I've already done 3 new posts this morning, so be sure to check out the ones below! Baby Jake fell asleep in my arms, and I was able to get a couple of shots with the camera. Jacob is 14mos old today, and he's still napping in his swing! Now that we can trust Tigger to roam the house, he is my new best friend- follows me everywhere I go and then plops at my feet! We got so lucky to get such a great puppy! Maybe it's cuz he can't see- he's headed to the groomer on Saturday!
and Baby Jake has the "rock-star" style! We've tried to make it stay down, but it's just WHO he is! Lookin' out the window... I think this picture is so cool- here's what you're looking at: I took this into the mirror THROUGH Jacob's hair as I was holding him, so you see his hair in the front of the image and then you see the picture of his hair in the background! I love it cuz his hair is so crazy that it intruded into my picture!
Lots of "posts" today- I got a little behind with my mom here for the last week, but what a great reason to not post- so be sure to scroll down through the rest! Anyway, I HAVE to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my wonderful friend Kay! She is such a doll! Kay is a friend that I met many (10!) years ago when we were living in Tulsa, and while we have moved MANY times since then, Kay is still there (lucky girl!). When I discovered through one of the posts on Kelly's Korner, that Baby Harper was at a hospital in Tulsa, I sent Kay a note asking her if she knew anything about the family- I assumed they also lived in the Tulsa area. Well, it turns out that Harper's family is from Arkansas and they are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Tulsa. Kay took the time to find out about the family, and then went above and beyond by going and getting a gift card to Camille's Cafe and taking it over to the NICU for Harper's parents on Sunday! They weren't there at that time, but she was able to leave them a note and offer any help they may need, and she hopes to maybe get back and meet them in person! See what I mean- she's a doll! And what a great tool this blogging has become- it's amazing to see the way we can connect not only all over the country, but also all over the world! So, a BIG thanks to Kay from me- I so wish I could be there to visit the family, but Kay is definitely the next best thing!!!
It may not look like it, but this really is the best part of our day! The boys have all had baths and brushed their teeth (hopefully), they've said their prayers with dad, and are reading "just one more book!" There's something to be said for the nightly "routine"- it's so much more than that:)
When we found out that Josh would build his own derby car this year in cubscouts, we didn't realize what a big deal it would actually be! Not only did he design and build his car, but we spent Saturday afternoon racing all the cars the boys had built, and there was some serious competition! Josh walked away with a medal, but now that we know what to do, we are shooting for a trophy at next year's race! Emily informed Zack that SHE will be designing Josh's car next year:)
I'm so excited to finally have our family video/slideshow finished! It's now a permanent fixture on my sidebar at the top under "get to know us." You can also view it in a larger size if you go to "our videos" on the sidebar. It's a little long, but it was so much fun for us to put together, and I love having the older pictures of the girls when they were little! Thanks to Allie for helping me get it all done- she's the expert with moviemaker- and thanks so much to my sister Kate for helping me get it on my blog the way I wanted it- she's the expert blog designer (be sure to check her website called "Blogaroozer" on my sidebar). Also, I put a link under "our videos" on my sidebar so you can visit our "youtube" channel and check out some of the fun videos the kids have made- they're hysterical! Enjoy:)
This is a "saying" that I had hanging on my wall as a child, and my mom recently sent me a copy of it- I love it! Children Learn What They Live (1998) by Dorothy Law Nolte (1924 - 2005)
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn patience. If children live with praise, they learn appreciation. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal. If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. If children live with fairness, they learn justice. If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Excerpted from the book CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
Our "Baby Kayleigh" bracelets arrived today!!!!! We are sooooo thrilled and honored to have them- yay!!! We took a picture to send to Amy & Adam for Kayleigh's scrap book, and we plan to wear them 'til the day she finally goes home!!!!! Be sure you check out her blog for the latest- they have some great new info about her condition now and some specifics you can pray for!
He's at it again! My wonderful hubby can go from changing a poopy diaper to making fried eggs for the kids to building a wonderful set of shelves in the garage- all in one morning! He went yesterday and bought all the wood, and today he cut it all and made shelves from scratch. Enough shelves to fit over 50 pair of shoes, and that's just Allie's shoes:) There's no question that we have to be very organized with 9 people in the family, but we never seem to live anywhere long enough to get the garage up to par- so this is awesome- much more functional and easy to maintain. And, as you can see, Zack was happily joined by Emily, who got to try her hand at drilling- cool! Thanks guys!
Time for me to NOT fess up ya'll! Click on the button above for more... -Yesterday I did NOT watch as my oldest child drove off down our street for the very first time with my second oldest child in the passenger seat- I am NOT old enough for that! -And I definitely did NOT let my baby sit in a poopy diaper so long that he ended up with a bleeding rash- he is my 7th child, and I definitely know better! -I swear I did NOT start my Atkins diet by eating Oreo balls-it's ok to treat yourself occasionally, or you will never make it, right? especially on that first day! -And I am NOT dreading the fact that we are about to swear Obama into the highest office in the land this week- that certainly wouldn't be P.C.!!! -Also, it was NOT me that suggested skipping church yesterday because last week's message was kind of a downer, and I really didn't want to hear the 2nd lesson this week because I just can't face what the pastor might tell me to do- that would be really bad! O.K.- on that sad note....
Allie made her very first trip yesterday by herself (no adult that is)! And, remembering that she is MY daughter (those of you that know me well), I'm sure you can guess where she went on her first outing- TARGET of course! She and Emily made a Mountain Dew run:) Teenagers- can't live without their caffeine! Sounds sort of like adults- huh, they must be growing up!!!
Okay everyone- Obviously babies hold a special place in my heart, and I've been following the blog "Bring the Rain" for several weeks now, and Angie (the author) has an urgent prayer request for another little one- Baby Harper. I have a prayer button on my sidebar now and you can check out their blog by clicking on the "Baby Harper" link under the "special babies" section- also on my sidebar- or you can just click on the prayer button itself. This baby was born full-term but is struggling to live, and I have decided that if I can encourage just one or two more people who visit my blog to pray, then she will be that much more covered in prayer. If you visit Angie's blog "Bring the Rain"(which you can access from my sidebar by clicking on Angel Audrey) she has posted a special prayer which you may want to follow with her- I think it's a great idea! Let's get this baby healthy and home:)
We had a great time yesterday in the little bit of snow we had! Zack used up most of it to build our snowman, which of course is nothing like the snowmen we used to build in Montana, but it will work for here! Here are some of my favorite pics and a slideshow of the rest!