Over 30 years ago my mom started a tradition of taking a picture of my brother of I at our birth times. Mine was on 8/22 at 11:52 am. Whatever we were doing, she took a picture. I guess it worked out that neither of us was born in the middle of the night or anything. This is a tradition I have kept up not only with myself in my adult years, but also with my kids. Once again, no one was a night time birth 🙂 Although my brother and I were both born in the summer, and my kids’ birthdays will all be during the school year (so far), so I won’t have quite as good of a collection as my mom does.

I asked my mom to send me a couple of the old pictures of me that she took so I could share them with you. As I looked at them I did realize I spend a little more time trying to get a “good” picture, and she just took us doing whatever. Didn’t matter if we were even looking at the camera. Anyways here I am!

First Birthday! Grocery shopping.


Second Birthday! McDonalds?

Seventh Birthday! Frosting cupcakes.

Ninth Birthday! At a yard sale.

21st Birthday! My apartment in Waco. Like my phone?

25th Birthday! In Vegas (I am on the phone in the last two because my mom calls me at that time on my birthday now.)

29th Birthday! With my munchkins.

I had to include this one also because the girls are being crazy (normal) and Wyatt looks like he is trying to make sure he is in the picture!

I hope you enjoyed, and maybe consider this tradition for you own kids. As it is with most things, it annoyed me at the time, but I enjoy it now as an adult. Thanks for everything Mom!

Published in: on August 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm  Comments (1)  

Cookie Baking

In this house we take cookies seriously. We eat cookies some people have never even heard of. The girls were given some cookie baking toy sets to go with their play kitchen where you cut the cookies off a tub of dough. You know the kind. They absolutely love the toy, although they have never and will never see me make cookies that way.

In my family I grew up baking cookies, and my kids will too. So today the girls and I threw on some aprons and had some fun.

Cute and ready to help!

Very exciting 🙂

Big helper.

Seriously, this is my daughter.


Going into the oven…

And the verdict is?


The cookies are called Luscious Lunchbox and are delicious. I’ll post the recipe if anyone would like.

Published in: on August 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kylie’s Baby

My girls are almost two and a half, and  as you might expect for this age not much of their artwork is more than circles and scribbles. But, every once in a while you can actually see what it is that they said they drew. Case and point this picture Kylie drew of a doggie. I didn’t believe it when Russell first told me she drew that.

We had a similar experience the other day while we were Skyping with my mom. The girls were coloring in the background when all of a sudden Kylie lifted up her picture and told me she drew a baby. And sure enough, that is a damn fine looking baby for a 2 year old to draw!

I showed it to my mom and then quickly snatched it away from her to save for her baby book. Most of the time they just go crazy and color over things so much you can’t see what is used to be anymore, and I didn’t want her to mess up this drawing. We just might have a future artist on our hands. Which reminds me of a quote I read recently that I thought was funny.

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” – Pablo Picasso

Published in: on August 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Five Months

Wow, I suck at posting. Sorry all.

Wyatt is five months old today and is doing great. He sleeps through the night, takes a fabulous 3-4 hour nap in the afternoon (which coincides with the girls nap time as well!), rolls from his belly to his back, and is mighty handsome if you ask me.

We don’t have an appointment for another month, so I don’t have any stats to report, but please enjoy these pictures from his five month photo shoot.

Does this look like Blue Steel, Ferrari, Le Tigre, or Magnum?



How could anyone resist this face?!

Happy Five Months Little Man!

Published in: on August 1, 2012 at 8:04 am  Comments (2)  
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