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!

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  1. Glad the trip went well! Love amber’s blog, I think I started following it after she crappy pictured yours!

  2. I love crappy pictures! And I totally thought this was going to have something to do with Kendall being covered in dog crap or something…

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  4. Kelli Butterfield on

    Haha I think my husband and I could use a good laugh from this book. With a two yr old son and our 8month old daughter our house is insane πŸ™‚

  5. Elizabeth Arras on

    The photo of Leyna is beautiful… and aren’t photos just snapshots of our life (so she was just making it real)? Thanks for the giggle.

  6. Melanie Nebesniak on

    I’d love to win this and I know a few friends that might be getting this for upcoming birthdays!

  7. Woah I just read her FAQ and saw that Hyperbole and a Half was already mentioned.

    Just want to say that it reminds me in a good way, as in they are both funny (and brave) ladies who give me lovely amusement c:

  8. Amber Dia Chaplin on

    If I won the book, my hubby would be off the hook for buying me a copy for Mothers Day (which is also my Bday this year). He would be almost as happy as me ;-).

  9. I follow your blog and her blog and between the two of you, I crack up all the time!! Would be awesome to win πŸ™‚

  10. I love Love love the Crappy Pictures blog! I just got the book for my friends birthday, but would love a copy for myself! πŸ™‚

  11. Looks like a great holiday and a sounds like a great book. Wish you had more photos to share of your trip tho ;P

  12. Whoo hooo, I would love to get this book- I have heard great things about it and if I wasn’t so damn frugal, I totally would have bought it!

  13. Linda Twohig on

    Love your blog. Heard great things about this book. I would love to win it, read it, and yhen gift it to my DIL.

  14. Looks like a great holiday and a sounds like a great book. Wish you had more photos to share of your trip though ;P.

  15. I’m exhausted and pregnant and need something to read in the middle of the night when I can’t fall back asleep. Know what I mean? πŸ™‚

  16. I’m five months pregnant with a strong willed 16 month old girl. I would love to read a crappy book at the end of the day!

  17. because her blog makes me laugh and it shows real insight into the messy digusting fun life of being a parent lol

  18. The candy totally got out of control here too, my 2 yr old even puked on the car ride home. Holidays are fun!

  19. Noelle Temple on

    I would love to win a copy of this book because it’s an excellent accompaniment to β€œdowners” (aka wine lol) at the end of the day. It also helps moms not be so hard on themselves on those shoot-yourself-in-the-face types of days. Like today.

  20. Danielle Fritz on

    Love her. She makes parenting easier with humor and humor is a very important thing to have when you’re a parent

  21. Elizabeth Nygard-Cousin on

    That picture of the laundry pile perfectly sums up my life for the last week. I’d love to get the book and add some hilarity to my life.

  22. Just saw a collection of these photos in a mommy blog, and wondered where I could find more. Would love to win the book!

  23. I actually bought this already but I want to win a copy to give to my bestie who is pregnant with her 4th and badly needs some crappy pictures.

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