Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Gabe will be 7 months on Sunday. SEVEN months.

And I have all these feelings.  All these thoughts.  I started this blog because I wanted a place to look back on our life and see snapshots.  To know and remember my kids at different stages.  To record my thoughts on raising them so they would have a scrapbook of sorts one day.  And while I'm not always consistent, I am so grateful for this little space. And I think, if this is the space that shows our life, I have to record this piece too.

How do you know when your last baby is your last? How do you know when your family is complete?

I look at my three, beautiful, HEALTHY boys and know what blessings they are to me.  I am beyond grateful. I did nothing to deserve them.  I am no one special, yet somehow, they are my biggest accomplishments.

But there is still this ache.  This longing and desire for another.  I can't place it.  I can't even put my finger on why.  Lord knows there are days when I am sure He questions giving me one, let alone three! So how could I possibly think one more would be a good idea??? Yet with the same breath I am cursing my skin that is so tough to tighten back up, I would do it all again.  In a heartbeat.

But where do you draw the line? Will I always ache for the weight of a newborn in my arms? Will there always be a small piece of my heart that longs to see that pregnant show up? To sport a little {BIG} baby bump??

I want to be the best mom.  I want to give my boys everything.  I want to show them things in this world, and teach them, and be so very present in their lives.

I am conflicted.  Can I do all that if we have another? Is it selfish to want another? Andrew and I already work so hard.  We have such young ones, is it selfish to want another and steal time away from him and I?

I don't know what the future holds.  I don't know what God's plan is for our family; if we are complete or not.  But I do trust that He will guide us.

And in the mean time, I will soak up every minute with my babies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weekend Recap

Yeah so, technically I meant to post this yesterday but you know how Mondays can be right? Now add to that a traveling husband and we'll just say I ran out of time.

In all actuality, I just filled  my day yesterday will my boys.  I was drinking in my time with them.  It was a perfect 70+ degree day {the only day like that this week} so we spent the morning outside, came in for lunch, and then met friends at the park to play. I made a SUPER simple dinner for the boys and then took them for ice cream; for which I had coupons so they indulged to the happy price of FREE! ;)

So no post yesterday.

But I feel like that perfect Monday come on the heels of a really great weekend.

Friday was a typical day. We didn't have any big plans really.  Our boys slept later than usual because of a late night with friends the night before (more on that later). My brother came over to pick up Beau's old crib.  He and my sister-in-law, Tori, are having their first baby in August.  Another boy for that side of the family!! Andrew and I chatted with him for quite awhile.  Hudson and Beau loved that Uncle J was over!

My friend, Tessa, messaged me about having lunch.  This girl is one of the funniest, sweetest people I know so when I asked the boys if they wanted to have lunch with Tessa, they were all about it! Any adult interaction in my week is a plus. It was kind of cold and dreary, but we took the boys out for a walk.  About a mile in we realized how cold and dreary it actually was.  I ended up carrying Beau the whole mile home, Tessa carried Gabe, and poor Hud ran/walked the whole way! Such a trooper!

We came home and changed into some warmer clothes. Then, we met my in-laws for pizza.  They came over for a bit after dinner to watch a local high school team in the semi-final state basketball game.  After they left, it was still kind of early but Andrew and I had been totally thrown off from the time change so decided to go to bed! How exciting are we!

Saturday morning Andrew and I were going to split duties.  I needed to spring clean. I had already done my regular cleaning for the week but wanted to clean and scrub all the baseboards, clean my windows, dust on top of my cabinets, mop and vacuum again.  Hudson needed to get a blood draw (his iron levels have been low). That obviously is no fun task so Andrew and Hudson had a special breakfast date before and then shopped for a friend's birthday present after. (See how we planned that--good, bad, good??)  Beau, Gabe and I got to work.  We were pretty much finished up by the time the other two got home.

After lunch and getting the boys down for nap, Andrew went for a run and then I went for a run.  It was such a beautiful day.  I wanted to take full advantage so decided to go further than I had been.  I *thought* I remembered this route I had run with a friend, but apparently I didn't.  I ended up getting turned around so three miles turned into about four and a half.  It felt really good though and the day was beautiful!

I got cleaned up, made a corn casserole and then we loaded up to head to a friend's house for a cookout.  Their set up was so beautiful, y'all. Their patio off the back, with a pool and this gorgeous gas fire pit.  And then the backyard rolls down hill and backs up to a conservation area, which is perfect because they have like 8 horses or something.  My boys were in heaven!! They rode a pony, rode the gator, ate burgers, chips and cookies. Talk about an ideal night! The sunset was beautiful.  And I don't know if there is anything than spending the night with great friends around an open fire.  Gabe was so mesmerized by the flames he fell asleep in my arms. We went home happy and tired.

We woke up and got ready for church. We were well rested since the boys slept in and Gabe SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! Are you rejoicing with me??? (I mean, technically, he woke up at 5:30 for a bottle..but 9 pm to 5:30 am is through the night in my book!!)

Church was wonderful.  We went to my parents' for lunch after and played there. Then Andrew had to go out of town for work.  The boys went down for a late nap.  We spent the evening playing outside and taking a walk.  Hudson is riding a big boy bike with training wheels.  He does great until we have to cross from one side of the sidewalk to another.  He slows down and hits the incline awkward and tips.  He definitely bit it a few times but he was getting better towards the end.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too! And have a great week!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hitting the pause button

Thankfully the weather seems to have finally gotten the memo that spring is approaching.  I don't know about you, but months and months of cold with lack of sun exposure and being cooped up indoors doesn't really sit well in my soul.  I enjoy the snow and days in my pjs with the boys.  But I can only take so many.  Then I just long for walks, days at the park, swimming pools, grilling season, and nights around the fire pit.

Today was rainy.  I had errands to run after taking Hudson to preschool.  And errands with two littles in the rain {one still in an infant carrier} just doesn't scream fun.  It doesn't put me in the best mood.  Beau and Gabe were great and Gabe actually fell asleep by the time we got home.  I had made a list of things to do earlier this morning and I had thought of about 10 more things to add to that list while out.

Do you ever have the feeling of being so overwhelmed by what you have to do that you don't know where to start? That was how I felt today.  I went about making some calls, scheduling appointments, trying to cross things off the list.  I folded laundry {does it ever end} and went to put it away when I saw Beau in his room, curled up in a chair.

I set my laundry basket down and said, "Hey, Beau Bear. What are you doing?"

To which he replied, "My don't know.  I tired."

"Want mama to hold you?"

And my sweet, two and a half year old, more boy than baby these days guy crawled onto my lap and into my arms and just rested.  Total peace.  Deep breaths.  Complete stillness.

And I rested.  I paused on the day and soaked in the moment.  Grateful that my sweet bear still wants to be held by his mommy.  Thankful that, even though the days are crazy and oh-so-long during the winter months, I get to be the arms that hold him.

In that moment, God reminded me that taking a moment to pause is OK.  He reminded me that I can always rest in His arms.  That, I too, can experience peace and calm in His presence.  I just have to be still long enough.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hudson These Days

At the breakfast table...

Hudson: What do you want to be when you grow up, Beau?
Beau: Beau Bear Bruce
H: Not your name. What do you want to be? I want to be a daddy. And a worker. And a police officer. 

Hudson preparing for his first friend to sleepover...

Hudson: I think we'll play, eat pizza, play ninja turtles, play guns, have candy and watch a movie..
Me: Listening
Hudson: pausing, looking at me with a sidelong glance I think it's just going to be a guy night.  You should probably stay with the girls and hang out.
Me: Stunned silence

Dinner conversations...

Andrew to Beau: Are you ready to go fishing?
Beau: I'm going to catch a BIG FISH!
Hudson: I'm going to catch a BIG FISH!
Andrew: We all will!
Hudson: Well, actually, (pointing), you, Beau, me and Gabe can go fishing.
Andrew: Where will mom be?
Hudson: shrugs Folding laundry.