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my girl.

geez, i’ve been a terrible blogger. resolutions? made ’em, sort of, one of which is to blog more? don’t hold me to it.

this girl has my heart. she turned two in november, and is only recently walking (assisted). many a night and day i worried about it, but she’s gonna be just fine. she is the most easy-going, lovable, snuggly girl. she wakes up happy and rarely complains. she adapts to any situation and location right away, and let me tell you, she is my girl when it comes to eating! it was my goal to post my kiddos’ favorites at every birthday, so i’m working on that for my girl. this is when i caught her discovery of my makeup drawer. let the fun begin!



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to the desert.

still trying to get back into the groove after a relaxing four days in the desert. we stayed here, and i can’t believe how much fun we all had. it’s totally kid-friendly (don’t go here if you want to get away from the family set) and was perfect in every way. definitely making this a yearly to-do.

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summer so far.

seems like the first week of summer is spent running around getting errands down. it’s as if we are in a mad rush to get things in order so that we can finally reeeeeelax. as if. the huz and i have a million projects floating around in our head and no funds to back them all, but we are mighty resourceful. we are dead set on putting one of these babies in, after seeing this and this. we’ve got the tank and the pump/filter and are trying to get this up and running by week’s end. then there are car repair appointments, dentist appointments, physical therapy for s, dog grooming, the list goes on. we are slowly settling into a rhythm though, and that’s nice.

01. daddy’s pancakes make everyone happy

02. playing outside in the dirt

03. big brother starting to really enjoy the company of his sister. the big plus is that she thinks everything he does is hilarious.

04. her favorite past time, swinging. look at that joy.

05. tending the garden every day and impatiently waiting for that first perfect in-season tomato.

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on the rare occasion that the little lady is screaming or fussy, he’ll pull me down to whisper in my ear, “i don’t think i want a baby anymore.” it breaks my heart, but i do get it. he remembers when he was the center of our world, when he didn’t have to share attention or toys or the arms of his parents.

and then there are other times, times when i watch them play together, when my eyes  fill with tears because i am so joyful, so overcome with the love i feel for them.

{here they were playing library, checking out books-my cookbooks-reading them, then returning them}

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push and pull.

five. i still can’t believe he’s five. as much as i am grateful for the time i have had and will have with him, i still mourn the time he wasn’t with us. crazy, right? there are just gaps of time that i cannot fill in for him.

when we document and applaud the baby’s milestones, he asks us sometimes about his own. and these are answers i cannot give him.

j talks of a “grandma” often, one whom he knew before our family came together. i don’t know who this grandma is. perhaps the lady who fostered him before we did? some of his stories lately involve this grandma.

“when I was a little baby, i peed on my grandma. then I came to live here with you and didn’t do that anymore.”

lately, this little guy climbs into our bed in the middle of the night. one night, he sleepily said, “guys. guys. i have to tell you something.”

“when i’m in my bed without you, i feel a bit lonely.”

there is that push and pull again. he refuses to hold my hand while walking across a crowded parking lot, but wants to snuggle at home non-stop. he wants to be so independent, a “big boy”, but sometimes just wants to be the baby, our only baby. and what he doesn’t quite understand yet, is that he will always, always be our baby, no matter how big he gets.

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our summer list (an ever-growing list, that is).


spontaneous get-togethers


homemade popsicles and ice cream

the fair

home-grown veggies determining dinner

dinner (and all other meals) outside



fireworks and sparklers

visits to the library



iced tea and lemonade

road trips



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slacker mom.

Hope your V-Day was happy, friends.

Mine? I typically don’t put pressure on myself or others for Valentine’s Day, and thank goodness. People lose their minds, no?

And pinterest? I love you, but my God, you have created a freakin’ annoying group of monsters. You put the idea in my head to create cute valentines for my kids, but alas, this slacker mom BOUGHT them. High five to me, though, for purchasing them a week in advance. My kids didn’t wake up to heart shaped pieces of toasts and didn’t lunch on heart shaped p b & j, but I don’t think they are any worse for the wear. I felt a bit of guilt, but then remembered this:

Upon arriving from home from an errand, a little boy ran out to greet me. He ran into my arms and we hugged for a really long time under the star-filled night, and I whispered to him, “Thank you for being my valentine. Do you know how much I love you?” And he replied back, “More than all the stars in the sky. I love you too, mommy.”

all pics via pinterest (but peruse with caution. it’s addictive!)

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