Friday, September 19, 2014

phone pic friday

Auburn game snuggles with Connor and Big Tiger.
War Eagle!

Logan and his big haircut fixed a snack for church all by himself!

Micah is hiding under the blanket so he can spy on Connor and Logan

New purse from my love :)

Logan has gotten really good at building stickah towahs

Micah started piano lessons.  Right now he has to practice on a speakerless keyboard but I'm trying to finish our piano quickly!

Drawing time produces the quietest house.  Sweet silence!

My parents came up last weekend to watch the boys while Zach and I went to a church seminar on Psalms (really good!).  We fit in some time to play Settler's and daddy won his first game!

I'm in the (slow) process of collecting a tag from every state.  A friend from church brought me Michigan last Sunday! 

The only fall decorating I've done so far is the mantle and I kind of love it. 

I spend a few nights cutting, crumpling, twisting and hot glueing brown paper around a wreath form.  I burned the mess out of my fingers on several occasions but I think it turned out fantastic!  I've got plans to try a Christmassy one with left over wrapping paper soon.  

'nap' time

When Micah and Connor started school I went through the normal mix of emotions but underlying it was this excitement of having a real nap time again.  I could just envision all the things I would get accomplished in that two hour period of Logan's naptime.  Oh the cleaning and crafting and baking that was coming my way. nice.

It took Logan a day to shoot that dream to...well you know where.  Somehow my sweet boy who napped almost exactly two hours every afternoon decided to quit pretty much cold turkey.  I mean there have been occasional days where a good nap occurs but they are sadly very very few and far between.  After weeks of battles with him about staying in his bed and staying in his room we have recently reached a good rhythm of him playing quietly in his bed with his action figures and books and then if he falls asleep great but if he doesn't as long as he's been quiet he can get out of bed for the last little bit to play in the rest of his room.

Today he woke up at 5:20 am and then played all morning with friends during my new Thursday morning bible study so I was just POSITIVE that today was going to be a good nap day.  

You know what they say about assuming things right!?

While I was busy sweeping, mopping and other such things I kept hearing the Logi Bear in his room.  
When I finally heard enough that I needed to go check this is what I found.


He said he was exercising.  


Thursday, September 18, 2014


 Part of Micah's homework this week was a matter experiment. 

It took me back to when I taught 2nd grade and we did the same one.

Mixing Cornstarch and water produces a fun, gloopy enigma of solid and liquid that's pretty awesome to play with.

It was just as fun as it was back in the day.  It was just as messy too!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

meet the robinsons

In our house Friday night is movie night.  After dinner we pop homemade like not in the bag but on the actual stove popcorn and put on our jammies and cuddle on the couches and watch a movie together.  

The movies vary between old classics and new releases, cartoons and real people.  We've had a couple of misses like the Two Brothers fiasco that I still get kidded about by a few friends and The Phantom Menace which the boys love but Zach and I both struggled to sit through again because let's face it, it's terrible!  Most of the time they are pretty good and occasionally they're just plain great.

Last Friday we watched Meet The Robinsons.  I still can't remember if it was on a blog or facebook or somewhere else, but I had recently read someone's raving review of this movie and how it is completed underrated and such a great Disney movie with a great message.  I remember seeing a preview about the dinosaur and his little arms at one point in the past but didn't pay much attention.  I wish wish wish I had seen this movie sooner.  It was FANTASTIC!

Besides the fact that it is really funny and awesomely futuristic, it incorporates so many twists that keep your brain on it's toes and has so many thoughtful, life lessons that could keep you chatting for awhile.  Between the time travel, lessons on learning from your mistakes, and the dangers of dwelling on the negatives in your life is the message of adoption and showing unconditional love and welcoming others into your family.

Zach and I are praying right now about adoption.  About there being a little girl (or boy if that's just my role as a mom) somewhere in this country who God planned for our family.  So far we've only gotten through the praying of whys and ifs and are trying to figure out the next best step.

  It's already scary because it's such a huge unknown, but all parts of life are technically unknowns because I am not in control and My God who is in control does not always write the specifics of my future out in a nice orderly syllabus for me to follow.  He just promises to be faithful and asks that we follow Him down roads that are sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, and most times are both simultaneously.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

lazy monday

I like to do lists.  I like writing them, accomplishing them, checking them off, rewriting them, and so on.  However, when you are a to do list person it means that you constantly have a to do list not only somewhere on paper, but a never ending one in your head.  When you have a never ending to do list in your head it means your brain never really stops working.  It is constantly thinking and organizing and planning and it will keep going until you learn to quiet it.  I'm still learning.

I had three separate conversations in the last week about the 'need' to finish to do lists and the stress it inevitably causes because, since it is never ending, it will never get done.  One conversation was with other to do list makers and we stressed out together, but the other two (one through proxy) were from non stressed-out-type-A people whose approach was to just get done what they could and oh well with what they couldn't it would get done later.  Wow people are really capable of thinking that way!?   By conversation 3 something clicked in my head.  A little bit anyway.

And then Monday at 7:07 happened and that idea just had a whole new appreciation in my mind.

Mondays are notorious for being, well for being Mondays and yesterday my Monday morning started by me accidentally pouring my entire tervis of hot tea into and around the area of the console in my van and instead of stressing out I gave in.  I decided at that moment that my Monday was going to be a lazy day full of playing, exploring and enjoying.  

(Except for the laundry, Monday is laundry day and that can not be changed.  It would screw my head up too much!   Small steps people.)

Our lazy Monday included watching Widda Boz (aka Wizard of Oz) while sorting clothes and crossfitting at home.  Next Logan and I packed a lunch and grabbed a bag of old bread from the freezer and headed out to surprise Connor at school with a lunch time visit and then visit the park.

Connor was very excited!

After a peaceful visit to feed the ducks, take a walk and play at the park playground Logan and I headed back home for rest time.

After school we grabbed some ice cream at Scoops and checked out the new renovations that just finished on The Square.

Next we headed home to play, do homework, cook dinner and have a regular evening.

Technically nothing we did was that much different from another day.  Nothing was a new experience or a huge crazy idea.  The biggest thing was my attitude and mindset.  I ended up accomplishing a lot and setting a lot to the side for another time which would have happened in stress mode as well but the whole feeling of the day was different, more peaceful and enjoyable.

I'm still type A, I still love to do lists and those lovely checks next to finished items but I'm hoping I will continue to learn more about letting go of my expectations and ideas of accomplishment and enjoying the things I have been given as they come when they come.

And the laundry did get done

Sunday, September 14, 2014

sunday song

I Will Follow
Worship Leader: Jon Guerra
(Jon Guerra, Jacob Sooter)

When the sea is calm and all is right
When I feel Your favor flood my life
Even in the good, I'll follow You
Even in the good, I'll follow You

When the boat is tossed upon the waves
When I wonder if You'll keep me safe
Even in the storms, I'll follow You
Even in the storms, I'll follow You

I believe everything that You say You are
I believe that I have seen Your unchanging heart
In the good things and in the hardest part
I believe and I will follow You
I believe and I will follow You

When I see the wicked prospering
When I feel I have no voice to sing
Even in the want, I'll follow You
Even in the want, I'll follow You

When I find myself so far from home
And You lead me somewhere I don't wanna go
Even in my death, I'll follow You
Even in my death, I'll follow You

When I come to end this race I've run
And I receive the prize that Christ has won
I will be with You in Paradise
I will be with You in Paradise

Monday, September 8, 2014

phone pic friday

Yes I know it's Monday.  I don't care.  I was planning to do this on Friday since I missed it the last three weeks and it's something I really really want to do so I'm pretending it's Friday.   Just go with it but don't get disappointed that the weekends not starting!

Logan watching "Widda Boz" under the table during the scary parts

Bedtime reading with Uncle Tim

I think of my Grandaddy and Granny every time I play dominoes

We get the best sunrise views on the way to school in the morning

Logan was killing it on the rower after crossfit one morning

Micah was doing the enthralled read and walk the other afternoon and it was so fun to see for this mama

Love love love when my husband makes the bed for me in the morning.  I also turned our comforter upside down to try out an all white bedding scheme.  I'm very tempted to go shopping soon!  Just imagine a cool beige and white or gray and white vintage quilt folded at the end with fun patterned pillows for a punch at the top.  

Jenga blocks are super fun to build with and they do a great domino effect when you stand them up

There was a giant wolf spider in our house that neither me nor the boys would kill.  Instead we covered it with a box and white for Zach to get home.

I want to squeeze his cuteness

and fierceness!  Love that Connor Connor!

Now that were out of the baby stages where they grab everything near them we've started actually putting our food on the table and serving "family" style you know like a normal dinner.  Sometimes it's paper plates and a pizza box but it makes our dinnertime so much homier!

This is Logan's favorite activity when we have wait time in the carline and he actually had a nap that day is not sleeping in the carline instead!

Cider that I drank a sip of and didn't want to throw up.  Big improvement for me!

In these clouds Micah, Connor and I saw a circus elephant on his hind legs with his trunk in the air, Jabba the Hutt and a turtle.