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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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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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Brunch with Tara and Cheryl

On New Year’s Eve I had lunch with my childhood best friend, Tara Bench.  I look at Sydney, who’s five, and think about how silly and goofy she is.  Well, that is the same age that Tara and I were when we lived in Saudi Arabia and played dress-up, hide and go seek, house, and did all sorts of other cute and silly things!  We met up again at BYU and were in the same dorm together.  We met Cheryl who now lives in Houston.  And Tara’s brother Landon also lives in Houston.  I guess Houston is the place to be!

Tara was down visiting for Christmas, so we decided it would be fun to meet up for brunch.  Cheryl was free too, so we all met at Le Peep for brunch.  It was SO much fun seeing them both!  I cannot believe how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. I’m still that silly and goofy, and somewhat insecure, person I was in college, but I’m 20 years older. I sure hope I do not look 20 years older.  In college I remember thinking that 26 was so old.  I once had a guy ask me on a date who was 30!!!  No way!!  I remember thinking 30 was practically old man material.  How could I even relate to him??  And now I’m ten years older than that (okay, well 9.9 when the photo was taken).  But, it was so much fun to reconnect.  I felt like we could have been back Provo having lunch right around the corner from the dorms.

Brunch w Tara Dec 2016

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Christmas Afternoon 2016

Christmas Day was on a Sunday this year and I kind of love it that way.  I love taking a break from all the presents, getting dressed up, and then going to church to celebrate the very reason we go to church.  Sadly, Clint was feeling absolutely horrible on Christmas, Sydney was being a little stink, Keaton needed a nap, so it was just Hayley, Colin, and me that day.  But we belted out those Christmas hymns as if we were all there.

When we got back home Mimi and Papa came over and brought a third round of presents. Yes, the picture below is the third round of presents. Hayley got another American Girl doll, Sydney got another Wellie Wisher doll, Colin got some really cool STEM activities, and Keaton got some neat Mickey Mouse toys.  The kids also opened presents from their other grandparents and played and played all day long.  I surprised Clint with a pistol safe and he surprised me with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera.  Holy moly!!!  Sadly, I made him take my camera back.  It is an AMAZING camera, but after sending my camera in for repair, my camera works just fine now.  Maybe next year or the year after that. 😉  We relaxed for the rest of the day and just enjoyed the blessing of having each other, which is the best gift of all!!  XOXO

Christmas Afternoon Dec 2016

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