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  • Welcome to Counting My Kisses!

    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.

    Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

Hello, Monday! {hello, three snowy girls!}

Hello, friends!

And hello, Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

 

It feels like it has been FOREVER since I’ve done a Hello, Monday post~ so let’s dive right in, shall we?!

 

Hello…

snow?! It feels a little early…but it sure is pretty! 

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Hello…

to REALLY EXCITED little girls. Because snow! On the ground! Quick, let’s play in it before school just in case it melts! 

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Hello…

to Baby J’s first snow. And adorable hat #42. 

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Hello…

to our three snowy girls! 

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Hello…

to tender moments that make me want to cry happy, thankful tears

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Hello…

to the gorgeousness of a sleeping baby. 

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And hello…

to a brand-new, busy week! On my agenda: finish Baby J’s thank you notes {almost doneeeeee!}, keep up with laundry  {cough cough PUT IT IN THE DRESSERS cough cough}, cook an actual non-freezer-meal dinner + start cleaning the house, room by room. We shall see how things stand by Friday. But it’s good to have goals, right?!

What are you saying hello to this week, friends? Have a GREAT one!

Counting My Kisses: After a really nice weekend full of family time, relaxing + getting life organized, I’m gearing up for a fun + busy week ahead. I’m SO looking forward to getting back into the swing of things on the blog too! I’m planning to post Little O, H-Berry  & Baby J updates this week~ can you guess which child is giving us a run for the money these days? {hint: it’s NOT the baby!}.

Have a great day + stay warm/dry/safe in the midst of this crazy fall weather we’re having!

Siggie-21

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LOVE the snow pix! And the hat! …okay, all of it. Good luck getting back in the swing. :)

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When I saw the picture of the snow, I just had to read your post and see what that was all about! I am assuming you live up North? The snow sure is pretty ( when it is untouched), but i’m not quite ready for that yet because then that means colder weather!!! Stay warm! ~M

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The 48-hour vacay

Hi friends!

Happy Friday!! Woo hooooo!

 

Hope you have all sorts of fun weekend plans on the schedule~ or better yet, nothing planned at all. We are looking forward to a pretty low-key weekend with our girls. Highlights include a fall family photo session~ our first as a party of five!~ and lots of R&R. I can’t wait!

 

It’s a contrast to last weekend, when the Hubs & I hung up our parenting shoes for 48 hours & traded them in for party shoes. Our close friends got married & we had SO MUCH FUN!

With our sweet girls being lovingly taken care of {Baby J was at Grammy & Grampy’s; Little O & H-Berry had fantastically fun sleepovers with Auntie Jen & Auntie Lala}, the Hubs & I were able to kick back & enjoy every minute of our little mini-vacay.

 

We kicked off the weekend with beers on the rooftop deck at 3pm on Friday. Yes, please.

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It was in that moment~ beer in one hand, the Hubs’ hand in the other~ that I relaxed. Really, truly deep-sigh-of-happiness relaxed.

I had no one to worry about. Our children were in great hands. The Hubs & I could talk for more than four sentences without being interrupted. I could go to the bathroom by myself and didn’t have to schedule the day around meals, naps or bedtime. No negotiating. No temper tantrums. Nothing but a husband who I was super excited to hang out with, and friends that have been in our lives for over a decade to laugh + catch up with.

 

It.was.glorious.

 

We celebrated the heck out of the newlyweds. They were so incredibly happy~ it was a true gift to watch them commit their lives to each other. Aren’t they gorgeous!?

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We had a FABULOUS time with our friends. Here’s a shot of the crew {and yes, the Hubs is wearing a mask…don’t ask. Lol}.

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And can I just say how absolutely *great* it felt to leave the yoga pants at home & put on a pretty dress?!

It should a be required post-baby activity. Dressing up + having a wedding date night with my favorite guy really helped me to feel like myself again. Woo hoo for that {and woo hoo for slimming camera angles too!}. 

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The best part?

When we went to pick up the girls on Sunday afternoon, I was rested. I was refreshed. I was more than ready for their hugs, kisses + endless stories about all the fun they had at Auntie Jen + Auntie Lala’s houses {or in Baby J’s case: coos, snuggles + sweet smiles}.

That energy has stuck with me all week. Who knew that a 48-hour mini-vacay could help me be a better, more patient momma?

I always hesitate to leave the girls~ I don’t want to miss one second!~ but this trip served as a great reminder to me: it’s okay to need a little time away every once & a while. We all survived. In fact~ we’re all better for it.

I call that a major weekend win, friends.

Counting My Kisses: A big huge thank you to my in-laws + my sisters for taking such great care of the girls over the weekend! Little O & H-Berry are STILL talking about their sleepovers {we owe you one!}. I’m so thankful for the time away with the Hubs + with our friends~ it makes me that much more appreciative of all of the fun, funny + positively awesome people we have in our lives. And our mini vacay made me even more thankful to be a momma~ having a 48-hour break from it just reaffirmed that it’s truly the best job in the world!

See you next week, friends! Have a GREAT weekend!

Siggie-21

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Tiny Prints: a love story

Early in our marriage, the Hubs deemed me the “Writing Correspondence Captain” of our household.

Something needs to be signed with a heartfelt sentiment? I’m your girl. Wedding RSVP has to go in the mail? I’ve got it covered. Holiday cards that need to be sent out to 125 family members & close friends? I’m on it.

 

Truth be told, I’ve enjoyed my role as Writing Correspondence Captain from the get-go. Stationary is kind of my thing. I love picking out the perfect card to send a friend or a fab set of thank-you notes to send out to family.

And then…

I discovered Tiny Prints when I was pregnant with Little O.

 

Can we say game changer?! 

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I spent hours pouring over birth announcement options during my pregnancy with our oldest daughter. When Little O checked into the world in 2009, I had settled on her Tiny Prints birth announcement weeks earlier. I simply filled in her arrival details, uploaded one of my favorite newborn pictures of our brand-new babe & volia! The cutest birth announcements ever arrived in our mailbox a week later.

I was hooked.

 

In quick succession, Little O’s Baptism invite, first birthday party invite & first birthday party thank you notes were all purchased from Tiny Prints. Each order was even more adorable than the last.

By the time H-Berry arrived in January of 2011, I was a Tiny Prints pro. Birth announcement, Baptism invite, first birthday invite, family Christmas card~ Tiny Prints was my go-to. My expectations for greatness were high, and Tiny Prints met & exceeded them every.single.time.

 

So you can imagine that Baby J’s birth announcements have been front & center on my mind for some time now. I may or may not have spent a bit of time narrowing down my options the weekend of her gender reveal party. I’m dedicated like that.

 

Friends, I’m happy to report that Tiny Prints delivered again. We sent out Baby J’s birth announcement to friends & family a few weeks ago, and I must say~ it’s my favorite announcement yet!

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It’s the perfect fit for our Baby J~ soft, sweet & adorable {I removed all of our names for this post but the gorgeousness remains!}.

And the back? I melt

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Seriously~ it’s the cutest picture I’ll probably ever take of my children. I’m quite certain I’ll still have it framed when I’m 90 years old. Love it!

 

And speaking of love…

I have all three of our birth announcements hanging on our fridge. I look at them at least a hundred times a week as I’m making lunches, refilling milk glasses and putting away groceries. The birth announcements capture a life-changing moment for our family~ and serve as a constant reminder as to how fast our sweet girls are growing.

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If you are in the market for a beautiful & unique card for your little one, check out the fabulous birth announcement collection over at Tiny Prints. Every color, size & style you could EVER want~ it’s so much fun!

Counting My Kisses: A huge thank-you to Tiny Prints for partnering with me on Baby J’s birth announcements! It has been an honor to work with one of my absolute favorite companies…and an awesome way to come back from my bloggy maternity leave. Hope your week is going great friends~ stay tuned because we have LOTS to catch up on!!

Siggie-21

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I am also the writer/memory keeper of our family! Those prints are adorable! I am also addicted to Shutterfly. Is Tiny Prints a branch of Shutterfly?

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Amy

Shutterfly is fab too, Meranda! Shutterfly & Tiny Prints are owned by the same company, I love it. :) Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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Anniversary fun {aka: small children in a wedding dress}

Seven years ago today, I married my best friend. 

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The guy who gave me butterflies from our very first date.

The guy who has believes in me always, loves me unconditionally, and inspires me to be the best version of myself.

The guy who proposed on a cold, starry night and asked me to share forever with him.

The guy who held my hand and shared the moment of pure, simple joy as our three daughters were brought into this world.

 

We aren’t perfect. I have faults + so does he. Sometimes things go incredibly smoothly between us; sometimes we have to work hard to be on the same page. But that’s life. And that’s love. And there is no one else I’d rather share my life or my love with than this guy.

He’s my Everything. And together, we’ve created three amazing little beings that have been wrapped up into our Everything from the moment we laid eyes on them.

Life is good. Life is so, so good.

It’s busy + crazy + fun + loud + all sorts of chaotic right now.

But it’s our chaos. And we couldn’t be more thankful for it.

 

The girls + I celebrated our anniversary today by looking at wedding pictures. I even brought out my wedding dress for us to admire while the Hubs was at work.

Seven years ago, I never would have dreamed that I’d be spending my seventh anniversary entertaining three little girls. Or that I’d be happy to let them try on my dress, tiara and veil.

But seven years ago, my heart didn’t understand how much more love it had to give.

 

So this happened.

Call it nostalgia, call it a celebration, call it whatever you’d like. But it was fun + sweet + pretty darn adorable.

H-Berry in Mommy’s wedding dress:

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Baby J taking her turn: 

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Little O the model:  

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And of course…the best for last! 

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Love, love LOVE.

 

Add in a homecooked meal by the Hubs, a glass of wine + you have the very best 7th anniversary a girl could ask for!

Counting My Kisses: I’m still not exactly sure how all three daughters ended up in my wedding dress today. But I loved sharing the experience with them~ it’s something I’ll never, ever forget. My dress, tiara + veil are getting safely tucked away tonight…but I’m going to hold these memories close to my heart!

A BIG happy anniversary to the Hubs! Thanks for loving me with your whole heart~ and know that my heart is always yours~ forever. I love you!

Siggie-21

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Erin Bruns

Happy Anniversary! I cannot believe you let the girls play dressup! You realize you’ll have to do this every year now? And maybe even someday change it into First Communion dresses for the girls? (I was picturing J in a baptismal gown!) Just sayin’ ;-)! I certainly hope the steak, twice backed potatoes, and wine is delicious tonight and you get some quiet time away from the chaos! Maybe we should plan a mani/pedi in a couple of weeks!

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Catching up :)

Hi friends!!

 

Oh boy…many apologies that I’m SO far behind on the blog. Sleep these days is a treasured commodity, and I’m trying to grab it at any opportunity that presents itself! Unfortunately, that means a bit of a self-imposed maternity leave on the blog. Hang in there with me.

 

Even though I’m short on time & sleep, I’m so SO SOOOO happy with our sweet family of five. We’re all adjusting well to Baby J’s arrival~ with the possible exception of H-Berry, who loves her sister but is going through some serious Terrible Two’s growing pains right now {as in: on multiple nights I’m up with her more than with the baby. Le sigh}. Epic temper tantrums aside, it feels like Baby J has always been a part of our family, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s here!

 

And so, friends, here’s a few snapshots into life at our house these days. More pictures to come soon~ plus I can’t wait to share our amazing birth announcement for Miss J! Tiny Prints totally outdid themselves~ more on that soon.

Let’s get to it!

 

A few faves from Baby J’s newborn photo shoot {5 days old}:

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Our three girls at Baby J’s first high school football game!

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My parents with ALL of their grandkids~ yay for lots of fun visitors + beautiful fall days! 

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A sweet moment with Daddy.

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Visiting the mum festival with our girls. 

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Baby J has daddy under her spell!

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Our Halloween girls! {picture achieved by flat-out candy corn bribery + begging. Mommy of the year!}

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One-month old yawns. 

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Snuggle time with Mommy! 

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Aren’t baby feet the cutest?! 

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I CANNOT believe Baby J is one month old already {10.13.13}! We adore our sweet-tempered, laid-back, super snuggly + happy baby bear! 

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Love!

If you want daily picture updates, follow me on Instagram! I’m trying to post at least once or twice a day over there~ the “View on Instagram” button below will take you right to my account.

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More soon friends~ including some fabulously fun Halloween shots. I’ll give you a hint: the girl’s costumes are SUPER this year!

Counting My Kisses: Ohhh how I miss this little space + having the chance to write + connect with you all! I’m enjoying every minute of this crazy busy, amazingly fun time {although just like with everything…some minutes are better than others!}. Life is hectic and wonderful and we’re feeling so, SO blessed. And tired. But I keep reminding myself of that saying: the days are long but the years are short. So true!

Have a GREAT day, friends!

Siggie-21

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What gorgeous pics! Enjoy the time with your beautiful girls.

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