Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Birthday to me! :)

My sweet husband...

I was woken up by some very cute guys this morning, serenading me with the Happy Birthday song. Then I was told, "Come eat your chicken minis!!" I walked out of the room, through the streamers on my door :)

and saw this.

That's right, that's our family. Derek on the left, all the way down to Josiah. (By the way, seeing our family represented by balloon heads made me realize how fast our family is growing. wow haha!)

I ate my breakfast, drank my sweet tea (I love you, Derek!), and told the boys they had to be PERFECT today, since it was my birthday. We'll see if that works out...

Hopefully I can work it out to take a picture of me and the boys today with my camera timer! I at least have to make an appearance on the blog for my birthday!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fun Fotos: Mason Jar

I didn't have any empty mason jars around the house, and I certainly didn't want to buy a 10 pack just to take some fun fotos!! Instead, here are a couple pictures of Titus and Eli's Mother's Day Out Teacher's Gifts for the beginning of the year. They were fun to make, colorful, and full of useful school supplies for their teachers (inside a useful water bottle ;) )

Next up: Bokeh!! Fun!!! :)

A Feathered Nest

Friday, August 26, 2011

Good morning!!


our TV-watching Justus
our sick with the stomach bug Titus

our goofball, Eli

and the ham, Josiah!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


With all the "liking" on Facebook these days, I thought I would do a like/dislike blog post in honor of the craziness.
I LIKE summer and the hot weather that comes with it (much, much better, in my opinion, than being cold)
I DISLIKE the fact that there have been so many triple digit temperature days this summer that I have lost count.
I LIKE making bacon for my husband because he loves it so much.
I DISLIKE....making bacon
I LIKE having breakfast for dinner (or Brinner, if you will!)
My kids DISLIKE the fact that there is no dessert afterwards!!
I LIKE helping my friends out with questions and concerns having to do with labor, birth, breastfeeding, etc.
I DISLIKE how I get so emotionally involved and end up mad at OBGyns who only look out for THEIR best interest every.single.time. (especially to find out that the doc I used 4 and 6 years ago is still using the same old excuses and sob stories to put her patients through the same unnecessary things I went through.) ugh
I LIKE grocery shopping sans children
I DISLIKE having to take time away that I could be spending with my husband to make a trip to Walmart late at night. (so I didn't go tonight, and now will probably have to take my kids with me tomorrow morning. You win some, you lose some.)
I LIKE the fact that Titus and Eli are about to start Mother's Day Out next week. I think it will be so great for them. They will have so much fun, hopefully mature in many ways, should gain a lot of independence and confidence, and will be more likely to enjoy their time together since they will have time apart (I hope that's true anyway!) I also LIKE the fact that I'll get to have some good school time with Justus on those days!!!
I DISLIKE the fact that this big era in our lives is ending. I won't have all 4 of them with me at ALL times anymore, and, well...that's just going to be really strange.
There are so many things in parenting (and in life in general) that have both positive and negative aspects to them. You can see the good or the bad, or both at the same exact time in just about any given situation. I am coming to realize this more and more, and I am striving to see what I can LIKE more than what I DISLIKE.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Big Picture

Hot Air Balloon Festival: $5

Tickets for Merry-go-Round: $4

A sweet ride and precious memory with my monkey: Priceless :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's almost here!!!!!!

Reading, writing, and arithmetic....let the school year begin!
We start next week!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fun Fotos: Action

The big boys' first ride...carnival style!!

Up next: Mason/Jelly Jar

A Feathered Nest

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another Justus funny

Yesterday, I had 2 giant knots on my leg from switching 4 car seats from our van to my mother-in-law's van. (Car seat switching is a dangerous sport, let me tell you!!) First, I banged my leg into the hitch on the back of the van while I was trying to hoist one of the 2 gigantic car seats up over the back of the seat (while also laying the back seat down just to fit the car seat over it...madness!) Then, as I was lifting the SECOND gigantic car seat over the same back seat, it slipped and nailed my leg right above the first injury. Ugh, painful and I knew I would get pretty bad bruises.

I didn't realize I would get 2 weird knots, which ended up being bigger than marbles, in those spots...but when I did notice the knots, my pain instantly increased (or maybe just the queasiness in my stomach, but anyway...) Fast forward to later in the day, knots still very present. The boys were getting rough (surprise, surprise), and I told them to PLEASE watch out for my leg. "Why are you hurt, Mom?" Justus asked me. "I banged my leg earlier when I was moving the car seats, see?" (as I hoisted my leg up to show him the knots)

Now, like any normal mom, I hadn't shaved my legs today. So in his sweet, sensitive empathy, Justus responded with, "Oooooh yeah, look at those spiky things. That looks like it hurts!"


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Big Picture

~Taking a moment for calm amidst the chaos~

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