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Monday, February 3, 2014

Project 365: January

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to take more pictures of my family. I took so many pictures in Cooper’s first year – over 3,000 – and since his first year I probably haven’t taken that many in three years combined. Sad. It’s gotten even worse since I got my iPhone. I never pull out the big camera anymore. Anyone else have this problem?

Anywhoodles, my resolution was to be better about taking pictures. Not just about taking pictures of the kids but about taking pictures of me with the kids. If you haven’t read this article (it was floating around on Facebook a few weeks ago), please please please click and read it. I promise it is worth your time.

So You’re Feeling Too Fat To Be Photographed

Wow. Ouch. That really hit home for me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve skipped pictures with the kids because I wasn’t “done.” Or I’ve deleted pictures that show rolls or double chins. Or just skipped out completely because who wants to see that?

Your kids want to see that. Your husband wants to see that. What if, God forbid, something happened to you? Do you want a total of three pictures to be your legacy to your children if they are young? I promise you they won’t care. When I look at pictures from my childhood, I remember the experiences. The fun. The love. I don’t see my mom’s crazy permed hair or her shoulder pads or any extra weight she may have carried. Your kids won’t either.

Take the darn pictures.

Off my soap box. That article made me think, and I decided to pledge to myself to take at least a picture a day of my kids. Including myself as much as possible. Not everyday, no. But certainly more than the 5 pictures a year I’ve averaged in years past. I promised to forget the makeup. Not worry about what I’m wearing. Quit lecturing Jason on “making sure you use the angle that doesn’t make me look fat(ter)”. Just be in the moment and capture it on film as much as possible.

At the recommendation of my friend Sarah from Life Sweet Life I downloaded the app Project 365. It prompts you to take a picture daily, and it uploads to the webpage so if something happens you don’t lose your pictures. I also love I can add descriptions so I can remember what was happening that day. I plan to make these pictures into a book at the end of the year.

Without further adieu, here is January!

Jan 1-5 2014

1. New Year’s Day was super laid back, hence the jammies on Dad and the old man gown on Sully. 2. We tried out the high chair for the first time – he looks so big! 3. Big brother loves to love on Little Brother. We are working on gentle touch… Cooper is so rough! 4. We went to a birthday party for my Aunt Beth. My boys are so handsome! 5. Sparkly nails always lift my mood. This is OPI All Sparkly and Gold.

Jan 6-14 2014

6. This is what you get when you procrastinate taking down your Christmas decorations. I walked outside to find my pot had shattered. Sad face. 7. Mommy and Sully waiting on Big Brother in the car line. 8. I’ve called both Cooper and Sully “bear” and I think this little jacket is just perfect! 9. I took a meal to my sweet friend Virginia after she had her baby. Paula Deen’s Double Chocolate Ooey Gooey Bars hit the spot! 10. When I make a cheese plate, I make a cheese plate. Jason loves to chow down on this for dinner. 11. Cooper was the King of the House-hold for a day. 12. I finally got all the Christmas decorations down and deep cleaned the downstairs. I felt the need to record the moment so I’d have proof it was clean, at least for an hour or so. 13. Little Brother partied so hard he kicked his sock clean off. 14. COOPER TURNED 4!!!

Jan 15-20 2014

15. Here’s one of those no makeup pictures I was talking about. 16. Best part of my day… the rare occasion my busy boy will slow down and fall asleep in my arms. 17. Nothing is cuter than matching brothers. 18. We joined my parents at our local German restaurant for a belated Cooper and Papa birthday celebration. 19. I captured a quick moment when Sullivan was sitting up unassisted. He fell over 2 seconds later. 20. Daddy had today off work and it was a lazy PJ day indeed.

January 21-25 2014

21. I started Priscilla Shirer’s Gideon bible study at church and it is rocking my world. 22. What does the fox say? 23. The sweetest brothers you ever did see. 24. We visited a new doughnut shop in town – they have a topping and glaze bar. Yummo! 25. Date night with these two after Little Brother went to bed – we watched The Avengers.

January 26-31 2014

26. Sick baby! He had the croup. 27. We celebrated Uncle Chad’s birthday by looking cute in our football gear. 28. We packed up and headed off to school and bible study. We got home just in time to see some sleet! 29. Snowmageddon! Daddy stayed home and we had fun in the snow. Oh, and we celebrated Mommy’s birthday. 30. We met my parents for a birthday dinner at the Cracker Barrel. 31. Date night for Mom & Dad!

It isn’t too late to start Project 365! I highly encourage you to jump on board.

I created the collages in PicMonkey.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Happy Birthday Cooper!

Janaury is such a busy month for our family. For most, January is about slowing down and recuperating after the chaos and celebration of the Christmas season. January, for my family, is a continued month of celebrations as we celebrate 7 birthdays! My aunt, my brother, and myself all have January birthdays and Cooper shares a birthday with my cousin, my sister in law, and my father. January 14th is a special day!

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I can’t believe my baby is four. Where has the time gone?! I feel like just yesterday I was rocking him to sleep. I feel so lucky to be his mama and it has been a blessing to watch him grow and change through the years. I have an “all about Cooper” post coming to details his likes and dislikes currently, so stay tuned for that.

Generally for birthdays we do family parties, but in December I started to think that maybe it was time for a friend party. I looked into doing his party at a local jump place, but ultimately decided to keep it simple this year. Jason and I decided to forgo a party and do a mommy/daddy/Cooper day and we had so much fun!

Since mommy/daddy/Cooper day took place on a Saturday, I decided to make his actual birthday (a Tuesday) extra special. I asked him what he wanted on his birthday and his response was “an Angry Birds balloon, a cake with an Angry Birds candle, and a yana.” (I had think hard before I finally figured out he meant a piñata!) I could make that happen! Target just so happened to put all their Angry Bird toys on clearance right after Christmas so I stocked up.

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He attended preschool on his birthday, so I took him to Wal-Mart on Monday to let him pick out plates and napkins for his school party. They were all out of Angry Birds gear, so he settled for superheroes. He dressed up for his school party in a monogrammed Batman shirt and his superhero cape. Yay SuperCoop! I took doughnuts in after lunch and all his friends sang Happy Birthday to him.

We came home after school and I did some decorating while he was down for his nap.

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While he was asleep, I taped up his door with streamers and this was his reaction when he awoke to see all his birthday surprises.

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Once Dad got home, we met my parents at Cooper’s choice of restaurant – Steak and Shake. Then we headed home to open presents!

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He got a few Angry Bird games, a pair of Star Wars sneakers from Stride Rite, some Angry Bird figurines, and his big present was a bike.

I couldn’t quite stomach destroying a $20 piñata so we played “shake the candy out of the piñata” instead. It was great fun.

Cooper declared this to be “the best birthday EVER, Mom!”

That weekend Sullivan headed off to his grandparent’s home and Saturday was all about Cooper!

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My biggest boy was quite smitten with his Angry Birds shirt.

First we headed off to SnowFest (which was quite disappointing, but whatever). Our county brings in a snow machine and they had a mini slide for the kids and an area where you could play in the snow.

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We decided SnowFest was a bust and decided to cut our losses and head to the park. It was a crisp day but with jackets we were ready to play!

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After we finished at the park, we had some time to kill before heading to the movies. We made a quick stop at Goodwill – Cooper loves to look at their toys and books. Then we were off to see Frozen, which is possibly the best Disney movie ever. Seriously.

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After the movies we made a pit stop for cupcakes and then met my parents for dinner. We couldn’t resist celebrating Cooper and Papa’s birthdays one more time!

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Happy birthday, sweet boy! We love you!



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