Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday adventures

With the smell of dirty diaper wafting in the air, two almost asleep babes under 4.5 in the backseat of the car and storm clouds gathering, why not go garage saling? I mean C'mon, I can't pass up a good deal! I shuffled in the boys into a large metal warehouse and found a few treasures. We loaded up our things and jumped into the car.

RRRRRRRRURURURURURURRRRR (this is a car not starting's good isn't it?)


The only thing better would be if the tornado sirens went of, thus freaking my children out greatly.


WHHHHIRRRRRRRR (this is the sound of a tornado siren going off, it's even better than the car)


1. Car won't start
2. Tornado sirens (which by the way weren't really tornado sirens so I'm told. They were, "hey, lets freak out small children because there is a thunderstorm coming and we want an excuse to ride in our big shiny fire trucks with loud sirens siren)
3. Kids are freaked out
4. Forgot my cell phone on the counter
5. Brody has one ripe diaper (sorry dude!)
6. Enormous rain drops

Luckily, amidst the wind and rain and dirty diapers, my lovely husband came to the rescue and the nice lady at the garage sale offered to take us to a safe basement. I also scored a sweet tool bench and tools for my "fixer" Brody man for $2. Bonus.

I've had enough adventure for today!
Off to shower....finally.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My day is photos

I finished putting prices and hanging wire on most of the window paintings for Chalk the Walk. Here is the load that is going! Hopefully I will have enough room, it won't rain and the wind will be calm. If you're not busy, come on down! It's this Saturday and Sunday starting at around 10am in downtown Mt.Vernon.
She's here! I'm going to call her Bertha. Bertha sounds like a great name for a cleaning powerhouse. Tuesday night, on a whim and after cancelling our first front loading washer because it didn't fit, we headed to Menards. We happened to stumble upon this beauty, lower price (saving us $400!!) and it fits! I am stoked. It's a Whirlpool duet sport and so far so good. Nine loads of laundry later, I am still grinning. Brody was so enthralled by the spinning, he sat there for about ten minutes and just watched.
Forget a mop. Forget my steam cleaner. We'll use Baylor from now on, he works great.
The loves of my life! Preparing for the warmer day ahead. Unfortunately when I dressed them, I was thinking it was already warm out. Brody comes running inside yelling, "MOOOOM, I'm FWEEEZING!!" I'm an awesome mom.
This is normal in our house. Why? 1. Brody is crazy 2. Baylor is pantless.

Going to finish load #9!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Washing machine woes

This is our very old and outdated washing machine. I think it might be as old as I am. It came with the house and has served it's purpose all seven years we have lived here. Last week I knew something was wrong because it kept making weird noises and stopping in the middle of a cycle. It finally bit the dust on Saturday. The timing was wonderful because I had lots of laundry to do and Baylor decided that it would be a great day to pee through his pull-up on to the sheets. So I now have about five loads of laundry waiting......and they will continue to wait.

We went to Sears with the boys which turned out to be a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Our second mistake was that we sort-of measured before we left. Okay, so Lonnie left the measuring up to me. Big mistake. We found a washer that we liked and was a front loading type so it was energy efficient as well. After making sure Lonnie didn't have a stroke from the amount of money we just shucked out for a washing machine, we went home to re-measure.
Thanks to my shoddy measuring skills it looked like the wash machine wouldn't fit...ever. So we're back to square one and the piles of laundry are piling up!

I believe the statement I'm looking for is, "When it rains, it pours...." because every time something in the house breaks, it seems like other things follow suit. It started with the broken window and now the washing machine.....what will be next? Do I dare say that? Makes me grumpy.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Breaking and entering

Things to remember:

1. When taking off your husband's one and only house key to give to the dog sitter, remember to put it back on. This may come in handy at 9:30 at night when locked out of the house in a rainstorm with two tired boys.

2. Check your phone for messages and phone.....regularly.

3. Give neighbors a spare key in case you accidentally forget to put the one and only key back on your husband's key chain.

4. Did I mention something about hiding a spare key? Yea, do that too.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Things that give me joy

Knowing that Mike is looking down on us from heaven and knowing that we got to spend some wonderful times with him here. The boys will keep those memories forever. Knowing how much Lila loves her family and how much her family loves her. She is an awesome grandma and we want to see her soon. (That's right,'d better come visit us soon.....or else :)
Seeing my dad come to know Jesus. I used to pray for him every night thinking there was no way he would ever see the light. He saw the light alright! I cherish the times we have spent together and will cherish the ones to're not going anywhere, you hear? We have 101 more crappies to catch! We also pray for Grandpa Allen to see the light too!
My wonderful, sexy, talented and patient husband. He has to put up with a very strong willed, spunky sometimes nuts wife. The grey in his hair makes me weak in the knees. He is so good at his job, such an amazing track coach (biased, maybe..but it's true!) and he's an even better father. Still lacking in the romance department, but I'll let that slide since he makes all the cool sound effects when he reads to the boys at night. I am one lucky lady.
This crazy, funny, beautiful lady that I call mom. She's nuts. I love her. She is a prayer warrior and my best friend. She got some er, uh...balls for her birthday (insert joke here) She also got a new bike helmet. The one she was wearing was circa 1899, did they make helmets back then?
The man who is always ALWAYS on the run. A busy busy little boy with a great sense of humor and delight. He never ceases to amaze me with what he can get into. He laughs, he cries, he throws tantrums but he always seems to have abounding joy. I need to be more like him.
This handsome young man who is growing up so fast and learning so much. When he laughs, the big vein in his neck sticks out. He smiles with his entire face. Don't let the smile fool you, this kid has an attitude! He has such a big heart and says the most beautiful prayers at night that start out with, "oh Jesus, I love you...." *sigh* How can you not tear up at that?!

This week seems like it has lasted forever and I have been so frustrated with things. Frustrated that I have been eating so healthy, lots of fruits and veggies and fiber....and gained two pounds. That is not cool. My jeans are tight and it makes me angry. Really angry. I haven't had the time to do the workouts in preparation for the triathlon that I'd like. Frustrated with my health and strange numbness in my hands and feet when I run. Frustrated that my house never ever stays clean. Ever.

I look at the things I'm frustrated with and then can't help think of the amazing things that give me joy. What is two measly pounds compared with eating cinnamon rolls at breakfast with my family and laughing at Brody who just shot milk through his nose.


So I will dismiss the frustrating week and move ahead with the joyful weekend.

Have a joyful weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This is all I have to say today.....

I found this via Emily's blog a while back and I return to it once in a while just because. This dude is awesome and creepy all rolled into one.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wacky Wednesday

My goodness, if this child does not get a career in comedy or get voted class clown of his graduating class, I will be very surprised. This was taken the other night when Baylor was in asleep and Brody, who had taken a very long nap, was obviously wide awake. I heard hysterical laughter coming from the other room and instinctively grabbed my camera. This has happened before, but with dog food. This time it was Cheese-its.

P.S Don't judge me on the messiness of my house....It's comfortably lived in, my husband sleeps on an air mattress and we don't have a garage. I hate clutter but it does seem to control a major part of my life.....Amen.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sweet baby Elijah

Oh look at this sweet precious tiny little baby. Weighing in at barely 7lbs at six weeks, our tiny little cousin (and my nephew) Elijah is quite the peanut. This photo was taken by Uncle Dirk because he has a cool camera and I forgot mine as we left in quite the rush. His mama Christina is doing a marvelous job and we are so excited to get to spend more time with this little dude this summer. He has the littlest longest fingers and he makes the sweetest baby sounds. I'm pretty sure he cried one time and I'm told it was because he hates being naked. I've got some news for you Baby E, hang around your cousins and I promise you will love the naked. Embrace the naked. We'll get you turned around in no time.

Brody saw this photo and said, "Oh, it's that baby......"

Yup, it's that baby.

I got to hold that baby and got my baby fix. We'll see how long it lasts.

I wish I had more photos of this sweet baby. We'll need to remedy that soon!

Monday, April 19, 2010, uh Monday snapshots

Brody's first fishing trip. He was very patient with the fact that he wasn't catching any fish. Maybe next time buddy.

He was more interested in throwing rocks in the water. I was more interested in taking a photo of his sweet hiney.
Safety first kid. You're going to have to learn how to swim very soon!
It was my Grandpa Allen's 85th birthday and all of his great grand kids (Brody, Baylor, Wilson, Gavin and Tilden) got to help him blow out his candles! How cool is that?!
Ah yes, I see this face very often.....not the handsome one, the one on the left....with the, "I'm stinker and I know it" face.
Me in a dress. Doesn't happen very often. I thought I'd document it.
Oh my sweet handsome boys! Love you lots!

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Walk in the Clouds

First of all, I want to tremendously thank all of my friends and family for all of the support, prayers, letters, cards, meals, money and thoughts during this rough time. I am trying my hardest to be the comforting wife that Lonnie needs me to be right now, which is accompanied by patience and strength, both of which seem to be eluding me at the moment. We wish we could be closer to family, especially Lonnie's mom, right now as she grieves over the sudden loss of her husband. She is a very joyful and strong woman to begin with and watching her through this tragedy has really brought those characteristics in full view.

Lonnie has returned to work, for this seems to be the best way for him to move on. I had to control my lips when he wanted to go back to work sooner that I thought was necessary, but then I realized that it is what is best for him. There is a movie called A Walk in the Clouds, it's actually a love story and it has nothing remotely to do with sorrow and grieving, but it's how I've felt the last week. I'm usually a very organized and efficient person, but I found myself doing strange things that left even myself puzzled. Take today for instance, I got into the car holding the gas station window squeegee thingy, tried to put the milk into the spice cabinet and then did a load of laundry twice. It has been quite the whirlwind week so hopefully there will be some recovering from this walk in the clouds very soon.

The boys are finally starting to get back into a schedule back at home and Brody is back to his, "bull in a China shop" ways. I have to lock all doors, give him a snack and set him in front of the t.v just to take a shower without him escaping! He is a busy little man! Baylor has been very distant and spending a lot of time alone, I worry about him but know that all kids grieve differently. He has been loving on his daddy though, which makes Lonnie happy.

Again, just a huge thanks to all of you who have supported us. We are finding comfort and peace.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Your father would be proud.

Dear Mike,

As I nervously met you for the first time, trying to impress you as the future bride of your son, I tried to imagine what Lonnie would be like in a few years. I quickly learned by watching you with your family that I was about to marry a man, who like his father was caring, humble, kind, loving and wise. I also learned the true fate of Lonnie's hair color in a few years! You welcomed me into this family with open arms and an open heart and showed me nothing but love. I also learned from the moment I met you that there was something incredibly different about you. I knew that you had the spark that so many people are missing. You had it right. You loved the Lord, you loved your wife and you loved your family with every bone in your body. You were a true servant in so many ways. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family, I am a very blessed daughter in law.

Thank you for loving your wife with all of your being. Thank you for showing your son what it meant to love his wife with all of his being. What a comfort it was to your family, knowing how much you loved your wife. As I watched you with Lila, I could tell that you were still deeply in love with your bride. You would steal a kiss from her in the hallway when you think no one was watching and I even think I caught a little hiney grab in the drive way. Don't worry, we will take good care of her!

Thank you for teaching your son how to be an amazing father by showing him love, discipline and leading him in the right path. There is no greater gift that a father can give his son than to lead him to Christ. You lead a godly life and passed that down to your son. You showed him how to work hard and even if there were unfinished projects it was the quality time that meant the most. My husband comes home from a hard day at work, just wanting to crash on the couch and gets down on his hands and knees with his two boys. I know he learned that from you.

You left us too soon, but Jesus called your name, you are home! You're in a better place and we rejoice for you. It breaks our hearts to have to let you go so soon, it breaks my heart that you won't get to see your grandsons grow up, but you left them with lasting memories. Our hearts ache but God will give us the strength to make it through. We are homesick but find comfort that there are no good byes in Christ, just see you soon! You were swept away by His love and now you watch us from above but we can't wait to see you in heaven and wrap our arms around your neck.

I watched person after person at your funeral go up to your wife, son and daughters and tell them how much you meant to them, how you changed their lives and how you lead them to Christ. What a living testament to your life. There was one older man who had red eyes and was trembling, he approached Lonnie and grasped both of his hands in his tired worn ones. He looked him straight in the eye and muttered, "Your father would be proud."

As you leave us in the flesh here on earth, I know that God is uttering the very same phrase because you have made your Heavenly Father proud.

We love you. I love you.

See you soon!

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:16

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Do not leave child unattended

Does Lonnie really need shaving cream while he shaves?

Heck no.

It's much more fun to use the ENTIRE can in the bathtub.

I promise that's the sound of an empty shaving cream can......promise.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Day three of pneumonia for Lonnie. Kicking his butt like no one's business. The man is never sick, never takes a sick day and has been flat on his back for three days. Baylor spiked a fever tonight as well, we're hoping it's just from his three vaccinations for AK that he was administered this morning. I'm pretty sick of sicknessessesesesesesesese. Isn't is spring? Isn't this a healthy time of year?


Monday, April 5, 2010

Poor baby

I have to admit, I first thought of THIS (see video) when my poor husband came home from his weekend away not feeling the greatest......and boy do I feel bad now.

The poor man has pneumonia. He's had a fever above 103 for the past two days and I finally called the doctor and forced him to go. After a chest x-ray and two trips to the pharmacy, all of his moaning and groaning was for good reason.

Sorry babe, I owe you one. I'm at your beckon call.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter snapshots

Some people hunt for eggs, Brody hunts for boogies.
Sporting the un-tucked look.
Oh, my cute boys....what sweet little punks you are.
The Easter Bunny forgot to bring Brody some pants......
Wishing you all the very best Easter. Remember why we celebrate this holiday by turning to the cross!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dreaming of summer

If only you could hear his sweet little voice laughing with his brother, whom which he called Bader because he just can't quite get those "L's" to work yet. I sent both of them outside in the rain last night to burn off some energy before bedtime. I believe someone slipped them some sugar crack last night because they were literally bouncing off of the walls. Literally. Like human pin balls.
We got a taste of summer on Thursday and of course, my little lover of water had to drag out the pool. I had to drag out the duct tape. Sadly, this poor little blue plastic eye sore didn't fare too well this winter. There was much patching and it shall soon find a home in a dumpster nearest you. Unless someone else has a better idea of how to dispose of it. Anyhoo, I look out the window and have a brief moment of panic because of recent escapes from our little yahoo. I finally spot these tiny little feel sticking out of the pool that has five inches and falling of water.
He was licking the bottom of the pool.

Doesn't surprise me one bit.

He has perfect feet, just like his dad. Baylor on the other hand has inherited my knarly feet. Sorry kid.