Continuing with the theme from last week, these are all items from my Amazon wish list.  I'm still pretty obsessed with coloring/drawing/lettering but I've also been getting back into reading more.  I've always been against Kindles, solely because I like the feel of having an actual book to hold and how pretty they look my bookshelf once I finish reading them, but lately I've been wondering if I should just bite the bullet and get one?  I mean, it would be handy for trips.  And it'd be a lot quicker to buy a book, I wouldn't have to get ready and go to the store! 
one // I love these Thomas Kinkade paintings of classic Disney characters in puzzle form!
two // the original Amazon Kindle.  (It was on sale last week, I should have snagged it.)
three // Chameleon Color Tones Blend Pens
&four // Pattern Play coloring book by Tara Larson Nearents

06.20.16 | RECENT PICS

 Be warned!  Lots of pictures to follow.
My 30th Birthday
 Easter 2016. 
 Landon was done with pictures.  Claire wanted me to get her "Elsa dress" in the shot.
 The kids get to go "exploring" with Daddy on the weekends, when Mommy is still sleeping.
 Landon's first dental visit.  He surprised me with how well he did.  He even did great with the x-rays!

Mother's Day 2016


I've been pretty obsessed with anything to do with coloring, hand-lettering and reading the last few weeks (or months) and I couldn't help but drool over these items I found on etsy.
one // gorgeously bright gel pens from SweetSundayGifts
two // the cutest little magnetic bookmarks from HappyHelloCo
three // a jewelry dish with the truest saying from theblushingscript
I'm attempting to get back into blogging on a regular basis (because I don't have enough stuff going on in my life right now c;) and Wishlist Wednesday's are one of those posts that I miss doing.  So, I thought it only fitting to start back up with one. also, I've been trying to update my blog for a while now but Blogger is proving to be really difficult.  So there you have it. 

01.21.16 | DECEMBER

two pictures from december: landon visiting santa and claire requesting i take a picture

i skipped december altogether, didn't i? i skipped taking pictures in december, too. when i think about it, i feel guilty that i didn't take A SINGLE PICTURE of my kids on christmas nor did i get a family picture. i didn't put together calendars for the grandparents and i didn't do a year in review post here on the blog either. but then after i've had my moment of feeling guilty, i feel better. you know why? instead of worrying about getting the perfect shot or missing out on moments because i didn't take this picture or get that one, i just lived. in the moment. i did a lot more with the kids, too. i'm sure that doesn't all have to do with the fact that i wasn't taking their pictures but maybe it does. i don't know. and really, it doesn't matter. all that matters is i was with the kids, spending time with them, and hopefully making memories that will last a lifetime. 

december felt really busy. and we all got sick. and then my grandpa died. and that really sucked. and it hurt a hell of a lot more than i expected it to. (my grandpa had dementia/alzheimer's and for the last few years, i've felt like he was already gone, that i had grieved the loss of him. and then he physically died and it hit me just as hard as any other death of someone i love.) after his death i was able to reconnect with family and that felt good, so so good. when you get busy in your day-to-day life it's easy to forget how much you enjoy being with certain people and how much you've missed them. and then you go through years and years worth of photos with those people and all of the emotions in those photos just start bubbling up and before you know it, you're laughing and smiling and crying and just, remembering. 

death is hard. it blows. and yet, death can also be really really good. my grandpa is no longer in any pain and he's with all of his family and friends that he loves. and i'll get to see him again and when i do, it will be my grandpa. the grandpa that i remember, the grandpa that i love and i'm really looking forward to that day. 

11.27.15 | THANKSGIVING 2015

it's been a wonderfully slow, relaxing day after thanksgiving morning for us, despite having to get up and take justin to work today. i've submitted the december order for landon's scholastic books (i'm really excited to get these ones back next month!) and the kids are playing quietly together, which is amazing!

our day was so busy yesterday and yet, super relaxing and fun. we had three stops to make this year, we're lucky that our immediate families live in town, so we had some pretty full bellies by the end of the night, hah!

the first stop was to have an early lunch with my dad and grandma at the nursing home. it's a tradition for us to go there every thanksgiving and i'm incredibly grateful we got to do it another year. i don't know how many years are left for this tradition but i feel blessed to have been able to do it this year. i'm also grateful for the staff who work the holidays so the residents can have a warm, yummy, thanksgiving meal. and it IS always yummy.

after lunch and a little time spent in grandma's room with the kids climbing all over my dad, we headed for another grandma and grandpa's house. this year, my aunt kelli flew up from california with all of her boys and her boyfriend. it was so great to see them all! i think the last time all of us cousins were together i was in middle school or early high school? it's crazy to think that. of course the parents had to get a pictures of us all, which i'm grateful for, even if my little brother isn't smiling. c; it was wonderful spending a few hours with them (i wish we had more time)!

our last stop of the evening was to have dinner with justin's family. i don't know how i was able to eat another plate of food! (to recap: we ate at 11:15, 3:30 and 5ish.) i didn't even have room for dessert. :c we're going back this afternoon/evening to get leftovers and you better believe i'm gonna be eating a piece of pie! 

while taking that picture up there, i couldn't help but think about the fact that one of us was missing. it's always hard when you lose a loved one so early in life and the holidays are no exception. in fact, i feel like it just emphasizes that they're no longer there. holidays are centered around family so much that to not have a key part of that family there is incredibly difficult. i think about my brother constantly, not just around the holidays, and am looking forward to the day when we will get to see him (and everyone else we miss) again. 

i hope your thanksgiving was filled with love, family, friends and delicious food, just like ours! hooray for the holiday season and finally being able to decorate for christmas and listen to christmas music!