Celebrating 4— Big Kid Stuff

Happy 4th Birthday Little Spartan


You are brave and kind.


And silly.  I love all the silly faces you make.


Birthday candles, birthday wishes…..I can’t believe there are 4 candles on your cake.IMG_2585

4 Candles at Grandma G’s house too.IMG_2011

This year you found a love for music.  You look like my little angel up there.  Love you.IMG_1543

You are also very much a little boy.  Mud, sicks, free play outside…..you do it all.IMG_0450

You discovered that you can reach a little higher in the fridge if you stand in there.  IMG_0448

A man has got to be crafty to get girl scout cookies. #thinmints #engineerbrain #canyouhashtaginablog  IMG_0087And finally we sum it up with this picture.  You have done alot of growing this year.  You found your spirit, your boyhood, your adventurous side, your kindness, your voice.  I am very proud of the little man you are turning into.  I LOVE YOU.  But please….slow down.


Visit The Baby- Snuggle The Baby

My cousin had a baby.  My cousin had a beautiful baby girl.  They live 2 hours away and I got to spend a few hours of quality time with them.  Baby and Momma look great— they are actually doing amazing.  Love you guys.  I brought my camera along to snap a few pictures.

Proud Momma:  she is so careful and confident in her mothering.  Brandy– you are doing a great job!



I call this ‘My belly is fully—-and wow I look just like my Daddy’ <3My Belly Is Full | Swarm Naturals


Such adorableness.  Look at that face.



This girl makes sleep look good.


I helped the girls get all snuggling in their baby carried.  She was asleep in 3 minutes.


Carry the babies– Ergo carrier’s rock! 

Ergo | Swarm Naturals

 Welcome to the Motherhood cousin Brandy.  You are doing a great job, and your baby is just adorable.  Can’t wait to see you guys again and snag a little more snuggles.  Love Love Love

Claire is 6.

Celebrating 6 

There is something special that happens when your daughter turns 6.  She blossoms into big kid.  She definitely knows what she likes, still has her innocence, her sweetness and her awesomeness.  I could go on and on about my sweet girl– but instead I will share just a few of the compliments we’ve received about her this year.

“Claire is smart, I mean, she’s one of the brightest in her class”

Girl | Swarm Naturals

‘She’s like a modern day Punky Brewster’

Ride With spunk | Swarm Naturals

Modern Day Spunk | Swarm Naturals


‘She’s such a good friend’

Friend | Swarm Naturals


‘she’s so strong’

Strong | Swarm Naturals


‘she’s a sweetheart’

Sweet Claire | Swarm Naturals

Sweet | Swarm Naturals

I agree with all of these about my sweet, kind and spunky Claire.  Happy Birthday girl.

My Girl | Swarm Naturals

Eat All The Honey—

It’s cold outside here in Michigan on this bright February day.  Heck, it is even cold inside.  Despite the the chill in the air- there are some neat things happening now.  Go check your honey (no not your partner, your jar of honey).  It should be thick, right? It probably looks like this:

Raw Honey | Swarm Naturals


When it’s cold outside like this, IT IS THE BEST TIME TO EAT HONEY.  It’s so yummy and flavorful with hints of spring and summer  dancing on your taste buds, that chill in the air begins to fade.  You have to use a knife to get the honey, it’s too thick, it won’t pour.  Ok…maybe it will pour but it would take a LOOOOOOON time. Use a knife.  :)

solid honey | Swarm Naturals


Look how beautiful that looks– It taste even better!

Eat Raw Honey | Swarm Naturals


So in the next picture the honey on the butter knife is gone.  No going to lie,  I ate it.   Yum!

Eat Raw Honey | Swarm Naturals In fact we love honey.  We probably eat it everyday, twice a day.  And I think it’s pretty important to teach the youngsters to help themselves.  Here is the youngest making his lunch.  Peanut butter and honey sandwich!

Peanutbutter and Honey | Swarm Naturals



Look at those knife skills.  That’s how a 3 year old slices a sandwich in half.   well…..halfish.

Making Lunch | Swarm NaturalsThanks for reading my post.  Now really, go check out your honey, look at the crystals, EAT the honey, bake with the honey.  Enjoy honey.

Ever wonder why honey gets thick in the winter time?  Check out my article here.

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It’s my birthday.

It is my birthday.

When my babies were young, like super little, my birthday was just another day.  But now as time marches us into new phases of motherhood, and childhood, my children understand what a birthday means.  The giggles and secrets they try to keep fills my heart with joy.



Last night my 5 year old decided she needed to sleep in my bed.  After about 2 hours of hugging the edge of the bed, I got up and went into her bed.  It ended up being a blessing in disguise, I slept the whole night in a bed by myself.  Yes.  It’s always a good decision to get your child a double bed for this very reason.

Happy Birthday To Me.