Crappy Pictures

Just got back from our annual road trip to St. Louis to visit family. If you’re imagining me typing this from a sea of unpacked luggage, un-showered, while eating leftover Easter candy, I’d say you have a crystal ball into my reality right now. Please also note the beads of sweat forming on my forehead from the stress of all the to-dos I must catch up on.

I wish I had pretty pictures to show you of our perfectly coordinated family, freshly dressed in our navy blue, pink and white Easter outfits, but the day was such an ass kicking that all I have to show for it are these “crappy” pictures. (Okay, maybe not actually crappy, I like them, but keep reading and you’ll get it. And if I had any pictures of me in them, my “B face” would steal the show.)


Kendall, partially covered in mud (though he was, indeed, fully covered in mud by the end of the day) after a game of football with the cousins in great-grandma’s back yard.


Leyna, napping peacefully… for about 20 minutes, which is at least 1 hour and 40 minutes less than she usually naps. So you can imagine how “peaceful” she was the rest of the day.

Now, I’m not all that fantastic at math anymore. I think I was at one time before the Google, but now I’m very bad. This equation is very easy for me to figure out, though. When it comes to children, the amount they sleep is inversely proportional to the amount of candy they consume.

Despite the long drive, and all the candy, and all the no sleeping, and all the mud, it wasn’t a bad trip. We had a great time visiting family, and the actual driving portion was far more bearable this year. The kids watched Wreck It Ralph on repeat (and then Kendall called a truck driver at a gas station a hobo… so, thanks for that, Wreck It Ralph), and I read some great books, including the entirety of Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures.


So. Much. Funny.

Amber is a friend of mine, and author of the blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures, or just the Crappy Pictures blog. I’ve “known” her (in the internet sense) for a long time, and I’m so super happy for her!

You may remember she Crappy Pictured one of my blog posts last year. I will cherish it always!

But seriously, even if I hated the girl, I would not be able to stop myself from telling you all about how amazing this book is, and how much you need this hilarity in your life. And once you have it in your life, you’re going to want to buy all your friends a copy because it is like looking at crappy pictures of every parent’s life. Relatable like whoa.

And I know that, as parents, sometimes the last thing we have time to do is read an actual book. I mean, yeah, we’ll spend just as much time scrolling Facebook and blogs on our phones, but turning actual paper pages? That shit takes work, yo! Paper is heavy! But, it’s a super fast, super easy read because SO MANY CRAPPY PICTURES!

Want to win a copy? Cool! Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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