A Fall Update PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:53

Oh fall, how I love thee.

Who doesn't though? Cooler temps, pumpkin and apple baked goods, hot chocolate, boots, sweaters... I just love it!


One of our favorite things bout fall would definitely be all pumpkin related things. We made some pumpkin doughnuts earlier this month, and they were FABULOUS. And with a hot cup of tea? Perfection. Here is the recipe for the doughnuts. I made half without the cinnamon/sugar mixture coating them and we all actually prefer them plain! So feel free to leave that last step off if you feel so inclined.


And keeping with our yearly tradition, we went to the pumpkin patch last week! This year we went with our homeschool group, which was lots of fun, but ohmygoodness so cold! I underestimated how chilly it would be. Last year we were all sweating on that hayride, but this year I could not get warm enough! Regardless of the temperature, it is always fun hanging out with our friends! And they were extra excited that Dad was able to join us again this year! Picking out pumpkins, eating boiled peanuts, and going on a hayride make for a very fun Friday morning if you ask me!



And this weekend we continued the pumpkin love by doing a little pumpkin carving! The boys were so eager to watch Daniel gut the pumpkin, and then they abandoned him while he did the tedious, detailed work of carving the pumpkin. Cracks me up.



And this is the finished product! His name is Pumpkin-Angelo. Daniel does such a great job with our pumpkins every year!


That's about it for now. I have a doctors appointment soon, so I am hoping to be back later this week with a pregnancy update!

Camille is One! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:30

We have known this little girl's family for... well, a long time.  We started going to church with them a little over four years ago, but we knew them long before that. In fact, I babysat Camille's 12 year old siblings when they were little! (Speaking of which, happy birthday, Judge and Jaylan!) This family is so special to us, and we love them dearly. So needless to say, I was thrilled to be able to take some one year old pictures of sweet little Camille!

And you guys, this little girl is THE most precious thing. The whole time I was editing these pictures I kept calling out, "DANIEL. She is just killing me with cute!" She and her mama made this photo session an absolute breeze. Which was wonderful, because I am currently massively pregnant and I don't really move around gracefully these days. ;)

So without further adieu, here are a few pictures from Camille's one year old session!












Thank you, Camille, for being so stinkin' cute! :)

And that's it for photo sessions for a while, folks. I am out of commission until sometime after this baby arrives! Hope everyone has a great day and upcoming weekend!

Caleb's Senior Session PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:14

It has been a WHILE since I have taken pictures for people. Ever since we have embarked on this homeschooling journey I have not found much time for learning and improving my ameture photography skills. So I try to leave it to the professionals (there are SEVERAL wonderful for-real-deal photographers here in town) and don't take pictures for other people much. Unless of course close friends ask. :) And when they do I am always very excited to dust off my camera and try my hand at this photography thing again!

Last week I met up with Caleb for some senior pictures. We have known Caleb and his family for over four years now, and we love them to death! Caleb has a younger sister who is good friends with Zachariah, and they are HILARIOUS around each other. Think old married couple. :P Anyway, Caleb is a senior (which blows my mind) and I had a lot of fun trekking around downtown with him, his awesome mom and his sweet friend! I could do more babbling about how he is a great kid and super fun and all that jazz, but he wants to see these pictures, so I will just shut my yapper and get to the good stuff. :)










Thanks for roaming around downtown with me and being such a trouper, Caleb! I enjoyed it!

30 Weeks and 2.5 Years Old PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 September 2013 15:40

I have a home school post coming up sometime in the next decade or so, but for now I wanted to drop in and give a real quick update on things.

Let's start out by addressing the elephant in the room. Yes, it has indeed been three months since I have updated this blog. Homeschooling is apparently taking up a good bit of my time, so this poor little website gets neglected. My camera gets neglected too. I am quite embarrassed about the lack of pictures I take these days. But thank goodness for iphones, huh? Anyway. I would get used to having a good while go by between blog posts. I apparently haven't found a good time to fit in blogging into my regular schedule yet.

Next... I am now in my third trimester of pregnancy! I am 30 weeks along, to be exact. Exciting stuff. And in cases anyone was wondering, I am totally and completely over the whole being huge and pregnant thing. :P The next 10 weeks need to fly by, because between my pregnant temper (oh boy, it is NOT pretty), my junk food cravings, the massive braxton hicks contractions, and my lack of sleep, I am BEYOND ready to get this baby out of me. But alas, I still have 10-ish weeks to go. So here is to hoping that between homeschooling, Z's birthday, preparing the nursery and Halloween I can keep busy enough to not realize how uncomfortable I am!

The boys are BEYOND excited about having a new baby brother in a couple months. They talk to and about him often, ask to feel him kick, tell him about what is going on outside of my belly... it's cute. I can tell Micaiah is getting a bit tired of my growing belly, though he won't really complain about it. This belly of mine makes it VERY difficult to snuggle, cuddle and sit in my lap. So my snuggly baby has been sharing his snuggles with Dad more lately. Which Dad LOVES! But let me tell you, if after I have this baby this child doesnt go back to being a full fledged Mama's boy and needing me to snuggle him, we are gonna have problems! :P


Speaking of my Mama's boy, I took some pictures of him this weekend. It has been forever since I have taken some updated pictures of my sweet little Micaiah, and it just blows my mind to see how much he has grown in the past few months! He is so not a baby anymore, and he is quick to correct me when I refer to him as "my baby". He knows he is a big boy and he desperately wants to be referred to as one.



And he is still the silliest boy ever. His greatest joy in life is to get people to laugh. That and to snuggle his Happy Bear. Which somehow did not make it into these pictures! That is seriously a first.




Anyway! That about does it for now. Zachariah has a birthday (and therefore a birthday party) coming up at the end of this week, so I hope to check back in sometime with some pictures from that!

Happy Monday, everyone! See ya in another three months! :P

A Titus Family Update PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 13:12

Goodness. It has been MONTHS since I last wrote a blog post. How embarrassing. I have plenty of excuses, I swear! It's partly due to the fact that I am a slacker, and partly due to the fact that I have had a ton of things going on lately. So allow me to update you on a few things!

*Disclaimer* If you follow me on social networks these updates are probably old news.


1) I'm pregnant!

We are expecting Titus Baby number three sometime in November and we are all very excited! Well, most of us anyway. Micaiah was not so thrilled with the news at first, but he has warmed up to the idea now. Upon hearing the news he shouted "NO! Mama not hold baby! Mama hold ME!". Now he will ask about the baby in my tummy and poke it and lift my shirt up and try to see it. Definitely improvement!

In true Amy Lynn fashion, I have been horribly sick during pregnancy. I was basically stuck in the house for eight weeks straight trying to deal with the nausea and puking and all around crap-like feeling. Along with the sickness during pregnancy I also regularly experience an excess in saliva (which usually results in me having to spit in a cup or bottle) and yeast infections on my tongue. Yes, that's a thing. I found out when I was pregnant with Micaiah that was something pregnant me would have to deal with. Woohoo! So yeah, I hate being pregnant. But I am sixteen weeks now and I am only puking once a day, so that is a huge plus! Hopefully it will just keep getting better!

We find out the gender of the baby in four weeks and we can't wait! Every single one of our extended family members wants us to have a girl, but those of us who are actually going to have to live with and raise the child are all hoping for another boy! And I know I may end up eating my words at the end of the month, but I am about 90% sure it's a boy. Not because I have a certain "feeling" or anything, but because this pregnancy is NO different from my other two. I know that's not a sure fire sign that it's the same sex as the other two, but still. I am just under the assumption that this baby is another sweet little boy! :)

Oh, and Zachariah has decided on names for the baby. If it's a girl he wants to name it Chartreuse, and if it's a boy he wants to name it Leo. For Leonardo, the Ninja Turtle. We thanked him for his name contributions and promptly reminded him that we are ultimately in charge of naming the baby. ;)


2) We moved!

This post let everyone know that we were going to move, but I never posted about it actually happening! Well, it happened. Thankfully. We have been living in our awesome new house for a couple months now and I LOVE it. Love, love, love. It is beyond perfect for us! With the exception of a few random boxes here and there, we are unpacked. I am just looking forward to getting stuff up on the walls and organizing closets and whatnot!

I hope to show you more of the house sometime in the future, but for now this is all you get. I can only have a few rooms clean at a time around here! We are working on merging the boys rooms and will eventually be working on the nursery, so I feel sure I will be showing you the bedrooms sometime soon. But know we love the house and we are VERY blessed to have it. (I mean, check out that huge yard! Goodness. I love a large backyard. So much room for the boys to play!)

This summer I hope to do some MAJOR organizing to my homeschooling shelf (which is stored in the laundry room), the playroom closet (which is housing a ton of boxes) and our master closet. Which, due to the fact that you can barely walk in there, needs the most help. Once I get those things done I will be able to breathe a little easier and maybe start focusing on the baby's room!


3) Zachariah completed Kindergarten!

It's true. My five year old is now a Kindergarten graduate. Except I don't think that's very accurate, because we didn't have a graduation. THANK GOODNESS. I haaaaate the whole concept behind kids "graduating" after basically every grade level. Makes high school graduation a little less special. That's a perk of homeschooling, right? ;) But anyway, graduation or not, he completed kindergarten! He did a great job this year and we are super excited about starting first grade in the fall! I am in the process of getting my ducks in a row and ordering curriculum for next year, and that excites me. I love ordering school stuff! I will have another post later in the summer/closer to the start of the school year and let you know what all we will be doing for school this year. Since he will be in first grade we will be adding a couple new things to our plate, so I am excited to try these new things out!

Now, just because we are done with the "school year" doesn't mean we are completely done with school for the summer. Daniel and I decided to do school year round. Which honestly, is not as bad as it sounds. So please, no freaking out! :P We just want to do enough to keep the kids brain active and functioning and to keep a routine. (It is VERY important for my sanity to keep a routine. Without it we all just end up yelling and fighting with each other. Oy.) So this summer we will go through a workbook or two, but mainly work on strengthening Zachariah's reading. He is doing a GREAT job, but because of the pregnancy puking I was not able to work with him at the end of the school year as much as I would have liked. Micaiah keeps begging to "do school" too, so we have been working on shapes and might even start reviewing numbers later on in the summer! Which is great, considering the fact that I have done next to NOTHING with him this year. Poor child. Z knew colors, shapes, numbers, letter recognition AND could match them with their letter sounds by 18 months old. And my two year old still can't tell the difference between red and blue. HA! He is definitely a second born! :)

Oh, and just because we are doing school work doesn't mean that we aren't enjoying the heck out of our summer! We have been having a blast making homemade popsicles, having lots of water play, spending time with friends on playdates and just enjoying being able to relax and do whatever our little hearts desire. (Which for these boys, their hearts desire usually has something to do with shooting water guns.)

So yeah. That is a little update on our life right now. Now that we have finished the moving process and I am puking less, I hope to officially be back in the swing of the whole blogging thing. At least until the baby is born. Then I am sure I will take a looooooong hiatus. ;)

Have a great week everyone!


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