I love being outside! I am a believer in being very active and I even enjoy all types of weather. I have always said I can handle the most active kids just fine (be careful what you ask for!) and I def have some high energy boys which I LOVE! I promise I am not making that up. haha. I encourage my boys to get out and play everyday so as you can imagine, we spend alot of time outside. I think it’s totally good to let the boys just play and get dirty. We usually go through several outfit changes a day but I know they are getting plenty of exercise. In my dream house, I’d like a mud/laundry room with a mini shower/tub for dogs and kids to hose off before entering the house. (One can dream)
Here are a couple pics from playing in the yard and feeding the fish just the past week.
Recently we’ve been making a few trips to Lettuce Lake Park nearby us. They have a fun playground and some little trails for the little hikers.
Hiking morning with my boys. Can’t wait to go back and bring Dad next time! We’ve got quite a bit of big things happening in the next couple of weeks and I see alot more mini hiking trips in our future. So make sure you get outside and enjoy the summer!
A couple weeks ago I got all my boys and Emma organized to take some family pictures. I did similar pictures when Jake was 6 months old and wanted to do some now that Liam turned 6 months. Our Azalea bushes were in full bloom and made a gorgeous photo background. They turned out so nice… it is not an easy job to get 2 little boys and my doggy baby to all look nice at the same time!
This is my absolute favorite. Already printed it on Shutterfly and is hanging on my photo gallery wall! I just love Jakes little smirk and how Liam is just watching Jake. That’s pretty much how they always are anymore.
My Love! ❤ ❤ ❤
My crazy bunch of boys clean up pretty well. I know they already are annoyed by my picture taking but I love taking these pictures. My ever changing photo gallery wall makes me smile every time I come down the stairs in my house.
I’ve been working on redoing 2 of our bathrooms and organizing my office better. Mostly redecorating and throwing away stuff we don’t need. Operation get rid of our clutter!! It’s a slow process but it’s going.
This weekend we were celebrating St. Patricks Day with the boys in downtown Tampa. Nice weather and a green river made for a very nice afternoon walk. On Friday I got the boys some St. Patrick’s Day stickers which was alot of fun. They just love stickers. The hubby is not a sticker fan.
Then we had to complete the fun by putting all the stickers on little brother. Oh these boys!
Off to Downtown… Cheers from us…
“Jake come take a nice picture with me.”
Fine I’ll just take one by myself.^At least hubby wanted to take a cute picture with me.^
We found this bench with a xylophone built in it. How cool is that?
Hope everyone had a fun and green St. Patrick’s weekend!
Wagon rides are a big hit around here so we were all pretty excited to take Liam on his first wagon ride around the house. He’s getting pretty good at sitting up on his own but he’s still unstable so I packed a moving blanket around him. And you know what, it worked really well. Jake was especially excited to have a wagon riding buddy. I just love seeing them starting to interact and play together now.
Climbing and chaos is pretty much my new normal with my boys.
Jake was super excited and proud to give his first wagon ride! A super proud big brother!
I thought I would throw in some pictures of Jake and Emma playing together as well. Jake loves to pretend to be a dog and run around with his best friend. Emma loves having a little boy to play with too. I could not stage this cuteness!
My family is my whole life and I love spending everyday with my little squad. I am thankful everyday for my rough and rowdy little family. Even the no napping days (i think…)
We had been on the road traveling for the last couple weeks. We set out on the long journey from Tampa to Chicago then down to Kokomo Indiana. Not that long by plane but we wanted to bring our wonderful Emma with us and she would get too scared on an airplane. So it’s a two day journey in a car with two boys under 2, a dog and a ton of stuff. I know I always over pack but I get so excited to wear something different! This particular trip was honestly very stressful for me. Liam pretty much never switched to a different time zone and stopped sleeping all night. Not his fault, he’s not 4 months yet and its alot for him to do. But I felt like I was on an opposite schedule than everyone else the whole time. I can’t wait for the day when our trips that mess the kids up are for fun vacations instead of just going to see family every time since they are far away. It was so nice to get home but I still wish I had more time to see friends. The couple of playdates I did get to have made me so happy to know that there are other moms out there like me. (You know who you are 🙂 )
It was a nice Christmas. I have been excited to start doing some family traditions of our own this year too. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions is making Christmas Cookies for Santa…
^It’s a wonder we got anything made with this cookie eating crew.^^Jake was REALLY into licking the bowl! 🙂 ^^Decorating time!^^Cookies and wine for Santa 😉 and carrots for the reindeer.^
It was a wonderful Christmas. So much fun watching my little boy get excited and open presents for the first time.Another Christmas tradition I love is getting matching Christmas jammies and a Christmas book to read together on Christmas eve…^Matching Christmas jammies! I ❤ these boys!^
One of the hardest things for me about living in the south is no snow. I absolutely love snow. I was so excited to have snow to play in this year while visiting and even more excited that Jake LOVED it too.^Emma missed the snow soooo much too.^^The first steps out in the fluffy marshmallow world.^^SNOWBALLS! Thank goodness for a waterproof phone case!^^Eating snow. “It’s delicious!”^^Daddy and baby snowmen.^^The boys were thrilled about our matching Indianapolis Colts hats. haha.^
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to ring in 2017 this weekend. I know I am going to dress up fancy and drink fancy champagne from our super comfy couch here at home.
A few weeks ago we all traveled up to Indiana for a wedding and visited my parents. My mom and dad own a Christmas tree farm which was super fun to grow up there. Over the past 3 years, I have been pretty sad not to get any Christmas tree farm Christmas card pictures, so I was pretty excited when it worked out that we got to take some family pics. Since it was quite an Indian summer this year a bunch of tree still had fall leaves on them. I loved being able to get some of the beautiful orange leaves in the background too. Everyone cooperated fairly well too… well we bribed with cookies. 🙂 The Christmas season is hard for me living in Florida. I really miss snow, and sweaters and boots and family. It just never feels like its Christmas and the holidays just sneak up on me.
This little Santa helper has gotten all the Christmas shopping done, THANK YOU ONLINE SHOPPING! But I have been busy the past couple weeks with visitors and a sick baby. My little office is just a mess of amazon boxes. Lets hope Santa finds a way to get them all wrapped… hopefully during some good nap times!
Until next week, XOXO. Keep spreading holiday cheer to all! ❤
Last month Jake man turned two! I am not sure where the past two years went but they went by crazy fast! Since we live so far away from family and friends, we just had 2 little parties – One when my Mother-in-law was down visiting and another one when my parents came down to visit. He wanted a Paw Patrol party of course…its pretty much his favorite thing right now besides tools and legos. So I just did 2 of the exact same party… 2 of the same cakes, decorations and food. It worked out well and most important, Jake loved it!
^I thought my Rubble cake turned out super cute… and trust me, it was yummy too!^
And then Birthday Party #2!
Grandma and Grandpa got him his own toy chainsaw which he loved and used to open the rest of the gifts. haha!
I tried to get Jake to do a cute 2nd Birthday photo shoot as well, but he was having none of it. I do like some of what I got. They do really show off his wild personality.
A little bit after his birthday but better late than never.
Last weekend we traveled up to Indianapolis, then drove up to Kokomo Indiana where I grew up for my best friend since middle school’s wedding. I was so excited for her big day. She is such a good person and deserves to be treated well. I am so glad she found that person that loves her unconditionally. I cannot wait to see the rest of their wedding pictures! Congratulations again Mrs. & Mrs. Bishop!We had a great time, but traveling with two boys under 3 is hard. My little guys did awesome but the rest of the traveling was a nightmare… missed connection, TSA and the general large amount of stuff we have for just a weekend. To top it all off, Jake seems to have picked up a cold (not too bad but annoying) during our travels. I was hoping Liam and I would escape it but last night/ this morning it seems to have gotten us. Poor baby has trouble sleeping with a stuffy nose so we were back to getting up every couple hours. He’s lucky I love him so much! On the plus side, at least it waited to hit Liam and I when the hubby got back from his business trip this week.
I wanted to finally share the newborn pictures I took of baby Liam back when he was just a week old. Let me know which ones you like best!
And then the family pictures…
Time to get working on my next photography project…Christmas Cards! Until next week, XOXO.
Just wanted to post our pictures from Halloween fun down here. This year I made my little boys go as a theme with me. I thought it was really cute to go as Khaleesi from Game Of Thrones with my little baby dragons. I was hoping to find more Halloween costume activities down here but we pretty much struck out on that front. But we still carved some awesome pumpkins and dressed up and had some family fun.
^One little dragon was super excited to see a Firetruck!^
Hope all my family and friends enjoyed seeing our Halloween pictures this year! Miss you all tons… Happy Halloween!!
I am finally getting to go through and edit the newborn photographs I took for baby Liam. I always seem to take like a million pictures and end up loving most all of them. Picking photos for the family wall is starting to get hard. I will have to get a bigger family picture wall soon!
Now that Liam is starting to get on a bit of a schedule, I have been able to get a bit more sleep and have a teeny bit of time to work on my own stuff. Mostly going through and trying new editing techniques on photos. I am learning new things all the time. Always looking for new ideas, techniques and advice if you all have any for me. Meanwhile, I wanted to share the first set of newborn photos I took. This set is all from the hospital.
^I just love how this picture turned out. I can’t even take credit for it. It was all my hubby! ^
Taking care of my two little men is something like a circus now. If I knew while playing beer pong when I first met my husband, that 10 years later I would be sitting on the bathroom floor in front of the toilet breastfeeding my baby while waiting for my toddler to poop in said toilet, I would have ran away. Now, I wouldn’t trade my chaos for anything.
I hope you all enjoyed these pictures and my boy life tales! Until next week, XOXO.