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  • hi! i’m jan…

    welcome to my little home away from home!
    stop by often to see my most recent work with my amazing clients & my frequent antics with my first loves... my family!
    i have two littles, a busy husband, a naughty siberian husky, & a havanese puppy! i'm also in love with traveling, so expect to see some of the world from time to time!
    i've got a rad shoe collection that i'll tell you all about on tuesdays... check back to see what i'm gabbing about the rest of the week! i love to share my real life craziness... the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the random, the grammatically incorrect, the uncensored... if it's personal & real, i love it! i hope you love it too!
    i am based in durango, colorado... i would love to come meet you in your part of the world asap!!!


    thanks for stopping by!
    blessings, js

funny things livi says.

me:”you’re going to have to wear jeggings, you don’t have tights that match this dress.” o:”o don’t like these jeggings, they look like jeans!”-oct

little guy at preschool:”ohhh, olivia, where did you get those curls?” o:”from God!”-oct

o:”mommy, i am still praying for a baby brother.  do you think you & daddy can work on that?”-oct

“i would like to stay up until i see the first little star!”-aug

“ok, now, let’s talk about this!  you can’t yell at mommy!  and we do not throw things in the house!” to hl while in timeout.  then she sang her a song.

me:”livi, please stop bugging your sister!” o:”but i love her, she’s my best friend”

“daddy kills everyone with his butt!” -about andrew’s, um,… no comment.

Me: “yum! starbucks is doing a cookies & creme frapp”  o:”oh, can I please eat that now?!” -Awesome! Mini-starbucks addict!!!

“your majesty”-o to me

“mom, you wanna hear it pop” bends over & toots “did you hear it “pop-ed”?  it pops!”-o to me about her, um,…no comment

me:”go in the other room & find some self control & come back”  o, crying:”mommy, i can’t find any!”

o:”i am a princess” me:”oh really, and what am i?” o:”a princess factory”

“i like hanging out with you!”-to ashley

“oh, man!  it’s a crapper”-to andrew

“wow!  you really made a mess in here!  you’re going to have to clean this up!”-to me about the laundry

“it’s my job”-to morgan about being selfish with harper


-it’s been so long since i’ve posted one of these that i’ve lost track of dates… i need to get back to this & add funny things harper says!  it’s one of my favorite things.-

kenzie. :newborn:

now that you have met this sweet baby girl, please say hello again to perfect baby kenzie…

neil. linda. kenzie.- we are so excited to watch your beautiful family grow!  kenzie is one lucky little lady!

to see more of sweet kenzie, go HERE!

tammy. :update:

i had lunch with the amazing & sweet tammy earlier this week.  we try to get together regularly & catch up… we are both so busy that we really only get the chance to get together every few months.  time certainly flies.  she continues to recover & have clean reports.  she is staying very busy with little brooklyn & hunter, and her fabulous husband, justin.  she feels like she is not back to the energy lever she was before her breast cancer diagnosis, but she is getting stronger all the time.  as we sat and laughed and caught up, i could hardly believe that it’s been two and a half years since her initial diagnosis.  sitting in front of me with a full head of hair, bright -eyed, and giggling with me about our husbands, it was hard to imagine her sitting in the chemo room hooked up to the “cocktail” dreading the inevitable loss of her gorgeous locks.  thankfully that is becoming a very distant memory… once neither of us ever want to revisit in reality.  i am so happy to see her in full remission on this side of her cancer.  she is always upbeat, kind, easy-going, & optimistic.  i would love to to be more like her when i grow up!

-photo from instagram for iphone-

they are mine.

sometimes they are as sweet as you can imagine any little girls being, sometimes i count the minutes until bed time so i can relax in peace & forget about the 100 times i asked them to “stop” & “share” & “work it out” & “wait just. one. SECOND”!   no matter how wild or wonderful they’ve been, i think about their smiling faces & their messy toy room & that harper does not want to eat dinner until we all hold hands around the table to thank Jesus for our day & how olivia came all the way downstairs for one last bedtime hug, and i remember that they are perfect exactly as they are.  they are my harper and my olivia.  they are perfect.  they are mine.

toothless wonder. :olivia:

after days in the amazon jungle of peru & a very long trek home, i slid into the passenger seat of my car and looked around at my family… i needed a shower, but we were all together again as we should be!  i asked what everyone has been up to & olivia quickly announced that she had a loose tooth- her first loose tooth!  i turned to look at her and she wiggled it between her thumb and forefinger.  i was excited & amazed, and a little bit sad that i might have missed it if i had been gone any longer.  how did this happen… how is she old enough to lose a tooth… what if i had missed it!  she fiddled with it all day… we were all very curious to see when she would actually lose that tooth!  that evening instead of having andrew do the bedtime routine, as he usually does, i put the girls to bed to soak up every last minute of seeing them.  i tucked harper in, and when i turned to olivia she was wiggling that tooth so much that it was barely still hanging on.  i wondered if she would lose it in her sleep & swallow it.  i told her i could try to pull it really quickly so she wouldn’t bother with it all night… she agreed & opened wide.  i grabbed the tiny, white bottom tooth & gave it a quick tug… it popped right out!  i sent her downstairs to show Andrew… and then i realized i had done it… she lost her first tooth and after days of anticipation in my absence i didn’t even make sure he was there for the event.  oops… sorry babe!  he’s still a little bit bitter about it, but when she lost her second tooth he was there!

so, i suppose i cannot stunt the littles growth.  they will lose teeth & have adventures no matter what i do or where in the world i am.  hopefully i’m there for the next one… they can make me totally happy and totally crazy, but i cannot stand to miss a moment of their sweet littles lives…