ten on tuesday. ten weeks later.

1. It was gently pointed out to me yesterday that it’s been ten-ish weeks since my last ToT post. I was shocked. It was never my intention to stop blogging. But somehow I did. Oops.

2. Life here is good. It’s rich and wonderful, in fact. And the kids are getting big enough to tell their own stories. I’m hearing lots and lots of “don’t talk about me!” around these parts, which has probably contributed to my hesitancy to share as much publicly. I think I can find a balance though. I’ll try, at least.

3. After a week of Fall Break in California yesterday officially kicked off portrait photographer busy season. I love it so much. It’s about 8 weeks of pure crazy but being involved in the lives of so many wonderful families just makes my heart swell. I’m so thankful for this work that I do.

4. Speaking of this work that I do, I’ll be photographing 22 children on Thursday who are in the foster care system and hoping to find forever families. I’ve done this in conjunction with Heart Gallery Alabama for the last three years and it’s always such a wonderful, hopeful experience. I can’t wait to meet the new kiddos on Thursday! And, in typical awesome fashion, a ground swell of Huntsville friends have come forward to provide the most incredible gift bags for the kids. I can’t wait to see their faces when they arrive!

5. I posted a very sternly worded admonition to my friends via Facebook and Instagram yesterday regarding a new book series I’ve started reading. Outlander. The admonition was basically a “Dear John” to any of my friends who knew about these books and never told me. The copyright date was 1992 people! There’s simply no excuse for me having lived 20+ years beyond that date without knowing about these books.

6. Another thing that I’ve apparently missed the boat on? Jason Isbell. Y’all, my mother had to introduce me to his music. Now, I have an uber cool mother, but still. My mother. Clue me in people. I feel betrayed by my generation. And for that, I may not even tell you how awesome his concert is sure to be when I see him live in Nashville on October 26th. With my mother.

7. My children are officially on their birthday countdowns. Sarah has 14 days left until NINE and Ephraim has 38 days left until SEVEN. I die. Also, Sarah has officially changed her birthday wish from a mermaid tail to a slew of American Girl doll clothing (for herself) to include thirty eight dollar leggings. Um, try again sister. Mama only buys leggings at Target. On sale.

8. For the first time in our six Halloweens as a family of four, the Cobbs will be rocking the group costume this year. Specifically, the Super Mario group costume. We’ll have Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach and a dog disguised as Yoshi. Just wait until you see my ground pound. (And while we’re on the subject…anybody have a couple pair of overalls that might fit a 34 year old woman and 6 year old boy cleverly disguised as Mario and Luigi?)

9. Is it Fall yet where you live? I wore boots today for the first time this season, albeit a bit prematurely. Short boots, tall boots or booties for you? I say all three.

10. Happy Tuesday friends. See you in ten more weeks…

KIDDING!;)

the 4th. (almost 4 months later)

I think I’ve set two simultaneous records. First, for longest time between Pigbear blog posts. And second for longest time passage between an event and the blogging of it.

So without further adieu, here’s a look at our fun on the 4th of July. We headed down to Brent’s parent’s house on the river for some good, old fashioned family time.

I spent a lot of time toting my babies baby around in the water.

(And to answer your question…YES, I had a raging sunburn. Bad me. Also, I am not topless despite what appears to be photographic evidence to the contrary.)

While I was toting a water-logged Tigger, the rest of the fam was having a BBQ ball.

All of the Cobb 4th of July staples were involved: Uncle Tory’s tireless grill skills, Aunt Alice’s fried pies, and a slew of sun-kissed and crazy kids.

Correction, a slew of sun-kissed, crazy, fire-branding kiddos.

The very best kind.

(Thanks to all of you who have reached out/called me out via email, Twitter, Insta and the like to shame me back into blogging. I appreciate you. For reals.)

ten on tuesday.

1. We are back in the swing of things with school around here. Both kids love their teachers which means both parents love both kids’ teachers. Happy kids = learning kids. Learning kids = happy parents.

2. After parent orientation a couple of weeks ago an impromptu drinks run happened with a few other moms in the ‘hood. So I finally got to use my new minivan for the fun kind of carpool…one with friends of MINE in it! On the way home a stop at Publix was requested so someone (who shall not be named) could stock up on a “necessity”…

3. Publix brand Chocolate Cookie Quarry frozen yogurt. Do you know about this? It’s well on its way to becoming a “necessity” around here as well.

4. I finally picked a Fall half marathon: The Louisville Urban Bourbon. Has anyone done it? Anyone planning to do it this year? Anything I need to know? Do tell!

5. I read on a friend’s Facebook page recently that having a tween daughter is like getting two daughters for the price of one. With an almost nine year old in the house I’m beginning to understand just what that means. The eye rolls alone are enough to send me over the edge.

6. My mama sent me an email today with this link in it: How to Teach Your Tween to Be OK in the World (5 Important Skills Every Kid Should Have).

7. Yesterday both of our kiddos started dance. Sarah is taking Jazz and Hip Hop this year and Ephraim is also taking Hip Hop. Sarah also started piano last week after years of threatening to get her lessons. And Ephraim is also involved in baseball and tae kwon do. Here’s to well-rounded but not over scheduled kiddos…right? Sheesh, how is a mama to know?

8. Unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m sure you’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge. The kiddos took their turn this weekend:

Sarah and Ephraim’s Ice Bucket Challenge

9. An interesting perspective on the Ice Bucket Challenge here.

10. And finally…(you should have known this was coming)…I challenge YOU to participate if you haven’t already! My Aunt Lori is a passionate supporter of ALS research after watching a friend die of the disease last year. Her dedication to the cause is such an inspiration to me and I’m thrilled that the kids and I will be in California this October for the Monterey Bay ALS Walk for a Cure. We’re raising money for Aunt Lori’s team – The Fist Bumps – named in honor of her friend Ralph who, when he lost the ability to shake hands, began greeting all of his friends with a fist bump instead. So take the ice bucket challenge and donate $10…or better yet, save your dignity and just donate $100 instead right here to our ALS walk team.

Tigger goes to the dog beach.

I have a few blog posts in the queue from this Summer. Starting with the time we took Tigger to the Panama City dog beach.

We loved it.

He…well, he loved the beach. But the ocean? Well, that’s a different story.

I think this shot pretty much sums up how Tigger felt about the water…

But of course the kiddos wouldn’t rest until he was properly baptized.

so much more.

Today was one of those days.

No, not one of those days.

The other kind.

The kind that make me stop,  and look, and think “if this all there is, I’m okay with that.”

My world just felt filled up with love today. Not for any particular reason at all. Although I can’t deny that the cold white wine in my hand at the end of a long hot day may have had something to do with it. But as I watched my two kiddos playing crossing guard out in the street – one on a bike, one with whistle in hand – and the neighbors started arriving home from work and a pickup round of batting practice broke out and an old friend sat down to chat on my porch stoop, I felt it. That little teeny slice of heaven on earth. That slice that is chock full of gratitude and goodness and a two year old’s gummy grin.

Of course, the best news is that this isn’t all there is. Even in the most wonderful moments there’s so, so much more. I’m fully convinced that there’s so much more waiting for us.

Which makes it a perfect time to share this photo that’s been saved in this blog queue for months now. My sweet Marley Rose on the occasion of her baptism.

Marley Rose – our goddaughter. Daughter of dear friends, child of God. Unbelievably precious, undeniably loved and absolutely blessed.

Marley Rose, may you always know that beyond the goodness this life has to offer there is oh so much more.

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