A bond between brothers, part two

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A bond between brothers, part two

*where I left off last Thursday*
You could see it then..

You could see that he knew. He was still unsure, because this was a tiny little human. Someone else that was in mommy’s arms instead of him. But you could see, this was someone he loved right from the start… You can read part one here.
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Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A bond between brothers, part two

When we first brought Kage home from the hospital. Jay still had that weariness in his eyes but he couldn’t seem to stay away from his baby brother. Jay would sit next to me on the couch while Daddy or I held Kage. He was softly rub Kage’s hair or just look at him. When Kage was old enough to hold his head up and tummy time started. Jay would lay on the floor with him, trying to make him laugh. Trying to have a tiny little conversation with a baby who couldn’t talk back to him. & every time Jay got Kage to laugh, their was pure amazement in his tiny little eyes.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A bond between brothers, part two

Fast forward a year when Jay was 2 1/2 & Kage was 1 – I watched these two boys play. I watched them laugh endless times. I watched Jay try to teach Kage new words. I watched them become best friends. Even know at 4 1/2 & 3 they are still best friends. I would be lying if I said they never fought. Anyone with that kind of bond is bound to have some disagreements. But they find a way to work out. I’ve seen them countless times hug each other tight.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A bond between brothers, part two

I’ve witnessed countless laughs and giggles. I’ve seen how protective Jay is over Kage and vise versa. Their is a fierce brotherly love that I have seen every single day for the last three years. It touches some place deep inside my heart. Multiple times a day I find myself staring in awe at the way they talk and play and laugh. The late night giggles I hear coming from their room. The sweet “Good morning Jay” that Kage says as soon as Jay wakes up. The way they understand each other amazes me.

I don’t remember having the bond I witness between these two with my sisters growing up and I am beyond thankful for the bond that they share.

Do your kids have a strong bond? Did you and your siblings have one?

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I asked, You answered #1 {New series}

 
 I haven’t decided if I am going to do this weekly or bi-weekly but I would like to welcome you to a brand new series. One of my favorite ways to get conversation going lately on Facebook and Twitter is asking questions that really interest me and getting a response from my fans/followers/friends. :) This past week – I focused on blog related questions. Each week I am going to try and have a new theme {parenting, fashion, more blogging, food, etc.} and I will share the answers right here on Tuesday, with my two cents directly underneath what they say. :)

Want to be apart of the convo and possibly be mentioned right here on the blog – be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

Lets get started. 


Question #1: When visiting new blogs, does a blog design make or break your decision to stick around and read/follow that blog?
Lish @ Imprintalish says: “Depends on how cluttered it is and if the font is legible!”
I completely agree with her! I can’t stand going to a blog that has horrible font or the font is too small to read.

Whitney @ I wore yoga pants to work says: “A nice, clean blog design helps my ADD brain function.
I totally get this – too much stuff going on is so distracting!

Brittany @ Where my soul belongs says: “It doesn’t make or break my decision, but I might take the blog more seriously or look more into it with a good design.
While I understand not everyone can afford a blog design, I agree with this. I care a lot about my blog so I did the research to make my own blog design look decent.

Ashley @ The Story Project says: “if the design is good, seventy five percent higher chance i will stick around.

Question #2: When it comes to a blogs sidebar(s), what do you want to see & not want to see on it?

Southern Girl Blogging Community says: “Want to see– links to how to connect with me & I love category buttons–helps with navigating through the blog. Don’t want to see– a million sponsors and ads– just a few is fine :0
Yesssss! I love, love, love when blogs have categories on their sidebars!

Mary says: “An easy to navigate archive – I really like the ones separated by years and months. Of course different ways to connect with the blogger and a nice about me. I don’t like too many photos or ads in the sidebar – it slows down page loading – my Internet is slow, if it takes too long to load, I don’t look at the blog.
I’m getting the vibe – too many ads are a bad thing. ;)

Cassie @ southeast by midwest says: “I don’t like a tons of ads, especially if they are before everything else, but I especially don’t like the ones that use like the video ads that automatically start. I immediately close the blog and don’t go back.
Ummm, yes yes yes!! I can’t stand video ads or pop up ads! Annoys the crap out of me!

Felicia @ Already Shining says: “Things I like on blog sidebars: Social networks, top or recent posts, sponsors, recommended pages, recent tweets
Ooo I never thought about the recent tweets thing!

Question #3 – What type of blog content do you like to read? {Funny, from the heart, parenting advice, fashion, etc}

Kassie says: “Heart + fashion
I love both of these!

Verte Photography says: “I enjoy all kinds, mostly family, how-to, funny / life and informational posts about topics that I care about!
How-to’s are the bomb.com! :)

Amber @ Momma in bloom says: “funny & uplifting… and fashion photography (since that’s something I’m no good at, I enjoy other peoples’)
Yes, yes and yes!!

These ladies gave me some great answers & there are more great answers on FB + twitter! Can’t wait to do this again. Thank you ladies for your input!

Now it’s YOUR turn – answer the questions in the comments below! :)


Being a mother is…

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Being a mother is...

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Being a mother is...

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Being a mother is...

Being a mother is…
Having your heart constantly walk around outside of your body. It’s having the butterflies you once felt inside of you, fly free. It’s watching these tiny little humans become wonderful little people. It’s worrying day and night if you are saying the right things, teaching the right ways, showing compassion and understanding enough. It’s worrying day and night if you are showing them what unconditional love is, wondering if you are disciplining them enough, playing with them enough and letting them learn Independence enough.

Being a mother is…
Watching their every move. Protecting them the best you can. Fearing the first time they ever get hurt. Panicking the first time they actually do. It is hoping and praying they don’t depend on you for everything and crying the minute they don’t. It’s knowing one day your going to send them off to their first day of school, one day they are going to start driving, one day they are going to go off into the world. While you want these things for them, being a mother is also wishing time would slow down so you can have just a little more time with them.

Being a mother is…
Endless amounts of giggles. Tiny little kiss. Playing games and trips to the park. It’s believing in these small little one’s that we raise. It’s generous amounts of proudness over every new milestone, every new achievement. It’s doses of utter frustration and countless tears. It’s kissed boo-boos and tiny arms around your neck. It’s days filled with laughter and joy you never knew was possible. It’s seeing beauty everywhere you look because they find the world beautiful. It’s the look in their eyes when they spot you first thing in the morning when they open their sleepy little eyes. It is wishing, hoping and praying for your babies every single day.

Being a mother is…
One of the greatest gifts God has ever gave me.


Sunday Pictures


My mother in law gave me this beautiful robe. Not only is it silk – which is basically my favorite thing ever – it has this beautiful lace on the sleeves that makes my heart happy.


So I discovered taking a picture of my right hand with my left hand is the hardest thing ever sense I’m not left handed. So, this is the best I got because of that. This is my engagement ring – I moved it from my left hand to my right hand when hubs bought my wedding ring & I still love it.


KJ adores playing with blocks!


It took me forever to find something fuzzy and then I remembered I had one pair of fuzzy socks. woot.


My wedding dress. It’s simple yet beautiful. My favorite fabric to date. ;)



A few things

Happy Saturday friends! I hope your weekend is going great so far!

I wanted to pop in and share a few new things going on around here real quick!

1. My new blog design that I created all by myself. Eeekk!! I am kinda in love with it! :)

2. If you are in need of a Virtual Assistant, I still have a few client spots left and I would love to help you!

3. I went on a mini sponsor hiatus and after much thought and research I am back with new sponsor options and I am 100% ready to promote you!

That’s all I have for today.
I’ll be back tomorrow with some pretty photos. ;)


Friday Letters

You woke up and put your lazy pants on this day. You laid around and played games on your phone, watched movies and just straight up relaxed. Because being a kid is hard work. ;)

Your creativity never fails to amaze me. Making a train track out of pillows? Genius.

I love every single one of your cards. The hilarious ones and the sweet ones and everything in between. You have a very serious talent. If you haven’t seen her shop, YOU MUST!

Thank you for writing such amazing books.

You make me the luckiest momma alive. I love you.

A bond between brothers part one

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A bond between brothers part one

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A bond between brothers part one

I talked about one of the reasons I love having boys. It is such a fun reason. But there is so much more that I love about having boys then just that. They have this bond, that I have gotten to witness. I have watched this bond grow and develop over the last three years. Longer than that if I am being honest. I watched this bond grow from the minute my belly started growing when I was pregnant with Kage.

I can vividly remember telling my barely a toddler that he was going to be a big brother. I can remember the wariness that crept into his little eyes as I pointed to my belly and told him, “There is a baby in mommy’s belly. The baby is going to be your brother or sister.”

I can remember watching him examine my belly as it began to become noticeable. I can remember the happy goofy look in his eyes when we told him he was going to have a little brother. I can remember the kisses he plastered on my belly shortly afterwards and everyday until Kage was born.

I remember the first time Jay saw his little brother. Kage was snuggling in my arms as we lay in the hospital bed. I remember him slowly approaching the bed, unsure weather to come closer or stay away. I remember telling him, “Remember your brother that was in mommy’s belly?” His beautiful little eyes darted from me to him, “Well, this is him. This is your little brother.” His eyes were locked on me for just a few moments before they were darting back to Kage.

You could see it then..

You could see that he knew. He was still unsure, because this was a tiny little human. Someone else that was in mommy’s arms instead of him. But you could see, this was someone he loved right from the start.

Part two coming next Thursday.


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If I were a boy

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // If I were a boy

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // If I were a boy

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // If I were a boy

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // If I were a boy

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // If I were a boy

If I were a boy…
I wouldn’t even bother taking 50 million poses to get one good picture. Heck, I wouldn’t even have to pose. I definitely wouldn’t have to spend 30 minutes getting ready for the day. Sleeping in would be an everyday thing sense I wouldn’t have to wake up early to get ready.

If I were a boy…

There would be no, “You have to see the latest heels I bought.” “Did you catch that crazy girl on the bachelor?” “I soooo have to buy that mug, bracelet & purse.” Instead my vocab would consist of, cars, cars and more cars. Football 24/7. Video games. Booties and boobs.

If I were a boy…

There wouldn’t be late night girl talks. 50 million text messages. There would be no fashion problems, makeup problems or does my butt look good in these jeans? Instead there would be throwing gel in my hair, tossing on a polo, jeans and whatever shoes I bought 6 months ago and walk right out the door.

If I were a boy…

Drama wouldn’t exist. Trash talk would be normal and sweating would be acceptable thing to do. 

If I were a boy…

I think I would hate it. Because I very much like being a girl. :)

Linking up with Erin today!


You wouldn’t know…

I always feel that because we only know each other via blogging, there are things we don’t know about someone from just reading blog posts. Things you can’t see or understand through our words or pictures.

So, today I am going to share 10 things you wouldn’t know from reading my blog.

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You wouldn’t know…

That my eyes turn a brilliant shade of green when I cry.
That I laugh more than I cry. tears aren’t too far behind laughing though. I cry for so many reasons: Happiness, love, beauty, sadness, loss, etc. I blame this on my sensitive soul.
That my fears hold me back more than they push me forward.
That finding my voice in this blogging world, was one of the hardest things I have ever done when it comes to writing.
That my house is not always clean.

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You wouldn’t know…

The one liners, comeback or jokes I drop in a heart beat with my hubs and family.
The insomnia that causes me to have a few too many all nighters. The panic attacks I have, because I rarely talk about them. The strength I have that has helped me get through life. The way I look at my husband or my kids, the love that is clear as day in my eyes.

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What would I not know about you just by reading your blog?

 

Everybody was kung fu fighting

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One thing I love about having boy, is they like to wrestle & play fight.
This momma loves to wrestle around. Hubs and I wrestle not only
with the boys, but with each other too & it’s always a lot fun.
Yeah, I may dress like a girly girl, but I am a tom boy at heart.

Do you wrestle or play fight in your house