Friday, October 31, 2008

my tricky treaters

Our little pirate and kitty ready to get going!

They loved going house to house for the candy. Gibson always was polite with a, "Trick-or-treat" and, "Thank you!". Maya would always say thank you too, but usually started with, "I want some candy too!".
Finally headed home. They could hardly carry their bags. In fact, I was carrying Gibson's at this point.
Time to check out what we got.
Maya eating her fifth or sixth choice...skittles.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

say what girl?

Thanks so much to Marisa, who awarded me with this Kreativ blog award.

I definitely consider myself a creative person. I like to photograph, decorate, sew, craft, bake, etc. The big problem here is that I don't do it often enough! I always feel like I have a million ideas swirling around in my head with no way to get out. Maybe this little award will inspire me to get busy already.

So this award calls for you to list seven things about yourself under each heading, but like the other ladies, I will just list a few.

What I did before: I was a preschool teacher for several years, and then became a nanny. I loved my nanny job and my little sweetheart Drew. I miss him like crazy!

What I do now: I have the amazing privilege to be able to stay at home with our children. I also have begun homeschooling our children (preschool) and I love it! I like using my old lesson planning skills. It is a major task always striving to be a better wife, mother, teacher, cook, caretaker, nurse, discipliner, and playmate! Here's the thing: I love my life!

What I'd like to do: More of everything I listed above, and do it all better. Also be a photographer. I dream of having a really good camera :)

What attracts me to my husband: So many things! He is an inspiring leader, the best dad I've ever seen, lets me put my feet on his lap when we sit on the couch (can't say I do the same), gives wonderful hugs, makes me laugh more than anyone else, he is so wise (really wise), and he's very passionate about the things, and people he cares about. I love him more than anything on this earth!

Favorite foods: Pretty much everything that's bad for you: pasta, ice cream, breads of all shapes and kinds. It is hard to try all the time to not eat your favorite foods! My palate has expanded with age (I say that like I'm 60 or something) so I like a lot of healthy food now too.

What I say most often: Normal conversations: "Seriously", "You know what I mean?", "Whatev", "Yikes" Mommy talk: "Be nice to each other!", "Obey right away", "Obey without complaining or arguing", "Use words, not whines", "Listen to my words"

Pick 7 other bloggers to tag:

1. Rachel is such a wonderful mommy! And I know she will have to use even more creative skillz once baby number two arrives!

2. Kate is astounding. This girl is about to have 5 girls and handles it all with amazing grace and humor!

3. Jeni is so creative and has created her own successful business. They have such adorable things!

4. Amy is a fellow photography lover. She is so very talented!

5. Penelope is one of the first blogs I read about Ethiopian adoption. Not only does she share my heart for adoption, but is so great at being creative in ways to benefit her home and family.

6. Katie has a job where she gets to be creative, and also take some great pictures of her family and also sunrises :) Oh, and she's totally a poet.

7. Phil Definitely will not do this, but I had to tag him anyway. He is one of the most musically creative people I know!

So many other people could be added to this list, and many have already received this little award. Love you all!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

showing off his tattoos

We had to take some pictures of the white cast before it got wrapped

He picked green! It was a last minute decision, he was really leaning toward black for a while. I am happy with his choice, since it's my favorite color. Time for new tattoos!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wising Up

First of all, I need to say how much I love my women's bible study. God definitely put us in one another's lives for a reason! As fellow wives and moms, they have been a constant source of encouragement and challenge to me. We just finished up the book of Hebrews, and decided to start a Beth Moore video called Wising Up. We are doing part three and it is drawn from the book of Proverbs. The dvd's are titled: How Wisdom Looks on a Wife, Wisdom for a Woman's Sexuality, Wisdom for Moms. We watched half of the first dvd tonight and already I am learning so much and being stretched. It is great to have this time set aside with these wonderful ladies to pursue what God has to say to us as wives and moms. I know I am looking forward to, and honestly a little scared of (growing can be hard!), what God wants to teach me during this time. But I do know He has us on this journey together for a reason.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

the night of the broken arm

Oh last night was eventful! As house church was finishing up, Gibson was wrestling with an older boy who also attends. They were just playing around when we heard the Gibson "very hurt cry" coming from the other room. He was just crying over and over that his wrist hurt. As soon as we took a look at the arm we knew it was broken. The odd bend in the arm was unmistakable. So off to the ER we went. I just have to say how proud I am of our little boy! He was much tougher than I ever could have been. He was amazingly brave. Of course it hurt, but he was his usual self telling jokes to all of the doctors and nurses. After getting the xrays we were told that we would have to take him to Children's to get the cast. A big shout out to Brian Pelph for coming over to stay with Maya. We put her to bed so we could both be with Gibson at the hospital. I am so glad we did that! He really needed both of us there. They took us right back and we filled out our paperwork. After a little while they finally got started putting the IV in. I was definitely dreading that part. I will spare the details, but they had a hard time getting it in and had to try a couple of times. Excruciating is a good word for the whole ordeal. Poor baby. We were able to go back to the room with him where they would reset the arm and cast it. They gave him the morphine and he was just laying there talking with us. Then they gave him something to relax him and make him loopy. It was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time! I was seriously laughing so hard I was crying. He could not stop laughing! He giggled and giggled at everything that was said. He then told me in between laughs that he wasn't supposed to have shoes on the bed and he wanted his socks off too. He then held up his foot and told me to smell them. He thought that was extra funny. He was seriously high! It was hilarious. Then they put him out (not hilarious) and got to work. We of course left for that. He woke up just fine and was asking for popsicles and if he could go play. He really was such a trooper. He sacked out when he was finally in his bed at 3am. A long, long night. He is doing good today, and only had a hard time falling asleep for his nap. He is running around here like nothing happened. We just have to keep reminding him to take it easy and also to watch how he swings that thing around! Wow that cast is hard and weighs a ton. It is on from his wrist to armpit and will be for the next 3 weeks. Then he will get a cast from wrist to elbow for another 3 weeks. Of course he is most excited for when he gets to pick a cast color next week. The front runner is black apparently. OK, on to what you really want to see, the pictures!

Here he is leaving the first hospital with a half cast onArriving at Children's sporting a tylenol-with-codeine-induced smile
In his full cast. Still talking away at 2am

Finally passed out and resting in his own bed at 3am

A few new matchbox cars helped out today

And a cool new batman mask!
Even Maya needs in on that action!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

family hike

We visited the arboretum again on Friday. It was a perfectly sunny and breezy Fall day. We were just walking around when we decided to head out onto one of the trails we've never walked before. About an hour later we finally emerged! We were not expecting this very long and deep woods walk. We had so much fun though! I can't wait to go back when we are all prepared and with a lunch packed (we hit lunch time and thought we'd never make it out!). I certainly can't wait to explore some more. The colors were gorgeous. Here is a little taste:

The boys headed up the trail

Stopping for a little break

Little sister pulling up the rear, she couldn't keep up because she kept stopping to collect rocks, sticks, and leaves

I love this action shot of everyone racing down the path

Look at those colors!

These red leaves blanketing the ground were gorgeous

Tired and hungry Gibson, Daddy to the rescue

A special surprise at the end, we ran into our friends Cale, Kate, and Haven!

Monday, October 6, 2008

fun stuff

Doesn't this just look so delightful? I always have grand ideas when entertaining, and then end up doing none of them. I am a laid back kind of girl, so entertaining simply? Well that's right up my alley.

Here is the man behind the style. He comes up with wonderful and beautiful ideas. It inspires me to get my decorating self together.

Love ALL of this.
You can find his website here. This book will be available at bookstores across the U.S. and Canada. Have fun browsing, I did!

Sunday, October 5, 2008


The kids continue to say hilarious things on a daily basis. Gibson usually has a funny joke, or especially introspective questions. Most recently, "Mommy, where is the future?". Hmm. Maya, on the other hand just has funny pronunciations, like calling a "footstool" a "butt-stool". Maybe because a footstool is like a chair to her since she is so small? Who knows! I do know that my sweet babies make me laugh and smile every day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

oh Fall how I love thee

*I know I promised pictures of Denver, but if you are my friend on Facebook, just check them out there. Or if you aren't a friend, just request me! I always keep family and friends updated with more photos on there.*

It has been very Fall-ish round' these parts the last few days and I LOVE it so, so much. I got all inspired the other day to take the kids to the pumpkin patch. We picked out our perfect pumpkins, and even one little pumpkin for our baby who is not with us yet. We got a 1/2 peck of apples, and some delicious apple cider also. We had so much fun. I can't wait to plan more Fall-type things. I need to savor this quickly passing season!!!

It was very bright that day, as you can tell by the squinting eyes.