Caught! Nolan and the Christmas Tree

I was doing the laundry this afternoon when I heard Nolan talking to the Christmas tree. I got closer only to find that this little super hero of mine was taking off the ornaments and telling them where they should go instead. He was literally re-arranging the tree! It was the cutest thing. Well .. until he started putting the candy cane ornament in his mouth. Don’t you just love this age? He makes every day a blessing.


As a mother, I have an obligation to steer my kids on the right path. This is especially true in business. As my daughter Kelsey grows into adulthood, she is going to be faced with challenges, triumph, and adversity. She’s going to have to make big decisions, take chances and follow her dreams. I can only hope that my work experiences help mold her into the successful business woman that she will become.

I say this next thing with mixed emotions.

Today is the day that I take my own motherly advice. Today is the day that I take a chance on following my dreams. After eight years working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, I have decided to leave my job and open my own digital marketing agency, SEE IT SIDEWAYS, with two other VERY talented marketers from Starwood. I have spent the past few years commuting across town and across country and today I embark on a new chapter.

The story of how this decision came to be is a page-turner. Best told over a few cocktails. In fact, when we told someone how SEE IT SIDEWAYS came to be, their response was, “Well, now you’ve got a story! Every successful person has a story. And now you three have one heck of a story to tell.”

If you believe that everything happens for a reason, and if you really believe that hustle and heart will set you apart from anyone and anything that stands in your way, then you believe what we believe: faith, hard work and true talent is the recipe for success.

You can follow our journey through the SEE IT SIDEWAYS instagram page, through this blog or you can connect with me directly. For those who know me personally, thank you for the support and for your friendship. For those whom I just met through this blog … welcome to my life as a working mom. Hang on tight because it’s about to get real good.


Merry Everything

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many hats of a mom blog

many hats of a mom blog

When I started this blog in 2010, I had one goal in mind: Keep track of (most) everything we did. Take pictures. Write stories. Capture memories so that one day our daughter can grow up and read about her childhood. Since then our family (and my heart) has exploded with love. We have two more children and couldn’t be more thankful for the blessings we have been given.

Through this blog, I have found a love for photography and storytelling. Sometimes I look back at old photos and think, ‘Yikes!’ – did I really edit a photo like that? But that’s the whole point of this blog … to see how far we’ve come through the years. To grow. To explore. And yes, to edit photos in horrible Sepia tones until you finally get it right.

Another goal of mine was to document my children’s milestones so I could reference it later. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked myself, “When do kids get their teeth? At what age did we potty train Kelsey? What did we do for Easter last year?” When that happens, I can go into my blog archives and find the answer. How cool is that.

This little corner of cyber space as been an online journal of sorts. Albeit, I have vowed to be real but never allow this blog to be a place for venting. I have my husband, girlfriends and a good glass of wine to cure my need to vent. Besides, isn’t the world negative enough without me complaining and sweating the small stuff?

I also don’t use profanity on this blog. The worst word you’ll find on here is “shoot” because – like I said – little miss grown up Kelsey will be reading this one day. That’s something that means a lot to me.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’ll be continuing to blog in 2016. I’m excited to see where my love for blogging takes me next year, and I’m excited to document the things we do, the places we go and the way in which these kids grow up. 2015 was incredibly good to us – we welcomed Nolan into our family and lived our lives in a way that would make God proud. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.

It’s been a treasure and a treat to talk to you through this computer screen. And for that future big girl who is reading this, momma loves you more than you know. Even when you’re throwing sass my way.

See you guys in 2016.

Not-so-Newborn Photos

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Funny story: I tried taking “newborn photos” of my little, Nolan Ryan Cross. The thing is, he’s 17 days old and he is already over 11lbs and 23 inches. Which means, all of the cute baskets and “newborn poses” that I put him in just looked ridiculous. Let’s face it: he doesn’t look like a newborn. So … I scrapped the traditional newborn photos and just took pics of him doing his thing.

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He also wouldn’t sleep. Aren’t you supposed to get photos of them sleeping? I kind of like the photos of him more aware though. I like seeing into those baby blues. His expressions make me giggle.

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My best friend, Angie’s mother gave us this dog from Anthropologie at my daughter’s baby shower (five years ago!). I love how this little pup has made his way into the arms of each of my three children.

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We call his feet “puppy paws” – big feet for such a young baby. He will soon grow into these puppy paws of his.

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How cute are these anchor diapers from The Honest Company? The girls at my work gifted us these and I love them. Sadly, this will be my only pack. If you know my husband, you’ll know that he would never pay double for diapers just to get a cute, printed booty. So, I’ll just enjoy these while they last.

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Newborn Photos - Mom Blogger Many Hats of a Mom
Nolan Ryan Newborn Photos - Mom Blogger

We just love this little man so much. Our family is complete. xo