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Babies in Buckets

I got the brilliant idea to take pictures of my kidos in the toy buckets. I was so excited that it was the first thing we did that morning!


I really wanted to do naked babies but first thing in the morning even before breakfast seemed like too much work.


James 3 1/2


Gideon 2


Faith 6 months


Three kids in 37 months keeps me on my toes, but I love them all so much and wouldn’t want it any other way!

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I got this far and decided that I had to do some without clothes. So I stripped them all. These pictures turned out so cute!


My naked-loving three-year-old took it to heart when I said to take off his clothes. He even stripped his socks off. Someone please tell me that this is just a phase!


Gideon and Faith


James turned himself around:


And I thought that would be cute! So I turned them all around! Then James looked at me! Bummer!

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And then suddenly someone remember we didn’t eat breakfast yet! 🙂


There is nothing better than summer!!

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Planting spring flowers

The older I get the more and more I love flowers. I didn’t really like them in high school, but I love planting them now.  The practical side of me says not to spend the money since you can’t eat them. But I get so much enjoyment that it’s worth the money I spend. James was with me when I was picking out the flowers. He got caught up in the spirit of flower buying and picked out flowers for his own pot.

I showed him how to break up the roots before putting it in the dirt. I made a little hole for each plant and he put them in.


Then Gideon felt left out and I had some extra flowers so I found a broken sand bucket for Gideon to plant some flowers. He helped get the dirt.


When ever you do something with little children distractions always happen. Faith started to cry so we had to wait until she went down for a nap.




While they were waiting they played with their lawn mowers:



And checked the rain gauge. Poor Daddy! I guess the early bird gets to dump the water out first. 😉


I think I ended up finishing the flowers. But I had fun with my little people.

James’ flowers:


My flowers:


The the sand bucket flowers:


Carrying some of the flowers to the front steps:


Now our house looks pretty!

Bluebonnets! Mother/Daughter pictures!

We just spent almost a week in Texas! It was beautiful and sunny the whole week! More on why we were there later, this post is about the Bluebonnet flowers that fill the ditches! Faith and I got some fun pictures taken together!

First of all these are Bluebonnets:


There are also a few of these orange flowers sprinkled through the Bluebonnets. I’m not sure what they are.


Faith really just wanted to eat them all.


Notice my hat!! 😀


I have a beautiful daughter!

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Sunshine and smiles:


Faith is 4 months old in these pictures. Mommy is well, 28!

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A big thanks to my sister Alaina, for taking the pictures. And a big thanks to the Wehrli’s for suggesting we go to take the pictures. 🙂

For the love of a straw hat

I have a clear and distinct memory from when I was an early teenager that involves a hat. We were at a picnic for a family that was moving away and one of my mom’s friends came walking down the hill. I clearly remember her wearing a long dress (maybe denim, not sure) her kids were running down the hill next to her (she had maybe 5 back then), and she was wearing a straw hat. She. looked. beautiful! I fell in love with straw hats right then and there. Ironically even though I love them, I’ve never had one that I really like.

About two years ago my cousin ruined my life by posting a picture of this hat on her facebook wall.

I love this hat. I’ve loved it for 2 years. I’ve lusted after this hat, and I think about it every single spring and summer. When I showed it to my hubby 2 years ago he gaped at the price, and I don’t blame him. It was about $100 then. I found it a bit cheaper now, around $60, but it’s still not something I’m going to pay. I’m just too cheap to spend that kind of money on just a hat.

So last week I was thinking about this hat yet again and got the brilliant idea to make my own. It won’t look perfect, but it just might be good enough for me.

I got a hat, yellow ribbon and printed off a picture of the original. I was seriously tempted to get the ribbon with polka dots but decided to make it as close to the original as possible.


I used a hot glue gun to attached the ribbon. I really thought about sewing the ribbon on and I am soooo glad I didn’t do that! At this point in my life I need EASY, FAST, and FUN crafts. I’m not sure how long the glue will hold up, but it looks great right now.


It only took me about 2 hours to do. The hat and ribbon together was about $5 at Wal-Mart. I figured if I messed up on the first hat I wasn’t out much money to try again. I do think getting a hat with out the small holes would make the words stand out more.

I got to wear it yesterday to the park for the first time and I love it!!


Gideon got in the way of this picture to tell me about the fire truck he could hear. He has cute legs.


Then he looked at the camera. Please move!


Thank you! ha ha


It isn’t perfect. I don’t have great ribbon writing skills, but for $5 and two hours I am MORE than pleased with the end result! I’ve also figured out that most people probably can’t read it while I’m wearing it. And I can’t read it while wearing it either. I am so glad I didn’t pay $60+ for it!!


Summer Parades

We like parades.  They are free entertainment and little kids love them. Not to mention all the candy they get as well.  We got to go to two parades six days apart.  It would have been better to have had more time in between them, since we are all done now.  But that’s okay we still had fun.  The first one we went to was the Mountain Lake parade. 


I dressed them alike.  Sometimes you have to spend the big dollars and get something cute!

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The best part is eating all the candy people throw at you. It’s a good thing that we don’t

go to parades year round.

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Titus walked in this parade so he didn’t get to sit with us.


I love the way they point when they are excited about something.

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I kept trying to get a cute picture with both of them sitting down.

As you can see it was hard to do.

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Six days later we went to the St. James parade. We went with my mom, Emma, Sirena and her kids.  My boys had a lot of fun with Avah, Emma and Hunter. This parade was almost rained out and we were excited when it still went on.  It was a long parade, 2 hours, no joke!  Not sure if it was supposed to be that long or if the rain had something to do with it.

The only picture with all five kids:


Too much candy too late in the day? Not sure what’s with these silly boys!

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Emma and Gideon:


Watching the marching/dancing bands.  The kids really liked these a lot which is a good thing because there were a lot of them!

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Ready for candy.

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Emma, James and Hunter, and one picture with Avah:

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