Monday, February 3, 2014

SUNDAY FAMILY: February 2nd

Happy February, guys! Seriously, February has gotten a bad wrap from me in the past- it's slow and  still deadly cold/snowy. But, honestly, it ain't no January and for that I am grateful!

We had an excellent Sunday- less busy than usual. I actually had some time home to lay & rest/take selfies to send my writer group girls (which is just what I do). But as we all know there is no rest for the wicked & as soon as I laid down just to kick up my feet for a second, in came one child requesting to be snuggled, and then in came another. And another. And despite my desire for peace & quite I counted my blessings that I had babies who wanted to get loves from their mama (though Rob refused to be involved in the picture).
Speaking of peace, this little hooligan, Lincoln Logs, can sometimes make church so painful (Bless his little nearly-2-year-old heart)! I mostly hang out outside the chapel entertaining him & preventing screaming. This Sunday he spent a good chunk of time crouched in the corner, hiding from other unruly babies, clutching his graham crackers in his fist like Gollum from Lord of the Rings whispering "My precious!"
Yup, that's my baby back there.

The biggest news of this past week was that my lovely friend Esther had her baby! It's the first time in the past 2 children we've had, where I wasn't also HUGE pregnant and/or just had a baby (we unintentionally time our babies like nobodies business). I was honored to be there when she gave birth & tape it for her.
Words have failed me every time I've tried to explain to people what its like to feel the electricity in the room right before she came. To see a new human being taking their first breath. The stress and relief and jubilation of it all. No. Words. That sums it up. And my beautiful friend, Esther was so brave, so fantastic, and I was so proud. And we have a new girl on this lovely planet earth. Which is great. We could always use another girl!

So, TA-DA! Still on the Sunday Family bandwagon! Hope to see you all next week!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Happy Sunday &, yup, that's right still on the bandwagon! 

Hope everyone had a lovely week! It's been a pretty darn good week- I've been on a bit of a "Spring Cleaning" kick and have been de-junking/cleaning/organizing the house. Thank heavens the Carter Casa has been in need of a deep clean!
We've also been trying to focus in on the family- keep our cool, keeping on a schedule, being more patient (heaven knows, this one in tested 45 million times daily), kids helping with chores, etc. We also had a goal to go on more family dates so yesterday we went out for sushi and clean, clean, cleaned the house. It was fun as always!
And here are these sweet kiddos- Syd reading my all time favorite book as a kid (Box Car Children), Rob who fell asleep in the car proving that he really was sick, & Linc, my little daytime hanging out buddy!

Hope everyone has a great week next week! Last week of January- it's all uphill from here, friends!

Friday, January 24, 2014

BLOG UPDATE: Christmas 2013

We had a fantastic Christmas 2013!

1) We picked out the perfect Christmas tree:

2) We decorated it- always a blast! I'm pretty sure this was Rob's first time putting the angel on top. He is freaked out of heights so it was a BIG move for him!
3) For Christmas Eve dinner we had a lovely "We 3 Kings of Orient" dinner with all manner of middle eastern & oriental goodies & of course gold crowns too. (Here you can see a super-fun, super-speed video of our dinner that my dad shot) 4) And of course there were the obligatory Christmas Eve gift opening of new jammies!
5) And Christmas Morning was mellow, lovely, and relaxing! (You can also see this cute video of the book Syd wrote & Rob illustrated for the Grandpas Christmas gift)
 I sure do love these people!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2013 CATCH UP: Halloween 2013

Ah, what a Halloween it was!

Syd and Rob were crazy hard to get to commit on a costume idea this year. Rob's the hardest because he's so shy/embarrassed/worried people are watching him so EVERY costume had pros & cons (in his mind, mostly cons). I finally gave up and bought him a Gladiator costume from CostCo (thank you CostCo, for bulk Nutella & cute Halloween costumes). Sydney & Lincoln's costumes I made/put together and this year Syd helped a bunch with hers. And inadvertently they are all dressed as different ancient peoples!

We also enjoyed carving pumpkins! Always an adventure!
Also, we went to Pumpkin Land & Hee-Haws Farms. Traditions!
This children of mine are pretty darn adorable!

Monday, January 20, 2014

SUNDAY FAMILY: October 20th 2013 - January 19th 2014

Hi friends, what a hiatus its been! 

I didn't set out to intentionally be gone for the last 3 months, but WOW, life just happened & it was crazy, craziness! But here I am back and ready to catch you guys up on the awesomeness of the Carters last few months!

What better way to say "HELLO WORLD!" than a whole slew of SUNDAY FAMILY PICTURES because despite my lack of blogging we've been pretty consistent with taking our post-church pictures. So, please enjoy watching out little family grow over the past 3 months- hair growing out & getting cut, beards growing in & getting cut, the in & out cleanliness of our house, & the good moods/bad moods/bad hair days/odd outfit combinations/missing shoes:

So, hope you guys know how much I missed you & how grateful I am for the friends/family that have been  asking me to get back to blogging! Here's to 2014!