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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.

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Don’t Feed the Animals

We recently took a trip to the Houston Zoo with Bridget and kiddos and Carla (aka Mimi). And let me tell you, hitting the zoo in the afternoon is the only way to go!  We had the place All. To. Ourselves.  Just us and the animals . . . I mean just us and the zoo animals.  Of course, our kids already think they are little animals.  Our little monkey Colin ate my stash of bananas, yep count ’em, FIVE bananas during our trip.  Sydney stayed snuggled up in my pouch the whole time like a little joey.  And Hayley reminded me of a little mouse that day by the way I did her hair.  This second picture is so classic of our kiddos, “Everyone turn around and smile!”  Of course, everyone does except for Hayley and Colin.  Even baby Emerald turned around and smiled!  Classic.  And I brought along the wagon thinking the kids would enjoy riding around it in.  Well, turns out that pretty much just my purse enjoyed riding around in it.  Colin, being the big three that he is, just wanted to pull the wagon around the zoo.  And Hayley actually got smart towards the end and hopped right in.  So typical of our kids.  Hayley LOVES to be waited on and Colin insists on doing everything himself.  Hopefully Sydney will fit somewhere in between. 

{Point and Shoot Camera Alert}

  

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Grammy JayMarch 21, 2012 - 8:51 pm

That is so typical….Colin is pulling Princess Hayley in the wagon. …..and Little Tweetie, look how big she is. Still two months away before I can see my little kids again.

MiMiMarch 23, 2012 - 4:01 am

What a fun day at the zoo. Almost no one there and perfect weather!

Grandpa BobbyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:30 pm

I love every picture…especially Colin nose to nose with the monkey and Hayley being pulled in the wagon by Colin. Looks like a perfect day. Sidney is a little Joey. In Africa Sydney would be strapped to your back. Love, Dad

Our Little Nut

Our little boy is seriously the goofiest, silliest, funniest, and nuttiest thing around.  He has these green “dinosaur play guitar” jammies that he wears INCESSANTLY.  The kid owns about 20 pairs of pajamas, but guess which ones he wants to wear each and every night?!  I seriously have to wash them every day so they’ll be ready for him that night.  And what started out as an attempt to photograph Colin in his “dinosaur play guitar” jammies turned into a donut feeding frenzy.  Eating a box of Southern Maid Donuts on a Saturday afternoon while still in your favorite pair of jammies, could life any better?!

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MiMiMarch 20, 2012 - 1:06 am

That’s our little Stuckey man! He’s so gorgeous!

Grandpa BobbyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:34 pm

What a great set of teefers on Colin. I sure miss donuts. But I miss Colin a whole lot more and Colin isn’t fattening. Great, spontaneous pictures. Colin is a ‘Foodie’. Love, Dad

May I take your order?

Sometimes I think my kids live in the “pretend” world almost as much as they live in the “real” world.  Whether it’s rocketing into outer space, riding a choo-choo train, opening up restaurants, building castles, or chasing monsters around the house, they LOVE pretending.  And they especially love pretending in their play kitchen. They’ll whip up all sorts of soups, salads, and desserts.  This time Hayley wanted Colin to make brownies for her and her dog Golden.  And Colin was all to eager to make them!  He put on his little chef’s hat and oven mitts and went to work.  And those were some mighty good brownies, and calorie free too!

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MiMiMarch 20, 2012 - 1:07 am

There’s so much fun in the make believe world…

Grandpa BobbyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:38 pm

Low calorie kitchen…high calorie pictures…as in RICH with content. I laughed out loud looking at Colin wearing the apron. Perfect. Nice picture of Hayley holding Golden. I think she is reading to him. Love, Dad

Our Little Fashionista

Hayley, as cute as she looks all dollied up in dresses, sometimes goes for a style all her own. Just last week she came prancing down the stairs in none other than a bright green sweater, pink sweat pants, purple Uggs, and a gigantic red headband from her Snow White costume.  And the words out of her mouth?!  “Look at me Mommy!  Aren’t I pretty?!”  Yes Sweet Pea, you are very pretty!  Most beautiful!  So I grabbed my camera.  I just had to!  But what I never suspected was that these photographs would be some of my all time favorite pictures of my daughter.  They’re completely her, nothing styled, nothing planned, just her.

1. Love those purple Uggs. Can you tell they are on the wrong feet?!

2. Love that she always wants to go out wearing her ginormous Snow White red bow on top her head.

3. Love that she has her own little mismatched style and is so confident.

4. Love that when she wears sweaters she insists on having just one button buttoned.

5. Love the little saunter in her walk.

6. Love that she tried to cut her own bangs three weeks ago (okay, maybe I didn’t love that :o).

 
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Grammy JayMarch 19, 2012 - 7:29 pm

This is the prettiest picture you’ve ever taken of Hayley. She looks like a little model. Even her self-cut-bangs look cute.

MiMiMarch 20, 2012 - 1:10 am

I love the last picture and the walking pictures the most! You can almost see the little prissy walk she does!

MiMiMarch 20, 2012 - 1:11 am

I’m a little sad. It won’t let me copy the last picture of her…

Grandpa BobbyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Great photo shoot. Remember, I am her agent. She is so cute and that last picture, well it is one of the best of Hayley in a relaxed position. Excellent. The whole series of pictures are arranged to reveal Hayley starting brilliantly without the face until the end. First class Muffin. That’s my daughter. A++++ Love, Dad

Who wants to go to HEB?!

You may be wondering why I’m doing a blog about HEB.  Lemme tell you!  Next to Disneyland, our local HEB market might just be the happiest place on earth. And we take 200+ pictures at Disneyland so why not a few at HEB?  Hayley and Colin LOVE going to HEB, and, I’m sure soon, Sydney too.  And it’s easy to see why.  The kids are greeted at the door with a shiny red balloon (although not this time due to a helium storage. Rats).  The shopping carts are in the shapes of little cars.  It’s as if Hayley and Colin have their own race course through the aisles.  And there’s food samples all throughout the store (orange juice, soup, pizza, sushi, tortillas, cookies, ham, crackers, soda, skillet meals, etc.)  My kids literally eat lunch there.

And if Hayley and Colin are good, they each get to pick one treat to take home.  Hayley was so excited when she found her “Dora cereal” that she did a little happy dance right in the aisle.  Check-out is the best part because Hayley and Colin each get two “Buddy Bucks,” which means two spins at the wheel and a chance to win the ever-coveted sticker!  Yes, my son likes to display his proudly. Colin was an Instant Winner this time!  Our lucky boy received none other than . . . drum roll please . . . a plastic pint-sized HEB container.  Yep, a container.  Nothing in it.  Just a container.  I was slightly disappointed, but Colin was thrilled!

 

 

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MiMiMarch 20, 2012 - 1:13 am

HEB is somewhere fun!

MiMiMarch 20, 2012 - 1:14 am

I think your clock is off by a bit – It is 8:14 pm when I’m posting this on March 19.

Grandpa BobbyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:53 pm

HEB…No jet lag, no airport screening, no luggage, no cramped seats, but plenty of wide aisles, you don’t have to make reservations, you can always move about the store, you don’t have to fight over a window seat or aisle seat and you always shop First Class. What’s not to like? I love HEB too. DVD’s, books, ice cream, Deli food, Ice cream, BBQ sauce, ice cream, high end soda pop, ice cream, and free parking. And when the Stuckey kids are there HEB is where I want to be too. Love, Grandpa Bobby

KarthiMay 29, 2012 - 11:58 am

Oh my goodness, HOW FUN! I’ve never thhougt to bring my camera to document the fun that is HEB. It IS like Disney! But I CANNOT push those darn carts! My boys LOVE it there! And the stickers! Thank goodness my oldest has not figured out that you turn them in for prizes yet! Your daughter’s hair is too cute! And, as always, love your color!!!! Fun fun!

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