adventuring | personal

I haven’t talked about it much publicly, but the 4th trimester has been very difficult for me.  Healing from a difficult c-section has been long and painful.  Emotional healing, every more so.  I’m not driving yet post surgery, and staying home all the time has been hard with 4 kids under foot.  Even though we homeschool, we rarely stay home all the time under normal circumstances.  By the time the weekend gets here, the 4 walls of this house are closing in on me.  I gave Jason a long list of things we can do to help me feel better, emotionally and physically, and leaving the house at least once on the weekend is at the top of both lists.  So for the last month, we’ve loaded the kids in the car, grabbed a comfy folding chair and a boppy nursing pillow, packed a picnic and hit a few local parks / lakes.  The first trip out Zachary and I stayed in the car nursing the whole time as I wasn’t able to navigate the hiking trails and stairs yet.  I searched and managed to find a few parks with easier access that I could make it to over the following weeks.  Last weekend we ventured out to Inks Lake and I managed a short hike with the family.  I finally feel like my body is starting to function again and getting out in the sunshine is so good for me emotionally.  Plus the kids had a really fantastic time canoeing with Jason – it was the highlight of our adventure.  Jonah woke up the next morning talking about it and tried to convince me we should go canoeing really quick before Daddy had to leave for work lol.  Most of our vacations for this year have had to be cancelled with the added expenses with the hospital transfer and surgery.  While that’s a big bummer, we still want to instill a sense of adventure and reconnecting as a family with nature during the year.  Our kids call it adventuring and look forward to it all week long.

By |2017-04-25T00:09:35-05:00April 27th, 2017|Jonah, Jude, My Family, Taryn, Zachary|0 Comments

It’s Official | personal

It’s official. My husband would do just about anything to make me happy. Including offering to get behind the camera and take our kids out in the bluebonnets because I’m still recovering from surgery. I’m not able to work yet and even the occasional 10 minutes behind the camera photographing Zachary, bending, moving, adjusting, is too much for me.  I was sad to miss out on Texas wild flowers this year.

By |2017-04-19T22:54:19-05:00April 21st, 2017|Jonah, Jude, My Family, Taryn, Zachary|0 Comments

expecting zachary | personal

I’m backtracking a bit here because I realized I never shared our family and maternity session from last fall with Libby Ann Photography.  It was SO windy on this day.  I can’t believe she caught anything of us, crazy gusts!  The location is so very special to us as well, just outside of the birth center that has provided care for Jonah’s birth, our 3 losses and my pregnancy with Zachary.  I made the sash and included 3 little angel charms to represent the 3 little angel babies we lost.  As hard as it is for me to put myself in front of the camera when I’m pregnant, I’m so very happy to have these.  They bring me back to a really happy time, anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy.

By |2017-04-09T00:32:48-05:00April 12th, 2017|Jonah, Jude, My Family, Taryn, Zachary|0 Comments

nope | personal

Zachary is a huge fan of being held.  Setting him down is against all the rules.  Swing, nope.  Rock and play during the day, nope.  Playmat, nope.  So, when I have to take a potty break, this is the scene, the big kids trying to calm him while I take 2.2 seconds to potty.  I think the longest stretch I’ve had that he wouldn’t let me put him down was 14 hours.  I had to remind myself a few times that these sweet newborn snuggles are fleeting!

By |2017-04-02T23:47:52-05:00April 3rd, 2017|Jude, My Family, Taryn, Zachary|0 Comments

daddy daughter dance | personal

We weren’t sure if she would want to go this year.  Or if we’d even be able to swing it with Zachary’s arrival.  I think she worries about being the oldest one there, but once she sees she is not, she’s happy to go back the next year.  I love this tradition and the memories they are making are so precious.  Oh, it was an “under the sea” theme so she made them both crowns of jewels to wear.  Jason opted out of wearing his but I do have some video of him in it lol.

By |2017-03-23T00:14:16-05:00March 23rd, 2017|My Family, Taryn|0 Comments

I’d say | personal


I’d say Taryn was the most anxious for Zachary to be born.  Several times a day she would come to me and talk to me about how wonderful it’d be to have a new squishy baby in the house again.  About his hands and feet and the top of head.  About how cute he’d be and how much she was looking forward to holding him.  She absolutely couldn’t wait to get her hands on him.  And then when she did, he was small and felt fragile and it made her nervous.  I noticed she wasn’t asking to hold him much in our first few days home.  Sure enough, she admitted she felt he was too fragile for her.  So we’ve been gently encouraging her to get more baby time on her terms to get comfortable with holding him.  She really loves him and it’s so beautiful to see.  I’d say he’s pretty fond of her too.

By |2017-02-26T14:54:38-05:00March 4th, 2017|My Family, Taryn, Zachary|0 Comments

stradtner family camping trip | personal

Catching up on a bit of 2016 blogging so please bare with me.  This was actually 2 camping trips ago.  We had a great time, but it was a tough trip for me.  I had a serious foot injury, which meant limited mobility, no hiking, no exploring, no going down to the water to play with the kids (and no water photos this time around with the exception of the ones we took at Garner State Park).  But the trip was still so worth it through the pain.  Camping is our big reset button as a family.  No electronics, reconnecting, outside in nature.  Maggie and her obsession with thinking she’s a people and sitting in people chairs still makes me laugh.  The fireflies.  Oh the glorious fireflies.  They were so magical.  I’ve never seen so many in my life.  Jude called them “God’s glitter” and I can’t think of a better description.  It was very strange to not have Ty with us on this trip.  Camping is his thing and we missed him so much.  We’ve been hitting the Frio and these cabins for the last couple of years but our next trip was to Oklahoma.  I’ll be back to blog that soon as well….camping_1camping_2camping_3




1/1/2017 | 365 Project | Personal


I absolutely treasured the photos from my 2015 365 project. But a bad foot injury killed my 365 Project in 2016 and having missed out on so many little, every day, moments hurts my heart. So…new year…new 365! I’ll admit I set this shot up because I want to end the year with a similar shot, but with out new baby boy (who will be 10 months old(ish) tucked in next to Jonah!

By |2017-01-01T20:05:08-05:00January 1st, 2017|365 Project - 2017, Jonah, Jude, My Family, Taryn|0 Comments


Good Morning Sunshine.

Taryn has a new dental appliance that is helping her with sleep apnea.  It’s working.  She’s sleeping more than ever.  She would normally rise as early at 4:45 or 5 am.  Sleep disordered breathing is no fun and we are so thankful it’s working.  This is her “Good Morning Sunshine” face when she sleeps in until 9:45 am.  9:45 am yall!!  I can’t believe how much it has improved her sleep, mood and hormone regulation.  The fact that it’s straightening her teeth = total bonus!


By |2016-03-22T13:17:21-05:00March 22nd, 2016|366ish Project - 2016, My Family, Taryn|0 Comments

t and ruby

Gosh this is one of my new favorite photos.  I wanted to include it in my 366 but I took it on the 5th and had to have the photo of Jason and Taryn going to their last daddy daughter dance.  I had to come post it though….


By |2016-03-21T19:30:41-05:00March 21st, 2016|Taryn|0 Comments
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