Sunday, December 26

Need Your Help

What do you think for a caption - "Potty Training 101" or "What's Cookin'?"  
Leave me a note and let me know!!

Thursday, December 23

At Our House

"At Our House"

~At our house...

Phrases like "Don't make me use my superpowers!"

and "Ew, don't lick your shoe!" are commonplace.

~At our house...
Years and height are both measured in birthdays - as in, "Wow, in like 50 more birthdays, I'll be as tall as the refrigerator!"

~At our house...
We look to see if our tummies are full, but we try not to look when we hear, "Guess what?! There's a surprise in my panties!"

~At our house...

We prefer Christmas carols like "Go, Tumble Down the Mountain" and "Part the Hair of Angels Sing" over the traditional ones.

~At our house...
 We believe anything is possible, and we stick together, no matter what!

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!!

Friday, December 10

Ever wonder...

What are they thinking?!?

My conclusion:  Sometimes, you just don't wanna know!!

Wednesday, December 1

Vacation, Vacation

Phew!  We recently got back from a week-long vacation in Phoenix, AZ.  There were days of shopping, going to the zoo, and, of course, eating! We had such a great time with our extended family, I wanted to share a few of our favorite photos:

 Hope you have a great day!!

Wednesday, November 17

Return of the Jedi

Attention, all Younglings!  Your Jedi Master-Mama is trying to write a blog about how adorable you are, meanwhile leaving you unsupervised.  That means it's time for some...

Web spinnin',
Garbage pickin',
 Mess makin',
 Hummus eatin' fun!!

Warning:  There may be photo evidence of your crimes later!
Happy Wednesday! (Now you can see why I don't blog as often as I'd like!)

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Thursday, November 11

Lessons I Learned from My Kids

#1 - Even superwoman needs a break sometimes.

#2 - Never underestimate the power of a Band Aid.

#3 - It's okay to stand out in a crowd.

#4 - You'll get a lot more done if you're not so worried about what others think.

#5 - Everyone has bad days.

#6 - Be who you want your children to become.

Have a great day!!

Saturday, October 30

Dear God

Dear God,

Today I feel a little overwhelmed.  I know You gave me 24 hours every day, but did You really mean for me to use all of them cleaning up after other people?  Your Word says to give thanks in all things, so that is what I will try today, since complaining about everything yesterday didn't go so well:

   ~ I am thankful for the squished grapes and spilled cereal under my feet, and for the children who put them there.

 "I only like the yellow..."

   ~ I am thankful for the mounds of clean laundry sitting in my living room, because that means we all have plenty to wear (or we will, when I fold them).

   ~ I am thankful for the stacks of dirty dishes, and the food You graciously provided us to eat on them.

Chocolate-dipped fingers - mmm, mmmm, good!

   ~ I am thankful for the beds I need to make, because that means we were all well enough to get out of them this morning.

~ I am thankful for the phone that won't stop ringing, and the people on the other end who care enough to call.

  "Hello?  This is the call of the wild..."

~ And God, I'm thankful for comfy pajamas, because at this rate, I'm going to be in them all day!



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Wednesday, October 27

Sharing 101

Everything in life is better when it's shared.

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Monday, October 25


When there seems no way out, look up.

Psalm 121:1-2 
I will life up mine eyes unto the hills, 
from whence cometh my help.  
My help cometh from the Lord, 
which made heaven and earth.

Sunday, October 24

The Swindler

Linsey, the oldest of our three girls, has the natural ability to make things go her way.  I will often give she and her sister a snack or a prize, then, the next time I turn around, Linsey has convinced Hannah to trade.  Or do Linsey's chores for her.  Or give her the rest of her candy.  She can talk her into anything.  The funny thing is, like most younger siblings, Hannah seems happy with her servitude most of the time.

What Linsey doesn't understand is why this same method doesn't work on adults - namely, me.  The other day, while looking through a magazine, she saw the "mini me" dolls, and decided she had to have one for Christmas (her list has been on the fridge since September).  Blond hair, blue eyes, freckles, matching outfits - what's not to love?  Our conversation went like this:  "Please, Mom??  It's what I REALLY REALLY want!"

"You don't even like dolls!"

"That's because I don't have this one!  I would love this one!"

"If I got you that for Christmas, or your birthday (two weeks later), it would be the ONLY present you would get.  I don't think you'd like that; your list is pretty long."

Cue water works.  "Could I get this doll AND something else?"

"No...actually, if you REALLY want it, that would probably be the ONLY thing you'd get for Christmas AND your birthday!  Is that what you want?"

Linsey slowly shook her head and cried.  She thought for a long time, then sighed in defeat, "Can I just get it for Thanksgiving then?" 

Wednesday, October 20

Oh Baby!

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words - and with Natalie, I'd say they're worth at least that!  She doesn't make my posts too often because she doesn't talk much yet, but as you can see from these pics, what she lacks in words she makes up for in character.  For my Wordless Wednesday, here is our littlest monkey:

 (future blackmail)

Finally worn out!!

Tuesday, October 19

Happy Fall, Ya'll

In the beginning, God made fall.
Towering corn fields, falling leaves,
Bright orange pumpkins; cool, crisp nights.
Then God said, "This is good."

And when the leaves needed raking, and the corn needed picking,
And the electricity bill shot up from the cold,
God gave us children...
To remind us how good His creation really is.

Wednesday, October 13

The Magic of Childhood...

 ...when a spatula, a grasshopper, and a stick are all you need to have fun.  May we never be too old or too proud to learn from our children!

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