Friday, December 15, 2017


They're hard to photograph but this little beauty has started to smile...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our Little Man

Here stands our little man, King of the Castle, and of so adorable.

 With three sisters, its good he is at least King of his Castle playhouse because his sisters are starting to rule the roost in the main house.

Monday, December 11, 2017

These Three

These three are like three musketeers, and oh, the fun they are having these days...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coffee Pics

A local coffee shop in our area owned by two great families we're getting to know ran an Instagram context this past week.  They're starting a coffee subscription component to their shop, so you were supposed to take a picture of how you enjoy coffee at home -- because you can now enjoy Mountain Mama Roasts at home.

I decided it would be fun to participate a little in the photo contest, and truthfully, I am on such a coffee kick right now.  There are definite ebbs and flows to my coffee life, and when I have one or more newborns at home, I am in a MUST HAVE COFFEE EVERY MORNING zone.

I posted two pictures to the contest and wound up winning third place, which was a fun bonus.

Here were the two pictures I posted:

 Caption:  This one I call, "Coffee amidst chaos."

Caption:  This one I call, "Cold cozy car ride to school with kids, coffee, and corndogs."  Okay, that title was a little much.  Nine degrees this morning and no snow... Brrrr


Here were the awkward selfie picture I took that I did not post.  I apparently am not good at taking selfies with my kids and coffee...

This was actually one of my favorite pictures of me with the kids... but the darn coffee cup isn't in the picture, which was the whole challenge of the contest.

Trying to use the rearview mirror in a clever way... turns out, I'm not that artistic.

 I've taken more selfies of myself in the past three days than I have in the past six months.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


I am fascinated by genetics and the ways my children look alike one another and have their own unique qualities.  This is probably because I don't have any full siblings of my own to see how I would look like a sister or brother.

Now with three daughters and a son, I am often looking back at baby pictures to compare if our children look alike.  I am frequently showing Hubby two pictures of our children as babies and asking if they look alike... he then always replies that all babies look alike -- they look like babies.

Do you think any of these babies look alike?








Caroline and Howard


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Buckeye Balls

We have recently eliminated Tracey's nap each day -- which, I'll be honest, is bittersweet.  Tracey has always been a good napper -- I've never had to fight her about taking one.  So, that means that every day for nearly a year I have had a solid two hours in the middle of the day when my three kiddos are napping.  It was a beautiful time of the day to either be productive or to rest myself.

It also meant that bedtime was a struggle because Tracey wasn't really tired until 9:00 or so at night.  By eliminating the nap, she is exhausted by 7:00pm, which is great except when she melts down at bedtime because she is so tired.  We are still adjusting, but overall I think it was a good move and I think she will adjust over these next few weeks.

Now that Tracey is up during that time, she and I get to do some big girl activities together.  Sometimes we read stories, sometimes she helps me with laundry, sometimes she watches a little television while I nurse Addallee... and the past two days, she and I have made Buckeye Balls together.

Monday she helped me mix all the peanut butter ingredients, and then yesterday she helped me dip all the balls in chocolate.

It was a lot of fun because it was one of the first times she REALLY helped with an activity like this -- not all the buckeye balls are totally dipped, but she actually did them herself, which is so special.  We are going to give some of these cookies away as parts of Christmas presents, and Tracey will honestly be able to proudly say that she helped make them.

Here Tracey is with all our ingredients on Monday ready to make the peanut butter balls.

Here she is on Tuesday, giving me a Thumbs Up after we dipped our first batch in chocolate making them Buckeye balls.

And... after all her hard work, this great little baker got to lick the spatula!  Yum!

Have you started on Christmas cookies yet?