which part of our land would you like to visit?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Reality of Taking Photos With Kids.

So, since I like to get real here on my blog, I figured I'd post a few examples of what taking photos with kids, especially my toddler, really looks like. You may have seen the "good" versions of some of these in some of my past blog posts or other social media. The behind the scenes versions are more entertaining though...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weeks-In-Review: 4 month old, Summer, Batman, & the Impossible.

Camera Captures:
 {our monthly temple visit} {long beach aquarium}
{ice cream does this to people} {family day to Solvang}

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Need Some Motivation? Read These 10 Quotes.

There are times in my life when I'm working really hard at something, yet the thought of accomplishing it is a lot easier than the steps or actions needed to make it a reality. Thinking about how great something is, will be, or should be is usually always easier than putting in any of the work required to have it be that way.  I'm guilty at times (many times) of getting tired too quickly, being impatient, wanting answers right away, or wishing to have something without really doing anything about it or putting in the proper work for it. I think this can apply to nearly anything we go through. From achieving big dreams to even just accomplishing the small every day tasks.

It's during those times that I have to step back and have to remember about prayer, about patience, about placing my faith in Heavenly Father and knowing that He knows what's best for me. Every time I've done that in my life, it's easier to be patient, it's easier to pick up and try again, it's easier to accomplish goals I'm striving for, it's easier to face challenges, it's easier to keep going.

I've been seeking some motivation recently and so I turned to some scriptures, words by prophets, and other LDS church leaders. And I am SO digging the following words of wisdom right now.

I think for any of our goals and dreams (from the simple to the elaborate, from tomorrow's checklist to life's biggest endeavors), these could help give that motivation we may be searching for.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Go Shout Love!

Who wants to shout love with me?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Examples That Show I'm Horrible At Song Lyrics.

If you know me or hang around me a lot, you may know I love music. I love to dance. I play the piano. You may see me humming to myself a lot, telling my sister to bust out her guitar so we could sing, or being the first one on the dance floor.

Aside from these things, you may have noticed that there is something else that I do when it comes to music. I do it a lot.

Family members have pointed it out to me. My husband has pointed it out to me. Friends have pointed it out to me. And I've been teased relentlessly about it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weeks-In-Review: Our 4th of July & Other Things.

Camera Captures:
{& a 5,6,7,8...} {fruit skewers/kickball at the park} {cheese!}
{front lawn races} {someone can write her name} {date night in a pile of books}
{don't quit your day dream} {my babies} {my babies}

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Things You Search For When You Have A Toddler

This child is lucky she's cute and that I have memories of what it was like to birth her.
Yesterday we went to the library. I was on a mission to check out some books to read to Lilly. I did a category search. Do you know what categories I searched for?

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Small Glimpse Into My Mom Brain.

Don't even ask me what day it is. I thought today was Thursday for the longest time. It's Monday.

Friday, June 27, 2014

What I Learn From This Photo Of My Daughter Chasing Bubbles.

I have learned (or at least realized) something important in the few moments I've sat here staring at this picture of my sweet little girl.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ways To Negotiate With A Toddler.

These are real "negotiations" that have occurred between me and my 2 year old. These will either make you nod your head in agreement, make you shake your head in disagreement, make you question my skills as a mother, or all of the above.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weeks-In-Review: Fun Changes

Camera Captures:
 {back to ballet} {bubble chaser} {monthly temple visit}
{yummy marshmallow} {everett's first laugh} {happy father's day}
{family picnic & soccer time} {my main men} {happiest picnic attendee}

Thursday, June 19, 2014

4 Things I Want My Kids To See Me Doing.

I may not know what the future holds for me or my children, I certainly do not have all the answers on (insert motherhood issue here), and I know that I can't force nor ultimately control what my children will choose to do. But I do know a few things for sure: I can be a good example. I can teach them. And I can teach by example.

With that said, there are 4 certain things I try to do often that I want to make sure my kids see me doing. I am certainly not perfect at doing them all the time, but I've made it a point to try. I have mentally put these into my mind and have said to myself, "they need to see me do this."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Capturing Some Normal Mommy Feelings

As a mommy, throughout any given day, I may catch myself going through any or all of these feelings...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What great man are you celebrating today?

Here's my answer:
When it comes to hopes I have for my kids, there are few things greater than these:
  • that my son grows up to be even just half the man that his dad is.
  • & that my daughter falls in love with a man who is as loving, kind, upright, humble, & honorable as her dad is. 
Yes, I'd say that would all be really, really fantastic.

"Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine..." - James E. Faust

Thank you to my husband for showing me a piece of heaven each day with the way he fathers our children. And to my own dad, thank you for being the hero I looked up to as a little girl. Some things truly never change.

Wishing a very Happy Father's Day to all the amazing fathers & father figures out there. 
What great men or influences in your life are you celebrating on Father's Day?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Father's Day Gift - Funny Photo Super Hero Book

Here's the thing, guys. I'm married to a super hero. And that means my kids have a super hero for a dad.
Wowee wow. That's big.

So to honor my hero on Father's Day, I chuckled (actually...I pretty much CRACKED MYSELF UP) creating this little gift for him. I seriously amuse myself.

And guess what? You can do this, too! All you need is some cardstock, some photos to cut out, some crayons, some glue, a stapler, mildly questionable drawing skills, oh...and a super hero :)


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