Friday, January 31, 2014

sluggish and bored

January is a tough month for me.
I feel so cooped up and cold because of the weather. it puts a big damper on taking pictures since no one really wants to smile outside while shivering in the snow.
We have been trying to survive these last 31 days
but it's not been easy

I have been working on crafts with the kids and will talk more on that soon
The girls favorite time of day is when Daddy walks in the door. he literally drops everything and gives them each hugs and kisses.
We also have been trying to deep clean each room. now there is more space to twirl around
thank goodness January is almost over! 
But then my Grandma reminded me that normally February is a harsher month weather wise than January! Thanks Grandma!
And already I know this coming week is going to be filled with more snow and cold!
So I need help!
I am running out of ideas to keep the kids happy!
What indoor activities do you do on snow days?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


all month of January kids get in free to the Newport aquarium!
I was so excited because I knew how excited Belle would be!
I kissed her goodnight and whispered in her ear that I had a big surprise for her in the morning!
but little did I know she had the surprise for me at 4:30 in the morning when I was woken up by cries and vomit coming from her bed!
after cleaning up and getting a little bit more sleep we woke up and she seemed to be good. we ate breakfast, got dressed and loaded up in the car. We had to make a quick pit stop at Grandma Jo's before hand. on my way back to the car I looked in the back seat and found Miss Belle had upchucked her breakfast all over the front of her! 
"can we please still go momma!?"
it broke my heart but we had to go back home and try another day.
we finally that other day came! and I think we were more excited this time!!


Miss Belle is such an animal lover so I knew she would love it but I was so surprised at just how ecstatic Stella got over the alligator! we sing a song at library about alligators and the kids use their arms to mimic an alligators mouth, getting louder and louder as their hands open bigger and bigger. Stella was singing and dancing and then started screaming and banging on the glass that was keeping the alligator safe from being squeezed from Lil Stella! Go figure my dare devil loves one of the most dangerous animals!

We had a blast and I got a new favorite picture!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rainbow loom is the stupidest present ever!

 The Julia was bitten by the Rainbow loom bug.
That was the main thing on her Christmas list (besides a phone and computer but those were a definite NO!)
Her face when she opened it was priceless, she was SO excited!
but then came the frustrations and anger over her not figuring out the different patterns.
we watched countless of youtube videos, asked all the cousins we thought would know how to do it but no one did. she finally figured out how to do the fish tail loop bracelet. But she gets very down on herself when she sees a picture of other cool patterns and even how some people can make animals and words! she go so upset and said "This is the stupidest present ever!"
I hated seeing her like that and as much as I wanted to help her I couldn't figure it out either!
Grandma Jo to the rescue!!
she stopped over for a visit and brought her famous garbage bag full of things she wanted to get rid of and inside there was this:

 It's so easy that miss Belle is a pro!
and surprisingly very therapeutic. We turn on Delilah on I heart radio (my new favorite thing ever!) and sit at the table, chit chat and just enjoy making crafts together.

 here are some of our finished ones. Belle sent one to her uncle Gage and we hot glued a few magnets to some and put on the fridge.
It is a little messy because I find beads everywhere now but I don't mind to much. I am just happy my girl is having a good time and feeling encouraged that she CAN make something instead of breaking down over stupid rainbow loom.

Monday, January 13, 2014

my Netflix favorites

a few years ago we decided to cut out a lot of things that we felt were a waste of money. Cable was a big one. except for a few shows the only person watching was Julia and it was a 24/7 marathon of Sponge bob! 
last year I did talk my hubby into spending the $8 a month on Netflix. and it's become my nightly ritual. put the kids to bed clean up the kitchen from dinner, grab a snack, work on pictures and turn on Netflix. 
so after a year of watching different shows and movies I wanted to put together a little list of my favorites. because well just because I like list.

1. Walking dead
of course right?! I mean I did do our family pictures based off the show this summer.
but seriously it's soooo good! and as silly as this sounds it's made me think differently about weapons.  honestly if someone would come at me trying to eat my brains I would have just laid there and let them but now I feel like I could use anything and bash their head in like a bat, pole, gardening hoe..bring it on walkers!!!
2. Breaking bad
my husband was obsessed with this show for years!
so I mainly started watching it because I wanted to know why.
and ooooo man seriously all the hype everyone was and still talks about with them winning the golden globes is no joke! GREAT show! you will be so speechless and just amazed at the whole story and how perfect it is written and acted!
 3. Orange is the new black
this is not a show for everyone. I know people that would hate it but I love it! so much so I almost want to cook some meth with Jessie, bash some heads in with Daryl just so I can have one conversation with crazy eyes in the women's correctional.......ok not really but it would be a cool story :P
 other mentionables to check out:
arrested development, parenthood, Friday night lights, American horror story

1. It's a disaster 
 funny funny! not at all what I was expecting but seriously want to watch it again and I hardly ever watch a movie more than once! I really want my brother Jarrod to watch this because he has a different kind of humor and I think he would really like it :)

2. The other woman
 I love Natalie Portman and at first I hated this movie. I hate cheaters and women that break up a marriage and try to justify it with stupid reasons that are supposed to make them feel better but then watching the events that happen to her is so heart breaking. DEFIANTLY  a tear jerk-er big time!!!!
 3. friends with kids
another funny one. Some of my friends that don't have kids probably think our life is like this movie. crazy, stressful, messy, yelling and temper tantrums. but until you are a mom and you have one of those days where everything is falling apart and then this little person that you helped create and bring in this world, this beautiful, innocent child hugs you and tells you they love you the most and you know with their whole heart that they really do, it's all worth it and you look at your single friends that are going on vacations and parties, hang out with other friends drinking and being "free" you just think they have no idea what they are missing.

other movies to check out:
these are not my favorite movies just new ones I have seen thanks to Netflix, my favorites would be
Titanic, Forest Gump, Grease

1. Business of being born:
I highly recommend anyone that has had kids, pregnant, someday will have kids, please watch this movie! it's fascinating to me how our body works and what it can do. We do plan on having one more child biologically and this movie has made me really rethink my choices and what I want the next time around.
2. Stuck
I have mentioned many times how adoption will be in our future. With out a doubt I know God is calling us to complete our family this way. Stuck had me in tears from start to finish.

3.Black fish
ooo this one is soo good! It's about the whales at sea world but it's not a happy story because these whales don't live a happy life. that's all I am going to say. just watch it!


 Other documentaries to watch:
china's lost girls, The women who wasn't there, Monica and David.

 happy watching!

Best face of 2013 photo challenge

This is my submission to the I Heart Faces Photo Challenge. Join in the fun! Get more details at 
 This is my submission for the I heart faces photo challenge/ Best faces of 2013

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Jackson lives on a pumpkin farm and for his first birthday enjoyed his homemade pumpkin pie.
This is my submission to the I Heart Faces Photo Challenge. Join in the fun! Get more details at 
Photo Challenge Submission

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Hunter's Wedding

 Christopher and Kayla have been through more heart break and blessings in their relationship than most couples that have been married for decades! But they made it together. It was such a sweet and full of love wedding. The moment I saw Kayla that day she had the biggest smile that never went away and Chris was anxiously waiting for her to walk down those steps so he could finally be her husband. 
Enjoy your slide show Mr. and Mrs. Hunter!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

top post of 2013

 I wanted to take one last look at the top Blogs that you viewed in 2013!! This past year my little corner of the internet has reach TONS of people!!! it's so weird to know that people from different countries seem interested in my stories and pictures!

10.  Guest
I had a very special person take over my blog and write a post!

9.Jordan & Amber
such a sweet loving couple! their wedding was so full of love and faith that I just completely wonderful!

A very inspiring little boy!

7. Bad mom
I still feel bad about this one.

6.The winner is......
I held a little contest to reach more people on facebook and if any one shared my page they were entered into the contest! 

a story about a brave young girl battling a tough battle but dancing her way to find a cure!

4.  Alex and Kristin
one of the funnest weddings I have ever shot at!!

3.Easter Mini
this was a fun day. my best friend Ashely tagged along with her bunny while I took pictures of some super cute little ones.

2. Ron and Lisa
Lisa made a beautiful bride and Ron was just so happy all day! here's the post of their wedding.

1. Bourdoir 
I was terrified to post this but I guess when you build up courage and maybe show off a little skin your blog explodes!

I am also about to see how people found my blog. someone searched in Google for "Chachi breastfeed me" that was a little strange........but hmm......thanks for reading I guess. :)
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