Saturday, July 30, 2011

Photogenic boys

These were taken the same day as my maternity photos but these were of just the boys and they are some of my favorites. This was all Nolan with this pose. Doesn't he look like he's 10 here?

Anytime I take their pictures when they're wearing blue or in front of something blue they usually end up being some of my favorites because their eyes just POP!

Love these boys!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Operation Nursery

Drum roll please.....TA-DA! Sweet Moses this nursery took forever! This summer will forever be known as the "nursery summer" well among other things like the hottest summer on EARTH!

Things go a lot slower when you've got two energetic boys to run after and referee. Most of it was done during nap times or late at night after they were in bed. I have to say once again, it was Justin doing most of the work. I'm good at generating the ideas...just no follow through. Well, I guess I should say no energy for the follow though!

The Landry circle was compliments of my very talented husband. I couldn't find a vinyl one with just the right Laverne and Shirley "L" I was looking for, so he created this one and painted it...each little polka dot.  

I saw this banner in one of my scrapbooking magazines for a party but I just loved it. So I copied it just using my cricut. What did I do before that thing? That was life B.C. (before cricut). I just hope that since it's made of paper it will hold up.

Majority of things were bought at Target....bedding, lamps, curtains, frames. The rugs and flower hook came from Hobby Lobby


Notice my bow hanger I made using scrapbook paper...can you tell that I'm hoping this girl has hair unlike my bald headed newborn boys?

Lucky enough, this mirror and lamp came from our old guest room and was just collecting dust up in the attic. I'm glad that we were able to use it again!

I took this picture at night so you can see the polka dots on the curtains better. The "you are my sunshine" above her window...another cricut and vinyl invention.

The lighting is not the best on this last one but wanted to include a bigger picture of her room. One thing this girl is going to know is her name! Her name or initial are blasted all over the walls! What can I say, I'm a sucker for monograms and fonts!

My mom is making a table topper for the little table next to the glider and I'm looking for a lamp for that table too, but other than that...I can say that this room is done!

Lord help me if this does not turn out to be a girl!

It was so hard painting over Nolan's old nursery and all the work that went into that room. Just for a walk down memory's what the nursery looked like before we started on Landry's room.

And I love that the room grew with him into having a big boy bed.

 I even dug up this old photo of when I was pregnant with Campbell!

At least Nolan got 5 1/2 good years in that room so it wasn't a waste!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I loved you from the very start

I loved you from the very start…

You stole my breath, embraced my heart.

Our life together has just begun,

You’re part of me, my little one.

As mother with child, each day I knew

My mind would be filled with thoughts of you.

I’m daydreaming of the things we’ll share,

Like late-night bottles and teddy bears.

Like first steps and skinned knees,

Like bedtime stories and ABC’s.


I’m thinking of things you’ll want to know,

Like how birds fly and flowers grow.

I’ve thought of lessons I’ll need to share,

Like standing tall and playing fair.

When I first see your precious face,

I’ll pray your life be touched with grace.

I’ll thank the angels from above,

And promise you unending love.

Each night I’ll lay you down to sleep,

I’ll gently kiss your head and cheek.

I’ll count your little fingers and toes,

I’ll memorize your eyes and nose.

I will linger at your nursery door,

Awed each day that I love you more.


Through misty eyes, I’ll dim the light,

And whisper, “I love you” every night.

 As mother with child our journey’s begun,

My heart’s yours forever, little one.

-Author unknown

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lazy 4th

I'm only 3 weeks late on this post! Ugh. Is this a preview of life with family of five? I can't keep up!

The 4th this year was pretty uneventful. I had just gotten back from my girls' trip and those nights of staying up to 3:00 a.m. had caught up with me for sure. In the early afternoon we went to our friends' house to go swimming. I so wish I would have remembered to bring the camera. They have a diving board so the boys think their pool is way cooler than our neighborhood pool.

 Campbell was absolutely fearless jumping off the diving board too many times to count. Nolan was more cautious and not really into being such a daredevil. Funny thing is only a week later he was swimming (like really swimming) underwater, no floaties at all and jumping off the side. "In their own time" could not be more of an appropriate phrase when it comes to my oldest son.

Grandma and Granddad came over. We grilled out and had the traditional 4th of July meals...burgers, potato salad and all the fixin's. It was a scorcher, as always, so I brought the boys in the front yard to at least get a few shots of them on the 4th since I forgot it at the swim party.

Campbell was really into Bandit being a photo prop. These boys have become best buds with Bandit this summer. They just love on him all the time. Poor dog, we're so busy taking care of the boys that he just eats up their affection.

My mom recently had a bad fall and pretty much caught herself with her face. She had to have surgery. She's doing much better now. So with me being in my third trimester and needing to potty every 30 minutes and her surgery we thought it was a good year to be low key and not go see fireworks. In case you're new to the blog. We have the WORST luck trying to see fireworks. For years now, it seems like we can just never get it right.


I felt like I was disappointing the boys and was feeling a little bit of mother's guilt until we realized that we could go upstairs to the boys' room and see all the fireworks in the comfort our our a/c!

So even though it was uneventful, I was pretty darn exhausted so I guess it was smart that we didn't attempt to watch fireworks. The a/c was much better!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Making memories

Our extent of outdoor play is limited, to say the least. The only time I go outside is if I'm in a pool or walking to my car. Even checking the mail waits until the sun is near going down. I thought it might just be me being pregnant and feeling like I'm in a constant state of "Stop, Drop and Roll" because I'm so on fire. But I know it's not just me because everyone's talking about how we're over 20 days in the triple digit heat and looking up the forecast is the biggest waste of time because there is no end in sight.

At the beginning of the summer, I ordered the boys to play outside right after breakfast for at least 20 minutes but they would only last 10 minutes and I gotta tell you, I don't blame them. It's brutal! One evening the boys really wanted to play catch with their daddy. It was after 8:00 p.m. and we actually made it outside to tolerate it. But these boys were craving some much needed outdoor time.

With the t-ball season over (THANK YOU JESUS!) it was good practice to throw and play catch. It seems now that the season is over, Nolan's actually got a pretty good idea on how to work that glove to catch the ball. 

Campbell, on the other hand, just loves to make the meanest pitching face he can to intimidate the opponent. But for every mean face, he has a super sweet face.

I'm SO getting payback from the torture I put my mom favorite phrase as a kid? "Mom, watch this!" But it usually was more like this...

"Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, MOM! Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Moooooooooooooooom, watch this!" 

They loved getting to have that time outside because it feels like it's been months since we've done it. And getting some quality time with Dad was probably the best part of it.

Shortly after this, Justin took them to see a Fort Worth Cats game all by himself while I was on my girls' trip. I thought he'd lost his mind but he said that they absolutely loved it. Guess I just needed to be out of the picture and give them some male bonding time.


Of course, it wouldn't be a typical evening if someone didn't get hurt.

But that can easily be fixed by just acting like you're going to bite their face off. Silliness seems to work a lot better than being overly sympathetic in our house. It must be part of raising boys.


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