching our babies learn new things and become more independent is always amazing, although bittersweet. Now with our second it is even better, because we get to see more and more of these moments with the boys. Moments when Dylan is stepping sweetly into that big brother role. He tries to teach him how to do things by himself, for instance feeding himself and when Tillman makes a bit of a mess Dylan’s right there to help him and clean him up. It warms my heart, and brings a tear to my eye.

If you are interested in seeing other blogs that are doing Project 52s see below. I’ll continue to link as I find them.

Styleberry ~ The Carter Family ~ McBaby Bump ~ LucasandMahina ~ Gin and Juice Boxes

Versatile Blogger Award Winner!

After taking a ridiculously long hiatus I was happy to come back and find that there was still somebody reading my blog! I was even more excited when I found out that I was nominated for a award, which I am happy to accept.

Thanks to Pamela over at Stories of a Mom for not only sticking with me, but for giving me a Versatile Blogger Award!

Official Rules of the Award

1) Thank the award-giver(s) and link back to them in your post.
2) Tell your readers seven (7) things about yourself.
3) Give this award to up to fifteen (15) recently discovered bloggers.
4) Contact those bloggers and let them in on the exciting news.

About Me:

  1. Being a mom AND a wife has made me a better person.
  2. I believe every woman deserves to be in a happy relationship – one where both partners offer each other love, support, understanding, friendship, and teamwork.
  3. Becoming a full-time stay at home mom was quite an adjustment for me.
  4. I love that a date night for me and the hubby is catching up on our favorite television shows, snuggling, and snacks.
  5. I sometimes daydream about what my boys will be when they grow up, who they will be, and where life will take them.
  6. I miss my family EVERY SINGLE DAY that we are away from them, but as much as I miss them I LOVE where we are and the the life we are creating.
  7. I enjoy spending my downtime reading magazines, cooking, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and crafting.

I would like to award:

  1. Styleberry
  2. mcbabybump
  3. The Carters Family
  4. Boy Mom Blog
  5. Babies, Design & Food
  6. Me, Myself, and Mi Familia
  7. Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
  8. The Hughs Zoo
  9. The Janner Triplets
  10. The “J” Crew
  11. Ruesch Love
  12. Brooke and Michael
  13. theloflands
  14. Joy’ Hope
  15. My Life in the Making

These are the blogs that I find to be interesting, and fun! I hope you can pop on over and visit them as well.

Project 52:1 | Boy World

I have decided to participate in a Project 52. After being inspired (again!) by my favorite blog Styleberry. My goal is to choose one picture every week  that follows the theme that I have chosen. In the end I hope to have a well-rounded collection of not just pictures, but memories our little boys. I’m very excited about it, because instead of having just another collection of pictures it will tell a story. I wanted to pick a theme that would be versatile, and fun, but would also give a glimpse into my day to day. Boy World is my life – always has been. I’m the only girl on both sides of my family, so growing up was full of mud, stink, food, and blood. Who would have thought that I am  still the little bit of pink estrogen in the “man cave” that is my own home? Along with my husband we have our two handsome boys, and our dog Eddie which means Mama is very well taken care of by her boys, and even with all the crazy I wouldn’t have it any other way! So we begin the weekly glimpse into all of the fun that is BOY WORLD!

They are so easy to entertain as long as you don’t mind rolling around on the floor and getting slobbered on! It is loud and often hard to breath when you get caught underneath it all, but nothing makes them light up more than the idea of their Dad and Mom acting like little kids too. Then again nothing makes us light up more than being smothered by kisses from our boys – this time was Daddy’s turn!

If you are interested in seeing other blogs that are doing Project 52s see below. I’ll continue to link as I find them.

Styleberry ~ The Carter Family ~ McBaby Bump ~ LucasandMahina

Alive and Well

I’M STILL ALIVE I PROMISE!

I have been slacking. I got caught up with our move and unpacking, and then the holidays were here and well the rest is history. Nonetheless, it is a new year and I have new plans. Along with more posts I hope to add some pretty cool projects. Please stay tuned later this week!