Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dr. Seuss week

Unless you're in elementary school, you might not have known it's Dr. Seuss week.  

(His birthday was last Sunday.)

And we had a snow day on Monday. 
So.... since we couldn't celebrate Dr. Suess's birthday at SCHOOL, we decided to celebrate it at HOME!

My new curtains are done.... 
do they remind you of something....
T did a One Fish Two Fish craft we found on Pinterest.
He learned it's not easy to paint with cornstarch/water paint.

J made truffela trees from The Lorax.  

That's really all we did.  
I made it sound like we did a lot, huh? 
I should have made green eggs and ham for lunch, but if you know my kids you'd know that would be a lot of time and eggs wasted for them to end up eating spaghettios!  

The evening ended with a game of Monopoly, popcorn, and some healthy sibling rivalry fun!

G did let me do her hair like Cindy Lou-Who this morning for school.  Some kid in her class said she looked like Cindy when she has her hair up.  
Boy did we show him what Cindy Lou-Who looks like!  (Right?....) 
Even her teacher made a comment on it.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

a special treat

My life lately has been a bit of a roller coaster.  But it's nights like the other night when we go to a local frozen yogurt shop that I remember that not everything is hard.  

Frozen yogurt's not hard.  (ha ha ha)
Watching these to get along isn't hard.

Miss Priss isn't hard to love.
Watching my kids be happy and carefree isn't hard.
and having a super ninja saltapus in the house has been pretty awesome.

I might not like how things have turned out in my life, but my kids are my special treat.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Graditude Tree

We have a week off from school.
Which made me wonder... WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR A WEEK!
I know, that sounds dumb.  
The kids were complaining the other day that we haven't made any craft for a long time.  So, what do you do when you need a craft idea?  

You go to Pinterest.

 Trey and I found this cute Graditude Tree, and I knew we could get all the supplies for free with a little trip to the dead end at the end of the street, the school for paper, and our rocks in yard for the bottom of the jar.  

It turned out really cute! 
And it was heartwarming to see what the kids wrote down that they are thankful for.

We put more leaves in a littler jar so we can add to it during the month of December.  
So cute for a free craft!


Saturday, October 12, 2013


How about this weather, eh?
It was so beautiful today I knew we had to get outside at some point.  But, an open house tomorrow took up my morning cleaning up the house.  

I promise I clean house every Saturday morning.
Not sure you would believe me by Tuesday night.

However, after a birthday party for Jada's friend late this afternoon, we took the kids to a park in town.  

And suddenly the park wasn't a park anymore.  
And our children weren't children anymore.
They were archeologists.
And they dug up dinosaur bones.

Right before the sun went down, we put all of the "fossils" together, and found out these archeologists dug up this creature!  

Can you tell where its ribs are? 
Can you see the triangle spikes on its back?
Can you find the horn on its nose?

Monday, October 7, 2013

What's going on...

It's been a while.
I'm here.
Been busy.
Here's a glimpse at what we've been up.
The Barn Sale. (Yes, THE Barn Sale.  Is there any other that's more fabulous?  And wonderful?  And makes you love Kansas?)

 The girls have been enjoying their friends again, now that school is back in session.
Jada's bestie is so adorable.  She's in my class this year- I guess she cried and cried and cried that she wasn't in Jada's class, but I get a nice smile and hug everyday from this little cutie.
Gracie has been so much fun!  Middle school has brought out her funny side.  She has the best one-liners.  
A few weeks ago, 5th and 6th graders had their first dance at our local rec center.  She was so nervous about what to wear that she started asking friends with older siblings about what to wear a full two weeks before the actual date.  This picture shows so much in my eyes.  She's growing up so fast.  And it's fun watching the beautiful girl she continues to be. 
 Lately we're just loving the weather.  
Drive-in movie.
Playing outside after school.
Watching "shows" that our children perform.
Playing Switch-n-go dinos.
Piano lessons.
 The van is dieing.
Which means this mom will soon be driving something that ISN'T a mini van!  
Woot! Woot!
I've done my time in a mini van. 
8 years.

However, I'm not looking forward to the day we actually sell it.  Do your kids get as attached to family vehicles as our's do?


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Learning to Rest

The following is something I read recently from my mom.  It's on her blog post and it was too good to not share.  
Tonight was one of those nights where everything was caving in around me.  On the outside, I looked fine.  Calm.  Collected.  But, on the inside, I was crying- get me out of here.  I just needed to leave.  And you know where I left to?  The library.  Interesting that my car took me to a place where it was quiet, not crowded.  Where I could hear my thoughts, and I happened to listen to them and realized that I needed some books for school.  So, I checked out several, and prayed all the way home.  
Learning to rest is something I learned to do this summer.  And I've missed it terribly since school began.  I have a ghetto glider in my garage from a garage sale this summer where I couldn't get myself to give that thing away.  I had rocked my babies in it.  And this summer God told me to not sell it.  
He knew.
He knew it would be a place of rest for me.  A place where I can go outside and just glide and look at the sky and know that He is with me.  He's providing all my needs.  When other people disappoint me, or can't fill me up.  God can.  
So, that's why learning to rest is so important to me.  
I try to be so organized.  Every night I make a “to do” list.  I wake up in the morning furiously giving my best to complete every task.  There are never enough hours in my day to get them all done.  I wake up the next day to do it all over again, only this time, the unfinished tasks from yesterday’s list carry over to today’s.  I’m so tired!
My dear friend and mentor calmly interrupted, “You must learn to rest.”
“Is resting something I have to learn?”
“Yes,” she said firmly, “you must learn to rest.”
“Okay,” I said, “I’ll go to bed earlier and when I feel super tired, I’ll take a short nap.”
The cure to our weariness won’t come from resting our tired bodies or delaying our duties for a time with a catnap.  There is a difference between being physically tired and needing to catch up on some zzz’s, and being worn out in our hearts, minds and souls.
The truth is, we aren't weary simply because our schedules are full. We are weary because our spirits are depleted.  Within each one of us resides a soul that desperately needs renewal and restoration, something an overloaded schedule doesn't always allow.

It's easy to hide our exhausted souls.  On the outside we may appear well-organized, emotionally stable, and put together.  But on the inside we are often hopelessly overwhelmed and completely stressed out.  The rememdy for our weariness will not be found in a nap, but in God alone.

Our Good Shepherd can only restore our souls when we turn our hearts and minds away from the noise and busyness of the world back to Him. Sitting alone with the Lord leads us to peace and gives us the strength we need to move forward.
Return to your Good Shepherd
Invite Him to restore your Soul
Receive a fresh filling of His love, mercy and grace.

When you do, He will replace your weariness with strength, your resentment with thanksgiving, your irritability with patience, and your anxiety with peace.
Meet with Him. He will refresh and renew you, enabling you to go out into the world to serve your family and friends filled with a newfound sense of His peace, love and joy.
The Lord IS MY shephard
I shall NOT want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
for His name sake.
Yea tho' I walk thru the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear NO evil 
For You are with me.
Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me
In the presence of mine enemies.
Thou annountest my head with oil
My cup overflows.
Surly goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life
and I will dwell in the 
House of the Lord Forever.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

look what I found...

Remember when you and your friends rented a limo for the last day of 9th grade?  And you felt SOOOO cool riding around the lakes...
Remember those high bangs you had in high school?
  And the time your best friend and you went to wilderness camp and you couldn't use a curling iron to put up your bangs that high?

 And remember that time you took German with your bestie, Jess, and you had an assignment to create a restaurant and serve your moms German food that you had NO IDEA how to make (and so you can then imagine what it tasted like.. ahem.)  And you had to dress up in a white button up and red bowtie and black skirts.  And remember how your moms wore their WEDDING DRESSES just to be uber fancy!
Don't forget the time you snuck up on the boys at the park, and someone in the cul-de-sac that required you to run and jump onto a lawn like a frog.  You were the coolest.  And so was she.
And how about the time you threw up on her carpet floor while having a sleepover and your mom sent your cool older brother to clean it up and walk you home.

This sweet girl has been with me through some really hard times, some really fun times, and some really crazy times.  

I miss her so much since she's 600 miles away. I think what she wrote to me for my 18th birthday present sums it all up---