Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big Girl

My baby is growing up so quickly.  It has been a big week for Peyton.  She cut her first tooth on Monday with a second one right behind it.  She started sitting up all by herself this week.  And last night she wore big girl jammies for the first time. 

I don't know if I can take any more "firsts" for this week!  I also don't know how much longer I can deal with this junky camera!  Good news is my bonus is on the way:)

Friday, September 23, 2011

One more hug

Tonight I gave these four adorable little people one more hug.  One more hug to let them know how special they are to me and how much I love them.  I have been sadly reminded this week that we are not promised tomorrow.  In a moment, our lives can change.  I needed this reminder.  I can easily get caught up in my "to-do" list and forget about what's important.  I have been reminded to focus on the important things in life.  There are so many things pulling at us for our attention so it's very difficult at times. 

So....if you stop by this weekend and you see our train wreck house, just know that I am focusing on the important things in life!  And if you live in my house and you don't have clean underwear- well you know where the washing machine is!

Six months

She was too entrigued with the big flowers to take pics!

Hmm, how can I get this thing in my mouth?

Baby girl I can't believe you have been here for 6 months.  I love you so much.  You are still a good baby, although you REALLY like your mommy!  This is a problem since Mom works at home but Daddy takes care of you.  Everytime you see me you cry if I don't hold you:( This is just a stage and I know it will pass.  You are cutting your bottom two teeth right now and they are very close to breaking through.  This of course means everything goes in your mouth.  You have been trying really hard to get your entire fist in there and you are getting really close!  Although your fingers are so long, you often gag yourself.  You still love your binky very much.  You have learned to take it out of your mouth and put it back in all my yourself.

You are still the most loved baby around.  Everyone loves to hold you, feed you, and play with you.  Mommy has lots of little helpers.  They all fight over you at times.  I thank God for you every day sweet Peyton.  I love the way your beautiful blue eyes sparkle when you smile so big.  My heart melts when you giggle.

Monday, September 19, 2011


We have always had good sleepers.  Hence the reason we had 4.  If we would have had to deal with kids waking up in the night for 6+ months, we would have stopped with 1.  Our kids may be good sleepers, but they fall asleep in strange places.

And fall asleep in costume at times

But we don't care.  They sleep all night, every night.  And that's all that's important.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week off

I just spent a week off work with a "to do" list that filled an entire clipboard!  I would like to say I accomplished everything on my list.  But I would be lying.  I crossed off several items and in looking back I see a common theme.  I only crossed off the fun stuff on my list.  For some reason, cleaning my closet, organizing my craft closet, etc didn't even get touched! 

Instead I did fun stuff like this

*enjoyed the beautiful wildflowers Jackson picked for me
*crafting by myself and with the boys
*lesson learned- never hand Kate a cool whip lid and ask her to throw it away
*lots of snuggles with my baby (it was a week of bonding leave so that's what I was supposed to do!)
*lunch at school with the boys
*two lunch dates with my hubby
*extended lunch with Jessi- we haven't talked that long uninterrupted for a long time
*got Peyton's 3 month pics taken (don't mind that she is almost 6 months!)
*slept in (Thursday happened to be a late start day so they boys didn't have to be to school until 10:40)
*funnel cake at Fall Fun Fest
*brunch with Sarah and her fam- so nice to see them, so sad we don't see each other more often
*football with my honey
*read an entire Karen Kingsbury book
*went shoe shopping- Daddy picked out some really cute pink boots for Kate- she loves them!
*bought a new laptop (old one decided to quit working and our desktop hasn't worked in a while- so it was time)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sidewalk chalk paint


Jack started karate this fall.  We have been talking about it all summer and he was so excited.  However, the night before it started he got nervous.  I was encouraging him and he said "I know Mom, I want to go cause I want to kick Hayden's butt!" 

He went and is loving it!  We have explained his skills are not to be used on his brother.  I am excited to see how he does at this new adventure.  So far, I am loving it too.....the homework the first week was to make your bed everyday and the second week was to clean your room everyday.  We have to write a note to confirm if he did it.  If not, he gets talked to!  If this continues, I may enroll my whole family:)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 years

I can't believe it has been 10 years since you left this earth Mom.  Somedays it seems like just yesterday I was picking up the phone to call you.  Other days, it seems like forever since I have talked to you.  It's still hard after 10 years.

You taught me so much about what it means to be a mom.  Now I finally understand why you always sacrificed to give us girls all that you could.  Now I understand why you always needed to know where we were and when we would be home and why you still worried.  Mom, you taught me that no matter what God will give us the strength to survive anything.  You were so strong as you fought your battle with cancer.  You were the one who was always telling us it would be ok, that this was all part of God's plan. Your faith touched many lives.  I still don't understand.  I never will know why God chose to take you from us so early.  I miss you so much Mom.  I know you are watching us and looking over us each and everyday.  There are times I can feel you there.  I am often reminded of my special angel watching over me and Jerry and the kids.

I feel blessed to have shared 23 years with you.  I only wish it could have so much more. I only wish you could have rocked these 10 grandbabies of yours.   I know someday I will see you again.  I can't wait for that day.  I can't wait to see you in your new healthy body.  I imagine you in your big mansion in the sky rocking babies liked you loved to do.  Until that day, I will hold your memories close to my heart.  I will share all about to your grandkids.  I love you so much, Mom.