Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Bright Spot...


How could you not fall in love with this little face?

He is just a bright spot in an already bright day...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Keeping it Real...

I pulled up this picture...

To remind me that not all days are filled with
screaming
fighting
pushing
pinching
biting
kicking
fits
crying

(no, I'm not talking about me... mostly)

Some days are full of
smiles
hugs
kisses
helping
sharing
laughing
jumping
running
playing


The best part of all is that every day is full of...

LOVING

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Dream...

I have a dream...



That this lovely young lady will have a scab free face in 3 weeks...

At least I can dream...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bubble Wrap...

Awwww...

Those crazy, fun filled days when you spent the entire day playing in your bathing suit.
Days when there was no limit to the amount of fun that you could have.
Days when your imagination was the only thing holding you back...



ummmmmm....

Is she swinging with only one hand?
Like...
REALLY high?

And this is Ari, right?

The one who always falls and trips and breaks and bumps...



The one who will be a flower girl in her sisters wedding in just 3 small weeks!?
Is that not one bloody nose...




...but her 3rd...
just today!

I hope this all heals up before the wedding...




As I finished this post, did she just run
full force
into the back fence
and now have 3 very distinct scrapes down her forehead?

And...
does she have another scrape under her eye?
And a bruise on her forehead?

Are her knees now bleeding?

Deep breath
Deep breath
meditation
prayer

Lots and lots of PRAYER...

We may have to wrap her in bubble wrap for the next 3 weeks!

Some Things Never Change...

Do you remember the good old days when a game of "leap frog" (sort of) filled an hour of your day?
You could play over and over...
the fun never ended...









It's good to know that some things never change...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Lesson From Your Kids...



Summer days......
I know, I know...

I've been hearing it from all kinds of people.
Not just the ones who live in my own neck of the woods...

This is a strange summer.

Burning hot for some...
Freezing for others...

I will tell you that we are finally getting a few days that are at least warm enough to put on shorts...
We've even had a couple where the kids were able to play in the sprinklers.
I wouldn't think of venturing out to the lake right now, though...
Yikes!
That makes me shiver just to think about it!

Around our house, summer is a lazy time.
Don't get me wrong.
We stay busy.
We are a large family.
I don't know any of those who don't stay busy.
Wrangling the schedules of 11 people is difficult, to say the least.
(Not to mention helping to plan a wedding that is 3 weeks away.)
What I do mean, is we try to play it cool.
We don't schedule a lot of extra activities.
We try to get outside and let the kids run and play.
We want them to spend time in the sun and look forward to their beds at night.

Sometimes that means the house gets a little dirty...
(Be quiet husband... I know, I am a clean freak.)
My house does get cluttery.  I can hold on to "stuff"...
If I'm not careful it accumulates and WOW... that can feel really messy to me.




I love days like the one where I captured this photo of Lily...
She had been playing in the sprinklers, swinging on the swings, jumping on the trampoline...
and then she decided to just lay down and check out the
big. white. fluffy. clouds.
that were gently floating by.  She lay like that for about 20 minutes.

We all need to stop and watch the clouds go by sometimes...
I know I do.

In the end... those are the moments we really cherish.
It isn't the doing, doing, doing that are the special times.

It is nice to learn a lesson from your kids.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Superboy...


Is it possible to keep up with a 4 year old boy?



Not completely...

Not with a camera...



He is here, there and everywhere.

He is faster than a speeding a bullet...

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...



He truly is Superboy!




He is full of life!

And I love him...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fairy Princess...

Once upon a time...

There was a fairy princess...

Who was getting older...

She knew what she liked and wasn't afraid to ask for it.

"Soda Pop Cake, Please."


She knew what type of clothes she liked and she wore them well!

She loved to read and her taste in reading was getting older and more difficult.


She had many family members who loved her and showered her with gifts!

She was overjoyed and thankful for each one!


But deep, deep down...

She still held on to a little bit of that fairy princess...

and she wasn't afraid to show that side either!




Happy 11th Birthday, Aubrey!
We LOVE every side of your personality!

Aubrey's birthday was last week and Mama was just a little slow posting the photos!
Shame shame, Mama!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day...






At last, my love has come along


My lonely days are over

And life is like a song

Oh, yeah, at last

The skies above are blue

My heart was wrapped up in clovers

The night I looked at you

I found a dream that I could speak to

A dream that I can call my own

I found a thrill to rest my cheek to

A thrill that I have never known

Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile

Oh, and then the spell was cast

And here we are in heaven

For you are mine

At last




 

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just Living Life...




































That is me... with most of my peeps...Except my Reno peeps....

But I am hoping to get some really cool pics...

4 tiny little weeks from today...

When my daughter...

ahem...

marries my... (glad to call him) son.

We are finally experiencing some warm weather around here.  Today will be in the 80's!  The sky is amazingly blue.  My kids are soaking up the sun!

We have been so busy!  The good kind of busy, though.  We have been getting things around the old homestead ship shape for the summer season.  It really needed it, too.  After getting back from visiting my daughter, I was just so exhausted that I didn't do much for over a week.  Finally... finally, I felt like getting off of my booty and getting some things ship shape.

We have been running around town getting our wedding ensembles together.  My mother in law is making the dresses and they came for what we all thought was going to be a wonderful time of visiting and finalizing the dresses.......

That isn't what happened!   I felt so sorry for her.  She worked her fingers to the bone trying to make that darned pattern work... finally she came up with a solution, but it meant taking everything home and almost starting from scratch.  Now, we are expecting the dresses in the mail so we can fit them and return them for finishing.

We took the kids to Toy Story 3 last night.  Wow!  I really liked it.  The kids did too.  We had such a good time.  It was later when we got home, though... so off to bed for hubby.  I was a good wife and fed him a bowl of cereal before he went to bed... tee hee hee.

They did the restructuring of their routes on hubbys job... so he starts his "new" route on monday.  He is excited about  it.  He thinks he got a pretty good one.  I know him... and he can make something out of nothing... so it doesn't worry me at all.  He is such a good provider.

My brother was in the hospital over the last couple of days.  Pnuemonia, I guess.  He is still feeling pretty rough, but he is back home... which is now in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  He made the move about two weeks ago... which is, I'm sure, part of the reason he ended up so sick.  He is very excited to have the move over.

So...

That leaves out about ten thousand things that we have done in the last week.  However, it lets you know that I haven't just abandoned you.  I have just been living life......

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nothing Better...




































The hubs and me...

Long time love... there is nothing better!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hallelujah!

I promise that pictures will return tomorrow.

I just have been fighting to regain my footing around here.

I was only gone for 5 days, but it has taken me over a week to get my groove back.

I am feeling more like my old self now, though.

Hallelujah for that!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Get Busy...

So busy...

Catching up on all of the stuff I chose not to do while the weather was really yucky and my wonderful inlaws were in town.

Now, I need to get busy...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Aubrey...

Today is Aubrey's 11th birthday!!!!!

Happy Birthday, beloved!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Hard Combination...

That's Galen in the photo...

He may or may not be getting a slight bloggish big head...

you know...

now that he is a superstar on this blog...

 he is making all kinds of demands...

like...

special drinks, flowers everywhere, people to cook and clean for him...
and blogs that name him specifically EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!

Now, before you all freak out and think that my soon to be son in law is going to be offended...

Let me tell you that this young man knows the secret...

I only tease the ones I love!



That is Galen's Dad, David...

He was helping Galen move some really heavy furniture into their apartment.

Beautiful stuff!

Furniture...
A brand new bedroom set...
ummmmmm....
I don't have one of those!
Hey hubs...
What's the deal?  Where is my new bedrom set?

All I have to say about that is...
Galen!  I got to sleep on that bed before you!!  Ha Ha!



Galen is proving to be a very hardworking young man!

I love that.  That makes me feel that my daughter will be okay.  She is a hard worker too... but there is something really special when you know that the young man your daughter chooses is one of those guys that sees how special she is... just the way you see it... and he wants to take care of her and cherish her and he has loved her for what seems like eons... so, I can rest in the knowledge that they have an amazing future ahead of them.

I had so much fun hanging out with Galen...

Yes, the daughter was there too...

but she did work a lot. 
So, the boy... sorry Galen, but for now that is your name around here... it will change in 5 weeks... the boy and I spent a lot of time together and I realized something that I think I knew even when he was about 3...

I REALLY like him!
He is a perfect fit with this family.
He teases me as much as I tease him.
(and that is hard to do!)
He loves my daughter almost as much as I do.
(We can argue about that later Galen!)
He smiles and laughs and makes my daughter an even better person than I already know she is.

He is one of us....

...and that is a hard combination to crack!



Bridal Shower...

Bridal showers are funny things...

Especially for a young lady who doesn't like to be the center of attention....

Mostly for a young lady who is embarrassed easily and doesn't like to open presents in front of people!

Although, this was the only morning I didn't have to drag the young woman out of bed kicking and screaming!



We had some of the most amazing treats!  If any of my readers are men, and you have been wondering what we do at these strange gatherings of women...

We eat baby!

... cuz you men aren't around...

I love this story...

We were preparing food and decorations and Galen's grandmother pulled out a couple of beautiful glass bowls...

You can see one of them in the background of the photo below.

The bowl with the green and white glass.

She said, "I thought this would be a nice addition.  These are from my bridal shower 48 years ago!"
I loved it!

History...
Family...
Tradition...

Loving it!!!!


Laura and I worked on the wonderfully amazing center pieces that you see below...

Aren't we talented!


This is the prep crew...

Cadi, Galen's grandmother Char, Galen's mom Laura... and me, behind the camera.

There is something very telling when you stand in a room with other women and they talk about God and prayer and serving others...

You know your daughter is joining a great family (even though we have known this family for years, it is comforting to be reminded that they share your intense love for Jesus!)


I guess she can get away with sampling the chocolate from the chocolate covered strawberries... since she is the bride and all...


I thought Cadi might have a heart attack when the time came for opening presents.

She pulled it off well and received some amazing gifts!



The funniest gift... wasn't funny because of the gift inside the box... it was hilarious because Grandma Carol had to hand make the box and used a gift bag to wrap the present... and when the bag wasn't quite big enough, she pulled out some Christmas tulle and decorative flowers and made us all laugh when she told us about the struggle to wrap this present!

The tulle came in hand later when we made it into a veil...


Yep...

We eat!


This was when Cadi became very, very afraid of opening presents...

Of course it was her own family she was nervous about...

She knows us too well!

However, she had nothing to fear...

Well... not really!


I loved the beautiful oversized tea cup that Galen's grandmother bought for the occasion.


Everything was so beautiful!

Laura, you did such a great job!

Thank you for being such a gracious host...






... and for making my girl smile!


It is such a joy when you know the family she is joining...

already loves her!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wedding Shoes...


I know I took a better picture of these shoes...

but I couldn't find it on the camera!

Maybe I just dreamed about taking the amazing shoe photo...

Is that normal?


The beautiful wedding shoes...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For The Very First Time...


The best thing about being back in Reno was seeing two of my favorite people!

Galen, you don't get a picture in this post because you will be talked about on another day...

This girl, however, is fab-u-lous!

I love her sooooo much.
I knew I was missing her like crazy...
but I didn't know how much until I held her in my arms...
and didn't want to let go!

It was almost like holding her for the very first time!

I didn't want to let go then either...

Actually, I'm still not sure that I have........

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Good Morning...

I got home around 3:30  yesterday.

I was tired.  So Tired.

I came home, started a fight, grouched and grumped while trying to pull myself out of the frump I was in and then I went to bed.

That was the best decision of the entire day.

Today feels so much better.

I have pictures and stories and such...

...but for now, I have babies to love on.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Coming Home...


Today, I will be leaving the dry land above...

That holds two of my favorite people in the whole universe!

The only good thing about that is that I am returning to 10 of my favorite people at home...

Oh, and the dog!

There is nothing like coming home!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Babies...


I am sure that I am missing all of my at home babies by now....

You know that I am enjoying being with my big babies right here... right now.

I sure love you guys!
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