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A perk to this apartment we are living in is that it has fantastic lighting in the afternoons. Now, it gets SUPER hot on warm days, so I wouldn’t like this place in the summer, but I had a lot of fun last Friday taking a few pics of the kids! Bluebelle was willing and SO much fun to photograph this time. I hope this is a sign that we’ve turned a corner and she’ll allow me to take pics again. Dean Bean (formerly Squishy, still Little Man) is now not as cooperative. Of course.

I’ve decided to share a few pics and give you, my family and friends, a little update on both of them!

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Dean Bean

18 months old. Already.

Little man, you’re my little cuddlebug. You love me and want me with you just about non-stop. I don’t mind most of the time. You love to imitate your sister, dance, growl, climb, unroll the toilet paper, get in any unlatched cabinets, open and close doors, and figure out everything. You have an obsession with any phones or iPads you can grab. You love trains, balls, and things with wheels.

You say mama, dada, sissy, gramma, papa, thank you, cat, dog, hot dog (for Mickey Mouse), cookie, all done, bye bye and a few other words I can’t think of right now. You imitate the sounds of words really well. You understand just about everything we tell you and your comprehension is scary good. You love singing into your sister’s microphone. You love to make people laugh.

I can’t imagine our little family without you.

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I love your personality.

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You’re my special little man, and I love our bond.

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What do I say about you, child of my heart?

I love you so much. You’re almost 5, in just a few months, and I wish with all my heart I could stop time. You’re so smart and funny. You spend 95% of your day talking or trying to make us laugh.

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I have a hard time with the knowledge that I’m going to have to share you soon.

You are very talented. You love to color, draw, and you love the arts. The other night, you wanted to fall asleep watching “le nozze de figaro,” and we did. You have a remarkable understanding of the emotions behind the music, even though it was an Italian opera.  Speaking of emotions, you have them in spades. I love your tender heart. Please never lose your compassionate nature.

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You’re still obsessed with Frozen. You love Hello Kitty, dolls, Legos, princesses, books, and anything that’s a puzzle. You’re so good with your letters, sounds, and writing words. You’re as social as they come.

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You have your daddy’s fun entertaining personality with my need to be precise (well, you get that from both of us). You’re the best big sister I know. You take care of Dean Bean and protect him on every playground. You think of others.

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I love you and your beautiful blue eyes.

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Both of you are my delight. I’m so thankful I get to be your mom.

Well, I hope you like this little update! As you can tell, I’m a pretty proud mama. They and their daddy make this life worthwhile and they make me want to be a better person. I hope everyday I’m a person that points them in the right direction.


Distracted. That’s my story right now.

by April on January 16, 2015 · 0 comments

This past year (2014), I really started taking more steps toward being more present with my family. It was a kind of an unofficial resolution, but I was tired of being too distracted to be with my kids. Owning and maintaining a blog is a really fun thing, but it can be too easy to get caught up in the “business” aspect of having one. There are groups out there designed to help you build your readership, but it’s too easy to be overwhelmed with things like SEO, follower count, monetizing, etc. .

There was a time there when blogging became more about trying to get people to read my blog rather than sharing my life with the world. Not that I didn’t enjoy making things or sharing them, but it didn’t feel as organic to me as it should have been.

After Little Man was born, I decided to enjoy my kids rather than be preoccupied with showing others how much I was enjoying them. That was my personal struggle.

Also? That little guy won’t let me do anything. Still. (As I type, I’m trying to keep him from sitting on my chest.)

So this year I have soaked in moments with my kids. I have taken pictures, but not shared. I have texted funny stories without blogging.

However, I have also just stinking completely forgot.

Life has been so unusual and busy lately that I’ve also lost some joy in things. We’re under so much stress that we don’t seem to do much beyond our basic routines. We wake, eat, do our tasks, bathe, and sleep. I haven’t taken pictures since Christmas. Even so, I never got around to sharing them here! I have photos on my phone that I had every intention of showing that I never remembered to share. Life is a whirling dervish and I feel like I have situational ADD.

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Case and point… here are my kids’ pictures from seeing Santa last month.

Also, I think I haven’t even gotten the pictures from Christmas off my computer. I’m pretty sure I TOOK photos.

So this year, I think my resolution is to just do something I enjoy every week. Just something recharging that makes me happy.

I also hope I get to blog more, with a few less distractions! Sorry if this post has been so disjointed, I’ve literally had to stop after EVERY single sentence to deal with either Little Man or Bluebelle and it reminds me of why blogging has been less enjoyable this past year.

So, here you go. This is where I am right now. Just be prepared for me to share Christmas in February, January in March, and just be generally behind on life right now. I miss you all and I’m just glad to have a few moments to share my disjointed mind with you!

Also, wish us luck this weekend — we house shop! My favorite house went under contract last night. THIS IS MY LIFE.

Distracted. That’s my word for 2015 right now. It’s both where I am and where I don’t want to be by the end of this year!


Shouldn’t house buying be fun?

January 13, 2015

We’re getting into major crunch time for our house shopping, and it’s getting pretty frustrating. There are not a lot of options in our price range, and the ones that are, they are going fast. We thought we had found the right house for us last weekend and we actually got the winning bid on […]

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A little old house.

January 11, 2015

We’re in the middle of our house hunt, and we have had the opportunity to look at some beautiful homes. I’ve loved seeing the granite countertops, the hardwood floors, and the stone fireplaces. Some have made me feel like owning it would make me feel fancy. But driving back in hometown this past week made […]

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I’m back!! A life update.

January 5, 2015

I’M STILL HERE!! Oh my goodness, where do I begin? In October of this past year, my husband got a call from the corporate office that he had been selected for a promotion within his company. I am so proud of him because he works hard and often would go above and beyond in order […]

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Needing advice this holiday season!

November 28, 2014

Do you ever have expectations for a holiday and it let you down a little? That’s the best way I can explain yesterday. I spent a lot of time yesterday making a lot of food for our Thanksgiving gathering so my grandmother wouldn’t have to do it all. I made ham, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, […]

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To train or not to train: the sleep question.

November 21, 2014

Just a little encouragement today for mothers of littles: Sleep training. We’ve heard about it and debated it. We either love it or dread it. With Bluebelle, I tried CIO with varied success. I did everything the books said, even though it killed me. Eventually I began to do what worked for me, but it […]

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Bratty behavior.

November 11, 2014

What do you do when you feel the world lets you down? If I was being completely transparent, I would say it feels like the Lord has let me down (not discussing the truth of the situation.) This is my confession: sometimes I wrap up the physical things in my life and attribute them to the work […]

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A lost shoe.

November 7, 2014

    Houston, we have a problem. Seriously, how am I supposed to do anything without a shoe? Does no one care?  Should I pick up the shoe? Why is my mom just taking pictures? I can’t believe they would leave me here with just one shoe.  Sigh. I guess I just need to pick […]

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A little update!

November 6, 2014

Since it’s been well over a MONTH until I’ve been written in here, I figured it was time to do a little updating! October was a crazy month for us. My husband has received a promotion for his job! I’m so proud of him and he deserves this. It also means a lot of changes […]

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