Holden is ONE

This past Friday Holden turned ONE...time sure does fly! Sounds cliche, but it is so true. We celebrated with a small family and friend cookout at our house. 
Foster Jones taking a crack at the pinata. Love EK and Steven Bobo in the background as Steven is the pinata king, so only fitting.

Holden's turn

he was not sure what it was, but knew that the wrappers were shiny and all the kiddos were eating them

Caroline and Emily Tucker, sweet angel (both of them!)

Blog meet Susanna: She is our babysitter and the boys ADORE her, She is a rising Senior so thankfully we will have her around another year, I don't know what we would do without her!

sweet baby Rayne and Molly (who is 20+) weeks pregnant with baby #2

Thanks to Gilmpress for helping me make these cards to have as a keepsake of his milestones. With Lane, I made a 10 minute dvd recap of his first year and a poster collage of each month, hmmm no less love Holden, just less time :)

He would not cooperate for birthday pictures

but big brother Lane says "Mis birfday momma, I free" 
(I'm three)

Ford came to celebrate too!

I love this picture, celebrating Aunt J as well!

Rayne and Holden, this cracks me up as this is his new go-to face, we call it the stink eye...he gives it ALOT and it shows his independent streak beginning ;(

this also cracks me up as sweet Rayne was bombarded by the Osborn boys, Lane is trying to kiss her!

group shot of the kiddos:
Sam-7, Fair-5, Foster-2, Lane-2, Ford-almost 2, Rayne-1, Holden-1, Ella Kate-10 months, Jude-9 months, and the three not pictured-Emily and Elliott-3 months, and Rader-2 weeks old!

Happy Birthday Aunt Jana

figuring out the cake thing

"I'm DONE"

Jude Jones, such a sweet laid back little fellow

Elliott Avery Tucker? I try every time to make sure I can tell them apart, but from this angle I am not sure...they are looking more and more alike!

I just wanted one. family. shot.
this is hysterical, everyone mimicking momma yelling "Look at the camera!!!"

Can you tell this is after cake time? Lane enjoyed his

Holden loved the car from grandmomma and granddaddy

later afternoon swim
Ella Kate is a water baby

if you follow me on instagram you have seen "water wedgie"

Here is the birthday boy at the beach on his actual birthday, finally one of him with the hat ON! 
(though it only lasted about 5 seconds)

Happy Birthday Holden Russell Osborn!
You are such a sweet, funny, and spunky little boy. 
You LOVE your momma and you LOVE to be held, so a win win for me. 
I would have five more babies if they were as sweet as you (but don't worry, your father says that is NOT an option)
You bring such JOY to our family.
You love music and love to dance.
God gave me a picture of you (when you were only a few weeks old) as a young adult speaking to a group of boys...you were dynamic and passionate. I see glimpses of this side of you already. In the picture you had a strong jawline and a head full of dark brown hair. I look down at you sometimes when I am putting you to bed, and it makes me weep thinking of you grown and handsome and full of passion for the Lord. 
I pray this picture comes to fruition and that you follow Him all the days of your life.


Loving Lately...

READING!! With no TV shows besides the Bachelorette on (and this season is so terrible, even I don't  enjoy it), I have been loving my Kindle. James says worst gift he has ever given me :)
1. Kate Morton: The Secret Keeper and The House at Riverton
2. Melanie Shankle: Sparkly Green Earrings
3. Wife School: Julie Gordon- we are doing a ladies small group on this and though a little cheesy it really has some great points for a strong Christian marriage of all ages
photo via Tammy Sims for a newspaper article
COOKING-ok maybe not that much but this past weekend I did make a baked taco recipe that the kiddos loved and fruit pizza that I devoured...
Baked Tacos-
1.5 pounds lean ground beef
1 sweet onion chopped
1/2 package of taco seasoning (the recipe calls for the whole thing, but I think it makes it a bit salty)
1 can fat free low sodium refried beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 package of soft or hard taco shells (whatever your preference)
1 package of shredded taco mix cheese
Brown meat/saute onion/add seasoning, in bowl add that mix to tomato sauce and beans...stuff into shells and lay them in a 9 by 13 casserole dish, cover with cheese and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes so the cheese melts and slightly browns...add whatever taco topping you desire (james has to have sour cream, but I think a little avocado or extra salsa would be delish!)
EASY!! The best part is it reminds me of a Mexi-melt from Taco Bell...(can't believe I admitted that to the general public or all 5 of my blog readers)
Both boys loved them and ate as leftovers the next day..win win.
"Help Momma!"
He is the constant climber/hider and overall Houdini

We have a great "box" as the terminology goes...if you are wanting to change up your exercise routine, I highly recommend Crossfit. It is intense, but very fun. I think it has made me appreciate the strength and ability that God gives us physically. Check out the website...
I end up pushing myself and doing things I wouldn't ordinarily do, ex. a WOD (work out of the day) this week was:
W.O.D. Run 400m 10x Ring Dips 5x Push Jerks 30x Push Up Run 400m  times 3 CORE: On your own
What that means is that by the end we had run 1.5 miles, completed 30 ring dips, 15 push jerks, and 90 push ups..I would NEVER do 90 pushups if it wasn't part of a WOD...by the end my arms were dead! The running is a lot faster pace then I do on my own too because you are competing for the fastest time.
Anyway, you get the jist...

Comfortable Wedges: I love love summer shoes, to me they are so much easier to throw on and much cuter than most closed toe options..I have these Antelopes and they are my favorite, I treat them like they are a neutral

and last but not least Holden will be turning ONE on the 26th! He is getting a BIG present:
Because he is the second child and never gets any "new"toys, insert pitiful face as I told James my logic :)


Rader David Russell

My newest nephew, Rader was born on July 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm.
He is beautiful!!! We got to go meet him on Sunday...

Welcome to the fam Rader Russell, glad to have another sweet boy in the mix!!!