Labor Day Weekend 2012

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We had a great Labor Day Weekend this year!  Daddy and I won tickets to the first Oklahoma State University football game!  The next day we went to the lake to help Papa O get the boat out of the water.  Sutton found this book titled, “How to Clean Practically Anything.”  He was OBSESSED with it….we even had to bring it home.
Who doesn’t find this funny?!
Sweet Boy!
Monday we went to spend the day with Aunt Kim and Grandpa at Kiki & Pappy’s house.
We cleaned the pool, which the boys LOVED doing.
Did some swimmin’!
After we ate hamburgers and hot dogs Aunt Kimmie gave us fruit bars and BOY OH BOY were they MESSY!
But oh so yummy…and funny I guess.
Straight to the bath after this mess!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

September 4, 2012
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Flashback Friday – Changes

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I haven’t done a flashback friday post in forever and this week made me think of it because we have so  many changes with the boys!  We have been talking about doing three things…1) take away the binks/pacifiers 2) transition to toddler beds and 3) potty train.  Well with Sutton having surgery at the beginning of August we wanted to wait on all three.  So we decided we would wait to get rid of binks until Daddy got home from his weekend in Dallas.  So, one night he was working in the garage and I just decided to take them away…it was spur of the moment but I was just over them!  I talked for a few weeks prior about taking their binks and giving them to a baby because babies use binks, not big boys.  So that night I simply asked if they wanted to give their binks to the babies next door and they handed them to me.  Before they could second guess their decision and hid them in my pocket and diverted their attention to saying prayers and reading books.  Fynn maybe whined for a few minutes but they went to sleep fine.  The only bad thing is since taking them away Sutton has yet to take a nap during the day!  UGH!  But since then they have only mentioned them maybe one time.  Mission accomplished.

August 2010
Look at those CHUBBY CHEEKS!

Goal #2 – Toddler Beds
Well, yesterday we just decided to go ahead and do it.  Sutton isn’t  napping so we might as well.  We heard horror stories of the transition for other parents so I was prepared for a long night of putting them back in bed.  Nope.  They went straight to sleep.  Easy peasy.  Now we will see how they do at nap time today but it can’t get much worse than how Sutton has been all week.  The best part of toddler beds, they woke up, came downstairs and crawled in our bed and watched cartoons for a little bit….giving mommy and daddy a little more rest time.  Mission accomplished.

August 2011

So, next up….potty training.  I think they are ready but we want to have an entire free weekend to do it and that will be happen until the end of October so for now, we will finish our love/hate relationship with diapers.  I love the independence of now worrying about making potty breaks on road trips, at the grocery store, etc.  But man our bank account will LOVE the day we no longer pay for diapers.
I have learned so much from being a parents and so many times I don’t do something (take away binks, etc.) because I’m afraid of change and how they will respond but I keep learning over and over that these babies of ours are not babies anymore and they are ready and capable of much more than I give them credit.

I hope goal #3 happens as smooth and easy as #1 and #2.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 31, 2012
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How I spend My Days

Life is truly full of changes and transitions and each time something new happens I learn to embrace it with an open mind and open heart.  My husband encouraged me to start my own photography business and hearing his uplifting words made me confident to just DO IT.  So I did and I was nervous about how it would go and what people would say.  I would be putting my work, my personal work on display for others to truly critique.  It is one thing to do it for myself but having someone trust ME to capture the moment in life they want to capture is nerve wracking.  But, I took my time and built a small portfolio and then literally within weeks I had two paid sessions booked.  And now, my next three months are filling fast!

We also recently decided to hire a new chiropractic assistant so I would no longer work in the clinic two afternoons each week.
I’ll still pop in and help out when the boys are in school and I have time but I need to take this time to REALLY focus on what makes me happy…being a mommy to our boys and photography.
I want to have time to really learn more and more and practice more and more and the way my life has been lately I just don’t have a lot of time.

So I will now be devoting my “free” time each week to photography and when the boys are not in preschool I will be 100% with them.  I have to add that “free” time will also be spent grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, laundry and all the great things that come with being an adult.

We recently went to spend a morning at a local park.  We had a picnic, played on the playground and then walked the entire sidewalk checking out the ducks, the trees and enjoying being outside.

The boys are now at such a FUN age.  They play together so well (MOST OF THE TIME) and they will hold hands, kiss each other’s boo boos, say sorry when they hurt the other…just a fun age.
They were walking in front of me and held hands and I could barely compose myself to capture it with my camera!

Exciting things are happening and I am so thankful GOD has blessed me with such riches!

 

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 27, 2012
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Our Spot

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Yes, my boys see a camera and they know to look at it and smile.

I think I will begin documenting life once every few months in this spot with our tripod and remote.
It was fun to compare to our last picture like this taken back in March.

Happy Thursday!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 23, 2012
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lately

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I have been procrastinating writing on here way too long!!  We have just been super busy enjoying life and all the new adventures.
Sutton recovered from surgery amazingly!  You would never know he had an operation.  We have been getting ready for the new school year to begin, my new photography business picking up, a Stella & Dot trunk show and some networking for the chiropractic clinic.

Last weekend Daddy went to Dallas for a guys’ weekend so it was Mommy and the boys!
I have to say it was SO much fun…..for the most part.
Friday I took the boys to eat pizza for dinner.  This was my first dining alone with the boys experience.  They did great!
I then rewarded their great behavior with frozen yogurt, which they LOVE.
After a visit with Kiki and Pappy we went home and painted.

Usually when we paint it is at the table inside but this time I unrolled a large section of paper and taped it to the driveway.  The boys crack me up!  They love to paint but never do anything but dots.  They literally just put the brush on the paper and blob it, then move to a blank spot.  I will try to encourage them to let go and get crazy with the painting but nope.

See the dots! Haa!

After we painted it was past our bedtime but we snuck in a quick bath, which is always fun.
Then came the worst part of the weekend!
99.99999% of the time our kids go to bed SUPER easy.  We say, “time to go night night” and everyone heads upstairs to brush teeth/bath/pajamas and we say prayers, give kisses, do our family kiss and lay down.  Simple as that.
Well of course the night Daddy is gone Sutton decides to put up the worst fight ever.  I have no clue what was wrong with him but if I wasn’t holding him he was climbing out of his bed, screaming, hysterical, shaking, sobbing….well you get the picture.  This went on for 1.5 hours!  I even had Daddy FaceTime to calm him down, which helped until we got off the phone.  I was literally sweating and exhausted by the time he finally fell asleep.

Saturday I had plans to take them to the park in the morning and then have a picnic but it rained most of the day.
Our friends, Aubrey and Cam, came over to play and have dinner, which wore them out.

Sunday we had brunch with Kiki, Pappy, Grandpa and Aunt Kim at our favorite First Watch.
Aside from Friday night’s bedtime disaster it was such a great weekend!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 22, 2012
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Some of our friends

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Our boys are OBSESSED with Cars.  Fynn always has Mater and Sutton McQueen.  Literally, they took them to Hobby Lobby today.  OBSESSED.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

August 3, 2012
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Simple Things – The Sprinkler

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Jason and I were gone for seminar Friday and Saturday but when we got home Saturday evening the boys wanted to play in the sprinkler.  Aunt Kim had been watching them while we were gone and had gotten it out for them to play so they were all about it.

I do always appreciate it when my husband takes the camera from me so I can prove I do exist.

 

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 30, 2012
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Be Proud

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Boys,

Today you are 2 1/2 years old and you share this day with your daddy’s birthday.  So on this day I want to tell you a little about the man you were BLESSED with as a father.

You should always be proud of your daddy!  He is such a man of character and faith that you should try to follow his example.

He is incredibly intelligent.  If you ever have trouble learning something or trying to figure something out, go to your dad.  He has built a deck, finished a basement, built a car from scratch and even built a fence all by teaching himself.  He is always learning new things and can retain knowledge like no other!

He is the most compassionate, honest, loyal person I know.  He has a strong faith that inspires me to stay on the path to Christ.  He has a sensitive heart to those in need and he taught me the true meaning in tithing.  He doesn’t lie and if someone needs his help, he is there.  The best part is he NEVER asks for anything in return.  He will help a friend move, fix his grandparents’ computer, help his sister set up a website, you name it…he helps others all the time.

Your daddy followed his dream, even when it was a tough road, he did it.  He didn’t decide to become a chiropractor until later in his 20’s but he said to me it was and always will be his PASSION.  HE LOVES WHAT HE DOES.  He gets so excited helping people feel better.  This characteristic has inspired me to do things I never even considered before meeting him.  Let his example be a valuable lesson in life.  Don’t ever hesitate to do what you LOVE.

And your daddy LOVES LOVES LOVES you boys!  He is the daddy getting on the floor wrestling, building forts, teaching you to ride bikes, teaching you to catch a ball or throw a ball and he is the daddy who snuggles with you and kisses your boo boos.  He is the daddy ALL kids should have.

Your dad is a wonderful example of how to treat your future wife.  Your daddy constantly shows me how much he loves me and tells me I’m beautiful all the time, even when I have no make-up on and in gym clothes.  He remembers to surprise me with little things…like a last minute dinner date, a homemade gift from you boys, little things that add up.

I pray every day you get these values from your daddy as you grown into men.

We LOVE you daddy!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 19, 2012
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Hawsies & a fake duck

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Last Sunday we took the boys out to Jason’s aunt Kim and uncle Tom’s farm.  We have taken them once before and Sutton loved riding the hawsie but Fynn not so much.  As soon as they saw the hawsies Sutton tried climbing through the fence to get to them (our fearless child) but Fynn was good saying hi from a distance.

I think he rode Betty about three different times.  Even after Uncle Tom took Betty back to her closed in field he still wanted to “ride hawsie.”
Fynn was hesitant to get on the horse but once she started walking he FREAKED OUT.
They have a small fish pond with a fake duck in it, which literally entertained the boys for well over 30 minutes.  No lie.
And of course we sat watching and waiting for one of them to fall in.
Thanks Aunt Kim and Uncle Tom for having us out to play!
We will be back VERY SOON.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 17, 2012
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