Every day I pull from what I am beginning to think of as my mama toolbox. What I am calling a mama toolbox is simply the collection of things mothers (well, dads too!) use to navigate through parenthood. I realized there are countless objects, ideas, pieces of advice, and resources I use on a daily basis to help us get through the day and/or any particularly difficult phase in our life. Some tools, like advice from my mom, I've had stored for years, even before I had kids. Other tools pop up on the fly...as in, sometimes I make this stuff up as I go. (Like this blog, for example...having a space to express my thoughts helps keep my ol' mama head on straight.) I think from now on I am going to throw in a post here and there about a tool I've used, especially if it makes me look like an innovative, got-it-together mom!
A tool I used recently...the POWER OF SUGGESTION...
What do you have in your mama toolbox?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Hello family and friends!
Yes, I am talking to YOU, oh reader of this blog. Firstly, thank you thank you thank you so much for following along our little life! I first started this blog for the sole purpose of keeping our family, specifically David's parents, updated with the latest and greatest of our new, precious baby boy. I felt sad that they didn't live close enough to share in even our weekly happenings with baby Cooper, and everything baby happens so fast! As time went on, I not only discovered that I enjoy writing for the blog, but my regular posts will be priceless to us one day when the children are grown and we are in a different season of our lives. I have come to really cherish my job as our family's historian!
So, in 2012, I want to keep writing! I am happy to continue as I have done over the last 3 years by posting periodic growth and milestone updates, our fun times, and of course tons of cute pictures. Lately, however, I have been itching to do more. The journey of parenthood so far has left me with innumerable memories, insights, wisdom, and inspiration that makes me feel as if I should be sharing. So my question to you is, what would YOU like to see on this blog in 2012? (Or what are you sick of? I am craving any and all feedback.) If you get a chance today (or any day) leave me a comment or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook message. I would love to hear from you!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Our friends Becky and Ryan and Leighton and Jenny and kids all trekked up to the Graham Ranch to celebrate the new year with us. It is hard to tell who had more fun...the kids or adults! Cooper and Penny had a blast showing their new friends how to go ranchin', which included digging in the big dirt pile, swinging on the tire swing, feeding the fish, calling to the cows (yes, cows...a neighbor's fence must be in need of repair.), and generally just taking advantage of the wide open spaces and gorgeous weather by running around EVERYWHERE! The adults amused themselves by smoking some bar-b-q, shooting clays, relaxing, sitting around the fire pit, playing giant jenga, and of course ringing in the new year with a bang, once all the little ones dropped from exhaustion. We couldn't ask for a better way to start the new year...All the kids were good and played well together, and the adults were able to relax and create some hilarious moments we will remember for a long time.
|Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa were at the ranch for a little bit when we first arrived.|
|Cooper, Penny, and new friend Raeleigh played in the dirt for hours!|
|Just having toooo much fun!|
|Cooper kept giving me a rock and saying , "A surprise for Mama!"|
|Penny, MJ, and Cooper playing "Cornhole".|
|MJ, Cooper, Leighton, and Penny call to the cows.|
Sunday, January 1, 2012
|Strangely, one morning a deer swam across Nueces Bay and went running through our neighborhood.|
|First trip to the zoo!|
|Penny's first swim|
|At the Splash Park|
|On the 4th|
|Penny turns one!|
|We spent lots of time in our own backyard.|
|The "birthday season" is upon us!|
|Cooper "helped" with the baking of goodies for Halloween.|
|Cooooold Day at the Ranch.|
|Um, define "good"...|
Here's to 2012!