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Freaks on a Leash

Tonight I decided that I would take my dogs Lacey & Tanner for a walk on the beach since it was a beautiful night and I needed a little stress relief. From the moment that we stepped out the door the utter crazyness began. Tanner decide to bolt out of his leash and run across the street causing two cars and a motorcycle to come to a screeching halt.  After the crazy mayhem that he caused I finally got him back on his leash with the help of a lady on a bike who was more concerned that I was going to beat my dog then she was was helping me collect him. We took a moment to get oursewlves together and then we proceed on our walk only to have him escape again a minute later. Apparently I was ill prepared for a walk with these dogs. 

To get down to the beach we must first walk through a beautiful resort and down a long path. There were many people enjoying the evening as I passed through the resort being drug down the path by two dogs that had decided to take me for a walk. As we approached the beach there was party set-up in the sand going on in full swing with live Caribbean music, cocktails, a bonfire and dining tables. My dogs decided that we would make our grand entrance by wrapping me in their leashes and running as fast as they could toward the festivities with my hound dog howling at the top of his lungs. Oh yes, we were quit the scene as all of the party-goers attention was quickly turned to us. I managed to give a fake smile and laugh at myself along with everyone else. The rest of our walk continued down this path as my dogs acted like total freaks all over the beach by annoying everyone and anyone in sight. I was hoping that by the time we were ready to go home that they would have tired themselves out and that we could have had a peaceful walk home but there was no such luck for that. As we passed by the party again on the way home I was stopped by a few people who wanted to comment on my dog walk gone mad. By the time I got home I felt as if my arms and lower back had been run over. The next time that I want to walk along the beach at sunset for some stress relief I will be doing it ALONE!

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Courageous Parenting

I received my daily email this morning from “Family Life”. This email struck me because I feel that there are too many parents out there that do not set the Christian standards when parenting their children. They call themselves Christians but when it comes to parenting they tend to take the easy way, the lazy way of parenting. Whether you are Christian or not the bar should be set high when it comes to parenting. Why is it that so many parents do not step up, instead they allow their children to be in situations that will only lead to major trouble. Now I will openly admit that I am at the other end of the spectrum, I am an extremely over protective parent but I would rather be over protective in this day and age where young children are having sex and doing drugs then allow my children to be in compromising situations. As a mother of two girls I cannot stand the thought of teenage boys putting their hands on my daughters. I want to raise them to say”NO”! I plan on giving both of my daughter’s virgin rings when they enter jr. high as a symbol of their promise to God to remain pure. I realize that there are no guarantees when it comes to parenting but  I will raise my children by God’s word and pray that they follow this path for their lives. I feel that the best gift that I can give my children is loving christian boundaries, expectations, and rules.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage.
Psalm 27:14 NASB

One of my favorite conversation starters when I’m eating with other men or with a group of couples is “What is the single most courageous thing that you have ever done in your lifetime?”

When most people think of courage, they think of heroic deeds–like those done on battlefields distant in time and geography. But I think we need massive doses of courage if we are going to raise families according to the Scriptures.

Courage is demanded of parents who desire to do the following:

  • Establish godly standards and boundaries for how their sons and daughters are to relate to the opposite sex
  • Impart God’s perspective of sexual identity for men and women in contrast to a culture that is promoting perverted distortions of what God created
  • “Intrude” into the lives of their children when they sense something isn’t right
  • Avoid conforming to the values of other Christian parents in terms of curfews, acceptable dress, movies, language, Internet use, etc.

Parental courage is needed if we want to raise a generation of young people who know how to withstand sexual temptation. It takes a battlefield mentality if we are going to give our children the kinds of standards they need to maintain sexual purity.

It takes courage to look your sons in the eye when they’re 13, 18 or 24 and ask them if they’ve been looking at pornography on the Internet. But your sons need you to ask them. And, Dad, you need to be able to ask them with your own conscience clean. It takes courage to talk to your sons straight about keeping their hands off the girls. And it takes courage to meet with a young man who wants to take one of your daughters out for the evening–asking him to keep his hands and lips off your daughter!

The easiest thing to do is nothing. But that’s how battles are lost.

Discuss
What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Pray
Ask God for the courage you need to stand strong in the battle for the souls of your children.

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Potty Power

Oh are the joys of potty training. So I am officially potty training Hadley. She would have been potty trained a long time ago but we had so much going in in our lives that I was waiting until Kinley got out of school to start. Yesterday  was our start date and since we had some many problems with pull-ups when I was potty training Kinley I decided that we were going to go straight to panties.

I must say that our first day was better than I ever expected. Hadley only had ONE accident which I think is awesome! I expected her to be peeing all over the house but she was so into it and did such a great job. So far today we are doing just as good!! Go Haddie, the girl has potty power!

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Happy Father’s Day to My Hubby

This post is dedicated to my Husband on Father’s Day.
Happy Father

Reggie,

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Father’s Day and tell you what I love about you!

You are such a wonderful Daddy. The love that you have for your children can light up an entire room.

  • I love watching you play with our girls
  • I love that you spend quality one on one time with Sean
  • I love it when you act silly
  • I love how you always make our girls feel special in your eyes
  • I love that you pray with your children
  • I love that you would rather be with your family then do anything else
  • I love that you always put your family first
  • I love that you are a total family man
  • I love that you moved your life from Texas to California for Sean, not many Dad’s would do that!
  • I love how much our children love you and look up to you
  • I love that you will play princesses with Kinley
  • I love that you notice how adorable your girls look and that you tell them
  • I love that you try to do the girls hair & get them dressed =-)
  • You change diapers!!
  • You give them baths
  • You give mommy breaks when I need it

You are an awsome Daddy and husband and I love you so much!

Thank You for being so good to our children and always putting them first!

All my Love,
Aimee

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June 15, 2008 - 2:53 pm

Daddy - Thanks honey…. and I love you!!! You make being the father you love easy to do. What a family I have!!!!!

Reggie

June 24, 2008 - 5:08 am

Krissie Brown - That is SOOOO sweet!

Living the Beatitudes

This was written by my God Daughter Justine Linneman who is 11 years old. She is a straight A honor roll student and I am so very proud of her. If only more people in our world could have this attitude I feel that it would be a better place. I am going to take note of this and make an effort to have the Beatitude in my life!

Living the Beatitude
Written By: Justine Linneman

My family and I chose the Beatitude that tells us to do what is right even when we are teased or insulted. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” We believe we will be with God forever. We chose this Beatitude, because we felt that it would best fit our family. We always try to remember to be kind when others treat us badly. It was nice to remember that God can help us in these situations too. I am going to talk about a few situations where I remembered this Beatitude this week. On Tuesday I was at soccer and another girl on my team was not being very nice to me because we play the same position during games. When I would go in she would have to come out, and she didn’t like this. I decided that even though she was frustrated I was going to be nice. I realized that she wasn’t mad at me, she was mad that she wasn’t playing. Living this Beatitude gave me the patience to handle this situation. On Wednesday my sister was really mean to me when she wouldn’t share her water. I wanted a sip and she told me, “No, go get your own”. My feelings were hurt, but I wasn’t mean back. I felt insulted that she wouldn’t share, but I didn’t say anything rude back to her. Looking back on this week there were many times that people said mean things or rude words to me. Instead of reacting right away I tried to pay attention to their feelings too. This helped me to be more understanding and not so angry towards them. I always tried to do what was right. I enjoyed living this Beatitude this week. It makes it easier to forgive the people who can be frustrating. I learned that when you are nice to someone who is being mean they are usually nice back. I will continue to live this Beatitude in my life.

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Bit by the Baby Bug

Warring: Mom, if you are reading my blog skip this post….. Love You =-)
 
I have been bit by the BABY BUG!  What is it about the summer that makes me get that crazy maternal instinct to have another baby? I think I am totally nuts, I have surely lost it. I already have the perfect family and I am finally getting to a point where I actually get a tiny bit of “me” time. Still I get this crazed instinct every now and then that screams within my body telling me “Have another baby” they are so fun and cute and lovable and you know that you really want another one. Reggie and I always wanted a large family and I always wanted to have 3 little ones but after two very rough and trying pregnancies getting pregnant for a third time was just out of the question. It is funny how the farther you get away from those pregnant days that you start have a memory loss for how bad it really was. However my memory is not that bad because I do recall that both of my pregnancies were terrible. I vomited for 5 months straight day and night. I was in and out of the hospital constantly and went into pre-term labor often. I got terrible sinus infractions that could not be treated and I was miserably uncomfortable and had aches and pains everywhere. Whew…. I am so glad that I just went down memory lane, perhaps now I will come back to my senses or at least if I don’t I will come and read this post every night before bed.
 
Have any other mommies out there been bit by the baby bug?? Does it ever go away? Do you notice that you are more crazy about it at certain times of the month? My hubby better hide from me!!

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