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Last night I was told by a sweet friend that lives far far away, across an ocean and 3 hours in the future (that’s how I like to imagine time zones), that updates without words or explanations or big life events are needed. “Just pictures will do. Even if they’re straight from your phone.” So I am going to start doing that, because I love her and when someone I care about asks to see pictures of our life I provide. 

To my Uruguay family.

        Christmas with the Wells: 2015   


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After visiting my sisters house we have discovered the amazing beauty of Pandora. More specifically, the disney station on their site. We have been playing it like crazy and the girls just love having the music throughout the house.

More often than not when the music starts the dress-up clothes and capes come out. I love these silly girls. I really love how you can see Elanor using their classic “Frozen” pose with ‘freezing’ whatever it is that she’s aiming at. And Sarah’s twirl above that is just the picturesque of a 4 year old little girl.

Passing By

I can hardly believe it is November. It feels like just a few weeks ago it was my niece Addison’s 1st birthday, and then people were talking about how they can’t wait for fall because of the pumpkin spice latte craze, and now it’s less than 3 weeks until thanksgiving!

Because of this quick season changing space-time continuum, we have been spending a lot of time outside, soaking in all this amazing humid-free weather.
It doesn’t happen often on the gulf coast, so we’ve learned to take it all in while we can.

I recently had the joy of receiving my grandmas porch furniture. I have so many sweet memories sitting on these pieces, and to now have them at my own home, getting used with my own children, is such a wonderful treat.










I really love the holiday season, but I’m not ready to give up this great weather. Although, I suppose it doesn’t normally get cold until January anyways :)

Sweet Seasons

Happy weekend, all. While I’m sitting outside on the front porch watching the girls play I figured I’d make a little update while my hands are somewhat free.

The other week my sister came up with a fun plan for all of us to go visit one of the local pumpkin patch farms.

When I saw that it was $8 a person I was kinda not looking forward to it, but when we arrived I understood and was totally on board.
These people make bank, and they deserve every penny because this place is a kid haven.

Here are some pictures my sister took while we were there (thank you for snapping these, Ri!)








The girls had a blast. Literally played until they were about to drop.

A bonus on top of it all, I had a prospective client going with her family so we were able to meet there. I got a new home birth mom on the schedule and that truly made my morning complete!

A Reappearance

Aaaaaand, I’m back! Did you like that trick? I disappeared for a while there. It seems the kids, a new job, church trips, and just me being crazy tired really played a big part in the whole ‘neglect the website’ stint there.

We have really been up to a lot this summer. Oh no, pause – Elanor woke up… she must know I’m trying to do web work. Okay, I think she fell back asleep, at least I hope she did because it’s 12:07am and this mom is hoping her kids choose to sleep in their own room tonight. Yep, we have reached the point of kids crawling into our bed. It was cute at first. The kicks into the back, pillow hogging and sheet stealing has really started to wear off the cuteness effect for me. Although the hand holding and morning cuddles sure are precious.

Now for a few photos. Here is some of our June and July of 2014.

Strawberry picking


Kid Birthday parties, with the hubbs

Blueberry Picking while baby wearing


BOTH girls attended Mothers Day Out in July


Sunday morning music practice


An ER visit with Elanor
(she turned out to be fine, just scared her parents)


Stephen and I BOTH attended Centrifuge Youth Camp


Elevator rides with a text messaging unicorn (at camp)



“What I want to be when I grow up” theme night
we have a good group of dreamers!


If you didn’t know, I am scared of heights & I slept on a top bunk – which was a big deal for me


Having fun at ISR swim lessons


The girls visiting us at Univ of Mobile during camp


Skateboarding in the halls


Cousin kisses


The hubs
[I posted this because I think he’s handsome]


Wahoos Baseball Game with the Youth Group


Little Elanor smiling for the camera while at babysitter Melissa’s house


Grocery shopping with BOTH kids
(it doesn’t happen often)


We switched the girls room and I put their mattresses on the floor the first night
Since then Sarah pushed them together and now they sleep right next to one another


Elanor being silly


Feeding ducks at the pond and going to the park


Swinging and relaxing


Sarah wanted in the baby swing bc Elanor and Addison were in them


Visiting Papaw and Nana


Facetime with Daddy while he was on a business trip


Giving Barney some hugs





Cousin snack break


There’s a few visuals of what we have been up to in the Ringl family. It’s been a fun and busy summer, and today I decided I am looking forward to some cooler weather and exciting holidays!

Thank you, Mrs. Debra, for reminding me I needed to update! My computer time has been overly consumed with editing photos, so it’s nice to take a break and look at pictures of my own kiddos and family.

First Sight

A few weekends ago we celebrated Sarah’s 3rd birthday. We had a fun get together at our house with family over. It was on a Sunday, so after church we picked up some pizza’s and made a few pitchers of lemonade. I made peanut butter cookies the evening before, Sarah’s favorite, and to entertain the kiddos I busted out the bubble machine. It was the perfect way to celebrate.

While we were all outside watching the kids my mom had an idea. One of our neighbors recently offered us a swingset they no longer used, but it was wood and it was heavy. There was no way Stephen and I were moving that thing. Given we had all our local family over, which included 6 adult men, mom thought to see if we could get the swing set moved. They all walked over and next thing we knew they were coming back across the street carrying a large wooden frame with swings and a slide.

When Sarah turned around and saw her daddy, grandpas, and uncles carrying a SLIDE she flipped. What’s funny is that it happened the day we were celebrating her birthday, so I think she thought it was the ultimate present, when really it wasn’t a gift from any of us, just a friendly donation from some sweet neighbors.










As you can imagine, if the sun is out the girls are wanting outside on their new swingset. Elanor now loves to slide, and I’m pretty sure Sarah asks me to push her on the swing 875 thousand times a day.

It was a great birthday party followed by a wonderful night. An evening spent enjoying our two daughters in the backyard listening to them laugh and squeal over the joy of a swing and a slide. It’s always the simple things. The experiences that are everlasting in our minds. Moments that, as parents, are quick, temporary, and forever our own to cherish.

Zoo Day

This past week we had the chance to go to the zoo with some family.
My sister, Valerie, her hubs Kyle, and my nephews, Mark & Russell invited us along on their outing. She even arranged a ride for us since we are a 1-car family.

My MIL came over that morning to pick us up. When Sarah answered the door she was so excited to see Gramma. I didn’t tell her what we were doing, so the whole thing was a fun surprise. After we got the car seats loaded Valerie arrived and we headed out.

It’s about a 40 minute drive, or so, and the girls laughed and played in the backseat the entire drive. It’s always an extra bonus when you don’t have screaming/crying kids in the car, especially when you are on the way to a special outing.

When we arrived we quickly realized that it was spring break. Since none of us have kids in school that sort of thing isn’t on our radar, but the packed parking lot was a quick and obvious tell. Thankfully it wasn’t crazy or anything, since we were at the zoo there weren’t any lines or anything.

Valerie got a few cups of animal food and Sarah was so excited to feed everything in sight. We started at the murky-water mutant turtle area. Obviously that isn’t it’s technical name, but if you saw these things up close you’d agree that they must have stepped in some weird goo. That, or they’re a weird prehistoric morph between a turtle, alligator and anteater. Weirdest nose-snouts imaginable.

You can partially see one of them below in front of Elanor in the water…


Elanor and Gramma


Sarah was so excited to see all the animals (or aMinals, as she calls them). The last time we were at the zoo was Memorial Weekend, so it’s been quite a while. Aunt Valerie showed Sarah how to feed with food in her open hand and while the first time she was a little weary that feeling quickly disappeared after she watched her Aunt do it a few times.



Gramma telling Sarah about the different animals on the train ride




Russell decided he’d rather sit with the ladies in the back
Here he is showing off his bellybutton


Trains are the best. Just ask any 2-5 year old!


Russell and daddy


Mark with Val
[cue sentimental mommy moment]
One day, not too far off, we are really going to miss those tiny hands. How much they clung to us and cried for us. Pulled our hair and wiped everything imaginable all over our clothes. I know it’s hard to focus on that, for me at least, but one day I know I will look back on this picture and remember how sweet, innocent and precious our children were at this age.

-Tiny wrist rolls included-








Kyle, Russell, Val & Mark




We went to Village Inn for lunch afterwards
Free Pie slice Wednesday!


There were a lot more animals compared to when we went last year. We didn’t get to see some of the bigger ones because some of the kiddos hit their no-nap wall, but that just means we have reason to go back again soon. Seeing actual lions and tigers just 8 feet away was nutty. They were really young too, so I know they will only keep getting bigger.

Next time I will try and remember to shoot some video. It is amazing seeing and hearing how little ones respond to the sight, feel and smell of different animals. Elanor was so excited to see so many different types of animals, and Sarah was pulling me from one pen to the next wanting to see them all.

It was such a wonderful day and I couldn’t be more thankful for our family. Family that we love and have amazing relationships with.

The first day of spring was amazing. Hopefully it’s a great sign of the days, weeks and months to follow!


Quarters Add Up

On occasional Fridays I attend a “swap meet” of sorts at a local church. There’s a real cool local online network for selling and buying items, and it’s unlike craiglist in that you have to be accepted into the private group and it’s for women only. Really removes a lot of the uncertainty and sketchiness of craiglist. Plus, I’m a huge fan of scoring items we want or need at a fraction of the cost.

Since having children Saturday morning garage sales no longer make the cut, so when I found VarageSale I got that chance again. Garage sales straight from my living room couch. Rain or Shine. Morning or Night. Pajama pants or normal day wear. I’m sure you are catching my drift, it’s been a helpful find and resourceful tool. Making money off items that we no longer need is a win-win in this house.

There are different ways to buy and sell items. They have multiple group meets, such as the friday one I attend, or you can do private meets or porch pickups. I’ve scored a lot of great deals and actually sold enough stuff to go on a 4 day trip to Houston and pay for everything in cash, our hotel bill included. As a stay at home mom it’s helpful to find ways to make a little extra money here and there. It has a funny way of making me feel like I’m contributing, and not spending our day to day finances. Getting the girls & myself brand new or lightly used clothing for garage sale prices, or selling our own to cover all the costs is a great way to balance out my “salary”.

Over the past several months of attending the Friday meets I have finally found the easiest way to find and exchange/purchase items. The church has a fenced in playground, so of course the girls LOVE to come with me and meet friends there. If I’m lucky my friend Sara, sister Miriah or my mom will also be there so we can take turns making our meets while the others chat and the kiddos play. It’s a pre-arranged playdate where we can make a little money and/or leave with our newly acquired goods. Plus, it means mommy chat time, which is always appreciated.

Here are some pictures from our most recent meet up. Kids in their happy place.





Little Miss Evangeline


Mom in the Playhouse


Playing House


Elanor has discovered she likes slides!


Online garage sales, you guys. It’s like ebay, but local, cheaper and if the clothes don’t fit I can resell them and instead of paying for and shipping them in manila envelopes I get to use up all my unused plastic target bags.

It takes a lot to impress me, internet, and virtual garage sales just won you a gold star.

March[ing] Forward

One of the easiest ways to motivate Sarah to do things she isn’t fond of (ex: going inside, leaving the park, switching activities, etc.) is by singing a song. One that works 98% of the time is “Follow Me”.

My mom discovered this successful technique with some sweet and simple lyrics;
‘Follow me, Follow me, Wherever you may go, Follow me”.
Incorporating foot marching raises the success rate from 98 to 100%.

It’s funny how magical songs can be. I suppose they motivate me to clean when I don’t care to, so it shouldn’t be too surprising.

All that to say, the month of March tends to be a busy one for our family. Lots of activities, lots of movement, and if we are lucky, a lot of get togethers.

It usually starts with Sarah’s birthday. Then mine a week later, and my brother in law Jeff a few days after that.

Aging is an exciting thing. Getting to experience another year of making memories and watching relationships grow. Four years ago we didn’t have any children. We now have a 3 and 1 year old. It’s amazing how much can change in such a short time.

Oh how the months fly by…


Sarah is 3


They have grown so much since last March:


Alright, now where’s the pause button?!