Sunday, November 21, 2010


Apex has been collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes for several years now.  We set a goal each year, but this year's goal was bigger than ever.  I will admit when Rob said our goal was 5200 this year...I doubted a bit on the inside.  That was more than we'd ever collected and I just honestly wondered if it was possible.  Um, can I tell you this is what just one half of the stage looked like this morning?!  OVER 5200 boxes were collected...5625 to be exact!!!  Who knew a bunch of shoeboxes could bring you to tears?  Each of these boxes will be delivered to a child who will hear all about an amazing Savior who loves them more than they can imagine.

*thanks for the pic rochelle :)

This is why we pack those boxes!!!  

Friday, November 19, 2010

goat-1, gibson-0

I added a pic a few posts ago with Gibson and a goat having a stare down.  The funny thing is, I had never even noticed that aspect of the photo, I just liked it because it was Papaw hanging out with the boys. After I noticed (and captioned it), I just can not stop laughing about it.  I have no idea why it's amusing me so.  It has just undone me!  This, paired with the fact that I cried (twice!) today while watching Nanny McPhee Returns, shows me I REALLY need to get out more.  

I'm off to laugh myself into oblivion after seeing this cropped version.  But seriously, does this goat have a chip on his shoulder or what?!
*go ahead and click on the pic to make it even bigger.  you know you want to.  no?  ok, guess its just me.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

link love

I have absolutely fallen IN LOVE with this site.  It's called The Sweetest Occasion and there is just inspiration for days.  I just keep clicking through the archives.  If anyone wants to plan a fabulous party, let me know and Ciao Bella will come photograph it for you. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

fall fun

Since this blog is my little virtual scrapbook, I wanted to catch up on just a few of our Fall happenings.  Christmas will be here before we know it!
Back in mid-October we took advantage of a gorgeous day and headed to Indiana to meet up with my family.  We had a day of big fun planned:  Cracker Barrel  for lunch and then the orchard.  And well, that's it.  You thought I was going to list more things for "big fun", right?  Never underestimate my boringness.  
After a delicious, chaotic lunch we headed over to the orchard.  We planned on riding out to pick apples, go through the petting zoo, *wash hands* and then eat some apple cider donuts.  Sounds like a plan to me!  We had 5 children in tow, so once we got them calmed from their sensory overload we went to ask about the apple picking.  What do you know, they were no longer taking people out to pick.  What a bummer!  So we got all the sticky fingers off of the apples and candy in the store, and headed over to the petting zoo.  They really loved this part and had a good time walking around looking at everything.  After the smells we encountered on this little tour I wasn't feeling too hungry.  But come on, there's ALWAYS room for a donut.  So we headed in for some warm, soft goodness.  Lo and behold...they.only.make.them.on.the.weekends.  Excuse me, WHAT?!  We were a little (a lot) sad so we loaded up and hit the road.  So basically we drove to the middle of nowhere to look at a few stinky animals.  But the kids had fun so that's all that matters, right?  Right.  Plus, the girls got to run into Warm Glow and I am enjoying some straight up delicious smelling candles right now.  I haven't had one in awhile, and every fall/winter I just need one or two.  Or three.  A few of my fave scents:  Hot Apple Butter, Morning Latte, Banana Nut Bread, Carrot Cake, and Evening Mocha.  I like ma candles edible.
Another positive of the day?  Snagging some cute pics.

Lil Silasito.
 Lashes for days.  No Latisse necessary.
 Squeezy brothers.
 He likes to beatbox in this shirt.
 Lulu.  Too cute for her own good, isn't she?
 Bff's checking out the goats.
 Gib and the goat having a stare down.  Wonder who won?
 On the run...
 My darling nephews.
 This big ol' thang was just laying out in the sun.  The kids couldn't believe he wasn't in a pen!  (Neither could I...)
 Baby got bangs.
 Grammy showing the kids a little wooly worm.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I KNOW.  2 posts within days of each other.  Watch out.
I haven't done this in awhile and like to do it randomly just to look back on one day.
It's favorites interview time with Gibson and Maya (and eventually Silas once he's conversational :))!

G-  black, white, and green.  I can't choose!
M- red shiny sparkly

G-  Incredibles
M-  Madeline

Place to go:
G-  the movies
M-  to get ice cream

G-  Tyler
M-  Ocean

Game to play:
G-  Memory
M-  Memory

G-  Charlie's Superhero Underpants
M-  princesses and Bambi

G-  mexican from El Toro
M-  treats

G-  Prisoner (NeedToBreathe)
M-  Away in a Manger

G-  lion
M-  pony and unicorn

G-  lego star wars stuff
M-  my ponies

most recent pic of these 2

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I know, I know, I've been gone 5 million years.  But I've got good reason to return today!  My sweet lil baby is turning 2!  In so many ways I can't believe it, but then he gives me that defiant glare and I'm all, oh yeah, he's 2.  

My sweet darlin you are 2!  You are such a joy to our family and you provide endless giggles.  I have never wanted to kiss someone so endlessly.  There is something about your sweet little chocolatey skin that beckons my lips.  You're just so smoochable!  You are never allowed to get tired of my kisses, for I fear I may never stop-regardless of your age.  Or mine for that matter.
You are so content to just hang out and play, especially if your sister isn't all up in your business.  Cars, Melmo (aka Elmo), beads, and balls are a few of your favorite things.  You can stare at a rolling matchbox care for 30 min straight!  You also sing from morning until night.  People stop me in the stores just to ask about this singing baby!  You always astound us by knowing the tune to a song you've only heard a few times.  Yep, you're one musical little guy.
You have taught me so much about how to be a better momma.  This bond, this trust, this love we've been working on?  Sometimes it was just plain hard.   But baby it was all worth it for where we are today! 
We will celebrate you today, eat cupcakes, and open presents.  We'll thank Jesus once again that you're forever a part of our family.  And I'll think of the sweet woman who carried you, birthed you, and took care of you for your first 6 months of life.  She remembered your birthday and was very specific about telling it when she had to sign those papers.  I know this day was important to her.  So we're going to do it up right!  But my heart is also with her as I'm sure she misses you today and wonders how you are.  Make no mistake you are LOVED on two continents.  
I love you baby boy.  I hope your birthday is as happy as can be.

Is he full of personality or what?  :)