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many hats of a mom blog

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.

Differences between him and her

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Notice how Colton is helping dad. He so badly wants to help him hang up the swing and to really take charge.

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There he goes. What a big helper! He was all about the ladder and doing whatever dad is doing.

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Now, do you see how much she cares about this. Not even a little bit of interest. Okay, maybe just a wee bit. As for helping with the swing … “Dad can do it,” she says.

Why are boys so loud!

I mean it. Why are they? At 19 months, Colton can say, “NO!” and “I don’t want it!” but he can’t say, “I love you” or “Thank you for all you do for me, mom” … what gives? And why is he fighting with his sister over everything. Why does he want what she has, all of the time. It’s a princess doll, kid! You don’t want it. Trust me.

And why do they scream all of the time. It’s like, I am 2 feet away, I can hear him loud and clear, he doesn’t have to shout! And they have no fear. What’s up with that? Why do they jump down stairs and climb up rocks and stand on tree stumps only to come crashing down. I swear Colton has a bruise or a bump on every part of his body. Even his ear. True story, his ear has a bruise on it.

It’s insane how much energy a toddler boy has. All of the time. Ryan and I are just starting to see what every mom of boys has told us for years. Boys are loud. Messy. And they run around all of the time.

Oh, but when their energy fades or when your son gets a glimpse of his mommy after school, he suddenly turns into a snuggle bunny. And even if the cuddles only last for a few minutes, these little boys of ours transform from little hyper people to charming, sweet, soft, cuddly baby boys.

I get it. I get the connection between a mom and her son. It’s real. It’s genuine and it’s unlike anything I have ever felt before. Colton seriously melts my heart. And he loves me so much. Oh, he does. He kisses me and cuddles and snuggles and wants to be on my lap (Kelsey is miss independent and her mantra is, “Mom, I can do it myself. Mom, you’re suffocating me. Mom!”) I love her so. So. So. So much it hurts.

But this boy of mine tugs at a different heart string. He’s my son. He’s my little buddy and he is … the loudest person that I know.

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Break free from your social media addiction

Good food for thought. Check out this article on Real Simple for 8 ways to break your social media addiction. And for those crazies who really check social media in the bathroom (that’s not possible, right?), please stop. That’s just wrong.

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The Inspirational Hat: Motivational Monday

Sorry, it’s been a while since I did a Motivational Monday post. Mostly because I was lacking a little inspiration myself. But I saw this print and just had to bookmark it. It’s so true!

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In the blogger community, it’s easy to look at another lifestyle blog, another cooking blog or even a wedding blog and think – “Why can’t I ….”. Well, enough of that. Just be yourself. Who cares if you have 1 follower or 1 million, as long as you’re being true to yourself and writing what you feel.

The Parenting Hat: Weekend with One

When you have two kids and you get the opportunity to only watch one, you suddenly realize that having one is a piece of cake. This weekend, Kelsey was at the cabin with my in-laws. Let me say that part again. This weekend. Yes, the entire weekend we only had one child to look after.

It was so relaxing. When Colton napped. We napped. When I cleaned, no one messed it up. We watched TV whenever we wanted. I painted my nails (and had time for them to dry!) We went on a date. I had dinner with a girlfriend. And, Colton got one-on-one attention all weekend long.

And even though it was super relaxing and quiet, we miss our little diva pants so much! I can’t wait to see her this afternoon. In the meantime, Colton and I are going to go outside and finish our game of airplane. He looks totally excited about it, don’t you agree?

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The Working Hat: The Feeling at Night

I’ve been up all night working and it’s about time I go to bed. But my mind is going a mile a minute thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow. It’s pretty difficult for me to dream of sugar plums when all I can think about are landing pages, marketing plans and budgets.

So, I did a quick online search.

I searched on flickr, Google Images and Pinterest for “peaceful images.” Images of the night sky. Images of a lake with a few ripples of water showcasing slight motion. Images of a lighthouse overlooking the ocean. Images of the moon. Images of the stars. Images of silence.

My mind instantly felt at ease. It might be worth trying the next time you find yourself up all night. Below are some peaceful images that helped me. Aren’t they lovely?
 

If you have any tips for relieving stress, do tell.