My next fundraiser! | Bravelets Jewelry

I’m so excited to announce my current fundraiser for the 3 Day.  It’s through Bravelets Jewelry and they have some gorgeous pieces.  Just order through the link below and a percentage of your purchase will go to our fundraising efforts.

And if pink isn’t your color, you can do any of these styles, or others, in any color you want.

Magnolia Market

This Friday we went to Magnolia Market for Spring at the Silos.  It was packed busy, but a lot of fun.   My mom went with us and ended up surprising me with a few small things for the kitchen.  The kids loved the swing and the food trucks but we didn’t have a chance to hit the bakery because the line was around 2 hours long.



At the end of the day, we headed back to the parking lot, only to meet up with Chip Gaines for a photo! He was so kind and happy to take a photo with us and introduced himself to each of the kids.  We are already planning our next trip back without kids!

Our current fosters

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog, and I really want to get more in the habit of updating here.  So we’ll start with the pups!

In the last year, we’ve had a LOT of fosters it seems like!
First we had Ruger who came to us covered in chemical burns, and was eventually adopted in December.  The family who adopted him returned him after 8 weeks for reasons outside of his control, and he now has a pending adoption in place so he will likely be leaving us very shortly.
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Then we had Winston.  He came to us paralyzed in May.  We were able to rehabilitate him through acupuncture and TENS therapy, and he was able to walk by the time he was adopted in February.
Then we got Paige and Franklin.  They were puppies, only 4 weeks old when we got them.  Franklin was quickly adopted by a family who wanted to foster him until he was old enough to adopt, so he left us rather quickly.  Paige has been adopted for several weeks but her new mama has a broken leg and wanted to wait to take her until she could drive again.  She leaves tomorrow for her new family <3

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Shortly after Frankie left, we got Charlie.  She was a chocolate lab/chow mix that stayed with us for only about 2 weeks.  she was tagged to transport to New York for a rescue there, and with about 2 weeks before her transport, a special needs case came up that we were able to help with so Charlie left to a temporary foster until she was transferred to NY.  She started her journey to NY this morning!

Once Charlie left for her temp foster, we immediately ran to the shelter to pickup our next case.  Olivia and Maggie were two 8 week old puppies who both had amputations the day before.  It’s been a long, hard road with them but they are getting more healthy every day.  In addition to amputations, Maggie had necrotic tissue removed around her neck.  Maggies neck and chest staples popped open and had to heal as open wounds.  Liv’s chest just popped open 3 days ago as well.  Both dogs also had hook worms, we believe Liv has Kennel Cough, and both are having trouble re-learniing how to appropriate walk without injuring their remaining legs.

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So that’s our recent foster recap.  We have also added our current fosters to the right column so you can easily see who we have, and click on the images to go directly to their page.  <3

Susan G Komen 3 Day – Dallas 2016 – Day 3

Ahhh, Day 3! The end of this years event.  For as sore and tired and ‘done’ as you are on Day 2, Day 3 is always a little bittersweet because you’ve spent a year preparing for this experience and it’s almost over.
We started out on Day 3 walking the first entire leg with our tent neighbors from Boston. It made those first miles super fast and easy, and gave us the chance to get our minds off walking.

The whole weekend was fantastic. I think Patrick is hooked, and I’m already registered for 2017, so I guess it’s time to start fundraising again, huh? 😉

Breakfast in the tent

Waiting on the bus

Loaded up in the bus and heading to the start of today’s route!

Our Route Card for the day

lunch time

With 3 miles left in our day, the skies opened up and it started pouring. We kept trucking with our wet shoes and our fashionable ponchos… but that meant less photos as I didn’t want to get my phone wet.

Along our route

Back to the holding area at the end of the day.

60 miles. Done.

Due to the rain and colder temps, they opened up a hanger for us to sit in and try to warm up while waiting for closing ceremonies to start.

Walking into closing ceremonies.

Susan G Komen 3 Day – Dallas 2016 – Day 2

Day two was another one for the record books.  Day 2 is when you get really tired.  You are sore from the day before, but don’t yet have the “it’s the last day!” rush to get you through your 20 miles for the day.  I ended the day with a gnarly blister on my foot and had to head to the medic tent at the end of the day to get it taken care of. Patrick was still in excellent shape without any issues to speak of.

Started our day off right with a great breakfast in the dining tent.

The line, waiting to leave camp when the route officially opens.

Our Route Card for the day

Ran into some old friends along the way. I know John from my first walk in 2009!

Almost back to camp for the day!

Mama is a little tore up.

A delicious dinner in the tent tonight.

These ladies loved Patrick

Got our Day 2 photo right before heading to bed.

Susan G Komen 3 Day – Dallas 2016 – Day 1

Day 1 of the Susan G Komen 3 day was AWESOME. This is Patrick’s first year walking this event, and he had a wonderful time today.  Both of us ended the day feeling great, with no blisters and ready for another long day tomorrow!

I treated Patrick to a few new pins along the way. Just because it’s your first year doesn’t mean you can’t have a bag full of pins!

The kids came to visit us along the route with Grandpa!

The end of a long first day.

Setting up our pretty pink tent

Tent city!

They always spoil us at dinner time <3

Dining Tent

We had to go visit the 3 Day Museum because they had included some of my items in it!

Each city has a set of walker tents. There is one tent for every year a walk was held in that city, and each walker can come by and sign the tent for the years they walked.

Getting ready for the 2016-17 school year

We are so excited to start homeschooling for both B and L this year.  We’ve gotten most of our supplies pulled together for the beginning of the year and are ready to get started on August 22nd.
We’ve decided to keep moving with Math U See this year. B will be starting with Delta and will end the year with Epsilon.  L will be starting with Beta and finishing with Gamma.
We’ve also decided that since the kids so loved the History Pocket process last year, we would at least start our year with the same system.  We are working on Ancient Civilization, Rome, Greece, and Egypt.
This year for Art we decided to go all out on an art curriculum from Home Art Studio. and we couldn’t be happier. It was so easy to snag all the supplies we needed in one kit, and the kids have already watched a few lessons because they are dying to get started.
We are doing Life Science 1 for L, and Biology 2 for B in Science this year, and just got an awesome new microscope to start our year out with.
So soon we will be kicking off the year, and we’ll be posting lots of photos on Instagram!

Here we go!

This week I announced that I will be leaving my business of Newborn Photography behind, and moving into this school year with my focus on my children. We will officially be homeschooling both B and L for this year for 3rd and 6th grades.  I’m so excited for what is to come, but I’m also really excited to try and start blogging more often.
We have so much exciting stuff happening in our family…. and I hope to get better about chronicling it all here. I hope you’ll follow along <3

Family at Movies

L’s 6th Birthday Celebration

Another late post….
At the end of January, L celebrated her 6th birthday with a gymnastics themed party.
She invited many of her friends from school to come enjoy cupcakes and trampoline time with her.

One of the favors at the party was a Gold Gymnastics Medal.

After the party, we came home to open presents and write Thank You Cards. Miss L made out like a bandit on Birthday Gifts!!





I was a bad photographer Mommy and didn’t get good photos of the detail things ahead of time… but each girl got a Gymnastics Medal from Amazon, a set of ribbon wands that we made, and their cupcake toppers and water bottle labels were made by L and I.

L’s Birthday Surprise

Another late posting….
At the end of January, L celebrated her 6th birthday.  The first surprise she woke up to was a room full of balloons, which flooded her entire bedroom floor.

Once of the pink balloons had a small surprise in it waiting for her… She just had to find which one! She went to work shaking every pink balloon until she found the right one.

After which, her and her brother promptly herded all of the balloons into one corner of her room and proceeded to leap into them, often getting nearly buried.
Notice L’s feet sticking out of the balloons in the photo above. 😉

The static made her hair a mess for the 3 days following, during which she insisted we keep the balloons around.


Later that morning, she got all dolled up for school, including wearing a light up sash that read Birthday Girl.





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