Kraze-isms

A Testament to the TWO SHADES

I should have started doing this a long time ago.  They’ve been saying “Aw man!” and “No way!” since they were 18 months old; but lately, they have really been cracking us up, and when people ask what they can say now, there is nothing they can’t say!  I absolutely adore them coming into their own, so I just had to write these down and save them!

For those of you who know them (or think you do), see if you know who said what!

  1. Climbing through the jungle gym to find the slide, to a total stranger: “Hey boy, help me.” 
  2. Only to me… almost every day: “I will always be your angel.”
  3. When she accidentally hurts someone: “I am so very sorry.” If it’s on purpose, good luck getting an apology.
  4. “I’m a big giiiirrl ( beeg grrrr)!
  5. “That is so sweet of you to share!”
  6. When you say, ‘What’s up?’ or What cha doing?’: “I’m just here.”
  7. “You’re a good friend, Mommy.”
  8. Affectionately to her daddy, or anytime she sees him, really: “Daddy’s a big boy!”
  9. If I get upset (even if I’m not crying): “Want me to wipe your tears?”
  10. “It’s ok… I’m right here.”
  11. “I’m workin’ on it Mom”
  12. She likes to smell things & say: “Mmm… That smells delicious (da-wish-ous)!” it can be a flower, food or a piece of paper
  13. Whether you’ve offered help or not: “I do by self.” yes, by self
  14. “What cha doin’ Dad?!”
  15. EVERY time the wind blows: “My haircut’s gonna blow away!”
  16. Anytime something is shocking or exciting: “O. MY!”
  17. “Mommy told you not to do that! You better listen to Mommy!”
Answers below…

 1. Zo 2. KR 3. KR 4. Zo 5. KR 6. Zo 7. Both 8. Zo 9. KR 10. KR 11. Zo 12. KR 13. Zo 14. Zo 15. Zo 16. KR 17. KR
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St. Patty’s Day Lucky Clover Craft

I’m finally getting around to sharing another craft project with you.  I haven’t posted one since last Easter!

First, we started the day with a super complicated 3-element St. Patty’s Day breakfast:

  1. Green Banana Bread Muffins Should I trust you with sharing this recipe??
  2. Green Scrambled Eggs – It’s just food coloring people!
  3. Bowl of Lucky Charms

You may think the green eggs look unappetizing, but Sam-I-Am actually thinks they’re quite delectable and so does the Kraze!  

Here’s what you’ll need for your Shamrocks:

  • Printer & Paper to cut out your silhouette
  • Pencil & Scissors to trace & cut out your image
  • Cardstock (holds the weight of the glue & paper better)
  • Green napkins (what I had lying around the house) or tissue paper
  • Mod Podge or any glue you’d like (for the crumpled version)
I cut my napkins into 1 inch squares (approx. – doesn’t have to be exact) and crumpled them up. The rest is pretty self-explanatory.

Truth time: I did help fill in some gaps (again, they’re 2… and I’m a bit of a perfectionist (AND I needed a completed project for the pictures right?!).  Does this make me a bad mom?  
Zoe did ask me to do her stem for her – which was before she insisted on UN-crumpling the paper and wanted it to lay flat.  She’s actually much smarter than I am, because her version was much more age-appropriate than mine – her version took half the time of my crumpled version!

*Zoe’s paper-mache version:

  • After letting Zo put the paper all over, I turned it over & cut off the edges, so it would look like a shamrock again.
  • I Mod Podged over the napkins as well & I’m super happy with the way hers turned out too.

At the end of the day, they are so proud of themselves.  Every time they look at their shamrocks, they say, “We made a craft!!” 

I especially love these because they are yet another example of experiencing the two shades of the Kraze (as mentioned in my First Blog Post Ever)!

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Plans for Good

I am so blessed to be a part of and a leader for our MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group this year.  Side note: this is a national group & if you’re able, I highly suggest you find the closest one to you & get involved!  These fun, genuine, hilarious, supportive ladies have enriched my life beyond measure over the last year and a half.  Thank you!  

Earlier this week, I sent the email to our group recapping last Friday’s meeting, but our prayer requests and personal situations as a group were weighing heavy on my heart, so I decided to start my email with the message below.  As this week has gone on, God laid on my heart that it’s not just our small group of women, but every wife, mom and woman out there (& even men for crying out loud) who need to know this promise of hope.   Whoever is listening (reading) out there, I want you to know, this message is for you too…  

I am genuinely praying for each and everyone of us (and our loved ones) to Be Brave and not lose faith that God has plans for good, to give us a future and a hope.  He says if we look for Him wholeheartedly, we find find Him. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)  
Our sermon at church was based on this scripture this past Sunday, and the point that stood out to me most was that no one ever talks about the verse before (Jeremiah 29:10) because it puts a bit of a damper on v.11  “…after 70 years… I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised.”  WHAT?! 70 years?!  But honestly, this gave me MORE hope… No matter how long our season of waiting to see that light at the end of the tunnel, God is still there and His promise remains.  Just a few verses before (4-7), He says to make a home where you are – plant gardens, multiply… do not dwindle away.  God truly convicted me here… Over the last couple years (coincidence that’s about the time The Kraze was born? maybe, maybe not), I’ve said “When things get better” or “If only” far more times than I care to admit.  God puts us in our situations according to His perfect will (which many times I don’t understand) & expects us to make the most of it and never lose sight of who is in control and to continue living with a grateful heart anyway!

It’s a message many of us have heard time and time again, but you never know who needs to hear it (again) today.  So share it!

Hey!  We’re all in this together.  In case you missed this awesome video floating around, (I need something engaging to make people want to visit & revisit my blog right?!) this is a call to ‘no judgement’ and to lay off each other (this goes for all women, don’t you think?)  It’s obviously geared toward moms, but come on ladies, we ALL need to have each other’s backs.  #sisterhoodunite

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Two Turning Two – What I Want You to Know

Your second year of life has been incredible to witness.  Rather than a year of milestones, it’s been a year of firsts. I’ve been able to take a step back and watch you take on life, form an opinion and see your imagination grow. Our bond has begun to bloom into a friendship. Every night my prayer is of complete gratitude for every moment we share and every memory we make together and humbly asking for many MANY more years of them.

The ways I love you, amount of love I have for you and what you bring to my life are infinite.  There are so many things I want to teach you as you get older, yet there are a few things I just want you to know now…
  • I’m so glad you happened to me.
  • You are my favorite work of art.  God is a masterful artist and you are His masterpiece.
    • “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
  • Each day brings many moments that make me utterly grateful to have daughters.
    • Kara Rose, every night you stand on your stool and I brush your beautiful long hair is an intimate moment for me…
    • Every ‘Manicure Monday’ when you excitedly run to my nail polish drawer and pick out just the right color for me to paint your tiny toenails – I cherish these moments that can only happen bc I have daughters.
  • I hope you always look at yourself the way you do now, grinning from ear to ear the moment you see your reflection, knowing that’s the reflection of the perfect miracle you are.
    • “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full and well.” Pslam 139:14
  • I hope you always find joy in the little things like you do now.
    • Zoe Drew, the way you look up at the moon in amazement, think you see Tinkerbell in the stars and don’t pass by a flower without noticing, takes my breath away. Thank you for reminding me to revel in God’s creation.
  • I love witnessing you so confidently being you and not trying to be like your sister or anything other than who you are.
  • You are so incredibly blessed to have a twin sister who can walk through life right by your side! 
    • “Two are better than one… if either of them falls down, one can help the other up” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  • I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day… What can make me feel this way? My girls!

A little look at a few of the firsts you experienced this year:

The day you took your first steps – one week apart!

You’re first 5K

First time you picked out your own shoes. This is that opinion I was talking about – I love it!

First day facing forward in your car seats – you were amazed!

First boat ride – You weren’t so sure at first, but “fast boat” became the topic of conversation for quite some time afterward

Your first firework show – Kara Rose, you weren’t too sure about this & no one could make you feel safe like Daddy

First trip to Legoland – Do you see how silly you are?!
Zoe’s first selfie – haha!
You love having your picture taken and taking pictures of others, always telling everyone, ‘Say cheese!’
First time berry picking

First Braves game

First experience body surfing – For weeks after, you’d both say, ‘Surf ocean!’

First day of preschool – I’m sure I cried more than you did. Just look at you – you’re growing up so fast!!
First mani/pedis at the salon. 
Kara Rose, you loved every moment and held your little feet and hands out so perfectly still!
Zoe, you loved having pretty nails, just not sitting still to have it done! 
Aaaand, I just want you to see how much you love your sister at this moment – you girls care for each other more than I would’ve imagined any 2 year old is capable of. 

I love you bigger than the whole world!


~ Your Mommy

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Two Shades of Pink Birthday Party

So The Kraze’s 2nd birthday party was a week ago and I’m so anxious to see those photos!  I can. not. wait. In order to keep myself from stalking our photographer (who said I should have them this week, so stay tuned), I decided to do a little reminiscing of the 1st birthday party.

Much like the name of this blog, the theme for their first birthday party was ‘Two Shades of Pink’.  There was so much significance put on this FIRST birthday party.  To all you haters who think, “They won’t remember it.  It’s more for you than for them.” Boo-ya!  One day, they will see these photos and (hopefully) think I was AWESOME!  They will see the effort and hard work put in.  They will see all the people that showed up because they love them. Ok, and I love to plan parties!

 

 

 

See below for tutorial – easy!

We’re so blessed to live in an AH-mazing neighborhood with a great park within walking distance.  We reserved the pavilion, which also happens to be pretty awesome! The party was set up around the three-sided fireplace in the middle of the pavilion.  That’s right – no standard rectangle of a roof with just a bunch of picnic table sitting underneath!

 

Everyone took their mason jars home and filled their bags with sweet goodness to their heart’s desire for party favors!
*Notice the straws in two shades of pink!
Note about tablecloths… If you plan to host more than one party, you should buy, not rent – way more cost effective!

 

Balloons in two shades of pink… catching on?!

 

These were the letters we used for each cake at our reveal party – it’s those special touches people.
Maybe I’ll go back even further in time to recap this special event?!
                                             Baby A                                                              Baby B

 

 

A kiss after her birthday song!
Although they share a birthday, we feel they deserve their own birthday song, so we’ve made the tradition of singing to them individually.  Naturally, big sister goes first!

 

One banner made of ovals & the other of penants – We don’t match, we go!
 
First taste!
We gave them a few bites of sweets over the couple weeks leading up to their party, so they wouldn’t be completely surprised by the sweetness! They liked it!

 

 

Kara Rose REALLY liked it!
Someone stuck the ‘1’ cookies in the demolished smash cakes!

After clean up, we stepped away for a few family photos!

 

 

A year later, my little ZoZo still loves the camera!

 

Just look at those chubby cheeks and, as Zach would call them, her ‘wrinkle bracelets’!

 

 

Aren’t we a fun bunch?!
We’ve gone back & forth on whether to open their presents during their parties in the future.  When you see the pics from this years party, you’ll see we decided to do it again after several comments from guests saying they didn’t like it when the kids didn’t open their presents because they wanted to see how they liked their gift and what all they got.
What are your thoughts?
 
Aaaand like any 1 year old, Kara Rose is eating her package in the background.

 

Clapping for a super successful first birthday party!  We are so very blessed with such loving, giving friends!

Details:

Vendors:
‘My First Birthday’ onesies – Mudpie
Boots – Frye
Cake: Sweet N’ Sinful – Decatur, GA
Plates, napkins, plasticware, balloons – Party City
Favorite Things Chalkboards: Etsy – MoulageCollection
Photographer: Friend, Victoria Hurst

DIY:
A & B letters Future Post
Burlap & doily backdrop – Pretty self explanatory, but let me know if you want more deets!
*Cake Stand – My seriously awesome, hard-working, loyal & loving husband and dad cut this from a stump we took from a historic tree that had to be cut down in our neighborhood. I wish I could link to them here, bc this was no easy task!
Mason jar drinking cups – Maybe I’ll share my secrets in a future post?
Mason jar glitter vases Future Post
Cupcake Liner Pom Pom click for tutorial
Rose Pom Ball – All I’m going to say is this takes much longer than the cupcake liners!
‘I’m One’ banners Future Post

Menu:
Mini ham & cheese sandwiches
Trader Joe’s Salt & Pepper chips – Dollar Tree brown paper bags cut with the top half cut off w/scalloped scissors (again, it’s the little things)
Princess Punch

Sweets/Favor Table:
Metallic gumballs
Rock candy
Frosted ‘1’ cookies

Cream cheese mints: Michaels – rose mold
–       1 box powdered sugar
–       3 oz. cream cheese
–       1 T butter
–       1 T water
–       12 drops flavoring

 

 

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What’s In A Moment?

As moms, we experience moments with our little ones every day that make our hearts melt.  Every kiss (even eskimo kisses), every hug, every giggle, every time they run to you when you walk in the door, every time they share with their sister or help her up when she falls…
As moms, we experience moments of weakness (impatience) that we hope to forget. (I don’t have any examples here – I must have forgotten) But then, we experience special moments, really special ones that you’ll never forget or pray you won’t.

I had two of these moments within days of each other with each of my girls.  So I’m writing about them here to make SURE I won’t forget.

My mom sang My Girl to me and I’ve sang it to ‘my girls’ even before they were born.
*Sing to your unborn babies mommies! – They can hear you and I promise you will see they recognize your voice from the day they make their debut!

Every night, after we read together in the rocking chair, I individually hold them and sing to them before lying them down.  Well, a few nights ago (after 21 months of singing this song every day) as I reach the chorus, Zoe takes her thumb out of her mouth and this beautiful voice comes out, “My gurls! My gurls! Ooooooo!!” My throat tightened immediately to the point that I couldn’t keep singing. But then she stopped, looking at me concerned, so I choked through it. And I sang it over and over just to hear her voice, then held her as tears streamed down my face, not wanting it to end… until she pushed me away and said, “Bed Mommy”.  Yep – that’s my Zo Zo Drew baby!

Then last night we a had a 4 hour drive home from the grandparents, so we put The Kraze in PJs before we left, so they could sleep on the way and go straight to their cribs when we arrived.  As their eyelids got heavy, Kara Rose drops her paci.  I turn on my flashlight and look a bit bent over the seat, then tell her I couldn’t find it and I was sorry – basically ‘Too bad’. Now before you think I’m cold-hearted, she already had a paci in her mouth.  She wanted TWO pacis – why two?! Now… this child has been known to have (at least) one in each hand plus one in her mouth.  We’ve come to the conclusion that she is protecting them from her thumb-sucking twin sister who just wants to chew on them.  If Kara Rose sees one, she must apprehend it (no matter how many she already has in her possession) and move it to a safe location (Mommy, her purse or she’ll hang on to it). Anyhow, she was not happy with me about this but quickly wore down… I look back there and she is rubbing her eyes and I just felt like she needed a little love. The thought of an MIA paci being swiped at any moment and never to be found again is serious to a 21 month old!

So, I unbuckle and climb over the console to kiss and hug her before she falls asleep (unsafe, I know).  She wraps her tiny little arms around my neck and squeezes tight.  She doesn’t let go.  She moves her cheek to press against mine and lets all the weight of her head fall on mine.  Did I mention the bottom half of my body is still in the front seat of the Tahoe?! I sat/crouched/hunched there thinking, ‘This is one of the most uncomfortable positions I’ve ever been in, but I won’t be the first to let go!’ Well, eventually I needed to adjust though (moving the rest of my body into the backseat) and she reached up to me, her sweet voice “Mommy!” and pulled me back in so quickly. I have no idea how much time passed – I could have actually passed out from not being able to breathe with all her hair in my face – DO YOU SEE HOW MUCH HAIR SHE HAS?!

No, seriously, in each of these moments, I spent the time thanking God for their little precious souls, gentle spirits, that I am Mommy to these two amazing (can’t emphasize this word enough) little girls, praying that I never forget this moment nor does she and that she somehow always remembers how much I love her through this memory.  Trying to memorize the way Zoe looked into my eyes giving it her best shot to sing right on time with me, replaying her voice in my mind as she sang ‘Bay-bay!’, praying I never forget the sound of her voice that first time I heard her sing.  Trying to memorize the feeling of Kara Rose’s arms around my neck, our cheeks pressed together and the sound of her soft breaths as she fell asleep… and I did not let go until her arms fell.

So I leave you with this: “You will never have this day with your children again. Today is a gift. Breath and notice. Study their little faces and feet. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today mama, it will be gone before you know it.” – Jen Hatmaker

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Happy MOM’s Day!

The definition of Mom: The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else. 

… Just telling her your problems makes you feel better because mom’s always know how to make it all go away.
Even if you fight, know that she’s just looking out for your best interests.
“Where would you be without your mom?”

-Urban Dictionary

… a bit of a contrast to the definition of Mother: a woman in relation to a child or children she has given birth to – don’t cha think?

Now, I struggle with ‘mommy guilt’ on the reg… I think most of us do – right?  I honestly thought the moment I became a mom, I would instantly never say another curse word & be the definition of love, kindness and patience, but I make mistakes constantly & question if I’m doing everything right.  This is rather exhausting to me because I’ve left my corporate job, that I worked very hard for, to devote my life to my family.  I put them first & myself last – I cut no corners when it comes to the girls’ development & nutrition and try my damnedest when it comes to their character and spiritual development by being a fantastic mom, but all too often, my saboteurs tell me it still wasn’t good enough.  This isn’t for a raise or even a pat on the back… Come on – no one’s here to see it! It’s because I want my girls to look at me like I look at my mom, who stayed after work to clean the office for years to pay for my dance lessons (which actually took me pretty far in life, getting me college scholarships & taught me more about self discipline and hard work than anything else), who taught me by example that you create your own opportunities and the list goes on… so thank you Mom.

  • Thank you for not letting me quit or give up on anything… ever.
  • Thank you for not rescuing me in some of my hardest times but standing by my side instead, even though I know you wanted to… so bad.
  • Thank you for seeing more in me than I ever saw/see in myself.
  • Thank you for your amazing banana bread and chocolate gravy (it’s ok to be jealous)
  • Thank you for all those Girl Nights of at-home mani/pedis, movie marathons and eating condensed milk straight out of the can or cake batter (again, it’s ok to be jealous – don’t judge us).
  • Most of all, thank you for being my friend… my best friend.
  • Oh wait!!… Most of all (x2), thank you, from both me and the KRaZe, for showing me what it takes be a great mom!
Also, thanks for willingly embarrassing yourself for my amusement! 🙂

All this said, I’m no longer trying to be a perfect mom.  Someone very special to me recently told me, “You don’t want them to look at you as perfect… they need to see you tired and resting in God.  They need to see you sinful and repenting.  They need to watch you fail and fall apart sometimes so that you can model for them how Jesus lifts you and strengthens you and meets your needs.” – Wow!

Kara Rose and Zoe,
I thank God every day for choosing me to be your mommy.  Being your mommy means I get to have a front row seat to your awesomeness, kiss your boo-boos, do Ring Around the Rosie 20 times a day, cheer you on when you give it your best shot to get that spoon from the plate to your mouths, and that you know how it feels to be loved unconditionally.

The day we brought The KRaZe home
So here’s to you Mom and all the wonderful Mom‘s out there that just love your babies and are giving it your best shot.  

My favorite line: “What if I told you there is someone that actually… currently… holds this position right now… billions of people actually… MOMS.”

I’d love some comments below on your fondest memories of your mom and/or of being a mom!

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Mommy-Made Easter

At almost 18 months, The Kraze had their first Easter Egg Hunt today and we have a Sunrise Breakfast at our church Saturday morning, so of course they need Easter baskets and something festive to wear for all these activities!  Being the person that I am, loving any excuse to celebrate and believing that the day-of is the most important, we are saving their Easter dresses for Easter Day…

I know it’s a little last minute, but with all of the 30th birthday festivities for Zach last week… who am I kidding – I’m a procrastinator, I’ll admit it now – you’d find out sooner or later any way, so don’t expect any great projects a month in advance, but if you’re a last-minute person like me, we’ll be great DIY friends!!

Also something to note, I am not a seamstress.  At best, I can sew ribbon & elastic onto a pair of point shoes, so you can always count on easy peasy projects from me.

No-Sew DIY Onesies

Having twin girls, I love to be playful and creative anytime I can (anyone who knows us, knows that my girls always coordinate but never match).  So one will wear the bunny & one will wear ‘hop’ – get it?!  I don’t really care which one wears which, they like to choose themselves – it’s true!
*I also think it would be cute to have Easter eggs on one & a silhouette of a chick on the other or if you have a singleton, your options are endless!

What you’ll need…

  • Onesie(s) or shirt  – I grabbed two out of their closet that they’re close to outgrowing anyway
    • I am loving the trend of mixing patterns, so I chose different patterns in the same color family to create a cohesive but fun look!
  • Fabric – I had leftovers from fabric squares I bought for a DIY for their birthday party
    • Hancock Fabrics has an unlimited selection for about $0.29 a piece & they’re BIG
  • Fabric Paint
  • Stitch witchery (what I had already) or any type of heat & bond adhesive
  • Iron
  • Pencil – an old fashioned wooden #2 will work (not mechanical)
  • Scissors
  • Computer & Printer – unless you can freehand way better than I can
  1. Choose and find your image.  I googled ‘bunny silhouette’, then went to word and typed out ‘hop’ in a fun font. (again, unless you are better equipped with Photoshop than I am)
  2. Print out your image(s) to the size you want & cut it/them out.
  3. Trace the image face down onto the back of your fabric & cut it out.
  4. Cut your adhesive to the shape of your applique.
  5. Iron your applique onto the garment.
  6. Trace the edges with fabric paint – the fabric’s edges will be unfinished and possibly lift (again I don’t sew) , so I did this to give it a more finished look, prevent it from lifting and it adds to the cuteness!
My cost: $0 & they were the cutest ones there (as they need the outfits for that to be so)!

No-Sew DIY Tutu Easter Baskets

Pretty much any mom of girls loves to find any excuse to incorporate tutus in their little girls’ lives, especially this former ballerina! Now, I love PBK as much as the next mom and their Easter baskets are too cute, BUT the liners alone are $14-$25 a piece – that’s $28-$50 on LINERS for this mom of two, not including the baskets or anything to put in them… don’t think so.
What you’ll need…
  • The cheapest basket you can find – I believe we got ours from ToysRUs for under $3
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Spool of precut tulle in your color of choice
  • Needle & thread – I know I said I don’t sew, but it’s about the same as sewing a pair of point shoes – you can do it, I promise!
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Just We Moms has a great tutorial on how I always make my tutus for the Kraze, so I’ll let them do this part for me.

Once you have your tutu completed…
  • Hot glue the corners to the basket so it won’t fall off when your little one is swinging her basket around
  • (optional) Cut your ribbon about 6″-12″ longer than you need to go around your tutu, so you have enough to tie a bow and hot glue it to the tutu
Disclaimer: in case you noticed the baskets are different in the main photo, it’s because I ran out of time (I already admitted I’m a procrastinator!), but I was happy with the second one as well, so here’s the quick run down (using the same materials from above).
  • I hot glued two rows of thick (1-1.5″) pink grosgrain ribbon around the basket 
  • Draped the tulle over the top row, gathering & hot glueing the corners
  • Tied a big four-sided bow
Curious what I put IN their Easter baskets?
  • Hooded towels
  • White denim jackets
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hats
  • Bilingual books: Colors and Animals
  • Wind-up cars – out of all the toys in a store & they carry these throughout and scream when you try to take them away… that’s a good indicator 🙂

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30 More Years Please!

As I had Zach, my husband, proofread my first blog post, he said, “O no… don’t write about me… leave me out of it!”  We’re also talking about the person that would literally be angry if I told the waiter at the restaurant it was his birthday… “Just another day” he says. 
Well, sorry love… it’s not just another day to me.  If it weren’t for this day 30 years ago, I would not be who I am today & would most definitely not have the joy within me that gives me purpose.
I wrote Zach a letter and snuck it into his carry-on before he left today, because a card just wasn’t enough this year.  I thought I’d share a bit of it here – not to be sappy (from someone who does not partake in PDA – just sayin’) so don’t roll your eyes or gag for that matter – but to celebrate love. It’s something worth celebrating! So I am celebrating… our love and you my love…
First, you are loved… beyond measure.  Literally, there is no way to count or weigh my love for you and what you mean to our little family.  Life is hard, but it’s on our toughest days that I want you to know how loved you are.  Yes, we count on you, but that’s not meant to put pressure on you – it’s because you’re worth counting on.  You have 3 girls in your corner who believe in you.  Not everyone has that.
Second, thank you for loving me.  I know in the midst of the daily demands, I fall under pressure and am not the epitome of a loving, patient, supportive, optimistic wife, but please know I want to be… all the time.  I am so humbled in thankfulness when I try to take in how much you love and accept me anyway.
All that said, I want to take this moment (your birthday) to celebrate you.                                        You have graced this world for 30 now and it’s a better place for it…                                                You have blessed my life for over 10 years now & I am better for it.  When I think about the way we went from being two kids in love to becoming a family, I just love this life we’ve created together! 

Circa 2006 – One day I WILL find a photo from the beginning – 12/2003
12.3.08 – Once Like A Spark Photography
9.12.09 – Robby Followell Fotography
2012 – 6 months pregnant with our girls – Basically had to include my oldest child, Diesel
10.23.2013 – Once like A Spark Photography

You are an amazing Daddy – Man! Those little girls are definitely better because of you!  Especially if they get your sense of humor! 😉 They get to see what true love is because of what we have – it’s good for them to see us struggle, to watch how we persevere. 

Today is for you – a really awesome person – for the things you’ve done & what’s still to come – for how hard you work & how much you care – for all that you are & all that you do… “I love you through and through”.


Love always,
Your wife
Here’s to the next 30 years together… God only knows what my letter will say then, but I know it’ll be an amazing story with a happy ending!

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First Blog Post… Ever!

I’ve wanted to start my blog for the better part of a year now… then decided my goal was by my twin girls’ 1st birthday.  Well, that came and went and now they’re 15 months!  Why has it taken me so long?!  This will probably reveal a bit about my personality right off the bat, but I have literally fretted over every detail from what the title should be, how do I want it to look, what will my focus be, how transparent am I willing to be, what day should I publish my first post (like anyone cares if my first post was on the girls’ birthday or on New Years Day or Valentines Day)… All I do know is I don’t just want this to be an extension of Facebook filled with posts turned to novels.  So goes my journey to how I got here…

Right around their birthday, I came up with the perfect name for my blog… it was already taken!!  Back to the drawing board – after brainstorming for a few more months, I called my sweet husband at work one day and said, “I want to start my blog NOW, but I can’t until I come up with a name, so here are all my ideas… This is originally what I wanted but that’s taken, so I decided to go in this direction, but nothing’s hitting home with me!”  He so casually says, “Why don’t you just combine the two?”  WHAT?!  It was THAT easy for him?!  Why did I try to do this alone in the first place!?  All I can say is, I’m not in this thing called life alone for a reason – he (along with my two girls) is my everything… I’m sure more will come about him later.
So I’ve mentioned I have twin girls; they’re fraternal – they are Kara Rose & Zoe.  As a unit, we call them The KR&Z /The Kraze/.  We are so blessed to be witness to these two shades that, together, make up this crazy/beautiful frenzy. I must stop before I even get started… I could go on for days (or pages).
I’ve wished for an outlet to share what’s on my heart & mind (whether it’s to vent about life as a mom of twins or just a fun craft project) for quite some time now.  As I was once told, if you don’t know where to start, start anywhere!  So now that I (we’ve) come up with the perfect name and a design I can live with until I figure out something better (Any help here?! It needs to be free), here we go!
Topics may (and probably will) include:
  • I am Mommy to two amazing girls, who doesn’t take my role lightly
  • I am the extremely happy wife to my soulmate & husband, Zach
  • I have a 3rd child who is a 175lbs Great Dane named Diesel
  • I am a follower of Christ who sincerely believes I am no better, I am just forgiven, although I try – I really do.
  • I love all things DIY – that’s what two girls and not a lot of money will do for you!
  • Sarcasm & humor are my go-tos in good times & bad
  • I’m an extremely empathetic person & cry easily… very easily
  • Someone who expects more from others because I’d be willing to do that much for them.
  • I strive to be real & want those around me to feel comfortable to do so themselves – “If you’re shady, just say ‘I’m shady’ and that’s fine!” – Lauren Conrad
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