Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sharing time

Life is about sharing right? We've learned it from a young age that you must share and it continues to follow us through life.  Because everyone wants to know just what you had for dinner (burgers on the grill)  what your favorite ice cream flavor is (chocolate truffle) and what political party you belong to (as noted before, I don't recommend talking politics on any social media site unless 1. You can spell correctly and use proper grammar 2. it's your job or 3.You have tons of friends and don't mind losing some, can't we all just get along?) I confess that I am an avid sharer, sometimes of more information that you care to hear  read.  It's not about you. It's about me.

I kid.

It's about my kids.

And sometimes me.

Maybe about my husband once in a while.

But mostly the kids.

I digress.

Here are some updates for all ya'll relatives....

The Baylor
Graduated from the AK program at Lisbon and will be starting a full day of Kindergarten in the fall *insert wail from mother here* I will miss having my little man home with me all day long! He is super excited about two things....THREE recesses and eating lunch at school (The aforementioned may change when he actually sees what they serve for lunch) He has made great friends and hopes to make some more.  He is reading short books and Lonnie and I can no longer spell things to each other like "Do you want some I-C-E C-R-E-A-M later?" Because he can figure it out.  Darn it.  I suppose he'll figure out how to tell time and actually realize that we put him to bed at 7 instead of 8.....we're so busted.  He LOVES anything dinosaur and animal related. He would spend hours looking at dictionaries and encyclopedias at the library.  He's a little sponge and soaks up everything and is actually excited to learn.  He still hates most vegetables but will eat a pint of blueberries in under three minutes.  His personality is really shining through and this kid wears his heart on his sleeve.

Brody Man
I think this short little ball of terror is smarter he lets on.  He would rather eat, dig in the dirt and wipe his boogies on my pants than learn his letters, colors and numbers.  I don't blame him, I like wiping boogies too.  He moves so quickly between one thing to the next he really isn't "in" to anything....except trouble.  If given a choice between a brand new huge super awesome toy and a package of M&M's, he would go for the chocolate. A man after my own heart.  He might be an actor when he grows up, because drama is his middle name.  He never stops moving. I'm serious. The kid makes me tired just watching him.  He gets his tonsils on on Friday (prayers will be accepted readily) and we're hoping that will help with the snoring/sleeping/hyperactivity issues we've been seeing.  He actually likes vegetables but would like them served with lots of cheese.

Things we're excited about this summer.....
Brett and Christina's wedding! Brody is the ring "bear" and Baylor is the Elijah bearer.  We're so excited to get to share this special day with them and Lonnie even gets to walk his little sister down the isle.

Baby Kolby Fire.  That's right. Brody named Kort and Bri's unborn baby boy (due in September) We're excited to add another boy cousin to the lineup of all males.

Possible weekend trip to Chicago or Columbus, Ohio.  Dinosaurs, tornado alley IMAX and zoos are on our agenda.

I have my husband home on the weekends...and with a new lawnmower! (not it!!) A few recruiting trips here and there but we get to see more dad and even eat dinner with him (a huge bonus) I really don't think people realize how much out of the office traveling and work that coaches put in.  I'm so proud of my husband who works so very hard.

Having fun as a family. We love each stage of our children's lives, but as they grow older were finding it so much more fun to do things with them.  We had game night tonight and we ride bikes and take walks together.  No more arranging life around naps.  LOVE it.

I apologize for the short novel I wrote. I like sharing, what can I say.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things overheard at our house on any given day....

Where are you pants?

Will you tell me a story about a spinosaurus, edmontosaurus, pteradon and styrachosaurus?

Where is your shirt?

No you cannot eat a cold hot dog and pickles for breakfast.

Did you just wipe your nose on my pants?

Why are you naked?

That is not a weapon. No, neither is that.

How did you learn to dance like that?


Wash your hands!

Didn't you just eat five minutes ago?

No you will not die from trying just one piece of lettuce.

Please get off the table.

Please get off the counter.

Please get out of the freezer.

Where are you pants?

I hope that's mud.

Be nice to your brother.

Sunday, May 22, 2011



Pure boy joy.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Food rules...

So I picked up this little book (and I do mean little....140 very short pages) at the library after contemplating my love/hate relationship with food.  We've been trying refine the way we eat and what we feed our children. We're trying to cut processed foods, carbs and sugars out of our diet and I needed some basic ground rules for the way to eat.  We are born knowing how to eat but do we really know how to eat? We put so much "fake" food into our systems, food that has been biologically engineered and with a shelf life of 100 years.  Gross.

His rules are simple no brainers that most of us do anyways, but just need a gentle reminder.  Some of his food rules include avoiding foods that a third grader can't pronounce, have more than five ingredients (not a recipe) or are made in a plant instead of coming from a plant.  For example, margarine, soda, snacks...those aren't really considered food.  Eat food.  Real food. Eat plants, fruits, nuts and berries.  Shop at the local farmers market because that food was grown and handled with love.  Pay more and eat less.  We want everything fast and made for us so it's easy.  When we really need to spend the time preparing the food we put in our mouths.

Now having children....extremely picky children who turn up their noses to anything green (except popcicles) can alter your rules slightly, even though these rules apply to the entire family.  He does have a special rule for special occasions and treats, which saved me from feeling guilty about my love affair with chocolate.  You don't have to follow them to a T, simply guidelines for eating healthy and keeping fake food out of your body!

It's a quick read (took me a half hour) and really makes you think about what you put in your body.  I highly recommended it for an eating wake up call.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


                                                                 I did it.  
It's gone. 
I love it.  
I feel funky and fresh and lighter.  
I even have husband approval ( "just don't look like a dude" from the mouth of hubby) 
It's not just hair, it's part of who you are. It's part of your personality and I'd like to think mine is funky. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Safety first

 Yup, That's pee. Yup, that's short hair. I'm debating on chopping off my hair. It's driving me bonkers. It shouldn't be such a big deal, but it is.  If only there were an easy button for major hair decisions.
 I leave the kid for five minutes and he takes a bath like first.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The next chapter

These amazing photos were taken by my new creative buddy Kaylyn.  We met at Chalk the Walk and besides taking sweet photos, she's also a massage therapist....we'll be in touch! Visit her website HERE. 

I apologize for the lack of posting, it is due to a number of things....

1. Chalk the Walk this past weekend. Great weather and an amazing turn out! I even won 2nd place!!

2. It's been nice out. No more winter coats, on to air conditioning! We have been outside playing and watching the jungle lawn grow in the back yard.

3. I applying for a job! Yes, I's hard for me to believe myself.  The time has come and the perfect job opened up.  So I've been frantically updating my resume and praying that this is what God wants me to do.  I'm very torn to leave the boys (more on that later) but I know that I also love teaching art, it's where I'm supposed to be.  Everything has been sent, now the hard part comes....waiting!  I will keep you posted.  Prayers are being

4. Art sales have been booming!  I can always tell the weather is nice because people start spending money. Which is fine by me!  I had a fabulous turn out at Chalk the Walk.

5. My house can't stay clean. I'm not sure why not.....wait, yes I know why....I have two...wait, three boys who destroy.  Human tornadoes.  Needless to say I have been tackling the house and it never ends.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The trouble with tonsils

Hey there adorable boy.

Adorable boy with a fantastic temper and impeccable timing for meltdowns.

Adorable boy with extremely enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

Adorable boy who snores just like his father.

Here's the deal.

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids leads to snoring. Snoring leads to lack of a deep sleep.  Lack of a deep sleep leads to hyperactivity (yes) and behavior problems (not all but some).  Now I'm not blaming all of Brody's behavior problems on the fact that he probably hasn't had a decent night sleep in a long time.  He is three and he is a boy.  I am convinced however that this could be part of the reason.

Although the surgery itself will only last 15 minutes, it's the week that follows that will be a test of will.  He will have to be on lots of pain medicine that has to be taken every four hours....orally.  He will thrilled that his diet will consist of  popcicles, ice cream and cold liquids for about a week.  The surgery is scheduled for June 3rd.