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5:52 “noise”

When I first saw this week’s theme, I thought, “well this is gonna be easy! My boys are crazy noisy!” But then I started thinking a little bit outside the box and decided to take a different spin on things:
5:52 noise

At first glance, this photo seems to represent the opposite of noise–a sweet, serene baby fast asleep. When you look at it from a technical perspective, this photo is filled with noise! The room was practically pitch black (the only light coming from the hallway) so I had to crank the ISO setting of my camera up to about 4000 which is what created all of that grain you see in the photo–also known as “noise.”

Rosalyn - Best idea, ever!

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Letters to My Children: Jackson


Dear Jackson,

I cannot believe how fast the years have flown by. It seems like it was just yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with you! What an amazing surprise that was. Daddy freaked out a little bit at first, and then he convinced himself you were a girl because he really, really wanted you to be a boy but wouldn’t admit it. I was so excited I couldn’t contain myself! Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a mommy, and you made that dream come true for me. You made me a mommy and forever changed me for the better.

You are the most enthusiastic, most emotional , most adventurous, most stubborn little boy I have ever met. In a lot of ways, you are just like me. I think that’s why I get so frustrated with you sometimes. I love how much you love to learn. You soak up new information like a sponge, and you especially love learning about animals. You are so smart and love to figure out how things work and why things are the way they are. I fear that in a few years you will be smarter than I am!

You are such a good, loving big brother to your siblings. I know you will always be there to protect and guide them. Just remember, they look up to you so you need to be a good example. Carter follows you around everywhere and wants to do everything you do. I know he can be annoying sometimes, but be patient and kind to him and he will become your best friend. Hayley lights up when you give her attention. You are always asking to hold her, giving her kisses and hugs, and telling me you want to protect her. I hope you continue to be a protective big brother to her.

I want you to know how much I love you. I know sometimes, I get impatient and yell at you. Just know that even in those moments, I love you more than anything. I can’t imagine our family without you in it. You make me laugh everyday with the funny things you come up with, and I love seeing how your little mind works to figure out the big world around you. I can’t wait to see you grow into an amazing man and see what you do with your life. I know you will do amazing things–just don’t grow up too fast!

I love you little buddy.



I am part of a blog circle of amazing ladies who are also participating in “Letters to our Children.” Check out Angela’s blog!

Meg - He is adorable. I loved reading this.

Kelly - Nicole – this is so sweet! I love those building block photos and I can definitely relate to your kids being just like you – it’s as if they know how to push our buttons! -Kelly

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Meredith Bernard - I love this letter. It sounds much like me and my little ones…glad to know I’m not the only mom that yells from time to time, but would give up my life for my children. 😉 Beautiful photos and words. <3

Anna - Beautiful letter and pictures. He will grow up to be amazing just like you said.

Jill - This is so sweet! He has such an adorable grin. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the crew!

Tracy - Ah – I love that first photo…so full of life! What a beautiful little boy you have

Nicole - I love how real your post is. Yes, we get so frustrated with our children sometimes, but then we realize they are just like us :) Sounds like your heart is full <3 Great post!

Alyssa - Oh my gosh, I love the images of your son with the blocks! Such perfection!

Tiffany Kelly - I loved reading your post! It is so true that it’s hard to accept sometimes when we see pieces of ourselves in our children :)

Angela Ramsey - I love the blocks images as well and the detail shot is perfect.

Maryrose - I love that first shot. He’s so intent on his blocks. It’s always a pleasure to just bear witness to their lives.

Julie evans - Oh we have those blocks! Love these precious images!

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4:52 “joy”

We went to Disneyland this past week, and when I saw that the theme was “joy” I had grand plans for the photo I was going to take. Well, it turns out it’s kind of hard to focus on taking pictures when you have three small kids to keep track of in a big crowd of people!

Anyway, we went into this trip telling ourselves that we weren’t going to buy any overpriced merchandise from the park, but of course we caved. And seeing the looks on the boys’ faces kind of made it worth it 😉

4:52 joy

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2:52 “Imperfection”

This week’s theme is so perfect for me right now. I have been thinking so much lately about how people always make their life out to be so perfect to the outside world when, in reality, no one is perfect. I have resolved to stop comparing myself to others perceived perfection and just love my imperfect life–even when we eat breakfast sitting way too close to the tv and stay in our jammies all day!

2:52 imperfection

Mandy - So cute! That was a dream morning for me when I grew up!

Mandy - Opps I meant when I was growing up– I made that typo only to fit into the topic of the post imperfection :-)

Angela - What a great resolution! Just so you know, I’m sitting here reading your blog in my Jammie’s and it’s 1 in the afternoon. You’re not the only one! :)

Angela - *jammies- stupid auto-correct :)

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