Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas card 2017

It's that time of year again!!!!
The time I torture my family for a fun Christmas picture!
This year we got all cozy in our Christmas Jammies and sat on my Christmas decorated Bed and threw feathers at each other!!!

I just love each one of these people


My family is the best when it comes to going along with my ideas and letting me play photoshoot every once in a while.
 but this guy........ 

 I know he loves me so because
 we were done with pictures he had changed out of his clothes and started playing his computer game when I had remembered I really wanted some pictures of just us. so he pressed paused put his jammie pants that I made him out of a used table cloth (not perfect or comfy but hey we match!) and posed with no complaints!
 That's how I know I found the one for me :)
 and then of course we had to get one of our baby boy.
Happy Christmas y'all!
I am so happy with how these all turned out.
ordering the cards now and mailing them out ASAP!
Here is the link to all the Christmas cards in the past.....


Saturday, November 4, 2017

3rd letter to Hazel

Dear Hazel,
 I have started this letter and then deleted it too many times to count.
nothing I write seems to really explain how special and loved you are.
3 years seems like such a short time to make such a huge impact on someone
 but I am forever changed as a person and mom 
because of you and everything you have taught me so far. 
It is truly a huge honor to be your mother and have a front row seat to watching you grow
Without a doubt you have big plans already in the works for your life.

You wake up with a smile on your face every day.
you walk down the steps and shout "morning mom! I had a good dream about you!"
then after hugs you ask so politely for some "Mellows cereal" (marshmallows)
I admit I only buy that kind of cereal to hear you say "mellows" over and over again. 
it's the sweetest.
Then you watch and make sure your "sisssorss" don't forget coats and lunch boxes before they leave for school.
you pay very close attention to details like that.
when your dad or I am doing our work outs you are always watching, cheering and working out right along side us.
Jerky is your best friend 
whether he likes it or not. 
you will not let a day go by that you don't smother him with hugs and kisses.
you always hold doors open for everyone.
you love to assist with diaper changes on the babysitting babies.
But if I ask you if we can have a baby of our own you are quick to say "NO! I AM THE BABY!"
if its clean up time you are the one that should get a shiny star sticker for biggest helper.
you are a great eater and you always tell me "Thank you for my dinner."
you have to fall asleep with at least 3 books in bed with you but you seem to think every book ONLY says "ABCD'S"
then after tucking you in and turning off the lights you say
 "night mom, I going to have a good dream about you!"
you make my heart melt!

you are feisty and have opinions. 
you have to be included in everything
you're not shy but you are quite.
you watch and take everything in.
you are cautious of who you trust but once someone gains your trust
 you let that sweetness just completely wrap them up and they are willing to walk on fire for you.
you are funny
but if someone is laughing at you, you shut down and they have to earn your trust all over again.
I hope you learn to let your guard down a little more. becasue everyone needs a little Hazel in their lives.

I am not sure if it's because you're the baby in the family or because it's your age or because its you but there are so many times I just look at you
 and I think no one can ever be cuter at life!
  everything you do, yawning, walking, relaxing,brushing hair, putting on shoes, zipping up a coat, sticking your tongue out, seriously it's all just SO CUTE! 
I feel that weird crazy animal mother instinct of wanting to eat your toes because I just can't handle how cute you are!!! 
I also admit I am a little goofy but I have to be honest. I am under your spell. so keep doing normal everyday things and know your mom is crazy in love with you and your absolute biggest fan.
 you are not a typical girlie girl. but you don't seemed phased one bit that the things that makes you happy are not at all what other girls do. your favorite color is orange. your favorite toy is your tool box. you are not to crazy about princesses but Clifford the big red dog that's your favorite!
  I have no idea what God has in store for your life. I know whatever it is it's going to be hard work that you will gladly roll up your sleeves and get it done. you inspire me and push me to do what I want to do, no matter what someone else thinks.

you're a breath of fresh air and a perfect hug when needed.
no amount of Thank you's could be said for all the love and help you have given these last 3 years.
Don't ever change.
although knowing you
you wouldn't even think about it anyway.
I like you a lot.
So my sweet Hazelnut
Daddy's Winnie
Hazel Gwendolyn

Happiest 3rd Birthday!
love, Mama

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

7th letter to Belle

Dear Belle,
your birthday was 4 days ago and I'm a just now writing this because I honestly don't want to.
I don't want you to be 7.
that's too big.
I remember every second, and I mean every second of the day you were born.
7 years seems too long ago to be able to remember every second.
but here we are and I have to force myself to do my mommy duties and write your birthday letter.

I have always said you were my mini me but better, smarter, prettier, funnier, kinder.
I am fascinated with how your brain works
your creativity and instinctive love for art.
it's truly in your blood.
you color every day
you would paint, sculpt, sew, paper mache, draw, build, and other form of art if mom didn't mind the mess.
it's what makes you happy.
it's how you express your thoughts and emotions and dreams.
I sneak little peeks into your notebook under your pillow of all your drawings and I just am blown away at your point of view of the world.
I pray every night you always pursue that amazing talent of yours.
 your humor is so reminiscent of your uncles.
my brothers always have the funniest things to say and they can turn any conversation into a huge belly laugh. I love that you have inherited that from them.
I describe it as very dry and smart but at the same time totally from left field and unexpected.
you know exactly how to lighten the mood and BURN someone without truly hurting their feelings hahahaha
 as much as you are like me 
you have so much from your dad also!
his need for clean and organized and perfection 
you are so particular about your clothes, your art supplies, your handwriting, your room.....well sometimes your room. sometimes I have to remind you to put your laundry away after a week of the basket sitting on the floor!!!
what I love though is out of all your sisters you are without a doubt the biggest daddy's girl. 
he was on a business trip for a week and you cried almost every day.
he still calls you his princess and you wear that title so proudly. I hope you never get embarrassed of that because that just might break his heart if you ever ask him to stop.
 your heart is so big and so caring
you are the second mommy of the house. 
always knowing when to give a hug to your sisters when they need it.
Always giving any help when asked.
Always willing to share everything of yours.
anyone is blessed to call you a friend.
I hope your quietness and shy tendencies don't stop you from making real strong friendships.
becasue you are just the kind of friend this world needs.
 your name means beauty. 
and just like the song on beauty and the beast (yes mom is going to bring that up, be proud of what your named after!!!) your looks have got not parallel!
You are gorgeous!
please please please never dye your hair!!!
never ever ever!!!!
I will probably cry 
but you know that's nothing new, I cry about everything when it comes to you girls.

 You are everything I ever wanted in a daughter and so much more! I just can not thank God enough for you. you are calm, sweet and like a breath of fresh air.
you know exactly how to make our crazy life feel like we can handle everything that's thrown at us.
 you have such a easy smile and once we see it all is right in the world.
Thank you so much for everything you do and everything you are.
I would be lost without you 
and you inspire me to keep going
to remember the important things in life
and to be grateful for every blessing.
I love you so much!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

5th letter to Stella

Drear Stella,
you made it to your big 5th birthday!
I reread all the letters I wrote to you for the past 5 years and I am so proud to say not much has changed. you are still the happiest bubbly sweetest girl. 
I look at you and just feel so blessed.

 This day 5 years ago was the most intense emotional day of my life. I was so terrified of any health problems but so excited to finally meet you. from the moment I found out I was pregnant with you I felt this extreme bond we had already had. I knew you were a girl, I knew you were going to be a spunky sweetheart. but what I didn't know is how much you would teach me to trust God and really learn to lean on my faith. from the moment the doctor said something was wrong with your ultrasound to even just yesterday when you stepped on a bee, you prove that prayer works. I am so grateful for your lessons and your love of God. it's always so inspiring to hear you pray in the back seat of the car when an ambulance drives by or if the rain might ruin our fun plans. 
The strong bond we have I know is nothing compared to the bond you have with our lord. it's such a privilege to see that.
 you bring so much color and brightness and just ooze happniess every where you go.
you are a wonderful friend to everyone. 
not shy one bit.
it's hard to explain to people why we are choosing to wait on starting school
it's because you are not ready to grow up just yet and I am not going  to rush it.
one more year of you being home sounds perfect to me. 
I promise to make this year a fun filled adventurous year. 
We are going to work hard on getting you prepared for kindergarten but we are also going to spend lots of time enjoying each other.
 You love my little pony...still
your thumb
wearing pj's
being a homebody
your sisters
being a daddy's girl
cowboy boots
all of your Grandmas
1 on 1 time
making me draw bunnies
AND ketchup on everything.....even pancakes
 You are not a fan of
washing your hair
running errands
letting go of the ladder at grandma's pool

and you are extremely accident prone.
I have never met anyone who gets poked in the eye more than you! 
along with every other random slim chances of crazy things to happen to someone it will happen to you someday I am sure of it.

 Stella Jo as another year is over I am sad like I always get because my babies are growing
but you make life so fun I just can't wait to see what you have in store next.
Happy Birthday 
I love you.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Julia's 12th letter

Dear Julia,
You are entering into you're last year of childhood! 
that sentence is like a punch in the gut for your mom.
 I am in denial and really don't want to post this letter or share your pictures. I am hoping that if I just bury my head in the sand, cross my fingers and beg God he will let me go back in time and relive your baby years, toddler days and kid moments. but then again I look back at all the pictures and I am reminded that we have had great time and some really really hard times.
you have come such a long way 
I am going to let you in on a very big secret here
parents are totally winging it when it come to raising kids, 
especially the first born.
we screw things up
we don't always know the best answer 
we have high expectations
not really sorry
We don't always know what to do
We will never stop
not sorry

this past year you have really made me so proud.
countless people have told me all kinds of good deeds, responsible acts and great achievements they have witnessed you do. I promise none of the hard work you have done goes unnoticed. Things are changing and as much as I miss your chunky baby cheeks or toothless grin I am so looking forward to all the big things you have ahead of you and to support you in finding God's purpose for you.
 Julia mean Youthful
to me that is 100% accurate.
your spirit and energy can be perfectly described as youthful.
you are always on the go and ready to take on more, do more and nothing scares you

 Your love of cooking as only grown
It's so nice to see you really find something you that makes you happy and interested in. plus it's a huge bonus for me. although I sometimes get a little mommy guilt that I am not doing enough and letting you just be a kid instead of cooking dinner most nights. You are really good at it!
You put a lot of pressure and importance in your school work
and that just makes me burst with pride. you have big dreams and big goals for what you want to be in the future and you have so much determination
never lose that.

 We have crossed the stage in life where you pretty much want close to nothing to do with me because you know mom is so embarrassing and really old.
which I respond with No I am not and No I am not!
When mom sings and dances in the car while your friends are in the back seat it's because I'm a teaching you that you should not be afraid of being yourself
When mom still kisses and hugs you it's teaching you that I am always going to love you even when you fight me
When mom misspells words or gets math problems wrong it teaches you that education is important and mom might need a little help ;P
When mom burns food, ruins a craft project, bleaches her shirt, locks the keys in the car, takes you to fun places but they are closed, gets lost, spills drinks, falls going up the steps, makes a complete fool of herself it all just to teach you to NEVER GIVE UP.
My heart might not be ready for all the growing up in your 12th year of life but I am excited to be right by your side through it all. I am your biggest fan. Thank you forever and ever to choosing me to be your mom. You truly have no idea how much of an impact you have made in my life. 
Year 12
here we go!
lets make this last year of childhood the best!

Happy Birthday
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