Sunday, May 13, 2012

being a mom
happy mother's day to all you ladies out there
so i haven't even blogged easter yet but if i don't slap up these mother's day pics before this day ends,
i could be a grandmother before it ever happens

every year i ask darek to try to get a cute picture with my kids and i...and every year he tries
it's usually the kids who are not on board with this plan

the practice shot...
(and it didn't get much better from here)

note atticus eating watermelon
kennedy tipping over
and beck over it before it even began

the whole time i thought it was beck who wasn't cooperating because he was so wiggly
but it turned out to be atticus' watermelon that led to our ultimate demise

and when beck did look
kennedy tipped
and atticus ate

so after ten shots of kennedy tipping and atticus eating
we finally got this one and had to call it good - with atticus mid chew


 oh well, there's always next year
thanks for trying handsome hub
and thanks for the roses and the nothing bundt cake
and the chick flicks and the breakfast and the lunch and the dinner
and the new pots and pans and blender and knives and everything
for restocking my ten year old kitchen with new stuff!
it's so great! and you're so great! and i love you!
thanks for making me a mommy!

so i really love being a mother. i mean really love it
but here's the truth - it's the most exhausting thing i've ever done
i find myself constantly wondering when i'll get caught up on sleep
and cooking
and cleaning
and every other thing-ing i'm supposed to be doing
and the time has come to admit...
that i won't

it's a lot of hard work
and i'm aging by the minute
but it's oh so worth it, and i'm so grateful to be doing it!

i love these little whipper snappers like i've never loved anyone in my life
they melt my heart
and keep me up at night
and laugh like crazy
and sometimes cry like crazy
and make huge messes
and snuggle me on the couch
and tell me they love me
and refuse to eat anything i cook
and ask me to sing songs
and sit on my lap
and drool on me
and draw me pictures
and scream with joy when they see me after school/church
and come running to me
and give me kisses
and it's all worth it
i love being a mom

and being mother's day and all i decided to knock something off my mothering to do list
and introduce the wee lass to solids

but first we must admire this picture of her side rolls
looks like a stack of yummy, fluffy pancakes

and the oatmeal begins
i've held off on starting her on solids because let's be honest, it's just one more mess to clean up
throughout the day. however the poor girl has been staring at us while we eat and begging for bites
for months so alas, the time has come. welcome to the world of big people eating sweet child.
it only gets yummier from here on out

since i started her a little later than the boys there was much less mess. woo hoo!
instead of pushing it all back out of her mouth right away she actually swallowed
most of it and got the hang of it really quickly. so advanced, that little kennedy girl

and no surprise here - she LOVED it

and also no surprise - i had a little helper who wanted to take a turn feeding baby sister

and naturally there can be no mother's day post without sending out some serious love to my mom
have i already told you that she's the coolest? yes, i know that i have but it's worth repeating
she's just chill and cool and down to earth and easy to be around
no pressure, no stress
i love her

i scrolled through my phone pics to find this cute one of my parents and the hobbits the last time they were in town
see? so fun! i love you mom and dad - i'm a lucky girl to have parents like you.
thank you for all the years of love and support! i wouldn't be me without you!


and while scrolling through the millions of iphone pics i found some mommy moments that i don't think have every graced the blog

atticus and i wearing my summer hats
pretending to go to the kentucky derby


holding a sleeping baby k


and kissing the beckmiester
i love his kisses. i ask him for one about ten times a day and he always thinks about it first
"hmmmm...yep!" and he puckers up for me. occasionally it's a "hmmmm...nope!" and he runs away
leaving me kiss-less. those are sad moments but make his "yep" moments all the more sweet.


and one more with the snuggling k
apparently any pictures that exist of me were taking by me in the mirror
oh well, i've got to record these sweet moment somehow


i hope all of you had a happy day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

FIVE months old

FOUR to eight hour stretches of sleep at night

THREE road trips with mommy

TWO crazy big brothers who LOVE her

ONE single solitary pacifier that she'll take...that they don't make anymore!
so the few we have are sacred, to say the least

and finally
ZERO teeth, although drooling like crazy!

also ZERO solids...i need to get on that

sweet baby kennedy is such an angel baby, just mellow and chill all the time.
she's been so great on the road trips with me although last weekend on our quick overnight in CA she woke up teething (though still toothless) and despite the fact that i am the always-over-prepared-mom i didn't have any tylenol so it was a 2am trip to rite aid for us! such a classic parenting moment. i realized, in fact, that all three of my children have grown a tooth (or started to grow a tooth) on different road trips so she must have heard that this was a family tradition from her brothers and decided to follow suit.

her most common nickname at this point is kennedy girl which i usually shorten to KG.
for you non-celtics fans out there, KG is one of their players, so even though i feel a little weird that my daughter has his nickname it also seems fitting given that darek is a big fan. plus i figure it's better than kenny g which also comes out of my mouth occasionally. i find it ironic that if you shorten my boy's names, they turn into girl's names - atti and becki - and if you shorten my daughter's name it turns into a boy's name - kenny.
people at the park always seem confused...

so that's my girl, growing up so fast! six months old is just around the corner and i really can't believe it. that's like turning 20 in baby years.
she'll be turning cartwheels and texting boys before i know it!

sure love you kennedy girl!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

rewind to spring break
holy smokes! it's been so long since i last posted that blogger's gone all awol on me!
i have no idea how to work this little bugger anymore. so far i'm not a fan,
but i suppose that's what i get for neglecting the ole bliggity for so long.
i cheat on the blog with life, she cheats on me with new formatting.
this is going to be a lame post...
and i might punch my computer

so remember how it was spring break forever ago?
we had family come into town! hooray!

my sister, her husband and my sweet niece were here
it was conference weekend so we spent the first few days watching general conference like righteous folk
then spent the last few days living it up on the strip like non-righteous folk. just kidding.
we sought out all the family friendly fun the las vegas strip has to offer
and what did we come up with? not a whole lot! ha!
but at least we visited the dolphins

and this is my new favorite picture of beckett
it was magic
my boys were smitten
beck making sure we see what he saw

ok, so just as predicted this turned out to be a lame post - blogger won't let me type where i want! such a nightmare! i've got kids crying for my attention so the rest of the pics from our fun weekend will have to wait - although perhaps the time has come for blogger and i to part ways! seriously! has anyone else had these problems?