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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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Keaton Age 2 1/4: Oh the Sweetness!

Can I seriously please just bottle this kid up?!  He is the most scrumptious little thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on.  He is absolutely adorable!  We call him our Peter Pan boy.  He’s so little and needy, and just doesn’t seem to want to grow up.  I think he likes being the littlest.  Keaton is naturally pretty shy and doesn’t say a whole lot.  His favorite thing is to be hugged and cuddled and carried around all day long.  Keaton is SO incredibly sweet and SO affectionate.  He reminds me of a little puppy.  He is so kind and gentle, but also can get pretty rambunctious and playful too!!

When Keaton is not cuddling up to his mommy or daddy, he’s playing with his siblings!  He just loves to follow them around and be a part of whatever they are doing.  He likes to feel big and important around them and little and needy around his mommy and daddy.  Yep, he’s probably totally playing us.  I am so convinced that Keaton didn’t walk for the longest time because he thought that he started walking like everyone else, that we would stop carrying him around.  Well, rest assured, we still carry Keaton around practically everywhere he wants to go.  He’s little, light weight, and pretty portable.  He was 2 1/4 when this picture was taken and only weighed 22.5 lbs. He’s below the 5% but at least he’s on the charts and is gaining weight little by little.  Yep, everything about him is little except for his heart.  Keaton indeed has a big heart and is always initiating hugs.

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Keaton Mickey Mouse PJs Jan 2017

And oh boy do Keaton’s siblings LOVE him to pieces!!  As much as Clint and I needed Keaton, his siblings made have needed him even more.  Colin loves his “bra-ba” to no end.  Colin will sometimes wake Keaton up early in the morning because he can’t wait any longer to hug Keaton and love on him.  Keaton loves riding shotgun in Colin’s Dodge Viper.  I can only imagine the fun the two of them are going to have once Colin can drive for real.  But for now they play and play and play.  Keaton loves to be outside and absolutely loves jumping on the trampoline with his siblings.  I love that Colin acts like a little father to Keaton and gives him gentle instruction, “No, Keaton. You need to wait until I open this for you.  Keaton, come here. Let me show how this works.”

For Hayley, Keaton is her calming force.  Keaton adds a sense of peace that Hayley sometimes so desperately needs. When Hayley is angry Keaton is the only thing that can calm her down.  They love taking walks together up and down our street.  She is such a good older sister and loves her little brother so much.

Sydney cracks me up.  Whenever Sydney turns into “Sydney Stormcloud” she will literally despise every member of the family for absolutely no reason . . . except for Keaton.  Sydney will scream out in tears, “I don’t like Mommy and Daddy!! I don’t like Hayley!  I don’t like Colin! I only like Keaton!”  “Why do you only like Keaton?” We’ll ask. “Because he’s cute.”  Keaton always gets a free pass with Sydney.  She’s not jealous or resentful of him; she just loves him!

I think I have a special attachment to Keaton because he almost didn’t make it to our family.  We originally just wanted three kids and for the longest time were blissfully happy with three kids. I had my two girls and Clint had his boy. We changed our minds for a split second, and for that I will be eternally grateful.  I look at Keaton every day and think, what would I do if you had not made it to our family?  I had no idea what I was missing.  And when I think of the decision we almost made to not bring Keaton here, it rips me apart and I pull Keaton in tighter and hold him closer.  That little boy gets SO much love and affection.  We have morning cuddles, mid-morning cuddles, afternoon cuddles, nighttime cuddles, and sometimes middle of the night cuddles.  Keaton will occasionally wake up in the middle of the night and just want to cuddle.  I’m always up for a cuddle.

Keaton Hugs Jan 2017

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My “30th” Birthday Dinner at Maggianos

We celebrated the tenth anniversary of my 30th birthday at Maggianos!  I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have all these incredible friends and family members in my life!  While there were at least 2o people that really wanted to come, but just couldn’t make it (sports, marathons, out of town, other commitments, etc.), I was so glad that these friends were there to help me celebrate: Clint and his mom; Jeff & Kelly; Nicole (and date); Don, Haider, and Bridget (Whitney had to work); Emma and Jon; Jamie and Travis; Amy; Andrea and Brandon; Matthew and Kristin; Mark and Melissa; and Stacy and York.  I look up to each of these people and have learned so much from them.  The food was amazing that night, but the friendships I’ve developed over the past several years are ever better!!  Here’s to another 40 years and another 40 years on top of that!!

My birthday dinner at Maggianos Jan 2017

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My “30th” Birthday

Oh I have been dreading this day for soooooooooo long!!!  Moving from my twenties to my thirties was hard enough, but thirties was doable.  At least you are next to your twenties.  But forties, oh that’s just an entirely new age category, one that I was so not ready to enter into too. If some people can decide their gender, shouldn’t it be fair that you can also decide your age?!  I would be perpetually 28, but certainly not 40. But, then again, if I was only 28 I would miss out on four of the happiest decisions of my life. Maybe I could be 28 and still be the mom to Hayley, Colin, Sydney, and Keaton.

I certainly did not think I would be doing gymnastics at age 40.  I thought at the age of 40, you were old and stiff, but on this very day I did a round off back handspring (with a little spot from my coach).  Yep, I have a gymnastics coach and go to gymnastics every Friday at 4:30pm.  We do front walkovers, back walkovers, handstand walks, handstand pirouettes, front handsprings, back handsprings, back hip circles on the bars, front tucks onto the mat, and a myriad of other things that I wasn’t even close to doing when I was 20. Maybe 40, I mean 30, isn’t so bad.

My 40th Birthday

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Austin Girls Trip (Pre-Birthday Celebration)

Who would have thought that my 40th (um, I mean 30th) birthday would be the best birthday ever!!!  And it was in large part owed to my friends!  Yes, Clint made it awesome as well, but he’s kind of obligated to make it awesome because I’m married to him and that’s just what you do.  But these four girls had no obligation whatever.  They didn’t have to do anything at all, but they made my birthday so darn incredible!

Our last trip together was on a four night Carnival cruise.  We had an absolute blast, but this time we wanted to stay closer to home (and because everyone’s schedules are getting so busy).  Alyssa couldn’t even make the trip . . . or did she (see below). 😉

We started our Girls Weekend Friday afternoon by driving towards our hotel, the Hyatt Lost Pines.  No kids!!  Whoa hoa!  Along the way we stopped off at a nail salon and got pedicures and got caught up on our gossip magazines compliments of Nicole.  Marie paid for my pedicure, which was so over-the-top sweet of her and wouldn’t take “no” for answer.  After pedicures, we went next door to this kinda sketchy Mexican food/steak house restaurant (hey there’s not a lot of choices out there).  We weren’t sure what to expect, but oh my gosh, the food was amazing!  Those were some of the best enchiladas I’ve ever had.  And I even ordered off the kid’s menu.  Yep, for $3.99 I got an enchilada and rice & beans and it was amazing!!!

After dinner we snuck over to the hotel and convinced the attendants to let us valet park for free – both nights.  Hey, it was FREEZING cold, there weren’t any other patrons in sight, and I had a “nice car.”  When we got to our hotel room the realization hit that we were kid-free for two full days!  Whoa hoa!!  Here’s our funny outtakes picture by picture:

  1. I SO needed a pedicure and it’s even better when you get to have a pedicure with your best friends!!
  2. When we got back to our hotel room, they showered me with a ton of really cute birthday presents.
  3. My favorite present, of course, was my mermaid blanket!!  I finally had my very own mermaid blanket!  How did they know I love mermaids?!
  4. I also got a selfie stick, which of course we had to try out.
  5. The next morning after breakfast we ran into none other than an Alpaca.  Yep, she was just roaming the halls greeting the guests.  We named her Alyssa. 😉
  6. Then it was off to shopping with us.  First stop Nordstrom.  And I found the purse, yep “the purse,” the Kate Spade purse I knew I just had to have. But a cool picture will have to do for now. 😉
  7. Just hanging out outside the dressing room with nothing better to do than take a picture of ourselves!
  8. More pictures.  Who doesn’t love a good photo?!
  9. Lunch at one of my favorite restaurants on the planet, Culinary Drop-out!  It has such a fun vibe and has down right amazing food!!
  10. Brianna made me this birthday hat.  We were hoping “the crown” would work help us find a parking, but apparently “Don’t you see the crown?” and my good looks didn’t get us any closer to parking.  So we circled, and laughed, and circled some more!  Finally we got lucky.  Or maybe it was “the crown.”
  11. Marie cozying up to a mannequin.  She must have missed Josh. 😉
  12. Marie and Jamie, two of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet!

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Austin Girls Trip Jan 201713. We went to Chez Zee for dinner.  Chez Zee is the quintessential Austin find.  I loved it!  It’s this quirky little restaurant that took you back in time.  It almost felt like Christmas. Inside was a piano player who filled the room with lively music.  One of the walls wasn’t a wall at all, but hanging strands of white Christmas lights.  Outside was an over-sized perfectly obnoxious chair that was meant just for me (or so I thought)!

14. Marie thought we needed birthday activities at dinner.  My first challenge was to make a duck out of Play-Doh.  By the end of dinner the little ducky kinda grew on me.

15. Before our trip, Jamie had a dream that we all went and got tattoos together.  So Marie made it happen!  Yes, Marie was responsible for much of the shenanigans this trip!

16. We did it!  We got sleeves!  Yep, we’re a bunch of Mormon rebels! 😉

17. Dinner was AMAZING!!!  Nicole and I split an entree. I told her, “Order anything with chicken and I’m good.”  Of course, we also had Hey Cupcakes for dessert.

18. Check out our sleeves.  Don’t they look legit?!

19. One of my favorite things to do is roast marshmallows and make s’mores. And Saturday night that’s just what we did!  Cupcakes AND s’mores, heck ya!

20. On Sunday morning we were greeted by a Longhorn.  I hopped aboard and pretended to be a cowgirl, but he would’t budge.

21. We went for a freezing cold walk around the resort and along the Colorado River. I can only imagine how beautiful it’s all going to be by Spring and Summer.  We all had an amazing time!!  Best birthday ever!!  Best friends ever!!

Austin Girls Trip Jan 2016 Part 2

 

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New Years Eve 2016

This New Year’s Eve was SO low key, but SO much fun!  We even got so busy doing whatever we were doing on Saturday that we completely forgot to buy fireworks this year.  Oh well, we saved $100 and still got a great fireworks shows!  Jeff and Kelly (and kiddos) came over and treated to Pei Wei for dinner.  Double score!  We heated up the pool and swam until the fireworks started to light up the sky.  Then we grabbed some marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey chocolate bars and made s’mores by the fire pit while watching all the various fireworks show from our backyard.  It was pretty perfect!

New Years Eve 2016

As the Cope family was leaving, Don and Carla came over.  She sat in the backyard watching the fireworks.  Colin curled up with Mimi, and Sydney curled up Clint, and Hayley curled up with Papa. I almost woke up Keaton because I wanted someone to curl up with, but at the same time, it was so sweet just watching everyone and taking it all in.  I feel so lucky and blessed!

New Years Eve 2016 Part 2

 

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