Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch


It's been a couple of weeks since we took Drew to her first Pumpkin Patch at Ole Mcdermitt's Farm. She had a ball as the pictures show, and we had even more fun watching her.
 My biggest suggestion for this kind of trip is to take a wagon! It was hot that day and toting her around the entire time would have been tiring. The standard old red wagon was perfect.
 Take grandparents too. A one year old really needs a lot of hands to wrangle. I know you mothers of two or three are rolling your eyes, right?
 I have heard about Mcdermitt's from different people the last couple of years but never had a reason to go. Andy only ever let me pick my pumpkins out from good ole Ingles grocery store.
 You know what is awesome about being behind the camera??
 Everyone else gets to look like nuts.


Except her, duh.
 I love celebrating fall in every way possible. This fall has been the most eventful with Drew. I felt like we had to do everything they say you do in fall. Pumpkin patch, Halloween parties, dress up days, trick or treating. Drew, we have done it all.
 I We have watched Hocus Pocus more times than I can count. Your Aunt Jenny turns it on whenever she comes over, which is every weekend. She can quote every line and still gets excited at the "scary" parts. Your Aunt Jenny is also 37.
 Love ya Jen!
 Here you are on the standard "baby on a tractor" photo. Totally typical Drew. Truth be told, you love tractors. Your daddy thinks this means he needs one.
 Drew, you killed us trying to pick up the pumpkins. A week or so ago you were sick with croup and on steroids and simultaneously went through this lifting phase. You were picking up laundry baskets and trying to lift them over your head and getting mad when something was too heavy for you to lift. Your daddy joked it was the roids.
 Is October really almost over?? It's literally my very favorite month!
And in remembrance of what Fall once was..
A look back:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
We are missing 2013...
because I was very busy learning to be a mama instead of blogging! Priorities!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Skeleton Jammies

 This candy gobbling skeleton crawled out of our woods yesterday morning! 
With Bunbun in hand, of course. 
It was "Too Tired Tuesday" at school so Drew Doodles wore her Halloween jammies.
I'm pretty positive this was her favorite day. She was happier than anyone when I picked her up. Comfort is what it's all about with this chick.
Halloween is three days away! We are ready!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I got this

 I'm not one to post a bunch of non- maternity pictures of myself, but these mean a lot to me. The day we took them, I had time to fix my hair and face without being in a big hurry(Drew was napping!). I'm not even dressed up here, but I felt comfortable in my own skin and proud of myself as Drew's mom. I feel like these pictures show it.
 As a new mom, yet a veteran in some ways, I get caught up in the "have to do," "have to be here and there," "must get dinner on the table!" In the every day stress, it's easy to feel I'm in a permanent state of catch up to get it all done, the right way, on time, and so on. Kitchen mess, unmade bed, clean clothes waiting to be folded, and mama needs a nap(or a minute with a magazine and a still hot cup of coffee)  first, please.Yesterday I went to a baby shower for one of my best friends, and I swear I felt like I was the only one chasing after an ever moving baby. Drew fussed and wiggled out of my arms more times than I could count. She banged toys on a glass table, yanked toys from other kids, and spit her food out on our host carpet(sorry Amy!).  At one point I felt my face getting red and I wondered if everyone else could feel my embarrassment. I know she's a baby, but I took on the responsibility of her behavior. Oh wait, I'm a parent. That's what we do right? In addition to the general fluster, I felt messy. I had hurried out the door to get to the shower and was more concerned with Drew's pony tail than my head of hair. I was going to a party with impeccably kept friends(shout out to all my pretty ladies!) and felt like a frazzled mommy mess.
Which brings me here.
 You know, I just feel like these pictures are me owning it. Drew sitting comfortably on my hip and you know what? I got this. I am mama. I am working mama. Drew is well loved and that's really all that matters. I may doubt myself some days but I have caught on to this mama thing and I am doing it pretty good. Tomorrow I may fight with Drew over brushing her teeth or have to tell her "no" ten million times over every little thing. She may fuss over nothing and I may cry tomorrow and forget that I've got this. So here is my reminder. And yours too. 
We got this mamas.
And Drew, when you're reading this some day:
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
2Corinthians 12:9
(Because "I got this" comes from someone greater)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Husband Material

 This guy. He loves tending his woods. He loves walking through them, bulldozing trails, listening quietly to the sounds of animals, and sneaking up on deer.
 He loves taking his girls for a ride on fresh tilled trails, over big hills, and listening to his baby say "ooh!" He comes out of the woods on cold fall mornings with red on his nose and cheeks and a big grin on his face. While we're still in pj's he asks "How are my girls this morning?"
Six years later he's still really the best kind of husband material.
 Make that daddy material too.
I love you Mr. Broome.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kid Style

If OshKosh made Mommy and Me styles, I would take a pair of these.
Who wouldn't love a mommy and me overall photo shoot??
She would appreciate it one day, right? I have so many years of embarrassing her ahead.
Not that I plan to, but this "no" thing you've learned and your extreme hatred of the toothbrush have me plotting every now and then.
I'm only kidding a little, Drew!
I love these pictures of Drew so much. She looked so sweet and cooperated well with a last minute stop at the end of the driveway so I could get some snaps of her with the sun coming up.
overalls: OshKosh shirt: OshKosh shoes: Nike

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pink, Gold, and Old

 Last month we celebrated Brittney's 30th birthday. I can't take credit for the decor since Brittney's mom put it all together, but I did find the theme on Pinterest!
 Brittney's mom Sissy is the kind of lady that can put something together last minute and make it look fabulous. She made the decor for my batchelorette party and the banner and wreath for Drew's shower and nursery. So basically, this is a shout out post to Sissy.
 Brittney knew she was having a party but she pretended really poorly that she knew. I know you knew Brittney bear! Bumblebee! I was on to you.
 Back to Sissy. She also made the cake. Pink sprinkled in gold, love!
And I can't help but reminisce on these pictures and think of a 2nd birthday theme for Drew.
 Party babies! 30th birthdays are the kind you celebrate with friends and their kids. I've come to learn this. In other words, we are getting older.
 Smarty pants blowing out her candles. Because who doesn't have a cake on their 30th birthday?!
Pink, gold, and old!

 I will take credit for these.. I painted them!
Love you Britt! Loved celebrating you.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Napless and No

 You know, naps are a serious thing. And when baby goes without one..
 Mama is tired. So are sweet daycare teachers. Daddy is recuperating from knee surgery and well, he's tired too. This evening was rough. I have come to learn that not every night with Drew will be magically sweet and snuggly. Actually, I learned that week one of her life.
I thought that motherhood was worrisome when Drew was little and I didn't know why she was crying. Now motherhood is testing my emotions because I do know why she's crying and I don't know the best response. I cooked dinner tonight while balancing laundry, caring for a gimp knee Mr. Broome, and listening to Drew scream almost the whole time. You know, after a while it starts to make you feel bad.
We are experiencing tantrums lately. Falling on the floor, crying, and screaming. It's hard being little, I can imagine. She has so much to say and feelings she needs to express and doesn't have words for it all. Throw in pre- molars and snuffled noses too.Can't I just hug her into feeling better? Can't I?!?
And I want to love her in her frustration and guide her to better expression. So, though napless and shaking her head "no," we are learning in our home how to discipline with love.
Tonight, as Drew zonked out from exhaustion in my arms, I felt myself relax. I hugged on her and smushed her cheeks knowing tomorrow may be a repeat of the same or a much better version. 

I read this verse earlier today and it has been on my mind as I settle down for the night..
"My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in your weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, For when I am weak, then I am strong."  2Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in your weakness, Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, For when I am weak, then I am strong.” - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2009/08/05/my-testimony/#sthash.Nq2THG1V.dpuf
“My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in your weakness, Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, For when I am weak, then I am strong.” - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2009/08/05/my-testimony/#sthash.Nq2THG1V.dpuf
“My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in your weakness, Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, For when I am weak, then I am strong.” - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2009/08/05/my-testimony/#sthash.Nq2THG1V.dpuf