Friday, November 21, 2014


Can't believe another week has come and gone. These kiddos are growing up right before my eyes.

AJ had his first reconciliation last weekend. So proud of that boy.

I was blessed with a morning of sipping a hot gingerbread chai, visiting, and window shopping with a good friend. Not sure what I would do without her. Well actually, I am sure I would go crazy. Completely bat sh*# crazy.

That same friend gifted me with this awesome Christmas ornament. I will seriously cherish that little gem forever. #maryflair

I couldn't wait any longer.

I blame it on the snow.

I love holiday junk food. True story.



I might be gearing up for Christmas, but I am not about to pass up turkey Jamberries! #gobblemeupjn

Brody made Rudolph at Build-A-Bear last week. He goes everywhere with us. Everywhere. And shows everyone his light up nose and music. It's pretty stinkin' cute.

I'm a hot tea gal. All the way.

This dapper fellow had his Thanksgiving feast at pre-school this week. I love how he loves school.

Ab was bummed after school the other day, so we dropped into Starbucks for a date & sang the entire Frozen soundtrack on volume 25 on the way to pick up Brody from school. Some mama time, hot cocoa, a peppermint cake pop, and loud singing made it all better again.

Loving those red berries against that black door.
Kid art never gets old. Seriously makes my heart happy.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2014


I am blessed with the most amazing people in my life. And twice a year I get to escape the chaos of the mama life to the mountains with a group of some of those amazing people.

Where I don't have snot on my clothes or have to yell at people to potty and put on their shoes fifteen times. Or wipe any bums. Or practice sight words. It's glorious.

We spend 3 days visiting, playing games, making jewelry, hiking, sitting in a hot tub, eating good food, and watching chick flicks.

It keeps me sane. I'm a strong believer in the need for a break every now and then. A freshing, restful break. It makes me a better mama.

I cleaned and vacuumed the van. It felt sooooo good. It's the little things in life. It was gross. We're talking petrified tater tots...naked barbies...socks... It pretty much looked like we lived out of it. The nice new clean van needed a festive a trip to Bath and Body Works was in order. Word.

Then I got distracted and picked up a couple other things.

The struggle is real people.

So Colorado went from summer to winter in a day. Typical.

Love kiddos all bundled up in winter gear.

Don't love below zero temps.

BUT snowy weather calls for Snowy Jamberries and red cups!

Fo sho.

This scruffy guy kinda blends in with the snow.

Love that dog.

Ab had a turkey to save from Thanksgiving dinner.

It was one fugly turkey. We had a serious job ahead of us.

Mission accomplished.

$50 snow boots.


Good thing he is cute.

This is Ab chillin in the car loop waiting to pick up the big kids.

Upside down.

Because right side up is boring.

Ab said, "Mom, I drew a picture of you! As a cat ice skating."


Tis the season for making festive banners and garlands!

Cue the sleigh bells!


Ab and I had a little MJ photo shoot in the snow!
Girlfriend was workin it.
Seriously those freckles.
Last year I wanted to make the kiddos Christmas pillowcases, but ran out of time. This year it was going to happen. Even if it meant making them mid November. I was in the spirit.

Word. Have a fab weekend!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Around These Parts

Patchwork and corduroy. That strawberry blonde hair. That spunky spirit.

My heart.


This boy and his strawberry milk. That white blonde hair. Those chubby hands.

My heart.

I had a custom order for a super hero cape.

And now Brody wants matching capes for him and Andy.

Spirit night for school.

Love that these kiddos love their school so much.

This boy loves snuggle hugs.

Brody was star of the week in his class!

I love documenting what they love at this age.

He loves bananas, chocolate milk, camping, tractors, dinosaurs, sand boxes, books, going to the library, trains, drawing and cutting, building with duplo blocks, and bunny rabbits...


You know what this means?!!!


Seriously that red cup makes everything better.

Polka dots, piping, cute buttons, that classic 1950's style dress.

Oh MJ.

I can't even handle Brody on that thing.

Does it get any cuter than that?!

I think not.

We had to buy book 9 on release day.
If the boy loves to read, we will wholeheartedly support that.
Those freckles. That smile.
My heart.
The kids had Election Day off.
Abby requested to go to the library, make pumpkin pie, and learn how to do laundry.
We rocked everything on her list.

Best life ever.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Insta-Friday Halloween Edition

If you know me, you know I LOVE fall and HALLOWEEN!!!


We had a fun October!!!

Check out these cuties! Love these guys up.

So stinkin' sweet when they sleep.

We went to a pumpkin patch with friends!

Slides, a corn box, petting zoo, barrel swings, and so much more...

The kiddos were very picky about their pumpkin selection, but everyone ended up happy with their pumpkin.

Our Pathfinders AHG troop made little jack-o-lanterns.

Andy surprised me with some fall flowers and returning from a business trip early! Made this chick's night.

Love me some Jamberry.

Went with diamond dust sparkle and gray and white horizontal stripe to match my witch cape.

We rocked some pumpkin carving. Abby wanted a spooky pumpkin, AJ a Minecraft pumpkin, and Brody wanted his name on his pumpkin.


I made cream cheese pumpkin truffles with a friend.


The recipe is on Gimme Some Oven.


Black frosting is evil.

This shirt makes me laugh every year.

We did the school party rounds.

A wizard, Tinker Bell, and a tractor!

And a lion and a witch!