Monday, September 28, 2009


my loves right now.....

quaker oatmeal, weight control maple and brown sugar....and adding more brown sugar.....about double the amount of actual oatmeal

the way eli says the word together: too-gev-uh

how evie smiles at anything and everything, but especially at her daddy

waiting for cars to pass before dancing in the car....and probably looking like a bee flew in the window, but i don't care

watching movies on the elliptical....time flies....but not so much the movie 7 pounds....too sad....nothing worse than being a sweaty, exhausted mess AND crying while gasping for breath

listening to my husband make me laugh and watching him watch me crying in hysterics, with a sense of pride on his face

craigslist.....enough said

my new bible study on the book of James.....nothing rocks you back into step like "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you."

back massages....HEAVEN ON EARTH!

how when wronged by someone, when they apologize, eli says: "its ok, i still love you."

the 2 and a half hours that we lost power today and played as a family, the 4 of us with no distractions like the computer, work, time itself......

turkey hill low fat chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt...say that three times fast

this time of year + flannel sheets.....ahhhhhh


my family....i love them....more than i should....more than my own life....but first and foremost God....He is the one that gave them to me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Well, our little Evie Girl had her 4 month appointment last week. Here are her stats:
Weight: 15 pounds 2 ounces (85%)
Height: 24.75 inches (70%)

Her height was a little less than we expected as it dropped about 25 percent, but the doctor said that she will probably catch up next visit. But her weight is great and healthy. She seems to be pooping a little more frequently which is nice and helps me not to worry. She has some cradle cap which I will start to use baby oil during her bath to help calm. Right now, she is waking up about 2 times a night to nurse, but then after that she goes back to sleep fairly quickly.....and luckily I do too.
Just for fun, here are Eli's stats at 4 months:
Weight: 13 pounds 12 ounces (27%)
Height: 26 inches (81%)

As you can see, he was tall and thin and she is short and fat! Just kidding, of course.

My children are everything to me and they are both wrapped around my heart. And to see Eli just hug and kiss and want to hold Evie all of the time just completely melts my heart. He doesn't want to go downstairs in the morning without her, even getting upset and crying. If I am out with just Evie, the first thing Eli says to me when I get home is not 'Hi Mommy', but 'Where is Evie!?!!'. Of course I am loving it as much as possible now because as soon as she is mobile and can play with his toys, this love of his may change a bit and look more like the below picture.

Chad and I are also Eli's true loves. I cannot even count how many times he asks for hugs and kisses throughout the day, besides the times when I am just kissing his little handsome face all over. Before he falls asleep in the car, he wants me to hold his hand. What a sweetheart.
I am so freaking blessed, it is ridiculous and so undeserved.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


my new photography blog........check it.

I am taking a photography class starting in October so hopefully I can learn and grow. I also have two practice photoshoots scheduled; one later this month and one in October with my newborn twin neices! I am so excited to start practicing and learning!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Often, Chad and I find ourselves with both children in our bed in the morning....a family bed. It is pure joy to me. Here are some funny pics of the kids I took the other morning. Evie's faces are funny. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009


On Friday, one of Eli's dreams came true.....he went bowling. Our MOMS Club had an activity there and to say this was Eli's dream is an extreme understatement. In his love for all kinds of sports, he acts out many of them. Bowling is no exception. He has bowling pins that he bowls with, loves to do Wii bowling, loves to watch bowling on television and he even pretends to bowl with nothing, but his imagination.

When we got there, he was so excited, he just started picking up random balls no matter what the weight! I hadn't even gotten his bowling shoes yet and he had already dropped 2 balls because they were too heavy. This kid was determined and excited and I was so happy to be able to give him this opportunity for fun!

He picked up his 5 pound ball with ease. Of course both hands were needed with assistance from his body to hold it up, but that skinny little dude did well holding it.
After each bowl, he would jump in the air like he just won all of the toys in the world! I have so many pictures of his excited jumps in the air, but he was so fast, they came out blurry. It was so heart warming to see the joy he had over bowling. We ended up playing 4 games total, 3 more than the rest of the kids. The rest of the kids were eating lunch while Eli was still playing. He wanted nothing to do with anything that would take him away from bowling.

When it was time to go home, it would be an understatement to say that he just didn't want to go. The crazy tantrum that was thrown was the worst yet, in his life, ever. But boy did he have fun!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


the day finally arrived....eli went to preschool today. sniff, sniff.....of course i had every doubt in my head leading up to this day, and even more on this day, that eli wasn't ready. that he needed to be home with me another year to really build his foundation. lets just say i am still unsure.

we got his backpack two weeks ago and the first time he tried it on, he refused any help. and he knew exactly how to put it on perfectly. i thought he would have to be told how. i thought he would need help. alas, he is an independent boy.

the preschool he goes to had an open house the first day so evangeline and i went with him while he got acquainted with his teachers, new friends and new classroom. he had to be told some of the rules, like no running in the classroom. but overall he liked it, especially the big gym that has slides, toys, bikes and shopping carts to play with.

he is very excited about school....i am not. of course the worried mother in me frets that he will bring home bad habits, that kids will bully him, that he will get swine flu! but i need to trust in the Lord that He will take care of my little, precious, precocious boy. the bible verse of the month that Eli will be taught is "We are God's children." amen to that.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


i am so lucky

i thank God for all He has given me

i have a husband
i have laughter
i have a son
i have a daughter
i have health
i have a home
i have food
i have water
i have unconditional love
i have a car
i have heat when it is cold
i have coolness when it is hot
i have family
i have kindness
i have friends
i have life
i have happiness
i have a God that loves me despite my faults

these things are precious and many people on this earth don't even have MOST of these things

so why, oh why, do i complain about anything at all?

beats the heck outta me.