10 on Tuesday: Snapshot Edition

For a long time I got caught up on always taking a correct photograph, even just of my kids, hanging around the house or whatever.  Thankfully, over time, I’ve gotten over it.  I actually take a ton of snapshots.  I shoot a ton and while a lot of them land in a file called "proof once my children are older, out of the house and I’m bored in my empty nest", I do proof some and print some, but I barely ever share them so I thought it would be fun to share a few on a 10 on Tuesday post…

1.  Little T, swinging at the park this morning.  No more baby swings, she’s all about that big kid swing.  Right after this we blew lots and lots of bubbles….it was fun.


2.  Ty, on his way out the door on the first day of school.  His bus leaves at the crack of dawn, so it was still dark.


3.  This one is for my mom….she bought this for Taryn for her birthday and wanted to see what it looks like all hung up in her room….so here ya go Gee Gee….


4.  Our Taryn’s dog Kylie.  Follows Taryn everywhere.  All.the.time.  When Taryn is outside with me or Jase, Kylie sits by the door and waits for her to come back in.  When Kylie hears her voice getting close, she starts to spin around in circles like a big 70 lb tornado dog.  This is Kylie’s signature loving head tilt…


5.  Jase installing our new storm door, and T painting the front walk while he works.  I love the new door, lets in tons of light.


6.  Just one of many reasons Little Dude loves hanging out in Taryn’s room…


7.  Jason helping Teagan learn how to sit.  Love my boys.


8.  I can do it, I can do it, by myself.  I hear this 1,008,632 times per day.  Damn that Barney.


9.  Little dude now loves sitting up his crib.  It cracks me up to walk by his room and see nothing more than his cute little mohawk and eyes peeking over the edge looking out at me!


10.  One of our prizes from winning the bump contest on the nest.  Still don’t know what we are doing about Jamaica.  Its been a little frustrating trying to figure it all out, while we’d love for the whole family to go on the trip, we just can’t justify putting ourselves in debt over it.  Figuring out who is going to go, well, that’s been a pretty constant debate.   We also haven’t had much luck in dealing with the marketing company handling the trip for their client (the resort)….she is nice as can be but replies to us without really saying anything or answering our questions even though she uses a lot of words.  Kind of politicianesque LOL!  So, for now, it’s still all up in the air.  Love, love, love the gift basket though!  I also heard from the Bump magazine last week, they needed to confirm the spelling of our names.  Good thing they called cause boy do we have some doozies!  The publication will be released this fall, can’t wait!


Thanks for stopping in!  =)

2008-08-26T16:14:54-06:00August 26th, 2008|My Family|

10 on Tuesday

1.  Went to visit the school this morning for Taryn, went good.  Clean, well organized, great teachers, very positive experience.  Taryn did ok.  She was shy, wanted me to hold her and hid behind me a few times, but she did ask the teacher if she could see the potty.  She was thrilled they had no only one, but two!  And each came with a step stool, something else she was worried about.  She was fine while we were there but got quite upset on the way home saying she didn’t want me to leave her there alone.  So hard.  We can do this right?  I’ll try and focus on getting her a new backpack, a new lunch box and she needs her own water bottle, of course, she wants that to be pink too.

Thank you for all the warm well wishes, your stories and your comments / emails, they mean the world to me!  I have the best blog readers!!!!

2.  Little dude, hanging out in Taryn’s room yesterday afternoon.  He gets so excited being in there, so much to scoot around and get in to.  I just love his funny little face, mohawk, drool….him.


3.  I bargained with Ty yesterday.  I got to take a few pics of him and if he cooperated, I agreed to take a photo him in his new skull sweatshirt hoodie (insert me rolling my eyes here, all while being a good sport).

His end of the bargain:


And my end of the bargain (hey – I never said I would crop out the skull!!):


4.  An out take….normally I wouldn’t process one with his eyes closed like this but holy moly look at those lashes!!!  Why oh why don’t I have lashes like that?!  Soooo unfair.  The worst part is, he hates them, tells me he wants to cut them!  He better not.  So long we even have to have his lenses curved on his glasses so they don’t hit.  Totally unfair.


5.  Thank you blog readers for all your advice on Teagan hating his carseat.  We made the big switch and now we’re wishing we would have done it much sooner.  We opted to buy Taryn a new larger seat and move Teagan into her Britax Roundabout.  He’s now upright and happy, no more screaming in the car, happily looks out his window and plays….totally different kid, it’s crazy.  Taryn got a new Graco Nautilaus and she hated it for awhile because it really ticked her off she couldn’t get out of it.  She still slides the bar up and down, which drives me crazy, but at least she can’t get out of the seat.  That was another issue we were having, her constantly taking her straps off.  But, the larger seat and the cupholders have won her over with the new one.  She’s still griping about it some, but the crying has stopped for the most part.  It’s comfy for naps too.


6.  Last night, first night in the ducky tub.  Yeah, he’s got carrots all over his face and an icky color cast on him, but you would too if you were sitting inside a big yellow duck!  Taryn was less than thrilled to pass it on, it was her favorite until she literally couldn’t sit in it anymore because she was just too big.


7.  Teagan has had nonstop diaper rash since he outgrew Swaddlers.  I’m seriously considering switching to cloth diapers.  I need to convince my cute husband though.  Our deal is that he does laundry, I do dishes, so he’s gotta be on board…I just feel so bad for Teagan’s tush.  Oh yeah, and the effect that disposables has on our environment =)  Anyone have any great cloth diapering resources that can help me build my case??

8.Playing peek-a-boo with mommy…


9.  We’re having even more family photos taken next month, can’t wait!  I’ve been trying to come up with some fun clothes for the kids to wear.

A few ideas for Teagan, I bought it too!  He’s gonna look like such a cute little man =)


Here is what I bought for Taryn, I went with the brown shoes…


I’m still working on Ty…as you can probably guess, he’s a bit tougher.  If he doesn’t actually like what he’s wearing, it’ll show.  We must come to an agreement we can both live with.  Wish us luck, we have a few weeks to figure it out.  Jase and I will go fairly simple, so we’re easy.  It sure was fun shopping for such cute stuff for the kids though!  Anyone got any great ideas or links for "cool" clothes for pre-teens???

10.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check out a new book sample I just ordered for the business – cute stuff and I’ll share some pics!

2008-08-19T17:07:01-06:00August 19th, 2008|Uncategorized|

still riding the wave of change

I bought her these yesterday while out shopping with Ty.  After seeing
her squeal with glee and dance around in them for a good 15 minutes,
shakin’ her booty over her new pink chucks, I decided it was the best
$15 bucks I’ve ever spent.


Tomorrow is a big day, we’re going to go visit a mother’s day out / pre-k program.  It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been nervous, apprehensive and anxious about this decision.  While you guys get to see the side of Taryn we see at home, there is also a shy and very apprehensive side of her.  She hides under the dining room table when the doorbell rings or someone new comes over.  When we are out and about you can see it actually physically pains her at times to be social.  Its been different, and difficult, to parent since Ty is on the other end of the social butterfly spectrum.  I never thought twice about Ty being so outgoing, even at a young age and am thankful that its been easy for him.  I loved that I could bring him to pre-k and he loved it, adjusted well, willing to ditch me in a heartbeat, even if at times he mixed it up a little too much and got in to trouble. 

Taryn though, I worry about her.  She’s very slow to warm.  But, she needs this.  It will be good for her.  I just keep telling myself that.  Its hard for me to leave her, because its hard for her.  So this morning I told her we are going to visit a school tomorrow.  I find if she has time to prepare herself for new things, she does much better.  Her eyes got big and she just stared at me for a second.  Thank God for Ty who piped up with a "Ohhh wow T!!  You get to go to school just like Ty!!!"…and she smiled big.  If Ty thinks its cool, it must be! 

And at nap time after I finished reading the second book, she rolled over and looked at me for a second, very quiet, and then says…."Mommy, do they have a potty at school?"  Ahhh, my worrier.  We laid there and talked all about school, art time, reading, snack, recess, new friends, nice teachers…..and when we go tomorrow, we’re definitely asking to check out the potty  😉

2008-08-18T16:34:21-06:00August 18th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Tea with T

I have to tell you that I love planning the details of parties.  I am totally a last minute person though, when I say I threw this together last minute, it’s 100% the truth.  With all of our trips and then Jason going to Corpus, I didn’t have a lot of extra time.  Alli can vouch for me…she helped me try and hunt down petit fours just hours before the party because I didn’t order them in enough time.  Procrastinator?  Yes, but I like to call it busy 😉

Anyway, T was over the moon thrilled with all the pink.  She looooooves pink.  Jase and I stayed up late Friday night decorating since her party was Saturday morning and when she woke up, she gasped outloud.  I love that.   We kept the guest list small and let T invite two friends, which was just perfect.  We planned dress up with tutu’s, fancy hats, jewelry, a couple of crafts and of course, tea and cake.  Waiting on her friends to arrive, she danced and twirled….







I chose one bag of cookies and she chose one…any guesses on which is which?  LOL!


Goodie bags for each of the girls




Ok, enough details, let’s get to the party!  The girls got to decorate their own princess crowns and magic wands.  Taryn was very into having her own bottle of glue.  Let’s just say it’s gonna take a few more days to dry.


The fabulous Ms. Lily showed up in one of T’s party dresses….I literally jumped up and down when I saw her in it.


Taryn HAD to pour the tea herself.



And y’all know how much Meredith loves cake 😉


T was very into opening gifts, it went quick.



Her absolute favorite thing of the day, her pink "cut-tar".


Even Ty dug the guitar


speaking of Ty, I thought it was awful nice of him to put on real clothes for one of the first times this summer, just for his sister.  Real clothes as in, a nice shirt and pants, instead of gym shorts and an adidas shirt with crocs.  I think T thought he needed to be wearing some pink though LOL!  He’s such a good sport.


And what do the guys doing while the girls have tea?  Well, of course, they Wii.


This capture is noisy as can be and had wonky color so you get it in black and white.  Not to mention that I had to twist around my dining room chair to catch it, but here is that silly Lily, sporting her party dress, shovel in one hand, microphone in the other, but it’s the pumpkin hat that makes the outfit….don’t ya think!


A quick storyboard (a few repeats from above) of some of the details…


A few things about Taryn at this age….

Her favorite color is pink (just in case you’re color blind as referenced in the above images :P).  She loves to go to "the cow place" aka Chick-Fil-A.  She always wants to go "in"…into the grocery store, into the drug store, into the restaurant, because she "likes people"…yet she’s very shy and hides under the dining room table when the doorbell rings.  She loves her dog more than the moon.  Gets very loud at 4:30 pm, no matter what.    Driving past the water fountains outside Target is a must, every single time we go.  Her favorite book is "The Big Green Pocketbook" and we know it by heart.  Loves mac-n-cheese, but especially when Ty makes it for her.   Truly believes she is "Super T".

Happy Birthday my sweet girl.  You are so smart and funny.  I am so lucky to spend my days with you.  I can’t believe you are 3 already.  We love you.

2008-08-04T23:45:29-06:00August 4th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Birthday overload

July is the month of birthdays in our family.  First me, then my mom and then Little T.  As it turns out, she had 3 parties, not really intentionally, but it was a lot of fun!  My mom threw her a party during our big family get together while we were in Louisiana.  It was so cool to see all the cousins together again, they’ve grown so much!  My mom and step-dad have 12 grandchildren, two live in Oregon so 10 were at the party.  Of those 10, Ty is the oldest, so you can imagine it gets a little, uhm, crazy!!  I do have some group shots of all of them together, but haven’t even opened them yet.

Prepare yourself for snapshot overload….

My mom ordered T the coolest cupcake cake – it was massive!  So big part of it fell off the side, but no one cared, it was gooooood.




Where is Taryn?  Well, since you asked, she would be under the table.  Sweet little thing was afraid when everyone started to sing, so she hid under the table until we were done…


But she returned, thankfully, without much coaxing. 


And she was good (we all know how much she loves to blow out candles).


And she took a que from Meredith and dove into her cake.  Niiiiice.


mmmmmmmm, good stuff



Time for gifts….it cracks me up how kids gather in so close for gift opening.


She dove right in




Fast forward a few weeks.  When we returned home, we had a little mini party on her actual birthday.  Candy donuts with candles on the morning of their birthday are a tradition for the kids, started by my mom.  She was off to the side in this shot because once again, she dove under the table while we sang.


We didn’t do much that day because we had just returned from our hellacious trip to Seaworld.  We played and Ty fixed her her favorite lunch, mac-n-cheese, from scratch.  And that night we did cake…


and she got to open one gift from us and dive into her box from her Grandma and Grandpa, Ty helped.


Note to self:  next time skip the gift and just buy the kid bubble wrap.  Seriously.


Because we were on vacation and just really busy, her actual birthday party with her friends in Texas got pushed off to this past weekend.  I’ll post those pics tomorrow, but here’s a little preview….It was a Tea party with T =)


2008-08-04T11:27:36-06:00August 4th, 2008|Uncategorized|

I’ve been a bad blogger…

here lately.  Not normally like me, I love blogging and relish the 10-15 minutes a day it takes.  It’s my time, just for me, and I love having it.  But, me time hasn’t been abundant.  Jase was out of town for a few days while his dad had surgery.  My father-in-law is doing good, so good, they let him go home already.  We are so thankful and pray the biopsy comes back clear.  Then as soon as Jase got home from Corpus, we had to gear up for Taryn’s 3rd birthday party the next day.  We’re in birthday party overload.  Somehow it happened that our little 3 year old ended up having 3 parties.  Not intentionally, it just kind of happened that way.  Prepare yourself for birthday party pics overload this week….we had A LOT of fun!  And then somewhere in the middle of all that, I managed to hurt my back.  It was a little sore yesterday during Taryn’s party, but today, it’s full on pain.  I think I did it while lifting Taryn…ouch!

I meant to post this last week and just didn’t get to it.  I am doing a series of images of Teagan in his crib over the first year….man what a difference a few months makes!


Stay tuned for lots of birthday pics tomorrow!

2008-08-03T21:50:20-06:00August 3rd, 2008|Uncategorized|
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