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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.


Happy 33rd Birthday Clint!

It’s funny how every year Clint gets a year older and I stay a perfect 28!  Oh, if only that were the case!  This year we surprised Clint by celebrating his birthday a day early.  My dad and Chris were coming into town on his birthday and I certainly didn’t want his “special day” to be over shadowed. So before Clint got home Hayley, Colin, and I (Sydney supervised) made Clint his favorite Angel Food Delight cake and wrapped presents (ah, you spotted that Monte Blanc bag did you?).  Yes, earlier that week I took Hayley, Colin, and Sydney to the Galleria to buy Clint a pair of cufflinks that you can only purchase in-store.  Three small crazy kiddos at the Galleria, let’s just say that the boy is obviously worth it.  And, yes, we totally surprised him!  We even had his favorite Candelari’s pizza in the oven.  Happy birthday Sweetheart!  We love you!!!

 P.S. I’m pretty sure the camera was accidentally set to “manual focus” when I handed it over to Carla.  Oops!  Sorry for the blurry pictures.  it was totally my fault.

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MiMiApril 20, 2012 - 3:16 am

Sadly, I’m a point and shoot girl. Sorry I didn’t know to focus the camera for the pictures. It was a fun night. Clint is very blessed to have such a sweet little family and we’re blessed to have him as our eldest child. Love you, Clint!

adminApril 20, 2012 - 11:58 am

Carla, it was totally MY fault. I shoot in manual, but I always have the camera set to “automatic focus.” The switch must have gotten turned somehow to “manual focus.”

Our Treehouse Adventure

Just when I thought our tree climbing days were over, I happened across a place in Canyon Lake where you can actually stay in tree house cabins.  Hot dog!  And, yes, it was every bit as cool as it sounds.  So, over Spring Break we took the kiddos to Canyon Lake to stay in tree houses.  Carla also came along with us.

We left Friday around noon for the three hour drive to Canyon Lake.  Of course, we stopped at Buc-ee’s for the obligatory kettle corn and Icees . . . and soda, candy, gum, and PB crackers run.  $25 later we were back on the road.  It’s actually a really pretty drive once you get into New Braunfels.

Okay, can I express how much I love New Braunfels.  It’s this quaint little German town nestled into . . . hmm, do I dare say mountains?  Let’s just says hills.  But, they are beautiful hills, lush, green, tons of trees, windy roads, lakes, rivers, and streams.  Just gorgeous.  The scenery only gets better as you drive towards Canyon Lake.  I could totally live there.

Okay, back to the tree houses.  They are so cute!  The little cabins are built in the side of a ravine (i.e., “ditch”)* so the “tree houses” are actually supported by the limbs of the trees.  We had our very own patio with a fire pit and BBQ grill with a hammock underneath.  Very cool indeed.

We pulled in late Friday afternoon and man alive it was bitter cold outside.  But once we got the heat going inside, we were roasty toasty.  Hayley and Colin unpacked their little suitcases and took the loft upstairs.  Hayley felt like it was her own little house up there and started decorating the place with all her belongings.

We grilled hot dogs outside on the BBQ for diner and then roasted marshmallows (i.e., “faun-farl-rolls”) and made s’mores for dessert.  After we put the kids to bed, Clint, Carla, and I played Pictionary . . . and guess who won?!?!   Yes, I finally won a game!!!!  And then we watched a movie.   It was the perfect evening!

The next morning we woke up and made pancakes and eggs.  Sydney slept in until almost 10:00am.  I couldn’t believe it!  She’s such a little goodsie.  And just when we thought we were headed to Sea World, we ran into two problems: 1) I forgot the strollers, and 2) It was 40 degrees outside with 20+ mph winds.  Okay scratch Sea World, how about the New Braunfels Children’s Museum?!

We packed up, kissed our little place good-bye, and headed into town.  The kids went camping and fishing, cared for newborns, went grocery shopping, opened up bank accounts, and even put on little astronaut costumes and rocketed into outer space.  They had a blast!  On the way home we stopped off at Chick-Fil-A and, again on the way home, the kids were perfect little angels.  It was definitely the perfect way to start off Spring Break!

*Inside joke (ask me sometime).


And now I must admit something . . .

I think I may have accidentally deleted the photos.  I’m pretty sick about it.  I can’t find them anywhere!!!  But thankfully, Clint was bright enough to take some video of our trip!  So here goes:

[Clint, you’re up!]

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MiMiApril 20, 2012 - 3:14 am

It was a really fun adventure. Thanks for letting me join you!

Bluebonnet Fields

At the beginning of every Spring, it’s been a tradition in our family to wash off those messy faces and doll the kids up in their cutest spring clothes and take pictures in their grandma’s (aka Mimi) Bluebonnets.  While it’s always a struggle to dress them, get them out the door, and keep them happy and stain free, it’s always worth it.

Oh poor little Sydney. She’s always the happiest little girl, but that day she was tired, hungry, and didn’t want anything to do with taking pictures.  And just as some “behind the scenes” random information, while it looks like the kids are sitting in a field of bluebonnets, they are actually sitting in a patch of bluebonnets in my mother-in-law’s front yard. So, the camera work was pretty darn tricky.

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MiMiApril 20, 2012 - 3:10 am

They came out really good. So glad you made the effort to bring them over and take pictures!

Is that St. Patrick?!

In addition to wearing green and having green pancakes and eggs for breakfast (I love traditions), this year we headed to Fulshear for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Just after we got there Hayley whispered in Clint’s ear, “Daddy, is that St. Patrick?” pointing to random bystander wearing a green leprechaun hat and tie.  “Why, yes Hayley, that is St. Patrick.”  “I want to go over and meet him and take a picture with him!”  Great . . .  So, yes, Clint took Hayley over to “St. Patrick” to have her picture taken. The guy thought it was quite hilarious!  Hey, who wouldn’t like to be a celebrity for the day?!  We also let the kids get balloon animals, make some crafts, and watched the Irish dancers, which were really, really good!  Sydney snoozed the whole time. Yes, she’s a little goodsie!

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Yee Haw!

Houston definitely knows how to throw a rodeo.  Yep, we have the largest rodeo in the world.  Last year we went six times.  This year we scaled things back a bit and just went once.  We let Clint haveWe had fun.  We had a blast.  But . . . Note to Self: Do not ever, ever, ever go to the rodeo on Value Wednesday.  I didn’t even know it was Value Wednesday.  Oh, but the rest of Houston did. Everyone from Rosenberg all the way out to Atascocita was there that day.  So we headed for the Live Stock show.  Albeit it was still crowded, the Live Stock show was the place to be. The kids saw the baby pigs, watched baby chicks hatch, mooed at the cows, planted seeds, rode a pony, and drank lots of chocolate milk.

Then we headed outside to ride the rides.  Hello 45 minute lines!  It was two funhouses for us and then we let the kids go through Fun on the Farm (which has got to be the coolest attraction of the bunch), and then I bribed the kids with McDonalds on the way out.  Thank you Carla for coming with us!

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MiMiApril 8, 2012 - 2:29 am

It was crazy crowded, but we had a good time anyway!

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