Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I hope everyone ate as much as we did during Thanksgiving weekend!  I feel like thats all we did!

Anyhow, we had a ton of fun with family and friends!

We spent Thursday with the Campbell's...

This is what happens when you stuff your face and run around like a crazy man for hours and hours!!!

Then we spent Friday with the Blackburns!  Thanks for taking some pics Aunt Amy!!!

The big kids helped Nana make a spice cake in her NEW 9 minute rice cooker!

While the babies just got passed around and loved on!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My life...

I used to be completely obsessive compulsive about the cleanliness of my house.  I wanted everything in its "place."  All the shelves dusted and picture frames in their perfect spot.  Dishes went straight into the dishwasher and never sat in the sink.  Carpets spotless and cooktop sparkling.  I used to fold clothes in neat little stacks and put them away as soon as they were clean.  I wanted my house to smell like the Pioneer Women's kitchen (I've never been there but I'm sure its lovely)!  I wanted beds made first thing in the morning and fresh sheets put on once a week.

Ok, you get the point and yes the OCD in me would still love those things, however...

I have had a Come To Jesus meeting recently and since the blessing of my two little punkins, some things have changed!

I wake up to little "treasures" every morning and it just reminds be that I am the luckiest mother & wife around!  It means that I am surrounded by people that love me.  It reminds me that my house is a home and its comfortable for my kids to play and grow here.  It reminds me that I have a roof over my head and dirty floors that others would love to have.  It reminds me that life is too short to stress over laundry and sometimes its better to have Iron Man and Hulk gum in your vegetable tray than squash and carrots!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 8, 2010

We're so thankful!

Besides the dark evenings, November brings on the beginning of my favorite times of the year!  The leaves begin to change and snuggly sweaters come out of storage.  Thanksgiving and Christmas bring our friends and family together for celebrations.  We get to celebrate Jesus birthday with new and old family traditions.  Our homes are filled with beautiful holiday decorations and smell of yummy scents like pumpkin pie and cinnamon.  Its a perfect time to reflect on how blessed and Thankful I am for my amazing family and friends and the opportunities that God keeps presenting to us everyday.

Cruz and I were having our regular morning conversation today full of intellectual facts and nonsense!  I love this time of day because he is totally chatty and usually has something very very important to say.

This morning as I explained why we celebrate Thanksgiving, I asked him what he was thankful for today.  I'm looking at him in my rear view mirror.  Cute little face just concentrating and thinking so hard.  After a few seconds he looks at me completely serious and says, "Mommy, I'm really thankful for 11 and 12!"  After a little chuckle I said, "Well its a good thing!  I bet 13 is really thankful for 11 and 12 too!"  What a hoot!  These are the kind of stories that I never want to forget!  I love how the 3 year old mind is so simple and straight forward!"  We should all take a moment to be especially thankful for our little ones and how much joy they bring into our lives everyday!!!

TG Farms

So we decided to change things up this year and go to TG Farms.  We met the Blackburn's for an evening of fun!  The kids got to feed the farm animals, climb and slide on hay bails, walk through a corn maze, watch pig races, take a hay ride, and pick out pumpkins to take home.  It was so much fun!