Getting Our Christmas Tree

Every year we go to the same Christmas tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree. When I was a kid, we always had a fresh-cut tree, and one year as a teenager I decided to take my nieces and nephews with me to get one. I kinda-sorta knew the direction a few Christmas tree farms were but all the ones we found were closed and since I’d convinced my Sister-in-law to let me keep them home from school to make memories I was determined to find one. I just kept turning down country roads hoping to see some signs or something and looking back we were totally lost but we happened upon the best Christmas tree farm and that’s where Brandon and I have taken the boys to every year.

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They have a big farm and you get to hitch a ride on a trailer behind a tractor that takes you around the farm to the Christmas trees, and then once you’ve found your tree and cut it down, you can get a ride back to the farm to buy it and take it home. There’s more tractors and old cars than any little boy could dream of and the people are just the sweetest. We look forward to going all year.

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The boys were being so happy that we tried for an impromptu picture of them in the field. I figure it will be a long time before we get any where they’re all looking, and Sawyer has a busted lip but what’s the fun in only having perfect pictures anyways?Christmas Tree Cutting (5)

We took so long getting our tree and it got dark really fast. These winter sunsets come so early, but I loved the view on the ride back.

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This picture will probably be one of my favorite pictures forever. Usually Rhett looks so chubby and big in pictures but this one captures exactly who he is- a little curly haired daddy’s boy. Perfect.

Fort Huachuca

While Brandon is gone on his training, he is stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona (no, we are not living alone during this time, internet creepers). We’ve been lucky to get to visit a few times and hopefully will make it back out for his graduation from this course. The boys love going to visit Daddy is Arizona, especially since most military bases have awesome playgrounds. We spend most of our days there just park hopping and enjoying seeing Brandon while we can.
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Real Life

Sometimes I don’t know what to write about my kids without it sounding cheesy. I was looking at these pictures I took of the boys on our playground and trying to think of what words to put with them. “I spend all day with these two adorable boys!” “My little twins!” “Making the best of winter!” All true, but so forced sounding. Reality was, Sawyer wanted to go outside, and if it’s less than, say, 58 degrees outside, I dread leaving the house. Call me lame, but I am a summer person, through and through. Luckily, it warmed up in the afternoon enough for him to drag me out there with him and we had a great time. Nothing like needing a two year old to get outside yourself, right?DSC_8374DSC_8493DSC_8398DSC_8444

Look at those cheeks!

Things Moms Really Want for Valentine’s Day

This is my third year as a mom on Valentine’s Day. While the fancy restaurants and expensive dinners of my past were wonderful, here’s what I really want for Valentine’s Day.

1. A Nap- Forget fancy dinner, take the kids to Chick-fil-a and let me stay behind to sleep for two hours. That’s romance right there.


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2. This Valentine.
Speaking of Chick-fil-a, this Valentine’s day above looks pretty dang perfect, Polynesian Sauce, please.

3. A Gym Membership
Nope, that won’t offend me. I gotta work off this baby weight somewhere. Bonus points if it has a nursery.

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4. Cool Sunglasses.
That way when we go to the park at 1 o’clock still in our PJ’s, at least no one can see that I still have on yesterdays make-up too.


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5. Make Me Something From Pinterest.
Get on my laptop, go to Pinterest and look at what I’ve pinned to my “DIY’s I’m going to Make” folder. Goodness knows I’ll never have time to make that Pottery Barn inspired shelf.

6. Chocolate.
Doesn’t have to be fancy, just edible, and non-shareable.

7. Cheesy Movie Night.
That’s right. You, me, and a Nikolas Sparks movie.

That sounds like a winning Valentine’s Day to me! What about you other Moms out there? What are you really hoping to get for Valentine’s Day?