Monday, November 16, 2015

The one where i turn thirty..

I entered a new decade a couple weeks ago. 
This past decade was a tad bit crazy. 
It was the decade of learning how to be a wife.
(i got married 3 months before i turned 20)
And becoming a mom 4 times over (plus one miscarriage). 
Yes, it was a crazy decade. 

I don't know if you have done the same, but i've done quite a bit of evaluating myself.
Comparing myself to 10 years ago. 
20 years old. 
A new bride.
Living in a new state. 

And i see tons of growth people. 
No, I'm not talking about extra weight. 
Even though the sweet four babies gave me that. 
I'm talking growth in my spiritual life.
Just over all growth in giving up self. 
And how i care more about others now. 

Things that i thought mattered so much then..
Are things i now realize that in light of eternity are really no big deal. 

I also see how much room i have for growth. 
And I'm super excited to journey through this 30th decade. 
I can't wait to see the woman I'll be at age 40. :) 

Not the outward look..

But what my heart looks like by then. 
How will i be impacting those around me?

I was super blessed to have my mom, sisters and brother's fiance come and surprise me for my birthday!
They kidnapped me and took me Charleston for the weekend and it was so much fun! 
My sweet husband had the idea.. and babysat.. so we had a child free weekend!! 
Something that has pretty much never happened! 

These ladies are all such great examples to me.. 
And i pity people that don't have sisters! 

So here is to being 30! 
Taking each day as a gift from God. 
Embracing age..
Even the gray hair and whatever else that is coming. :) 
Growing and learning in each situation He has me in. 

We got this. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

I'm back! :)

It's me again. 

Maybe i need to re-introduce myself. 

Who am i?

My name is Alyssa Renee. 
My parents were going to name me Alyssa Sue. And my maiden name was Smith. 
Thankfully they put two and two together and saved me from having ASS as my initials. :) 

I don't do well with technology. Read about that here- We recently got a new laptop. So between that and being a mom.. there hasn't been much blogging! (only what i blog in my head) :)

Also, when pictures are taken of me they are often taken by my skilled photographer child. So this explains the blurriness .

I'm a crazy busy mama these days.
Call me busy.
Call me crazy.
Call me mama. 
Either one will work. 

I'm married to Curtis. 
He is a really handsome guy.
There was a head on collision with a softball this summer, though that took away from his awesome looks. 
A broken cheekbone was the result. 
And there was surgery. 
But it meant i got to spend more time with him and serve him more! 
By the way his eyelashes are even longer in real life. :)

This summer we celebrated our 10th anniversary. 
A whole decade. 
So crazy. 
By now i would have thought we would have it all together. 
We have grown up quite a bit since then---
But nope we don't have it all together. 
But thankfully between God and the 2 of us

This picture was taken on our Anniversary date.
We used a gift card when we ate out. 
Then got a free night of mini golf, because they were remodeling the course. 
After ten years, these are the things that are romantic and exciting! (free stuff + alone time = awesome)

I don't take a wonderful marriage for granted

I thank God for that every day, actually. 

Along the way we got real blessed. 

And we now have 4 kiddos. 

Some days we forget about the real blessed part and start to feel stressed. 
But, for real. They are cute and make us laugh. 

The oldest started 3rd grade this year. He also had a birthday this summer. He shares a birthday with his daddy. 
It was a Lego cake this time. 
They are 8 and 31!

And the second oldest started Kindergarten at home... 

Then we have the third born who is talking more then not talking these days. To anyone. (I quickly claim him as a kid that isn't mine when in public :)) He loves his little sister and is so cute with her!

Oh and the baby? Whoever told her she can grow up so fast? 6 Months already. wow. 

Gotta run!
More on me and my life later. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

3 Months..

Bebe Violet just turned 3 months last week. 
And, yes, babies do grow faster and faster each one you have. 
And, no, it isn't right or fair. 

I always love to do a little comparison when it comes to looks and growth.
Here are each of my 4 babies at 3 months. 

 As you can see the girls win the chubby award.

Being the fourth, she is loved on all. of. the. time.
And very layed back, so far.
Just a going with the flow.
 She has the sweetest blue eyes.
She has turned into a great sleeper at night, which helps this mommy out big time!
I keep thinking back to nearly one year ago.. When we found out we were pregnant with this precious girl. Whew- What a year! But totally worth it! :)

Life with four 
keeps me busy
like never before. 

But please don't feel sorry for me..
It's just as fun as i imagined it to be!!  

(just a little poem to end this super fast blog post) :)

And a picture of my little tribe. Taken at or around Easter time!


Monday, April 13, 2015

The sisters...

Back track 3 years to when i was pregnant with Jamison. Brooklyn wanted a little sister so badly.. We didn't know what gender he would be till his birth, so she had a lot of time to wish for a little sister. We tried to prepare her and when she found out she had a little brother she did pretty good. She kept hanging unto the hope though.. thinking there would be slight chance that he could change into a girl. We assured her that wasn't possible.
So ever since she has been wanting a little sister. We got pregnant and as soon as we announced it to our children.. She was already thinking and dreaming little sister. We would tell her we do not know.. And a healthy baby is what we are aiming for. But she wanted nothing with the thought of another brother. :)

Secretly i wanted another little girl, because i have 2 sisters.
And lets face it..
There is nothing like a sister.. and i love having sisters!

So i thought it would be awesome for my daughter to get a sister too..
But, like i said.... i was just thankful to be pregnant and was going to gladly take what came. :)

At that ultra sound, though.. When the technician said..
"Yay, for the little sister idea"
And we said...
"It's a girl, for real?"
And she said yes...
I just COULD NOT wait to go home and tell my girl.

And she was totally excited to say the least.

Since Violet's birth.. Brooklyn has been in baby/sister heaven.
I think it is everything she has dreamed of. :)
She is a big help too.
Pretty much her second Mama.

Don't get me wrong, her brothers love her and she loves them too.

But there is something about a sisterly bond, i can see it already.
And i saw it with my boys as well, with the brotherly bond.

It is so much fun to be a mommy to these sweet little girls. 
And it will be some much fun to watch them grow up together!!

*The sister pictures were taken by

Friday, March 6, 2015

My wonderful helpers....

How to survive post C-section.

It's very easy i tell you (to survive)-
Just make sure you have  have a Mom.
And plenty of sisters.
In my case i have 2 sisters and a wonderful mom.

Have them offer to help you and happily oblige to have them come.

Spread out the time they are at your house so you have help to last a good little while.
 {My dad brought my mom down and she was here for almost 2 weeks}
{My older sister left her hubby and oldest son for 6 days to come help me out.. she brought my 2 nieces with her}
{My little sister left her cute Kindergartners for 1 week and helped us out!!}

I had help here until Violet was almost 3 weeks old. ( yes, i was spoiled)

That is how you survive.

And in between the family helping you may also accept help from your in laws. :)

And if people offer to give you food you never say no. :)

In other words I'm saying--
There would be no surviving (post baby/csection) if it wouldn't be for awesome family and friends. 
(insert husband  nodding his head in agreement here)

Oh i suppose we would have lived, you know.
.. but barely, i think. :)

Now, this may all apply to a normal delivery as well.

I am now 4 weeks postpartum and each day/week keeps getting better.
It really is amazing how ones body can heal so fast, really. 
At 3 weeks postpartum i recall thinking--
Hey i can now sneeze, cough or do a belly laugh...
And not feel the PAIN. :)

Getting out of bed is a breeze now..
And the fact that i can now sleep on my back, side AND stomach is like a wonderful good feeling....
That is when i can sleep. :)

Sweet baby dear enjoys eating... every 3 hours or more and she got herself a nasty cough.
So sleep is hard to come by, but i sure sleep good when i sleep. :)

 Now i am left with these 3 helpers.
 And, of course, their wonderful daddy. There has been several rainy days lately.. So daddy can not work. And we don't mind a bit. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Violet Capri's Birth Story

First of all i need to say-
Violet Capri
Born 2.5.2015
At 9:53 in the morning
Weighing in at 7 lbs 11 oz
19.5 inches long

As you may remember-
I am a c-section repeat girl.
So my labor and delivery stories aren't all that different.
Because i skip the while laboring process.
I even am lucky and get to know the date of my baby's birth a month before hand.

But each birth is still different and i like to write it all out so i can remember it for years to come. :)
Read along if you'd like.
Or just enjoy the pictures.

Ok so here i am/was the evening before scheduled csection.

The morning of the csection, i was up bright and early. So ready to get to the hospital and get the who ordeal started!!
7:05- Arrive at hospital early, of course.
So to kill time we take a hospital selfie.
I Vox it to my family and say "Ready to get the party started, but first lets take a hospital selfie" :)
Then we enter the hospital... shift change has just occurred, so it took a little to figure out where they wanted us exactly...
7:30- We are settled in our room
I get hooked up to monitors, IV,drink yucky alka seltzer drink and get all the normal lovely prep work done.
To help pass time we watch 19 kids and counting. And consider that route for us as a family, for a second.
Or not. :)

We sit around for and hour and a half then...
9:00- daddy says it time for him to prep!!!
He always loves putting on these clothes. 

Approx 9:20- They come in the room and its time for me to go to the OR room!!!!!!!!! :)
For something totally different this time around, they gave me the option to walk into ( i always am wheeled into) the OR room. So off i marched, into the freezing cold room and hop up unto the OR table. A weird feeling kind of. :)
9:26-Pretty soon the Spinal is being done, and there is no feeling from my chest down. Another weird feeling.
The catheter is put into place.
And i don't know what all else..
Then the cutting begins!
Daddy soon enters the scene.
9:53- Our little Violet Capri enters the scene with a sputter and soon a loud wail!
 For those that like to see the "behind the scenes" of a csection.
My hubby actually enjoys watching this.
I feel alot of pressure while she is being delivered.
 She was being a pickle about coming out. :)

My very first glimpse of my little girl! I right away noticed her crying mouth looked just like my others. :) 
After she is all cleaned and not too happy about this being out of mommy's tummy. 

And then that awesome moment of kissing your newborn for the very first time. But wishing/wanting to just hold her right then too!! 

 Feeling happy, proud and relieved to be on this side of things.

While i'm getting "put back together".. Daddy is calling family and friends. And taking pictures of her being weighed, etc. 
Its a busy time for him, he says. 

 I was super excited to have a little baby again! :)
My last 2 were 9 plus pounds. So a 7 lb 11 oz seems little!!! :)

I can't remember the exact times here, but it took a little while for the whole sewing back up process,, Then on to recovery, where i held and fed my little girl. Then back to our room.

Everything went perfectly they said. The nurse told me i need to come in and teach other ladies how to do this. I guess there are ones that freak out, grab surgeons bottoms or totally refuse to enter the OR room. I remained calm and helped her job out. :) And trust me, it's not always easy to remain calm, had to keep thinking and praying to keep calm (and carry on). :) 

After her bath and warmer time, we finally got to have her in our room and take some pics.

Daddy's first time actually holding his baby girl.
Can we say proud daddy?! :)
And me with my sweet girl.
So happy to have her in my arms.
And how am i feeling right about then?
Thanks to new  meds they now offer.
I'm pretty much with it and awake.
But i am feeling itchy, from the meds.
And just kinda all over yucky.
The only way i can explain it is when you are trying to read while riding in a car and it makes you feel that car sickness feeling. ..
Thats just kinda how i felt for the rest of the day.
Laying back and closing my eyes felt kinda nice. :)
Oh and several hours after her delivery i can finally move my toes and start getting my feeling back! 

Around 4 something the three VERY excited older siblings arrived!! 

 They are all proud and happy, but the big sister.. well this picture shows how excited she really is. :)
At 6 AM the next morning my catheter is removed, and then the wonderful getting out of  bed for the first time happens soon after that. 
At 10 AM- 24 hrs after her birth- i'm removed from all the moniters and can shower!! And even though the first shower is a total work out itself-- it feels so good to be cleaned up and changing into my own clothes! 

And thus begins the life of Violet Capri.
Stay tuned for many more pictures and posts about this sweet little blessing. 
But right now i want to go hold her, Ok?
They just grow up way to fast!!