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    Counting My Kisses is all about finding that silver lining, even on our most frustrating days. It’s about cherishing my little girls and enjoying being married to my best friend. It’s about taking a minute to stop & remember what’s really important in life—and to discover that each & every experience gives us something to be thankful for.

    I’m a daughter, sister, friend, writer, and most importantly these days, a wife & mother. My life is full of fun chaotic moments, and this blog helps me to capture the laughter and love that fills our house every day.

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Just dance.

So.

Have you ever had one of those weeks?

 

The kind of week where for all intents & purposes, things are good & happy & busy.

 

But then {in no particular order}:

 

1. The four-year-old doesn’t want to nap {she’s too busy playing with her 98598 bed friends} and the two-year-old should be renamed Sobfest McGee {because every.single.thing brings on epic tears}.

2. Your allergies that haven’t bothered you in roughly a decade decide THIS IS THE YEAR. And so you alternate between sneezing, clutching your six-month-pregnant belly so you don’t pull a ligament during those sneezes, and rubbing your eyes because OMG they itch so badly that you don’t even care that you’re smearing your mascara everywhere.

3. The four-year-old throws an uncharactistically HUGE fit in public and the two-year-old climbs out of her big girl bed during nap time & knocks on her door, calling out “Mommy? Help me!” about four minutes after you lay down for your nap.

 

Right.

So let’s say you are having one of those weeks. A good week, a fun week, but a I’m-thinking-about-hanging-out-in-my-closet-solo-for-a-half-hour-so-I-can-regroup-on-life week.

 

But have no fear, friends. I’ve found the magic solution.

It’s a little something called dance recital rehearsal.

 

Little O & I went on Tuesday night…and it was fabulous. It was adorable. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And possibly the funniest.

 

Hard to say what my favorite moment was:

1. Little O shake shake shaking it like a boss. Rock it, sweet girl! 

2. Little O cheesing for the audience. Note that everyone else has moved on to the next step. Lol. 

or

3. Little O coming back onto stage solo & posing like Miss America {for no apparent reason}. Now that’s just awesome. 

 

I’ve never been prouder. I laughed until I had tears rolling of joy down my face.

There’s something about watching your child go for something~ really, really go for something~ that makes everything else click into place. The temper tantrums, the bed escapee, the obnoxious allergies~ it all melted away.

And I just enjoyed.

 

Just dance.

Maybe Lady Gaga was on to something…because I’m telling you, friends, watching my daughter just dance was exactly what I needed this week. I’m still smiling~ and what’s not to love about that?!

Counting My Kisses: Friday night is the big recital! And after watching the rehearsal, I’m 100% confident that even if no one remembers even one dance step out there, it will still be the best thing ever. I can’t wait! Also: a huge thanks to Little O & her dance team for providing a little much-needed perspective this week. I’m one thankful momma!

Have a GREAT day, friends!

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Brittney

This made me laugh. All of us moms have days/weeks like this. Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing anything right or if I will ever get a break! Haha! But then they do something so funny like little O and her recital…so worth everything!

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Hello, Monday! {Hello, summer fun!}

Hello, friends!

And hellooo, Monday!

I’m heading into this busy week with a happy heart & a big smile on my face. We had a GREAT weekend~ just the right amount of  fun activities paired with relaxing family time. I love it when that blend works out just perfectly!

Who’s ready to welcome the week with me? Let’s get started!

 

Hello…

Soccer Girl O! She just started her second season…and she rocked it like a boss. {so proud!}

Hello…

to Little O’s littlest but loudest cheering section. In between snacks, of course. 

Hello…

to happy swimmer #1! All smiles from Little O during swimming lessons. 

Hello…

to happy swimmer #2! H-Berry has a blast swimming with the Hubs {my favorite is when she says “kickkkk….kickkkkk…Daddy let’s kickkkkk!}.

Hello…

to our sweet girls. I melt. {taken at a close friend’s birthday party over the weekend}

Hello…

to super fun weekend visitors! Hard to say who loved having our cousin Kristin visit more~ the girls or the Hubs & I! 

Hello…

to lots of laughter, giggles & dancing for our wonderful visit with Aunt Diann & Uncle Rog. Can’t wait to see them again + their entire fam on vacay in just a few weeks! 

Hello…

to a family funday at our local beach {we were the first ones there!}. We had a fab time relaxing & enjoying our littles, and chatting the afternoon away with our good friends! Love! 

Hello…

to Little O’s lets-go-swimming-Daddy dance. The Hubs wins Father of the Year award~ he agreed & they swam around in the freezing cold water forever

Hello…

To our happy little waterer H-Berry. Thanks for rinsing off Mommy’s toes, sweet girl!

Hello…

to soaring summer swings. Watching them play together makes my heart so.incredibly.happy. 

Hello…

to bright blue eyes, a two-year-old grin and sweet, summer-swept hair. Love love love!

 

What are you saying hello to this week?

Counting My Kisses: It’s going to be a fun, busy week ahead for us! From birthday parties to strawberry picking to Little O’s first recital~ we have a schedule that is jam-packed full of awesome the next few days! It’s summer fun at it’s finest, and we’re loving every minute. Hope your week is off to a great start, friends!

Linking up with Lisa Leonard’s Hello, Monday series!

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Diann

We, too, had a wonderful visit with you and your lovely family. Such sweet little girls and such a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing so much time with us, making us laugh, and knowing how very precious that family is to you. Can’t wait for our time all together at the beach. Much love is coming your way, now, and always.

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Looks like you’ll have a busy but fun-filled week ahead of you. I love bright eyes, big smiles and sunshine, too. :)

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Amy

Thanks Aunt Diann!! We had such a wonderful visit & we’re counting the days until we’re at the beach with the crew! Thanks again, we love you!!!

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Amy

Thanks Susi! Is there anything better?! :) We’re summer girls around here!

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Birthday girl!! {Little O turns 4!}

Happy Friday, friends!

 

Today’s post is one I’ve been wanting to share for a while~ Little O turns 4! As soon as I can get my teary pregnancy hormones under control, I’ll be writing Little O a birthday letter {all I have to do is start thinking about how 4 is close to 5, and 5 is an entire hand of years under her belt….and yup, here come the tears!}.

But for now…let’s take the less teary option~ her birthday celebration!

 

Our birthday girl kicked off her big day with homemade Mimi pancakes & the infamous You Are Special plate, which made an appearance all through my childhood. Yum! 

Next up…stopping to enjoy the tulips {in her nightgown, of course!}. 

And a little happy birthday dance party with H-Berry & Cousin M. Love them! 

{Why yes, they are all in matching jammies! Good thing you can spot the birthday girl from her large BIRTHDAY GIRL button & tiara, no?}.

Outfit change! Little O is totally into Hello Kitty right now, in case you hadn’t noticed her shirt or tiara. Lol. 

Next up: a trip to the store with Auntie Jen to get graduation & birthday balloons {one guess what ballon Little O picked!}, and then home for lunch…and a special birthday cookie! 

Since Little O’s birthday fell on the same weekend as Sean’s college graduation, we decided to make the day one big celebration. It was awesomely fun to see lots of friends & family gathered together to toast Sean on his huge success~ and to wish Little O the happiest of birthdays.

I think it’s safe to say that she was excited about the whole birthday thing, don’t you??

We had the chance to snap a solo photo with our birthday girl before the party started, which was so sweet! {And if I wanted to cry a little more, I’d also post our first ever family photo together from the day Little O was born…but I’m going to stay strong & resist. Deep breath!}. 

After the family party & a birthday girl requested dinner {chicken nuggets, anyone?}, it was time for cake and presents.

Let’s be real: when you’re four years old, that’s the best part of the whole day!

Little O & Auntie Jen are birthday twins {just three days apart}, so we sang to both of them. Little O was on cloud 9! 

Love!

And then it was on to the presents, which were obviously all a huge hit. 

Cousin C watched the gift opening with a, “so…I have this to look forward to, eh?” expression {also: I adore his baby hair!}.

And H-Berry learned that patience DOES pay off!

In a surprise move that was one of my favorite moments from the happy day, Little O bestowed her birthday tiara to H-Berry for momentary safekeeping. My heart! {and OMG take a look at H-Berry checking herself out in the glass door reflection~ priceless!}. 

There were tons of birthday hugs & smiles to go around…

Of course, I insisted on snapping a quick family shot! 

And then it was time for the BIG surprise! We told Little O to close her eyes {and H-Berry naturally followed in suit}:

Success! Check out that excited face! 

Little O is now the proud owner of a hot pink balance bike. She loves it~ and the Hubs loves working on it with her too. What a great way to finish off a fab fourth birthday! 

Happy, happy 4th birthday, sweet girl! We’re so blessed to have you in our lives~ and your smile lights up our world! We love you! 

{just stop looking so grown-up for a while, mkay?!} xoxo

Counting My Kisses: It was a birthday for the memory books~ sharing a big party with Uncle Seanski, sharing a birthday cake with Auntie Jen, and being surrounding by loving friends & family the whole day. Oh, and a new pink bike! What could be better?!

Have a GREAT weekend, friends!

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Hello, Monday! {snapshots of life}

Hi, friends!

 

So…it’s Tuesday?!?

And I’m a week behind on posting? Fail.

I pride myself in rarely falling behind on the blog, but combine a much-needed-but-insanely-time-consuming house cleaning extravaganza + two small adorable children who beg to constantly be outside in 80+ degree weather + traveling Hubs + oh yeah I’m almost six months pregnant….and the end result is a very tired but very happy me.

 

And so, friends, I thank you for your patience & promise to do better. In the meantime, let’s welcome the week, shall we?

 

Hello…

my sweet butterfly-catching dreamer. Love this shot of Little O! 

Hello…

daredevil H-Berry! It didn’t take her long to get comfortable on the new swingset. {she’s on the lowest rung, I promise!}.

Hello…

to excited sisters holding hands in the car {and the “Mommy! Look how sweet we are holding hands! Take our picture!” request}. So cute. 

Hello…

to our first beach day of the summer! 

Hello…

to beach day #2. And a whole lot of imaginative play going on!

Hello…

to sweet squishy goggle faces. Thanks for keeping us looking fab, Auntie Jen! 

Hello…

to quiet-time reading together. The Hubs & I looked up from unpacking groceries to witness this sweet moment. 

Hello…

to big sister practice! They are naturals…and SOOOO excited to actually hold Baby Nug in September! 

Hello…

to cleaning, cleaning & more cleaning. And lots of laundry folding, as you can see! 

Hello…

to our sweet summer girls. Oh, my heart~ how incredibly happy these two make me!

 

What are you saying hello to this week, friends?

Counting My Kisses: It appears that our summer is in full swing, no? And now we have a super clean house to go along with it, woo! Thanks for hanging in there with me while I adjust to our summer schedule and as Baby Nug & I adjust to LOTS more running around after these sweet girls! Love love love sharing these snapshots of our life {from my cell phone camera, nonetheless!}. Have a GREAT day, friends!

Linking up with Lisa Leonard’s fab Hello, Monday series!

 

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Your girls are so sweet! It always looks like they’re having a great time.

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Amy

Thanks Venassa!! They are brimming with smiles at least 90% of the time!! :)

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Hello, Monday! {sunshine + smiles}

Hello, friends!

Hope you had an amazing long weekend!

 

Ours was great. We had a low-key drive back home with the kiddos on Saturday, and then still had plenty of fun weekend time left for gardening, flower-planting, ice cream-ing, pancake breakfast-ing and parade-watching on Sunday & Monday. Score!

 

Now that our week has been jump-started to Tuesday, let’s welcome it! I’m including a mismash of a few photo faves from the past week, in no particular order. Here we go!

 

Hello…

to four sweet, snuggly, still-in-their-jammies cousins. Love them! {taken on Little O’s birthday~ and yes, she DID start wearing her birthday crown as soon as she woke up!}. 

Hello…

to the bravery of H-Berry. Until very recently, she demanded holding our hand while sliding, but now she’s rocking it solo. Go H-Berry! 

Hello…

slide snuggles with Uncle Seanski, the best playground buddy EVER! 

Hello…

to giggles with Papa at the BIG BLUE PLAYGROUND {H-Berry talked about it all day, every day at my parent’s house!}. 

Hello…

to the coolest slide ever! And the most awesome uncle ever, naturally. 

Hello…

to sunshine, smiles and our oldest sweet girl. Love love love. 

Hello…

to H-Berry’s BIG girl bed! {it’s really, really big and she’s still so very, very little}. It was ready & waiting for her {new butterfly bedding & all} when we got home from my parent’s house on Saturday night~ she was thrilled! 

Hello…

to H-Berry’s first solo night in her big girl bed! She absolutely rocked it & fell asleep in five minutes {and stayed asleep until 9:30 the next morning}. My heart is so happy for her~ but it’s bittersweet to see her crib days suddenly behind her {sniff, sniff}. 

Hello…

to one of my favorite picture from four years ago~ my brother holding our brand-new two-week-old daughter at his high school graduation. Little O was so teeny tiny!

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to four years later~ Sean after his college graduation + four-year-old Little O. I adore this picture just as much! {also: Little O hasn’t gone through a tremendous growth spurt, she was standing on a chair. Lol.}. 

Hello…

to very warm weather on the horizon this week. The girls & I are excited to hit the beach!

and Hello…

to a great Memorial Day, honoring all those who serve & make sacrifices for our country. We honor you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts~ on Memorial Day & always!

What are you saying hello to this week?

Counting My Kisses: A whirlwind of pictures for a whirlwind week! We really had such a great visit at my parents house {thanks again, Mom & Dad!} and we’re adjusting back to our normal routine at home this week. Little O is officially on summer break so we have lots of long, warm days stretched out ahead of us. Yay! Just the way I like it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend & your week is off to a great start, friends!

Linking up with Lisa Leonard’s Hello, Monday series!

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Lovely park pictures. What a fun surprise~ a new butterfly bed! My girls would love that.

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