Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Sunday, September 29, 2013


A portrait each week for a year of my children.  

Marriage thoughts

 This last year our family has gone through several hard times, but we pull through. I think those moments, the rock botom walls closing in moments, are what truly defines a relationship. These times will tell you more fully if your relationship, marriage, can go the distance. Hubbins and I will go the distance. I know this with all my heart. Not because we are constantly in the honeymoon feel or because life is rainbows and sunshine; but because we have struggled. Because we have danced during the thunderstorms and cuddled close supporting each other during life's blizzards. Then when the sun begins to peek through, we rejoice and embrace the good. Marriage isn't always a fairy tale, it takes work, understand and exceptance.

Yes, there are heart skipping butterfly inducing moments; like a flour fight on a cozy baking Saturday or cuddles with popcorn and a movie. These moments are just as important. They give us hope and strength to work through stormy days. They heal us after long winters of sorrow or fear. They help to grow a friendship and build upon our love for each other. 

All these moments good and bad create a foundation for our future and how we will handle years to come. Even though Hubbins and I have done things backwards upside down and in zigzags when it comes to our relationship, our relationship grows stronger everyday. There is no right way to have a relationship or be in love. As long as you are willing to work and to learn everyday your marriage will grow and blossom. 

Life isn't perfect. Black clouds often roll in but you can decide to dance in the rain or hide under the covers. 

Monday, September 23, 2013


A portrait each week of my kids for a year 
Seriously one of my favorites!
One foot out just like mommy!
And just because I love this so much!!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Trendy tot Tuesday

So, I am so excited to be doing my first link up post. I am still really new at blogging even though I started over a year ago, so this is really new and exciting for me. I stumbled upon Kelly's blog and the Trendy tot Tuesday link upon posts a while ago. I'm not going to lie, its a little scary to link up and perhaps get readers other than family, so I haven't done it yet. However, I really love my blog and want to get to know the blogging community. So here goes......

Ladybug started Pre-K last week and I really wanted to share her first three school looks. Ladybug has really started to develop her own style and shopping with her has become quite the adventure. She no longer just lets mommy choose and I really love that she is growing in her fashion freedom. 

Day 1: Dress and boots Target
Day 2: Shirt-Ross Dress for less, sandles- Old Navy, Shorts- yard sale find
Day 3: Shirt- a Gift from one of her uncle and aunt, jeans and boots- target
Not to be out done here are 3 of my favorite outfits from Lil Sis last week. She is defiantly a mix of girly meets rock star. 

Our weekend in pictures

This weekend we unplugged and tuned into some of the fun events around town. It was a BLAST and we had some much need family time. 

Friday was the Star Extravaganza. The girls and Hubbins got to make meteors to send down the zip line and we all rode the space ship (aka elevator) complete with astronaut helper to retrieve them. There were also telescopes to look through and some friends to see. The high light for Ladybug had to be seeing one of her friends from preschool last year. The two girls had the best time catching up. 
Then Saturday was an art filled day. Both girls certainly take after Yaya with their art skills and love. We went to the Art On Fire event at a local museum and the girls had so much fun. They painted tiles, played on pottery wheels, help work on a group painting, got painted on and saw some really amazing art work. 
Look how excited she is. 
She was having a blast painting. 

Afterwards, Ladybug and I got to go see a brand new baby. Miss Laura finally had her little girl and she is precious!!!!! Then we had a family dinner and evening drive.

Sunday was a lazy day spent running errands and working on the house but it was the perfect cap to a great week. Well, with the exception of our Ladybug getting sick. I am officially over hospitals and people I love being sick. No more please!


A portrait each week of my kids for a year 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mile stones a plenty

Why do big moments and mile stones come in groups? Especially, now that we have two little girls, I feel like all these big moments seem to be around the same time and I dont ever get a chance to fully appreciate them until later on. 

Anyway, this week was the start of dance class and preschool!

I must say, I have two of the absolute cutest ballerinas EVER!And we LOVE our new dance school. Its so surreal that both girls are dancing now and it truly is a dream come true for me. I love dancing and seeing the girls share that love is astonishing for me. 
Jozy's class was first, and I am grateful for that.I think if she had been second to dance, I might have changed my mind.I am not ready for her to be a big girl yet and this just feels like the next step on the road to big girl-dom. I'm also a little apprehensive since she is dancing in an older age group, but she did so great! She listened and picked up the moves with no problem, and I am so very proud of my little baby girl! And the SMILE, oh how her smile just lite up the room when she started dancing. I had a moment of worry when she looked back at us unsure that everything was OK, but like Big Sis, a smile of reassurance was all my girl needed. (Seriously, sometimes I wouldn't mind a little cling!)

She has talked non-stop about dance class and wants to go everyday. I think this is going to be a wonderful year for her.

Next up was Ladybug. We have been struggling with the idea of a new dance school and new friends. Unfortunately, at the being of summer we had to deal with mom bulling and we had to say good bye to her dance friend. I am still very mad and hurt about the childish way things were handled by the other mom (no, i was not completely innocent when it all came to a head but running or hiding from issues IS NOT how things should be solved!) Like I said, I am still a little mad about it so will stop now. The reason I bring it up though, is because she seems so much more reserved and desperate to make friends and be liked. Its been a struggle this summer and I am truly hoping dance and school will help. We will however be going about making friends differently and will stay away from judgmental people.

So, class started off a little hard on our Bug, but after a little bit she meant a few nice little girls and began to perk back up. She was all smiles and goofing off after that and my heart was soaring for her. I hope that we will have a wonderful year of dance and I am so excited to get to know some of the parents.

Seriously, she is very much our child. Look at all the little girls lined up and then you get Buggy.
She discovered she could see mommy! It quickly became a game. I think, that next time I will need to be more discreet with watching! 
Wednesday was Ladybug's first day of school! The morning did not go as planned and it looks like we will be moving her to a class room with more 2nd year kids, but she came home all smiles so I am saying it was a success. I think getting to see her old teacher after school really helped perk her up since, she is not adjusting well to all the changes. It makes me nervous about moving her to a new class, but in the long run, I want her to be challenged. Plus, if she has more kids her age I think it will be easier to make new friends. I will update more on school next week and I am excited to see what adventure this will take her on! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today marks the 12 year anniversary of one of the USA's saddest days. Even after all these years I can remember where I was and how I felt when we heard the news. At 13yrs old, I was too young to truly grasp what it all meant. But I remember the sorrow, the fear and the numbness of that day. I still find myself at a loss for words when it comes to describing the day or what I felt because it all seems so small compared to the impact of 9/11/01. However, this evening I stumbled across http://www.911day.org/ It's a website where people can pledge to do a good deed in honor of 9/11 and the people lost. I honestly can't think of a more full filling way to remember today and what it means to this country and myself. I pledged to do a good deed today. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The art of PB&J

With school and dance class starting up this week, I am giving in and calling it. Summer is officially over for our house. Though, I'm a little sad that my girl will be back to school four hours a day five days a week, I am excited for the adventures that lay ahead. But that is all for a later post. Once I get all the thoughts and emotions in order so that I can write it. 

Today, I wanna talk about the most random yet exciting mile stone in our house lately. The art of PB&J. Our girls have become super independent. They want to do everything by themselves or at least help Hubbins and me. So, we are giving in. We are letting them have fun with learning. Today, well today the girls got to make their own sandwiches. Let me tell ya, this is serious business in our house and makes me giggle. One, I do not like sandwiches. If you know me at all then you are aware of my bread aversion. This means that sandwiches have only been around for the last year in our home. Two, my girls are particular about their ratios when it comes to a proper sandwich. Three, well, I just kinda love the seriousness. 

So, yeah here is the proof of our latest mile stone because this mama loves the small ones just as much as the big and this week I needed a little one.

Serious business. Girl is a perfectionist. 
She just loves this!
The best way to clean the butter knife! This they learned from mommy.