We Have Aars http://wehaveaars.com You have your blog, we have Aars. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:50:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This. http://wehaveaars.com/this/ http://wehaveaars.com/this/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:50:32 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5162 This. This is why I can’t get to any of my planned posts lately. This is my every day. This is what gets me up early, and sends me to bed late. This is what is what makes my heart … Continued

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This.

This is why I can’t get to any of my planned posts lately.

This is my every day.

This is what gets me up early, and sends me to bed late.

This is what is what makes my heart sing and ache, all at the same time.

This is my life, my love, my struggle.

All summed up in a few pictures.

If you have yet to see this photography collection by Ken Heyman, you are missing out.

Motherhood, at it’s finest. And the best possible visual description of this beautifully chaotic season of life.

Happy Wednesday, Mammas.

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Sammy Baby http://wehaveaars.com/sammy-baby/ http://wehaveaars.com/sammy-baby/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:10:54 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5150 I just couldn’t wait to share my Sammy Baby’s one-year pics. Alicia Skinner Photography for the win! She always seems to capture my babies’ personalities just perfectly. If you are in the Dallas area, definitely give her a shout. I … Continued

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I just couldn’t wait to share my Sammy Baby’s one-year pics. Alicia Skinner Photography for the win!

She always seems to capture my babies’ personalities just perfectly. If you are in the Dallas area, definitely give her a shout.

I had so many favorites, it was next to impossible to narrow it down.

So here’s my top 25…

Just kidding.

Thank you, Alicia. Your photos are magic, as always.

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And an outtake to grow on…

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Our Insta-Week http://wehaveaars.com/insta-week/ http://wehaveaars.com/insta-week/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:28:02 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5141 It’s been a week. And it’s not even over yet. Ever have one of those? Someone please tell me I’m not the only one. Because I have them often. I’m waist deep in party prep for Samuel’s first birthday party … Continued

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It’s been a week. And it’s not even over yet. Ever have one of those? Someone please tell me I’m not the only one. Because I have them often.

I’m waist deep in party prep for Samuel’s first birthday party this weekend. I’m usually on top of these things, making and creating months in advance. But this time? I left it all for the last week. I feel like I’m cramming for the big test.

I got this, I thought. As long as this week runs smoothly, I can get everything done right on schedule. 

Then the boys got sick. Then I got sick. Nothing drastic, just Summer colds. But it’s been enough to weigh us down and halt all productivity.

One of the worst parts of Stay-At-Home-Mommyhood is the lack of sick days, if you ask me. And even worse: working HARDER on your sick days, cause everyone around you is sick.

Our week has been filled with pajamas, pajamas, and more pajamas. It’s been movie-watching, party-planning, nap-taking, and tylenol-dosing.

And cuddles. It’s been filled with cuddles. One of the very BEST parts of Stay-At-Home-Mommyhood, if you ask me. Especially on the sick days.

We don’t have much to post about, because this has been our life. But we will share our Insta-week.

Are y’all on Instagram? PLEASE find me if you are (@alliaars). It is by far my favorite means of social media. I’m actually slightly addicted to it. I just love sharing snapshots of our life, and seeing snapshots of yours. I love that level of connection.

And quite frankly, I just love rooting other Mommies on…all over the world. We’re in this thing together, sick days or not, so why not experience it all together as well? I think it’s so important to what we do. We need to build each other up, support one another, and love each other from afar.

I’ll stop now. Because there’s babies to be fed and party work to do.

But not without our Insta-week. Let’s see…we’ve got Sammy riding his new firetruck, my DIY ribbon bunting, Isaiah watching old Goofy cartoons, us at the Lionel Richie concert (Hello?! Is it me you’re looking for???), and Sammy baby’s new favorite face. (Such the jokester, that one. I think he’s going to be class clown.)

Enjoy! And love to you all!

 

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Chutes and Ladders http://wehaveaars.com/chutes-ladders/ http://wehaveaars.com/chutes-ladders/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:31:05 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5138 We’ve been playing a lot of board games at our house lately. I’ve always been a fan of board games (LOVE me a game night) but we’ve yet to really play as a family–probably because most of them are “3 … Continued

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We’ve been playing a lot of board games at our house lately.

I’ve always been a fan of board games (LOVE me a game night) but we’ve yet to really play as a family–probably because most of them are “3 and up.”

But since Isaiah is 3.5 now, I decided it was time to introduce him.

We started with the basics…Candy Land, Go Fish, Memory, etc. And tonight, we broke out the “Chutes and Ladders.”

Now, brace yourself. But I never played Chutes and Ladders growing up. (Insert gasp here)

So this one was new to both of us.

Nevertheless, we forged on…learning the rules together (which turned out to take all of one minute).

And just in case you are unfamiliar with the game, like me…

The purpose is to move your player from the first space to the hundredth space–climbing ladders whenever you can in order to move ahead, and avoiding the “chutes” that take you backwards.

So we start to play, and pretty quickly Isaiah hits a ladder. Loads of fun. And then he hits a chute.

I’m bracing myself for a minor meltdown when he realizes he has to move all the way back to the beginning. But instead, he seems thrilled.

I’m thinking…he must not quite grasp this game yet.

We spin again. And sure enough, he hits another chute.

“This is fun!” he says.

So…it might take him a few times to get it, I think.

We spin again.

Another chute.

“Wheeeeeeeee!” he squeals.

Time for the teaching moment.

“Isaiah, honey. You don’t want to go down the chutes. You want to climb up the ladders. You want to get to the very top. You see?”

And without missing a beat, my little one says…

“But Mommy. That’s boring. But the falling, that’s fun. You can always get back up. You can always keep going. But you see more spaces when you fall.”

Out of the mouths of babes, I tell you. Out of the mouths of babes.

Sometimes I look back at my “falls” in life and see nothing but heartbreak, and precious time lost.  But when I look a little closer, my baby’s words ring so true.

Without those falls, life would have been so boring. Without those chutes taking me “backwards”…I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I wouldn’t be WHO I am today. And I most definitely wouldn’t have seen as many “spaces.”

To be honest, I’ve felt a little like I’m “falling” lately. Life is changing so quickly, and it seems I have no control over any of it. It’s scary.

But after tonight, I got a little twinge of excitement. Because sweet Isaiah reminded me that the more I fall, the more I learn. The more I grow. And the more I become who I was meant to be.

Thank you, sweet boy. Thank you.

And Lord, please grant me the ability to teach this boy just half as much as he teaches me.

If it’s possible…

 

 

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Samuel: ONE http://wehaveaars.com/samuel-one/ http://wehaveaars.com/samuel-one/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:13:47 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5110 Dear Samuel, Well…here we are, sweet boy. It’s been a whole year since you graced our lives with your presence. You came into this world with a bang, surprising us all four weeks early. I think I cried the entire … Continued

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Dear Samuel,

Well…here we are, sweet boy.

It’s been a whole year since you graced our lives with your presence. You came into this world with a bang, surprising us all four weeks early.

I think I cried the entire way to the hospital. In fact, I think I cried the entire time I was in labor. Not because of the pain (your labor was actually quite painless, unlike your brother’s). But because I was so scared to lose you.

Your Daddy and I aren’t strangers to loss. Or the fear of loss. Our two previous pregnancies can attest to that.

So I know the pain. And I was terrified to relive it.

As soon as you were in my arms, I thanked God for you. You were here, you were safe, and you were mine.

My rainbow baby.

The next hour or so was a blur. A crowded room, post-labor contractions, and a nurse swooping in to take you from me. I didn’t know we’d spend the next three weeks apart from one another. I didn’t know I was saying goodbye to my newborn.

We left the hospital without you, but visited you every day. Being with you was like air to me. We couldn’t hold you much, but we read you stories and kissed your brow as often as they’d let us.

I couldn’t wait to get you home.

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And the very day we did, I was re-admitted to the hospital without you. Unable to even receive your visits.

It would be another week until we were finally together.

I guess the reason I’m recapping is because I want you to know…

You were hard fought, baby. So very hard fought.

And in the weirdest way, it was such a gift.

I still struggle. Wondering about that time I lost. That magical first month gone…and I didn’t even know you.

I can never get that time back.

But oh…once I had you. It was like we were light years ahead.

We had a rough start, but we fought hard to be together.  And because of that bond, we’ve never taken a day or night for granted. Not even the sleepless ones.

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Sammy, this past year with you has been heaven.

Sure, we had our challenges. But the joy you’ve brought us outweighs it all.

I love to close my eyes and remember you…

The way you you grunted like and old man. How you squeaked like a cat when you cried. Your famous Mick Jagger impression.

The wrinkles on your forehead. Your wishy-washiness (I want the pacifier. I don’t. I want the swaddle. I don’t).

Your larger than life eyes, and your constant inquisitive look.

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 Your wealth of personality, and your love for big brother.

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 And how much fun you are to love. You make it so very easy, Samuel.

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You’re a firecracker, sweet boy. Everything about you.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for bringing your unique joy into our lives. For teaching us we are stronger than we ever thought we were. And that nothing worth having comes easy.

Thank you for always making us laugh, keeping us on our toes, and for being a living example of God’s redemptive love…even after heartbreak.

You. Are. Amazing. And we love you…you guessed it…more than all the stars.

Happy birthday, baby.

Love always,

Mommy

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Happy Fourth of J’Alive http://wehaveaars.com/happy-fourth-jalive/ http://wehaveaars.com/happy-fourth-jalive/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:43:44 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5099 That’s what sweet Isaiah said, all weekend long. It melted my heart. And sometimes, it was just…”Happy Fourth of Alive.” Well said, dear boy. We are so thankful to be alive and living in such an amazing country. We try … Continued

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That’s what sweet Isaiah said, all weekend long. It melted my heart. And sometimes, it was just…”Happy Fourth of Alive.”

Well said, dear boy.

We are so thankful to be alive and living in such an amazing country. We try to pass that thankfulness on to our boys, even if they are still a tad too young to get it.

Isaiah knows it’s something pretty special, though–since he has yet to see his Mommy make it through our national anthem without crying.

We had a wonderful Fourth down on the farm. Did you keep up with us on Instagram? I go a little Insta-crazy whenever we are there.

We drove tractors, set off fireworks, planted a tree, and of course…jumped on the bed.

I have to say, my favorite part of these trips has become sharing a bed with Isaiah. We’re pretty strict about sleeping in our own beds at home (because if we give an inch he’ll take a mile) so we never really get the opportunity. But oh my word for memories…

(Wait for it)

He insists on falling asleep while holding my hand.

I mean. SERIOUSLY.

These are the fleeting moments we live for. Am I right?!

He actually shares my pillow, and holds my hand all night long. I, on the other hand, get no sleep whatsoever because my heart is too busy LEAPING out of my chest.

But it’s worth it. He’s worth it.

Here’s a few pics from our lovely weekend. We hope you had a wonderful holiday!

 

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Summer Fun Month http://wehaveaars.com/summer-fun-month/ http://wehaveaars.com/summer-fun-month/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:48:02 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5093 I’m a little late on this post. Again. And just a quick note: I think I am going to stop apologizing for being late. I’ve got little ones. It is what it is. Good talk. And now…It’s Summer Fun Month! … Continued

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I’m a little late on this post. Again. And just a quick note:

I think I am going to stop apologizing for being late. I’ve got little ones. It is what it is.

Good talk.

And now…It’s Summer Fun Month! We did this theme last July, and it was one of my fave’s because of the wiggle room that comes with it (which we moms SO desperately need about a month in to Summer).

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The point is to get outside as often as you can, and have fun. The simpler the better. And just about anything goes.

If you need some ideas, here’s our list for the month of July. Join us! We’ll be hashtagging on Instagram (#SummerFunMonth) along the way, as always.

Happy Summer!

  1. Wash your car together (or do a kids’ car wash)
  2. Have a Lemonade stand for a good cause
  3. Make larger than life bubbles
  4. It’s the FOURTH! Light sparklers (or make these)
  5. Go to neighborhood splash park (Here’s a list if you are in Dallas)
  6. Have a water balloon fight
  7. Find a new ice cream shop
  8. Make your own popsicles (these are our FAVE)
  9. Go on a picnic dinner
  10. Play in the sprinklers
  11. Make Firefly pets (we’ll be posting these ahead of time)
  12. Paint with spray bottles
  13. Bake cookies in your car
  14. Make root beer floats
  15. Have a backyard movie night
  16. Go to the Farmers Market
  17. Make Smores
  18. Go night swimming
  19. Find a hiking trail
  20. Go to a Baseball Game
  21. Have a Watermelon seed spitting contest
  22. Have outside story time
  23. It’s National Hot Dog Day! Go and get one!
  24. Go stargazing
  25. Get snow cones
  26. Make your own ice cream
  27. Go camping in the backyard (or camp in the house!)
  28. Cool off and go see a movie
  29. Go to the city pool
  30. Play mini-golf
  31. Have a shaving cream fight

 

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Dish Brush Fireworks http://wehaveaars.com/dish-brush-fireworks/ http://wehaveaars.com/dish-brush-fireworks/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:32:57 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5079 The Fourth of July is just around the corner. We already have plans to head down to the farm. I’m taking the camera with me this time and I can’t wait to get some “real” shots. It’s been so long. … Continued

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner. We already have plans to head down to the farm. I’m taking the camera with me this time and I can’t wait to get some “real” shots. It’s been so long.

A big part of our “Farm Fourth” is setting off our own fireworks. A tradition that I’ve always loved, until we had little boys. Don’t get me wrong, I still look forward to it. But I’ve always known that the clock was ticking, and that one day Isaiah would be “big enough” to want to set some off himself.

(Cue the panic attacks)

To get in the holiday spirit, we decided to do some firework art. If you remember, we made these glitter fireworks last year. So this year I wanted to do something a little different.

We looked around the house for something (anything) that could pass as a firework stamp. Behold, the dish brush!

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We used white acrylic paint, because that’s what we had on hand, along with some crayola finger paint (in red and blue). Any paper will do, but we did ours on kraft paper because I love the look. ;)

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I made the sample while they boys were napping, and when they woke up it was their turn. Samuel is still a little young. But he watched from the sidelines and happily stuffed his face with Cheerios.

The only real guideline: do the white fireworks first, then follow with the red and blue. And don’t forget to wash your brush in between colors (not absolutely necessary, but it helps).

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The best part about firework art with boys? The sound effects. Girls just don’t do that. At least, I didn’t. It was a regular firework fest with louder than life crackles and explosions. Every time the brush hit the paper = sound effect.

It was perfection.

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And once again, Isaiah’s finished product put mine to shame. I thought mine was sooooo artistic–fireworks on the top of the page to represent the night sky. Isaiah just went for it.

In terms of a real firework show, let’s just say mine was the opening number and Isaiah’s was the FINALE.

Yeah. He smoked me.

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Sneak Peak: Sammy’s first birthday http://wehaveaars.com/sneak-peak-sammys-first-birthday/ http://wehaveaars.com/sneak-peak-sammys-first-birthday/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:51:44 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5075 I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a party. I knew Sammy’s birthday theme from day one. And I’ve been planning it in my mind ever since (our story might give you a hint). I just can’t believe … Continued

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a party.

I knew Sammy’s birthday theme from day one. And I’ve been planning it in my mind ever since (our story might give you a hint). I just can’t believe it’s almost here…

My baby turns ONE next week. And I’ve been distracting myself with party details.

I’m in love with our invitations from Etsy. They were EXACTLY what I wanted, and they turned out so lovely.

Now, if I can just bring the rest of my visions to life. That’s my favorite thing to do, by the way.

Also, I think I missed my calling as a party planner. Seriously, I am never happier than when I am party planning.

Think it’s too soon to begin career #2?

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Alphabet Month: S is for… http://wehaveaars.com/alphabet-month-s/ http://wehaveaars.com/alphabet-month-s/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:33:20 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5062   SNOW CONES! Oh my goodness for fun. Today was the letter “S” and it was absolutely EPIC. We’ve done our best to hit every letter for Alphabet Month. But I’ll be honest, we skipped a few along the way. … Continued

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SNOW CONES!

Oh my goodness for fun. Today was the letter “S” and it was absolutely EPIC.

We’ve done our best to hit every letter for Alphabet Month. But I’ll be honest, we skipped a few along the way. Certain letters just lend themselves to this kind of fun. And others? Not so much. (You try and have fun with the letter “Q.”)

“D Day” was one of those days (which ironically, landed on the actual D-Day AND National Donut Day).

But today pretty much surpassed them all.

We woke up and watched Sesame Street.

Then we played “Silly Samuel” (a game where we see who can make Sammy laugh the hardest).

Isaiah got his very first Slinky.

We played on the swing (for entirely too long).

We got snow cones.

We spoke with as many silly S words as possible (snickerdoodle, sassafras, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious).

And at the end of the day, we had our very own scavenger hunt–every item on the list beginning with “S.”

It’s funny, now that I write it all down…it seems like nothing special. But it always amazes me how the tiniest of details make the most fun.

Isaiah had the time of his life.

And now that I think about it, so did I. ;)

Now we just have to squeeze the rest of the Alphabet into five days…

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