10 in 10 guest post {Emily of The Anderson Crew}

There are some great guest posts lined up for me to share. I’ll start with Emily….the fun and witty mommy who writes The Anderson Crew. Besides the role of wife and mom, she also is a phenomenal professional photographer. If you live near Florida you should jump in line to have a photo session with her. I imagine it would be a lot of fun…and result in some amazing photos. A while back I did a post on Aleida’s Challenge. Emily has done something similar, but on a whole other level. Once a week you can join her to Embrace the Camera. If only we could all get such a great shots with us in them! Her posts always make me smile – and make me want to go out and have fun with my kids. I especially enjoy when she shares the crazy things her boys are up to – totally relate. Well, onto Emily’s post…

well hello there 🙂  i’m emily, wife to mr. anderson and mom to 4 (almost 5) kids 6 and under.  we run a pretty chaotic life over here in florida…it’s not without it’s highs and lows but we wouldn’t take it any other way.  here’s a small glimpse, in the form of 10 photos, into our everyday life!
1. well, this first photo needs no description…life with kids is always F-U-N (and loud).  i just love this photo, and i know one day i’ll look back on it and think “man, really?  my life was really this crazy?”  i’m sure i’ll miss it.
2.  oh, me and my oldest son are one in the same.  that’s precisely why we are always butting heads.  i usually win and it’s not an uncommon sight to find him sitting at the kitchen table, writing some sort of “i will not…” paper.
3.  i like to craft and decorate pretty things…all on a budget.  i try to do something crafty a few times a week.
4.  my sweet daughter…all she wants to do is play a little princess time, but she usually is forced to play boy stuff.  (she has no choice…she’s way outnumbered!)
5.  and then there are the things my boys do…such as, pouring water down their pants.  that’s always a fun game.
6.  this is my playroom.  the first room that you see when you walk into my house.  i’m learning to embrace the mess…kind of.
7.  my son, milo, is the clown of the family.  he’s always making us laugh…we tend to think he looks rather creepy with this fake mustache on…but it still gets everyone laughing when he wears it.  that mustache was the best .25 cents ever spent.
8.  getting a picture with everyone looking and smiling is a rare treat.
9.  taking pictures of the baby is an everyday occurrence…so is looking at them later and realizing my oldest son is doing something inappropriate in the background.  for instance, here, he is sticking the i-pod down his underwear.  lovely.
10.  pictures with mom happen a lot!  i have hardly any pictures of me with my parents, so i’m out to make sure my kids don’t ever feel that way.  i host a weekly “embrace the camera” challenge—where i challenge moms to get out from behind the camera and in front of it, with their kids.  i’m hoping that by doing this, they are making memories their kids will love to look back on one day.
well, i hoped you had fun getting a glimpse into my life with 3 boys and a little lady (soon to be 2 little ladies!)  we are in the process of adopting a little girl from ethiopia—hoping she’ll be in our arms by the end of the year!  you can join us over at our blog, and take the journey with us 🙂  thanks ashley, for having me over in your space of the world wide web.  it’s been fun!

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