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I am 27 years old and am blessed to have my husband Brady, as my partner and best friend. We have two children, Parker and Piper, our little yorkie. We are constantly amazed by the joy they bring into our lives and can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

I did it!

This is the phrase that has shaped the way we think of rowan...we used to think of her as quiet, ornery, and dramatic, but recently, she has shown her sassy side (ok, let's be honest, we knew it was there:)...whenever we ask rowan to do something she believes she has already done, she answers, "I did it!" She, of course, says it in her sassiest voice possible.  This is just one of the reasons that I suddenly feel like my babies are way too old!

Parker takes everything in...feels guilty when someone is sad, can't hardly talk when he is in trouble, makes jokes when he knows he should be quiet (he is sooo my child)...he also plays sports like there is nothing else to do at home.  Even on days that I am completely exhausted and try to get him to sit and watch tv, he runs around playing catch with himself or incessantly dribbling...I swear I hear a ball bouncing in my sleep...

We potty-trained Row last week (after she took off her diaper and pooped under the Christmas tree)...you would think that I would be excited, but for some reason I can't help but feel sad...my baby is 'officially' no longer a baby.  It was so, after the first two days, easy.  She has been so good about telling us when she needs to go and she now seems so old (tear).

The two of them really do play so well together...it is sometimes shocking, really...the other day, I asked Rowan if she was going to be nice to her teacher and she said, "I will not hit my teacher..." then she said, "I will not hit parker...but I will tackle him!"  Ha!  He has taught her well, she is going to be one tough cookie.  Despite the tackling and ball-throwing, Parker is never embarrassed to sit and have a tea party with Row when she asks him:).

I feel like I am so tired all the time that I am missing out on some of the best moments.  I'm afraid of waking up and seeing them in middle school...if only Brady would let me have just one more......:)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

this year

I'm being dramatic, but I need to start keeping track of my children again. I want to be able to look back at these posts and remember their little personalities when they are teenagers and I am longing for them to need me again:).

Right now, Parker is so independent.  He desperately tries to be big, but at the same time, wants to be little.  He still wants three stories at night and won't go to sleep until I give him his blessing.  Sometimes I feel like we are so caught up in our day to day activities and I cherish these moments.  He still loves country music and knows every word to songs that I have never heard before.  Right now, he wants to be a construction worker and has been helping us paint, sand, and anything else while we are working on the house.  He is thoughtful, joyful and faithful.  He sometimes dances like a fool and often doesn't listen, but I love him more every day.

Rowan is a firecracker.  She was using the toilet periodically, but since we have started renovating the bathrooms, she has no desire.  I guess I should be grateful considering we only have one bathroom in working order right now...in the basement.  She is still such a mama's girl and is the best snuggler.  She loves her babies and is constantly playing mom to something or someone.  She is sassy and joyful and treats each activity or errand as if it was her idea.  She has no fear and loves to swing as high as she can.  She is my baby goose (parker's name for her), and I love her so.

I just wish I could get days to slow down and truly take a step back from all of the chaos to enjoy every moment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

lost time

I feel like I am losing time...my babies are growing up too fast.  Row is almost two and Parker will be in Kindergarten in the fall.  They are changing every day and I don't want to miss a single second.

Rowan is my daredevil...one minute she is climbing on the stove to reach a cookie and the next she is letting the dog out the door or hanging from the monkey bars (literally...by herself).  I love that she can be strong-willed and independent while simultaneously being my little cuddle bug.  She is my baby.  I love that she wants to be around me all the time and I am soaking in each cuddle I can.  Row loves her baby (Naked Ella)...she is such a great little mama and is constantly taking care of her.  She also is always looking out for Parker.  Any time she gets a treat or sweet, she makes sure that she gets one to give to Parker.  She loves him so much and wants to do everything he is doing.  I love that he can make her laugh harder than anyone.

Parker is half grown-up now.  Sometimes I can't believe the conversations we have.  He pays attention to every detail of everything anyone does or says.  Despite growing so fast, he is still my little bug.  He still lets me hug and kiss him in public and still runs to me when I pick him up from school or anywhere.  I love that he lets me squeeze him whenever I want.  He is reading more and more all the time and I love watching him figure out new words.  Animals and sports are his two favorite things.  He knows more facts about both than I do.  He is playing t-ball now and has a great swing.  He is so competitive and I can't wait to watch him play more.

So I am soaking in every moment so that I don't lose any time.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Growing

My babies are growing...growing up, growing out, growing into little people.  Our days are crazy busy and so much fun.  I want to to hold on to every little moment so that I don't forget, but everything changes so quickly that I'm afraid I might.  For my sake, here are my favorite things that are happening right now.

Row is talking more and more every day.  She just began saying 'yes' and it seems like a lifetime ago when all she would say is 'no'.

I love that when you ask her what her name is, she says, 'row row.'

Her two favorite phrases are, 'I did it' and 'I don't know.'

She is super independent and major mommy's girl...I love how she tries to do anything and everything Parker is doing.

I love how much she and Parker love each other.  The other day when we went to pick up Parker from school Rowan put her hands on her knees and yelled, 'PARKER!'  To which Parker replied, 'BABY GOOSE!'  They then ran toward each other and fell over in a great big bear hug/tackle.  I tried calling Row 'baby goose,' but was informed that was Parker's name for her.

Parker has been playing basketball at the Y and loving it.  At his first practice, he asked his teammate if he wanted to 'chest bump.'  Apparently we have let him watch too many K-State basketball games. Luckily, he has yet to kiss his biceps in public.  After his first basket, he told us, 'did you see that shot we made from downtown!'  Wow.

Parker recently had his adenoid taken out and he is finally sleeping and listening better.  I can tell that he feels so more like himself.

Rowan is wanting to use the toilet...I am not quite ready and she is so tiny, but I am trying to be supportive.  I love that she stands up saying, 'I potty!'  She is just so big.

Love them.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

cabin fever

I'm not sure if I even have the right to use the phrase 'cabin fever'...we leave the house every day to take Parker to school and today we even had Row's gymnastics class...we have definitely been more house-bound than we are now...however, I kind of feel like my children are going crazy...endless games of indoor football and basketball have caused me to literally cry over spilled milk, and I'm pretty sure that Rowan has found each and every possible mess there is to make...right now I am writing this blog while letting them create more messes out of boredom, but I feel like it is necessary...if only to keep my resolution going strong (if weekly counts as strong)...anyway...while I do feel like I am forever cleaning up, I wouldn't change a single thing...they are definitely my little loves and tomorrow will get here...hopefully not too soon:)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

new year, new resolutions

It's a new year...2015...I know, I'm stating the obvious, but a part of me can't figure out what happened to 2014.  We had so many great adventures and blessings but we were in such a hurry for most of the year.  This year, I am going to do better...about a lot of things, but in particular, I am going to be better about blogging...not because I think anyone will read this, but because I want my kids to be able to look back on our lives once upon a time.

The reset of my resolutions mostly have to do with these guys...they are pretty much my favorite people in the whole world and I still wonder why God blessed me so abundantly.  I am going to try very hard to be the best wife and mother I can be (cue cheesy jingle)...but seriously;)

Here is to 2015...hopefully, this isn't my last post of the year!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

dear row

Dear Rowan Wright...
Before you were in my tummy we prayed for you...we prayed that God would send us a precious baby...we knew that we could not be responsible for making the decision about when or where you would be born so we prayed that He would send you in His time...when we found out that you were growing inside of me, we thanked Him for his wisdom...we loved you...I am still in awe of how perfectly planned you were...as you continued you to grow, you gave us a few scares...we prayed that God would hold you and protect you and help you to be strong and healthy...we loved you...we prepared your big brother, Parker, for your arrival...he was so excited for you to get here, and was constantly talking about how much he loved you...how much we loved you...when you wouldn't come on your own, we prayed that He would keep you safe until it was your time to arrive...we daddy said, 'it's a girl,' we praised Him...our hearts were bursting with love for you...

When you were first born, we didn't sleep...we prayed for God to give you peace and comfort so that you would be able to sleep...we praised God that, despite little sleep, you were so happy during the day...you made us smile every day...we love you so much....you wanted to be anywhere Parker was...he could make you laugh unlike anyone else...we thanked God for the blessing of watching you two together...

Then you began to move...we praised God for your energy and daring personality...you were fearless...we once caught you inside of the fireplace not knowing you could climb that high...your smile melts our hearts...you still wanted to be wherever Parker was and soon began to find the joy in taking his toys...we are so grateful for you and Parker...

Along with moving came talking...at first just jabbering but soon we could make out the differences between words...we thanked God for your beautiful voice...we could listen to you talk all day long...when you are not talking, you are constantly giving kisses...you are such a mama's girl (which I love), but you give kisses freely to those closest to you...we love you so much...

In the last year, you have filled our hearts with so much joy...we cannot tell you how grateful we are for God's perfect plan...every night we pray that you will be faithful, kind, generous, determined, successful, humble, slow to anger...we pray that you know how loved you are and how wonderfully blessed we are to be your parents...