Monday, November 21, 2011

Where I'm From

I am from the wet green city, from libraries and board games, diaries and crazy socks.
From Barbie's and bike rides.
I am from the 70's carpet and steep driveway, red roses and running through sprinklers.
I am from Sunday potlucks and loud laughs.  
From Holtz's and Suttons and Clingmans. From Beulah and Gertrude.
I am from worry and stubbornness.

I am from fierce love.
From reading books and weekend visits to Grandparent's.
I am from sanctification, from bended knees and complete surrender.
I'm from Oregon and Revolutionary Heroes, and the first Doctor in Colorado. 
 From canned green beans and fresh pressed cider. From  famous cookies and hot rolls on Thanksgiving.
From the Air Force guy who fell in love with his best friend's sister, the German's and their Babka and dimples.
I am from high school journals with tattered photos, year books and keepsake boxes holding in them moments, tears, laughs and love.

I saw this on my friend Megan's blog and loved it!
You can find the template for your own here

Yes, I cheated and blogged before my break was over. I just couldn't wait. you won't see me until after next week hehe.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The truth is....

The truth is, as amazing as my life is,
and it really is amazing....

there are days where it's takes and takes and does not leave much of me left.

This past week was one of those weeks.

I feel like Jack is growing and changing so fast, and doing so much and I am trying so hard to figure him out and to learn what makes him tick, what works best for him discipline wise, what he needs most from me.
And I have really been struggling with the fact that I don't have time to just study him, like I used to.
It was him and I, every waking moment and now most of my moments are taken up with his baby brothers.
It's not their fault, they are babies, and there are two of them.
It just really doesn't leave me much time with just Jack.

He's been 3.
He's been pushing, and testing and trying to figure out boundaries, and see where we draw the line.
And I feel like I just don't have the time to devote to him like I used to, like I want to.
I feel like some days he's in timeout or I'm struggling to not raise my voice the whole day.

At the end of the day I look back and think
"Did I do it right?"
"Did I get through to him?"
Not every approach works with every kid, and I am trying to find out what works with Jack.

As a Christian, knowing that what's going on in his heart is much more important than what we see on the outside.
The responsibility to raise children in the Lord is huge, and it weighs heavy on my heart.

Side note:
I was looking for some good books that I could read through that were helpful tools in the area of raising kids in the Lord, and just some snippets for resources.
I had heard about a book (I have no clue from who) and the name sounded really familiar, and the title sounded great.
I have to tell you, I was appalled. I wish I could get my money back.
So, even in the "Christian child raising book section" there are really really awful books.
I'm not going to say which one it is...just in case ;)
But, then I found a really awesome one, so that made me happy

Anyways, I saw this quote on Pinterest and it sums it right up.

That being said, I'm gonna be taking a blogging break until after our vacation
so it'll be another 3-4 weeks before you hear from me again.
Just need to re-focus
Thanks for reading, and don't go anywhere.....I will be back.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday

1.   My favorite new blog of the moment is   A Holy Experience...Ann Voskamp's blog     .

2.   Something I am thankful for is   my husband's job. Full time ministry is not for the faint of heart, but you won't find a more supportive or encouraging group of people      .

3.  Something that made me laugh this week was   holding all 3 of my children while the whined and cried. Yes, I was laughing because otherwise I would have cried    .

4. An item that is currently on my wish list is     this baby I showed you a few days back  .

5.  I am excited about   going to Disneyland in 18 days!!!!! 

6.  If I were a color I would be    blue, mostly because that's what I am in the "color personality test". Emotionally driven, loyal, sensitive blah blah

7.  My favorite way to spend a chilly fall day is by   bundling up, taking a walk in the crunchy leaves with my boys sippin on something hot  .

Link up with Lauren for your own FITBF and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oh me oh my, 9 months have flown by!!

There was I time when I thought the days would drag on forever, and here I am writing their
"9 month post"

It's incredible and amazing.
Let's hop to it!


Mr. Bear
Not feeling the camera :)

This kid wakes up happy 100% of the time. Always a smile to greet you.
He has two adorable teeth on the bottom and is finally starting to try and move!!
He will pull himself, ever so slowly, along the floor like an army guy in the trenches.
He doesn't go far because he gets so dang frustrated, but he is trying.
He will get up on his knees and rock a bit, but his arms aren't super strong yet so it's mostly his bottom half.
He doesn't like feeling left out, seeing Jack and Christian roaming all around the house and gets sad, but I think before too long he will be joining them.
He's so funny, he still topples over sometimes when sitting so we have to make sure there are no dangerous things around to bonk his head on haha.

He will eat puffs and cheerios, but because of his reflux issues, he still likes things quite blended up.
Jack was the same way and I thought I'd forever be blending his food...and we just kept at it and by 12 months he was on full finger table food! So we will keep trying :)

He loves to spit, do raspberries, clap his hands, watch Jack, eat, sleep and he is without a doubt, a mama's boy.
He is happiest in my arms and if I'm in the room and not with him, he let's me know he is not pleased.
His eyes are staying super blue, and his hair is sooo blonde.
He used to look a lot like Jack's baby pictures.
But he doesn't anymore.
We aren't quite sure who he looks like, but he's the cutest.
He's in 6-9 month clothes and we need to go buy some 12 month footie pj's!!

Camden Stats:
Weight: 16lbs 13.4oz!
He went from the 5% to almost the 10% in 3 months.
So funny, because he feels so huge to us, especially compared to Christian, and yet...he's still small compared to the "average".
I look at him and remember him as this 4lb 14oz little man and am so happy to see his rolls :)

Height: 27.8 inches!!!
He went from the 5% to the 25% in 3 months! She actually had them remeasure to make sure because it was such a huge jump!


Mr. String Bean Long and Lean

This kid goes all day long. He wakes up screaming and ready to hit the floor running!
He doesn't stop moving.
He has no fear and he is persistent.
He's cruising along furniture, digging into everything he can find and if he sees you are coming to get him, he crawls faster away from you.
He and Jack totally play together.
In fact, you can often hear Jack calling for him

"Christian, I'm over here. Come over here and see me!"
"I'm having a party Christian!"

Jack loves to make him laugh and they totally play on the ground in "semi-wrestle" mode (parent supervised of course) and tickle and squirm and are just silly.
Makes this mama happy.

He likes to hold his own bottle and he still loves solids best.
He's doing finger foods, and does really well with chunks of bananas, peas etc.
He'll be easy to transition.
Trying to give them sippy cups at meal times, but they just want to chew on them :)

He is STILL in 3-6 month clothes....and fits perfectly in Carter's 6 months for shirts. But he's the pants are short! What a conundrum haha!

He eats just as much as Camden, if not more and he is doing so well in all other aspects of development that his skinny self is not a concern.
Plus, I looked in my baby book and I weighed the exact same at his age :)

Christian Stats:

Weight: 14lbs 12oz
He is still not on the growth chart, but each month he is closer and closer!

Height: 27 1/4 inches!!!
He went from the 5th% to a little below the 25%! Long and lean :)
And she noted he has long feet!

Our days go like this:

6:00-7:00am Wake Up
6:30ish Bottle (6oz)
Play Time
8:00 Oatmeal with 3oz mixed in
Get Dressed
9:00 Nap
Christian will sleep anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half
Camden will sleep at least an hour, and sometimes I wake him at 10:45 to go get Jack on school days
Play/Diaper Change/Get Jack
11:00-11:30 Bottle (4-6oz)
12:30- Lunch (either fruit or veggie and protein)
1:00 Nap time for ALL boys!!!
Again, they will sleep about the same
Play time/run errands/playdates
3:30-4:30 Bottle (5-6oz)
5:15 Dinner or Bath depending on if it's bath night
5:30 PJ's
6:00 Bedtime

The boys made the early bedtime and I'm working on getting them closer to 7:00pm little by little so we can start going to Saturday night church again :)

SO.....that's the scoop!
We have family pictures on Friday and we are just 19 days away from our dream trip to Disneyland!

These are exciting and amazing times in our family and we feel so very blessed!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hello Monday

Can you tell who was in a good mood and who was not?

They are wearing Jack's shirts!!! Some of my's crazy.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hello Sunday, really really early

Time change.
Before kids, it was great.
But after kids....not so great.
They don't care you set the clocks back...they do what they do.
So, we've been up for awhile :)

I made myself useful and made some Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Coffee
(we don't have a Trader Joe's YET...we got this on our last little trip and now it's all gone sniff sniff)
some Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread......we may or may not be obsessed with Pumpkin flavored things.

And cake pops.

Random, maybe. But they were easy and yummy. Although I didn't have lollipop sticks, so they aren't really a pop. More like a cake ball.

It's been raining here, very refreshing but I'm hoping by the time Friday rolls around, for pictures, it's nice and clear.

I am still, still wiping yucky noses. The boys have their <gasp> 9 month appointment on Wednesday, so we'll see.

I have found some new blogs this morning, some of which are yours and I haven't seen before!!
I'm excited to start following!
Make sure you let me know if you follow me and I don't follow you!

Check out these blogs:

Jen has micro-preemie twins who are an incredible testimony to God's grace and faithfulness.....

She is fabulous....and has adorable boy/girl twins

Claire has become one of my most favorite bloggers, as well as people. She is a young mama of 2, soon to be 3 little ones!
One post is cute and quirky, the next is challenging and makes you think!

Sorry for the lack of pictures....after borrowing and using my friend's DSLR Camera, I find myself hardly taking any with our point and shoot. Trev was right....I got a taste of the glory and now I can't go back. Will try to snap some this week.
I'm reminded again today, how precious life is. How important it is to spend time with those you love and that really, nothing else matters.
Make sacrifices
Make choices
Be joyful

We have a choice. And I know what I choose.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fun List

There's really nothing I need.
But it is fun to browse the web and find things that you would like.
I mean, who doesn't do that?!
Especially with Pinterest's this long list of fun wants and ideas.

Here is what I'm crushing on right now.
If you are crushing on these as well, click the pictures to take you to them :)

These have only been on my "wish list" since 7th grade....

I finally settled on the camera I want! Yay!
Now to sell all my crap  stuff on craigslist to pay for it!
And it's $300 less than the first one I found, and it will suit my needs just fine.


shut. up.

Oh my goodness, have you seen these!?!? I just entered to win one (crossing fingers) but if I don''s so on my list.
Go check them out!!
Legacy Bracelet

Don't you love this bag?!

What about you? Do you have a fun wish list that may or may not ever be fulfilled but it's just fun?
What kinds of things do you have on there?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November November

Tis my favorite month of the year!
And this year is more special than most!

Why may you ask?

Wait, before that....Halloween cuteness:

Captain America and my lil Firefighter
Christian, Camden

Okay, back to why this month is so awesome.
It started yesterday with Jack's first field trip and to the Pumpkin Patch no less!
Thanks to my parents for watching the little men, Trev and I both got to go.

It was so dang cold, Jack was in tears by the end of it...his hands were like ice.
And the farmer's were great and you can tell they get a ton of school field trips out there.
But these kids are 3 years have to move quick, keep it interesting and don't talk about the Civil War for 3 minutes or stop the totally cool hayride, to get off and show how an old washing machine works which takes approx 2.5 minutes and you've already lost their attention span.

Just fyi

But...I did snag some cute pics

First bus ride.
Totally not impressed with me snapping pictures already.....
Corn maze

Hayride. Cold....antsy to get moving.

He first found a small (very small) green smushy pumpkin....I made him put that back
Trying to get a "class picture" yeah...that was funny.

Then, Tuesday night,  my soon (soon as in 37 days away) to be brother-in-law's Birthday!
And my sister did a "Milk and Cookies" theme, it was so fun.

This weekend have our Annual Church Christmas Bazaar

Its one of the top bazaar's in the valley, it's amazing!
Usually my Mom and her best friend run the bake sale and I work with them.
But with my Mom's health this year, they stepped back from that and are just manning their booth of knitted goods as vendors, so I will help with that!

Then we are having family pictures with the lovely Lacie at

 (newly changed name) Lacie Lauree Photography 

and I am so excited, I cannot stand it. The babies are at a great age for this and I've been scouring Pinterest for fun ideas.

My Birthday is the 17th, and I will be....

I love Birthdays. We celebrate them by the week month here.

Next comes Jack's Thanksgiving program at school :) Too much cuteness.

And then it's Thanksgiving, and my sister and I are undertaking the task this year for the first time and we are so excited!!
I've been collecting recipes and tutorials and I am ready!
Then shopping, can't forget shopping...even if we don't buy a thing we still go out.
And then....we pack and leave for

It's only been in the works for like 3 years.
So so so so so so so excited.

And there is the leaves turning, the pumpkin spice lattes, the pumpkin bread and apple cider
The crisp mornings, the gorgeous sunsets, sweaters and scarves and hats and boots oh my

It is my favorite month ever.
Except for the sickness. We are still wiping snot around here......

Happy November!!!!!