Showing posts with label life in 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life in 2012. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

easter in pictures

i wish i were cooler and knew how to make some cool layout of these pictures, but this is all i could do. for some reason, even more so than christmas, i just hate all the gimmickyness of easter. i realize not all people believe the same as i do - that easter is a celebration of the resurrection of christ - but all the candy/gifts/and secular stuff just drives me nuts. that said, we do put together easter baskets for the kids and have an egg hunt, but we keep the focus on the savior as much as possible. nash was hilarious waddling around with his little basket, bryce was just interested in eating as much candy as possible before i took it away, jackson thought the egg hunt was unfair since triston was "older and stronger and able to find more eggs" - classic jackson right there, and triston did find the golden egg that was the only egg that had a treat/prize inside, so he was pretty proud of himself (even though bryce was the first one to find it, triston was the first to get to it..and since it didn't contain candy, bryce didn't even care). i hope everyone had a happy easter and now that it is over...on to the detox!

Monday, April 9, 2012

my birth month & thoughts on motherhood

well, i had planned to blog every day in honor of my birth month. on the 13th (friday the 13th, this year) i will only have 1 more year until i am 30, which seems really odd considering i have to constantly tell myself that i'm not 19 anymore. until i look in the mirror, that is.

life got in the way, though, and now, 9 days LATE i can start posting.

me and bryce before his trip to STL to visit cousins

so i've been working on this thing i was asked to do about motherhood, which has got me thinking - a lot. sometimes i get so frustrated with myself bc things aren't going the way i envisioned or the kiddos aren't doing things i envisioned or whatever.  i recently read something, though, that has changed my outlook a little.

"families will be off-course 90% of the time. what matters is that you have a course and you are constantly striving to stay on it." - 7 highly effective habits for families

what a relief! i usually think we are the only ones that are struggling at times to stay organized or feeling like it is really hard work to keep the day-to-day going: laundry, housework, learning time, meals, homework, quality time together, errands, sports practices, personal time, ect. but i do have a vision so i am at least somewhat on track.

and staying on track today means 3 things: working out (because I ate wayyyy to much easter candy and lemon-coconut cake - recipe coming up!), taking my kids to the park (since they are out of school and we want to play!) and folding the massive (and i mean massive) pile of laundry.

it's all about small goals. ;)

Monday, March 26, 2012

eight is great

well lookie here, my oldest son turned eight on sunday. he is smart and funny and sometimes sensitive and he is just a special light in our house. here are some things i want to remember about him at this age:

  •  he loves chapter books right now, which is really amazing - i thought for a little while there that he would never learn to read. now, he reads beyond his grade level and gets great AR scores. whew!
  • he is a music man. he loves all music and makes up his own songs on the piano by counting out the keys and writing down which ones he plays in order. dare i say...we have a composer on our hands? i don't know because i am musically challenged in every way possible, but we are setting him up with an instructor soon so maybe that will help.
  • he is really into "friends" right now. ay ay ay
  • he loves nash so much and often "babysits" for me while i'm cooking dinner or other times when i could use a helping hand. he is always trying to make him smile or help him in some way.
  • he is pretty competitive. not sure if there is a way around this one though. he is a clowers, after all.
  • he loves to help me, as long as it is with me and not something i've just asked him to do. we have had to have some talks about this one. he will always stuff sock and dirty clothes in weird places so he doesn't have to put them in the hamper. grrrrr.
we had a birthday party for him on saturday. he requested a boy party, which is just funny to me. it was almost a boy party. our good friends and neighbors came over towards the end with their two daughters, but he didn't seem to mind. ; ) i kind of think he doesn't really think they count as girls anyway because they play together so much. anyway, we went bowling with some of his friends and family and had a party at our house afterwards that included trampoline, timed races around the yard, basketball, a cookout and cupcakes. he said it was the best birthday ever and when i remembered today that i forgot to serve the gallon of ice cream he said, "we'll just have to have another party like we had the other night!"

he really is growing up to be a fine young man. as my friend courtney said today as triston came upstairs, " have, like, a full grown man coming upstairs!" i agree - he is growing up way to fast.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

you're killing me, nash.


can someone build me a padded room, like, in a hurry?!

nash has been walking for a couple of weeks now and he is falling all over the place. so much so, that he was recently treated for a concussion after walking out our back patio door and falling head- first onto the concrete. yeah. he has bruises all over that sweet little face. not in the above picture, because that was taken in january when he could just barely crawl. oh, what a simpler time for us.

tonight at wrestling practice - i mean, it is way dirty in the wrestling room - he screamed at me for an hour because he wanted to walk around and do his thing. and then i let him - just a little - and he was as happy as can be. until, of course, i picked him back up.

an old man looked at me tonight and said, "girl, you have your hands full".

don't i know it. toddlers are exhausting.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

i may be prone to marital strife, but will he even notice since he is easily confused? :)

you have to love the chinese zodiac signs, or animals, or whatever you call it. although, i 'm still pissed i am a boar. a boar! c'mon. not cool...i want to be sometheing sexy, like a dragon or tiger. is that too much to ask?! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

in which the dog thinks she is a human.

oh, that miss lily just cracks me up. the best is when i walk into the living room and she is sitting on our couch that very same way. this morning, she has been watching fervently out the window at a blown over trash can. each time the wind blows, the trash can rolls and she goes nuts. dogs are so funny.

ps. when did i decide it was okay to blog about dogs? lame.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

10 pins down and vday.

february 4: bowling on a saturday afternoon.

one pin to go...

super competitive jackson came in 4th place. he was bummed.

sexy man.

bryce spent most of the time on the floor.

 happy day.

and then...

valentine's day.

i actually hate valentine's day, but this year was pretty fun. i went to help out with triston's school party. and his little girl friend ( girl. friend. not girlfriend because i said so) gave triston a big hug before she left and said all demure and shy-like "happy valentine's day, triston". his face turned red and said to me later, "uhhh, i don't even know where that came from". he tells me she asks him all the time to be her boyfriend but he tells her he is too young for that. good boy. ohmygosh before i know it he is going to be liking girls. noooo.

jackson, on the other hand..well, let's just say i am anticipating the worst for him when it comes to girls. he is girl crazy already and only in kindergarten. he gets extra prayers.

anyway. i gave travis everything he always asks for on vday- a really clean house, an awesome meal, and all his shirts ironed (a day late). plus a little extra ;) . and he gave me elton john tickets. nothing says i love you like elton john. AND, they are 2nd row elton john tickets furthering my idea that putting stuff on the blog works! hooray!

i made chocolate covered cherry cake balls for t-bone's office - which was loaded down with sweets already. oops. and chocolate covered strawberries for my lovely family. then i waited tables and thought i was going to die. if only i was a little meaner - i would have walked out on the job. peoples were CRAZY and i was busier than ever. and i was missing triston and jackson's first wrestling meet - which they won! 

recipe for chocolate covered cherry cake balls coming....

ps. that last post got all wonky on me so i deleted it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

i mean, who does that?

i find myself saying that a lot. because, well, come on - there is a lot of stupidity out there. and, yesterday i was saying it about myself, which i definitely do from time to time. except usually it is because i've said something completely ridiculous to someone i should have not been ridiculous around. now that i think about it - i actually did that yesterday, too.

anyway, in an effort to look half-way presentable for the day, i was using a flat-iron on my hair before my kids left for school. not a good idea anyway because the mornings can get crazy around here. i had everyone downstairs eating and nash was playing on the floor beside me.

so what happens? i actually clamped my face - MY FACE - in my flat iron. who does that? please tell me someone else has done that. so yeah, i have a huge burn on my jaw line from where i clamped right down on my skin instead of my hair.

now, i totally blame this on my children. these boy children, to be more specific. boys can't just sit and enjoy whatever is going on. the need to explore or hunt or find an adventure is ingrained just too deep and i have yet to have a boy baby that will just sit there and lovingly play with a baby toy. no - it's always been the trash can getting tipped over, or pots and pans clanging together as loud as can be, or using their mattress as a sled down the stairs. okay, that last one is really for the older ones, but it is all just the same. nash is almost walking which means he is in settling into this lifestyle phase really nicely.of course that last sentence is code for: he is in to absolutely everything. and while he was scavenging my cabinets i was starting to get annoyed with all the items that were plopping out on to the floor - not just a box of tampons, but all the contents inside, a whole bag of old make-up turned upside down and scattered about, stacks of previously folded washcloths now laying in clumpy piles - you get the idea.

so while i was doing my best to ignore him just until my hair was straightened (because i only had a certain number of minutes to do it and could pick up the mess later) it just wasn't happening. i gently pulled him away from the cabinet while my other hand was holding the flat-iron that was holding my hair. i don't know what happened next, i just know that somehow i clamped my face and my freaking skin was sizzling.

it's really not that bad. but it might look like i am involved with a meth-ring? at least my hair covers it if i need it too, okay, which is never because nash constantly pulls my hair and i want to freak. out. so i wear a boring pony tail every day, which is actually why i am going back to my short-hair roots and bringing back the bob. never mind all the fantastically cute hairstyles out there on pinterest with the braids and big waves.

i mean, who has time for that anyway? i am just trying to focus on getting these boys raised without burning down the house and on on myself not burning my face off. seriously, who does that?!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

grossed out and in love.

grossed out:

triston got a microscope for christmas that came with live shrimp eggs. we finally got around to hatching them and the above picture x 100 is now living in a petri dish on our kitchen counter. i am completely grossed out. of course, the boys -especially triston- think it is the coolest thing ever. and in order to foster that curiosity and education and love for science, i am keeping mum about not liking it.  and so it is with a house full of boys. i am sure i will have many more 'not liking it' moments in the years to come. if it benefits them, though, i will happily do whatever.

in love:

Pinterest Logo

don't we all love pinterest? its slogan should be 'making lives easier and better', right? i made some bbq chicken in the crockpot the other day from a recipe i found on pinterest. it. was. amazing. and since i haven't been keeping up with the recipe aspect of this blog - here you go!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

a happy day

i am a week behind, but since one of my resolutions this year was to document more of my children, then i guess i should add this:

on mlk day we went to our local children's museum. i am not a huge fan of this museum because the very first time we went there, a couple years ago, we lost bryce and he was a new two year old. our mistake, obviously, because we went on free family night and everyone and their mom was there (quite literally since it is a kid's hot spot) (okay, lame joke). but, seriously. now i, being the calm one in our union, went straight down to the first floor where the only place kid snatchers could escape is located: the front door.

so i calmly walked downstairs and scanned the front door and then went straight to the front desk and told them what was up. immediately, there were a swarm of security all talking back and forth about what he was wearing, his hair color, ect. and i noticed that another security person went to the front door and just stood there. great minds think alike, no?

anyway, they found bryce in a matter of minutes and all was well. except travis. and to this day, he still hasn't gotten over it. what he needs is just more faith in the mom role. look, us moms know this stuff. we live it - everyday. and i'm pretty sure i'm not the only mom that makes mental notes of all her kid's shirt colors before we leave the house and starts scanning the room or  playground as soon as we get there for suspicious persons or weirdness. am i right or am i right?

of course, you never want to lose your kid. scariest feeling ever.

so anyway, two and half years later we decided to go back to the museum and we had a much better time this time.

can i get one of these in my house?

i did the art work myself. bryce is supposed to be spider-man. sorry kid.

playing the cow bells

there is a dinosaur that was supposed to be in the picture, but you can't count on your husband to have the same "artistic eye" when it comes to photos, now can you?

funniest part of the day. travis says he wants to carry nash around in the bjorn. i have no trouble getting it on and getting nash in it - but trying to explain to someone else how to do it? especially a man? let's just say: people were staring. and smirking.

but he was all smiles!

it was actually a really fun day and the museum had all kinds of tid-bits and info about MLK, which i was happy to discuss with the boys. they, of course, didn't really care, but one day some of the things which MLK stood for will be important to them as well and maybe something i read to them the day we went will stick out. good thing we celebrate every year.

and as a finale: this is why we will never have drums in our household.

Friday, January 20, 2012

i never figured out how to turn it.

in honor of this little guy's first trip to the e.r., i'm posting a video of him.

(really, it is just because i just figured out how to do it minus the fact that it is sideways)

(and i wasn't being mean to bryce in the video, he was attacking me)

(and nash got the bottle asap)

(and the e.r. trip proved to be nothing - he is fine)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

if i were a smoker, i would've needed a cig.

there are no pictures for this post. this is a picture of lily to show how much she hates the camera. she. flips. out. similarly, though, and relative to this story - this is just what she looked like while she was trying to eat the tires off my stroller.

so maybe it was the giant handfuls of chocolate animal crackers that i ate today or maybe it was other stressful events that i will delve into later - either way i felt a walk calling my name. but, i was babysitting today and us hoosiers know how cold it is outside. no walk for momma. :(

as the day wore on, the urge for a walk became stronger. i called travis to see if he could make it home from work before his 6:00 meeting. no. i thought of calling my babysitter across the street to come over for 45 minutes, but did i really want to shell out 10 bucks just because i needed some outside time? no. plus, she probably had basketball practice anyway.

so, i bundled up the boys and took them for a freaking walk is just what i did. i have a coat for nash that i've never had to put on him. this was the perfect opportunity to finally use the coat i thought he would need this winter. it is one of those that has the detachable fleece jacket on the inside - so i knew he would be extra warm. only he wanted no part in putting on his nice warm coat. the whole time i was wrangling him to put it on, he was kicking and screaming and throwing a huge fit. at last, i finally got him in it and he looked like ralphie's brother from a christmas story.

only, think baby. anyway, i put bryce's scooby-doo hat on him - which is a full face mask with ears and only an opening for his eyes. i wish i would have took a picture, because it might be the cutest thing anyone will ever see in their whole entire lifetime, but between him screaming, the dog going nutso because she knew we were leaving, and the other three chasing each other around the house - we had to leave right then or i would have had a coronary.

i got nash in the stroller and suddenly he was fine. whew! we were going to make it after all! as we started down the block, the boys started dancing, singing loudly, falling off the curbs, running through people's yards, ect. and the dog went straight for the tires on the stroller.

pandemonium.  i mean, have you ever tried to push a stroller with a 70 lb. dog biting at each and every roll of the wheel?? you can't move.and she is stronger than me, so my only hope with her is that she listens to me, which she usually does, not today, though. with a few jerks of her collar and the meanest voice i could muster while looking like i had everything under control - i was in my neighborhood after all - lily stopped chewing on the tires and the boys started walking instead of acting like escaped mental patients. we were going to make it.

...until we rounded the corner and this grouchy dog started mouthing off to lily. she went berserk-o. not in a mean way, i could tell she wasn't offended in the least. she just really loves other dogs and other people and i know she just wanted to make friends. and by that i mean she was dancing around and her ears were down and her tail was wagging like 500 times per minute. but. this dog was not having it. of course, the boys took the opportunity to act all crazy, too, getting up in lily's face and baby talking her - but in the loudest voice possible telling her that the other dog was mean and we don't like that dog and it's okay, lily, ect. ect. ect. oh. my. gosh. nash started to scream again and i am positive i had a desperate look on my face. we only had one more corner to turn and we'd be home free.

and of course, this little...set-back...ruined all the hard work i had put in to get lily off the wheels. she went after them like crazy! and then there were like 40 cars (actually only 4) passing us and my neighbors were looking out the window at all the craziness on the street in front of there house. i mean, we were the only people walking in the freezing cold. and we had a nutso dog and a crying baby.

we looked ridiculous, i am sure.

so lily ate the tires the rest of the way home. in my defeated state, i didn't even care. the boys danced and sang loudly and fell off curbs and ran through people's yards and nash cried, but we made it home.

all i wanted was a freaking walk.

now, all i want is an early bedtime for the kiddos and an oreo brownie earthquake from dairy queen.


oh. other stressful events today included: bryce stalking me the entire day trying to get ahold of my kindle fire and he drew a bright orange beard on himself with a marker that isn't coming off. triston and jackson got in a HUGE argument over lego people. nash pooped like 5 million times today and stuck his hand in it. and the dog. always the dog. nash's screeches, and he crawled all. the. way. up. the. stairs and was on the second floor before i ever even knew it. when i finally found him he had a pretty pleased-with-himself look on his face and threw a fit when i took him back down stairs. this one is going to be a hellion

and as i was typing that last sentence, my inner-voice was just now saying, "and are you surprised?"

nope, i guess not.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

a surprise!

i had SO MUCH fun doing this. courtney is one of my oldest friends and already the momma of two gorgeous little girls. in just a few short weeks, she will get to experience the joys of a boy! a friend of hers and i got together to host a little surprise shower for her and since i am not local, abby made all the plans to get courtney to the arranged place. of course, surprises never go as planned and courtney was trying her best to get out of the "lunch date". our back-up plan, in case she did cancel -her husband was throwing up, after all, was just to tell her. luckily, it only got as far as - "you're going. we're coming to get you. dress nice".

i think she was surprised - tears and all! and it could not have been in a better place - a bakery/cafe called sweet stuff . it is the cutest little place with delicious food and gourmet cheesecakes of every flavor you could ever imagine. and some of courtney's close friends and family was able to celebrate with us.

anyway, i was so happy to do something like this for her. courtney is such a sincere and genuine person and such a great mom. i can't wait to meet baby abrahm!



ps. and in case you were wondering...the little onesies hanging in the banner were from this etsy shop. i emailed the owner 6 days before the shower and told her my dilemma - that i had procrastinated and had neither a gift or decorations for this shower and how fast could i get the onesies. she mailed them out the next day! very reasonably priced and oh-so-cute! check her out if you can't sew, like me, but like the hand-made look.

pps. in case you were wondering about the privacy of my blog that i mentioned 2 months ago...i received over 70 e-mails of readers. some i didn't know, but most of them i did...but wow. i can't believe at least 70 people are even interested. probably for the recipes, which i  haven't been posting because i am in the biggest dinner slump of my life. nothing sounds good. but, i am working on it because my family is starting to protest. so hang in there. oh, and i think it goes without saying...i don't have time to in-put 70 individual e-mails into, let's just hope my stalker isn't a reader anymore? and if there are stalkers out there - just don't contact me.

Monday, January 16, 2012

the "wrecking ball" clowers brothers

true story. that is what they call themselves. i just signed them up for another season of wrestling and bryce made it on the team this year. we probably won't let him wrestle opponents - just learn the techniques and mess around a little. but good golly, check that face out. triston and jackson act pretty goofy, but the little one - he is trouble. 

...but he is a pretty big sweetheart, too. i know i've said this before but our days together are just about the best thing ever. well, until this one started getting an attitude:

bless his heart. he is trying to transition from baby to baby/toddler, but just isn't doing too well. he is almost walking but doesn't quite have it yet and he is furious over it. so, in the last few weeks, his most peaceful hours are when is he eating or when he is sleeping. good thing he is oh so adorable.

don't worry little nash. it won't be long and you will be calling yourself a "wrecking ball" too.

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