a pleasant surprise


I had a photography assignment to do. One I had kinda-sorta been putting off. Because the assignment was to get a picture of me. *yeah* So, since I don't own a tripod nor a remote, I figured I'd have one of my kiddos snap the picture... you know, once I'd determined the location, chosen the settings on my camera, taken a few practice shots, given them detailed instructions on composition and then switched places with them. Simple enough, right? I gathered up the kiddos who were willing to join me on my photo-adventure, and we were off. Out to the … [Read more...]

what they do when it snows


... and it's 23 degrees outside. They run around the house asking "Can we go play in the snow, nowwwww?" until I finally relent. Approximately 15 minutes and 342,712 requests later. They proceed to dig through all their drawers and closets and don 75% of their winter wardrobe. At the same time. They move on to every coat closet in the house to rummage through the chaos to dig out the 4 1/2 pairs of mittens we own, collectively. Because we live in the deep south, y'all. They fight over the few scarves we have because, well... a girl just wants to look cute … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: sunlight


I few days ago, I found Poppy and Vivienne playing in the sunlight that - by early afternoon - is blazing through our front windows. In their princess dresses. And slippers. What caught my attention first wasn't so much what they were doing. Because, really, they're almost always in dress up clothes. What caught my attention was what they were saying. Or, more aptly, what they were singing. Y'all have to check out the video. After they discuss how the shadows of their hands look like guns - just keepin' it real, folks - they start singing … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013


I did it last year. The year before. And even the year before that. It's sort of a thing, I suppose. And, since 2013 doesn't want to be left out, here are my favorites from the last year. Not necessarily technically my favorites, from a photography standpoint. Just from a mama's standpoint. 1. Princess Vivienne. 2. My incredibly silly pony. 3. My brave and beautiful Velvet, just days before she passed away. 4. Isabelle... being Isabelle. 5. Tallula, home one wonderful year. 6. My babies. Every one of 'em. 7. My biggest boy, the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: ice, baby.


I've got a lazy bone. And even though I'd promised my kids I'd take them ice skating, the lazy mama in me was so not looking forward to it. Because I knew. I knew taking 6 kids - 4 of whom have never donned ice skates before - was going to be painful. Thankfully, my tickets had an expiration date. Because, even more than I am lazy, I am frugal. So we ventured out, our first official homeschool field trip this year. The girls were ecstatic. Despite the fact that they could barely let go of the side, and their feet got sore, and they were cold, … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: thankful


Two days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. But, before we dug into our big turkey dinner, I decided to ask our youngest seven what they were most thankful for. I thought it would be an interesting little exercise in learning more about what stirs their affections and, hopefully, remind them of all of the ways God has blessed them. I did not prompt any of them and I didn't let any of them know what their siblings had said. I wanted their answers to be all them. Some took longer than others, but they all were able to come up with five, and probably could have … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Vivi Cakes


Me and my girl were out the other day, just having fun. She is such a funny little peanut. She's fascinated by everything around her. She has a tendency toward hysterical mispronunciations. And she laughs constantly. She's also one tough cookie. Right now she's finishing up her fourth week of serial casting. And not one complaint other than asking for a band-aid on her pinky toe. The serial casting is to increase her dorsiflexion before going into a new pair of AFOs. She's missing some essential muscles on the top of her teeny tiny feet. And … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Vivienne turns 6


My sweet little peanut is now 6. I'm still not sure how that happened. Her birthday list was short this year. Which is always a good thing. A long list can mean a lot of disappointment. And even better than a short list, I could actually produce the first thing on her list relatively painlessly. Or, at least, Victoria could. And it turned out beautifully. Pink flowers with white hearts, just like the birthday girl requested. We did manage to find a few other presents - not on her list - that we thought she'd like. And she did. But I … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Vivienne this summer


Since celebrating Poppy's 2 years home with a photo shoot, I've been taking my kids out - one by one - to capture them this summer. Sophie's photos are here. Isabelle's are here. Dalton's are here. Just a few more to go. Vivienne has been waiting for her turn. Quite impatiently, I might add. Because, you see, she knew she'd get a chance to bring along her favorite things. And she had them picked out long ago. First was a ribbon on a stick that we picked up in the $1 section of Target. But don't tell her that. She's been calling it her … [Read more...]

how they grow


Because my memory often fails me. And because you can't misplace the internet (not that I've ever misplaced anything important.) I took measurements of my kiddos about the same time last year. But - thinking I'd get around to measuring them later - I skipped the littles. And never did measure them. Until yesterday. This year I decided to forego the lengthy process of individual pictures. And went for the super-quick group shot. After an after-school snack, I herded them out front. Begged them to look less irritated than they were. And took what I could … [Read more...]