The big tree hunt of 2014

Every year, sometime before or immediately after Thanksgiving, we go tree hunting. Sounds much more adventurous than it really is haha, but we always have fun. My father in law owns a nursery in a town just south of us, so we always get our trees from him. This year, C was totally into the entire thing. He ran in and out of the trees, helped josh pick the perfect one, and tried to help us load it onto the car. Outdoors is his favorite place to be, so this was basically heaven for him. And Willow, well, the girlfriend just slept:)

 I love this day every year. Just a fun little tradition we started our first year of marriage. And obviously, kids make everything more fun. We spent that afternoon night decorating our tree together. And I JUST HAD TO recreate a little photo-op I did with C. The first squishy little baby was C, the second is Willow.... My goodness my babies look alike.

And if you're interested, here's the previous years:)

Last year
The year before that;)


My C's two year session

I'm sitting here in my office, staring at these pictures, trying to come to terms with the fact that I have a two year old. That a few posts below this is my newborn daughter's session. That this little boy was just her size, and now he's two. TWO. I can't help but absolutely tear up when I look at these sweet pictures. His personality is so smeared across these images. Josh and I couldn't cut some out even if they are silly faces because they are his silly faces. Ones we see everyday. Same goes for the serious face. It's his observant look. He's silly, mischievous, serious, observant, funny, tenderhearted, and silly again:) Being his momma has been one of my the biggest blessings of my life. I was so worried about how this session would go. It's always so hard to capture my own kids, but it couldn't have gone better. He was every bit himself, and I'm just so thankful to have these. Now.... how in the world am I going to decide which one to frame or hang on my wall in canvas. Ugh, I need more walls.
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To his delight, a train passed while we were snapping these. He's little heart leaped for joy.
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And because... real life.
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Our first date

I've been looking forward to this night since the day C was born. When we found out we were having a boy, I knew right away that I wanted to "date" him. I wanted to teach him how to treat a lady, take her on dates, pay attention to her, have fun with her, and respect her. One simple way to do that is to take him on dates with me (but I really believe the best way he will learn is by watching his daddy in the everyday, so so thankful he has such an incredible daddy to watch:). Our kids will absolutely grow up seeing momma and daddy date each other, but I want them to grow up learning exactly what that means. Since W's birth, I've been craving some one on one time with my boy. She takes up a good portion of my concentration during the day right now, and momma guilt has fed my brain that I'm missing C grow up. Yes, I realize that entire sentence was ridiculous. He was my only for so long and my attention was his fully for two years so now that it's divided between his and his sister, I feel sometimes like I'm missing out on him. It's all really silly because I know I'm totally not, but I'm sure other mommas can relate. right?. Anyways, Husband agreed to stay in and cuddle with little W so that the two of us could paint the town red for a night. Josh got him all dressed and explained what was about to happen. We had a little mini photo shoot before we left because DUH! Do you know me? OF COURSE this was going to be document. Our first date:)

We went to Newks for dinner because C loves loves loves their mac n cheese. We sat in a booth and we were rather quite silly:) I noticed while we were eating that almost 100% of the other couples/families in the restaurant were all on their phones while eating and barely conversing at times. I wanted to stand up and say PUT THE PHONES DOWN PEOPLE AND BE PRESENT! I can't imagine how a kid must feel if the entire dinner their parents are paying zero attention to them and more interested in what's going on in FB, IG, or twitter world. My parents never allowed phones at the table and always made it a priority to engage us while eating. I'm sure these families and couples didn't mean any harm by checking their latest updates, but it does sadden me how "plugged in" our culture is. Be present people. Put the phones away for 30 minutes and love the one your with.

After our dinner, we headed to a local book store to pick out C a new book. He's an avid reader and we've read every book we have nine million times. To the point that I don't even have to read them anymore, I can just repeat them from memory. His face lit up when he realized we were in a store solely devoted to books. Love that my kid is such a die hard reader already! I hope this continues all his life.

His little eyes were practically glazed over from joy the entire time we picked out a book.  He'd carefully pick one up, examine the front and back, open a few pages, then carefully place it back. He ended up finding the train section (real shocker right) and we decided on three paper back Thomas the Train stories. He insisted on carrying the bag. Such a gentlemen:)

We arrived home just in time to get fresh, hot cookies out of the oven (thanks husband:). We changed into our pjs and headed to his room with cookies and books in hand.  We read each book almost twice and devoured the cookies in seconds flat.

I seriously love this boy. He's such a delight. He's incredibly silly, observant, kind, and loving. I get so tickled watching him grow up, because so so much of my little kid self in him. He's my favorite little boy in all the land, and I can't wait for all of our "dates" in the future. ANNND I can't wait for W and daddy dates. I mean, I'll probably have to be shoveled up off the ground on their first date because I know I will just MELT.

Family Date 11/12

I know and understand fully that the quality of these photos are less than par, but the evening needed to be documented regardless. Husband was out of town mon-wed of this week and to say we missed him would be an extreme understatement. He was miserable about being gone, and I really wanted him to come home to fun surprises. So, I made our family chex mix recipe and decorated our home in Christmas decor as much as these little two stinkers would let me. We spent the evening of his return kicking off our holiday season with soup, chex mix, Polar Express, and cuddling under the glow of the twinkly lights. It was seriously one of the best family nights we've had so far this year. While cuddling during the movie, I couldn't help but stop and stare at these two beautiful babies the Lord has entrusted us with to raise. They are seriously the best thing to ever happen to be (after Jesus and their daddy of course). I sat looking at them just praising Jesus for their little lives. I seriously want like seven more. Yes, they drive me batty some days and I feel so so often like I'm failing. Yes, they make me lose my cool and push my buttons most days. YES, they are often exhausting, but they are ALWAYS such a treasure and a blessing. The good far far far FAR exceeds the bad when it comes to children. They bring an unexplainable amount of joy into our lives, and I'm just so incredibly, undeniably blessed to be their momma.