Friday Favorites: Naptime

Collin, March 2011

I haven’t seen the sun in two days. The clouds blanket my thoughts and the wind blows sweet kisses that hit my cheek. The rain drops stick to the screen and try to sneak their way in to sit on the ledge and watch this peaceful scene. How can things be more perfect and peaceful than this?

Mallie & Elsie, April 15, 2011

I love naptime. First I rush around to get everything done; dishes, laundry, floors swept. Bradley and I watch for his bus on the front porch as Collin tries to climb and peek over the window ledge. 

We can hear the bus as it turns the corner two blocks down the street. I kiss his forehead, “Have a good day,” and wave to his little face framed by the bus window. There goes the big orange, carrying my baby away. I wave and wave until the last second, then I blow him a kiss right before his face disappears down the road…and he catches it.

Then I get all the babies down for their nap and then it is my time. I sit and read, blog, or surf the web…and sometimes I sneak in a nap too, if I’m lucky. Other times, I catch up on cleaning or organizing.

Today I am reading and blogging. It is the perfect gray day to curl up with my Kindle and my favorite granny made afghan. I listen to the wind and warm myself with homemade chai tea latte and the dog, Murphy, curled up by my legs.

Soon, Brad will walk through the door. Then Bradley’s bus will return him. Collin will be yelling and shaking his baby gate. The twins will take turns crying in stereo. I love the chaos, but enjoy the peace when I can get it.

I hope you are enjoying your rainy day, too.



Friday Favorites: SOON

It’s Friday! already?! These kids keep me so busy I don’t know where the time goes. So, just to recap, Friday is the day I post one of my favorite pictures…this one is from Christmas 2010.

The Boys

 I’ve been missing those cute Tennessee boys, Brad’s 2 oldest boys, Taigyn and Cedrik. Can’t wait for summer and the house will be REALLY full again! LOVE it!!

And I’m sure they have each grown a foot!

Bradley has been missing his big brothers, too. He always says, “I want to grow my hair like Taigyn’s,” or “When am I going to be big like Cedrik?” and of course, “When are they coming?”



Friday Favorites: Soggy Toes & Sunburns

Sleepy Bradley & Mommy Six Flags, June 2008

Sunburns and soggy toes melting in drying socks…I can just feel the crater thick crevices on my toes. My arms are tired and my sunburnt shoulders are already peeling. I needed a nice long rest with my “Baby Bradley.”  It’s the only time when a hard picnic bench can be so comfortable. 

My chubby little toddler went from extra rolls, baby dimples, and diapers to Power Ranger underwear and preschool overnight. A chubby cheeked two teeth smile turned into a honery little boy grin.

It doesn’t matter…he will always be my baby. I hug him extra tight and steal my kisses when he has a scrape or fall, even with all the protests, “Mom! I’m alright!”

I catch him as he runs by and  remind him, “You are never to old for mommy kisses.”



Friday Favorites: May 2008

So every Friday I am going to post some of my favorite old pics. It’s my way of reminising…and catching up on my scrapbooking. It’s amazing how things can change so fast…and how my babies are growing so quickly. It really makes me realize to enjoy every minute with my kids because pretty soon they will be grown up and independent. And I’m not getting any younger and not having any more babies. These will keep me plenty busy for years. It just all goes by so fast!

Life before Collin and the twins.

I love getting all dressed up and taking pics. This doesn’t happen very often. This was taken at Brad’s mom’s wedding. Look how little Bradley was there. awwww… and that is when we called him Baby Bradley. He’s kinda grown out of it now, even though he will always be my baby.

It just seems like yesterday we took these pictures, but it was 3 years ago! and 3 babies ago! (yea, we have had 4 babies in 5 years- lol)

Mommy and Bradley


Back then I would have never thought that I would be where I am now, with four kids. It’s kinda strange to think that we doubled the kids in one pregnancy. (plus there are Brad’s two older boys, Taigyn and Cedrik. So actually that makes 6 kids)
But I’m happy where I am at now. It feels like I was always meant to be here, with all these beautiful babies. You never know where life will take you.

Friday Favorites

Collin, Bradley, and Mommy

This picture just cracks me up. “Everybody make a funny face!” and this is what Collin gives us. He is such a character…I just can’t explain. To know him is to love him and laugh at,  I mean WITH him. He is just something else and sweet as can be.

So I have decided that Friday will be my “Friday Favorites.” I will post pictures that I really like and didn’t get a chance to put up. I might post old pictures and reminisce. Or it coud just be random things that I really like. We will see how it goes, but it will be my favorites of something!


And I managed to get a really cute picture of my lil’ Elsie Cake smiling and happy as can be. She was cooing and trying to laugh. She is so precious. I love these moments, and they aren’t as often as they should be with this sweet girl. She has acid reflux and is so miserable with a belly ache alot of the time. We have tried everything for the poor girl (a whole story itself) and nothing seems to work. I can’t wait until she grows out of it and we have more smiley times.

Mommy and Mallie

And my lil’ Mallie, a.k.a. Mallie B. or Mallie Boo or Malibu, is just a happy little round baby. She is pretty content just hanging out and enjoying the show.


My Bradley is getting so big and independent. He took this picture all by himself! And he is such a great helper and loving brother,most of the time 😉  I don’t know what I would do without him.

Mommy and Collin

And can’t forget about my lil’ Collie…aka…Collie Wolly Doodle… technically “the middle child.” Bradley on one side and twin girls on the other. It is a good thing he is so easy-going. He is also quite clumsy and things just seem to happen to the poor kid, it is quite humorous some of the situations he gets into. I’m sure I will have many to share soon enough. He is also my helper and shadow. I can’t seem to do anything without him…and I don’t mind too much because soon enough he will be getting bigger and wont want to admit being a momma’s boy.

And this momma has had one long day and is exhausted.  I will introduce Papa Bear another day. 

Thanks for reading and I will leave you with my other favorite pics we took yesterday. Bradley took some of them and  I think he did a pretty good job.


p.s. Please ignore the background clutter in the pics. I like to keep it “real.” My house isn’t really messy, just a little unorganized now and then. It is “lived in” and “comfortable” by a very large family. I figure I can spend my days cooking and cleaning all day… or I can do some of both…and PLAY and make awesome memories. They are only little once.