“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together there is something you must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart I'll always be with you.”

~Winnie the Pooh


heart anniversary

this little firecracker got a second chance at life five years ago today.  thank God for a mama's instincts in knowing something just wasn't right.  i don't want to dwell on the details but every day with this one is a gift.  even on the days i want to put him in a straight jacket because he simply will not sit still, i love him more than i feel is possible.  he is carson's best friend, shelby's constant entertainment and our little heart warrior.  we love you brooks, to the moon and back and to infinity and beyond!  cheers to you, little man!

five years in the blink of an eye

that face.

and those eyes.  we are in serious trouble.

happy heart day to you, brooks!


and she's off...

well, actually this happened a few weeks ago.  right around the time andrew and i left for our trip, i think.  i a bit behind, i still haven't even gotten birth announcement out for poor shelby.  oh well.  i think that ship has sailed.  i'm lucky she's not already walking before i got around to the crawling videos.  and i know she's in her birthday suit, we were getting in the tub which she loves.  and yes, she's still wearing her bow.  otherwise it would look like an old video of brooks crawling.

and another one just because she's so darn cute


oh, fourth of july.  i have such a love/hate relationship with you.  on one hand, your what summer is all about.  the lake, swimming in the pool all day, playing on the boat, watching fireworks, grilling out, wimbledon.  you're just so much fun.  and then you're over and it's the countdown to school.  wah wah wah!  it makes me was to cry to think about school starting back.  it happens way too soon in my opinion.  no one should go back till after labor day.  it's just not fair.  i can't even think about school without my blood pressure rising.  and that's saying a lot because i normally have very low blood pressure.  for now i'll just look back at the pictures that i did take of our super fun weekend and fourth of july.  unfortunately, i didn't get any of the boat ride to go watch fireworks.  we were with our lake "family" the moores and both the boys were as happy as clams sitting with daniel and ashley.  carson was all curled up with ashley and brooks talked daniel's ear off the entire boat ride.  he did not stop for one second.  that kid is either going to be a preacher or a politician.  the kid loves to talk.  miss shelby also made her first debut on the boat to see the fireworks.  i would have never taken either of the boys so young on the boat but she's the third kid.  she's good.

speaking of miss shelby cooper she is now 9 1/2 months.  what?  where did the time go?  she is by far the sweetest baby girl i have ever known.  she lights up when her brothers pay any attention to her, loves to eat whatever you put in front of her and the girl can rock a hair bow like nobody's business.  i would of told you before that i was perfectly content with my boys.  boys are sweet and easy and they love their mamas but this baby girl has stolen our hearts.  our lives are now complete and we didn't even know something was missing.

i can't even describe the cuteness going on here

seriously.  i can't.  


watching mom and dad on the tube

two pyros in a pod.  after they were done shooting of their little loot of fireworks brooks told andrew, "those weren't really that good."  andrew's response?  "just wait till next year buddy."  andrew is now determined to wow brooks next year.  it is his mission.  we are in trouble.  for now, the ones from the grocery store will have to do.

trying to get all 3 is nearly impossible.  especially since shelby is now mobile.  she does not want to sit still which usually turns in to brooks strangling her to get her to sit still.

getting better.  not sure why the boys are making such weird faces

cute.  cute.  cute.

pure sweetness

brooks and mini brooks with a bow

i seriously can't handle the sweetness

i love this picture.  ashley was on the dock helping me get some shots and i wanted to get all the kids with her.  first of all, you can see just how white all my kids are next to her.  seriously.  they are transparent.  sunscreen is bought in bulk in this house.  i love how carson is reaching for brooks.  brooks has his sly little smile and shelby is crawling away and looking back like what is going on over there.  it's a great shot.

as good as we could get.  we love ms. ashley!

no photo shoot is complete without aunt megan behind me making every one smile!

we figured out it has been 14 years worth of fourth of julys for us at the lake.  there is no way we are that old, clearly we haven't aged.  i wish i could go back and find some pictures from back then.  

and my favorite.  seriously, she makes it look easy



andrew and i were able to finally take our 10 year anniversary trip, a year late.  we had been planning to go somewhere big for a few years now but last year i was pregnant with little miss so we had to postpone one more year.  it's ok, she was worth it.  and so was the trip.  we had the most amazing time meeting new people, laying by the blue ocean, sailing with captain sean, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and relaxing.  oh, the relaxing!  just what parents of 3 small kids don't get enough of.  if you're ever looking for an amazing, kid free get away check out galley bay in antigua.  as we told all the bartenders as we left, we WILL be back!

a huge thank you to my mom and andrew's mom, otherwise known as bunny and grammy, for keeping the kids fed, bathed and happy for us while we were gone!  we knew they were in good hands which made the trip even more enjoyable.

getting ready to leave...someone was not wanting to let us go!

on the plane at 6:30 in the morning.  it's ok, i had no kids, no iPads to carry, no little hands to hold.  just me and andrew.  

don't mind if we do...

our little hut in paradise all to ourselves.  we were maybe 50 yards from the ocean and could hear it from our room.  

our own little pool to cool off in


watching the sunset while in the ocean.  check!

andrew out in the blue water.  it's where he spent most of his time.  you can see my foot in the bottom of the picture, that's where i was.  on my chair with my book and my drink.  i actually read 2 books while i was gone.  that's unheard of.  what's more unheard of is andrew read a book too!  what?!?

captain sean's boat "beats workin'" we went on his 4 hour sailing trip and it was amazing!  best part of the trip for sure!!

after snorkeling along the 2 mile coral reef.  time for some rum punch.

captain sean!

dinner one night

our new friends, the bartenders!  we sat up every night till they closed down and met the most interesting people.  our favorite by far was a sweet older couple from london.  they were so much fun to sit and chat with till the wee hours!

the view from almost anywhere

just going for swim!  i could've gotten used to this.

we took a hike one day to the top of a little cliff overlooking our resort.  wow was it beautiful.  

last sunset.  it was the most amazing trip we are already planning another one!

happy 11 years to us!  we've been through a lot in those 11 years but what does not kill us only makes us stronger.  andrew and i are about as strong together as they come.  as dave matthews says, 

"You and me together, we could do anything, Baby

You and me together yeah, yeah
Two of us together, we could do anything, baby
You and me together yeah, yeah
Two of us together yeah, yeah
Two of us together, we could do anything, baby"


check out those thighs!

i love this little girl's legs.  i could squeeze them all day long.  

now that she's crawling you never know where you'll find her.


hi, mommy!


memorial day 2014

my favorite holiday of the year.  it means the start of summer and lazy days and no school!  what could be better than all of those things?  come august 5th i'll have a first grader and a kindergartner.  sniff, sniff.  i'm going to soak up every moment, starting with memorial day.

one of many bathing suits

boat ride to dinner

captain brooks

waiting for our table

my family


blue eyed girl

i don't know if her eyes will stay this blue or not, neither of the boys kept theirs, but they sure are pretty.  miss shelby is such a sweet, mild mannered 3rd child.  she really just goes with the flow and takes it all in.  i couldn't ask for a better baby girl.  she lets me dress her up and put all kinds of bows and headbands on her.  she's now 8 1/2 months old and time is flying by.  she's eating all kinds of food, basically anything she can get her hands on (including choking on a piece of banana which scared me to death.  thank God andrew had the sense to stick his finger down her throat to make her throw up).  loves all her toys, especially anything her brothers touch and as of this past weekend is crawling!  yep, we have a mover.  and she does not like to sit still.  she is all over the place.  it's so cute to see her chunky little legs moving as fast as they can to get where she wants to go.  as exhausting as it is i love having a baby in the house.  she sure does keep us all waiting for what comes next and we all love it!