Monday, August 31, 2009

Baby Baby

So behind!

So far behind!

This is my July update for sweet baby B.

These first pictures are from his 6 week session. I have done it with all the kids. I convert to b&w, then frame a 4-picture series which includes face, tummy, hands, feet. It is so fun to see the similarities and the differences!

6 weeks

L wore this same outfit, only he filled it out much more! Wish I had time to find pictures and compare. Maybe soon! This is a soccer team from New Zealand. My husband's friend is from there and sent it to us when L was born.

B loves sitting in this chair and watching the crazy antics of his brother and sister! On this day, he was bonding with his sister.

It was funny to watch him change emotions in less than 30 seconds!

Whose that handome fella?

He had just about outgrown the basket! We have sinced moved him to the actual bassinet and let Aunt J use it at her house for the little baby she takes care of during the week.

I had just introduced him to the big swing. I had put the other two in it much earlier and wish I had remembered to do the same for him so we could compare.

He LOVES his critter mobile! I love it too. It keeps him entertained and I can take it off when I don't need it. These days, he just talks contantly to his "friends"!!

L loves to go head to head with little brother. I am sure these two will be quite a pair very soon!

He is telling big brother something really important.

Hanging out with sister.

(yes, I get the eyebrow all the time. hope it is not the "angry eyebrow"!! larry boy, anyone?!)


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Jillian made me do it

At this very moment, I am sitting here eating a concoction.

There is really nothing else to call it.

Natural yogurt, blueberries, cinnamon, flax seed, and wheat germ.


I might have swirled a bit of chocolate syrup on top just for fun!

And while it is also true that I really shouldn't be eating anything this late at night, I am hoping to score points for its "healthy" factor!

It's doing its job-providing me a yummy treat with sweetness, fruitiness, and texture.

With my mornings a bit quieter around here, I have vowed to start exercising on the days I am home. And I have stayed true to that vow.

I am only 2 days in, but I am thinking positive!

On Monday, after taking the kids to school, we came home and I entertained my baby by flailing my arms and legs to the 30-Day Shred. I was sore on Tuesday, but not horrible. I probably didn't push myself as hard as I could have, but I was trying to be sensible with my post-pregnancy body.

Today, I had to take B to the doctor after dropping the big kids at school, so I didn't get my workout started until after picking up L from school. He thought he was going to do it with me, but then decided he would rather watch for entertainment. I am sure you can just hear the conversation I had with my 5-year old while attempting to get through the workout!!

I had to pause my body a few times today and miss a few reps with one or two of the exercises, but overall I kept up ok.

My goal is to exercise 4 times a week. I am not unrealistic about what might or might not happen to my body anytime soon, but I figured eating better and making any attempt to exercise moderately couldn't hurt!

I probably won't have my superstah body by January, but I am hoping to have something to show for my efforts as I cross the threshold into my new decade! ;)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My own little trail of tears

I started down that trail over 7 years ago and I don't expect to find the end for years to come!

My two big babies started school yesterday.

No real tears, just amazement at how we got this far.

She will explore 2nd grade this year.

He is ready to conquer his kindergarten class.

(If you are thinking how cute he looks with his new haircut, I am sure he would be happy to do something similar for you if you ask. Yes, he took a chunk out of his "bangs" on Sunday night. Thank goodness for hair gel and the popular spike do!!)

Or as his teacher called it, "advanced pre-k" for those that have difficulty talking about their child doing kindergarten twice. BTW, I am not that person. "Red-shirting" as I have recently come to hear it called is exactly what many of our kids needs. They certainly don't need to be hurried any faster than they already are!

I am excited for them both.

She got another great teacher this year. I know her year will be full of challenges, but I know she will be successful beyond what we can even imagine.

This is going to be such a growing year for him, in so many positive ways. Because the class is a true kindergarten, there will be lots of learning going on. Best of all, Jesus is smack in the middle of all the learning! It is woven into the curriculum throughout the year. Oh what I wouldn't do to have that for my children throughout their academic years! I love that his teacher is passionate about learning, loves those kids, and is consistent! The woman has 9 boys in her class in addition to the 5 girls, she has to be consistent! My son needs that!! She met with 3 students/families at a time for 30 minutes at "open house" so she would have time to talk to everyone, go over how her class runs, and answer any questions. Love it!

Wanna know what did make me tear up a bit?

When she told us that the children would rotate as leader of the day. As leader of the day, Ms. C and her class pray for that child AND his or her family by name. She just wanted us to know that every 14 days, we would be prayed for individually.


So, dropping the kids off yesterday was more about excitement.

Excited for them.

And oh so excited for me!

Details about that another time.


Not so much excitement.

And likely some tears.

Which is exactly why I will save my make-up routine for my drive to work.

After the drop-off.

I have to be away from my sweet, precious, happy, did I say precious?, little baby ALL day.

Cue knife-in-the-heart scene.

While I know he is going to be in some very loving hands, it still breaks my heart in a few little pieces.

See why?

So yes, there will be tears today.

Y'all might want to bring a paddle on your way out.


**Update**Obviously, this already happened and I am just updating to add the pictures and to say that I survived. The report was that my baby was just perfect all day long. Of course! :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's all swirling in my head, but

I wish it was in a glass!

Fruity and frozen, preferably!!

So, I will be back this week, but I don't even have the energy right now to do a bullet catch-up.

I am prepping this on Sunday night which probably explains my exhaustion!

I have designated this week as my catch-up-with-life week (for me!) and get-used-to-new-routines week (for our family!). After that, watch out, cuz mama is getting serious!

Seriously, it will probably take me more like two weeks to catch up but I am still going to put on my tyrant hat with this routine stuff.

It was good to take the pressure off myself here for a few weeks, but it feels good to be back.

Missed thinking out loud!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame

We had a family post-birthday celebration for L last Friday and Saturday.

We headed to Arlington so Daddy and the kids could take in a Texas Ranger's baseball game. The kids had been preparing for a month. Watching games on TV, learning about scoreboards, getting to know the players. L's favorite is David Murphy!

We headed out Friday, after my fun fast food experience. It was smooth sailing until I asked if Daddy got the tickets. After we were well on the road, of course! Later than we hoped, but we still managed to make it to the hotel in time for the kids to swim for about an hour before leaving for the game.

Here they are getting ready to leave for the game.

Daddy said that L never took that glove off his hand in hopes of catching a ball.

I was pretty bummed because our hotel TV did not show the game! B and I were all set to see them on TV! They watched most of the game before Daddy shuffled them to the hotel van right before the massive downpour! I think they still enjoyed themselves. Sadly, David Murphy wasn't playing that night, but I think the blue cotton candy made him feel better! :)

The kids also got treated to tshirts. This is the best pic I could manage of the gang!

The next morning after breakfast, the kids got to swim about 10 minutes before the next big rain came. Bad luck! Daddy had wanted to drive by the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium anyway, so we packed up and headed over there. I had heard they were giving tours, so once again, he took the kids on that adventure as well. I wouldn't have minded tagging along, but I REFUSE to give any of my money to Jerry Jones. Everything he touches is way overpriced and ridiculously out of reach for so many people. The price of tickets for a game in this new stadium leave a whole lot of regular folks out of luck. That is unless you want to pay for standing room tickets! Probably why soooo many people are touring the stadium. $17.95 tour tickets($14.95/kids) are much more reasonable than the $125 game tickets (at best!). B and I went shopping instead. I would much rather give my money to Target! :)

The interview room

The locker room

The press box

Outside the stadium

After a yummy-bad for me-yummy meal at Snuffer's (God bless Blue cheese bacon hamburgers and cheese fries!!), we headed home!


Thursday, August 6, 2009


On Tuesday last week, the kids and I returned from our 6-day OK tour!

We survived!

Thankfully, the kids stayed pretty entertained by grandparents, cousins, and fun activities. We were busy and slept well every night!

My pictures are pretty much in reverse order because I greatly dislike spending the time it takes to mess with them.

On Tuesday, before heading home, the kids and I adventured out for a little sidetrip. We met my friend Megan from SortaCrunchy! While it is true that we had never before met in person, I have no hesitation in calling her my friend. We met her and her sweet girls at a splash playground with a regular playground next door and let the kids roam while we chatted. It was easy. It felt comfortable. Kids came and went. There were required bathroom breaks. Snacks and drinks were shared. Slides and sand were experienced. I throughly enjoyed our conversations minus the keyboard! It was a such a treat for me and I look forward to the next time!

(Shame on us for not taking any pictures!)

On Monday, we spent the day circling Edmond in order to catch up with several of my friends.

This is my sweet friend, Kellie, from high school. She has held all my babies! She also likes to hold lots of critters too. BTW, did you wash your hands first?!!! :) She actually drove from Tulsa to meet up with us. We ate yummy pizza and let the kids play at the park while we caught up. I love this sweet pic of her and the boys!

I have known Julie since college and am thrilled that she is joining the mommy club in December! I can't wait to meet him! I loved that we met at her parent's house so I could catch up with her mom as well. I worked for her mom in the financial aide office in my college days. I loved the light behind these two. As you can see, B is enchanted with his toes.

Karin and I endured OT school together. Remember when our class turned in "abysmal" work, girl?!! Or the "paradigm shift"? Oh my! This picture cracks me up because B is always giving us the scowl look. It in no way reflects upon the person holding him! :)

Karin secured a solid position as my kids' new favorite person when she allowed them to swim in her pool while it was raining. No worries, the lightening and thunder were absent with this shower. They had a BLAST-thanks friend!

On Sunday, we went to church and spent the day with Nana and my sister's family. That night, the kids attended my old church's VBS which included some wild animals-kangaroo, BIG turtle, snake, and more. No pics because I left them there and took B back to the house for some quiet time. I wish I had seen L ride the big turtle!

Saturday was a busy day with lots of time for the cousins to play while Nana and I visited. My sister and brother-in-law had weddings to cater so we kept the kids entertained. Well, really we just kept them safe and played with the babies. The big kids entertain themselves!

This is my "sister" Rachel. We have known each other longer than we knew we knew each other. Got that? On Saturday night, she and her husband fixed us a yummy dinner (with the best cole slaw I have ever tried!) then the kids dispersed to play. L loved playing a game of backyard baseball with the big kids while A enjoyed the freedom of riding bikes with Rachel's daughter in the neighborhood. She might have enjoyed the Wii a bit as well!!

Rachel having a little talk with B.

Rachel's boys with B.

On Friday, my sister had a conference to attend all day, so all the kids congregated over at Grandpa's for lots of craziness! They couldn't get enough of the waterslide and got to go see a movie. My grandmother and I got a little quiet time while the babies slept!

Cousin L watching out for baby B!

Besides just being a plain cutie, I love B in these pics because I caught him in mid-drool.

Practicing for the ring toss

Waterslide action!

Sassy cousins

Handsome boys (with special hair goop for a cool do!)

Double greats!

That evening, I also got a short surprise visit with my long-time friend, Tracy. She was in town briefly for a sad reason and was able to spare of few minutes to meet B. I hate that I didn't remember to get my camera out for their sweet moments.

Thursday, the kids and I arrived in my hometown after an easy drive. The kids did great and we managed to only make 2 short potty breaks! I can't say the same for the drive home. Little B was restless and required several adjustment stops and one feeding stop. I think we were all ready to be home!

That day, we just hung out with my Dad, Polly, and my grandmother. It was cooler weather and we enjoyed being outside while the kids tested out the waterslide for Friday. The kids got catering service during our visit and I am sure they have been disappointed to be back to mommy service this past week!

I am glad we took the extra time to make the visit feel less rushed!