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I recently challenged myself to better utilize my phone and its impressive moment-capturing abilities. I've always been the kind of girl who loves taking photos-- but I seemed to always forget that my phone is just as capable of capturing beautiful photographs as my high-end camera. After all, "the best camera is the one you have with you." SO, every single photo in this post was actually taken AND edited on my phone. I'm proud of that! It makes me happy because I've found a new love for the creativity that goes into iPhone photography. // Billie had a tough week. She kept refusing to go down for naps when she needed to and it resulted in her being grumpier than usual... for about a week! It was hard on both of us. But there were so many precious moments where I would let her fall asleep and nap in my arms that turned into such tender mercies amidst everything else that was going on. I guess I needed it-- I needed more cuddle time with her sound asleep in my arms... I just didn't know it at the time. Hindsight is everything, right?

We took Billie to apply for her passport this past week! We got the cutest little photo of her within the first couple of minutes... but the lady helping us get all the paperwork done was worried that the little wrinkles in the fabric behind her head wouldn't meet the specifications for the passport... so we tried again. That time around, it proved to be much more difficult! It ended up taking us about twenty minutes to get another photo that would work for her passport because she refused to look at the camera, she kept barfing, and she was too interested in everything else going on around. The post office had suddenly gotten very busy and we had an audience as Taylor and I made ridiculous faces and noises in attempts to get Billie looking where she needed to be looking-- we had the whole post office laughing and eventually WE were laughing too. I think the only person not laughing was the poor lady trying to take the photo. 

Needless to say, we got another photo.... but it looks more like a mug shot than a passport photo and she's got barf stains all down the front of her shirt. We haven't stopped laughing about it SINCE. Talk about a legendary passport photo. This will likely be one of our favorite things to hold onto and show her when she's older.

I finally got my hair done! We chopped about seven inches off (I didn't even realize how long my hair was until my sister in law was doing my hair and told me that we were cutting seven inches off). It was getting pretty bad... that's what pregnancy and postpartum will do to you, I guess. I also decided to surprise Taylor by going red! He always talks about how he loves it when I have red hair so I figured I'd indulge him with coloring my hair red again. I had to spice things up a little bit since I was getting myself a nice little "mom" haircut (lol). 

I held Billie for the last part of my hair appointment because she wanted to be a part of what was going on. She's just like me-- she didn't want to miss out on anything cool so she fought sleep SO hard. BUT, eventually her exhaustion defeated her and she fell asleep in my arms. (Billie sleeping in my arms seems to be the underlying theme of this happy list. Not even mad about it.)

The hair switch-up has been really fun! I haven't had my hair this short since... well, probably since around the time Tay and I got married. I was definitely in need of the change, that's for sure. I'm really diggin' it. 

I love watching Tay be a dad. He's so sweet with Billie (she's totally got him wrapped around her finger-- both literally and metaphorically). There are so many reasons why I wanted to marry Taylor, but one of the big reasons was simply the fact that he'd be the father of my children. He's got a heart of gold and he's always been so good with kids... I knew I wanted him to be the man my children would get to call "daddy." Why? Because I would know without a doubt that my kids would have the world's greatest dad. Watching Tay with Billie just reassures me that I was definitely right. And that makes me endlessly happy.

These freaking cute photos of Billie napping in our arms also make me endlessly happy. There seriously is nothing better than the quiet, peaceful experience of having a little babe slumbering away in your arms. Maybe we're promoting a bad habit... but I don't even care! These little moments mean so much to me. I'm going to enjoy them while I can. My heart melts into a puddle every single time I look over and see Billie sleeping in Taylor's arms (and it's always in those moments that I'm like, "I could have like.... ten more kids, probably"). 

Billie has been such a hoot lately! She totally knows what she's doing, too. She'll do something funny and then look at me as if she's waiting for me to laugh. And of course, because she's being funny, I laugh-- and she laughs too! It's been so much fun hanging out with her every day because she just keeps getting funnier and funnier (the only think that's not so funny is the fact that she keeps boycotting nap time). 

She's been so "munchy" lately. She'll gnaw on anything and everything she can get her hands on (which actually includes her hands. She's always gnawing on her hands). The other day our friend Allie was holding her and Billie just went to town on her knuckles. I was laughing so hard because she went from pleasant babe to ravenous monster in a matter of seconds. 

Another super cute thing she's been doing lately is this. ^ She'll crane her neck in order to look up at me when she's laying next to me. It kills me every single time because her eyes get all big and she always gets super flirty. How can you NOT take a picture of that, you know? So, needless to say, I've got approximately seven (thousand) pictures of her like that from this past week alone. 

Being a mom is sometimes hard because you beat yourself up over "not getting anything done," when, in all reality, you're doing some of the most important work you'll ever do! You're raising a tiny human and teaching them all the things they need to know in order to grow up and go on to change the world. It's the hardest, easiest, most tiring, trying, wonderful, scary, humbling, empowering thing I've ever done. It's everything, all at once. Our days are both completely predictable and unpredictable at the exact same time. But they're constantly full of life and learning and that's what makes it all worth it, I think. So yeah, being a mom is hard. But being a mom is also awesome. So that makes me happy. (Plus, being a mom is the most badass thing I've ever done. And I've always wanted to be a badass.)

Oh, we got a cat, by the way. He's missing part of an ear and he's orange, so guess which Harry Potter character we named him after. We adopted him because we figured Kingsley could use a small, furry friend-- good thing they hit it off instantly. It's been fun seeing a little orange blur darting around the house the last couple of days. 

Life is good. And it's full. I'm grateful for the blessings, I'm grateful for the trials, I'm grateful for the people, the love, and the experiences-- I'm just grateful for it all, really. These little happy lists help me to look for the good in the little details of our life and it really does welcome so much more joy into my life when I spend my time looking for more reasons to be happy. I'm grateful for that.


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