Sunday, June 18, 2017



Oh, Bear!  You have been Norah's comfort for so long!
It all began when she was first born and my Aunt Lynne gave Norah pajamas that came with a stuffed giraffe.
Norah LOVED that giraffe from the beginning.
She never took a pacifier for an extended period of time... she didn't have a blankey.  She had her giraffe & she would suck on his little feet to sooth her sleepy self.
It never failed... the second she was tired, the giraffe's foot went in her mouth.  He typically didn't leave the house, she just needed him to fall asleep.
Well, over time the giraffe got grungy, so we replaced him with "Bear."  It was an easy transition for her.  Bear ventured out of the house more often than the giraffe did.  Over time, Bear got grungy and I tried to replace him with Bunny. Norah even picked out the bunnies, but she never wanted them.  They eventually were handed down to Piper who also never wanted them.
Norah only wanted Bear. So, Bear she got.

But, Bear has been sitting in this spot for 3 days.  I intentionally cleaned around him waiting to see if Norah would grab him at bed time, but she never did.

When I was a little girl, I had a pink walrus that was my security blanket.  He went everywhere with me... he even went to college with me {yes, I still slept with a stuffed animal in my 20s}.  I still have "Mookie" the pink walrus.  I give him to the girls to snuggle with at night.  They love him!

So, the end of this stage was a tough one for me.
I know how important a stuffed animal can be for a little girl & this just showed me how fast my baby girl is growing up!
I'm going to miss that grungy old Bear.


When Trolls is life & Mom pre-orders it for release date delivery!


Tomorrow Brad packs up his Jeep and starts his journey towards his new career.  He will be gone for 5 months while Norah finishes up school here in Texas.
We have never experienced a deployment, so we have no idea how to do our every day without him.  I wanted nothing more than to not have to go down this road and strip the time away, but when you're in the military, it's never about your best interest. 
However, I believe that God has a plan for us and this journey is a step along the path he has paved for us.

There are MANY tasks that Brad takes on... some, I don't even know how to accomplish {anyone want to show me how to start a lawn mower??}... but, one of his favorite tasks is the bedtime routine.  He's so good at it & those girls love their Daddy snuggles.
I captured their last story time with their Daddy for the next 5 months.
I pray that the time goes by quickly & we are all back together again soon!  My stories just don't compare to Daddy's.


This year marks 6 years that Brad has been in the Navy!
When he first signed on, he had an extended enlistment, so this is actually the first re-enlistment for him.
He has worked so hard over the past six years with 4 duty stations (soon to be 5), two advancements, 4 NAMs, & countless other awards! 
To say we are proud, is an understatement!
I'm so glad he re-enlisted here in Dallas!
This duty station holds a special place in our hearts and I know it meant a lot to him to have his Commander do the honors of re-enlisting him.
I'm so glad we were able to be there for this special day, too!!
When Piper wanted to be held during Brad's swearing in, his Commander said, "this is a family affair" and picked Norah up, too!  I know that was such a special moment for Brad to have his girls right there with him!

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Our little town is filled with the best parks.
We have nearly 20 parks just within a 5 mile radius.
It is the reason we chose to live in Providence Village.
In the 2 years we have lived here, I have to admit, we haven't been to all of them.  I'm not even sure we have been to half of them, but today we ventured out to a new one on our bike/scooter ride.
The girls had a blast chasing after each other and spending the beautiful winter day as a family!
These moments are my favorite and I'm sure going to miss them while Brad is gone.


These glasses are BY FAR the best McDonald's Happy Meal toy.
The girls loved them so much & I just thought they were the cutest!
Sadly, I think one of the arms got left behind when I traded my Jeep in, so they are no more.  But, I love every picture of Norah wearing them... even when they're upside down!