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Daydate with Backcountry

today’s post is sponsored by Backcountry. as always, all opinions are my own. photos by B Faith Photography. with five kids, it’s always hard to make time for me and Jordan. but we know how important it is to invest in our relationship, so we are always trying to find creative ways to sneak away […]

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Summer Road Trip :: Memphis, Tennessee

we kicked off the summer with a road trip to Tennessee for a week! our first stop was spent in Memphis, Tennessee. I have never been to that city so I was unsure what to expect, but it was the best time! Memphis has SO much history and SO much to do as a family! […]

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Bucket List :: New York, NY Part II

our last full day in NYC was spent with walking, eating, and more walking. we took the recommendation of local mom I met at the BEABA event to eat at the Italian restaurant, Gemma, for Sunday brunch. it wasn’t your typical biscuits and gravy cafe meal we get here in Texas and it was SO […]

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Bucket List :: New York, NY Part I

our bucket list trip, well, MY bucket list trip to NYC was such a blast. just me, my favorite guy, and a pretty cute babe. I took to Instagram for tips and tricks for traveling with a baby.. he’s the first kid of the five to go on an airplane!  nearly every single mama suggested […]

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Baylor Graham | 4 months

four months.. already!! I can’t believe its been four months since we welcomes Baylor into our family, but all that has happened over the last 16 weeks, it also seems like his first few days at home was so long ago!  one thing is for sure, he 100% belongs in our crew and is such […]

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Day in the Life : Mom of 5

I finally got my act together to share a blog post about our ‘typical’ day in the life.  I put typical in quotes because some days look a little different, but for the most part we stick to a pretty normal routine that works well for us! after documenting our day in photos I realized […]

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Easter 2019

we are in holiday hangover.. at some point in the night I turned off the three alarms I had set to get the girls up for school this morning and around 6:38am I rolled over to feel Jolie and Baker in the bed with me..and it took me a second to register what day it […]

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Oh Two-dles! | Brady’s Mickey Mouse 2nd Birthday Party

we celebrated our favorite two year old last weekend with a Mickey Mouse themed party! I finished most of the decorations after the kids had gone to bed and the next morning I woke up to Brady slapping me on the face screaming “MOOM! COMERR (come here)! MickeyyyyyyyyNOUSE!!!” he was SO excited, which made my […]

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five on friday

one. twins’ first game  the twins had their first soft ball game this week! they play coach pitch and have been practicing to hit that ball and they both did awesome! BB and Papa and Miss Teresa came to watch them play and since Jordan was at the fire station, I FaceTime’d him every time […]

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Spring Break Part II :: The Grove Resort

hey hey! its part II of our Spring Break recap- with a load of photos to boot! recapping this trip has brought back many memories and laughs from our vacation and it makes me so excited to go back! on Thursday morning after breakfast, I spent some time solo at the spa. The Grove’s Escape […]

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Spring Break Part I :: The Grove Resort

last week was busy and spent recovering from our Spring Break away with kids. our very first family vacation! traveling since having babies has really only been limited to about 2-3 hours from home, so making the trip to Florida was an adventure that we were all SO excited for!  lots of family firsts over […]

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five on friday

one. Brady Jordan is TWO! our sweet buddy turned two this week!! I cannot believe how quickly time has flown and how much has changed since Brady was born. Jordan was at the fire station on Brady’s actual birthday so we spent the entire day before (Tuesday) celebrating our boy!  we started the day with […]

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Fresh 48 | Baylor Meets the Crew

I’ll never forget the instant well of my eyes and burst of my heart when I saw those little baby feet from under the privacy curtain as they walked into the hospital room.  it had been such a whirlwind since Baylor was born four days before then and finally seeing those sweet little faces brought […]

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Baylor’s birth story | part II

I want to preface this post about our experience in the NICU with Baylor by stating that NICU parents are the most remarkable people I have ever met. our stay is absolutely nothing compared to the families we shared a POD with during the three days we had our baby there. the baby girl across […]

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January 3rd, 2019 | Baylor’s Birth Story

typing this with a sleeping baby boy on my chest. I’ve been trying to get my thoughts about this birth story out for a week and every time I begin to remember all the details surrounding Baylor’s birth I cant help but feel overwhelmed with emotions. so many moving parts and definitely the most eventful […]

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year in review 2018

January we welcomed the New Year with our first (and second) experience with LICE. Baker brought them home with her after wearing the parka coat at ICE! (never again, folks). I felt like they were crawling all over me for weeks and made Jordan check me 100 times- especially with a kid on top of me […]

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hospital bag checklist | basic mama necessities

the Essentials | ONLY toiletries — basically bring whatever makes you most comfortable for your post-baby stay.  for me it is dry shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, mini shower pouf, toothbrush, face wash.. you get the idea.  I am typically in the hospital for four nights post c-section, and because I am in the hospital for […]

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big girl birthday getaway | great wolf lodge

last week we took the girls, Parker, Jolie, and Baker, on a mini staycation to Great Wolf Lodge. we did this last year the week before the twins’ birthday and had SO much fun- we decided we would try to make it an annual thing. since the twins are in school this year on their […]

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Pampering + Pajamas | Parker & Jolie’s 6th Birthday

Jolie and Parker turned six years old last week and we celebrated them over the weekend with a girls only pampering and pajamas party! we have been to Sweet & Sassy a couple times (they got their ears pierced there this time last year!) and when given the option for their party this year they […]

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2018 gift guide | girls 3-6 years

last but not least, the most colorful of my gift guides, I’ve got a few options for the girly girls in your life 🙂 Baker (age 3) plays right along side the bigger girls (age 6), so this guide is all inclusive of options for ages across 3-6 years. personalized hooded towels :: I had […]

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Texas State Railroad Polar Express + Weekend Fun

we kicked our December off on the right foot with a swing through the Target dollar spot for all the cold weather essentials.. which included these $3 cat earmuffs that has made a permanent place on Baker’s head. especially important when it was 70 degrees on Friday..AND most importantly, these Santa hats for our trip to […]

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five on friday

one. Blanqi Black Friday the best sale of the year! Blanqi is having their annual Black Friday 50% off sale (use code BLACKFRIDAY) on their amazing maternity and postpartum support wear. I have been wearing blanqi for the last 3 pregnancies and I cannot speak enough good things about this brand and how beneficial it is […]

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five on Friday

one. halloween how CAYOOT is this trio of My Little Ponies?? we were gifted these amazing tutus from Plum NYC and while I was sitting with my computer open encouraging Parker to help me pick tutu colors she made the comment that the blue tutu Baker is wearing looked like Rainbow Dash (we are big MLP fans […]

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Trunk or Treat | Rockford Peaches

we had a low key weekend that ended with a bang at our church’s trunk or treat. I took it back to the 90’s with our costumes this year based on the movie A League of Their Own. my sweet little baseball team was a big hit 🙂 I’ve been wanting to dress my girls […]

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fall family photos

I had the pleasure of meeting Katee Bracher of KBratcher Photography several months ago and finally got on her books for our fall family photos. with four kids you never quite know how its going to go, but honestly it was such a great experience with Katee- very casual and she was so amazing the […]

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fall bucket list | painting pumpkins

we celebrated October first + wasted no time in marking items off our Fall Bucket List! when we were picking out pumpkins and things over the weekend, I made sure to pick up a few pumpkin pie pumpkins with intentions to paint them all the fun colors for our front porch. of course painting + […]

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34 years + Oktoberfest

well, I’ve been thirty four years old for a full week now, and I feel no different than before 🙂 I really love my thirties more than any other decade and look forward to what the new year ahead might bring! last week Jolie started with fever on Sunday evening and then Parker followed along […]

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first weekend of fall | bucket list

it was the official first day of Fall over the weekend, and Texas delivered us some cooler weather! way out of character for Texas this time of year, and after posting this photo to instagram it seemed like lots of other friends were experiencing our usual 90 degree heat in September. we’ve had a stretch […]

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bump date | 23-24 weeks

its hard to believe I’m almost 24 weeks into this pregnancy and haven’t done a single “bump” update since we announced. from about 6 weeks until 18 weeks I dealt with horrible migraines, some days they were lasting 8-12 hours. after trying everything my doctor put me on fioricet (which is basically Tylenol and caffeine […]

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9/11/01 :: never forget

September 11, 2001, was the deadliest day in history for New York City firefighters: 343 were killed. I often forget the gravity of my husbands job.  what is expected of him and the responsibilities he’s held accountable for. he’s run into burning buildings more times than he can count.  been on the front end of the […]

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photo every hour :: girls night out

I haven’t done one of these in awhile and this weekend was jammed packed- Sunday was the perfect opportunity to share my photo every hour 🙂 Jordan was at the fire station and the kids and I slept in a bit, which doesn’t always happen, but when it does, its glorious! eight.nine. occasionally I’ll hear […]

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five on friday

one. fall layersit’s been very warm here still in Dallas, but the weather seems to be trending down a bit as we aren’t hitting the 90’s at 8am anymore.. although the 150% humidity offers little relief at all. once it hits September 1st, I am forcing myself to leave the sweaters on the hanger but some […]

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Going Green with Grove Collaborative

this post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative, all opinions expressed are my own. I’ve recently talked a little about my interest in “going green” with more natural skin care products and was introduced to Grove Collaborative a few months back. Grove is an online service that delivers natural household products right to your door, which is the perfect […]

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Brady Jordan | 16 & 17 Months

holy moly the last two months have FLOWN by! you have grown leaps and bounds and into the sweetest, but also the most bull-headed little boy ever. your smile is the most contagious of all four of you and you can bring the house down with your insane laughter and happy squeals. your dad has hung […]

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Jolie + Parker’s First Day of Kindergarten

we did it! well, THEY did it. our sweet Parker and Jolie started kindergarten yesterday and I think it was a great start to the school year. This past weekend was busy busy busy getting ready for their start of school- we stopped into old navy and target and got a few cute outfits to […]

Big Sisters

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13 Years on August 13th

in the last 13 years we have lived in 4 apartments, 2 houses, and the better part of the last 2,190 days pregnant and raising (and carrying) the most amazing 5 kids in our world. we’ve had adventure, unexpected news, devastating loss, and the most incredible bliss you could ever ask for in a marriage […]

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Staycation at the Gaylord Texan | Part II

time for part II of our staycation! you can see part I HERE 🙂 we woke up bright and early to hit breakfast with the fam- we opted for breakfast at the main restaurant which is served buffet style and very delicious! I ate their frittata and house made chicken sausage both mornings and I’m […]

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Staycation at the Gaylord Texan | Part I

I went back and forth about breaking our staycation recap up into a couple posts..but after loading about 100+ pictures to my computer this morning I decided to spare you the never-ending scroll and share our time by day instead 🙂 looking back through all of these photos it just reminded me how much fun […]

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sister girls | life lately

migraines have made it really difficult to look at a computer screen which also means I have a hard time keeping up with regular blog posts but its about time for a long overdue sister update! I have gotten a few questions about Jolie’s health and sweet Baker turned three a couple weeks ago! I […]

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Gender Reveal | Baby #5

I’m sitting here reliving those moments before the sky turned blue with confetti as I look back through these photos capturing the delight in finding out that this baby was indeed another boy! I had a feeling it was a boy, the nausea and migraines were a big hint for me because I had similar […]

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Baker’s Boho Fiesta 3rd Birthday

still recovering from the excitement of the weekend, you guys last week was SO full! baby appointments, celebrating sweet Baker Bree turning three, my mom and brother came in town and we all found out the gender of this little one! my head is spinning! Saturday friends and family came together for Baker’s third birthday […]

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big girl’s baseball date

a pretty common question I get from other moms adding to their family is “how do I devote one on one time to each of my children“.. I think its a normal concern a parent can feel when the thought of having enough to give to a second or third or even fourth, if you’re […]

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Surprise! Its Baby Number 5!

surprise is RIGHT! for everyone. yep.. this baby, while we are OVER THE MOON, was quite a shock to Jordan and I. the other kids were all planned very well, to an extent. Baker was also a surprise but we had been trying for nearly a year (10 months) on Clomid and after two failed […]

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five on friday

one. summer slidesthese cross strap sandals were a first try for me with the slide trend and I.LOVE.THEM. I’ll also mention that I bought them at full price, which is still very affordable at $35, but I just saw that they are on sale for $25! the leather is super soft and these took zero […]

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Summer Family Photos

I was SO fortunate to cross paths with the sweetest doll behind the amazing images I’m sharing today. Mykal Bailey is a traveling photographer and happened to be in dallas last week, so we planned to meet up for her to capture my family in a home lifestyle shoot. from the get-go, Mykal and I […]

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summer bucket list :: sensory play

summer is here! and finding things to do with my kids to keep them busy can be a challenge- especially when I don’t have the energy to take all four of them to the pool by myself or boil in the heat at the park! 96% of our week is spent in our swim suit […]

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Sunday Fun in the Sun

checking off our summer bucket list with LOTS of pool time! we spent the day yesterday with our Supper Club besties! the day was warm but the sun peeked in and out of the clouds making for a perfect time sitting poolside without feeling like you’re baking. our first supper club all together since Miss […]

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horse camp 2018

the twins had their first experience with “camp” this week! I don’t think I’ve ever dropped them off and left them for anything like this before, outside of preschool. I had been talking it up for a few days and Jo kept mentioning how much she was going to miss me every time we talked […]

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photo every hour | sunday with justin

sunday. my FAVorite day of the week! this sunday was a little different in that we skipped church and made for a slow morning before the very busy day ahead! eight.  the quiet of the morning view in our backyard. its pure perfection. nine.  the kids played in the water the enter day before (Saturday) and […]

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five on friday

the holidays weekend is HERE! I love weekends like these because its an easy reason to get together with family and friends to hang out around the pool and eat yummy food! the 90 degree temps (and rising!) are in full swing in Texas and we’re feeling the love of that summer sun! one. summer […]

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summer bucket list | 2018

//visit the splash park// Heritage Park just opened up a beautiful splash pad that we will for sure be frequenting this summer! its large with plenty of comfortable seating for the adults! we tend to hit the splash pads around 12:30pm when most have gone home for lunch and nap times. we eat an early […]

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Brady Jordan | 14 months

here we are.  fourteen months with our little stinker. its been a big month of change and “firsts” for this guy. we’ve been dealing with a lot of change on top of cutting about 1 billion teeth so it has been a little rough.  but when he’s not pulling at my legs to be picked […]

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weekend | photo dump

playing catch up from the last week-ish.. we’ve been so busy and sometimes the blog kind of takes a backseat as a result. including a little photo dump for browsing on this Monday morning 🙂 we got a taste of summer with 85-90 degrees temps the last several days and we took full advantage of […]

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indoor play on Monday

I really love Monday’s- the start of a fresh week and a new to-do list. we had a great time yesterday and I snapped about 800 photos to show for it. I decided that instead of spending the day at home we would visit peek n play for the afternoon to get our wiggles out. […]

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five on friday

one. lady bugsI’ve talked about the bug obsession a time or two on the blog, and right now its lady bugs.  Parker is the lady bug whisperer.. that child can tell me “I’m going to find a lady bug!” and return with three 5 minutes later. I mentioned a couple weeks ago about the bug keepers […]

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Brady Jordan | 13 months

on the move and constantly having some place to be or go or see. climbing up and down off the couch and then on the couch.. and then off again. “bro code” tee // sweatsy’all, if he can swing his leg around it, you better believe he’s getting on top of ‘it’. belly flopping from […]

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five on friday | sunshine + horses + ice cream

one. roly poly love on Easter Sunday, uncle Adam introduced Parker and Jolie to a roly poly and they have been OBSESSED ever since. Parker came home from Miss Teresa’s house with one in a jar and would have slept with it in her bed if I wouldn’t have been able to convince her to […]

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Easter 2018 in pictures

happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend spent with friends + family in celebration of the Easter holiday. I feel like we have been running nonstop for the last couple weeks and this weekend was no exception- we were busy! but ‘good’ busy. my heart is so full! I laid in […]

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Brady’s ‘fire station ONE’ first birthday

we had an awesome time celebrating Brady’s fire station ONE  first birthday party! this party came together much more than I could have imagined thanks to Pinterest (of course) + Jordan for being such a HUGE help. not to mention, a major shout out to AFD for spending their saturday afternoon with us! Jordan went […]

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monday top five

we are still in party hangover here and have zero plans this week aside from the usual errands and keeping up with four kids. the weekend was busy but I didn’t take a ton of photos to share a fun/full weekend recap, so I’m going with my usual five on friday format.. on Monday 🙂 […]

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