Sunday, October 28, 2012

30 years YOUNG and a Life Lesson

I turned 30 this past Friday--I felt like I had already celebrated my birthday (see Mexico photo below!), so when the big day arrived, I wasn't in a huge celebrating mood. My wonderful Navy girls took me out to breakfast and got me some really cute gifts and when I got home, I had a couple of awesome packages from my best friends! Georgetown cupcakes and SUPER sassy riding boots! LOVE my friends!

The rest of my day was pretty low key--I went crabbing by myself...caught a crab (i seriously did's really fun!) and then picked the kids up from school. When I got back home, I started feeling sorry for myself that we weren't going out or having a huge party for my big 3-0! We have had a really busy month so we planned on a chill weekend and I thought I'd be totally fine with this. Still, the more I thought about it, the more I was bummed I wasn't going out for my birthday. By the time Garrett got home, I was MAD. Birthdays are a BIG deal to me, how did my husband NOT plan anything? After pouting for a bit, I finally came out with it! "So, I'm supposed to look back on my 30th birthday and remember we had PIZZA HUT for dinner?" (don't get me wrong, I love pizza hut but on my 30th???)
Garrett looked at me like I was nuts and just walked out of the room--he's the passive type and it was my birthday so I'm guessing he didn't want to argue with me.

 About a half hour later I get an email with these pictures inside, the subject read: These are the moments that matter...

They were pictures of my birthday month and all that we had done. It made me realize that YES, we did just have a CRAZY busy and SUPER FUN month AND that I was being a total BRAT.

 The moments in life that matter are NOT the ones where you get an expensive present or going out and getting wasted with your friends. It's spending time with your family, the ones who love and celebrate you the most. Thank you, my love, for this reminder and for bringing me back down to Earth. You are always good at that and I couldn't have asked for a better life lesson on my 30th birthday. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crab Trappin'

Grammy and Papa came to town for a visit--it was a busy weekend but SO MUCH FUN!
Started the weekend off right...chocolate chip cookies!

Then came the BEST part...CRABBIN!! Papa taught Jack (all of us, really) how to catch crabs! 
Our Crabbin' Boy
 Playing with the bait bucket...
We hit the beaches too--the kids had a great time chasing Papa around and collecting sand and shells!
Jack even got a tour on a POLICE boat thanks to Papa's smooth talking...
 Crab Master
Carving pumpkins at my little birthday party (celebrated with my parents while they were here)--we used to do this every year on my birthday when I was growing up!
They made us AWESOME Caramel Corn... so delish!
Our very OWN Crab Feast from our catch of the day!

We had a great time and can't wait to go crabbin' again!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Jack has found a new obsession. We are loving it because it's taking us back to our childhoods. My brother was a TMNT fanatic, even had the complete set of homemade weapons and Garrett's bro, Kevin, used to rock the nunchucks when he was little too! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Back to the ROUTINE!!

Now that we are back from our month long vacation to Indiana, MEXICO (for Mommy!!) and Ohio, it was time to get back into our routine. 
That meant SCHOOL for the kiddos and more photo shoots, of course :)

Grace Catherine 
 Jackson Garrett...or Spiderman
 I know I've said it before, but really? They look like twins!!!!
 He picked out his own outfit and asked me to fix his hair...can't believe this is his last year of pre-school :(
 too much, she's just TOO much!