Happy 4th Birthday Handsome!

I can’t believe my handsome little man is 4 years old already!  Everyone says it, but seriously, where does the time go??? I saw this over at Reaves, Party of Four and thought it was a super cute (and easy) way to capture all of Braden’s favorite things this year.  I plan on following Nicole’s lead and starting at the age of 4, asking both the boys these same questions every year and putting some sort of scrapbook together with a picture collage of that year.  What a great keepsake that will be 20 years from now…

Braden Age 4 – 20 Questions

1.  What is your favorite color?  Blue…no, red…no, blue….red.

2.  What is your favorite toy?  My submarine that floats in the water.

3.  What is your favorite fruit?  Hmmm…STRAWBERRIES!!!!

4.  What is your favorite tv show?  Mighty Machines

5.  What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Quesadilla (1 of 2 things he will actually eat)

6.  What is your favorite thing to wear?  My pirate clothes

7.  What is your favorite game to play?  Mario Kart (not a techie at all!) and “get you” with daddy.

8.  What is your favorite snack?  Animal crackers.

9.  What is your favorite animal?  Dinosaurs (I guess we need to go to the zoo more…).

10.  What is your favorite song?    Do You Like Waffles?Figure 8 .

11. What is your favorite book?  How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado.

12.  Who is your best friend?  Wylie.

13.  What is your favorite cereal?  Jack cereal (Apple Jacks mixed with Cheerios) or Colored O’s (Fruit Loops mixed with Cheerios).

14.  What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Play in the dirt with my dump truck and shovel.

15.  What is your favorite drink?  Water and milk.

16.  What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas.

17.  What do like to take to bed with you at night?  Monkey.  Oh and my books and my Thomas flashlight.

18.  What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Mom, I already answered that question.  Jack cereal!

19.  What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  I don”t know.  I don’t really like dinner.  (SO true!!)

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  A firefighter.

14 Days of Love – Day 4 House Hunting?

Yep you read that correctly.  We are in the process of house hunting and today was a very loooooong day of hunting.  I feel horrible that I wasn’t able to pull off something valentine-y for today but I’m exhausted.  However on an exciting and nerve racking note, I think we may have found THE ONE!  It is absolutely nothing like I would have ever envisioned us buying, but we absolutely LOVED it the moment we walked inside.

It’s an awesome two story ranch style house on a quiet street.  It’s older but has been fairly upgraded on the inside.  The backyard has a beautiful old tree that is just perfect for a tree house that I know our boys would love.   Beautiful brick fireplace, hardwood floors, crown molding, granite counter tops… I’m starting to sound like a listing agent, aren’t I?

Well, here’s to praying they accept our offer…soon.  The suspense is killing me!

February Photo-a-day Challenge

I was on the phone with my mom the other day and she very kindly shared that I needed to send her more recent pictures of the boys (she lives in Indianna and we live in California).  I try to keep up and send them every few months or so and realized she was right.   I hadn’t sent any since October.   You would think that with Christmas having just passed I would have a ton to send.   I didn’t…and my heart sank.    I probably have 800 million pictures of my 4yr old when he was itty bitty and maybe 100 of  my 1yr old…why is that?

I love photography.

I love my boys.

There is no excuse for this.

A day and a few dozen pictures of  my boys later, I just so happened to be checking out one of my favorite blogs, The House of Smiths and there it was!  The little push that I needed.  A fabulous idea to take a picture a day for the month of February.  Brilliant (and why didn’t I think of that)!  I immediately decided that I was going do it.   SOO excited!!

Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim  is the awesome and super creative genius behind all of this.   Below is her list of pics for February.  She actually started this at the beginning of the year (I’m so bummed I missed January 😦 ) but it’s never too late to join in the fun, right?!

Sooooo is anyone else game???

If so, here’s the deal.

Use this list as a guide and take a picture every day. You can take these ideas literally or you can be as loose with them as you want.   This is where the fun comes in.  Let your creativity go wild!

Share your pics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, your blog or just keep them for yourself and not share them at all.  (Although, I would really like to see them :))

I’ll be posting my pics every day on my facebook page as well as Instagram.    You can follow me on Instagram by searching  for “darcimarquette”.  And then send me all of your usernames in the comments below so I can follow you back!

I can’t wait to see all of the awesome pics!

Oh and yes, I will be sending them to mom too.  🙂