Monday, November 23, 2015


('s CHRISTMAS people!)

November is filled with posts all over social media about what we are grateful for. If I had to pick one thing I am most grateful for it would be for my health and the health of my babies and family. I don't think there is anyone out there who can say that they haven't at all been affected by cancer. So if the opportunity comes my way to spread even a little awareness... I am all for it!

We all know about Movember and all those handsome beards popping up everywhere. I love me some men in beards. Good thing my husband is more lazy than anything when it comes to his facial hair so he usually is always sporting some kind of scruff. 

Thanks to Tommy John we are trying to spread awareness for testicular cancer, the most common cancer in males ages 15-35. Crazy, right? I seriously had no idea. My knowledge of testicular cancer came from the Sex and the City episode where Steve tells Miranda about his testicular cancer. Sad, I know, but it's the truth. 

The #SupportYourBalls campaign is a pretty hilarious way (if you ask me) to get the awareness going. And as a wife who makes every.single dentist/doctor appointment for her husband (your welcome for that mole removal babe), I urge all the women, mamas, wives, significant others to get on board and really get on your men to take this seriously. 

Also, how cute are these limited edition goodies?! 

Tommy John is donating 5% of all sales of their limited edition "Mustache and Ball" collection to benefit testicular cancer. They are also donating $1 for every entry in their Instagram contest up to #1,000.... just search the hashtag #SupportYourBalls. 

I know these would make a great Christmas gift too for the man in my life who is forever trying to find the most comfortable pair of boxer briefs!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hazel Faith | Month Three

Our little lady is three months old today! How you ask? I know. I just gave birth to her. 

I had an "oh my gosh" moment of "Holy crap man, I'm driving three kids around in my minivan" moment the other day. I couldn't believe it. It was strange. 

I also realized we are getting some sleep around these parts! I am starting to feel almost normal and rested! Girlfriend is sleeping great. She goes down anytime between 7:00 and 8:00 and will sleep until 2:00/3:00 and then is up for the day between 7:00 and 8:00.

She is delicious. As delicious as delicious can be. I mean it. I am probably borderline inappropriate with how much time I spend kissing and loving on her.  

She has her four month appointment next month and I can't wait to see how much she's grown! She actually has seemed to slow down in her eating. She will happily go 3-4 hours in between feedings and that makes for a happy mama.  And a happy Harper since she has to find something to do while I feed the baby. I am so thankful for her and Quinn. They could not be more in love with their baby sister. They both have adjusted amazingly well. I'm secretly still waiting for Harper to start hating her. Is that awful?!

Slow down little sister. Anth and I were ooohing and ahhhhing over her the other day and I said "Don't you think it would be devastating when your last baby starts to get older? Good thing we're having one more." And he actually didn't disagree with me this time :)

Who knows what he future holds for us. Maybe we'll have another, maybe we won't. For now, I'm soaking up this little one like she's the very last baby there ever was. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hazel Faith {Baptism}

This past Sunday we had the most perfect day spent with friends and family to celebrate our littlest sister's baptism. I don't know why, but this time it felt extra special. I think since Quinn started Kindergarten in the church/school we belonged to, it has give us a little more motivation to actually make an effort to attend and involve ourselves more in the church. And it feels good. 

We had the honor of having my favorite priest perform the baptism and it was so wonderful. Hazel would smile at him every single time he spoke to her and it was heart melting. He was so sweet with the girls. 

Let me also add that I have the absolute best friends in the entire world. I cannot explain enough how much our friends mean to us and how we consider them more than family. Eight kids, a one hour mass and none of them wanted to kill me. 

Is he not the sweetest looking holy man you've ever seen??

Daddy takes great pride in being the one to hold our daughters while they get baptized. He is usually as take charge as they come when it comes to the big milestones!

I am so fortunate to round out the baptism of our third with our friends Jamie and Matt. We could not be more grateful for them for taking this on! Tess: if we have a fourth we're just going back to you :)

Also thankful for such a tall Godfather. 

In my way too many to count years of going to church, I have never been asked to bring the gifts down and was ecstatic to be asked when we sat down. Harper is more than attached to me these days, and Quinny was busy sitting her bestie, so I envisioned an adorable little walk down the aisle and she would graciously hand over the basket. 

We may have been too excited. She did great walking down and then as soon as Father John reached out his hand, she did a complete , "NOPE" and ran the other way. We had to gently redirect her and make her hand over that basket. Thank goodness he laughed and she finally handed over the goods. 

Hallelujah Amen.

The Godparents. Even if Matt didn't complete the sign of the cross on Hazel's forehead.

Little Connor! 

Quinn was over it. DST was over, the kids were ready for naps, and probably starved. 
All in all, they all did so good!

So thankful for these people! We have no idea where we would be without you guys. 

It was a beautiful day. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015 {Superhero Edition}

This year was just the cutest. Do you ever just look at your kids and smoother them in kisses (as much as they will let you anyway) because they are so darn cute? I loved this year. All of the kids were so grown and totally understood the concept of Trick or Treating and it was just amazing.

Before we headed out to Aunt Tessa and Uncle Ryan's we took some photos of our little superheroes. 

Always has to do as sister does!

Everyone looked so cute, especially this little Tinkerbell!

Uncle Matt officially won Halloween. Although I really wish he would have worn the Hook wig! But apparently all the children would have been frightened! 

We decided to take it easy this year with some of Anthony's shirts {and red lipstick of course}.

Girls costumes? PJ's. YUP. I made Quinns headband and cuffs with foam glitter yardstick and red felt. 

I hope I get this right being that we don't have boys. 

Pizza, a certain Ninja Turtle and Casey Jones? I suck.

We forgot to take the kid picture before walking out of the door for Trick or Treating and we thought it would be impossible to get afterwards. Boy were we wrong. They are just too big and grown now. 


Can't wait for next year! :)

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Rewind

With Halloween tomorrow, I thought it would be a cute idea to take a trip down memory lane. I will never forget the excitement of Quinn's 1st Halloween. We were brand new parents, living the good life and didn't mind spending more than $10 on a Halloween costume. (Am I the only cheap one that hates spending serious money on these?!)

I was so excited to make it a family affair, so naturally Daddy was a Sugar Daddy, I was a Tootsie Roll and so was my littlest nugget.  Also, it shoes just how much better our photo quality has gotten over the years!

She was a trooper. I remember waking her up for this picture!

ahhh. babies.  all three of us.

The year after we decided to throw Reagan into the mix. She was thrilled. We had just lost our Triggy and adopted her a couple months later. She obviously would have preferred a life on the streets.  But how cute is that little monkey?!

This is obviously the year my photoshop skills really took off. 

Quinn was sick so we had to skip out on the trick or treating, but that didn't stop us from getting dressed up and eating handfuls of candy. 

This was my favorite Halloween picture ever. Or three pictures, since there was no way I was getting that done in one shot. Reagan as a lobster absolutely slays me. And remember that cheap remark regarding costumes earlier? Yeah, that does not apply to the animals. 

The Incredibles. The most hilarious day of my life. I had originally purchased red sweats for Anthony, but he felt it wasn't "true to the character" so he stole my red leggings and I had to borrow red ones from Jamie.  Watching him take Quinn trick or treating dressed like that was one of the best memories ever. I feel like I will be 90 years old in a  nursing home telling whoever will listen about my husband who dressed up as Mr. Incredible in red women's tights. 

This year we are going with another family theme, but not as severe, thank goodness. We are going for comfort and found our "costumes" in the pajama section. 

Two birds, people. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pumpkin Patch {part 2}

We ventured out to a new pumpkin patch last weekend and besides the frigid temps, the girls had a great time! Thank you baby Jesus, my mom offered to stay home with the little one because she would have been miserable. That baby hates to be cold. 

The biggest kid had a blast, too!

For those who are not aware, this is Nolan. You will for sure be seeing him in the majors in about 15 years. His skill is ridiculous and his favorite player is Adam Jones. He could probably also recite the entire roster of the Orioles for you. 

I swear I could make a Bible sized book of precious "father-daughter" photos. 

I need a pool full of corn. Because that was entertaining.

Aren't they cutest family? I don't blame you Nolie. It was effing freezing. 

We got too brave and attempted a kid picture. I think we nailed it. 

I wish I could photoshop Hazel in there!

hashtag: precious

I love fall, y'all. There is so much to do with the kiddos and they always get wiped out in the process. 

Bring on everything pumpkin, boots and scarves!

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