Dear Anna, some things you should know on your birthday.

Did you know that you introduced yourself as "Anna Elsa Queen" to people for most of this past year, and you were completely serious?That Disney Land was mentioned 0 times, but going to "Grandma's Texas house" was a daily request.That you're still a naked child, and we have to bribe and threaten you to put clothes on when people come over.That you wear high water sweatpants, with wild, uncombed, curly hair, and chocolate on your shirt, and still light up the room more than anyone else there. That the most common thing strangers say about you is "she's such a leader", and we know it's not just because you're bossy.That you have the best hair I've ever seen. That sometimes you wake up first and come down and stare at me until I open my eyes, even if I intentionally wait several minutes ....more

The New School Year and my passionate opinion on school uniforms.

The first day of school is upon us. Praise Jesus Christ and all that is holy! There's nothing but dry eyes and celebration in the 'O' house ....more

My First Time. Critics welcome!

I already feel nostalgic about these. Someday I'll either look back and be embarrassed by my work, or laugh at the fact that I thought I could be a portrait photographer way back when. I feel a little discouraged after the experience, because I see how far I have to go ....more

I finally took the plunge

And here's where my epic pessimism comes in.Remember how I've been talking about pursuing photography with a little more determination? Mhmm....more

Anna Jane, age 4.

My little wild child. So much energy, so much personality, so much determination. She's a force to be reckoned with, and we make a daily effort to harness her strong personality without discouraging her from being the little leader that she tends to be ....more

Oar Decor

We're on the never-ending quest to decorate another temporary home without spending any money. We start when we move in, and I usually feel good about it a few months before it's time to transfer again. Such is life as a military wife ....more

Things I'm Loving and Some I'm Not : August

I'm obsessed with www.theglow.com. I've been playing with the idea of getting professional family pictures done, because we never have and our family is complete. I don't want white shirts on the beach in Cape Cod though ....more

You don't have to be a c*nt.

I can be a bitch. I can be a bitch to my husband, my kids, my best friends. Once in awhile it's a reaction to something they're doing, but other times they're collateral damage ....more

12 in 2014 : August

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Life update and Back To School.

This is such a busy month for us. The Sailor is working overtime right now, taking back to back college classes until November, and he just signed up to coach the twins in soccer this season. All three older girls are starting school, and we're throwing a Labor Day BBQ for the Sailor's unit at the end of the month ....more