Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Four kids later

I used to use a fork and knife to cut up the baby's food into tiny pieces, now I use my teeth.

I never thought I would let my child scream and carry on in public, now there's no way I would waste all that time I spent getting all of the groceries I have managed to get while shopping, so you can bet I'm going to finish that trip while he cries!

I used to use a food processor for the baby's meals or even make special mushy things just for HIM, now I serve what I affectionately call "ABC" food (already been chewed, by me.) I boast in the good bacteria I am adding to their food.

I always wanted children who would obey the first time, behave in public, and speak clearly and politely to strangers. Now I hardly ever leave the house with my children.

I used to use Babywise, now I have four kids (Do I even need to expound on that one?)

I never thought I'd use the television as a babysitter. Now I know it's the only free one that is available at any given moment. And it hardly ever fails me.

I used to think I would be a beautiful, put together, always dressed and ready for anything mom...Did I shower today?

I have always wanted to homeschool, now I am weighing pros and cons daily until we have to make the final decision (probably at the last second.)

I always wanted to breastfeed past the one year mark. I have gotten pregnant every time when the current baby was around 10 months old and weaned within a couple months. Now, I am finally NOT pregnant, but I can't get my 10 month old to stop biting me. I've tried everything, but it seems he is going to be using a bottle. I am already planning my vacation :)

I never thought I would have a nice, big house with four little boys running around, the husband of my dreams to spoil me and love us so well, or a minivan in the garage and playset in the backyard to top it all off.

Never say never, always imagine what could be, and be sure you don't let your "used to's" get in the way of your "nows!"

Four kids later, I've learned a lot and look forward to growing even more :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Big Picture

~so fresh and so clean and oh so precious~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A little late, but Happy Father's Day!!

I don't get to celebrate Father's Day with my dad in person often (if ever since I got married) , so it was nice to be in Tennessee for this occasion :) My dad loves birds and had a couple broken/malfunctioning pieces of bird watching "equipment," so my brothers and I bought him a new bird bath and thistle feeder. Another cool thing about all of this is that Eli has LOVED watching the birds while we've been here. He knows what many of them are called now, and he can even point out the hummingbirds. He and Justus have enjoyed filling the bird feeders, making sugar water for the hummingbirds, and throwing birdseed on the ground for squirrels and chipmunks.

Happy Father's Day, Dad! And happy father's day to my sweet husband who stayed home working his tail off around the house while we were in Tennessee!!

More Tennessee pictures

We went for a very small hike,

saw a pretty waterfall,

Justus had a blast running and getting into the woods,

and then it started pouring down rain in them Smokies,

so we went to the Gatlinburg aquarium :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Big Picture

~ Really, do I even need a caption for this photo? ~

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Parking in Tennessee

No, not THAT kind of parking! This park is probably the best park I've ever seen. Certainly not up to safety standards but the best variety of play things, jungle gyms, water that's accessible but not too deep, etc. etc. Justus' favorite thing here was the miniature zip line. He probably did the thing close to 50 times. Boy is getting strong, active, and tough.

This was Titus' favorite climbing structure there. The circles move as you climb along, so it's just like on a video game. He was so fast...

Eli of course loved the stream. We didn't bring a change of clothes, but who is to stop 3 boys wanting to play in the water with rocks and dirt and EVERYTHING!!

My friend, Jessica came with her husband, Brian. Here, they're checking out some "sea weed."

Can you see the duck flying away as fast as possible?
At least it ran FROM them and not AT them!

Even Grandbob got in on some sliding action.

Little Man got his feet in on the action :) He's getting so big!

And he climbs everything...

I love all these monkeys!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Big Picture

~Titus told me "No one EVER lets me take pictures!!" I said, "You're right. Go have fun..."~

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A little math

A 6 +5 + 4 + 3 +2 + almost 1 year old = a lot of noise at the Grandparents' house!!

5 boys + 1 little girl = a LOT of craziness

1 picture times 6 taken of said children = maybe one good photo

6 children + 1 infant still in Maryland + 1 in the oven (my sister-in-law's oven NOT my oven!) = 8 grandchildren born in 7 years


Monday, June 6, 2011

The Big Picture

~Quality time with a Two-Year-Old~

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Happy birthday!!!!!


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