Monday, August 19, 2013


Brad's mother, who has been visiting since a week before Will was born, is going home to Colorado tomorrow morning. That is, if she can get by me as I block the front door. She graciously came to help make our transition to a family of four a little easier and I can't imagine how we could have done it without her. I am not ready to let her go but she is more than ready to leave so we'll just have to figure out how to go on without her. I'm pretty sure that by this time tomorrow night the house will be on fire, the kids will be naked and I'll be sobbing on the front lawn but onward we tread despite this ominous feeling.  

We took a couple of minutes tonight (between nursing and tantrums) to get a few photos of her with the kiddos before she left. And yes, she is wearing rabbit ears, thank you very much (somehow they started on Harper and ended up on Nana).

I hope she likes these.

Thank you for everything, Ann! We will miss you more than you know!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

First Photos

Today was Will's "due date" (aka "baby guess date") and, in celebration of his early arrival, I was inspired to get some photos of the kids. I think they are so sweet. Enjoy!




There are several more but sometimes BlogSpot loads pictures in wackadoodle orientations and I haven't got the patients to reload all of them. Does anyone know if there is a way to change their orientation after they've uploaded? Your assistance is appreciated.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


Harper got to hold Will for the very first time today. She was absolutely tickled pink to get to hold her baby brother. Brad took some heart-wrenchingly adorable video of the event. I must warn you ahead of time: this is almost too cute to watch.

We have the two best kids ever. I'm the luckiest woman on Earth.


Friday, August 9, 2013

We Had a Baby!

So on Wednesday evening the stork brought us a little bundle of joy. I'm kidding about the stork thing of course; it was a lot of work on my part. A LOT of work. But more on that later.

Wilson Joseph Loren Booker was born on August 7th, at 6:38 pm after 5 1/2(ish) hours of labor. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 22 inches tall. More (explicit and gruesome) details will come in the following days but in the meantime enjoy the first few photos of our newest Booker! (On a related topic, have you ever seen any kid look more like his dad?)



Thank you to all the well-wishers!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Project

I am currently savoring the last few days of having only one child. I just enjoy Harper so much and I'd like these next few days (hours? minutes? hopefully not weeks... ) to be full of memories for us to cherish. With that goal in mind we visited Tampa Upcycle yesterday to pick up some art supplies for a special mommy-daughter project.

Shout out to Tampa Upcycle!

Tampa Upcycle is a craft/art/sewing supply store right down the street from us in Ybor. All of the supplies are donated, traded or on consignment and you pay what you think the items are worth. It's a pretty cool idea and a crafter's dream. Harper's babysitter, an admitted crafting junkie, got us hooked on the place.

One rarely goes to Tampa Upcycle with a specific project in mind. It's more of a see-what's-available and be-inspired kind of place. Despite a pretty epic tantrum we managed to pick up some brightly colored cardboard letter and number flowers, some wooden beads, green satin ribbon and a paper glitter butterfly which "spoke" to Harper. So this morning we took our treasured foundlings and turned them into a butterfly garden which Harper decided, upon completion, she should give to her Nana who is visiting from Colorado (thank you for helping out, Nana!).


The final product was pretty cute. Harper had fun gluing the various items on some felt we had been saving for a rainy day (and gluing and gluing and gluing...). I hope Nana appreciates all the hard work that went into her masterpiece.

The Masterpiece.
Harper and her Nana.

I'm on pins and needles to see when our next little one will arrive. In the meantime, I'm crazy about our current wacky, fun, creative little project in the making.