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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Everett!

Our son is 1-year-old today!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Unselfish Kids, Unselfish Mother

#TurntheCameraAround #BeUnselfish

You may think that young children are selfish. I mean, they require & demand so much attention, time, energy, money (the list goes on) right?  I guess when looking at it in that way, it can be easy for the world to see these little humans as the most selfish little things in the history of...well, ever.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Finding the Strength to Rise Up

Before I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had many questions. Questions like, What's the purpose of life? Where am I going? What's even going on around here? What's the meaning of all this?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Conversations With My Toddler (YouTube)

What are some conversations you've had with a toddler? Here's a fun little video with snippets of what it's like to talk to mine!

And yes...did you know that Macdonald's Playland has a YouTube channel? No? It's ok, I kinda forgot about it too, but I think I will be using it a bit more in the future! Our camcorder has tons of everyday moments and other adventures that have been collecting dust. I finally figured out a (seemingly) fun way to show them off and save them for the future, so go SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/macdonaldsplayland) to see some adventures from our playland. When I can't find time to write, I apparently find time to edit videos. Yeesh!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Um, I can explain...


Scott came home and asked Lilly what she learned about in "school" today with mommy.
She ran over and picked up these brown things to show to him.

Poop. Apparently, she learned about poop.

Perhaps I should have explained myself before she did that?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sometimes, times are difficult.


Sometimes things come all at once.
Sometimes things feel overwhelming.
Sometimes you don't know where to start.
Sometimes you don't know how to stop.
Sometimes the questions seem very endless.
Sometimes the answers are not clear.
Sometimes the answers don't come quickly.
Sometimes the answers don't seem to come at all.
Sometimes things seem scary to leap into.
Sometimes you feel like you're falling.
Sometimes you feel like you're failing.
Sometimes you wonder what you could do better.
Sometimes you question if you could have done better.
Sometimes you think you don't do enough.
Sometimes you think you do too much.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccs Review & Giveaway!

[this post contains a free product received from Freshly Picked to review. 
however, my own honest thoughts & opinion are expressed. thank you for supporting my collaborations & sponsors!]


First off, Lilly in that photo = I don't even know what to say. She may be spying on some lady getting into her car in the parking lot, but I guess there's a way you can do that and still look adorable. If only I was that skilled.

And secondly, but certainly not least....ly.....leastly (hehe ::snort::)....we have a fun giveaway on the blog today!

Friday, January 16, 2015

My Toddler's 1st...er...2nd pet.

This is Fluffy.
Fluffy the beta fish.


Lilly picked him out, named him, and loves him.

I love him too.

Mostly because he's lived for longer than 2 hours (which wasn't the case for Goldie, the goldfish we got for Lilly for her 3rd birthday...remember when I wrote about how we were going to do that?).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What your kids see in you that you don't.



I'm losing my hair.
I have short 1-2 inch hairs that stick up from my hairline above my forehead saying, "what's up world? I'm here to make Pam look ridiculous."
I swear my hairline has receded.
Thanks so much, after pregnancy hormones that make hair fall out. You suck.
I know absolutely nothing about makeup.
I hardly know what to ever wear.
I have patches of tangled matted hair that I'm apologizing to my hairstylist about, and I haven't even gone in to see her yet.
I'm not a very creative cook.
Sometimes, many times, I don't manage to get dinner ready in time, and so I tell my husband to pick up something on the way home.
I feel like I need to play with my kids more.
I feel like I don't do enough with them sometimes.
Sometimes I look at them playing in the room, and I just want to cry and say, "They're growing. I have missed so much."
When stress builds up, sometimes I have total breakdowns that only my husband knows how to deal with.
I have felt totally inspired and completely and hopelessly uninspired lately.
I have many responsibilities, but at times feel like I'm wandering through them.
How can one feel lost even with so much to do?
I swear this is making me sound completely whiny and absolutely mental.
And that pisses me off.
Needless to say, I've been looking in the mirror lately and have just been one big mope.

And then there are my kids.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gift For My Mother-in-Law - Family Photo Session

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, y'all! 2014 was quite a blessed year in our little playland, especially with the addition of our sweet little Everett.We look forward to what 2015 has in store and hope you all have a wonderful new year as well!

To end 2014, we got to do something pretty awesome with my husband's family. Let me first say, I married into a wonderful family. I have to just brag about that for a second. The fact a girl can say that (despite all the horrible in-law stories I hear from friends and others) is a real blessing. Even through all the years I've been with Scott (we're going on 14 years soon), I can say I truly love every single one of their in-lawtic guts. That makes me a blessed & lucky girl :) And yes, in-lawtic is now an official word.

Anyway, it's a rare occasion for ALL of us to be in the same state at the same time, so it was decided that my mother-in-law would be getting a Family Photo Session for her Christmas present. I mean, all of her kids, kids' spouses, and 5 grandchildren in one place?? We had to do it!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the Year Photo Dump

Could I think of a less unfortunate sounding title for this blog post? Sheesh.

Even more unfortunate? I'm photo dumping starting back at Halloween.
Ah, well!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Macdonald Family Photos


So... motherhood always seems to put me in my place.
"Family photos are horrible..." they'd tell me.
"It will be years of annual torture..." I'd hear.

Then I'd scoff and think, "Heh. That won't happen to us. We've been good so far the past few years, and we've got quite some time before resentful, uncooperative teenager stage...."

Then came family photo time with our now 3-year-old. Commence THE MOST NAUGHTIEST (warrants the improper grammar), WORST-BEHAVED TODDLER EVER. IN LIFE. LIKE ALL OF LIFE IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. Ok, maybe she wasn't that bad, but it sure felt like it at the time. How I thought a 3-year-old would somehow be cooperative was beyond me. How I thought I'd be free of saying, "SIT DOWN NOW!" and "JUST SMILE. No...not like THAT. A NICE smile!" is beyond me.

Honestly, when it came time for me and Scott to have "mommy and daddy" photos alone, we HELD each other while the photographer snapped away. Like....hugs of relief to get a break alone together. It was wonderful we got that moment to have photos of just us two.

But ANYWAY.... looking through some of my favorites below, you could never really tell that we wanted to string Lilly up the wall, could you? I just love how they turned out! Bless our photographer's heart, she's so talented and did an amazing job! You can't even really see the vein popping out of my forehead or my eyes bulging from frustration or the sweat on our foreheads from dealing with Lilly. And it looks like we've got a few more years before Everett joins her. I won't let his sweet little face fool me the way his sister did though!

HOORAY!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Instagram helps me update my blog.

Needless to say, things have been crazy 'round these parts, but I've been writing and writing when I can, as it keeps me sane - somewhat. (if you could only see all the "drafts" I have going)

Since I can't seem to decide what to post first, here's my instagram in the past month or two. I amuse myself with captions and this will be a (cop-out version of a) blog post to kinda get this blog up to date until I can do a "real" post...whatever that means.


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