Thursday, December 22, 2011

the latest

-  He just lost tooth number 3 yesterday.  In his words, "it just popped right out."  He was quite concerned that if he went to bed it would fall out and he would swallow it.  He's our lil worrier.  Thankfully it came out around dinner time so the child could go to bed in peace.
-  His current obsessions?  Legos and Mario.
-  He is constantly telling me he loves me and that I'm the best Mom ever.  That kid and his words of affirmation, I tell ya.  It's pretty awesome.
-  He is the perfect combination of sweet and funny.  Reminds me of his Daddy.  Which makes me think he'll be a pretty awesome husband and father some day.
-  We recently went to Chicago and he said he wants us to move to the city now.  He loved it!  Hmm, maybe because the lego store is there?!

-  So sassy yet so sweet!  She has been showing her helper side lately and I love it.  Last night at house church she put herself on clean up duty and helped load the dishwasher.  She was so excited and proud!
-  I had an early morning breakfast with friends one day this week and when I pulled in the drive way I noticed the curtains were open and all of the Christmas lights inside the house were all beautifully lit.  I was surprised that Phil would do that since it's usually my thang.  I walked in to see a smiling girl who said, "Look mom!  I opened up the house and got it all ready for you!"  She knows me well and my desire for light in the morning.  Oh it just warmed my heart to no end.
-  She got some pop beads yesterday and has been a jewelry making factory ever since.  Seriously hours and hours.
-  She pretty much loves anything fashion related and notices everything.  She has taken to complimenting strangers and it's awfully adorable.  Out of nowhere we'll be shopping, in a public bathroom, hanging at the library and I'll hear her say, "Excuse me.  I really like those boots." or "Excuse me, those earrings are really beautiful."  They always leave with a smile on their faces and it's been a good challenge for me to remember to encourage!
-  She continues to challenge Mama's sanity many days.  She is independent and very sure of her opinions.  Which is long as we can channel it in the right directions!

-  He is just as funny as ever and growing like crazy!  He seriously has shot up recently.  All of his 3T things that were literally hanging off of him and rolled up in the fall are now fitting perfectly.  Crazy!
-  I took him outside last week to take his 3 year pictures and he was such a ham!  I'll have to post a few soon (or if you're a fan of Ciao Bella on facebook you can see them now!) because they came out sooooo cute.  I think he loved having me all to himself, too!
-  Every morning he lays in his bed and sings.  It's adorable.  It's also a very, very, very loud way to wake up.
-  We recently got a free trial of netflix and the other night I was watching American Pickers while Gibson and Maya played legos.  Silas climbed up in my lap and intently watched two episodes with me. Maybe I'll have a junkin' partner in the future!
-  I always ask him if he's a baby and he says noooo.  Then I ask him if he's a big boy and he usually says yes.  Well one morning he said no and I asked what was he then.  He proudly pointed to his chest and said, "Eya (I'm a) MAN."  I lost it!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

31st cuteness

Halloween was an easy, low-stress affair this year.  Silas wore what was once baby Gibson's costume.  Silas is the 5th child to wear it, so I'm pretty sure I got my money's worth with that one!  Maya wore the same costume as last year.  Purple fairy of course!  I surprised her by picking up some purple hairspray at the store just an hour before we went out.  I'm pretty sure it was the best day of her life.  It's the little things!  While I was there I also picked up a tiny kit of face pencils because I thought it would be fun.  Gibson was still undecided on what he wanted to be as I mentioned, but had it narrowed down to ninja and pirate (apparently the recyclable materials idea went out the door).  When he saw the face pencils he was suddenly inspired and wanted to be a vampire.  So we turned his ninja shirt inside out, tied the red belt around his neck, and tied one of my black cardigans around for a cape.  Thrown together at the last minute, and it was his favorite costume he's ever had.  I'm actually not a big fan of scary costumes, but he was harmless.  He is like the sweetest kid ever who just happens to love spooky things.  It's pretty funny! 
Here they are, empty bags ready for loot:
 This is the only picture I could get of my wiggly monkey.  He ooo ooo and aaa aaa'd all night long.  I couldn't get over staring at his poofy belly and bottom.  I kept walking behind him on purpose just to catch a glimpse of the cuteness!
 The purple fairy:
 She's getting so big!
 And here he is in all his creepy glory:
He is trying so hard not to smile in this pic and I love it!

Am I the only Mom who almost got teary watching them run around to all of the houses?!  I just loved watching them make wonderful memories together, use good manners, and most of all the big smiles that were on their faces all night long.
Now let's eat some candy.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

sunday evening meanderings

– I ate some Pizza Hut pizza tonight for the first time in years. Pretty sure it's burning a hole in my stomach as I type.
- I have missed this place! I keep wanting to blog, yet want to share pictures. However, Ciao Bella work is so crazy I haven't had time to edit my own photos. Soon and very soon I will be done for the season and then I can breathe! That should mean more regular blogging, too.
- I bought new socks and they're cutting off my ankle circulation. I've never in my life been called petite, but I have never had an ankle issue. Especially with a soft, stretchy sock. Geez. I'm totally blaming the sock in this situation.
- My sister-in-law and one of my close friends both find out if they are carrying a boy or a girl tomorrow!!! The big ultrasound is always so exciting! It will be one fun Halloween!
- Speaking of Halloween, the kids are totally stoked of course. Gibson still hasn't decided what he wants to be. He has the option of a ninja or pirate, but he said he may just make something out of "recyclable materials". I don't know where he gets these things. I also let them have a cookie after dinner tonight and he said I probably shouldn't have made that choice. When I asked him why he said because they were already going to be getting a million pieces of candy and that's probably too many sweets to be healthy. He speaks truth, that one.
- I'm about to travel to ITLY tonight via "Only You". I'm pretty excited. Damon Bradley!
- I know everyone is gushing about it, but I really do love pinterest! I have made so many recipes and put many ideas to use. Just plain inspirational. (Please go into it with a content heart though, or you'll find yourself pinning million dollar homes and fancy trips to Bora Bora before you know it.)
- I am obsessed with cardigans and I don't care who knows it! It's pretty much all I wear and I make no apologies.
- I am finding myself itching to put up the Christmas tree and start playing Christmas music. I normally have a no celebrating rule until Thanksgiving is over, but I'm wondering if I'll make it! I buckled and started listening to the music mid November last year. It's just so flippin cozy. It's like the older I get the more sentimentalish I get. Do you like to wait to celebrate or do you throw caution to the wind early?
- Really trying to break in these socks but wondering if I'll find blue feet when I peel them off. Not sure how much longer I can hack it. All of the sudden my 3.99 deal is seeming like too high a price to pay.
- I have 3 loads of laundry on the couch just waiting to be folded. I think they've been here four days. Maybe more. Oh yeah, one load in the dryer too. And the kids' clothes are still overflowing the hamper. I need to get back in the laundry game. Listen I'm all about throwing in the load, switching it over, even putting away. It's the folding I can't get into. Except towels. I don't mind towels.
- The sweet woman next door just brought over three little bags of candy because she will be out of town tomorrow. So sweet! There are pretty much no little children on our street so she is always so nice to ours. However those bags are now taunting me. I have made it thus far with zero candy in my house. You heard me. If it's here I'll eat it so I have passed it up in the Target aisles. I stopped and looked longingly once, but then thought of Joseph literally running from temptation from Potipher's wife. So I scurried on out of there. Like for real ran whilst pushing my cart. Well, maybe it was a light jog. Still.
- I would love to yammer on but my feet are freezing, yet I still have on the socks. I think it's time to restore circulation. See you again soon!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

thankful thursday

Thankful for...

-The warm sun and sweet breeze.

-The smell of baking pumpkin cookies wafting through the house.

-Pandora while I edit.

-Maya playing with her polly pocket's at my feet while I worked this afternoon.  Love to hear her story lines.

-A new surgery date for Silas to get new ear tubes and adenoids removed.  Brother NEEDS it.

-An encouraging appointment with our neurosurgeon that cleared him for this procedure.

-A Tim Horton's iced capp for breakfast this morning.

-My quad girls texting one another scripture all day.  Can't wait to meet with them in the morning.

-Kate coming over just to hang out after my kids are in bed tonight.  So excited for uninterrupted conversation!

-The wonderful wedding I was able to capture this past weekend.  I had tears behind my lens...and even tears as I edit.  Their love for Him and each other is so apparent that it's awesome.

-The Fall decor I broke out last week.  Happy little pumpkins.

-Gibson hugging me today and saying, "I wish I could stay right here in this place for the rest of my life."  He's going to make a girl VERY happy someday.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

she's 5

My daredevil...
 My live life to the fullest...
 My try new things even if they're hard...
 My independent...
My beautiful eyed...
 My sweet, wonderful, and precious girl...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!   You are loved, cherished, and adored.  And you always, always will be!  You're my best girl in this whole wide world.  Momma loves you!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

first day

Here are the babes before we got our first day of school underway yesterday!  So proud of these two!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

horrifying things

1.  My complete and total disdain (aka, freaking out in tears) for mice has been well documented here.  I have blissfully lived our married life (9.5 years) without one mouse in our house.  Well, that we know of.  Our first little place was a bit shady.  Anyway, it's been awesome.  But it was always in the back of my mind knowing it can happen at any moment.  I can't be naive enough to think we will be a mouseless house forever.  Well, the streak ended folks.  Thankfully they (yes,THEY ) were only in our garage and not our house.  And thankfully my husband has dealt with it all and I never had to even see them (yes, THEM).  We noticed recently that a trash bag we had set in the garage had been nibbled and it was obvious it was a mouse.  What else sneaks in your garage and nibbles?!  We still had never seen or heard anything, but Phil set traps for us Thursday night.  We caught one the first night.  Hooray, it's gone!  But then we caught another one the next day.  And we have proceeded to now catch 2 mice children.  We had a freakin family livin up in here.  Uninvited I might add.  My sister said I should just hope it's not the Gosselins of mice.  Seriously.  It's kinda creep city that we've killed a mom, dad, and two children.  But at the same time...adios amigos.  I must say I've handled it quite well.  I think that's mostly because it wasn't in the house and I never saw one.  Because if that was the case, I probably would have up and moved by now, let's be honest.  So anyway, pray with me that there is never a number 5.  I would die a thousand deaths.  K?
2.  Now onto horrifying thing number dos.  I can't believe I'm putting this on here but it's so hilarious I have to.  You know the little light colored peach fuzzy hair on the side of your face?  Well I was putting on my moisturizer the other day and saw a hair and went to brush it back thinking it was from my head.  Oh no folks, it was on my face.  And it was like 4 inches long.  No lie.  It was the thin, peach fuzzy stuff. Yet one had gone wild and grown out of control.  I quickly yanked that baby out.  But seriously, how long has that been there?!  It's like I'm embarrassed for every thing I've done for the past few months (cause come on, that was growing for awhile!)  I'm not sure where to go from here.  I am not a hairy person generally, so maybe it's an age thing?  Either way, I guess inspections are required on the regular from here on out.  Yikes.
3.  And now for the last horrifying thing...I have a child in first grade and a child in kindergarten.  OK, so it's not very horrifying at all.  In fact that part is exciting and awesome.  I guess just the whole time flies part is horrifying.  Did I not just birth these babies?!  Parenting is like a whole mess of wonderfulness heaped up, but a little pinch of bittersweet is thrown in there too.  Sigh.

OK, that's all I have to scare you with today.  Hopefully back soon with some first day of school pics!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I just love reading the letters we have gotten from our sponsor children.  We just got one today and I cry every time!  There is just such a humbleness, sweetness, and simplicity that this girl can learn from.  Here's what our  8 year old boy had to say this time:

"How are you doing whom I love?  I am fine.  Praise God.  I am in good health and in peace.  I finished this academic year with good result.  I learn God's word in the project.  I learnt that God loves his children.
It is cold here.  How about yours?
Pray for me to love and fear God and to be a smart student.
(Then he drew a beautiful, colorful picture of some flowers and trees)

We love you sweet Dege!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I've had a lot of people asking me recently what we're doing for school this year.  And if we're ready.
Um, can you ever be 100% ready until you just go for it and see what happens?  Oh, maybe it's just me then!  I kinda always feel like people say it with a foreboding tone, like dun dun dun...are you SURE you want to do this?!  It makes me laugh.  Do I doubt myself sometimes?  Wonder if I can really give my kids a great education?  Of course!  A lot, actually.  But I also believe those are lies.  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!  And I really count it a MASSIVE privilege to be able to experience these young years with my children and teach them in the way they should go.  I wouldn't give up witnessing these firsts for anything, folks.  Really.  Truly.  It's a joy!  I am not mother of the year, I am not a crazy organized person, I'm not a wild go-getter.  But like I said, I believe I can do this because I abide in Him.  And He's awesome.
I first started homeschooling when Gibson was 3, so this isn't our first go-round.  I know, it was just preschool, but I was lesson planning and we were learning.  It was very low key and low pressure.  Just the way I think it should be at that age.  But he was interested, so we did it.  This year he will be starting "first grade" and Maya "kindergarten".  I put quotes around them because we'll just be moving as they're ready, and not really just sticking to a grade level.  I thought I'd list out our curriculum here, both as a resource for others, and just for us to keep track from year to year.  And I also would love people to see that homeschooling can be affordable, so I'll list out the price.  Keep in mind this total will be for 2 children.

1.  Bible:  Daily devotional and some study books that we already have.  Free
2.  Core (language arts, math, social studies, science):  Time 4 Learning.  This is an on-line program and is a monthly subscription of 19.95 for your first child, and 14.95 for a second.  So roughly $35 a month for both children.  We will be schooling 8 months out of the year (roughly), so that's $280 for the year for two kids.  I have quite a few reasons for choosing this, but I won't go on and on here.  If you would like to talk more about it let me know!
3.  Handwriting and Spelling:  A Reason For.  It was actually cheaper to order it on amazon, so I got a teacher book for spelling, a student book for spelling,  and two different levels of handwriting student books for $65 and free shipping.
4.  Art:  The World's Greatest Artists.  The books for this study are available through our library, so the cost for us will be free.
5.  PE:  Family Time Fitness.  It is a one time purchase of $77.  It has 365 lessons with it, which will probably last us a good 2 years.  And then we can start all over again!  So this is a great deal.  It has good ideas so you don't have to think it up yourself.  Worth it.
6.  Spanish:  Speekee.  It is an online subscription for $7.50 a month.  For one school year that works out to be $60 for two kids.  We'll eventually do something like Rosetta Stone, but this is a great place to start with young children.

So that is that.  We are excited to start and it's less than 2 weeks away!  If we start some of these things and just don't love them, I will keep you posted!

Thursday, July 28, 2011


After just perusing my blog stats, I saw that there were six visits this past week from searching the key words, "I love cleaning up puke in the morning."
Number one, who are the 6 people out there googling that phrase?!
Number two, yikes.

Monday, July 25, 2011

monday mish mash

-  I started off my Sunday morning cleaning up dog puke.  Nothing says good morning quite like that.  Then we had a lovely gathering at Apex.  However on the way home Gibson started complaining of a stomach ache.  I thought it was just car sickness since that's a normal thing for him.  He laid on the couch when we got home and no sooner did I set my stuff on the kitchen counter before I heard the dreaded sound.  Poor buddy.  Poor couch.  Thankfully he improved the rest of the day and seemed totally fine.  We did just a few errands last night and then as we were minutes from home we looked back and saw his face.  Phil had nowhere to pull over so...up it came all over the van.  Did I mention we just paid to have the van detailed on FRIDAY?  We've had 2 other van pukes this Summer and the van was smelling so fresh after the cleaning.  It sure was nice for 2 days.  Such is life!  We came home and I could see by Phil's face that he just couldn't do the clean up this time.  You see, he cleaned up the previous 2 van pukes this summer...and they weren't pretty.  He didn't say anything, but I knew I should step up.  Marriage is all about service right?!  After three puke clean-ups under my belt yesterday, I was ready to tap out.  Thankfully Gibson seems just fine today!
-  We are in the market for new furniture and actually spent a good part of Friday searching, sitting, and talking it out.  After what happened on our couch yesterday, I'm ready to go buy a new one TODAY!  Pretty sure we have made our choice, so that's exciting!
-  Scouted some photo shoot nooks this morning.  We have a styled shoot coming up in a few weeks and I can't wait!  (We still have spots if anyone is interested!)
-  I'm knee deep in wedding editing.  I often feel like my eyeballs are going to fall out of their sockets.  There's an awesome image for ya.
-  We have decided on all of our curriculum for the coming school year and I'm all excited about it!  But, also want to soak up these last few weeks of summer.  I love, love, love summer.
-  My house is a wreck and I have zero desire to clean it.  Don't get me wrong, I want to sit and enjoy the cleanliness afterward, just don't want to do the work involved to get it there.  I'm so Suzy Homemaker today.
-  If you could say some prayers for sweet Silas on Wednesday, I would surely appreciate it.  We have some medical tests and an appointment that will hopefully bring some answers.
-  I cooked brown sugar bacon green beans for my husband to take into his work's Christmas in July lunch.  My house smells AMAZING.  I hope there are leftovers...
-  This morning I drank coffee from my tea mug.  Cause I'm a rebel like that.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

funny boys

Silas is walking around the house right now with a play phone saying, "Huh?  What?  No.  Bye!"  And he's all business, baby.
Gibson is playing Lego Star Wars and told me he is checking out his stud totals (um, whatever that means).  He said, "I'm gonna see how much I can get for the cheapest amount.  You know, just like you do at the store."  I feel proud to have passed on my cheapness.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Salsa

I have nary met a dip I didn't like.  I just love to dip things.  I also love me some chips and salsa.  I love all kinds of salsa, I don't discriminate.  Unless it's really bad.  Like when we went to our fave mexican place recently and the salsa was apparently prepared by someone who had lost all their senses.  It had no cilantro and no onion.  No cilantro and no onion.  (It beared repeating)  Unacceptable.  
This brings me to one of my favorites...the Summer Salsa.  I found it through melskitchencafe (a fabulous resource!) and it is totally delightful.  I may have even blogged about it before, but I'm too lazy to dig through archives.  But it just shows that if you still haven't made it, you crazy.  

Here you go:

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained well
½ medium onion finely diced (about 1/3 cup)
½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 (7 oz.) can salsa verde (I used Herdez brand)
Juice of 1 lime
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the salsa marinate for a few hours (or overnight before serving). Drain most of the liquid from the salsa before serving (optional). Serve with tortilla chips.

Here's what it looks like just stirred:

Just a quick taste test...

 My batch is crazy flavorful today.  My onion was so strong I thought I might never recover from the flowing tears as I chopped.  Red onion doesn't usually get me like that, but good gravy I was beside myself today.  Also my lime was probably the juiciest I've ever seen.  I don't usually drain the liquid before serving, but I might have to this time!
In other news, sister just brought me this:
Adorable.  It's hotter than blue blazes out there so we're trying to entertain ourselves indoors if at all possible.  I mean, unless you're immersed in water,  you can't stand the out of doors.  She's learning how to write a lot of words, but it cracks me up how the order doesn't necessarily matter right now.  Aren't little kid drawings the best?!  Oh, and Maya and her Daddy are not in jail, she just likes the paper to have some pizzazz.  So she often asks if you want your background striped, polka dot, or plaid.  Love my girl!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Calling all moms!

If you haven't read this yet, go do it NOW!!!

camp days

We loved our camp weeks this year!  The kids got to go fishing a few times while we were there, but I was usually back at the (air conditioned!) room while The Bubba Baloosh took a much needed nap.  The last week we were there it was insanely hot, but they still headed down for some fishing fun.

Phil sent me this pic of Maya catching some frogs:
After seeing that I knew I had to head down to capture some of the action.  Gib caught a fish!  Love how proud he looks!
 Maya wanted to see how it felt of course!
 Right after that, Daddy put out his line and about 30 seconds later had a bite.  
The kids loved checking out the catfish.
 I told you it was hot!  Look how pink his lil brown skin is!
 My little girly tomboy.
 It was time to hit the dusty trail with our red faces and sweaty heads!
Doesn't he look so thrilled that I'm still taking pics despite the extreme heat?
 Poor girl!  It was like an oven.
 This is pretty much all you can do when it's that hot!  Plant yourself in front of the COLD AIR.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Independence Day

We had a fabulous 4th!  The two days leading up to it were kind of crazy, so it was just nice to be at my parent's house in Indiana and just relax for awhile.  The country?  It does the heart good.  So does family!  And now prepare yourself for a complete onslaught of pictures.

I took Maya outside to snap a patriotic pic.  It was SO bright and sunny, this is what we ended up with!  I can't help but laugh when I look at it.
 The girl will find any dandelion in a 50 mile radius to make a wish on.
 Is he now a college boy with his hat pulled down, or what?!
 Love the excitement on his face...all from a pop-it!
 Apparently girls learn to stand like this at age 4.  
 This is what I'm dealing with every day people.  And I love it.
 I mean, she loves to make noise.
 He's delicious.
 Boxes o' fun.
 They kind of look like little bags of contraband, don't they?  
 My little cheeser.
 He looks too big in this picture!  I have mixed feelings about it.
 Silas' bff Papaw lets him try out whatever he wants, including swinging from branches.
 Just look at these two!
 Gib is like me.  He gets all overheated and whatnot.  He just.Couldn't.Go.On.
 Love him to pieces.
 We sat under the trees and felt the delicious breeze and warm sun.
 So inviting.
 Silas wanted a closer look at the corn hole action.  Here he is spotting us across the way and waving.  He's hilarious.
 Then it was time for the Can of Crabs to do a big performance for us.  They're goin places I tell ya.
 I love Maya's face in this picture.  She was looking at her Daddy.
 Giggle box.
 Such beautiful eyes!
 What up homeboy.
 Fun memories made with cousins!