Wednesday, January 30

Antler Spray, Calf Blood & Catfish

What happened to sports heros? You know, the guys and gals who kids can look up to, strive to be like, mirror their play and practice after? Where did they go, or at least why don't we hear all about them?

Today the ESPN talking heads chant about those who admits to using performance enhancing drugs, those who lie about using the boosters and one idiot who was "catfished" (liar). It is heartbreaking that these morons and thugs are what our kids are shown as folks to look up to. Really? I don't want my son looking up to someone who was once involved with a murder and who uses banned substances, no matter how great he plays football. I don't want him looking up to a cyclist who sues people for accusing him of using 'roids when he actually was. And I REALLY don't want my son looking up to someone who is either a part of a huge scheme OR is just an idiot.

Am I wrong that I want MY son to strive for more? To strive for something so much greater than any of these low lives could ever achieve? No. I'm a mom who wants the best for my son - especially his heros. I want people my son can look up to for guidance and structure, for greatness and so much more.

Sadly the mediocrity of today's society calls for kids to excel but lie and cheat while they do it. Not my kid. No way. I'm setting his standards higher than you Ray Lewis. His goals bigger than you Lance Armstrong. His smarts years ahead of you Manti Teo. You three are today's news but there are others... There are so many others.

It's time kids AND adults learn to ask more of their heros and sports "idols". What are you asking for?

Tuesday, January 29

Let's play ball Mom

Although I'm slammed with design projects (a great problem to have), I do enjoy my play breaks with little man. Not a lot to report, just some fun pictures to browse. Enjoy!

Monday, January 28

Dedicating Wyatt

Yesterday we celebrated our little gift from above with his dedication at church.  Our family gathered with us for the occasion along with Wyatt's Godparents.  Such a meaningful time making a promise to God, to Wyatt, to our families and to our church that we would raise Wyatt in a loving, Christ-centered home.  Reflecting on it this morning gives me such a feeling of honor.  What an awesome role Brandon and I play!

Here are some photos of the fun!
Brandon reading a portion of the letter we wrote to Wyatt on stage.  He did GREAT!

Daddy & Wyatt

The Wallace Family

Wyatt's Godparents

The Hunt Family

Monday, January 21

Here come the teeth

Exciting news out of the Hunt house - we have 2 new teeth coming through! The pearly whites broke through on Friday & have been the topic of many conversations since. (Who would've thought that chats of baby teeth would be so interesting to me...)

This kid is always fast to smile & now has something new to show off when he does. I hope he always has such a great attitude.

Tuesday, January 15

Sweet potatoes with a side of smiles

Super mom here reporting that I finally attempted & successfully made baby food for little man! I don't know who was happier with the end result - him or me.

Brandon's sweet Memaw gave us some of her home grown sweet potatoes which neither of us eat. Wyatt, on the other hand, loves sweet potatoes. Instead of letting them go to waste I decided to bake them up, blend them soft & feed my ever growing boy. Success!

Even though baby food doesn't break the bank, I may give other items a go just for kicks & giggles. If you're interested, here is how I did it.

1. Take sweet potato(s) & poke holes into them with a fork. Wrap in aluminum foil.
2. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool when finished baking.
3. Once cool, scoop sweet potato out of skins into a blender. I used my husband's favorite appliance - his Magic Bullet). Add water as needed to achieve proper consistency.
4. Store in containers & feed that baby!

Wyatt says this recipe rocks... See?

Sunday, January 13

Oh how they grow: 5 Months

I can't even believe that I'm sitting here writing this blog post - he is 5 months already?  I feel like I just got home from the hospital with my 7lb bundle of joy.  Now, he is 14lbs of spunk.  We are so blessed.

I'm 5 Months Old Today!

Look at what I can do!


Too cute.

Charlie gives too many kisses!

Friday, January 11

2013 Resolution Makeover

I received the latest issue of HGTV Magazine in the mail a few days ago. (I know, be jealous or better yet, get your own subscription... It is my favorite!) the editor, Sara Peterson writes about how she always ends the year with unfulfilled / unreached resolutions. Sound familiar? Yeah, for me too. She then said her resolution for this year was to make more obtainable goals/resolutions that will help make her year & life better.

I love it. So stealing this idea.

Here it goes. My list for 2013. The things that I will put into place to make this year a great one. (Of course, they are in no special order.)

1. Coffee, latte & in between: I'm taking a stand. If I want a special coffee drink then I'm having one dang it! I get tired of the same ol' coffee with milk & sugar. This year I will learn how to make the Starbucks inspired drinks & enjoy cafe brews anytime I want. (I already made my first latte & know this was an excellent choice for my list. That drink was gooooood!)

2. Get up when the alarm goes off: No more snoozing for 9 minute intervals. When the alarm goes off I'm jumping (ok sliding) out of bed & starting my day! So far, so good. I'm 11 days in & going strong.

3. Turn off the phone: This one will be a doozie for me. In 2013 I pledge to put down, turn off, whatever my phone & focus on my family time in the evenings. No more "quick checks" of Facebook updates or Tweets, no last minute design emails or order filling. When it is family time, my work is put away & my husband & son are top priority.

4. It's time to grow: This year, I want to grow - personally, spiritually, financially. I want to build Inspired Marketing into a beautiful small company that people know & trust for their marketing, design, writing, & social media needs. I want to further my walk with God, developing habits He wants in my life. I want to breathe easy knowing my finances are in order & we are ok when the bills come in. I want to grow!

5. Inspire the world: Well, at least a small part of the world. I want to become an inspiration to someone this year. Whether it be through my superb parenting skills, (I' kidding, work in progress folks. But seriously? Who isn't.) my growing design business, my friendship, my stopping to help a stranger at the grocery store... Whatever! I just want to inspire someone to get up & do what makes them happy.

I think five is a nice starting point, don't you? The list can build as I master these items, but I don't want to overwhelm myself or set myself up for failure (like every year I say I'm going to exercise).

What are your goals for 2013? KISS (keep it simple stupid) - it makes for a much more successful & happy world!

Happy Friday,

Monday, January 7

Baby Prayers

Today I don't have much to say, just a photo to share that I like to call "Baby Prayers". Enjoy readers.

Sunday, January 6

Mom Photography

I recently received a "new" (to me) SLR camera & have been busy snapping shots of my beautiful little family & home with it as I learn all the nobs & buttons.  Here are a few that I love most.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 3

Savin' Space

Our house is officially kid-friendly as of today. The arrival of the Fisher Price Space Saver chair marks the final piece of the "items needed" puzzle. I've heard amazing reviews of this thing, but will hold out on my own until we use it a few times.

Let's EAT!