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I set a goal last year to pick up my camera (not my phone) to document my boys and our life. Nothing fancy just the simple stuff. The mundane that beautifully fills ours days.

I had fallen back into that phone snap rut and while the best camera is the camera you have on you (sometimes that’s your phone) I wanted to motivate myself to reach more for my DSLR.

I had taken some time off from shooting professionally. I was no longer working behind my camera or spending hours in my office editing images for my clients (sidenote: I’m coming back this spring y’all!). I figured it was the perfect time to challenge myself to document more with my camera.

Here we are a year later.

I wish I was telling you how awesome I did.
I wish I was showing you all that I captured last year.

But the opposite happened.

I failed miserably.
I can probably count on my hands the amount of times I picked up my camera to document our life.

2016 was a great year in the goal department!
I’m thrilled with all that I achieved last year but the goal to document more with my camera was a massive flop.

Creating with my camera is a passion of mine. My huge love for photography was the reason I decided to become a professional photographer 8 years ago but for some reason that big love wasn’t enough.

I needed a plan!
A new plan!

I sat down and wrote a list of all the things that were holding me back and came up with some fixes and a shiny new plan to help me seceded!

Here’s to new goals and knocking old ones out of the park!
A failure one year doesn’t mean it has to be a failure the next!

Below are some recent images I’ve snapped of the boys along with a little background story as to why I love them so.

I recently came across some Weight Watcher 2 point muffin recipes that I can actually fit into my daily point allowance. I haven’t baked in years…..years and I miss it so. The boys and I have been having a blast baking together and y’all I’m still losing weight while eating our treats! That’s a win win in my book!
Side Note: If you come over for coffee and treats be warned the boys like to mix a little extra “love” in said treats.

 Weston has been obsessed with super heroes for the last 6 months. It’s been a sweet phase seeing him pretend to fly around the house. Asking for crime to fight and wanting to wear his Super Man cape 24/7. He’s now moved onto transformers (of course after he received all things super heroes for Christmas) but I’m glad I have a few super hero shots for us to look back on when he’s older.

For a moment they were both still and not fighting. The two don’t often happen hand in hand so this definitely needed to be documented. Love how Carsie has his knees up and the way light is highlighting their little features. I think they look so very different from each other even though people ask if they’re twins.

Brady has some sweet modeling skills! He’s such a wild thing bouncing all over the place but when I take his photo he’s still and follows direction to a T.  I was trying to capture the morning light reflecting off the wall in my office (which is one of my favorite rooms). To add interest to the shot I needed a model. BRADY! I asked him to jump up on the chair, sit up and look out the window. No joke that’s all I said to him and he did exactly as I asked. There was my shot! You would never know what a nut he is by the way he acts in front of my camera.

 I often describe my dad as Santa and a teddy bear wrapped up into one person. He’s a softy with a heart of gold and I think you would love him just as I do if you ever met him. Each year my dad spends hours up on hours in his kitchen making salsa and jelly to pass out to coworkers, friends and family. It’s become a thing that many people look forward to each year. He recently told me that 2016 was his last year to do this. We didn’t discuss the reasons why but I have a feeling it’s getting hard for his hands. I could see how tough it was for him to say he was going to stop. It’s something he really enjoys.

We had dinner with him and my step mom the other day and I knew I needed to document him with what was left of last year’s batch. His house has zero natural light flowing in not to mention that it was overcast which wasn’t helping the low light situation. Normally I wouldn’t even think about bringing my camera along but I remembered my goal and grabbed my camera even though I knew the lighting was going to be crummy.

Y’all I’m so very glad I did.

After we arrived I asked if I could snap a quick photo of him with his jelly. He was all about it! As I was snapping away he began to cry and before I knew it I was crying along with him. Neither one of us really wanting to talk about why were we crying but knowing we were crying for the same unspoken reason. I’m grateful for these photos.

Sleepy eyes and snuggles with his favorite bear. Pooh has been washed countless times and has traveled all over the place with us. He’s one that I’ll hold onto even after Weston outgrows him.

Carsie caught mid peekaboo!

This was taken bright and early one morning. Just look that that bed head. Weston is a morning person just like his mama!

Both boys piled in my lap! It’s hard to tell what’s going on here but I promise you were were giggling and having fun! If you look close you and see a Carsie’s head in there too!

Ugh I love this shot! It was taken in SUPER low light so the quality isn’t the best but the moment is there which is more important to me. I had planned on taking pictures of Weston ridding his scooter around the kitchen which is one of his favorite things to do at the moment. I was was getting set up to take some shots when this happened and I knew THAT was my shot! This right here is exactly why this goal is so important to me.

One day they’ll be the same height.
One day their feet may be bigger than Kent’s.
One day I’ll tell Weston stories about how he used to ride his scooter all over the house. How he made up awesome scooter tricks that made us all giggle. I’ll tell Carson how much he loved his big brother even from the very beginning and wanted to do everything that he did. Then I’ll show them pictures like this. Pictures of the mundane. Pictures of those simple moments that are filled with love and sweetness.

I hope to share some of this journey with you throughout the year as I work on my goal to create and document more with my camera.
Something else that’s been added to the goal list for the year is to learn how to make jelly and salsa. My dad just about levitated when I asked if he would teach me.

Lots of love to you guys,
Kendra

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  • Nicole McKee - I think you hold yourself to high standards. Just looking at a few of the pics you snapped tells me that you did NOT fail miserably. I’m glad you made a new plan, and I hope you get to capture more of the mundane.

    I must say that my favorite pic was the one of your dad. I totally geared up and I love that you both did too.ReplyCancel

  • Windy - I just lost it w/ Dad and his jelly. I’ll continue reading now.ReplyCancel

  • Laney - Oh Kendra!!! This struck my heart….my daddy just turned 76 this month and we celebrated at my house with all the family. I think I get more and more emotional as I get older, about my parents getting older. I cherish the time my babies get-together spend with my parents and I am so thankful. So glad you captured this !ReplyCancel

UPDATE 1.16.2017 @7:30 am cst Registration is now closed!

Yay! It’s that time of year again!
Registration for our 5th annual Valentine’s Box Swap is now open!

Before we jump into registration info and all that jazz if you’ve stumbled on this blog post and have no idea what this swap is all about check out lasts year’s Valentine’s Box Swap round post HERE for a little glimpse into all the puffy heart fun!

I’m even more excited that Jordan from Fit By Jordan and Andrea who is one of our awesome readers turned friend have sweetly agreed to come on this year and help a sister out!
It takes a lot of work on my end to organize all of this and our sweet swap has grown each year so I’m beyond grateful for their help!

Are you ready for all the fun?
All the info you need to participate is below!

Oh and you’re going to read EVERYTHING before you sign up right???????

RIGHT??????????

Because I can totally tell when participants don’t read all the information (just saying).

Requirements

  • Must be 21 or older
  • Must reside within the US
  • Must and this is a BIG ONE not only receive but also send a box. I know it’s silly to say this but I have to. If I find out that you’ve not sent a box to your buddy you will be blocked from all future swaps and giveaways hosted on this blog or my social media accounts. I will be emailing you and you will be placed on the naughty list which goes directly to the big guy himself. Be kind people and think about all the love and time your buddy put into your box. DON’T BE A JERK!
  • You must follow all steps below to be registered
  • You must follow the shipping dates outlined in the info below!
  • You must love unicorns and sparkles. Okay just kidding about that one but it’s definitely a plus!

Step 1:
REGISTER -What to Do

  • Registration opens today Friday January 13th and closes Sunday January 15th at 9pm cst. Late registrations will not be accepted so be sure to register before 9pm cst on the 15th if you would like to participate.
  • This year all registrations must be submitted to our designated Valentine’s Box Swap email account < HWTHValentinesBoxSwap@gmail.com >. Facebook and Instagram comments will not count as a registration. Although I do love reading your comments on social media and hearing you’re jazzed about the swap!
  • You will NOT hear back from Jordan, Andrea or myself until Monday, Jan 16th when we send out questionnaires. All questionnaires are due Wednesday Jan 18th by 9am cst. You’re not considered registered until I receive your filled out questionnaire. If your questionnaire is late or not returned you will not be registered for this year’s swap. Buddies will be assigned and emailed late Saturday evening on Jan 21st . If for some reason you do not hear from me by late Monday evening (Jan 16th) with your questionnaire form shoot me another message to let me know.

Step 2:
SPREAD THE WORD

Blog, Instagram, Tweet, Facebook, chit-chat with your gal pals. However you chose to share I would love you to help spread the word about our fun swap! When you share about our swap direct them here or to my Instagram or Facebook page so they can get the info they need to join in.

The more people that join, the more love we can spread!

When sharing via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter be sure to use #valentinesboxswap so we can find each other! If your account is set to private on Instagram we will not be able to see your post even if you use the hashtag.

Step 3:
WHO’S YOUR BUDDY

Late Saturday evening on January 21st you will receive an email from Jordan, Andrea or myself with all the info you need to start working on your buddy’s box. Our swap is a bit different as we do not swap back and forth with the same person. You will be sending to one person and receiving a box from another. That way you can connect and meet more people!

Step 4:
DOCUMENT THE JOURNEY

Take photos and video while you’re getting your craft on, shopping for your Valentine’s buddy, or even while you’re mailing your package! Be sure to SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!!! Get creative and share the journey with us! Seeing the process is all part of the fun and a great way to connect with others that are participating! There was tons of great involvement last year and we all enjoyed seeing everyone process as they prepared a box full of love for their buddy!  Share your photos via Instagram and on our Facebook page. I will pull some of my favorite photos to share in a later blog post (with your permission). Be sure that you use #valentinesboxswap so we can find your photos when posting! If your Instagram account is set to private we will not see your photos in the hashtag feed.

Step 5:
SEND YOUR VALENTINE’S SWAP BOX

On or before Monday, January 30th! This means your package should be completed on its way NO LATER THAN Monday, January 30th! This way you and your buddy will have your Valentine’s box in hand and ready to enjoy by Valentine’s, maybe even a few days before!

DON’T NOT and I REPEAT DO NOT participate if this sounds like a time frame you can not work with. We do this annually so if you have too much on your plate at this time skip and join in next year. It’s not worth stressing yourself over.

I really really really REALLLLLLLLLY dislike having to reach out to people about boxes being late or missing due to a participants not sending on time. Seriously it’s not fun. It’s awkward for me. It’s awkward for you. Just take care of business on time and we’re go to go!

Again this takes a lot of work on my end so when I have to put even more time into it because people are not following through with what they agreed to it gets me a little miffed. Sooooo if you’re certain you can hang with having 9 days to shop, craft (if you choose), pack a box for your buddy and send it on its way come on down my friend we would love to have you participate! It’s TONS of fun!

Step 6:
Receive & Document

Blog, Instagram, Tweet, Facebook all about your Valentine’s Swap Box and your adventure with the swap. Sharing about your box and your experience participating in the Valentine’s Box Swap is part of the fun. Be sure and use the hashtag #valentinesboxswap on Instagram and Twitter so we can all find each other. Again if your account is set to private we will not be able to see your photos! I’ll be selecting a few of my favorite photos to share in a Valentine’s Box Swap round up post!

FAQs:

1. Do I need to have a blog or social media account to participate?

Nope nope nope! Everyone within the US blogger, social media junkie or not is invited to join in! I will say that it makes it more fun if you’re on social media so you can connect with other participants and enjoy the experience together! I’ll be checking in over on our new Hanging With the Huies FRIENDS Facebook Group throughout the process. If you’re on Facebook be sure to join us over there as well. It’s another way to meet and connect with our lovely community.

2. How much should I spend?

Around $30 this should include packing material and shipping cost. If you chose to spend more that’s up to you! Shipping for a small to medium size box is usual around $5-$8. Just to give you an ball park idea.

3. What should I include in my Valentine’s Box?

Two things are required in this year’s box!

  1. Valentine’s card with a personal note written to your new buddy.
  2. Your most loved inexpensive product such as your brand favorite chap stick, candy, your favorite type of pen, favorite drugstore makeup (to give you a few ideas). Just something you love that you think your buddy would enjoy as well. Include a note on this item to let them know that its your “Loved” item and the reason why you enjoy it.

The rest of what you include is up to you!

You can stalk (friendly stalk not cray-cray scary stalk) your buddy and see if they’re into anything in particular. Ideas:  chocolate, crafting supplies if your buddy is a crafter, a small candle, funky Valentines socks, coffee/tea/hot chocolate mix, funky mug, dish towel, vintage coolness, handcrafted goods, stationary, accessories, some of your favorite inexpensive items like chapstick or a small bottle of your favorite hand lotion. The possibilities are endless BUT be sure to keep shipping cost in mind!

Have fun with putting your package together. I’m giving you plenty of time to get creative (if you chose) so be sure to start ASAP so it’s a fun experience and not something you have to rush through at the last minute!

4. Is it a secret?

No, yes, nah,  ummm kind of? I want you to share, document,  and talk all about your journey. This makes it that much more fun for all of us! You just might not want to directly tag your buddy with a picture of their package saying something like “Hey So-and-So this is your gift. Here’s everything in it. Hope you like it”  that way they’re surprised when they open their box.

5. Is their an age limit?

Yes, you must be at 21 or older to participate.

6. What if I didn’t receive my assignment.

You are NOT CONFIRMED in until I receive the answers to your questionnaire. I will not hunt your down for your filled out questionnaire. That’s up to you to get it back to me on time within the time frame noted above.

If you do not hear back from me by the evening of 1/16 that means I did NOT receive your email. Be sure to follow up asap so I can get you what you need within our window.

Now What??????

If you’ve read all the information above and you’re 100% on board shoot over an email Valentine’s Box Swap email address (listed below). Be sure to make note of all the dates I’ve outlined above so you know when to expect emails from myself, Jordan or Andrea as well as the date to have your box on its way to your buddy (that one is very important).

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  • Riley WInters - So sad i cant participate as i am from Canada, but love this idea and cant wait to see the cute boxes everyone gets! Have fun!ReplyCancel

It was so fun walking down vlog memory lane to pick my favorites from the year!

Here they are listed from oldest to newest.

I’m the mean mom that finds this stuff hilarious! Watch Carson’s face towards the end when he does a double take.
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

Watching this one made me cry all over again. This is a special one! Weston passes out flowers to the ladies and I get choked up.
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

Just a normal day but this one really gets me….the little hat Carsie is wearing (he lived in that last winter) warms my heart right up. We take the boys to a fun playground and celebrate Valentines as a family.
Oh and Carson’s sweet giggle at during our lunch swoon! Just a bunch of beautiful mundane which is what I love capturing.
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

Carson’s hair was still curly and he was full of sweet chubbiness! The part where he and Weston are dancing and the way Weston says guitar “Katar”…melt! This was a good reminder that we need more dance parties in our lives.
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

Oh my gosh the second this one started playing I bawled. This isn’t the most interesting vlog but it’s sweet and simple and I hope that it motivates you to set up your camera, phone, whatever you have and record moments like this with your children. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy! Just capture them in their current season because it will be gone in a flash and a video like this will take you right back to a time that may not be so vibrant in your mind. This is one I’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

 Another one where we I just grabbed my phone because it was all I has close by and document the moment. Weston does my makeup!
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

We do a little antiquing with my mom. We find a new park and celebrate Mothers’ Day. Oh my gosh do y’all remember the desk? THE DESK! The one I found while thrifitng that ended up not fitting though our office door and caused all the trouble afterwards? I mention it in this vlog. Little did I know, right?
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

We got our cabin on in Oklahoma and took you guys along! I always love our travel vlogs and I have several from last year waiting for me to edit! I need to get on that stat!
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

 

I’m not sure why but I always LOVE watching our tree decorating ones. I shared this one on the blog recently so you may have seen it but if you missed it we go to the tree lot to find the perfect tree and try to decorate it while the boys are awake which doesn’t go over so well.
Click HERE to watch via YouTube

Oh man how I cherish these vlogs of ours!

I’ve set a goal to vlog more next year and walking down the vlog memory lane fully cemented that goal.

I so enjoy recording and sharing them with you!

We bought a new vlogging camera before our summer travels (Canon G 7X) which I LOVE!
For Christmas Kent gifted me a new tripod that attaches to the car so we can do chatty vlogs during road trips and another tripod to use for hauls and sit down chat vlogs. Up until this point I’ve been stacking the camera on boxes (super high tech).

Soooooooo with all the new gear bring on more vlogs in 2017!

I’m currently working on our Christmas vlog (3 days of Christmas fun) and should have it ready next week!

Other vlogs coming up (most of these have already been recorded)…..

  • A Weight Watchers chat
  • An update on the hair loss situation
  • What I got for Christmas haul
  • A paper planner chat
  • Target $ 1 spot haul
  • Consignment haul
  • How we did with our 2016 goals
  • Goals for the new year
  • And lots and lots of travel vlogs

If you enjoy our vlogs what I’ve shared on the blog today is a teeny tiny sampling of what we have over on our YouTube channel. So while you wait for new vlogs to come out be sure to stop by our YouTube page (Right Here) and see what else you may have missed from us.

Also just a little heads up……

Some vlogs do not make it into a blog post like this one “My Favorite Christmas Ornaments” or this one “The Boys Decorate A Gingerbread House” Be sure you’ve subscribed to our YouTube page (it’s free) by clicking that little red subscribe button on the main page so you don’t miss out on the fun next year!

See you guys in 2017!

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We’re rounding out another year of blogging
It’s still blows my mind that I’ve been blogging for 9 years……9YEARS!!!!

THAT’S NUTS!

At the end of 2015 we moved our established blog from Blogger over to WordPress.

It was a bit scary.

Would people move over with us?
Would we have to start all over?
Would I know how to use the new platform?

We’ve been in our new place for a year now.
We did have to start over.
We did lose a good majority of our readers.
I did have to learn a new platform.

Even though my concerns came to reality I can honestly say that it was indeed a good move.
A move that brought on growth and lots of new blog buddies (you guys) that I feel even more connected with than ever before!

So just a little hello to you……
If you’re one of our long time blog buddies we’re so grateful that you moved over with us and continue to check in.
If you’re one of our newer blog buddies we’re tickled that our paths crossed and you’ve found this little space of ours interesting enough to stick around!

Hopefully we’ve connected with you throughout the year here in the comment section, on Instagram (Kendra_Huie), on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie), or Facebook.

If we haven’t connected reach out in the comments below and let’s have a little chat!

When I went back over our blog to pick our best post from the year it became more of a hunt for the post I LOVED creating. Maybe not technically the best. I’m sure you’ll find typos galore (because hello its me), my thoughts may not be perfectly curated, things may be technically off. What I’m sharing today is not the best in regards to all that but a listing of all the post I loved creating or stories I enjoyed sharing with you over the year.

I hope some of these were you’re favorites as well!
So here’s a small sampling of “The Best” post from the year.
They’re listed oldest to newest from 2016.

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It Was A Good Year (2015)

 

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Favorite Drugstore Makeup From 2015

 

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What My Second Child Has Taught Me


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Carsie-Bear Turns One

 

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Weekend Round Up Cabin Edition


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Because Weird Stuff Happens To Me


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The boy’s Spring photos

 

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Flash Back to Durango, Colorado

 

Road Trip Playlist 2016 www.hangingwiththehuies.com

The Ultimate Mountain Road Trip Playlist

 

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Photography From a Place of Passion

 

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Movies I Could Watch Over And Over

 

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How We Find & Book The Cabins We Stay In

I have so many fun things planned for this little space of ours in the New Year. I sure hope you’ll join us on the journey!

I’ll be back later this week with a Best VLOGS from 2016 post!

In the meantime be sure to reach out if we’ve yet to connect or maybe we already have and you would like to say hi! I’d also love to hear what you would like to see from us in 2017! Lay those post ideas on me!

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Nothing says merry Christmas like a trip to dinosaur museum am I right?

Okay so visiting the dinos is not festive at all but they did have the place spruced up for Christmas and we finished out our family fun with a trip to one of our favorite places to look at Christmas lights. If you’re in the the area I’m guessing you know about Deer Field but juuuust in case you don’t it’s definitely a holiday bucket list must!

In today’s vlog we visit the Heard Museum, take the boys out for a chilly treat (my favorite part), check out some awesome Christmas lights, and get a little crazy at home!

On with the vlog!

To watch via YouTube click HERE

Recent Vlogs:
Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree
Chatty Catch Up Vlog
Thrift With Me & Haul

Recent Blog Post:
The Boys Visit Santa
Our Favorite Christmas Books
5 Happies and Some Faves #2
Movies Your Could Watch Over And Over

Christmas Card Swap Address

Kendra Huie
PO BOX 116440
Carrollton, TX 75011

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