a little announcement.

p.s. apparently blogger is letting me upload photos again. yay!! i'm really glad because i've missed it here.


all filled up.

my mind is full of things to say here. but my plate is also full and consuming a lot of my time in this holiday season. and you know, i don't mind that one bit.

but do you want to know what else is full? my blogger account. apparently, i have hit my max for photos on this blog until i pay up. so right now i'm trying to decide what to do about that. i'm actually thinking this is a new thing in the blogger world (i could be wrong) because within a week of me finding out my account was at capacity, three other bloggers posted the same thing. surely this isn't just coincidence.

anyway, my little family is in the midst of advent and we are really enjoying it this year. last night we played hide and seek in the dark. alex LOVED it.

speaking of alex, we are finally finding our groove here in our new place and he seems to be adjusting a little. i am so very thankful for that.

another thing i am thankful for is our trip to dallas tomorrow. i have missed it so very much ever since we moved a little over a year ago. we are going back to take alex to see santa and the trains, traditions we established when we first moved there as newlyweds. we are so excited to share a little bit of that with alex since he was only 3 months old for his only Christmas we lived there and he was only a year when we moved. i have a feeling i won't want to come home, though. i seriously love it there.

i don't think i've mentioned it here, but i seriously love it here in waco, also. it really is a beautiful town and there are so many outdoor activities. the hiking trails are amazing. we discovered the farmer's market last saturday and it's awesome. and it has yoga in the park. i can't wait to go! hopefully i will get this photo thing figured out and i can share some photos soon.

and since it just isn't a blog post without a photo...here's an oldie.

okay, enough of this crazy random post. but i just wanted to check in...i kind of miss it here.


giving tuesday...and a free printable.

it's giving tuesday, did ya know? i actually hadn't heard about this "holiday" until a month or so ago but in the spirit of giving i wanted to give you a little holiday printable.

i hope this little print finds a place in your home and brings you JOY through the holiday season.




well look at that...i blogged two days in a row. i'm sure it won't become a habit. we have officially been in our new place for 2 weeks and honestly, it has been tough. i really like it here, we love our little apartment, and we have found a church i really think we are going to love (apparently it's the church david crowder co-founded before starting up his band). sounds all fine and dandy, right?

well, the 3rd little member of our family apparently doesn't like change because he has taken this hard. he already started showing signs of "the terrible twos" from the day he turned two but now he just seems extremely frustrated. it's not all bad all the time. but it is super duper hard a couple of days a week. 

if i remember correctly, he was like this when we first moved last year and it took about a month for him to adjust. but this is just so much more intense than before, i'm sure because of his age. he doesn't want to play with his toys but would rather spend his time getting into everything else. i'm trying to spend as much time with him to help him through this but that also means i'm not getting a lot put away around our house, thus leading to him finding new ways to get into trouble.

i'm sure after a couple of weeks of settling in and getting everything put away we will find our groove and he will feel comfortable again. for now, it's lots of prayer for grace, strength, wisdom, and kind words. and honestly, God has sent that in abundance. He is so good!! i just need to have a little patience in the mean time.

okay, on to insta-friday. i have missed a few weeks because of the craziness of life so i just started with the first photo i took here in waco:

i don't remember mcD's having red cups last year.
either way, well played mcDonald's.

breakfast date with my bugg on our first
morning in our new town.

God welcomed us to waco with a rainbow.

being silly.

silly face.

nap time enjoyment.
i could totally go for a diet coke right now!!

train table at barnes and noble.
post-nap snuggle time with mommy.
looks like mommy should have napped too!

tired, woke-up-at-the-crack-of-dawn boy.

wearing mommy's shoes.

leaf collecting.

exploring the baylor campus on a saturday morning.
it really is beautiful but...go tech!

nap time yoga.

first run in a couple of months. i just needed a few
moments alone.


first winter day of the season.


silly faces before church.
i hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! i am headed back to corpus christi for some work. i love doing holiday photos for families!!

oh, and if you have any suggestions for helping my little guy with this transition or how i can help to ease his frustration, they are VERY welcome.


life rearranged