the monday snapshot – Alice Anne

Alice Anne  of Xavier & Alice Anne is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. 

If you would like to be featured on The Monday Snapshot, please sign-up here!


My little boy is so…. chill. Relaxed. He kicks his feet up, props his hands behind his head, enjoys the view.

For awhile there I was a go, go, go type person. I thought if I wasn’t that way that I was being a “lazy” mom or I was wasting an opportunity to take advantage of the fun things to do in our city. Missing out on giving him awesome experiences. Not being productive or working towards the-next-big-thing.

Can you imagine how frazzled I became… trying to check “fun” things off a to-do list? Ha ha. My son with his calm personality is teaching me to slooooow down. He just wants me to play with him. He doesn’t know anything about whatever new fun-thing-to-do there is or what mountain I want to climb next (literally and figuratively). He just knows and wants his mama to be right there with him, to be fully present… in the moment.

I’ve had to cut back on my “goals” and am learning to focus on the here-and-now. What a difference it has made! If only we could all remember that it’s not a race, but a journey…

A couple quotes that have kept me going lately:

“In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” — Gordon B. Hinckley

“So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness: a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial… Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey… Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we  are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end?” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Now, get to know a little more about Alice Anne with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started blogging in 2009 when I wanted to get in on conversations about infertility and talk about our decision to adopt. It has opened me up to the huge infertility and adoption communities online and I have loved learning so much from other people’s experiences. I have met some of the most amazing people through blogging.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

I was married and “trying” for almost 5 years before I even got up the courage to see a doctor. I used fertility meds for almost 2 years before I realized I had very little desire to actually get pregnant – I really just wanted to be a parent. I stopped torturing myself with the infertility journey and researched what I knew in my heart should be our path – adoption. We adopted our son Kal-El in 2011 and hope to adopt again. 🙂

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

I haven’t really decided what my blog’s even about yet, ha ha. It has evolved over time. What may (or may not) make me stand out is that I’m a work-at-home mom as a hairstylist, specializing in ethnic hair. Every so often, I post pictures of cornrow designs that I’ve done. Despite living in whiter than white Utah, I actually am surrounded by diversity everyday because of my talent and I love that.

4) One word to describe yourself: 


5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

I read so many blogs, it’s ridiculous. Two of my real life friends’ blogs that I love to read are Baby Making Machine and K & C Plus Three (just barely had triplets born to her through a surrogate!).


As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit Alice Anne at Xavier & Alice Anne!

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  1. Aww … he certainly is very chill! That first picture is just gorgeous. I like how you’re changing your parenting to suit his style. Those quotes are perfect to keep in mind.

    Here’s my Monday snapshot:

  2. Love the sleepy shot. They always look so much younger when asleep! After a week where I rushed off to a gallery exhibition, dragging jman along, yeah, I get those quotes. Totally. My slightly slower weekend is here:

  3. I love this. I also struggle to not “go go go,” but unlike your son, my daughter is not helping me slow down so far. 😉

    • xavierandaliceanne says:

      Ha ha! I’m sure his calming presence is simply a blessing from above right now when I need it most. I know it won’t always be like this, especially as we add more kids to the fam, so I’m just taking it for what it is while I have it!

  4. Your little guy looks very chilled. Love the photo of him with his hands behind his head!

  5. What a cutie! I love the shot of him sleeping with his hands under his head…this seems like such aa grown up thing to do and I love it when babies/kids do it.

    Here’s my Monday Snapshot:

  6. Love the quotes, thank you for those, and of course the ultrasweet photos!

  7. I love the sleeping picture. I think it’s great you’ve been able to adjust to his speed. I’m trying my best to catch up to my daughter, but she’s speedy…My post is in the trackbacks below.

  8. What a great message to share and live by. I love how chill he is in the pictures! Here is my contribution for the week:

  9. I adore that bottom left pic of him kicking back and relaxing!! It’s nice to learn lessons from our kids – like to take a chill pill. 🙂 Love it!


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