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Catch the Moment | Week 20 | 2015

This week in photos 134-140! I will be back to edit and add words, in the morning, tired. must sleep. Happy Friday!

134|365 Jonah's last day of Mother's Morning out! He has been so lucky to bond with his teachers both years. They really love him and gave him Paw Patrol Puzzles as an end of year gift. I mean - they know the way to a boys heart! I hope they laughed and loved the cards he personalized for them last night. We will miss them as he moves on to K3 in the Fall.

135|365 Selfie Friday? Is that a thing? Covergirl send me some new mascara to try and I love it. 

136|365 T-Ball Tournament Day.. Read more about our season here. 




5 Tips to reduce allergens in your home! #BonaHealthyHome

In coordination with National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month as declared by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Bona is offering a $3 off coupon to help you keep your home clean and allergen free this Spring! Did you know one in five Americans suffers from some type of allergy or asthma?

Oh Spring, we are so glad you are here and we are so looking forward to summer. We've even seen some temps up to 90 degrees here in the South already, but that just means it's time to play. Kids on their bikes, baseball is in full swing, you might have even gotten a whiff of a neighbor or two using their bbq grills - oh how I love this time of year!

Fortunately, I have been able to manage my allergies pretty well this year and I've only come down with one sinus infection (fingers crossed that's all). I have been trying to treat myself a little better and manage my symptoms as they arrive rather than ignoring them until I just can't stand it anymore. The boys have had the sniffles on and off, but my poor little E, was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago with Bronchospasm, which from what I can tell is basically wheezing and/or coughing (caused by swelling in the Bronchi) that could be caused by allergies, an infection, or asthma. He's obviously too little for a real diagnosis of what the underlying probably might be, but he had a drippy nose, lots of drool and an awful cough. I'm hoping this is just a one time thing, but if it's allergies or asthma we want him to be as comfortable as possible and prevent having to use that cute Sammy the Seal nebulizer we are currently renting to use as needed.

Part of keeping the whole family healthy starts with our home. So, after doing a little research, here are some ways to reduce allergens and irritants in your home!

    1. Remove the allergens (literally). When you and your family come home from spending a beautiful spring day outdoors, remove shoes and clothing and take them to the laundry to prevent spreading allergens to furniture and bedding.
    2. Kill the dust mites! Wash your bedding in a washing machine that reaches 130 degrees F at least once per week. This temp kills dust mites and their eggs that thrive in our bedding and mattresses! (yuck) Also, to prevent dust mites, Use Mattress and Pillow covers. When pillows and mattresses are new, cover them with dust mite covers. According to WedMD, You can find dust mite covers for mattresses, pillows, and box springs at mattress and allergy supply stores and in a variety of materials.
    3. Change your air filters in your home every 2-3 months!
    4. Bath and brush your pets. Whether or not you are allergic to pet dander, there's no preventing pets from brining the outdoor allergens indoors. Give them a bath, groom them and try to keep shedding minimized. (That last part is a daily struggle for us.)
    5. Use cleaning supplies that are non-irritating and certified allergy and asthma friendly, like the new Bona Free and Simple Hardwood Floor cleaner. You know most allergy and asthma associations, recommend removing carpet from your home and replacing it with wood flooring? Thank goodness we have a great vacuum because the carpet in our new house's bedrooms bothers me for this very reason, but the rest of the house I can clean with Certified products and natural chemical free products on most surfaces. 

    Bona's new free & simple shines the floors and is safe for those little bare toddler feet and a crawling baby. These kids are all over the place, so it's hard to keep up, but at least I can clean our floors with hypoallergenic cleaner that's free of dyes and scents! If you've been reading here lately, you know we are big on this in every area and I'm happy to have found so many great products that work for what we need and want to use in our home. It's so great to have so many choices out there, like Bona!

    It also actually gets the job done and makes for pretty, shining wood floors

    Do you or your kids suffer from allergies this time of year? What are your go-to tricks to reduce allergens in your home? 

    Don't forget to grab the coupon

    JONAH WILDER | T-Ball 2015

    Documenting the big milestones, the firsts, and even the every day normal for our family is important to me. Not only capturing the photos, but journaling the story and for me, here is where that happens. I haven't been doing a great job of journalling us lately and honestly my words are few and far between these days. This phase our family is in right now, is busy, eventful, challenging, especially happy and full of celebration. It is not without heartache, exhaustion, disappointment or stress but it is a season and only one of many seasons we'll get to experience as our family grows older and more mature. 

    This is our first experience in playing sports and being a part of a team. It is been busy, time consuming, and the best thing we've done all year. Jonah has grown and learned and shines out there on that field. His timid little self, shows up and then he fades away as he runs his tiny little heart until he finally reaches home plate. He is ecstatic when he catches a ball. It's hard to imagine a time when he smiled bigger than when he's so proud of himself. I am proud for him and proud of him. I love this season of cuteness, scoreless games, and just learning the rules. Who knows if he'll continue with baseball, but if he does, you'll be sure to see me still there sitting in the stands, cheering him on like the sports mom I never thought I'd be. 

    T-Ball has been such a learning experience for us on and off the field. I personally have learned to take a backseat. Since Wesley is acting as an assistant coach, he and Jonah get to bond over being on the field together. It's something they are doing together and it feels a bit like I'm out of the loop sometimes. At the same time though, if feels a bit like Wesley and I have had to work towards the common goal of our team, our family. 

    I think this is something that comes with having multiple children as well, you develop this tag-team mentality. We're together, at the same places, but our responsibilities have to be split up. I think this is why people saying having more than two kids is a huge adjustment and just really hard in general. You have to communicate, delegate, and have a game plan. Team building 101. 

    It's funny too, how you realize how many people are actually on your team. Everyone shows up to Jonah's games. His fan club is so big and I am thankful for our family who loves him well. 

    and of course I have to sneak in this little guy who is the in the stands entertainment and his brothers big supporter! He'd be our there too if he could just get this walking thing down (which he will by the time he's nine months old I'm sure of it). 

    Baby Sessions | Huntlee | Gray Mornings Photography

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of photographing this precious little man and I coerced his mommy to make an appearance in a few photos too, because I know how special and rare it is to have a picture of yourself and your babies that wasn't taken at arms length (or maybe you have a selfie-stick...I do not, but am totally open to the idea). I love photographing babies. It isn't always easy, but always worth it and these beautiful blue eyes did not disappoint.


    Huntlee is wearing Wee Delights Diaper Cover and Handmade Smocked Police Outfit by his Grandmother

    Catch The Moment 2015 Week 19!

    126|365 Jonah says these are his headphones and tried them on Ezra. Daddy uses them to mow the grass. Sometimes you just have to take a picture, then save the baby! 

    127|365 Jonah takes at least 3 blankets and two pillows to bed with him every night. Check out my #freeToBe Snuggly post. 

    128|365 I got my Mother's Day goodies a day early from the boys. What a beautiful site to come home too after a morning of shooting and shopping! 

    129|365 Mother's Day with my sweet precious boys! Mother's Day Blog post here. 

    130|365 My night stand. I have been using Essential Oils in our home now, specifically for myself and love them. Sweet sleep when the diffuser is glowing and the monitor is quiet. 

    131|365 sleeping practically naked in my bed after a middle of the night melt down. It's not all sunshine and roses tulips and sprinklers this parenting thing. 

    I am also linking up with Photo Friday at Pierce Wonderings and Point + Shoot

    Ezra aka Squiggles

    It's offically, Ezra has had the nickname "Squiggles" since just after he was born. I honestly thought I started it, but his daddy has been the most consistent and has converted Jonah. He certainly is squiggly and so much more! Just thought I'd share these photos I took of him while we were at my cousin's wedding a couple of weeks ago. It was so beautiful, I have more pictures from the day - you may have seen this photo on my photography instagram or facebook - but I thought squiggles deserved is own post!

    He's also known as E-Z E, Ezraman, brother, the list probably goes on and on. 

    Do your kids have nicknames? How did they get them?

    MOTHER'S DAY 2015

    We hugged, they gifted, I laid in bed later than I have in a long time. Then we celebrated others and spent time doing things for us as a family of four. It's been rare since Ezra was born to find us all together somewhere out in the world, but we did it and survived and no one heard anyone screaming from the parking lot. I'm so proud of us. I brought home lamps and curtain rods and I got a couple of imperfect photos with my boys. Then, Jonah played in the sprinkler and ezra cried the rest of the night because we wore him out. It was fine though. I got to do my Mama thing and walk and rock and sway. At one point he was laughing through his cries. Poor guy. Then life marched on and I'm short on words so I am turning to my muse, Amy Poehler, for some wise wisdom from her book that felt like she was pouring words out of my own soul when she talked about her own two boys...
    "I love my boys so much I fear my heart will explode. I wonder if this love will crack open my chest and split me in half. It is scary, this love.

    When your children arrive, the best you can hope for is that they break open everything about you. Your mind floods with oxygen. Your heart becomes a room with wide-open windows.
    You laugh hard every day. You think about the future and read about global warming. You realize how nice it feels to care about someone else more than yourself. And gradually, through this heart-heavy openness and these fresh eyes, you start to see the world a little more. Maybe you start to care a teeny tiny bit more about what happens to everyone in it."
    A for Effort? 

    I hope where ever you are, whatever your circumstance, you know you are loved. I pray that one day, if you haven't you feel the heart-breaking-open love of a mother.

    Linking up with Point+Shoot

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