Thursday, March 14, 2013

A tale of two days

Today is Thursday of our Spring Break. We haven't done much-other than a quick overnight trip to see all the grandparents, we have been home.

Today, like the weather, everyone seems to be in a sunny mood...working a little harder to get along & enjoy spending time together. We've been outside in the warm weather, doing some sprucing up of the backyard & having a picnic.

But yesterday. Ahhh, that was one for the record books. No one could do anything right, no one could get along. There was lots of yelling, fighting, name calling, bawling. Going outside didn't help, chores didn't help, even time alone-didn't help. Some days are like that & as a mom you need extra graces, extra prayers, & a bottle of good red wine. I wish I knew what caused those days so as to avoid them!

We did watch for the white smoke yesterday & were surprised to see it so quickly! It was fun waiting for news of our new pope & we pray for him as the leader of our church.

(Sunset at my parents-there is an unobstructed view of both the sunset & sunrise)

Friday, March 8, 2013

My baby is one

Henry turns one today. As I sit here watching him feed his toast to the dog, I am amazed all over again at how much a person changes over the course of their first year. From a little squishy ball of yummy to a giggling, stepping, wiggling monkey that can talk (sort of). And while some milestones are nice, like sleeping more at night, some make you long for the little squishy again...oh, how I miss him snuggling in for a nap.

Henry is such a blessing to our family, as all of our kids have been. Each child brings something to the family dynamics that you didn't even know was missing, like a little more spice or some rowdiness in case things were a little too quiet. I think Henry was our balance...and while he runs me ragged most days going from one hazard or no-no to the next, he brings us all joy.

Last night as I rocked Henry, I thought about the night before one year ago-the anticipation, nervousness, fears, & elation the next day had in store, all the emotions that were running through me. I remember really trying to savor the last day I would be pregnant & not letting the amazing privilege of participating in the creation of a new little person give way to the next miracle. That's how we have tried to see this past year, as well as all the years with our kids-savoring the "now" instead of anticipating the "next".

Happy Birthday little H. Big Blue. Jett. Little monster. Bubby.

"Give me patience when little hands
Tug at me with ceaseless, small demands.
Give me gentle words and smiling eyes
To keep my lips from hasty, sharp replies.
Let not fatigue, confusion or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when in years to come my house is still
Beautiful memories is rooms might fill."

Sunday, February 10, 2013


For most of the day, my hubby took 4 of the kids out of the house while Macy & I did some major cooking.  We stocked the freezer with 3 breakfasts, 17 suppers, & 4 loves of bread.  We were exhausted by the end but I loved spending the time alone with her, helping her learn to cook & getting to find out what's on her mind.

The evening was just normal...baths and Legos and listening to songs on YouTube.  The little girls love to dance & everyone is enthralled by the videos.

(notice Barbie photo-bombing the picture with her leg? Such a show-off)

Macy has glasses now...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Her request

"Momma, come outside and take LOTS of pictures of me playing in the snow!"

At 7:45am, little miss declared that she was going outside to play in the snow.  I tried to persuade her to wait until it was warmer but she would not have it.  Not only was she going, she was convinced I was going with her to document it.  "You can just stand right here momma, on the porch."  I protested heavily, but how long can you resist this face?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Yesterday was my birthday.  It was a day of simple pleasures.  An unhurried breakfast, sweet & funny cards, a quiet lunch date with my hubby, checkers in the afternoon with Jack & a family meal out complete with not one, but two desserts.  I enjoyed the day.

When Lily got home from school she was quizzing me on my birthday & she says "Mom, are you going to invite a bunch of your friends over for your birfday?  Because, that's what grown-ups are supposed to do, you know!"  Its funny to see how confused the kids are at adult birthdays-why we don't make them as big of a deal as theirs.  
Jack loves to play checkers & he's getting pretty good at it.  Here he is trying to decide if I have set a trap for him, which he loves to be sneaky & to figure out when someone is trying to sneak something past him.  I'm not ashamed to admit that had we finished this game, he would have beat me fair & square!

And a couple of random Henry pictures...he still loves to flirt with the baby in the mirror.  Oh, so precious.

And this is one ornery, I-know-I'm-not-supposed-to-be-in-this, grin.  He is like greased lightning & knows all the off limit spots...I swear I can see little clouds of smoke coming from his knees as he peels out, trying to get away as fast as he can.  He's like a little wind up toy!

Tonight it started snowing, after a week of 70 degree temps.  Usually Spring is the volatile weather of ups and downs.  And this is our Christmas tree...I keep thinking we'll get around to disposing of it, but it hasn't happened yet.  The little kids want to plant it.  We've discussed why that won't work & they are somewhat perplexed. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013


The last few days that this boy is going to look like a baby before he finishes sprouting a whole set of top row teeth.

Just another reminder that he's growing up, won't stay little for long.