A Day at the Scarborough Renaissance Faire!

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One of our favorite things to do as a Nerdy Family is attend the Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival. It’s something that I look forward to every year.

Last year, we took River and Eli. I was looking forward to Andrew’s first experience at the Ren Faire!

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We dressed him up as a “Star Trek science officer exploring a planet very similar to Earth in the fifteen hundreds.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Andrew really doesn’t stand a chance at being normal…

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First things first, we had to get our faces painted. Eli got a snake.

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And River got a unicorn.

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River convinced Nanna to get her face painted, too.

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I just love that Nanna got to spend the day with all her grandkids! (My sister and her boys were visiting from New Mexico, so the whole crew was here!)

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This is Benson. He’s such a happy boy.

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Eli wasn’t too sure about the stuff on Nanna’s face.

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The kids got to ride an elephant…

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…and a camel!

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Andrew and I watched.

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Benson rode a donkey…

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…and Hyrum rode a horsey!

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Then we went to the petting zoo and a cow licked Andrew’s foot!

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The boys fed the ducks.

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And Andrew petted a baby goat!

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Hyrum hugged a calf.

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And we all played with a lamb!

It was such a fun day, and the kids had a blast!

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival? What’s your favorite part?

One Half

6 Month Birthday-007

Dear Andrew,

Today, you are six months old. That’s one-half year! I can’t believe it. Time has gone by so quickly and you are growing so fast!

You have the prettiest blue eyes. And you are so aware of everything. You love watching the puppies play, especially Georgie. Last night, you were watching Georgie play and he walked to the other side of the table where you couldn’t see him. You started crying and throwing a fit because he walked away from you.

You love to spend time in your jumper. You laugh and play. We have a stack of yearbooks (The Aggieland, whoop!) underneath it so you can touch the ground. Soon, though, you won’t need them! You’re so tall!

You HATE laying down… you could stand up all day long if we’d let you! You are even really good at holding on to things and standing up. I’m afraid you’ll be walking before you crawl. That’s a scary thought.

Sometimes we let you watch TV, but not very often. You really love The Backyardigans. They sing and dance and it mesmerizes you.

When I came home from work this afternoon, you saw me and reached for me. It made me so happy! You know Mommy, from Daddy, from Nanna, from Pappy. You LOVE playing with River and Eli. Next week, Hyrum and Benson will be visiting and I can’t wait to see you interact with them!

You are such a happy baby. You laugh and giggle all the time. You still don’t have any teeth yet, but we’re expecting them any day now. You drool like a fiend, Dude!

We took some “Half Birthday” pictures when I got home. I gave you a cupcake to smash and it was SO FUNNY! You started licking the icing and we couldn’t get you to stop! Your first taste of sugar… I’m sure I’ll be regretting that tonight when it’s time for bed…

I love you so much, Little Dude. The past six months have been wonderful!


Your Momma




Just Playin'


Andrew will be six months old tomorrow. Can you believe it?


It’s like the last six months just flew right by.


He went from a quiet, snuggly, snoring baby to an inquisitive, playful, funny, giggling boy.


Anything within reach is fair game. Before long, he’ll be walking.


If he can survive the face plants, that is.

Happy Tuesday!

My First Mother's Day


This is what I got for Mother’s Day. And it’s not even from my husband.

He did mail me flowers four days ago, though. Along with a card that said, “Happy mothers day. Love, james and Andrrw” Yeah. Spelled just like that.

But when I woke this morning with the glowing anticipation of my very first Mother’s Day, I was expecting a little more than four-day-old wilted flowers.

I didn’t necessarily need heart-shaped pancakes, jewelry or any such thing. But I did anticipate some gesture from my husband to show that he acknowledged the fact that I carried his son in my womb for seven-and-a-half months, and treasured me for it.

I mean, come on! I grew a HUMAN for Pete’s sake! I deserve something, right!?

You know that guy who dumps you right before Christmas and Valentine’s Day so he doesn’t have to buy you a present? Yeah. I married that guy.

I know I joke about being married to a nerd and all that, but sometimes, it’s just SO FRUSTRATING to be with a man who doesn’t communicate or really even listen. Who is SO SMART he has to argue about everything, even about whether or not he’s arguing with me.

So, as I was wallowing in self pity, thinking how awful it was that my husband didn’t love me enough to give me ANYTHING on the day honoring mothers, I looked down and saw the little angel in my arms.


And I had a whole new perspective.

This. This is what Mother’s Day is about. This little man who has my heart wrapped around his finger.

Him and me. Me and him. That’s all that matters.

I have this beautiful little person in my life.

And THAT, my friends, is the greatest Mother’s Day present of all.



We Start 'Em Young

Last night, Andrew was being particularly fussy. The Nerd was doing his best to satisfy the baby, but nothing seemed to help.

Then, all of a sudden, it was quiet. The Nerd was gone; so was the baby. After a momentary freak-out, I found the pair of them back in the Nerd Cave.

This is what they were doing:

Gaming With Daddy

I guess when all else fails, the answer is gaming.

At least, we seem to think so.


Happy Star Wars Day!

May the 4th Be With You!

We celebrated the day by sharing a few Star Wars truths with Andrew… Needless to say, he was a little shocked…





Happy Friday!

Tweet Leap!

As a self-described social media addict, I’m always looking for new and interesting people to follow on Twitter.

So when I heard about the Tweet Leap hosted by Amber from Scent Surplus, I thought it would be a great way to meet some new Tweeps!

Here are the rules:

Follow @scentsurplus and the 10 co-hosts listed below + 10 additional participating tweeps!

1. Melissa
2. Arena
3. Jessica
4. Mia
5. Katie
6. Jenny
7. Lee
8. Taylor
9. Wendy
10. Liz


Link up your Twitter profile below to participate. And don’t forget to spread the #TweetLeap love!

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