Overflowing | p52 | 2012

This is the first time I have even touched my computer since the babies were born. I’ve been checking in online on my phone a couple times a day, but I was shocked when I get up this morning and there were links to project 52- is it really Friday? How did that happen?

The picture up above- the first one of my hubby with our 3 kids. Wow… how do we have 3 kids?? It’s still so surreal!

Overall we are all doing very, very well. We were able to all go home only 48 hours after the c-section, which is amazing in and of itself, but even more so with twins! They are sweet, sweet babies and are growing. We are still learning to breastfeed, and every day/feeding is a new challenge, but overall they are doing so much better than Jarvis was at this time. Let me tell you though… nursing twins, tandem or separate is TIME-CONSUMING!! Sometimes it feels like I don’t get out of the nursing chair for hours, which is true. They are still sleepy little newborns, but are just the sweetest things to cuddle. Unlike their big brother, who never slept as newborn and didn’t like to be held, they both sleep pretty well and love being snuggled into anything, especially one another!

I am healing very well and expect to be back to normal in just a couple of weeks. Besides the actual surgery (which was a horrid experience, sigh), healing from the c-section has been much easier than the complications with Jarvis’ birth. I am mobile and moving around, but still limited in how much I can do. Luckily, between Gammie and Jace, I am being well-taken care of. THe hubs has off for several weeks, which boy, do we need! For some reason, these babies sleep better in the middle of the day, so I am taking up napping when they do, because I’ve been getting less than 3 hours a night of broken sleep. Feeling a bit cut off from my normal social world, which is sad, especially since I know my friends are dying to meet and hold the babies. But I’m trying to remind myself that this will all go easier if we hunker down, get healthy, get feeding down, and figure out our routine as quickly as possible. And unfortunately, my dear friends are going to have to wait a bit longer for an open invitation. 

Jarvis has been AMAZING with the babies. This kid continues to blow me away. Things are crazy and out of routine (which if you know us well, you know we all like routine!) and the normal attention he gets from mommy and daddy is nowhere near being met. But he is behaving like an angel. He adores the babies and calls them ‘my babies’ and he loves to pat their heads and be around them. He loves to read them books and share his toys. And he’s doing such a good job at attempting to control the 2-year-old noise level (although really, we don’t expect him to- he’s 2! and they have to get used to sleeping  through it all anyway!)

My dad flies in tomorrow to take over for my mom, who leaves the 14th. I’m excited to have my dad here, but boy does he have big shoes to fill with Gammie leaving. She has been absolutely amazing, and it has been such a blessing physically and emotionally to know Jarvis is well-taken care of and getting his attention and love while we work to include the babies in our family. 

Of course, the wonderful postpartum hormones swing throughout the day. I go from wondering how in the world I am going to handle 3 kids, especially 2 newborns, by myself when everyone else goes back to their normal world. A couple hours later I am crying in complete joy over the amazing blessing we have been given. 

We are so, so, so blessed and thankful for our little family and the love and support we have received. 

Project 52 | Joy | Week 52

Motherhood is


oh, this boy. he’s amazing.

he blows me away every single day.

I can not imagine a sweeter, more loving child.

If these babies are even half as wonderful as him, 

things are about to get pretty awesome around here.


Minot finally got some snow, and since it was a super warm 32* outside, we got PLAY in the snow- something that’s not easy to do most winters up here. This boy, he loved it.

I honestly could not be more thankful for this child. He’s compassionate, loving, intelligent, snuggly (thanks to daddy), an excellent eater and sleeper, and he is such a good little listener. Some of that is just his awesome nature, but it’s also a fair amount of hard work on his daddy’s and my part.  Once again I say, you get what you put in! This boy turns 2 in a week, and although he has quite a bit of spit and fire, he TRULY wants to please us, and he is happiest making us happy. This makes it relatively easy to create a happy, harmonious environment with consistency and loving boundaries. I could not have asked for a better firstborn!

I can’t believe it. My project 52 for 2011 is coming to a close and I am so thankful I participated in it this year. I have grown as a photographer so much, and it has truly made me focus on being a mother and defining that role. I can’t wait to create a little book with this years images! I will be participating in Project 52 again, but it will look a little different- check back next week to see it!

Also up this next week- a recap post on our 2011 goals and some goals for 2012!

Happy *almost* New Year!

Project 52 | Traditions | Week 51

Motherhood is


Traditions that honor our values and goals.

Traditions that will be the cornerstones of our lives the next 18+ years. 

Christmas is such a wonderful time to celebrate and teach those traditions.

I can’t wait to continue to grow them and teach them to the rest of our children.

And right now… I can’t wait to see his little face on Christmas morning!

We started Christmas this morning with some of our family, and there is no doubt he now understands that those packages have presents for him. He kept asking for ‘more trucks, more trucks!’ 

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Project 52 | Organized | Week 50

Motherhood is


To each their own, but for me, sanity come in making things simple.

And since my body can’t keep up with my brain right now,

I am focusing on any simplifying I can do while sitting. all.day.long.

Starting with my weak point- cooking.

Welcome to my new lifesavers…

(Ummmm, first off- WEEK 50???? When did that happen??? I can not believe it is almost Christmas and this year is almost over. wow.)

If you know me well, you know I have never really enjoyed cooking. I adore baking, because you follow exact recipes. But cooking? Nope. I don’t like finding recipes, planning meals, grocery shopping, and least of all, actually standing in the kitchen and cooking.

I have no idea why I hate the whole process. When it comes down to it, cooking is creative, but it’s not a form of creativity I am good at (which is probably why I dislike it so much- I AM a perfectionist over here!). So I made excuses and hubby and I ate horribly the first couple of years we were married. Then my child started eating baby food. And I discovered a simple, organized, rewarding way to make homemade baby food. And I knew when he started on table food, that I would have to get better about cooking. 

So I did. I cooked more, and he eats pretty much whatever I make. It got easier, more enjoyable, when I viewed it as a labor of love for my family.

But still. I wasn’t organized. I need recipes. I’m not at the stage where I can throw things together or come up with substitutes on my own. I still need to follow directions. But I had recipes in 10 different cookbooks, online, and on cards all over. Meal planning took several hours and I dreaded it, but if I didn’t plan, I hated cooking the next week.

So I decided to look back into a recommendation that my friend Shawna over at styleberryblog made a while ago. I uploaded all my recipes into a program called Evernote (see Shawna’s blog for more detailed info– she did a wonderful tutorial on it!), and installed it on my Nook, iphone, and computer. I can access them anywhere! I can tag them by frequency of use, whats in them, or cookbook. I prop my Nook up in the kitchen and cook right off of it. It’s super easy to sort and pick out recipes. It took me less than 10 minutes to meal plan 5 meals and sides for next week. SCORE!

 I went around and scanned all our normal grocery items into my iphone app called Grocery IQ (once again- check out Shawna’s post!) so making our list is quick and easy. Plus it has the exact description and brand, so anyone grocery shopping for us after the babies come can tell exactly what we want.

Ahhhh. I can breathe better. And I hope I can cook better now!

How do you meal plan and organize your recipes?

Project 52 | Reciprocal | Week 49

Motherhood is


You get back exactly what you put in.

And in his sweet hand rubbing, hugs, and kisses, I can see his daddy and I.

Every time he goes down for nap or bed and daddy is there,

He snuggles and wraps his little arms around his daddy’s neck.

Just perfect.

This photo isn’t the best by far… it was dark, so it’s grainy and fuzzy… but I love it. I love those snuggles.

I am so thankful for a loving, interactive husband and a sweet-hearted son. I can’t wait to see both of them with our new additions…