Monday, November 29, 2010

Already missing Thanksgiving week

Today, I have four children

who are definitely



hanging out

playing Wii

taking rides on

and goofing around with

their cousins

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's not just 'turkey' day

Though we will all most likely consume much of it today, I want to choose to focus 
on the 'thankfulness' aspect of this holiday--and not just the *wonderful* food.

Thanking God today for every single one of my blessings, and even those things that may not seem like blessings right now!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Friday, November 19, 2010

On not feeling in a very physical mood

This morning:

Me: "Cameron, it's not too cold outside. Why don't you get your coat on and go ride your bike in the driveway?"

Cameron: "Nah."

Me: "C'mon, would be good to go outside and do something active for a while."

Cameron, looking around--a.k.a., trying to come up with something to do--suddenly shouts: "I got it! I think I'm going to color. It's exercise for my arm."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Looking ahead to Christmas cards

Are you the kind of person--like my amazing and very craft-talented Mother-in-Law--who spends hours making personal Christmas cards to send out?

Or, do you take the easy road and just send the store bought kind--preferably, in all money-saving-consciousness, of course--purchased the day after Christmas the year before?

Bet you can't guess which one yours truly is.

If you said the first--I'm laughing in your face right now.

I'd be that gal that goes on the hunt the day after Christmas, digs through heaps of unorganized, left-over cards, and finds the best ones she can--generally ones with some sort of verse on the inside, seeing that without the coming of Jesus, we'd have no Christmas card sending at all--and stock up on those for next year.

This year, I am doing things differently--and I couldn't be more excited about it!!

I've always dreamed of doing those fancy photo Christmas cards--like my sister-in-law Karie always does. I drool over hers every year and think, "Why don't I do that?"

The answer is really, really simple. Cost.

However, this year, Shutterfly--which is an amazing online photo company I have used in the past to make great photo calendars for family gifts--is treating bloggers (like myself) to 50 free Christmas cards!

I am torn between a few designs. There tons of great ones to choose from--here are just a few I like.

I love these next two folded designs:
Um, are you kidding me? I love the simplicity of the black and white with the holiday colors.  
And, room for a family photo and four sweet head shots of each of my brood? LOVE it! 
No verse--but I supposed I could always write one on the inside.

You could also choose a less expensive, flat option.

Though none of them really stood out to me, they do have religious Christmas card options as well.  Basically, if you can think it, Shutterfly has it!

I can testify from past experience that Shutterfly is a great company with an easy to navigate site and great quality results.

Try them for yourself.  Happy Christmas card making!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My kid is smarter than your kid

Just when you think you are really doing a bang up job of teaching your children, they say things like:

{Cameron, during our 'learning time'}
"Ethan!  Ethan. It's like this: one plus one equals two.  And, ten plus ten equals twentyAND, "K" plus "K" equals "L"."

{Or, Colin}
Looks at our very large hydrangea bush, and, as serious as can be, holds out his hand in 'stop formation' and says:

{Or, Ethan, upon trying something 'new' to him (a ham and cheese omelet) and being asked how he liked it}
"Ummm...I have to get used to it. It makes me shake a little bit."

And I'm left wondering: did someone put something in our water today?

Wordless Wednesday: It's that time of year again

{Christmas-light-hanging time, that is.....after about 10 hours of Shane's climbing around like 
a monkey up there, the tree is almost done and I can not WAIT to post the 'after' pics!}

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lola wants you to know that . . .

her Mommy






Thursday, November 11, 2010

In honor of the veterans . . .

I woke up this morning and my boys had dressed themselves. 
Like soldiers.
Camo, guns, 'helmets' was all there.

We've been talking a lot these past few days about the sacrifice of the soldiers--what they have done and given up for our country--and it was wonderful to wake up and and see that they had grasped Veteran's Day on their own level.

So thankful today for the sacrifices of our servicemen and women!

10 years ago today . . .

I married my best friend.

I would have never thought it possible at the time, but my love has grown leaps and bounds. Praising the Lord today, for 10 of the best years of my life...and looking forward to many more 'tens'.

I love you with all my heart babe! (A big, red, puffy heart *grin*)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Seventh birthday celebration

After duking out the championship soccer match on his birthday and grabbing a win, Colin came home to a smaller, different sort of celebration--his birthday party! 

Well, that is if you can call Mommy, Daddy, brothers, sister, and Grandma a party.*grin*

But there were gifts involved, so party it was!

Col got a few great things. He is really into the Bears this year, so we sort of spoiled him with that!

  Reading Grandma Jane's ScoobyDo card

 Hey! A Bears backpack from Mommy and Daddy!
(Still wearing his soccer medal--so cute!)

A Bears hoodie from Grandma

Soccer t-shirt! This one made him happy

Whadoyouknow! Bears sleep pants!

And, I believe, his favorite of the day--a REAL jersey.
The pictures show how much he loved this one!
Oh, and the fact that he may or may not have worn this like 52 times since then.

Oddly, when you ask Colin his favorite color these days, he responds with "turquoise".

Turquoise? No idea on earth where that came from.

But, he's pretty persistent about just
happened to have this Wii remote in blue turquoise....

...and we're pretty sure he like that, too.

Showing off his 'loot'

My sweet little buddy

It doesn't seem possible that God sent you to me over seven years ago, Colin, but I'm sure glad He did. I love you so much--Happy Birthday!! 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Another one bites the dust

{another tooth, that is}

{we are at five losses now}
{and are going broke because of it}

{and I am beginning not to recognize this person
who is turning into a little man right before my eyes}