Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6 months and smiling

My heart is full! These two sweet babies! 
Beckham is 6 months old (really 6 1/2 months old now). Charlee Kate will be 5 in 2 months. This is when I just want to start freezing time!!! It's too precious. Some of his 6 month markings...
- he loves any kind of baby food! Obviously which is why he is almost the size of a 10 month old. Jeremy calls him the line backer 
- he is amazed by his hands and eats them all the time
- laughing and smiling! What he does ALL the time
- sleeps a good 11-12 hours at night
- he adores Charlee Kate and like wise with her. 
- the baby b'jorn is his favorite. He is getting too big for it but it's my last baby in it. I will carry him in it as much as I can
- he will not roll from his tummy to his back but will roll the other way and is almost sitting up alone
- he loves a stroller ride or any ride...that's his cue to cat nap 
- I love this boy! He is going to be a mommys boy 

She is so into cheerleading!
Now beckham can start eating the good stuff
That's some good sleep!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pool afternoon

The joy of having our new Homewood pool less than a mile from us. We usually walk. Tonight we came after dinner to stay until they close, then off to get yogurt. It was so nice! 


My grandmothers 90th birthday and the girls with Nathan! Oh how they LOVE him!!!

She's too much! I love it! Heading to the water park 
Water park with hunter, Ella, and Jace 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A night out!

Adult night out!! Sushi and octane! Much needed break with my sis and brother in law! 

Just a few pics

Cheer camp last week! Oh she loved it!!!
More cheer camp photos 

Charlee Kate's flower garden! So glad Jeremy has a green thumb! 
Sitting outside!
Our fabulous neighbors and CK enjoying afternoon popcicles. Beckham and Ellis will be joining before too long 

Sweet cousins at the river
Another hilly run at the river! It's a hard run but I love the change

Gosh we love this place! Good healthy popcicles!!
All the kiddos at the Homewood pool 
Manis and pedis after the pool
6 month check up! Baby boy is great but has the heighth of a 10 month old. He's going to be a tall one
Ice cream truck at Ross bridge! 
Golf cart ride to the park 
He loves his bath time

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This is how we've rolled!

Not sure why I haven't taken many pictures lately! Lots of nice days at home I guess...just haven't thought to do it! I always like to start the summer with projects and most are completed or on their way to completion. 
Here's how a few weeks have rolled...
* bedrooms reorganized...I love change and that makes for a good clean! It also made me realize I can't wait to change my bedding soon yet I love love love my kiddos rooms! Especially B's nursery!! I will have a hard time letting that go when I have to. My house is all gray and white but something about that nursery! 
* AL game day outfits designed, material bought, and my sewing lady has it all! I like CK and now B to have something different and can't wait to see these! 
* CK's Frozen party ideas together and pieces coming together! 
* swim lessons a huge success for CK. She finally let go of the fear and took off with it! 
* the Bob...and the Quinny...we have gotten our money's worth out of them about 10 times already. We run/walk everywhere! I use them daily 2-3 times a day. Love my strollers!
* cheer camp for CK all week...that's busy in itself
* CK fell...hurt cheekbone, no stitches but had to be glued together and very black eye! 
* fresh flowers...a must must ALL the time!!!
* some date nights between Jeremy's traveling, family events, and just life
* some GREAT workouts/runs/insanity...I love the feeling of soreness after a workout
* lots of play time with friends
* cousins come next week yippee!!!
* upcoming trip with Jeremy for a much needed break! 

In a nutshell, that's how the last few weeks have gone! I have left things out (not intentionally).... Just bc my brain is full, never stops running, and unfortunately that "super woman" status I would love to take on...doesn't exist (hint one of my last posts about a Devotional) 

I give it my best shot each day! They fly by too fast but are so precious!

First night of hurt face
Park fun of course
By request...Charlee Kate ask for a fancy night out at bonefish! Of course I wasn't turning that down! 
Watching a show...clean babies
Waking up...always SO happy! This guy rocks his naps and sleeping all night! Love his schedule and we stick to it bc of this 

Best best friends!
Fresh flowers on CK's table (my favorite)
Sweet treat left on my back porch by my fabulous neighbor Alexa McElroy! Oh how I love her! 
Just a flashback pic I had to show someone...make me cry! How is she so big!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

My dream!

Well my dream not only came true with two healthy babies and even one of each!!! But...I always wanted them to have Jeremy's face and blonde hair. Looks like that's the route we are headed down. I keep thinking "wow I always prayed for A BABY and A HEALTHY ONE but God really knew my deepest thoughts" haha! He gave me two!!! Here are two comparison shots. Both of these were Jeremy's outfits. CK's head is rounder but they are so similar. 

Love love love! These two have my heart! Charlee Kate told me "Beckham is her best friend". She just waits for everyday to make him laugh, play with him, lay by him, or show him off! I worried she would be jealous but she always says "I love him and never want to give him back". Lol...the thoughts of a little kid! 

The writing was from my Instagram pictures

Perfect for the mommy guilt days

This was perfect for me! Especially when I have those mommy guilt moments!! We all want to be super mom, do it all, and be there for everything but it's impossible. is a great devotion for those days, hours, moments, and seconds we feel like that!

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)


I was squashed between kindergarteners in the school cafeteria when my 6-year-old son, Joshua, made an announcement that gave me the giggles. I hid my mouth behind a napkin to cover my smirk and realized that at one point in my life, my son's innocent words would have spawned tears instead of chuckles.

It started when the little boy next to me lifted a sandwich out of his lunch box.

"That's huge!" Joshua exclaimed as he poked at the lukewarm carrots on his cafeteria tray and gazed longingly at his classmate's lunch.

The sandwich was big. Oversized slabs of cheese and slices of ham nestled between two thick slices of bread. I wondered how much cash it would take to talk a kindergartner into trading his mealtime masterpiece for my soggy sloppy joe.

"Can you even get that in your mouth?" I teased as my lunch companion freed his sandwich from plastic wrap and lifted the culinary sensation to his mouth.

"I'm used to big bread," he replied. "It's my mom'sspecialty."

Joshua raised an eyebrow and studied the specimen in his classmate's hands. "You mean your mom makes the bread you eat?"

The little fellow nodded happily.

My son looked at me with wide-eyed wonder, then shrugged his shoulders and replied, "Oh, my mom's specialty is burnt bread."

I nodded in agreement. "If the crust's not charred, the bread's not ours," I said with a laugh.

The sandwich muncher beside me didn't even blink at my corny rhyme, but Joshua applauded me with a big smile.

Soon a bell announced the lunch hour's end, and the kindergarteners hurried to line up for recess. My brown-haired boy waved and marched off to the playground, leaving me alone with my speckled pink cafeteria tray, a mound of lukewarm carrots and a smile.

A decade ago my young son's honesty would have left me feeling second-rate. I would have raced to the library to check out a book on baking homemade bread.

I've learned the hard way that I miss all sorts of sacred and significant moments when I live with the frantic insistence that I can do it all. When I'm striving to be good at all things, I miss the joy ofsmall things.

A good mom isn't good at everything. She's just really good at one thing. A good mom is good at being who God created her to be.

The truth for bread-burning mamas like me sitting in school cafeterias and for gifted women like you sitting in mini-vans, corporate offices and rocking chairs is this: We weren't created to do it all.

We were created to play one small role in a gigantic Kingdom tale. And if we spend our lives trying to mimic everyone else's script, we might miss the lines that are uniquely ours.

On any given day, I can tell you a few things I do well. But, perhaps more importantly, I can tell you what I don't do.

I learned a few years ago the importance of creating a list of what I don't do. If you're tired of feeling tired, make that list. If you're worn out from the comparison game, make that list. If you can't celebrate your talents and laugh at your limitations, make that list.

Stick it to your bathroom mirror. Carry it in your purse. And refuse to apologize for being you.

So, friend, if you've been made to bake homemade bread, by all means, bake away.

If you've been fashioned to encourage others, speak life.

If you've been gifted to sing, fill the earth with music, please.

But whatever you do, don't try to do it all, or you just might miss the one thing that the world desperately needs you to do.

Dear Lord, I am tired of trying to do it all. Help me identify my gifts and accept my limitations so I can play my part in Your mighty Kingdom tale. In Jesus' Name, Amen.