Happiness is ______ {2014-W38} #happinessis

umbrella baby

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W34} The Back to School Edition #happinessis

First Day of 9th Grade

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W33} #happinessis

new family entry

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

End of Summer Fun

fun in the sun

I am in denial that summer is almost over. School starts next week for us, and I’m not ready. This summer has been a fantastic one, and I’m not ready for 5:30am mornings and practice schedules yet. We’ve been busy setting up our new house here, and drinking in all the delicious sunshine (when we [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W30 & 31} #happinessis

poolside entertainment

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W25} #happinessis

parkour

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

The Best Friend Surprise

best friend surprise - the reaction

He didn’t know I’d secretly contacted his best friend’s mom to invite his best friend to the water park with us. He didn’t know that, while I was finishing up the AdventureCon conference, his best friend was being driven to the park.  He didn’t know that I was done at my conference, and that I [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W22} #happinessis

puppy naps are the best

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W21} #happinessis

my lunch babies

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Today, He’s Ten

tree sitting

I don’t know how we got here. To double-digits, just like that. I blinked, and my curly-haired, sweet-faced, wide-eyed boy suddenly is ten. I scoured every memory card, online album, and blog post for images of him over the last decade. Ten years of raising my sweet boy. (TEN, OMG!!) His hospital picture. At an [...]

This is Why My Husband Isn’t Allowed to Pack Sack Lunches Anymore

Batman lunch sack

“Do you think he’d be mad at me if I write “Merrizzle my Dizzle” instead of his name?” My husband asked me while he playfully flipped the Sharpie in his hand. “Um, babe? The teachers will be holding onto his sack lunch for him, and they won’t know it’s for him.” (In case you’re wondering, [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W19} #happinessis

Happy Mouth's Day

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Mother’s Day 2014

Happy Mother's Day 2014

My husband truly had no idea what to get me this year for Mother’s Day. What’s funny is.. I wasn’t sure either myself. It dawned on me, though, when I was photographing our little Mom and Me tea party soiree, the difficulty I was having zooming in on certain things, and how badly my 18-55mm [...]

A Perfect Day for Kite Flying

Baby V flying kite for the first time

The wind was so strong, it was blowing flowers off and our porch was covered in rose petals everywhere. I knew it would be a perfect day for kite flying, the kids had only been begging us since we bought them last week, it just hadn’t been windy enough to do it… until now. She [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W17} #happinessis

neighborhood cat

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

First Time Fishing

altogether

It’s not that we, ourselves, had never fished, we’d just never fished with our kids. Together. Our older daughter had fished for catfish with her friend in Fort Polk. Our older son had fished with his friends, too. Both my husband and myself, we’d fished with our family and relatives on our own, but never [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W16} #happinessis

my new garden friends

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Easter 2014 in Pictures

ready for easter egg hunt

Here’s a little taste of our Easter weekend in pictures with a sneak peek at the bottom. Here’s your sneak peek at the planting portion of our holiday. Just a little taste as we add the final touches before we share! How was your Easter?

Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

soccer taking it up the field all alone

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Asthma Help with Young Living Oils

Asthma help with Young Living

When I picked him up from school, he mumbled, “Mom, I’m not feeling so well.” He went on to explain how his stomach hurt somewhat, how he was coughing and having trouble breathing (but never went to the nurse, grr!). I already knew this was a bad asthma season for him already, and pointed out [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere – The Stairs Edition

kids sleep anywhere - on the stairs

Remember this picture of Baby Dude? And this picture of Super M? Well, their sister has decided to have a crack at this whole “sleeping on the stairs” thing, too. What is it with the stairs, man? -> My kids have a knack for this sleeping anywhere business. Check out my kids sleep anywhere series!

Happiness is ______ {2014-W8} #happinessis

new favorite picture of baby dude

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

I Think The Medical Profession Hates Me

5am

There’s a reason why people are afraid to go to the doctor – they’re afraid. Some are afraid of needles. Some are afraid of the tests conducted (and even more afraid of the results). Some are afraid because they fear taking medications (and their side effects being worse than what they’re taking the medicines for [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W3} #happinessis

handsome new haircut

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty-One & Fifty-Two} #happinessis

baby helper under the tree

2013 WAS a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty} #happinessis

crafts with baby sis

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

School Holiday Performances 2013

Eighth grade holiday performance 2013

Yesterday we had quite the busy day with holiday performances. My first grader’s performance was at 6:30pm, and I had to have my eighth grader back at his school five minutes away at 6:50pm for his 7:10 band performance at the junior high. While that was happening, my husband, first grader, and a couple kids [...]