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The boys were “page boys” in their first wedding last weekend!  The rehearsal was Friday evening and judging by how well that went I wasn’t too confident in their ability to walk down the aisle the next day.  I had been working on getting them to TRY on their tuxedos for weeks but they always ran and said, “NO mama!”  They hated them.  It was as if they KNEW it was an important outfit and they just wanted to make me worry.  Saturday after their nap and snack we slowly put the tuxedo on…along with daddy putting on his suit.  “See Daddy is putting on his slacks.”  “Daddy is putting on his shirt.” And so on.  We eventually got the slacks, shirts, socks, dress shoes, bow ties and vests on!  AND THEY LOOKED SOOOO STINKING CUTE!!!!!

We got to the church an hour early and they were able to have enough time to warm up to everyone, especially the flower girl….Hollie.  They fell in love with her! 🙂

But when it came time to put their boutonnieres on they weren’t having it!  That was a task!!!

Pretty sure Hollie helped with that!


By the time we were all getting in position to walk down the aisle the boys were loving all the ladies!

Their shoes did not come in half sizes so I had to order up…poor Sutton kept losing his shoe!  But, he would grab it and want it right back on his foot.
I wish I would have gotten some pictures of them actually walking down the aisle but I was at the front trying to make sure they came to me.  They walked down the aisle and right past me to Aunt Rue!  I was cracking up!  They didn’t want their roles to end.

Luckily the ceremony was short and we kept the boys quiet with snacks but we had to stay after for pictures and they actually posed with the bride (Aunt Rue’s sister) which wasn’t shocking because they are used to having a camera in their faces!

We took the boys to the reception for a little bit but they didn’t get to hang out very long….they were exhausted from all the excitement.

With our friends Aubrey and Camdyn
I think it is safe to say any tiny human in a tuxedo is about the cutest thing out there!  I am so proud of my babies!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 23, 2012

The Bittersweet Holiday

Mother’s Day will always be bittersweet.  It’s a reminder of my mom not being here but it’s also a reminder of my two blessings.

This year we decided to do Mother’s Day weekend at the lake….there is a hammock, lots of open spaces, shoreline with lots of rocks, fishing, boating, vegging, sleeping….a great place to go relax.

It was a weekend of FIRSTS for our boys.

First kite flying experience…althought there wasn’t much wind so it didn’t last long.
First time fishing.

First boat ride.  Now this FIRST was super exciting!  Daddy is a COMPLETE BOAT person and has been wanting to take the boys for a ride since they were born.  Luckily, Fynn LOVED it.  Sutton loved the boat until it started going but eventually he calmed down and enjoyed the ride.

Sutton’s favorite part was honking the horn!
They could have played on this ramp ALL weekend.
Sutton and I went on our very own walk together.
I think it was hands down one of my all-time favorite moments with him.  He just grabbed my hand and we started walking and walking and walking.  He wanted to check out the different flowers, trees and run and play.  He also was a chatter box but with words that brought tears to my eyes…still does as I type this.  He would say, “mama, lub you” and “tank ew mama” and just look up with me and smile.  I didn’t want it to end!
I taught him to blow on the dandelions.
And it tickled!  He picked up some wild flowers at one point and said, “KIKI!”  So we delivered them to our Kiki. 
We did some swinging with Kiki.
Played on the hammock.
Threw rocks of course…wouldn’t be a trip to the lake without that.
Bonded with Daddy.
More fishin with cousin Eric.
And made our FIRST s’mores.
Sutton’s interest was short – Thomas the Choo Choo was on inside and he was exhausted.  Fynn couldn’t decide if he liked it or not.  He knew he liked the graham cracker and the chocolate but the marshmallow was throwing him off.  He kept handing it to me for me to eat then would want it back.
In the end I think he liked it.
These two bring so much joy to such a difficult day for me.
Saying I’m thankful for them is the understatement of the century.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 16, 2012

Boys = Wrestling

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Having twin boys at the age of TWO makes life a bit interesting for this mom.  It’s a good thing I’m not prissy.  We have some serious BOY stuff going on…picking boogies, tooting and then LAUGHING because it’s sooooo funny, playing cars and of course……WRESTLING!

I’ll get down and wrestle with them every now and then but they are TOUGH.


The problem is they never seem to want to wrestle at the same time.  It’s usually only one wants to and the other throws a fit because they just want their brother OFF OF THEM!

Yesterday Sutton was ON. A. MISSION.


Is it mean I sat and took pictures?
Fynn’s face is a bit melodramatic I must say….Sutton was simply climbing on top of Fynn’s back.

See, I’m fine.  Just didn’t want him to mess up my hair!

Daddy will wrestle with me!!!

The joys of having boys!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi



April 2, 2012

The Eleven

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This has been making its way around the bloggy blogs, and I was lucky enough to get tagged by Mandy at The Fabulous Baby Striblings, so I am excited to play along.

Here are the rules:
1. post these rules.

2. post a photo of yourself & 11 random facts about you.

3. answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.

4. create 11 new questions & tag new people to answer them.

5. go to their blog/twitter & let them know they’ve been tagged.

So, here are my random facts about myself. (in no particular order)

1. I’m 6’1″….I’m finally agreeing with my husband that I am 6’1″.  I’ve always just said six feet tall because adding that extra inch seems to make me feel like a GIANT.

2.  I am BIG on using the proper form of “they’re” and “their” and it DRIVES me nuts when people use it incorrectly.

3.  My mom taught me to never end a sentence with a preposition and still to this day I am always making sure I don’t do it and it’s hard for me to hold back on correcting people.

4.  I am not a natural blond and once tried to go back to my darker color but then discovered I have some gray hairs…YES I HAVE GRAY HAIR!!!

5.  I keep saying I am going to write a book…I have it in my head I just need to sit down and write it!

6. I never ate cajun food until I met my husband and now I love red beans & rice as well as chicken gumbo.

7.  I still detest seafood though…except shrimp cocktail and calamari.

8.  I used to drink diet coke every single day but since watching a video on aspartame I avoid it at all costs.  I now maybe drink ONE Coke a week.

9.  I cannot sing.  IT IS HORRIBLE!  I recorded my voice once in junior high to see what I sounded like and one time Jason and I were in my old bedroom and he found it.  Pretty sure I attacked him until I broke the tape free then I destroyed.  I never felt so accomplished in my life.  And so thankful he didn’t hear it.

10.  I want to have one more baby for sure then see where we are in life to decide if we are finished.

11.  I chose Advertising as my major in college because it sounded cool.  I wish I could go back and change it to History….LOVE history and would have loved to teach at a high school level.

Okay RANDOMNESS over… are Mandy’s questions for me:

1. What is your favorite guilty pleasure food? hands down Mexican food!  I miss Kansas City Mexican restaurants!!

2. What is your biggest (or just one) regret in life? looking back I wish I would have spent more time with my mom before she passed

3. What is your favorite hobby? I love photography.  I am no professional but I love love love taking pictures and the editing process is kind of therapeutic for me.

4. What is your most favorite piece of clothing and why? any pair of jeans I can find with a 36″ inseam

5. What game show would you most love to be on and why? Price is Right…two words – SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN!!

6. If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Florence, Italy

7. Name one thing you would want to change in your life right now. (that you haven’t already blogged about) I used to work out 3-4 days a week and LOVED it but then schedules got messed up, kids got a cold, I got a cold and ever since I’ve been trying to get back but it’s difficult.

8. What is your favorite thing about each child? hmmm, so many!  Fynn – I love how easy-going this child is…for the most part.  He eats well, sleeps well, plays well and only occasionally gets frustrated or upset.  Sutton – he is so JOLLY and FUNNY!  He can be an ornery little toot but that kid makes me laugh EVERY DAY!

9. What would you love your kids/future kids to grow up to be professionally some day? ( I liked this question) duh professional athletes but with a college degree

10. What does your family do at night for dinner? (cook, take out, etc?) S-TH we usually eat at home….I cook or sometimes Jason will take over then on F & S nights we will eat out or grab something.

11. Name a great random memory. The night I fell in love with Jason.  We had met once prior to that night but then we ran into each other at a college party.  We flirted a bit and talked some but then we left with some mutual friends and got food.  We then went to Walmart and played in the toy aisle for a while…I still have my Star Wars light saber!  Then we went to the park and played around with everyone.  Finally we snuggled up on the slide and talked and watched the sun come up then Jason kissed me for the first time before taking me home.  BEST.NIGHT.EVER.

SOOOO, I am going to tag Alicia, Melissa & Jesse

My questions for you:

1. What is your favorite part about motherhood?
2.  Where do you want to be in 5 years?
3.  How did you meet your husband?
4.  What is your favorite pair of shoes?
5.  What made you want to start blogging?
6.  Favorite vacation ever?
7.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
8.  Do you prefer people to be “straight-shooters” or would you rather avoid confrontation?
9.   What city do you want to visit some day that you have yet to see?
10.  What is your favorite hobby?
11.  If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would do?

March 2, 2012


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I’ve been writing this post in my head for over a week now.

Monday, February 13 the world lost an amazing woman, our Grandma.

She had come home from the hospital the day before to stay at my in-laws while she recovered from her heart attack.  We brought the boys over after dinner to say hello and spend some time with her.  She was in a great mood and we were all laughing and enjoying the kiddos.  She said to me, “I’m so blessed to have so much family caring for me.”  We left that night giving her a kiss and thinking we would see her the next day.

Then the worst happened.  When the phone rings before 9 a.m. I am always worried and this time was no different.  My mother-in-law called to tell us Grandma had collapsed and my brother-in-law and father-in-law were giving her CPR.  I told Jason to get over there and help in any way he could…..we live only 2 miles down the road.

Then I got the next call…doesn’t look good.

In the midst of all of this my sister-in-law had to take her husband (my brother-in-law mentioned above) to the airport to return to Afghanistan from his 2 week R&R.  She brought her two kiddos over to my house and I was trying to grasp what was really taking place but I had to keep my composure for the kids.  Fynn kept seeing me cry and he would cry.

Finally the last, worst call came.  She didn’t make it.

All I could do was pray it was a bad dream.

This woman had played a major role in my life since I was 18.

When I met Jason she instantly made me feel welcome and loved….she had a way of doing that with many people.

She made holidays fun and warm and entertaining.  And every year we said we weren’t doing lots of gifts yet she always went overboard.
My first Christmas with Jason’s family was the toughest…the first without my mom.  Grandma had heard I loved frogs so she went out and purchased any and everything with a frog on it.


When Jason and I were dating she would often say to me that if something were to happen to us she wanted to keep me!
Having lost my mom 8 months before we started dating and then my own grandmother 2 months after made life a bit difficult and very different.

Grandma did everything she could to know I had family and I was loved and it didn’t matter if my blood was different from theirs.

I’ll never forget when Jason and I suffered our miscarriage and I had to go to a doctor’s appointment afterward but Jason couldn’t come.  She did.
She consoled me in the waiting room and took wonderful care of me.

When we struggled for so many years to conceive she was so encouraging and kept telling me how excited she was to come stay with us when the baby was born.  Well, when we found out it was twins I was terrified and she reassured me she would come stay with us as long as we needed.  And when they arrived we were soooooo thankful for her!  She made us home-cooked meals, washed and sterilized bottles, did laundry, you name it.

She was always willing to help when needed and she did it with such love it is irreplaceable.

Everyone knew Grandma and I stood on completely opposite ends of the political spectrum but that didn’t mean we couldn’t discuss the issues.  We could sit and talk for hours and hours without raising our voices or interrupting or anything disrespectful.  I really enjoyed those talks!

It’s difficult to even begin to think about how different our lives will be.  She was so involved and we were so looking forward to the boys growing up with her in their lives.

She loved taking the boys out to the lake to feed ducks.
She was the grandma who would get down and play with the kids….always bringing fun new toys….bowling set, harmonicas, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and balloons.

She bragged to everyone about her grandkids and great grandkids.  She was extremely proud of Jason and his chiropractic practice.

She always complemented my blog and told me I was a wonderful writer, she even commented on almost every single photo I posted on Facebook.  When I went to visit her in the hospital a few weeks ago she was encouraging me to follow my dreams to write a book.

Our world is now forever changed and it isn’t even real yet….may not be for some time.

I know I think of her every day and miss her even more.

I miss her laugh and the way she would always call me “sweetheart” on the phone.  She would always say, “kiss my boys for me!”

I’m thankful we were blessed enough to know her and all she did for us.

We love you Grandma and miss you.


Until next post…

The Mamarazzi




February 23, 2012

2 Year Pictures – Part 1

We usually have a professional photographer take our boys’ pictures and our family pictures but this year for their 2nd birthday I wanted to take them.  I’m no professional but I’m getting better and I ENJOY taking photographs so I gave it a try.

The first round I wanted to take inside with natural light with a white background, blue balloons and the boys in nothing but some jeans.  I was happy with MOST of them but Fynn would not cooperate as well as Sutton.

Sutton is my HAM!  I get the camera out and he is posing and cheesing it up!

My little smiley guy!
Love that BELLY!
Like it in color as well.
Fynn….my little ornery guy!
He wouldn’t put down his bowl of goldfish so I had to work around it.
My backdrop is down but I LOVE this picture!
Finally I just got a ton of their books out and hoped they would sit still long enough to get a few.
Fynn’s face captures the entire photo shoot – SERIOUSLY MOM PUT THE CAMERA DOWN!

And thanks to my new TRIPOD & REMOTE I jumped in.
We also went to a field to get some outside ones but they didn’t turn out GREAT.
May attempt those again one day soon.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

January 28, 2012

Flashback Friday – ALMOST TWO?!!

Having children 3 weeks after Christmas makes life a little difficult.  I’m so focused on Thanksgiving then Christmas that their birthday just sneaks up on me so fast!

They will be two January 19….SERIOUSLY?  HOW?  Yes the first year FLEW by but MAN OH MAN this last year seems like I literally blinked and BAM two is here!

I look back at their first birthday and it is so shocking how much they have changed.  They say soooo many more words and even phrases.  They eat better!  They are so smart!

Last Christmas…

We took them to the mall and the woman working said we should not let them see Santa and just slowly back them into his lap and they will snap a photo.
It worked because two seconds after this was taken the boys realized something was up and freaked out.

This year we attempted once at Bass Pro in November…NOPE.  Fynn ran from Santa and Sutton screamed.  We attempted again last night with a friend’s dad dressed as Santa….NOPE.
Both boys ran.  Maybe next year.

So here we are….23 months.  I think this is where we start saying they are “2” or “2 1/2” no longer will we refer to their age in months.
That means they are really growing up.

Sutton is my sensitive child.  He is the boy who will pass toys out to everyone and loves to give kisses and hugs and snuggles.  He can also be highly emotional when tired but also SO happy.  He will still giggle from the gut and he has so many expressions I could sit and watch him all day and wonder what is going through his head.

He LOVES Mickey Mouse and Veggie Tales.  He loves books.  He will say so many things and repeat what you say…better be careful.
He loves to point to a body part and say what it is…nose, eye, ear, cheeks, knee, hair, etc.

He loves to eat with his fingers…even oatmeal, which makes for a messy breakfast.
He LOVES his Daddy and says, “Kiki” at least once a day.

He has started hating naps, which makes me nervous.  Some days he will go right to sleep and others he stands or sits in his crib and just talks to himself.
But when he does go to sleep he SLEEPS for at least 2 hours.

Fynn is ornery.  Yes he is without a doubt ornery.  But he is SOOO sweet and lovable as well.
His favorite saying is “where’d it go?!” while throwing his hands up in the air.
Fynn is a good eater and will use his spoon or fork, which mama likes.

Fynn always wins the “Good Sleeper Award.”  He can go to sleep and stay asleep for 2-3 hours easily at nap time.

He LOVES to jump on the trampoline, which carries over to his bed.  He will stand in his crib in the morning and jump up and down and say “jump jump jump” over and over waiting for mama to come get him.
He too LOVES his Daddy!!

He really loves Veggie Tales and the Wiggles.  Books are his favorite and he could sit and study them for hours.
Daddy taught him to throw the ball overhand so he loves to do that with any ball he can find.

He still has crazy hair but it makes him who he is and at least it is cute at this age.

They wake up about 8:00/8:30 and eat breakfast.  Some random days they will sleep until 8:45/9:00, which I like but it does mess up their nap, making it harder to get them to take a good one.
We usually play or go run errands after breakfast but on Tuesday and Thursday they go to preschool at the church at 9:30 until 2:30.
Lunch is around noon then a nap about 1:00.
Snack when they wake up and dinner at 7:00.
To bed at 8:30 or 8:00 if they didn’t nap well.


These two are the light of my life and I cannot BELIEVE they will be TWO!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 23, 2011

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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I’ve been slacking…yet again I say this…but we have just been busy enjoying this time of year.

I turned 31 on the 7th.  I went to a fun Christmas party for a bunch of ladies, which was fun since we got to hang out in our PJs.  I’ve had a few Stella & Dot trunk shows, which is nice to have the extra spending money for the holidays.  Jason has been working on the fence….SO CLOSE to being done.  In the midst of all that we have two awesome little boys keeping us entertained and busy.

Since 1999 I have DREADED the holidays.  Christmas of 1998 was 2 months TO THE DAY before my mom passed and we spent it on a Disney cruise and a trip to Florida with our entire family on my mom’s side.  It was a lot of fun but that was when my mom first got sick and missed a lot of the activities.  Since then, I’ve missed her SO much during the holidays.  She was the one who was in charge of it all…, decorating, wrapping, etc.

Our tradition was we would get to open ONE gift on Christmas Eve but the rest was for Christmas morning.  We’d sit around in our jammies, eating breakfast and opening gifts.  We tried different scenarios – go around and each open one gift at a time, each person opens all their gifts at once, etc.  Gifts would get mixed up – one year Jordan (my brother) got Mariah Carey and I got Red Hot Chili Peppers (today I can say I would MUCH rather RHCP!) and we would all laugh and enjoy the awesomeness that was that time together.

The year after my mom passed I met Jason and spent that first dreaded holiday season with his family.  At one point I had to step outside because the level of love, fun, excitement, joy and comfort was overwhelming.  In the last 12 years it has become my favorite time.

My in-laws have different traditions.  Christmas Eve we sit around and open all our gifts – going youngest to oldest.  I think one year we drew numbers to determine the order but that didn’t seem to last.  Every year we say “we are not buying gifts for everyone….let’s draw names.”  FAILS every year!  Last year we attempted to do JUST the babies and then play dirty santa but with good gifts and that was a lot of fun but did everyone end up buying everyone presents – YEP!

Last year was the boys’ first Christmas and it was also my first holiday season I looked forward to since 1998.  Having children has healed that part of me but not fully.  I don’t think it will ever be healed FULLY….just cured a bit with the grins I see when I walk in their room Christmas morning.

The boys bring so much joy to my holidays now.  Seeing everything for the first time through their eyes is truly one of the most amazing experiences one cannot even put into words.  Last Christmas they were not even one so it wasn’t much to them.  This year….totally different.  They LOVE Christmas lights and they love our tree as well.  We put all the non-breakable ornaments on the lower part of our tree this year and they haven’t managed to do any damage so that’s good.

Christmas morning is when we will do “Santa” gifts, which this year they are going to be coming downstairs to find their very own SLIDE for our house (which can be used outside as well as in our gameroom), a new workbench from Papa O and two of these:

Yes they have helmets with them!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 22, 2011

Halloween 2011

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I’m a little behind yes I know…story of my life.

I was also slacking with the costumes because I kept putting it off.  I can never decide if I should dress the boys the same or different and then can’t decide what to buy.  We had finally decided to dress them as boxers but when I went to get the costume it was all out.  Then I couldn’t find two in the toddler sizes so that was frustrating.  Everywhere I went they were lacking toddler sizes!

Finally the morning of Halloween I went to Toys R Us and found nothing so I attempted Target and I found the cutest zebra and cow and went with those.  They were SO CUTE!!!

That evening we went to their preschool church carnival.

It was so fun!!  Lots of cool games for kids of all sizes, jupiter jump, face painting and candy everywhere.  Of course our boys didn’t get to eat one piece. 🙂

My sweet family.

Aunt Jenny showing fynn the playdoh.

My adorable little cow.

My loves!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

November 4, 2011