We have a little tradition around here. Every year, on what would have been my mom's birthday, we celebrate.  I tell stories, I show pictures, I pick lilacs, I smile, I laugh and I remember. And we all eat chocolate. Always chocolate. My mom never would have had a birthday without chocolate.  That's for certain. 

It's been nearly 21 years since I lost my mom. It's hard to believe I've had more living years without her than I've had with her because I carry a piece of her in my heart everyday.  Who I am is because of who she was.  I'm thankful for that.

I bet she would be mighty happy to snuggle her newest grandbaby, Miss Anna-Kate (along with her others, of course).  Everytime someone asks Anna-Kate how she got her name, she'll talk of being named after her grandmother.  I'll make sure to keep the stories coming so those memories live on.



The best part about a long trip to see family...

I'm pretty sure these trips will be memories that will last a lifetime for my littles.

Our Tiny One at BOG's

Round three of my infants heading to my dad's house.  He has so much junk ...err...antiques...that it's quite fun doing some creative photography.

Adrian's here.
Audra's here.

Three kids and our old dog Kammie and a picture under that old, old apple tree.




And other of Anna-Kate sleeping, sleeping, sleeping her days away at my dad's.  Wish I could have taken more, but it seriously rained the whole time we were there!

Life with Audra....

 Comical. Spontaneous. Hilarious.
 Active. Fast. Energetic.
 Repetitive. Exhausting. (No, tights are not pants and you cannot wear them in place of pants when we go places.)
 Free spirited. Carefree. Happy.
 Entertaining.  Fun. Priceless.  This girl has more spunk than anyone I know.  She adds so much life wherever she goes.  Love this girl.

Daisy the Pig

What?  Your library doesn't host farmer nights with pig stories and pig hugs?

Clearly we have the very best library (and librarians) in the world.  Thank you for the pics, Allison!
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Big Brother/Big Sister

Okay, so I may be a broken record, but this big brother/big sister gig is still pretty sweet.  I cannot get enough of the love. I am constantly hearing "Mama, can I hold her?" and "Take our picture!" So, there's more pics of our trio...I hope you don't mind.


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