Happy Halloween


Infant Captain America costume

Captain America was a big hit on our street.  I think he may be the cutest Captain America ever.

Infant Captain America costume

He rocked the wrist cuff for far longer than anticipated.  And he loved his shield.

Infant Captain America costume

We spent the evening in the regular Halloween tradition of our street and gathered with the neighbors in the cul de sac to pass out candy, chit chat and enjoy an adult beverage. We call it “the sac.”  We have the best neighbors.  No seriously, we do. The best.

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Wordless Wednesday

He is kissing the tree!  This reminds me of myself kissing a tree in our backyard during labor. I am toying with sharing my birth story on here.  Do you even want to read it? It’s crunchy.

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Infant Captain America costume

We are going to be a superhero family for H-a-double-l-e-w-double-e-n.  Emmet’s Captain America costume is ready to rock.  It’s a nice simple homemade costume.  I like homemade costumes better than store bought because they have love in them.  And a lot less plastic and weird fibers.  They also don’t smell funny.  Dylan likes store bought costumes because he didn’t have them when he was little.  I had a combo of both.  In my experience the homemade costumes kicked the store bought costumes behinds.


  • royal blue onesie
  • red and white striped babylegs
  • white felt
  • red felt
  • foam disk for shield
  • glue gun
The shield has a strap on the back that goes around E’s arm.  The red cuff on the left of the pic below goes on his other arm. Is he going to like wearing either?  I have no idea. Probably not.  We’ll see how long they last.

Infant Captain America Costume

We got this sweet 3-1 trike for Emmet yesterday.  I am really tempted to pimp it out Captain American style and use it to cart E around when we go trick or treating.  How can I not?  He loves riding in it.

Infant Captain America costume

It has a cell phone.  I’m not even going to go there.

Infant Captain America CostumeI am going to be Wonder Woman and Dylan is going to be Hellboy.  His costume was ordered online.  I hit up the thrift stores for mine and I will be putting a couple more pieces of felt to good use.  I do me, he does him.

Infant Captain America costume

Setting an intention

This blog is covered with photos of Emmet and a good bit of Emmet and Dylan.  There are exactly zero of Emmet and I.  Time to fix that.  I am setting an intention to get more shots of E & I together.  This one is just after bath time and what you can’t see is that my shirt is soaked from splashing and the sharing of a dripping wet wash cloth.

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Sometimes Emmet hangs out in the sink while I prep dinner.  Today he did something hilarious. I guess he was thirsty?

Austin SAHM blogHe got a few sips from the sprayer too.

Austin SAHM blogA friend recently told me that 9 months and 18 months were her favorite ages for her son so far.  I’ve been thinking about which ages were my favorite and it’s really hard to pick one.  Instead, I will pick a few, in chronological order:

1.  The first couple weeks – Our my hormones were all crazy and just looking at E made us me gush tears of love.  Yep, I did that.

2.  2 months – I felt like I sort of had it together but had not gone back to work yet.  Oh, how wonderful it was to nap with him everyday and just watch him sleep.

3.  5 months – He was throwing down developmental milestones left and right, one of which was sitting up solidly.  This was about when we started spending lots of time in his little pool outside.

4.  8 months – He is soaking up everything around him and it’s so much fun to watch.  I also was able to start giving him little pieces of food from my plate in addition to the babyfood I make.

What are your favorite age(s) of your kiddos?

I’m a photographer

I am learning to say that I am a photographer.  I went through a similar phase when I started running.  All you have to do is do a thing, and you are a doer of that thing.  It doesn’t matter if you’re any good at it.  You are still DOING it.  Therefore, I am a photographer.  I am not trying to start a business, just to be able to take great shots of E.  I purchased an entry level DSLR camera a couple of months ago and have slowly been learning how to use it.  Early on I refused to use the automatic modes so manual it has been.  I am looking forward to watching the progression of my skills on this blog.  I recently purchased Canon’s nifty 50 lens and can now get much better shots of Emmet.  Now if I could only get him to slow down/stay still for a few seconds.  He is always on the move!

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Here he is on the move.  He is so long, 30.5 inches!

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Emmet has been sticking his tongue out a lot lately.

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More tongue. Me likey the new lens!

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I love this guy!

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