“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


very thankful

we have a lot to be thankful for this year.  2015 was a year of all good things for the hess family.  we started off with carson's surgery that has given him so much more ability to do every day things that were very difficult for him before.  i am so very thankful for the doctor and nurses and staff in galveston, texas and so thankful for the random chance that i saw the exact procedure done on a kid just like carson on the show, the doctors.  actually, i'm pretty sure it wasn't random, i was meant to see that video and carson was meant to have that surgery.

we also sold our first house this year.  i am so very thankful for the 14 years we had in that house and all the memories we had but i am also very thankful that we found someone to buy it.  having a house for sale with 3 kids is not easy.  neither is building a house for 6 months while living with your parents.  but as much as i'm thankful that we have moved in i am so very thankful for parents who opened their doors and took us all in.  all 5 of us and our dog and our stuff.  and we had a lot of stuff.  a ridiculous amount.  but after a quick 6 months we finally got to move in to our new house that we put all our heart and soul into.  and i am so thankful that we trusted out gut and got the kids into this amazing school system.  we have been beyond pleased with our decision.  you never know how things will turn out but we feel like this was the best decision we could have ever made. 

but most of all, i am thankful beyond words for these three little turkeys.  how did we get so lucky?  these three are just amazing.  they each have their own little personalities that add so much to our family.  i am thankful for every minute i have with them.  happy thanksgiving!

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hi, i'm olaf and i like warm hugs!

aunt megan has outdone herself again.  every year is better than the last.  this year we went with a frozen theme for shelbs.  it just made sense seeing that we watch frozen 47 times a day and she has to sleep and travel around with all her frozen toys, including a giant light up olaf.  we love olaf in our house and shelby made the cutest little olaf i have ever seen.  all good things, all good things!

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does my hair look ok? 
olaf shelby2

oh, i've always wanted a nose.
olaf shelby3

some people are worth melting for and this little girl melts all of our hearts on a daily basis
olaf shelby4

this is her, "ok mom, enough pictures" look.  girl was ready to get some candy.
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pay no attention to the bear on her butt. they were the only tights i could find so that her legs would be warm.
bear booty

not to be outdone, the boys were batman and optimus prime (which was a game time change up since we could not find his first choice amongst the mess in our house.  thank goodness target had something in his size left over for us slackers).  um, clearly optimus doesn't smile.  at least he doesn't when his mom makes him come in from playing to take stupid pictures. 
batman olaf optimus

and if you know carson, he loves a good costume.  he had this one down pat, batman voice and all.  so when i showed him my robin costume he nearly exploded with excitement.  his very own sidekick.  i'd back this little guy up anytime.


and the end of the night....poor shelbs didn't understand that she can't eat all of her candy at once.  i asked her to give me her candy bag and you would of thought i asked her to, well, give up all her candy.  mean mommy.  but it was pretty funny.  her tantrums crack me up.


poor little olaf, just needed a hug from robin


we've moved!

well, it only took a short 6 months, give or take a few weeks, but we have finally moved.  no more running by the house to see what's been done every day.  no more being gone all day long going from one activity to another and not getting home till way after bedtime.  best of all, no more carpool.  praise the lord, thank you jesus can i get an amen.  no more carpool.  no more living out of our car as we trek all over the place.  needless to say since closing day things have been a bit hectic.  we hit the ground running with moving in right after signing the papers and haven't stopped since.  in a perfect world i would have cute edited pictures of the kids on the new front steps but that is just not my reality now.  i don't even know where my camera is!  and even if i did i would not have the time.  i have a vision of what i want and hopefully soon, i'll be able to get it done.

on top of moving into a new house, getting the kids settled, unpacking all of our crap and trying to maintain some sense of normalcy we also had a wedding in seaside and my dad had a "minor" (but still very real and very scary) heart attack.  fortunately, all is well and papa is ok.  3 stints and a few days in the hospital later he's on the mend.  i'd appreciate it if that didn't happen again, though.

so, with all of that going on plus life with three kids unpacking a moving in has been slow.  we'll get there, boxes by stinking box.  we have a lot of boxes.  but what's probably best about finally moving in is seeing the boys get on the bus together.  i think at first the transportation department was a little nervous about carson riding the bus with everyone else, the kept reminding me that he had to be able to get up and down the steps all by himself.  well he rocked it the first day, no problem.  he gets on and off just like the other kids, his only problem is his own brother trying to knock him over so that he can be first.  brothers.  but it sure is sweet seeing their two little faces in the bus window waving to me and blowing kisses.  i'll hold on to that forever since i know it won't last once they get older.  so, we are now officially buford wolves and it feels so good!

the last carpool ride from my parents house.  notice my giant smile!
New house

signed sealed and delivered.  this is us just right after signing our lives away at closing.  
New house

cheers-ing before the chaos of moving in started!
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the kids' first meal at their part of the island.  one of my favorite parts of the house!
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shelbs gave up on helping me.  we wore her out.
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and in between the mess we made it down to seaside for a beautiful wedding and a great party.
New house


she is two

i can't believe i'm typing this, our shelby cooper is two.  two!  the past two years have been so much fun with her in our lives.  she has brought all things girly.  bows, dresses, dolls, pig tails, and anything and everything frozen.  she also has brought all other things girly.  drama (at 2!), tantrums, tears for no reason and full on hissy fits.  i'm not kidding when i say i have never seen either of the boys act the way she does.  we all look at each other and laugh when she throws herself on the floor for no reason at all.  it is pretty funny and keeps us all on our toes.  thank you miss shelby for that. 

i think my most favorite part of having her around (besides all the fun girly stuff, which is way more fun than i ever thought possible) is seeing her idolize her brothers.  she watches their every move and tries to copy them as best she can.  she asks where they are all day long and waits for them to come home from school with the sweetest little face.  they kind of treat her like a little puppy for now, they'll pat her head or throw her a smile but then move on to what they're doing.  but i know that as they get older they will be her protectors and biggest fans.  it truly melts my heart to see how she loves them so much.   

she is the little light in our lives and has completed our family better than i ever thought possible.  happy 2nd birthday sweet girl, we love you with all our hearts to the moon and back! 

since she can't really answer the birthday questions i thought i'd answer for her. 

how old are you? 2! (while trying to hold up two fingers but not really knowing how to do it)
what makes you happy? my bubba's and twos (not sure how she started this but she calls her blankets, which she has three of, twos?)
what is your favorite animal? birdies
what is your favorite thing to eat? "mooshies" also known as smoothies
what is your favorite thing to do? play with my ana and elsa dolls
what is your favorite tv show? mickey mouse clubhouse
what are you really good at? coloring
what is your favorite movie?  duh, frozen
what is your favorite color?  pink
what is your favorite song?  duh, the frozen song.  we sing it 1,000 times a day
who is your best friend?  bubba and kan-nay (brooks and carson)
waht do you and your mom do together?  go outside and look for birds
what do you and your dad do together?  watch golf or football when mom is out
what is your favorite sport?  running around till i can't see straight
where is your favorite place to go?  anywhere outside
what is your favorite book?  frozen book
what do you want to be when you grow up?  elsa

how old are you shelby?  this is her trying to hold up 2 fingers, so cute!
i'm 2

somehow in the last few weeks she's gone from little baby face to toddler face.  it's killing me.  


she is still my shelby baby.

the other fun part of being two is insisting on picking out your accessories.  she had to wear her necklace and birdie shoes.  no arguing on that one.  girlfriend loves her shoes and jewels. 

 birdie shoes

i know one day she's going to let go and not grab a hold of my finger again so for now i will just soak up the sweetness of this little girl.  hearing her tiny two year old voice telling me, "mama, come on!" just about brings tears to my eyes.  she is so full of wonder and excitement and she wants all of us to be a part of it.  there is nothing better.  may she always want one of us (who am i kidding, i hope she always needs her mom there) by her side close enough to grab a hold of a finger.  
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these three

these three.  my little minions, my shadows, my middle of the night wake up calls, my wrestling partners, my loves.  life with them these days are so busy i don't have time to stop and think about how tired i am.  the boys and i basically live out of our car during the week and now that baseball has started for brooks, we spend most of our free time at the ball fields.  and in between all of that fun we are checking on our house daily.  we're so close to being done that it seems like things are moving in slow motion now.  only a few short weeks left to go and then we will have a house to call home.  all good things! 

i was going through my camera which was collecting dust and cobwebs and found these pictures i took back in july.  trying to get all 3 to cooperate and smile at the same time is near impossible.  even worse is getting shelby to stand still.  that doesn't happen anymore.  but it sure makes for some funny pictures.  and once in a while, a really good one. 

nailed it.  not.
all 3 fail

and again.  not.
all 3 fail2

shelbs thought bringing in a minion would make this photo shoot go better.  meet kevin!  the best part of this picture is carson's face in the background.  he looks at her like this all the time.  like she hung the moon.  melts my heart.
minion shelby

miss shelby cooper is a piece of work.  life with her is awesome.

this face makes me so happy.  i could kiss it all day long.

girlfriend got the eyelashes just like her brothers.  look out, daddy.  

peace out.  she's done.

ever hear of the term, "smile with your whole face?"  well, carson smiles with his whole body.  i've never met anyone who is so happy and positive about life.  he truly is one of a kind.  and he's ours.  lucky us.  
smiling carson


little southern girl

there is nothing cuter than a little blonde southern girl.  which is exactly what we have on our hands.  miss thing is as sassy and southern as they come.  i love her little personality and seeing her relationships with her brothers grow.  she adores carson and calls him "can-nay."  we're not really sure where that comes from but he is her "can-nay" who gives her whatever she wants and will do anything to make her smile. 

brooks, or bubba as shelby calls him keeps a watchful eye over her but also likes to push her buttons.  she runs to give him hugs and kisses and he runs away but he always gives in to make her happy.  and when she refuses to hold our hands in the parking lot she will never pass us holding bubba's. 

may he always be willing to hold her hand to cross the street. #bigbrothersarethebest

i love the way she says her name.  it's always with a little raise of the shoulder and a smile with the sweetest southern voice.  it comes out more like, "sheeeeellllll-be." so sweet!



it's hard to believe that something andrew and i have talked about for the last 3 years has actually happened.  last thursday the boys had their first day in second and first grade as buford wolves.  i just knew back when carson was in pre k that this is where we were meant to be.  it just took some work and time.  three years later we are here.  we already felt like part of the family which is a big reason we wanted to be a part of this school system.  i love their dress code (makes getting ready for school easy for this mom!), the teachers and staff are so friendly and seem genuinely happy to be a part of the school and the best part is that the boys are in the same school.  well, kind of.  brooks is in one building that houses the kindergarten and first grades and carson is in the other that has second through fifth.  but, once we move in they will ride the same bus, that stops at our driveway.  it all seems too good to be true.  i'm crossing my fingers and knocking on wood every chance i get.  but i think, and pray.  i pray a lot about it.  that this was the best thing we could of done for our kids.  not just for carson.  but for all 3 of them.  go buford!  go wolves!

happy first day!  we were all a little sleepy and kinda sad that summer was over, but super excited for our first day in our new school.  Untitled

my big boys.  how has this much time gone by?  second and first grade, watch out.  the hess boys are ready!

so andrew and i had to divide and conquer on the first day and i took brooks.  believe it or not, he was the one who needed a little more hand holding.  i think carson is so used to going to a new school every year it wasn't a big deal to him.  brooks on the other hand didn't really grasp the idea that none of his friends from last year were in his class.  don't worry, he's already made a best friend and has the little girls chasing him on the playground.  we are in trouble. 

and not to be left out, little miss wanted to do some work of her own.  she was busy all morning coloring a box.  she was super excited for school to start, that means she gets everyone at home to herself again.  but she sure does miss her "bubba's" during the day.
Another lefty?!

and probably the most exciting news of all (at least to me and andrew.  and my parents, since we have completely invaded their house till ours is built), we have walls!  it actually looks like a house on the inside.  all good things, slowly but surely, all good things.