Monday, December 15, 2014


Haven't had much time to post lately (I promise I'll get back with it soon) but I wanted to take time to share some of my latest favorite pics from my phone.

^^ Finn cuddling with Uncle Greg for like 10 minutes on Thanksgiving.

^^ Thanksgiving with most of my fam.

^^ More Thanksgiving fun.

^^ Me and the sweet babe while we looked for Christmas trees.

^^ Elf watching goodness happening.

^^ Finn fascinated to be walking in grass with his bare feet at Papa and Grandmar's house. (our house only has weedy goodness in our yard)

^^ Lovin on Papa.

^^ Simple joys, silly boy.

^^ This silly monkey.

^^ Our tree this year, we're doing good keeping this thing watered! No crispy tree this year (like most years).

^^ Homemade rice krispy treat goodness.

^^ Our dear friend, Matt, completing 25 miles in honor of Larsen to support her boy by getting sponsors.

^^ My most favorite picture, Larsen's son Aidric and Finn holding hands while around the lake. This melts me.

Hoping you all are well and enjoying the season and staying warm!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eight Years

This past weekend Rob and I celebrated our anniversary and had a little mini-vacay to Orlando. Although we go on dates and did one overnight stay away from Finn, we realized we need to get away more often. It was just refreshing to be together, not distracted by anything else but the neon lights on International Drive. It was good. The funny part is that it was only 2 nights, 3 days, but it was still enough. .

We cashed in our points from our bank which made this entire mini-getaway completely free. We even branched out (or I should say, I branched out) and signed us up for a zip-lining tour at an awesome place called Forever Florida. It was pretty amazing, and scary. Seriously, the first tower that you zip off of is SEVEN stories high. Seven. It was high. But it was so fun. Memories were made.

Our guides were great and hilarious and messed with us often. Rob filmed my first zip...I was nervous (as I probably checked with the guide 5 times if I’m good) and after the guide cleared me to go and I finally jumped off the ledge he jokingly yelled “hold up!”, it was terrible but hilarious afterward.

We did I think 7 zip-lines from tower to tower. Toward the end they had a photographer take pics of us while we posed. Before we went our guide gave us like 12 examples of poses. Here’s Rob going for the Victoria’s Secret pose…

And me? I still couldn't pry my hands away from holding on with both hands, so I just did a leg kick…

We then did more photos after that, crooked helmet and all.

Our group was great and again our guides were so much fun.

Yay for eight years with my man. <3

Hoping you all are well and gearing up for the holidays. We have cooler weather coming and there's nothing that makes me happier than the fact that when we shop for Christmas trees we won't be sweating. Yay!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween 2014

This year the sweet boy was a wild dinosaur (we like to say dinosaur like Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park). I followed this amazing tutorial for his tail and was inspired by this overall concept from Rust and Sunshine. (thank you to both!) I used a sleeper I had on hand and added a hood along with the spikes. I'm not a pro sewer at all, I promise, I didn't have a machine but MacGyvered it all by hand. But we were happy to see our little dino excited about it...

His little hands in this pic look like a t-rex for sure...

Our little dino then tried to climb a tree...

Then got tired of that and started looking for shelter...

Then found a blanket and took a nap (yeah right) :))

Love our wild boy...

Rob and I both dressed up this year...totally just created some last minute costumes (those can be the best though!) He went as Dr. Who...Matt Smith version. 

Equipped with a sonic screwdriver and everything...

His sonic screwdriver he created was super impressive to me...oh and hello handsome. We're going to make him wear a bowtie more often.

Me? I dressed up as Katniss Everdeen. Rob made me a bow out of a stick in our yard (what a man) and I made my mockingjay "pin" with some gold paper we had. Here I am watching out for enemies...

We're doofs...I don't think I could ever really look

We had a great night with dear family and friends. We ate chili, trick-or-treated (Finn, being his shy self, actually walked up to a few doors!) and enjoyed the cooler weather. Yay for a non-sweaty Halloween! Happy November!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deeply Missing You

If I’m going to be honest...with another anniversary of the loss of Larsen, it’s hurting a lot.

I’m realizing that as the years go on, this isn't getting any easier. Each year reminds me of the permanence of her absence on this side of life. Each year puts her life more distant away from mine and I don’t like it.

I know there’s hope and everything for the future, but it’s still hard in the now. It’s hard when I wish she were here to give me parenting advice, or we could laugh about how she had the brown haired boy (her being blonde) and me having the blonde haired boy. She always joked when her son was born that I looked more like his mama by the hair color and dark eyes.

I have a box that I keep all of Lar’s notes and pictures in. She had given me a card with a picture of two elderly ladies sitting on a porch chatting about something probably inappropriate and random and inside it said “this is going to be us one day”. Oh how I wish it would be.

I told Rob and my sister the other day about this, about me having an especially hard time. And my sister said she hasn't heard me say much about it lately. So it made me think maybe after a while it can feel like it’s just easier to keep your feelings to yourself. To talk only about the hope of the future and not bring down the mood with the pain. Especially when you know so many are hurting deeply by it too.

I think I’m realizing that the processes of grief are an ongoing cycle because

the denial still creeps up

the anger still can be present

the sadness is near

and the longing is forever.

October she was taken from us by domestic violence, and October is also domestic violence awareness month. Rob and I are definitely more watchful for any signs of domestic violence in those we encounter. Continue to raise awareness. 

And if you pray, pray for Larsen’s dear son and family. For blessings and peace to flood their lives. They are truly a special family. And if you feel led to give, visit to donate to the growth and care of her amazing autistic son.

Love and miss you so stinking much, Lar.

For previous years posts about Lar and/or domestic violence, you can visit here, here and here. <3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Family Photos 2014

So maybe this will be an annual tradition? Last year we made the trek all the way to our overgrown backyard to do some family photos with our pumpkins and tripod. This year we tried it again.

We started a thing where we put the smaller pumpkins on our heads and call each other "pumpkin head". This is Finn reenacting that while I did a test shot...oh that sweet face.

Then he did it on my head...

Then he ran away...

Our yearly fall kissing this man...

Oh and then Finn came back! This is Rob and I trying to get him to say "cheese" at the camera...

Then we had to bribe him to stay with daddy's phone. This is our "parents of the year" photo...

Of course bubbles were also present...

This last pic cracks us up...mainly because Rob says that he looks like a little boy with his knees positioned the way they are, lol.

Overall I'm happy to have more family pics with my two loves. Maybe one day we'll pay for some professional photos. Or at least someone to stand on the other side of the camera to help make the boy smile.

Hoping you all are well and enjoying the season. This is the time I ache to live up north to experience a real fall, but I'll just keep my cinnamon broom close and the AC turned down to make up for it.


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