And Then He Was 7.

Dear Brayden,

2558.  That’s how many days it’s been since the first time I saw you.  The first time I held you.  The first time I saw your bright blue eyes.  The first time I felt responsible for someone else’s life.  Their well being.  And it was scary.  You scared me.  You still scare me.

You are a force to be reckoned with.  You are wise beyond your years.  You have an old soul.  You feel so deeply.  You think so much.  You love so hard.  And that is scary for a mom who wants to protect your beautiful, big heart.

Sometimes you might feel like you don’t fit in.  And I know that is hard when you are a kid and the only thing you don’t want to be is different.  But, being different is what I love so much about you.  And I have no doubt that one day that is the thing you will love most about yourself as well.

So keep feeling deeply and thinking too much and loving so hard.  Because there is no one alive who is Youer than You.  I am so thankful that you are you and I have gotten to love you for 2558 days.  And I will keep on loving you for a million more.



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Lego Box Tutorial

 Lego Box Tutorial |

These boxes are all over Pinterest.  But, seeing the response that my Facebook and Instagram post got last week I thought I would post a little tutorial on how I made ours.

I’m not sure who originated these boxes.  If you know please leave a comment because I would love to kiss their feet.  My kids LOVE their Lego boxes.  I made them before we went on a weekend getaway.  We really try and avoid electronic devices whenever possible and I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying a tote bag filled with coloring books and crayons.  My kids have grown a bit tired of that so I needed to find something new to occupy them so we could enjoy a meal in (relative) peace and quiet.  We had to wait an hour for a table on our trip and my kids didn’t complain.  Okay, maybe they complained once or twice.  But, really.  That’s practically nothing.

Spoiler alert – all of Brayden’s friends will be getting one of these for their birthdays this year.  Really I am just doing their parents a public service.

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They are so easy to make.  I bought a metal lunchbox from Hobby Lobby for $6.99 (you can also find them on Amazon Prime) and you will also need a Lego Base Building Plate.  They can be found pretty much anywhere Legos are sold.

Next, I put the lunchbox on the Lego plate and used a Sharpie to mark where I needed to cut. I used regular old scissors to cut it and then I glued it to the top of the lunchbox with a glue gun.

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We personalized it with some stickers.

Lego Box Tutorial | momtog.comAnd then added a small box of Legos.

Lego Box Tutorial | momtog.comWe met at Chickfila and both boys played with their Lego boxes instead of playing in the play area.  I think that alone says how much they love them.

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Naps are for Babies (and Tired Adults)

Why is it that we can’t fully appreciate naps until we are adults?  If someone told me to go lay down I would thank them profusely and fall asleep the second my head hit the pillow.  Not scream and stomp up the stairs.  Kids!  They don’t even know how lucky they are.

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When I want to take pictures of my kids sleeping, I am sure to have my settings set to what I think they should be before I walk in.  In this case I knew it was pretty dark in her room so I bumped my ISO up to 1600 and had my aperture open to let in more light.  After I get the shot, I then get more brave and open up windows if necessary and try different angles.  I also make sure that it’s time to wake up.  I will never wake a child for the sake of a picture.  No picture is worth that risk! ;) IMG_7965

Merry Christmas (almost 2 weeks late)!

December is always a blur.  I’m kind of a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas.  Actually, it’s not so much that I’m a procrastinator.  It’s that I am always so busy with work and stretched so thin that I have to usually wait until right before Christmas to get everything done.  And I always take my own kids Christmas pictures on Christmas Eve.  Which would explain why I never, ever send out Christmas cards.

But, this year December was a blur for a whole other reason.  I had to have surgery at the beginning of the month and I wasn’t sure how bad the recovery would be (spoiler alert: it was bad) so I got all of my shopping done and all of the Christmas activities with the kids done before the first week of December was even over.  It was great, except that I couldn’t remember what I bought the kids (other people did all of my wrapping too) so I was convinced that I ruined Christmas for everybody (spoiler alert: I didn’t).

I was so proud of myself for getting the kids Christmas pictures done so early.  And then I didn’t even post them.  So, better late than never, right?  Merry Christmas :)

*** Canon 5D Mark II, 50 1.2

F 2.8, 1/500, ISO 125

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