O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

6 Dec

I love Christmas. Love, love, love it. I also love real Christmas trees. The smell, the look, and the picking out of the perfect one! This year we went back to the tree farm we went to 2 years ago.

Our best friends, the Sheets’, went with us. Our families together are crazy. We have the same amount of the same gender children in the same order and the same age. I don’t know how we found each other on this earth but I am so glad we did! It’s always crazy and fun together.

We were going to cut down a tree but we didn’t see any that were amazing and it was more expensive anyway. So we went back to the front lot and picked out a tree there. Also, once you buy a tree, they give you tickets for a little train ride. We loaded up our kiddos and sat in the train only to move 2 feet and then the train broke down! We cheered and thanked the conductor loudly. Our girls thought it was a great ride! Oh to be young and naive.

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Nick and I picked this tree and Solace said “No. It’s too tall.”


Then she picked this exact look-a-like and said, “Yes, this one!!”

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It took us about 5 days to actually get our tree decorated. First we were missing our decorations, then we found them (in someone else’s house!), then the girls had a meltdown about decorating and then life. So I wound up finishing the tree by myself one evening while Nick took the girls out and Roman napped. It was blissful.

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2014 Thanksgiving fun!

28 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving! As I type this, Belle is upstairs in her crib singing/screaming “Let it GO!” and “Obey! Now!” I have so much to be thankful for. Including silly children.

We started off our day by having brunch with friends!



So much good food to start off the day. I definitely did not eat lunch after this. We watched some Friends Thanksgiving episodes during nap time and Nick took a nap with Roman.


Then we headed over to the Sheets’ for our dinner!


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After the kiddos went to bed, we played Poop Smoothie. Yes, it’s a real game. And yes, it is a blast.

I’m so thankful. I love the family I’ve been given and am privileged to care for. I love my home, my town, and my friends. I’m thankful for reminders from God that He is with me, especially when it feels like I am the most alone. I’m thankful for the amazing husband I am married too. I married up, y’all. He is too good for me.

Yep. I’m just happy :)

And now I have a son

17 Nov

Roman August Clark Laparra

November 8, 2014
8 lbs 10 oz
19 1/4″ long
9 hours of labor

Wow. I don’t even know what to say.


I really struggled to get excited during my whole pregnancy about having a boy. I had no idea what to expect and I am used to girls. I am so glad I have a little boy. Oh my goodness. I can’t describe the feeling.


I want to take him with me everywhere. I miss him when I’m not holding him. He is such a snuggler and he loves to eat. He’s had no trouble putting on weight! It’s really nice to have a baby that makes nursing easier!

Now he is one week old!



We are all obsessed with him. Solace and Belle love him and have accepted him much more readily than I could have hoped. Especially Belle. I thought she would loathe another baby in the house, but it turns out, she is sweeter with him than even Solace!




We have liked the name Roman since we got married. It was just about the only boy name we agreed on, besides his middle names, however. We have loved them for a very long time. August is Nick’s dad’s middle name and Clark is my dad’s middle name. We wanted to honor our dads but with a twist. :)


We have been having so much fun with him. Now don’t misunderstand me, 3 kids under 3 years old is hard. Oh my goodness. I really don’t know how we will survive after my mom leaves! I’m trying really hard not think about it.


I still can’t believe I have a son!

Happy Halloween 2014!

5 Nov

Hello favorite holiday. If only I wasn’t 39 weeks pregnant and I could really join into the festivities of this day! That’s ok. I lived through my children as much as I could. :) We went to Legendary Donuts for a treat. Actually, this was the first time I’ve ever taken the girls to get donuts! Can you tell they loved it?

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Afterward, we headed to our local library and met up with the Sheets’ to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Then we did a craft and walked around the library to “trick or treat” for goodies.

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We dressed Solace up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Belle went as a princess. She always thinks she’s a princess. We took them around to some of friend’s houses to trick or treat and they loved it.

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Nick and I got home too late with the girls so there was no one to hand out candy to anymore, but we ate ice cream and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas before bed. Incidentally, I learned that Nick has never seen this movie. Guys, I watch this movie every year. I’m not sure how he has missed out every year! Oh well. Happy Halloween!


Baby shower for baby boy!

5 Nov

You’ve never had a baby shower like mine. It was rad. Girls AND GUYS. Married and single. How much more awesome can you get? There was nothing “awkward” or “cutesy.” We didn’t play cheesy games and Nick got to open all the gifts since I loathe with every part of me opening gifts in a big crowd. We talked about vasectomies and sex and babies and Jesus. Dinner and dessert were amazing. Nick and I felt so loved. Thank you to everyone that came and thank you Kirby and Lisa for putting it together for us!

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Josh thinks he has a “baby” bump too.

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These last ones went from “selfies with Becky” to “selfies with Becky’s belly” lol

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The Haunted Theatre

29 Oct

A couple of weekends ago, the girls, Dan, and I attended the Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Haunted Theatre.” It was so fun! Paige (our roomie) had originally bought the tickets for us all to go together and then she got scheduled at work and couldn’t go! Big bummer.

The Ballet apparently does this every year for Halloween and I am so glad they do. It’s kid-friendly, cheap, and only an hour-long!  All the kids are supposed to dress in their Halloween costumes too! When you first arrive, you have to check in and then wait in the waiting room for your haunted tour which ends with them seating you for the performance.  All the kids are encouraged to sit on the ground in the front for a good view of the ballet. These pics look horrible but believe me, this is exactly what it looked like in there. Crazy lighting!

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This is the only good picture I got with the girls. Go figure. I want you all to know I also wore heels for this. HEELS. Becky doesn’t wear heels. After the show, they invite all the kids out to dance with them. It was so cute to watch my girls dancing! Then Solace got mixed up and couldn’t find me after all the kids sat back down so she was just standing out on the stage with the performers waving and saying “Mama? Mama?” until finally she saw me and came running. Pretty sure she peed her pants while up there because it got all over me when I picked her up. Proof:


Poor girl. But you can tell who she is? :) I decided Belle is from the Victorian era. I have no imagination left this year.

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10.26 :: It always seems to be the perfect Favorite Day

27 Oct

Every year I get asked, “why in the world is TODAY your favorite day?” or “You can have a favorite day? For whatever reason?” Yes, I have a favorite day and have celebrated it for the past 8 years! This is so exciting to me.

I’m not sure what made me start. Why did I need a favorite day? How did I choose this one? It just seemed…perfect. The perfect fall day. And October is the best month of the year, everyone knows that. It all fell into place and I started to celebrate it faithfully every year. It’s almost like Christmas, that’s how much I anticipate it. I also have an amazing husband who goes way out of his way to make it special every year.

All week-long it has been raining. But not this day! It was sunny and gorgeous. I, of course, picked out adorable outfits for the girls. They actually didn’t look like ragamuffins.

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We had our church gathering in the morning. Jeff and Jayne spoke together about prayer and man was it good. I finished my book club book (Alice I Have Been) during nap and then we carved pumpkins! Well, the girls colored on their pumpkins. I don’t think they need to use knives yet :)


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We hung outside with the girls before dinner. You could definitely tell they hadn’t gotten to play outside in a while. They were just loving it.

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Hello baby boy. Please come out. 

Dan came over to watch the girls while Nick and I went out for dinner. We ended up at Art House Cafe. Neither of us had ever had their dinner so we thought we’d try it out! My burger was super yum.

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Because we are old, we were home by 7:50pm. We ate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and Oreos while we watched Catching Fire on Netflix (full disclosure: this was our second night trying to get through this movie and we still didn’t make it. Why are we old now??) My last view of this perfect day was:


Yes. I love it. I can’t wait til next year!!! Tell me some of you are finally going to pick out a favorite day??


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