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

A lil country

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Thanks to my friend Stacy, we got to experience the TRUE outdoors this week!

My boys were soooo hesitant to even get on this monster but they eventually agreed once we saw Archer and Stockton jump on.
Oh good ole peer pressure.
Fynn still looks a little hesitant.
Now he is ready to drive.
Nothing like some good ole dirt when you are a boy!
Love this smile!
We all played so well together.  We played in the water table, we met their pet bird and doggies, we rode down to the pond, we played on their play set and we EVEN ate lunch!
I was able to keep the boys awake the entire ride home (55 minutes) and they took a GOOOOOOOD nap!

I would LOVE to live in the wide open spaces like Stacy and her boys but for now we are suburb people.
I do intent to at least grow our own veggies soon.
Thanks for the play date….we’ll be back soon!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 10, 2012

Man’s Best Friend – Our trip to KC

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We made a trip up to Kansas City this past weekend to see Jason’s uncle and aunt as well as our friends we made when we lived there for four years while Jason went to chiropractic school.

Kelly and Anne (Jason’s uncle and aunt) have Moose and our boys LOVE LOVE LOVE Moose.  Can you tell?

Playing with Moose made them so happy, it made me realize we will need a dog this year.  Maybe for Christmas?
Saturday morning they woke up looking for Moose.  And they are SO good with him.  They just love on him and when you tell the boys to stop hanging on the dog, they stop.  They are just great with dogs!

I’m just glad dog’s mouths are clean….or let’s just hope that myth is true.

Saturday evening we got to see our old friends and their kids.  I wish I would have gotten more pictures of Blair and Julie’s little girls.  They are SO cute!  I was so busy catching up I just forgot to bring my camera out until later.  But, Miss Evelyn was a super model!  And she and Sutton really hit it off!

Sunday morning it rained, and I mean RAINED HARD!  We had some yummy oatmeal, snuggled up with Moose and waited for it to stop so we could head home.

They just wanted to go throw the tennis ball a few more times but the rain kept us inside.
We will just have to come visit more often!


Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 7, 2012

Dear Sutton

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Oh my sweet Sutty boy!

These past few weeks you have been going through something, I just don’t know what!
You have been SUPER attached to Mama.
You have become a picky eater once again.
You have decided you no longer like baths…..nor bubbles in the bath.
You have been waking up in the middle of the night crying out for MAMA!
You constantly have your hands in your mouth.  I felt a 2-year molar!
You will either take a 3 hour nap or barely shut your eyes for 5 minutes.  No happy medium here!
You love to pull the tail on your musical elephant over and over again when you should be sleeping.
You have been GLUED to Mouse.  He needs a bath.

But today, I got a glimpse of my once independent child.

You always love playing with your lips, nose, chin, ears…anything really.
Along with playing with your facial features you LOVE to rub your feet together.
I know this is just a phase.
But, you are also constantly saying, “tank ew mama” literally ALL DAY LONG.
You might be attached to me but every time I hear, “hand mama!” I love reaching out and holding your tiny little hand.
Every single day I think about that day that will arrive before I would like it to, where you don’t want to hold my hand.
And when you say, “hugs mama!”  I will GLADLY give you a BIG squeeze and a smooch because again, this won’t last forever.

And even though you can get, shall we say “emotional,” you have the sweetest, most loving side to you that makes me MELT every single day.  I pray with my whole heart you keep that loving side throughout your entire life and that you one day treat your wife as sweet as your mama.

I love you Sutton.

and  then, she {snapped}

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

P.S. Yes I know there is no mention of Bubba but even though you are a twin I will always treat you as two different children.  He will get his own letters from time to time.




May 1, 2012

Wagon Rides

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Now that it is nice outside, we have started taking nightly walks with the boys in their wagon.  It’s usually Daddy’s idea and the boys are quick to run to the garage and hop in the wagon.

Daddy always makes it fun!
We have to say “hi” and “bye” to the fountain.
They won’t fit in this wagon much longer.


Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

April 30, 2012

Saturday Morning

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Daddy is at a seminar all day today and tomorrow so it’s just me and my guys!
Their recent obsession is playing in our bedroom and on our bed.
Oh, AND Yo Gabba Gabba!  We used to watch it before we cancelled part of our cable and lost Nick Jr.  I recently bought a DVD for them and it is almost ruined because we have watched it so much.  I don’t feel like it’s a complete failure as a mom to let them watch it because they are learning colors and dancing and having fun.
Sutton also discovered mommy’s elliptical machine in our bedroom!
He would get on one of the foot pieces and go “WEEEEEEE!” as it moved down.

This is our crazy Saturday morning in our jammies!

Fynn being silly!
It’s cloudy and SO windy so no playing outside this morning.

Sutton doing his “elephant” impression.
This elliptical is fun!
And I’m spent!
Best for last!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

April 28, 2012

Rocks, it’s the simple things

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I’m convinced there is something in boys’ DNA that makes throwing rocks into water fun.
After the birthday party at Safari Joe’s, we went to spend the night at the lake house with some of our best friends.

The backyard is HUGE and my step-dad had someone come clear off the shore, which made it perfect for the boys’ to play and throw rocks.

I love how Fynn really gets into his throwing efforts.

It’s all about finding that perfect rock.

We are such tough guys!

And we are done.
Now that the boys are older we will be spending more time at the lake house.
It’s so quiet and relaxing!  And our kids are easily more entertained outside than inside.


Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

April 25, 2012

Safari Joe’s

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Our best friends’ daughter turned five last weekend and we got to go to Safari Joe’s for the party!

Again, my boys love turtles!
Fynn wasn’t too fond of any of the other snakes but LOVED this guy!
Sutton eye-balled that cake for a good 10 minutes.
It was GOOD!

They got to hold a TEENY TINY turtle and Fynn kept talking to it, which convinced me that we need to get them a pet turtle.
He has a funny looking belly huh?
We saw  BIG turkey!  I am now wondering if it was confusing for them to see a turkey when they consider “turkey” lunch on their plates.
There was a this white bird that they talked to forever.  They would wave and say “hi bird” really loud then the bird would reply “hi” over and over.  It was hysterical!
Horse Rides!  Each boy only lasted half a lap.

There was a “choo choo,” which both boys wanted to ride.  Fynn got in and wouldn’t get OUT!  Sutton would get in then freak out and want nothing to do with it but then once it took off he would cry and chase after it….so baffling!
It did make everyone laugh though.

My Boys…I love these three guys more than anything in this world!

Daddy got a picture of me! 🙂

Fynn ate an entire piece of cake.  I took one bite of his slice and he did not appreciate it!

What a fun day!  The boys got to see so many cool reptiles, pet some baby chicks, jump and slide and play with some friends.  Nothing like a birthday party to wear out your children.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

April 23, 2012

27 Months Old

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Today my babies are 27 months old!


You are my MONKEY!  Seriously all you want to do is climb things.  When we were at the aquarium you climbed up the statue out front in 2 seconds and it didn’t scare you one bit.  You are SO close to just realizing you can climb out of your crib and sometimes you even try to climb IN it.  When I ask you if you are a monkey, you reply with monkey sounds and giggles.  You have reached another phase of picky eating, which I have become accustomed to at this point and I realize it will come and go.  You have become VERY OCD about everything!  You have to hold a specific hand when coming down the stairs in the morning, you cannot STAND it when milk spills and you HAVE to clean it up immediately, you like to get in the car first when we load up for school and the list could go on and on.  You aren’t a fan of coloring really and you are OBSESSED with Toy Story.  Obsessed.

You weigh about 29 pounds and measured 35.5″ a few weeks ago.  You still have the tiniest little waist and long legs to go with your belly.  Your hair still grows slower than your brother and you still have your chubby cheeks that I LOVE to kiss.  You are still attached to Mouse and I’m pretty sure he needs another washing soon because he is getting nasty.

When I drop you off at school you smile at everyone in the hallways and then walk right in without any hesitation.  This makes me proud yet sad to see you already growing out of your attachment to mommy.


You can be SO SILLY and laugh at the simplest thing and your facial expressions are priceless!


You are my silly boy!  You are so serious most of the time in a deep concentration of whatever it is you may be doing at that moment but you have these bursts of SILLINESS that I love!  It could be a song you hear, a snack we give you or something we say and you just light up with animation and jibber jabber.  You are talking MORE and MORE with each new day….it isn’t as clear as Sutton but I’m learning to make out what you are saying.

You weigh 31 pounds and measured 37″ a few weeks ago, which for height wasn’t even on the chart.  Shocker.  You still have crazy cowlicks and your hair grows faster than your brother’s.  You LOVE ALL sports.  Basketball, football, baseball, soccer, you name it.  And you are GOOD.  Seriously for a 2-year-old.

You LOVE green beans.  Yes, GREEN BEANS!  Even tonight you ate your serving on your plate, what was left in the pot, half of mine and then brother’s!  I will remind you of this when you are older.  You aren’t near as picky when it comes to food and you are starting to like sweets more.  You have gone from LOVING the Wiggles to Yo Gabba Gabba….you will say, “GABBA!” when you see it come on.  You love laying in mommy and daddy’s bed with the blankets pulled all the way up to your chin and tucked in on each side.  You love when I play with your hair and you love to stay in the bubble bath as long as you we will allow.

You have become a little opinionated, which is new.  For the longest time you were always such a “go with the flow” kid but now you know how to say, “no.”  When you start to act up it usually only takes a warning for you to stop but if you get time-out or a spanking you get SO sad and just want to hug me.

You have more “stranger danger” awareness than your brother.  Recently we were at Sam’s and this cute elderly man came up and kept patting your hand saying hello and talking to you both.  You started bawling!  I like that you aren’t willing to run off with strangers but man it’s embarrassing when someone is just trying to be nice.  🙂  You too love to walk right into your classroom at school.  This morning you turned around and waved saying, “bye bye mama!” with a HUGE grin on your face.  Again, makes me happy and sad all at the same time.



Both of you love to dance, especially in the car to songs I can’t stand but of course cannot turn the station when I see you two jamming out in the backseat.  When Daddy leaves in the mornings to go to work you both say, “Bye Bye Dada!  Lub ew!”  This is repeated at least 4-6 times and continues long after he has walked out the front door.  When it is time for naps I will tell you to say goodnight to each other which is followed by you kissing and saying, “night night bubba. lub ew.”  SERIOUSLY!  MELT. MY. HEART.  At bedtime we say our prayers and you both clasp your hands together and will repeat everything I say, “tank ew Jesus for…” and then you say “AMEN!” with such gusto!

We are making improvements in the sharing department.  Just today Sutton had the red choo choo and Fynn snatched it.  I warned Fynn to give it back or get a time-out and at first he smiled real big and SLIGHTLY shook his head “no” but once I gave him “THE LOOK” he walked over and handed it back to Sutton.  Sutton’s response?  “Tank ew Bubba.”  AGAIN!  MELT. MY. HEART.

We are still doing great with sleeping from 8/8:30-8/9 and we take 2-3 hour naps on days we aren’t in school.  We have had a busy past month with a trip to the aquarium, multiple trips to two of our favorite parks, the zoo, play dates and sweet treats we don’t normally give you.

I keep waiting for the “terrible 2’s” to kick in but it hasn’t.  Makes me wonder what 3 will be like.  I do know my kids make me proud AT LEAST once a day.  They are easy to be around (most of the time) and they make me laugh.  I am so proud to be their mommy and I will continue to make it my mission to raise smart, sweet, mannerly, fun, loving boys!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi


April 20, 2012


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Our typical mornings when we do not have school or play dates or any place to be usually look like this.

We might do puzzles.

We might have jam sessions on the keyboard and drums.

We might play with our cars and choo choos.

We might watch a little cartoons…lately it’s Toy Story and ONLY Toy Story.
We might get some snuggles in with mommy!

But we ALWAYS have some TICKLE TIME!

Some days it’s the simple pleasures in motherhood that bring me the most joy.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

April 17, 2012