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28 June 2012


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Perfect song on the radio
Sing along 'cause it's one we know
It's a smile, it's a kiss
It's a sip of wine, it's summertime
Sweet summertime

26 June 2012

knobby knees | Jarvis

It seems like I woke up one day
and your chubby, short little baby legs
had grown up on me.

bruises and scrapes
and lots of bony angles.

I think it's official.
You are not a toddler anymore,
but a little boy.

When did your legs get so long?
And where, sweet boy, did those knobby knees come from?
Slow down. please.

23 June 2012

home | military style

what defines for home for you?
in the military, it gets kind of strange.
i do feel 'home' when we are in ND.
that is where our little family is, and we've put down as many roots as we can.

 but the time has come. 
we are moving. again. in the fall.
we don't know where or when exactly.
but we will be pulling up our shallow roots and starting over again.

and that's why,
no matter where we live,
our true 'home' will be where our family is.

and that's why we spend all of our leave,
(and an insane amount of money)
to come back 'home.' 

i grew up with all my grandparents within 30 minutes.
we lived in two houses my entire childhood,
and they were only 5 minutes from each other.
my kids won't have that.

i still go to church with people who have known my family since before we were born.
i am so thankful for my texas family.
we were so blessed to celebrate the twins' baptism on father's day.
i am loving being home. for now.

22 June 2012

Insta-Friday | Chlorine and Sunshine

We are in Tejas and couldn't be enjoying our time any more!!


1. Uncle Patrick (my younger brother) reading a naptime story.
2. Poppy (Jace's dad) holding Jonah after the baptism.


4. Grandma Charlotte (Jace's grandmother) holding Joelle after the baptism.
5. Grandpa Bob (my grandfather) holding Jonah.


6. We've spent several hours nearly every day in the pool in my parents backyard. He's nearly swimming!!
7. Auntie Elena (Jace's brother's fiance) is Jarvis' favorite girlfriend. He goes on super show-off mode when she's around!


8. Just a little early morning hand holding. He calls them MY Jonah and MY Joelle. love it.
9. Grandma Wanza (my grandmother) holding Joelle. Wanza's maiden name is Walker, which is Joelle's middle name!


10. Grandpa Bob and Grandma Wanza (my grandparents) reading to Joelle and Jarvis. Jonah was being snuggled by Ju-Ju (my mom).
11. If you put them down nexxt to one another, they hold hands. Everytime. It makes my heart melt!


12. Jarvis learned to 'crawl' around the edge of the pool holding onto the side. Too bad hours of doing that rubbed the skin right off his fingers and toes! He didn't even tell us until later!
13. Now this is an expert Grandpa. (my dad.) Gotta be able to have the Shiner Bock!


14. Father's day for Jace. Illustrated guide to guns, and a tickle monster book. Both were a huge hit.
15. Grandpa Matt (my dad) and his mini-me.


16. this is what home is to me. It's so calm at my parents house.
17. Uncle Patrick (my brother) tossing Jarvis. Uncles are the BEST!


18. Consigment store shopping in Austin is the best! Next sizes up for Jarvis and Joelle, and a couple of things for poor Jonah with all the hand me downs!
19. Two little fishies. They both could spend hours playing in the pool! (my dad).

15 June 2012

Insta-Friday | Texas here we come!


 1. Jungle kitten loves being outside
2. me at a squadron function, keeping it classy


 4. Jarvis' first attempt using scissors!
5. What 60mph winds do to a trampoline.... luckily it's fixed already.


 5. The big brother show is the best, especially with front row seats.
6. peeling his own orange. big boy.


7. Playing footsie and carrying on a conversation.
8. couch to 5k is kicking my bum! i love it!

9. Severe weather/winds at 6am means some whole family snuggles in our bed. i love my life.
10. packing... three kids is so much stuff!

 11. 5 people for 20 days and this is everything (besides 3 carseats) I ROCK.
12. Flight #1, easy, quick.
 13. Win one for mama and the car caddy.
14. Daddy has magic baby sleep arms.

 15. 11:45am, after sitting on the plane for 2 hours waiting for take off (thanks to Minnesota weather), all three fell asleep on take off!! Awesome!
16. the craziness...

TEJAS!! We made it!!

09 June 2012

10 on 10 | ordinarily beautiful

6:30 am
the whole house is awake and someone is learning to hold her own bottle. sorta.

packing.packing.packing. Texas in less than a week. goal: one bag for kids, one bag for mama and daddy... then lots of carseats.

coffee and mama talk while the kids enjoy the sunshine. perfect.

10:00am love Jarvis in this one.

baby snuggles are the best. all my friends agree.

can't tear this kid away from his food for anything.

bumbo babies. love how different their feet are.

this is how we do it. my parade float. took all three to a squadron function by myself. crazy.

bathtime for the big boy with his favorite daddy.

couch to 5k, day 1. here we go.