I {Heart} Faces Beach Fun.


This week’s I ♥ Faces photo challenge is “Beach Fun.”  We are not beach people.  Well, I’m not a beach or sun person.  Big J grew up in Florida and lived on the beach, but since moving to Texas 24 years ago, he has seen very little salt water.  The nearest beach to us is Galveston but we just don’t go there.  We have good friends in Corpus Christi and see them every year or so, so if we get to a beach, Corpus is our destination.  When I saw this week’s challenge, I knew my photo choices were purty slim.

BUT, I love this picture of Little J as this is his first time playing in the Gulf of Mexico and he was so enjoying racing the waves.  The water may not be as pretty as Florida or the Caribbean, but the smile on his face says it doesn’t matter.

See more beach fun at I ♥ Faces

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Flashback Friday. 8-20.


Flashback Friday is the brainchild of Tia over at Christopher and Tia. Go on a flashback with me.

A very young *young is relative* mom with a very young son.  I bet we have 100 pictures of Little J before he’s two months old!  And that was before digital cameras.  I’ve been going through the pictures, sorting and throwing away the duds, getting ready to send another batch to ScanDigital for scanning.   Why did I keep dozens of bad pictures, thinking I had to keep every shot that was taken.  I kept this one because I was having a GOOD HAIR DAY!

That little baby just turned 13 and started 7th grade.

For you younger mothers, let me share something from my heart.  You are stronger than you ever imagine you could be.  You WILL get through these days of scattered toys, spilled milk, temper tantrums, too little money and too little sleep, too many diapers, putting in and taking out of the car seat.  Take every giggle, every wet smooch, every book time, every quiet moment of love, every this-little-piggy-went-to-market and tuck them away in your heart.  Pull those treasures out and run your fingers over them when you think you cannot go one minute longer.  The past 13 years have alternately sped by and drug on, but each day is 24 hours and you don’t get that time back.

Little J, I am proud and honored to be your mommy.

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Warning. Teen in the House.


Enter at your own risk.

Well, it happened.

Despite my protestations.

Little J turned 13 yesterday.

He’ll have a party for all the guys in the class after school starts.  For his actual birthday, a couple of friends came with us from church to eat CiCi’s pizza and play LaserZone.  He got lots of nice greetings in the mail and he said he felt like he had a real birthday.  That makes me happy.  Some birthdays have been kind of lame as it is hard to get kids together for a party in the week or two before school begins, so having some fun on his actual birthday meant alot to him and to me.

Remembering……

And then I blinked, and this handsome dude was living in Little J’s bedroom……..

Happy 13th birthday, Little J.  I can’t call you that for much longer.  You are growing into a fine young man.

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I {Heart} Faces Teen Challenge.


This week I ♥ Faces is focusing on teen photography.  Since Little J is 12, turning 13 in August, he’s not eligible for the challenge  But I love this picture he took in our backyard, so I thought I would post it anyway.


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See talented teen creativity at I ♥ Faces.

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I {Heart} Faces. Celebrating Teens Challenge.



Little J.  How much longer can I call him that?

There are lots and lots of teens over at I ♥ Faces.

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I {Heart} Faces. All About Babies Photo Challenge.


Little J will be 13 in August.  We are really starting to see signs of a teenager in our house.  He wants tennis shoes like Justin Bieber.  Girls might be interesting.  Big J and I are getting dumber by the hour.  It’s fun and challenging to live with him???????

When I read about this week’s I ♥ Faces photo challenge, “All About Babies”, I knew just the picture I wanted to share.  This picture was taken during Little J’s first Christmas and my dad’s last Christmas.  Little J WAS our Christmas gift, so I love him being among all the wrapping, ribbons and bows.

Click on over to I ♥ Faces to see tons of adorable babies.

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I {Heart} Faces. Play Photo Challenge.


Summer brings freedom and fun and play and water and family and camp and vacation and breathing deeply of life.  This week I ♥ Faces is asking for play photos.  Perfect for the start of summer.

I caught Little J playing in the water last summer.  We were visiting my mom and the city swimming pool was not in working order, so we found the splash pad and played there.  I like this picture because everything seems to be in motion, except Little J’s face.  A car is driving behind him, the water is splashing across him, the horse or whatever the animal is shooting water out his nose.  What a perfect way to spend a hot hot hot West Texas afternoon.

Head on over to I ♥ Faces and see how American is playing.

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