As we progress through life, I find myself less inclined to take pictures at every single given opportunity. Our family is in a season of major craziness, and my main priority is keeping everyone happy vs taking the prefect photo. It can be frustrating when we're paying good money for family pictures, but then I just remind myself that this truly is a snapshot of our lives. So if it's blurry, crazy, and unrecognizable… well that's just life right now anyway.
So this new feature is dedicated to snapshots of our family. Whether it be a random camera phone picture, or a portrait taken with our DSLR, this is where we are right now. It's crazy. It's chaotic. But it's us.
Coming off of a big Halloween weekend, it's only fair to share a pic of our little monsters. We went with the classics this year. Caroline was a witch, Smith was a skeleton, Tucker was Frankenstein (even if he wouldn't wear the headpiece), and Henry was a vampire. Smith ended up winning our neighborhood's costume contest as the "scariest costume," and he was beyond proud.
Speaking of Halloween, when Caroline was on fall break, I dedicated an entire day to Halloween Pinterest projects. We made "boo-nana pops," graveyard pudding cups, painted pumpkins, fingerprinted, etc. Tons of fun, and I can't wait to do another fun day like this for Christmas.
And speaking school, have I mentioned that all three boys are now in preschool?? The twins started school this year, and bittersweet is definitely a good word for it. But so far, they are absolutely loving their time there, and I'm definitely loving my free time in the mornings. I feel like they were JUST born, so it's a good reminder of how quickly time flies by. This was their sibling picture on picture day. Considering that within 0.02 seconds they were all three inconsolably crying, this is definitely a money shot. And seriously. Tell me if you know three brothers cuter than this. I guarantee they don't exist!
A few weeks ago, my sister and her wife came for a short visit from California. It was a wonderful chance to get our family together, and the first time in over two years that me and my three siblings were together. We certainly drove each other crazy growing up, but these three people are my best friends in the world now.
That very same weekend, Joey and I ran in a 10-mile race through downtown Atlanta. I haven't really delved into my running history on here… another day, another post. It's been a bit tumultuous to say the least. But I'm absolutely thrilled to be active and running regularly again. We competed in a 10-miler a few weeks ago, and we're running in a half marathon on Thanksgiving Day. I'm just so excited and happy to be running again! Aside from this blog, running is my "me-time," and the best stress-reliever out there -- aside from wine, of course.
Another hobby that Joey and I have picked up this year is home brewing. Really it's Joey's thing, but I am just along to help out and be an "editorial advisor." Our first batch was a Double IPA (yum!), and we currently have a Belgian Christmas Ale fermenting. This hobby totally combines my love of cooking and flavors with my former career in science, so it is pretty much my ideal venture!
And finally, I'll leave you with this. This boy. He's my heart and soul. Tucker is a total mommas-boy through and through, and I wouldn't have it any other way. xoxo