97 In Life

Last Weekend



I should never start a post at 10:12 pm… and that is precisely what I am doing. Please roll with me, rovers. I think bullets will be best. And my punctuation will be horrible {as usual}. Do you all notice that? Justin likes to tease me about my lack of appropriate punctuation. One day I’ll write a post and add 3,482 commas and semi-colons. I know what I want to say, I just don’t exactly know how to punctuate. I tell Justin that’s why God gave me him, so he can punctuate for me.

Without further adieu, our weekend review in a punctuation-nightmare-of-a-format, and while I’m at it, I’m not going to uppercase capitalize either…

Last weekend,

  • we went to the fair
  • it was so fun
  • the kids loved it
  • i loved the rv exhibit the best and would have stayed at the rv exhibit the entire time, breaking only for roasted corn and cotton candy
  • my children also loved the rvs but loved the overpriced carnival rides more
  • i asked justin if we could get an rv
  • he laughed
  • i laughed
  • and then told him i was serious, which he already knew
  • one day i really hope we’ll have a pull-behind camper, maybe an airstream, maybe not {because they’re the coolest, they cost the most… but i’m thinking any day now daddyboy’s going to sniff one out of some random person’s shed and buy it for $100 and put it in my christmas stocking}
  • daddyboy ordered personalized license plates for his truck, when i see them in person i’m going to photograph them and show them to you
  • we also had a reformation celebration at church sunday night {see if you can find martin luther in any of my pics!}
  • morgan emphatically insisted and convinced me that “she’s not the costume type”, so she wore her overalls
  • i wasn’t going to let that costume go to waste
  • so i wore her costume
  • rover wouldn’t wear anything {surprise}
  • after 20 minutes in the church parking lot trying to dress him in ANYTHING i finally gave up and he went as a “baby”
  • i remind myself often that soon he’ll be okay with wearing clothes
  • i’ve been praying and asking God to help me be patient, consistent, and persistent
  • then i dress him, tie his shoes tight and walk in the bathroom to brush the girls hair, THEN i turn around, and he’s stark naked and i think, you can’t be serious you little snake
  • then i dress him again, and then maybe one more time and then we leave for school and then i contact friends for moral support
  • i spent the last 24 hours with a friend who’s more like a sister and she got to see rover in action more than once… and she still loves me and rover in spite of ourselves
  • being a mom to a two-year-old is hard, i’m sure god’s prepping me for the teenage years or the psych ward

And that sums up our weekend.

My name is Darby, and I approve this message.

I also approve of the fact that November 2nd is behind us partly because we don’t have caller id and somehow the political candidates in Illinois, Florida, and Alabama all think I’m registered to vote in those states and our phone has been ringing A LOT and 99% of the time it’s a recording. I would be very interested in knowing the success rate of those recorded phone messages. Do people listen to the recording and think, I’m so glad you called, now you have my vote? Anyway, our phone is not ringing anymore… praise the Lord! On a more serious note, I took Raiger to vote with me and as we were walking in I was explaining to her what we were there to do and I got all choked up about how we are so privileged to get to vote, she’s only 4 and didn’t really understand why mommy was all choked up. Then we filled out my balletΒ  at a table and when we stood up and some man came and sat down where we were sitting and Raiger was concerned and a little upset that the man took our seat. I LOVE kids!











I will interject here that this is “Dr. Joe” one of JM’s favorite people, however he was a little confused by the costume and would have NOTHING to do with him.


This is my friend Katie and her crew… so cute!

And this is my baby!



I must go to bed now, birthday muffins are in order for the the morning. Tomorrow Morgan turns six, but I can’t really talk about that… becauseΒ  a) she’s not old enough to be six and b) I’m not old enough to have a six-year-old.

Good night!

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  • Oksana
    November 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    You should definitely get that rv! My dad always dreamed of getting one and traveling the country with us. (He passed away suddenly a little less than 2 years ago and never got to do it) and my brother always tells me I write like I talk. Who needs punctuation anyway?! πŸ™‚ Once again, super precious pictures!

  • Amy
    November 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    LOVE the buttcheek. LOL. And thank GOD you live in a warm climate.

  • Natalie
    November 4, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but have never commented. I LOVE it and tell all my friends about you. πŸ™‚ Your family is adorable and just so entertaining! Looks like y’all had a fun family weekend! I think you and Paige look cute as a bug dressed up like bumble bees! Happy Birthday to Morgan!!!

  • Josie
    November 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I love the peeking cheek! Boys are so much fun! Thank you for the chuckle!

  • Justine
    November 4, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Oh my goodness that photo of you and Paige in your costumes is beautiful.

  • Katie
    November 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I have to agree with everyone else who has commented on how wonderful the picture of the two bees are! :o) Very cute! Have a great Thursday.

  • Hilary
    November 4, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Your sweet Paige never fails to bring a smile to my face.
    From booboos needing bandaids, to ponytails,to tickling Rover’s neck, to upside down Barbies, to red shoes and boots– I think that your shy-smile 4 year old will grow up to be a kind young lady who stays true to what she believes in.

    Looks like a fun weekend!
    Have a great time celebrating Morgan’s birthday!

  • edie
    November 4, 2010 at 5:07 am

    you are the cutest little momma ever.
    happy sweet six birthday to morgan.
    and rover’s butt cheek makes my day.
    love you all,

  • Lyndsey Bowman
    November 4, 2010 at 5:53 am

    What a FUN and GREAT weekend you had! You kids are LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A SPECIAL MAMA!!! Enjoy your day πŸ™‚

    ~Lyndsey Bowman~ thelifeofmeandsugar.blogspot.com

  • Bette
    November 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Your family is adorable. I had a child that wouldnt wear clothes either. My DAUGHTER…but she would also strip off her diaper too. I have more pictures of her standing on a chair, washing dishes, pushing around a vacuum, and napping, in the buff. We would go to a neighbors blow up pool in the summer, and the bathing suit came off and she was skinny dipping at a very young age. I feared she’d grow up to be a stripper. She did not. She turned 30 this year. I am not old enough to have a 30 year old. The feeling never ends!

  • ashley eiler
    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

    OMG- you crack me up….if rover walking around the fair is not the funniest thing – i don’t know what it….my name is ashley, and i laughed out loud- all by myself – before coffee at 6 in the freaking morning at this post!! mwah!!
    see you in 2 sleeps!

  • Steph
    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Love your posts!!! Rover is hilarious, I hope I have a little boy just like him one day! You look great in costume – where is your outfit (non costume) from!? Love it!

    And as a former political campaign worker, phone calls suck, unfortunately old people do listen to them and really, its all about repetition. You remember the names that call over and over and over x10 again! But getting calls from 3 states stinks and I feel ya on that, I got hit by KY, VA and IN this year! Sigh. Yay for E day being over for another year!

  • Beth
    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 am

    LOVE seeing little Rover in his diaper at the church celebration! I laughed out loud! Rover makes me laugh and your girls make me smile. All three melt my heart!

  • hannah fields
    November 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Darby, * you make a great bumblebee. * JM is so precious. * Coming from a mother who had a girl first then two boys, I can tell you that he will grow out of it. (not being a boy) He will be more compliant. I always just pray that the Lord will use that personality for His glory and use me to help shape my little 2 year old to be usable. (hope that makes sense) * I have said this before but your love for your family is so sweet and makes me want to go hug my kids. love you darby you are such an encouragement.

  • Liz Relwani
    November 4, 2010 at 6:37 am

    It looks like you had a great weekend. And I sympathize with you not being old enough to have a six year old – I feel the same, only my oldest will be turning 16.

  • Blue Hydrangea
    November 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Darby, the picture of Rover in his diaper made me so happy!! My two year old also refused to wear his costume (I should have known not to take the tags off!)He wore his lobster bathing suit that he has worn almost everyday for the past 5 months!!! And yes, I am also working on my patience.

  • elaine
    November 4, 2010 at 6:55 am

    My husband and I want an RV too. I think I would go everywhere in it just to justify the price. Like, “Have a good day at school honey!” and when they ask you at Publix if you want help loading the groceries usually I say no b/c they have so many people in there already and my kids are being rascals by the end of the grocery trip, but if I drove an RV I could just say, “Just throw the groceries in the shower so they don’t roll around everywhere, thanks!”
    I dressed up last year and Luke asked me to not do it again, sweet boy. He’s about to turn 6 too, God will get us through it!!! Love the “baby”. Hope Morgan has a great b’day!

  • Jessica
    November 4, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Looks like you had a good weekend!
    We have a RV–an older one (1996, I think)–we painted the walls inside and recovered the old cushions, put in stick on laminate ‘wood’ floors. We love it! It is so worth it! The reason we bought ours is so we won’t have to buy plane tickets for each of us (you know how expensive that can be!) We also take the dog and cat with us so we dont have to pay to board them somewhere! We can take long trips or short weekend trips.
    Happy Birthday Morgan! I hear ya about not wanting to talk about it–my daughter is 5.5 and I took her to story time at the library with her 2 yr old sister. I started sobbing because I couldnt believe how much older than the little babies she looked. I remembered how I used to take her there when she was just a baby herself. πŸ™

  • Kasey
    November 4, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Adorable photos! πŸ™‚

  • Janna
    November 4, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Lovely pictures! What a great weekend! Love your costume – too cute that you wore your daughter’s. πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday to Morgan!

  • Julie
    November 4, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I have a nephew who refused to wear clothes at about the same age as your son. It drove my sister nutty, but the phase did pass. Hang in there. We had a neighbor friend go through the same thing with her son. He would stand in the front yard stark naked, no tan lines, and he was sooo blonde. Everyone in the neighborhood called him Bam Bam! It does pass. Try to see the humor in it!

    Your pictures are always wonderful and your family beautiful!!

  • Melanie Marsh
    November 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

    great pictures- looks lke you guys had a fun weekend! Rover is wearing the cutest little “baby” costume I have ever seen!

  • Jessica
    November 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Oh, one more thing about the RV– in addition to not buying plane tickets for the entire family, you don’t have to pay for a hotel room and you can save $ by cooking your own food. It really makes a difference in the long run (for us as a family anyway.)

  • Cat from iBlog
    November 4, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Oh darby, I feel your pain. my son does the same thing. I have just decided to let him go naked (or in his undies) until RIGHT when we are about to get into the car. Then, I (GASP) bribe him. I pick up his little sister and he runs to the door. I say, “you can’t go with us UNLESS you put on some clothes and shoes…..AND, guess what DVD I have playing in the caaaaarrrrr?!” πŸ˜‰ If the DVD thing doesn’t work, I try whatever comes to my mind at the moment. We just got done potty training and I bought him some Lighting McQueen undies at Walmart (he was with me and was thrilled). I told him to wear those, he had to keep them dry and use the potty. It worked. But there were only 7 in a pack. So, JT went to buy more, but bought the walmart brand (10 undies for cheap). Um, he won’t have anything to do with those. “NOOOOOOO! LIGHTING MCQUEEN!!!!” Ugh. So, that’s probably your next battle. πŸ˜‰ Sorry. Just wanted to take your mind of highschool for a moment. Oh, and the face that Rover has such a super cool mommy that loves on him so much will make him a sweetheart in high school…..so, perhaps you don’t have as much to worry about as your think. ha! ok, i’m gonna shut up now…..

  • Laura
    November 4, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I absolutely love the picture of you and Paige! Paige’s expressions of pure delight at the fair are precious. And Rover’s exposed cheek….I had to chuckle! Happy Birthday, Morgan! Your family is too sweet for words!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    November 4, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Many Birthday wishes to Morgan!!
    BTW – kinda loving the bullet-point post style!

  • Michelle
    November 4, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Hey Darby – we LOVE our RV. It’s only a pull-behind pop-up. We bought it used and have gotten so much use out of it. We take it everywhere and just came back from a weekend at Disney. The Ft. Wilderness campground there is awesome – and cheap! My favorite place to take it, though, is Cape San Blas beach. We have worked up to a whole week there and it is really the most fun we have had on a family vacation. The girls love that they aren’t fussed at for running in the hallway at a hotel or playing with the buttons in the elevator, etc. We are now ready to trade up to a non-pop-up hybrid so that momma can leave the thing packed with the essentials πŸ™‚

  • Bryn
    November 4, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Too funny – I still remember my youngest brother (who actually looked a LOT like Rover) going through that stage around that age. I vividly remember being at someone’s house (not ours), and the next thing we know my little brother is naked. No diaper either. Just hanging out (literally). My mom was so embarassed but everyone thought it was hilarious.

    But the funniest thing was, he always kept his socks on.

  • elizabeth@kentuckymama
    November 4, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Cute pics! I also want an Airstream! There is one sitting near my parents house on the side of the road. It’s been there at least 3 years. My mom finally inquired about it, and they said they would take $1,500 for it! That’s a steal, right? She said it needed a lot of work on the inside……I’m trying to convince my significant other that we reaaaalllly “need” it. Great post as always!

  • Katie
    November 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

    It was sure be handy if I could also bullet my comments! Ha! I have always wanted an airstream! And baby in his diaper and shoes…bless his little heart…

  • Jennifer
    November 4, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I have two little boys under four and have been reassured that this is the tough part and they will be the easy ones when they are older. Hang in there, you are not alone, and I have decided that boys are just wild and this too shall pass.

  • laurie
    November 4, 2010 at 8:45 am

    that pic of your boy and his diaper totally made me crack up. so hilarious. thanks for a laugh. =)

  • AshleyAnn
    November 4, 2010 at 8:50 am

    You and your daughter make the cutest bees ever. The “wash hands” sign is great…petting zoos gross me out. I have 3 boys, not a lot grosses me out!

  • Carol
    November 4, 2010 at 8:58 am

    My oldest son was a “streaker” until he was about 4. He is going to be 24 next week. He now wears clothes! (I think) Don’t give up hope! You’re doing a great job!

  • rhonda
    November 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Love the pictures, yall do make adorable “bees” together. And when Rover is older, you will soooo have blackmail photos to use against him! (maybe that will get you through!)

  • Tara McClendon
    November 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Alright, D…this might be my favorite yet! JM in his birthday suit really makes me smile. Not sure if it’s the fact that he’s so determined about it, or the fact that you just roll with it. I’m sure it’s both! And that’s why I love YOU! πŸ™‚ Speaking of birthdays, can’t believe Morgan is 6. Weren’t we just pregnant with these “babies” of ours?!?! Happy Birthday, Morgan!

  • rachel
    November 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

    i LOVE that your son went as a baby- way to roll with it, momma! : ) i remind myself often that my 2 year old daughter will soon stop licking things… like the walls & sometimes toilets in public restrooms. yup- nasty. soon & very soon, i hope!

  • Katie Canipe
    November 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I LOVE Rover’s costume! That’s hilarious! There are similar fights at our house too, my four year old insists on wearing a dress AND a skirt… at the smae time! Who knows what goes through there minds!

  • Amanda
    November 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Great pics – love the RV pic. My grandparents had an RV and took the grandkids on summer trips. It is still one of my favorite childhood memories. I learned how to swim in a campground in DC!

  • Jamie
    November 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Oh Darby! I am laughing out loud at JM!! I love the pic with his little butt cheek showing! I have a two year old and I feel your pain! When we come home from daycare he immediately strips. Got to love them! Even when they drive us crazy!!

  • The Mom
    November 4, 2010 at 9:12 am

    As a former AP English teacher I would give you an “A+” for voice — most people butcher grammar anyway, and their mistakes are far worse than yours. I just can’t help myself with one tiny word correction: it’s ballot, not ballet. Please forgive me for being who I am, I just can’t help myself. Oh, and I am with Rover…I do believe he makes the perfect baby, and he won’t be one for long. I thought my second son would never ever learn to use indoor toilet facilities and even got in trouble for peeing in the bushes at preschool outside the window where the Episcopalian ladies were having their Bible Study. I think little boy body parts go well with the study of Genesis, don’t you?

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    November 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Our three boys have ALWAYS preferred being naked (just with underwear on) to wearing clothes. Our eldest is 7 and he’s STILL that way! I let them do it around the house, just insisting on clothes in public. πŸ˜‰ And also, I don’t know if you saw it or not, but I left a comment on Erika’s blog (the most recent post) a couple of days ago that Sloane is starting to remind me SO much of JM! I think that’s adorable, that your kids bear a striking resemblance to one another. I think it’s even cuter that it’s Rover she looks like, and not necessarily the girls! (Probably due to age, but even so …) πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca
    November 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I think my favorite thing about this post is Rover’s diaper wedgie!

  • Katie
    November 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

    That first goat made me laugh! Love Rover’s little wedge!

  • Becky
    November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I love the tin man costume from your friend. My mom dressed myself and my siblings as the Wizard of Oz one year and I was covered in tin foil and duct tape! Worst Halloween. Ever. πŸ™

  • Jordin
    November 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

    You are so funny!! I know it may be frustrating to you but your little boy in that diaper is hilarious(especially with the little chain saw)! I only have one child and he is 7 months but it seems that things change so fast so maybe tomorrow he will love wearing clothes! I will probably be there soon!

  • Melise
    November 4, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I mean….eventually it WILL turn cold enough and he’ll want to wear clothes….right!? ;0) {as usual you bring a smile to my day}

  • lisa
    November 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

    You are not alone with parenting struggles. I just wrote on my blog about my issues with my three year old daughter. It has been a very tough week, but knowing my mommy friends have been there and understand has pulled me through. It is so hard when you think you’re doing the right things by your children, only to question it every other day, based on their behavior. Hugs! We will get through this. πŸ™‚

  • Meredith
    November 4, 2010 at 10:23 am

    This is a random post but it seems that we know all the same people because all of my friends have your blog on their “blog lists”. From what I can tell, we were at Auburn at the same time, give or take a year. So War Eagle! I feel that you (and your sis) look very familiar but college was a long time ago (sadly) and at the riple ole age of (almost) 30, my memory isn’t what it used to be:) Anywho, the real reason I’m posting is b/c I love your boots! I have the exact same pair and wear them almost every day, no matter what color my “outfit” happens to be. So kudos to us for having great style! Ha ha!

    PS- your kids are adorable!

  • Beth
    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

    OH my how I love the diaper butt cheek pic! I am the proud mom of two boys as well and my youngest will be 4 this month! He changes clothes 45 times a day because he is hot in the shorts he already has on?!?!?!

  • chesley
    November 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

    i totally felt guilty laughing at your naked boy because i know it must be SO frustrating, but it is pretty funny!

  • chesley
    November 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

    i totally felt guilty laughing at your naked boy because i know it must be SO frustrating, but it is pretty funny!

  • April
    November 4, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Some days, I read your blog and laugh out loud..because I am fairly certain that we are raising the SAME two year old boy. My Isaac refuses his clothes..at all times. My mom thinks I am terrible because I do not force him to have “at least a shirt” on at home! LOVE IT!

  • Desiree
    November 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

    LOL, you crack me up! I have been enjoying your blog (and your sis) for a few months now. It is so refreshing and fun to read. I spied Martin Luther…too funny! We had a reformation Conference at our church this past weekend. Dr. Sinclair Ferguson and Hughes were our guest speakers. Good times πŸ™‚

  • Lynn Campbell
    November 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Oh Rover… snicker… you are so lucky no one pinched that cute little hiney! πŸ™‚ Ooooh, that boy is a hoot! LOL! Gotta give him an A+ for dogged determination! HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Morgan!
    Aaah, the Peanut Festival! Seeing the pictures made me so nostalgic. The kiddie rides.. I could see mine in them again, for just a moment. Got to go dig out my old pictures and relive it. My baby is 13 now. She went with her friends the other night and they rode all the icky scary, make you up-chuck rides. My 17 yr old (the one I had with me that day we met) will probably go with her friends Friday or Saturday. You make me miss those days when they were young and went with me… and we held hands.. and they waved at me from those little cars.. SNIFF.

    My husband says when these last two kids are grown and gone he wants to buy an rv and just live in it! YIKES! Of course the idea of living at the beach… or on a whim picking it up and taking it to a mountain location.. or anywhere…for any length of time, it’s sort of a fun thought! But concise my lifetime of stuff into an RV? YIKES, I say!

    I need to meet up with you one day and talk camera stuff! I just got a Canon T1i after decades of point and shoot. I started out as a kid with SLR but am rusty and dslr is a little tricky, though fun. My problem is post processing. I DO NOT comprehend these programs that everyone uses – vectors, curves, rasters, masks… HELP!!

    You guys have a great day!

  • Tara
    November 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

    There are two airstreams at a junky carlot by my house. I swear I’m going to buy one I’m just scared to ask them the price. And I have no where to keep it… maybe my fam will just travel 24/7 Sounds fun.

  • Tessa
    November 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

    you gotta love boys! thank goodness you have a great sense of humor. i heard this song today (brad paisley’s anything like me) and it made me cry and love my boys for the stage we are in right now, even if occasionally I want to lock myself in a closet and scream. one minute they are down right delicious and the next they can be little “snakes” as you said. here’s hoping you have a very mild winter!! πŸ™‚

  • Amber
    November 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

    My husband convinced me to get a camper at the beginning of this summer. We both grew up camping and he knew it would be a hit and it is. I love it so much! It’s a lot of work on Friday and a lot of clean up on Sunday BUT Saturday is fabulous. Kids play, grown ups play with them and read. We are all tucked into our beds as soon as the sun goes down EXHAUSTED from the fun.

  • Emily
    November 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I feel your pain with a two year old little guy! My middle child is a two year old little boy, and my prayers are the same as yours. I had no idea that having kids could be so sanctifying! I thank God for my Forrest and how God uses him to show me my own sin. On another note, I see a familiar face in one of your pics. . . the guy with the brown hat (I should probably add here that I normally don’t check random guys out -muchless a guy’s clothes- in the background of blog photos, particularly from blogs of people that I don’t personal know, but my friend pointed her husband’s hat out in her very own blog post). We became friends through RUF at Miss. State. I actually am not sure where either of you live, but it looks as though you both live in the same city and potentially go to the same church. Thanks again for your honestly!

  • Sarah
    November 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    OK I just have to say that when I took my little ones with me to vote for the presidential election two years ago (I do vote every year:) there were so many people handing out flyers, yelling, etc etc and so I get down on my kids level and start telling them we live in a free country, we have the right to vote, they should always vote so on and so on. And I’m getting all choked up and my 4 year old,2 year old and infant could not care less and roll there eyes at me because I’m such a loser. It was so funny. (I also will never help my children with their grammar homework)

  • Megan DiVito
    November 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I LOVE the picture of Morgan & Paige in the boat! Morgan has the “Wait, I need my seatbelt on” look, and Paige has the “Get out of my way” look! Ha! Flash forward to their teenage driving years!! JM is too cute- he made a great “baby”!!β™₯

  • kristen
    November 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i love that you wore morgan’s costume..hilarious! and happy birthday to her!

  • Christie
    November 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like a great weekend! I love JM’s “baby costume!” He is so funny — those boys are just something else!

    Happy Birthday to Morgan!

  • Melissa
    November 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I always love the fair! What fun.

  • cHI aNNE
    November 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    apparently, the no clothes is just a phase hopefully lasting no longer than 3 months and the winter months are on the way hopefully to encourage some ensemble for rover
    we just purchased a steal of a camper- so keep looking because they are out there (our’s is used: beginner) we call her Martha because she has to all the work – it must be hard taking care of us?!?

    I wanna Airstream one day TOO because they look so vintage but when we are empty nesters I love the idea of tear drop campers-
    happy happy birthday to Morgan!!

  • WendyLou
    November 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Oh! I totally *heart* the fair!! And I’d be happy to sell you my camper … turns out adoption is kinda pricey πŸ™‚

  • Andrea
    November 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I love that he went as a baby!!! We have a 2 year old boy as well and it is definitely quite the challenge. Thankfully he likes to dress like daddy as much as possible. My parents have a camper and we love going with them. It’s so fun! Hope your family can have one one day!

  • Michelle
    November 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    The no clothes phase is cracking me up! You’re patience amazes me with every post! You look too cute in your costume with Paige πŸ™‚

  • Anna Yother
    November 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Darby! Sam and I were rolling about JM in his diaper at church. The picture of him outside with the chainsaw was the best. Miss you. Thanks for the laugh!

  • Vickie Sykes
    November 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Love the Rover at the church fair and good for you just letting him go as a baby, a win/win? The girls are adorable as always!! Smile.

  • Cami@Good Craft Day
    November 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Oh my gosh – this is such a happy and adorable post. I love the bumblebee costume with the cowboy boots. And as always, your kids are a joy to look at. Is it just me, or are these photos especially vibrant? I mean, ALL of your photos are great, but these just seem to really come to life.
    Happy Thursday, Everyone!

  • Cary
    November 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    This is one of the funniest things I have ever read! I love your blog.

  • anna c
    November 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    i spy, a diaper wedgie;…he’s too, cute. i added, some extra punctuation ; for you too.

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    November 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Oh, I just love so many things about this post! My favorites are the pic of you & Paige, and John Martin’s little cheek hanging out of his diaper. Oh, and I love him using the chainsaw too! But Dr. Joe…that is beyond hilarious, just because I know him on the professional side!

  • Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos
    November 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    These pictures are so much fun. Those petting zoo animals look exactly like the ones that were in NC – they must be making their rounds!

  • Nancy M
    November 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    First time to comment but had too … we have 2 kids … The Biscuit (5) and The Buddy (2)… when The Buddy saw The Rover at the fair he laughed like an old man pointing and yelling “me!me!” … the whole family emjoyed the post!
    Random but also wanted to say as of tonight I have made 10 batches of your choc chip pumpkin muffins over the last 2 weeks … everyone thinks I am a baking rockstar… thanks!!

  • Jennifer
    November 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Love that you let him be a “baby!” Great post…good laugh!

  • Meg
    November 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    bless you. boys, boys, boys. i cannot keep mine dressed, clean, or from peeing (or pooping, thank you kingston) anywhere at anytime. in fact tonight i was in the shower with them (you know kill two birds with one stone kind of thing, i hadn’t had a shower all day myself and what the hay) and alder proceeded to pee in an old empty spray bottle cup and then poured it on my newly shampooed head. lovely!!! i mean seriously….really? so good luck with rover. i can’t give you any hope. but i can laugh with you and empathize. today in fact, my sister in law had the 11th grandson for jared’s family so if i have a boy in march that makes a dozen boys for jared’s family. i am surrounded. haha.
    let’s email soon.

  • Jennifer
    November 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Your posts are just as much fun in bullets as paragraphs. Love Jm dress as a “baby” and adore the cheek hanging out. You are just about the cutest bee ever!

    Happy Birthday Morgan!

  • Cait
    November 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    wow the little butt cheek pic cracked me up. Laughed out loud! Love all your pictures. Happy birthday to your sweet birthday girl!

  • mommasis'
    November 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

    sister! what is that brown animal with the underbite? those teeth! for christmas I would like a print of this… large. i think it’s awesome. OR can you print it big, then trace it (honey bee tees style) and frame it for me? scratch me off your christmas list.
    lover dover,
    cannot wait to see you!

  • Amanda
    November 5, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Hi! This is my first time posting although I love your blog and possibly have a mild obsession with it. (Not the scary type, but the Oh she has so many good ideas and stuff I want to try type). Yesterday (11/4) was my little ones’ birthday as well! She turned 1 and has caused me to catapult into a mild state of depression since I don’t have anymore babies and if my husband has his way she will be the last. We also have another little girl who will be 4 in April.
    I love Raiger’s shoes (the red ones)! They are too cute!

  • Sara Jane
    November 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    The RV exhibit was my favorite part of the fair too! And the show cows, they’re so soft and sweet. And the prize-winning art/quilts.

  • kimiko
    November 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I also have an affinity for massive amounts of punctuation…you’re in good company:) Love the picture of the goats!!

  • Emily
    November 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    And now, for my bullets:
    *I love Airstreams but really do not feel I am a “camper” type of girl – give me a tent and a sleeping bag, thank you.
    *Sweet bee costume! I passed up being my beekeeping club’s “honey queen” this year and am feeling a little guilty about it. They kept telling me it would be “good for my resume” but I kept thinking that it sounded more like a role in an “adult film” than an honorary position for a beekeeper so, that’s that.
    *I love that you got weepy about voting with your daughter. It’s so important that everyone knows what a privilege it is to vote – especially the girls! Women went through A LOT for us to be able to have that right. I never take it for granted. My Facebook page was plastered with info on voting on Tuesday – I made a t-shirt and wore it around town all day (No joke, I walked around town in the glorious sunshine ALL DAY!) to support my choice for Gubernatorial candidate here in MA. He did not win (insert sigh and weeping) bad for MA but the rest of the country did pretty darn well! Yay!
    *I love your little boy in his diaper with a chainsaw. He will put two and two together before you know it and put layers on before he picks up sharp cutting objects… if you catch my drift. Have a lovely weekend!

  • kristy chuhaloff
    November 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Hello. I have been reading your blogs for a while now, and I always get a kick out of them. You are so blessed to have such a rich life, and your children are absolutely adorable. My kids are 13 and 21 (!!!) and I miss the younger years so much. Enjoy every second, but when you can’t, that’s okay.

    Anyway, the reason for my comment is to tell you that we had an Airstream and sold it. It had been a dream of ours for a long time because of the cool factor. We love camping, but found that the Airstream wasn’t practical. The kids are dirty and Airstreams don’t like to be dirty. So we are now looking for a different type of RV that is more kid friendly. Just thought you’d like to know.


  • Joy
    November 6, 2010 at 12:46 am

    I LOVE that the Rove went as a “baby”! Makes me smile every time I think about it, SO funny!

  • Ashley
    November 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

    this is why I love your blog:
    *you don’t care about being a perfect writer
    *you also deal with a 2 year old like me
    *i learn something new about you all the time..like no caller id (we dont have it either)
    *have a blessed weekend & i hope morgan had a great birhtday!

  • Kelly
    November 6, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I loved your post! I laughed out loud about ur “baby” costume. As a mother of two boys it was endearing! You will love his wonderful memmories he is making for you! Cuz’ how will you ever forget that Halloween! – I can’t spell either!

  • Stefanie @ My Favorite Things
    November 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Darby, I just love that photo of you and your beautiful little bumble bee, Paige! I’m in love with your boots in that photo, too. Hope Morgan had a fabulous birthday. Oh, and along with just about everyone else, JM’s little cheek is just too cute!

  • kendall Boggs
    November 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

    um….I want the airstream too!!! I love fall and I can just smell the farm animals while looking at those beautiful pics!!!!
    ps….giving away a painting on my blog right now!!! Hurry, contest ends Wed. xo Darbs!

  • Jamie
    November 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Darby, you have the cutest little family in the world and I just love, love, love reading your posts!!

  • Emily York
    November 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Darby! You don’t know me, but I’m the sister-in-law to Emily York Ozier, and I think y’all were in Chi-O at Auburn together! I love your blog and have been following it a while now. I was going to make the pleated apron today, but when I clicked on the tutorial, the web site no longer exists! Do you know how I could get that again? War Eagle! Emily

  • Sandy Toe
    November 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I love your colorful pictures!
    sandy ote

  • Jennifer
    November 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Darby,

    I LOVE YOU. You seriously crack me the heck up and lift my spirit every time I read your blog. Your children are beyond precious and your GIFT of photography inspires me (as well as makes me madly jealous). If you ever wonder if you are actually touching anyone’s lives with this blog…have no fear…you are. Mine.


  • betsy
    November 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    The “hunk of hiney” made me laugh…too cute

  • Melanie
    November 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Love the photos and you crack me up about the 6 yr. old comment. Wait until you have a sixteen year old! That is where I am at!