Month: January 2013

A Pinterest kind of day

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The kids don’t have school today (yes they are back in school, which is a story for another time!), I don’t work today, we don’t have anywhere to go until 3:30 when I have a doctor’s appointment.

Oh ya, it’s -27 windchill. It’s a Pinterest kind of day!

I sent my awesome hubby to the store last night to get a few supplies for us.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Painting. Lots and lots of painting. Which will make the kids very happy and the mama very nervous.

We’ve got two canvases for each of the kids and we’re going to do something similar to when we painted these awesome canvases.

And then we’re also going to try these ideas…





We’re gonna send hugs…



Make jello…



Make this yummy snack…


We’re gonna get crazy at lunchtime…

rainbow spag


And we might attempt to make lemon monkey bread. Looks and sounds very interesting…



We also might start working on the kids’ valentines. I love this idea…


{Couldn’t find a link for this one.}

And some other cute ideas. Except we’ll use Dum Dum Pops. We’re a Dum Dum kind of family.

tootsie 1


tootsie 3


tootsie 4


tootsie 2


tootsie 5


But let’s be real.

It’ll also be a sleeping bags and tents in the living room movie watching kind of day.


And it’ll be a coffee drinking, guitar playing kind of day.


(Yes I started drinking coffee. Very tan coffee. And I finally picked up Mom’s guitar a few months ago and started playing. Re-teaching myself, learning new stuff, so in love with worshiping Jesus, and so in awe of our mom who wrote over 60 songs and allowed God to use her through the amazing gift of music, one that we took for granted.)

It’ll be a and  an kind of day.

It’ll be a loving on Molly Moo Moo, crying cause she still play bites, and fighting over who can hold her kind of day.


And more than likely we’ll paint, maybe get one other craft done, and maybe, but I doubt it, get one special thing cooked. Or we might just eat the cookie dough with a spoon.

It’ll be a day when the formatting on my blog goes completely wacko. And it’ll be a day when I eventually say, “oh well,” and hopefully you can decipher at least some of it.

But no matter what, it’ll be a good day.

this is the day



Ice, ice baby

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All right stop.

Collaborate and listen.

… If you can tell me the next line in the song without looking it up I’ll give you a million dollars. (Or not.)  (If you have to ask yourself, “What song,” you can just ignore this paragraph).  And by the way I’m so tempted to write this entire post in a form of a rap. But I’ll spare you the unnecessary pain.

So anyway, we had a family first the other night! We went ice skating! For the longest time Angel has been asking to go ice skating. And when I say for the longest time I mean like years!  Well, maybe just two years. But still we are very bad horrible parents and have yet to take our dear daughter ice skating! But times have changed and now instead of finding us cleaning our house, you’ll find us doing fun things like ice skating!

At first Caleb didn’t want to wear skates so he just went out in his boots. Angel did really well for her first time! She was adamant however that it was the last time we were skating but I don’t think she really meant it! We tried to encourage them by telling them about their big sister Holly and how she has her own ice skates and used to ice skate all the time and was the best ice skater ever! But they didn’t really care. (Sorry Hols. Next time you’re here to visit you’ll have to take them and show them your skills!)

For the most part we took turns pushing and pulling and picking up the kids. And we complained a lot about how old we are and that we probably wouldn’t be able to walk the next day. I also attempted to take pictures while skating and holding on to my girl, and listening to my darling husband yell at me to put my phone away.

Will it ever stop?

Yo, I don’t know!


Here’s my girl in all her skating glory!


Patrick skating. Caleb sliding on boots.




Caleb falling. He pretty much did this the entire night.


All by herself!!





Come on slacker, get on the ice!






Caleb then decided he wanted to try out the skates.

Kinda like the blind leading the blind if you ask me.






Someone preferred chopping ice with their skate, as opposed to actually skating.




Then me and Hubs ditched the kids and took a little twirl around the rink by ourselves.



And the kids thought this was the best part of the night.


Yo man, let’s get out of here
Word to your mother


Wishing for Florida

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400 below zero is a little bit too cold for me. What I wouldn’t give to be back in Florida. But of course, that’s not possible, so looking back at more pictures of our Christmas trip will have to do!

{You can read the other Christmas 2012 Florida posts here.}

We got to Tampa early afternoon on Wednesday December 19th, and were staying overnight at Jim and Leana’s that night. Leana had to work so Jim was going to take us out for a fun night at the zoo. But first we hung out at their apartment and the kids got to torture play with Lottie girl and uncle Jim.






The zoo was having a special winter wonderland event and it was very cool! The entire zoo was decorate with lights and Christmas decorations and it was so pretty. But it was a little weird celebrating Christmas and walking around without coats on. Weird, but good!








Thursday was our designated beach day! Mainly because a cold front was coming Friday (what!?!) and so it was going to be our last warm day.

The kids were super excited about the beach!


It was about an hour drive (I think) to the beach Jim and Leana wanted to take us to. The kids wanted to ride with Jim and Leana on the way there and so Pat and I enjoyed a little quiet time. Jim and Leana got to enjoy our crazy kids and also got to experience the life of small kids. Right after the last toll booth we see them pull over to the side of the road. We pass them and then pull over but were quite a ways from them. We see Leana jump out and run around to the other side of the car and get Caleb out, and take him into the trees.

Hee hee. Someone had to go potty! Hee hee!

On the road again and we got to drive over the Sky Bridge. It was so cool!





We had lunch at the Pier Restaurant, which again, was so much cooler than cool but I can’t think of any other adjectives right now. We watched a guy fight to reel in a fish for about twenty minutes. That was very cool exciting!



Then it was off to the beach!


It was actually kinda chilly. It was really windy and the temperature was only in the mid 70’s, but hey, we were still in Florida, on the beach, with temperatures in the mid 70’s! The water was cold so we didn’t really swim but we did wade in it and the kids played in the water a little.

It was really a great day. I took about a hundred pictures of just our time on the beach, but I’ll just share with you my favorites.





















Good, good times.


Dear self

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Dear self,

There are a few things I need to share with you.

1. Chill out. Cut yourself some slack. Lower those ridiculous higher than humanly possible expectations. This mostly applies to homeschooling but it could just possibly apply to other areas of life.

2. Get yourself out of bed in the morning and get your butt exercising. You’ve been saying “I’ll start tomorrow,” for about four months too long. Yes, you need to cut yourself some slack but you also can’t afford a new wardrobe right now.

3. You’ve been doing a good job of having a devotion (albeit short) in the morning. That’s awesome. Don’t forget to pray throughout the day too. Your friend Jenny reminded you of that recently didn’t she? Great advice!

4. Ya know those cupcakes you and the kids made today? Don’t eat them all ok? Cooking is a great activity to teach the kids lots of stuff but its not an excuse to eat more than a small country could consume.

5. It’s ok that you stayed in your pj’s yesterday and that the kids watched tv or played games on the kindle all day. Just don’t do that every day, ok?

6. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. I know that’s hard for you but you have so many that care about you. Whether its help with the kids, or advice about homeschooling or just an ear needed to listen. It’s ok. It doesn’t mean you are a bad mom or wife. It means you are a normal mom.

7. It’s ok to still be sad. After Pat, your mom and dad were your best friends. It was a huge loss to lose them. “Huge” is an understatement I know. But remind yourself every day that because of the love of Jesus, you will see them again! How awesome is that!? There was a time when that wasn’t true. So it’s ok to be sad. It’s ok to mourn and you will for the rest of your life. But rejoice too. There is so much to be thankful for.

Well that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll be back another time. Have a good night. Good luck convincing your husband to watch Grey’s Anatomy!signature